Go look in a mirror: See any problems? Fix them (and look 10 pounds lighter!) simply by using these posture-improving moves from physical therapist Bill Hartman.
The Problem: Droopy Boobs
A weak upper back angles your chest downward.
The Fix: Face Pull
Attach a rope handle to a high pulley and grasp it with both hands. Step back until you feel tension in the cable. Pull toward your face, elbows wide. Slowly return to start. Do two or three sets of 12 to 15 reps.
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The Problem: Belly Pooch
Weak lower abs and a pelvis that tilts forward push your stomach outward.
The Fix: Kneeling Hip-Flexor Stretch
Kneel on your right knee, your left foot in front of you. Gently push your hips forward as far as you can. (You should feel it in your right hip.) Hold for 30 seconds, then switch sides. Repeat three times.
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The Problem: Thick Midsection
Rounded shoulders compress your ribs and abdomen, making your
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Go look in a mirror: See any problems? Fix them (and look 10 pounds lighter!) simply by using these posture-improving moves from physical therapist Bill Hartman.Read More »from 3 Ways to Instantly Look Slimmer
Get guzzling with these tips for staying hydrated Time to drink up--and we don't mean heading to the nearest happy hour. First Lady Michelle Obama recently announced her latest stay-healthy initiative with a Partnership for a Healthier America: Drink just one more glass of water a day. Sounds easy enough right? But if you're struggling to take in enough H20, use these tips to meet your daily quota.Read More »from 10 Ways to Drink More Water
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Add Your Own Flavor
We get it, water can be pretty boring. But instead of using the flavoring agents you see in stores, opt for something more natural--like watermelon chunks and mint or orange slices. To amp up the taste even more, let it sit for a few hours in your fridge.
Order Something Spicy
Adding crushed red pepper to your plate will have your reaching for the water pitcher multiple times through dinner. Plus, studies show that hot peppers give your metabolism a boost.
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Use Your Phone
Yep, there's an app for that. In fact, there are several.
A new study suggests you need more protein than you think to maximize fat loss. Most weight-loss plans have one thing in common: eating less. But new research suggests that eating more could boost fat loss--more protein, that is. Dieters who double their protein intake lose more fat and maintain more muscle mass than dieters who eat the recommended daily amount, according to a new study published in The FASEB Journal.Read More »from Should You Double Up on Protein to Lose Weight?
In the study, 32 men and 7 women followed a 31-day weight-loss diet that contained either the recommended daily amount (RDA) of protein, twice the RDA, or three times the RDA. At the end of the study, everyone had lost about the same amount of weight (an average of 2.7 to 3.5 pounds). However, the people who doubled up on protein lost the most fat; it amounted to about 70 percent of their total weight loss. For those who ate three times the RDA, 63.6 percent of their weight loss was due to fat loss. And the people who ate the recommended amount of protein fared the worst: Only 41.8 percent of their weight loss was from fat.
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The best way to check if your weight is healthy is to calculate your body-mass index (BMI), right? Not necessarily, according to a perspective recently published in the journal Science: It argues that BMI isn't an accurate measure of metabolic health.Read More »from The Truth About Your BMI
In the perspective, two researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania write that BMI doesn't tell the whole story. "The fact is that BMI basically reflects your weight and height," says co-author Rexford Ahima, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine and the director of the Obesity Unit in the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism at the University of Pennsylvania. A few of the many things it does not reflect: your family history, muscle mass, and where your excess fat is located.
While this isn't exactly breaking news--researchers have known that BMI gives only a very limited indication of overall health for a while now--it's a good reminder not to get too caught up in any one number,
Your current approach to slimming down may be all wrongTried losing weight a million times but never had much success? You might be going at it the wrong way: Learning how to maintain your current weight helps women stick to healthier lifestyles and lost weight, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.Read More »from The New Way to Lose Weight
In the study, overweight African American women were put in a program that gave them weight-maintenance (not weight-loss) pointers, such as to skip fast food, watch less TV, and cut their daily caloric intake by just 200 calories a day. They were also taught skills such as how to read nutrition labels and how to find low-calorie dishes on restaurant menus. After 12 months, 62 percent of the women were either at or below their original weight. On average, the women had dropped about two pounds each.
