Binge Eating? Over-Snacking? Here's how to fix your food slip-ups, stat!You can't fool us. Yes, you eat healthy foods. Yes, you stock your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables and always order the salmon. But then the water heater breaks and you're late for a meeting and there's cake at work and a friend pops over unexpectedly and suddenly, it's 10 P.M., the produce is rotting, and your dinner consists of stale beer and a bag of Cheetos.
It happens to every woman--but that doesn't mean you're destined to live in a dietary wasteland. If you sin--or rather, when you sin--against your otherwise good-for-you diet, here are five strategies and the right foods to help you find nutritional salvation so you don't overeat.
PLUS: 5 Fatty Foods That Make You Skinny
THE SIN: The breakfast binge
Your morning meal is a giant latte and a huge banana-nut muffin--nearly 1,000 calories (most of them from fat). That's almost two-thirds of your daily caloric allotment before 10 A.M.
YOUR SALVATION: A lunchtime turkey sandwich on whole wheat--with as many
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Binge Eating? Over-Snacking? Here's how to fix your food slip-ups, stat!You can't fool us. Yes, you eat healthy foods. Yes, you stock your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables and always order the salmon. But then the water heater breaks and you're late for a meeting and there's cake at work and a friend pops over unexpectedly and suddenly, it's 10 P.M., the produce is rotting, and your dinner consists of stale beer and a bag of Cheetos.Read More »from 5 Ways to Recover from Your Diet Mistakes
The 5 moves that earn the TV host such fabulous, flat-as-a-board absIt's totally (blissfully!) crunch-free! "Training your hamstrings, lower and upper back, and triceps lengthens your midsection and is the key to great abs," says trainer Harley Pasternak, author of The Body Reset Diet, who created this workout. Three times a week, complete 20 reps of each move, going from one exercise to the next without stopping, then repeat the circuit for a total of three sets.
For more on Maria and Harley and to meet the finalists for The Next Fitness Star competition (which the two stars are judging), pick up the July/August issue of Women's Health on newsstands now!
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Move 1 Skater Lunge
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step your left foot behind your right leg and bend both knees to lower into a lunge, with your left knee directly behind your right heel (shown). Press through your right heel and bring your left foot back to the starting position. That's one rep; repeat on the other side and
Want to lose more weight without eating less? Add these fat-burning nutrients to your diet and accelerate your weight loss by up to 70%You can lose weight without starving yourself or drastically restricting your food choices. You can eat reasonable portions and put in reasonable workouts at the gym, and you can shed fat while you do it.Read More »from 7 Best Supplements for Weight Loss
How? It all comes down to eating the right combination of foods--foods that will shift your body out of fat-storage mode and into fat-melting mode. Specific vitamins and nutrients can actually help to flip an internal switch that signals cells throughout your body to burn more calories, wasting many of those calories as heat. Without these important nutrients, the opposite happens. Your body holds onto fat. Your metabolism slows and your weight-loss efforts become an exercise in futility.
Optimize these critical fat-melting nutrients so you can finally drop those stubborn pounds and keep them off for good. In this way, you can still consume reasonable portions and put in a reasonable amount of exercise. Yes, you still have to watch your portions. Yes, exercise is still important. But
Step right up to take a guess at how much each of these by-the-beach staples will weigh you downForget the beach for a sec--one of the main attractions on a boardwalk is the food! Corn dogs and fudge just taste like summer, right? But some boardwalk grub can seriously set you back calorie-wise. Step right up to take a guess at whether each of these by-the-beach staples are over or under 400 calories.Read More »from The Calories in Your Favorite Summer Foods
OVER: A seven-ounce serving of fresh-cut fries sets you back 607 calories and-wait for it-32 grams of fat!
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UNDER! A one-ounce serving of the sugary stuff-the amount you'll typically find on a cone-has 105 calories and 26 grams of sugar. Two ounces-the standard serving size for a bag full-has 210 calories and 53 grams of sugar.
UNDER--but just barely. Eat one on-the-stick corndog, and you're consuming 380 calories (and 730 milligrams of sodium-yikes!).
Salt Water Taffy
UNDER AGAIN! You can chew on five pieces and still consume a reasonable 170 calories and 20 grams of sugar.
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A new book turns traditional theories about sexuality on their headsRead More »from 5 Myths About Female Desire
5 Myths About Female Desires
You've probably heard it before: women are hardwired for monogamy, while men are primed for casual sex. The problem is, a growing body of research points to a much more complicated picture than that. In the new book What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, award-winning journalist Daniel Bergner highlights new research that challenges commonly held beliefs about the female sex drive.
