Most of us know we should be eating more produce each day (at least five servings, we're contractually obligated to tell you). But it also seems that our produce palate is about as exciting as a pair of basic khakis.
According to a recent study based on government nutritional data, we're coming up short in terms of eating a variety of fruit and vegetable colors: Sixty-nine percent of Americans don't get enough green; 78 percent don't get enough red; 86 percent don't get enough white; 88 percent don't get enough purple/blue; and 79 percent don't get enough yellow/orange. We tend to eat the same produce over and over again.
This skew toward bland means we're missing out on a lot more than just good-tasting food. "There are unique phytochemicals, or plant chemicals, that vary from color to color. These various compounds all do different things to protect your health. If you're eating only red bell peppers, you're going to be limited as far as health benefits because you're not getting
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Most of us know we should be eating more produce each day (at least five servings, we're contractually obligated to tell you). But it also seems that our produce palate is about as exciting as a pair of basic khakis.Read More »from 16 Ways to Eat Better, Starting Now
.Looking for a realistic deadline diet? Make these tiny tweaks from Shape-Up Shortcuts, a new book from Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., Women's Health magazine's senior fitness editor. It shows you how to score a healthier, hotter body in half the time.Read More »from How to Lose Weight in 7 Days
Sunday: Eliminate processed foods
If you can't pronounce the ingredients, the food is off-limits. Or hit the produce aisle for foods with no label at all.
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Monday: Lay off the sauce
Not only are alcoholic drinks dehydrating and high in calories, they also make resisting nibbles difficult. (No shocker here: Studies prove women consume more calories after drinking.)
Tuesday: Get a fiber fix
It may be tempting to nix all carbs, but don't forgo fiber, a proven source of long-lasting satiety. Sprinkle flaxseed onto yogurt or add a few teaspoons of sliced almonds to your salad.
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Wednesday: Burn, baby, burn
Eating steadily throughout the day can
Clear up these common misconceptions ASAP for a more effective workoutWhat you don't know about fitness can hurt you--and interfere with your fitness goals. For a safer workout with awesome results, forget everything you think you know about exercise, and read on to get your fitness facts straight.Read More »from The 13 Biggest Fitness Myths Ever
1. MYTH: You can target your fat burn.
FACT: Working out can reduce your overall body fat, but you can't control where that fat comes from. In a new study published in Journal of Strength & Conditioning, 11 people completed a 12-week exercise program to train a single leg. Even though they only trained on one side, they lost about the same amount of body fat in each leg-and burned even more body fat above the waist.
2. MYTH: You shouldn't work out on an empty stomach.
FACT: Your body burns more fat when you hit the gym before you eat breakfast, according to a new study published online in the British Journal of Nutrition. Just don't skimp on water.
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3. MYTH: No pain, no gain.
FACT: A little discomfort is okay, but if
Even if you're an early bird, getting up before the sun rises to go sweat your butt off can be seriously daunting. The good news: It's possible to become a morning workout person (with relatively little pain). Just follow these 7 stepsRead More »from 7 Steps to Becoming a Morning Workout Person
Pack a Bag
Every night when you get home from work, put your dirty gym clothes in the hamper and set aside a crisp, new exercise outfit. Having to dig through your dressers drawers at 6 a.m. is no fun. It's much easier to have an outfit ready to go, so you don't have to fully wake up before you get dressed.
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Force Yourself Out of Bed
Move your alarm clock across the room. That way you can't sleepily snooze-button your way through your morning sweat session. By forcing yourself to jump out of bed to silence the dreaded buzzer, you're forcing yourself to wake up quicker. And once you're already up... might as well go work out, right?
Have a Light Snack
Eating a full meal in the morning before your workout can make
Never met a beer you liked? Here are the ones that may finally win you over.You wouldn't know if from beer commercials, but women enjoy a pint every now and then, too. Especially now that the rise of craft brewing has flooded the marketplace with styles and flavors as nuanced as wines.Read More »from The Best Beers for Women
The grand experiment: We put together a panel of women who would rather drink tap water than willingly walk into a craft ale house on a hot day. We also roped in Master Cicerone Nicole Erny, who helped us find beer styles for each of them based on their preferences for other beverages.
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If you like tea:
You'll appreciate a light-bodied Belgian-style wheat beer. The low alcohol and high carbonation make it a perfect brunch brew (yes, that's a thing), and are usually accompanied by orange peel and coriander flavors.
Try: Blanche de Bruxelles, St. Bernardus Wit, or Allagash White.
If you like coffee:
Make a smooth, dark stout your new brew. They're varied as a category: Imperials tend to be high in alcohol with strong malt
By Robin Hilmantel, Women's HealthRead More »from How Men REALLY Feel when You Keep Your Last Name
Hello, my name is....