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So why did this "maintain, don't gain" method work? One reason could be that it's simply easier to stick with healthy habits that
Jen Tallman, 25, went from 265 lbs to 155 lbs. Here's how she did itBEFORE 265 lbsRead More »from How One Woman Lost 90 Pounds
AFTER 155 lbs
Jen Tallman, now 25, used to start the day with two breakfast sandwiches, hash browns, and a cinnamon roll. At night, she turned to takeout, easily notching up 7,000 calories before bedtime. "I wasn't active at all," says the Binghamton, New York, native. Two stabs at group dieting failed, and Jen, 5'7", hit a high of 265 pounds before her 21st birthday.
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Jen suffered from exhaustion, swollen hands and feet, and headaches. When she read online that these could be symptoms of prediabetes and high blood pressure, she was terrified that her life could be in danger. "I knew I needed a permanent change," she says, "not a quick fix."
A gym-averse Jen started with daily 20-minute walks. She practiced simple habits such as previewing menus for light options before she went out to eat and ditching the bun on her burger. In four months, she lost 40 pounds. When her progress stalled six months in,
.Your extreme fatigue might be coming from one of these energy suckers. Read on to find out the 5 surprising culprits.Read More »from 5 Surprising Things that Make You Tired
It turns out that even moderate dehydration (which results in the loss of 3 percent of your body weight) can make you feel mentally sluggish and mess with your concentration. The next time you're feeling foggy or lightheaded, don't just assume you're in serious need of some food. Try downing a glass or two of water.
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2. Cell Phones
Checking your cell before bed amps up brain activity, making it harder to doze off. Plus, any electronic gadget's artificial blue light can suppress the sleep hormone melatonin. A 2011 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that 20 percent of people ages 19 to 29 are awakened by a call, text, or e-mail at least a few nights a week. Power it down well before bedtime.
Many drugs have veiled energy-sapping side effects. Chief among them are some classes
When the team you root for takes a hit, your diet may suffer, tooIt's not just the game-day smorgasbord that can threaten your waistline. If your favorite football team bombs a big game, you're more likely to binge the next day, according to new research from France.Read More »from What Your Sports Team Says About Your Weight
For the study, researchers from the business school INSEAD tracked the eating habits of NFL fans after 475 games. Turns out, the losing team's fans had consumed 16 percent more saturated fat than normal the next day. In cities with the most serious football followings, intake of the unhealthy fat actually shot up by 28 percent. Bummed-out fans also tended to increase their overall calorie intake by 10 percent.
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In a second study, researchers found that even just thinking about a time when their team had suffered a loss made people more likely to overdo it on potato chips and chocolate than when they reminisced about a victory.
"Fans identify with their teams--they say 'we lost,' not 'they lost,'" says study author Pierre Chandon, Ph.D. "So
Summer may be ending, but it's not all downhill after Labor Day: September is National Yoga Month, and to celebrate, businesses across the U.S. are offering free (repeat, free) classes and events.Read More »from 5 Ways to Take Free Yoga Classes This Month
If you need a refresher course on the benefits of yoga, it helps relieves stress and, depending on the type you do, can also get your heart pumping. Bonus: A recent study found that yoga can boost your sex drive.
Here, your guide to the gratis offerings in your area. Get ready to say om all month long!
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1. The Yoga Health Foundation is offering a free week of yoga at more than 1,600 locations nationwide, beginning September 1 (and the offer is good through October 30). Check with your local studio to see if this deal is available. Note: Only new students are allowed to participate.
2. Lululemon stores across the country provide complimentary classes once a week (they actually do this year-round).
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Check out the crazy, cute, and sometimes strange habits that only a true dog lover would understandThere are few bonds stronger than the one between a woman and her pup. And whether you show your love through handmade puppy treats or a day at the dog spa, we think it's totally acceptable to adore your mutt that much. Consider this the no-judgment zone when it comes to irrational pet-owner behavior.Read More »from 16 Signs You’re Obsessed with Your Dog
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1. Your Pinterest board has more recipes for dog food than real food.
2. You've missed happy hour on more than one occasion because your dog was home alone.
3. Your friends know better than to set you up with a cat person.
4. Some people have baby pictures on their phones... you have dog pictures.
5. You dated someone with a pet allergy once. It didn't work out.
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6. You know your dog's birthday and of course you've thrown him a party.
7. You know exactly which Instagram filter your pooch looks best in.
8. You may not always eat organic, but your dog does.
9. When you feel guilty leaving them home