"This idea that women's desire is less of a drive than male desire," says Bergner, "I feel like that is a disservice to us all." So Bergner talked to sexologists, primatologists, and real women to see if those long-held theories about female sexuality really tell the whole story. What he found was a ton of research that flew in the face of these commonly held myths:
10 Surprising Facts About Love and Sex
Myth 1: Monogamy is just "easier" for women than for men
Evolutionary psychologists have explained
Why surfer chicks have amazing bodies.The key pillars of fitness that help give competitive surfers an edge-muscular endurance, balance, core stability, and total-body strength-can help you score a bangin' bod even if you have no plans to hang ten. Just practice a few of these land-based moves from Rocky Snyder, author of Fit to Surf: The Surfer's Guide to Strength & Conditioning.Read More »from 4 Surfer Moves for a Killer Body
Heart and Lungs
Pro move: Tread water, then rush to catch the next big wave.
Steal it: Add 30-to 45-second high-intensity intervals eight to 12 times throughout a steady-state cardio workout.
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Legs and Butt
Pro move: Keep a low center of gravity to stay up on the board.
Steal it: Do as many staggered squats (one foot in front of the other) as you can in 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat eight times, alternating your leg positions in each set.
Pro move: Paddle like crazy.
Steal it: Do straight-arm pulldowns with a cable machine or resistance band; pull the handles from high in front of you
Find out when you're probably jonesing for junk food the most--and how to curb the urge When you're tempted to dive face-first into a bag of chips could be tied to your body's circadian rhythm: Cravings for sweet, salty, and starchy foods peak in the evening, when hunger levels are also at their highest, according to a new study in the journal Obesity.Read More »from 4 Ways to Prevent a Late-Night Binge
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston kept 12 healthy people in a controlled lab environment to track how circadian rhythms impact food behaviors. What they found? Regardless of what time the subjects woke up or when they'd had their last meal, their desire for sweet, salty, and starchy foods peaked around 8 p.m., as did their feelings of hunger. The takeaway? Our body's internal clock has a pre-scheduled effect on our appetite, and it wants us to eat more in the evening.
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While it's not clear why this happens, the researchers have a theory. "From an evolutionary perspective, it sort of makes sense," says senior study author Steven Shea, PhD, director of the
In a perfect world, everyone would work out enough and eat right all the time. But that's not always possible, so we turned to the experts to find out what really matters most--dieting or exercise--for losing weight, fighting disease, and boosting overall well-being. Here, we crown the champ in each category.
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TO LOSE WEIGHTRead More »from Diet Vs. Exercise: Which Matters Most?
The winner: Diet
The reason: As research makes clear, trimming calories from your diet is the most direct route to a smaller dress size. "It's much easier to cut 500 calories than to spend an hour in the gym burning 500 calories every day," says Timothy Church, M.D., Ph.D., director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. However, both diet and exercise are essential for keeping that weight off.
TO BOOST ENERGY
The winner: Exercise
The reason: Exercise causes the brain to pour out invigorating neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine, says
Pro dancer Akua Noni Parker shares the go-to exercises that keep her lower half stage-readyWant to get a major case of leg envy? Just check out a dancer-they always have amazingly sexy stems. But believe it or not, they don't come from dancing alone. "Dancing is great exercise, but it's primarily cardio," says Akua Noni Parker, a professional dancer and member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company. Parker, who has been dancing since the age of three, has performed on stages around the world. Now, you can catch her (and her awesome legs) in action at New York City's Lincoln Center from June 12-16, where she'll be performing in the acclaimed show Revelations, among others.Read More »from 6 Moves for Great Dancer Legs
These six moves, which Parker does daily, will get your legs in show-off shape, too-even if you have two left feet. "These exercises hit major leg muscles like your quads, hamstrings, and calves-but also target your core and glutes and help with hip stabilization," says Karen Joseph, a personal trainer and owner of Fountain of Fitness in Valrico, Florida. Pick a few of your faves and add them to
Women are hitting the weight room in record numbers, and a new study found that weight-training injuries among women have jumped a whopping 63 percent. Here are the most common slipups and how to fix them, so you leave the gym strutting--not limping.Read More »from Top Strength Training Mistakes Women Make
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Skipping Your Warm-up
You wouldn't launch into an all-out sprint the second you stepped onto a treadmill, so you shouldn't jump right into deadlifts the instant you hit the weight room. "Working cold, stiff muscles can lead to sprains and tears," says Morey Kolber, Ph.D., a professor of physical therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. "Warming up increases circulation and improves range of motion, which preps your muscles and joints for action."
The fix: "While opinions about static stretching may differ, a dynamic warm-up can decrease your risk for injury," says exercise physiologist Marco Borges, author of Power Moves. After five to 10 minutes of walking or jogging, do 10 to