Will middle school girls doodling "Mrs." in front of their crushes' last names soon be a thing of the past? More than one in four brides want to keep or at least hyphenate their last names, according to a new survey from WeddingDays.co.uk, a UK wedding directory.
Granted, the site only polled 200 brides-to-be from overseas. So we decided to look into how women feel on this side of the pond. Turns out, it's a slightly different story: Just 8 percent of married women have decided to keep their last names (while about 6 percent either hyphenate or modify their last names in some other way), according to a 2011 survey from The Knot.
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The number of women keeping their maiden names after marriage peaked in the 1990s, when about 23 percent of married women decided to buck the name-taking tradition, according to a 2009 study published in the journal Social Behavior and Personality. The same research found that the
The actress is starring in a new ABC show this fall. Here, her advice for fellow first-time momsThe actress you know and love from Watchmen, The Proposal, and The Heartbreak Kid is starring in her first TV show this fall, hitting the set of ABC's Trophy Wife just four months after giving birth to son Sebastian. Here's what the star had to say about splitting her time between the baby and workouts, dropping the pregnancy weight ASAP, playing a woman who struggles to prove she's more than just a trophy wife, and more.Read More »from Malin Akerman’s Parenting Tips for New Moms
You had your son Sebastian in April, but you do not look like you have a four-month-old (in case you were wondering, the photo above is post-baby!). How did you lose the pregnancy weight so fast?
Well, I wish I could tell you it was easy, but it was hard work. A lot of exercise and diet, obviously--anything from hiking and Pilates to cycling and CrossFit. Anything to create muscle confusion to keep my muscles guessing so I wouldn't plateau. And then also diet-wise, making sure to have a lot of healthy foods and snacks throughout the day. I've had a lot of fresh
These quick-fix food remedies do everything from flatten abs to tame PMS symptoms...in 24 hoursSpanx can solve a lot of life's problems, but they can't make you look better in your birthday suit.Read More »from The Best One-Day Diet Solutions
Nor can they tame PMS, perk you up after one too many cocktails, or keep you revved in bed. But the right foods can.
Don't let the dreaded D-word throw you off. These daylong diets aren't about deprivation or even losing weight; they're about noshing on the right nutrients so that you'll look better and feel better--fast.
"We Leave for a Romantic Getaway Tomorrow" Diet
Your sexual vitality depends on eating foods that are rich in the amino acid L-arginine, says Robert Fried, Ph.D., senior professor of biopsychology at Hunter College and coauthor of Great Food, Great Sex. Found in nuts, poultry, and seafood, this sexual secret weapon promotes healthy blood flow to the sex organs so you can experience maximum pleasure.
Also, devouring heavy foods before the big lovefest can weigh you down and divert blood flow away from your sexual regions. Reach for lighter fare that balances carbs
If your grocery store seems to be overflowing with gluten-free products, it's not in your head; however, the benefits of following a gluten-free diet just might be.Read More »from 4 Surprising Truths About Gluten-Free Diets
A gluten-free diet is the only known treatment for celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disease which affects the small intestine's ability to absorb nutrients from food in one in 133 Americans. Celiac disease is now more common than ever: A 2009 study published in the journal Gastroenterology found that the rates of undiagnosed celiac disease increased dramatically over a 50-year span. For suffers of the disease, ingesting gluten can cause significant digestive problems and malnutrition.
But what about the rest of us? Suddenly, "going gluten-free" has become a popular trend among the health-conscious. (It's no wonder that the gluten-free food and beverage industry grew at an annual rate of 30% from 2006 to 2010, according to market research firm Packaged Facts, and that sales are expected to exceed $5 billion by
Passat or Prius? TradeIn one corner: Dumbbells. In the other: A jump rope. The ref: Women's Health, to determine whether strength or cardio rulesr Joe's or Whole Foods? And when it comes to getting the body you want: strength training or cardio? Back when you carpooled in Ma's minivan, men went to the weight room and women hit Jazzercise. But recently, taking a cue from athletes, many fitness gurus insist that strength training is where it's at. Some even suggest ditching cardio altogether.Read More »from Cardio Vs. Strength Training: Which Matters More?
To resolve the strength vs. cardio conundrum, we culled research and chatted up experts to find out how each would fare in a head-to-head matchup (don't worry, nobody's going to bite anyone's ear off). Whether you want to get buff, torch calories, or run your fastest mile ever, we've decoded which discipline you should devote your sweat to--and created a workout that's perfectly proportioned to give you all the benefits. Now, let's get ready to rumble...
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1. To KO fat--and keep it off
Cardio's edge Calorie for calorie, cardio has a slight advantage. You'll