1. Ditch dieting for sustainable lifestyle changes. Fad diets don't work. By the time you reach rour 30s you've heard this a million times-and probably learned it for ourselves the hard way. What you may not realize is that, really, diets in general don't work. The only way to reliably lose weight and keep it off for the long haul is to eat mindfully (that means paying attention, savoring and stopping when you're full), and to eat healthfully, focusing on fresh or freshly frozen vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, whole grains and non-saturated fats, and avoid the five food felons-added sugars and syrups, any grain that isn'tRead More »from 7 Things Every Women Needs to Do Before Hitting 30
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- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – 14 hours agoAnd if you're past 30? It's never too late to check these off your to-do list.If your teen years were for rebelling and your early to mid 20s were all about exploration, then your 30s should be about learning from old lessons, putting bad habits to bed and setting new wisdom to work for you and your future. No matter what your age, the sooner you start these seven significant steps, the better:
- Do the size of our bones really differ?We Asked: Claudette Lajam, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
The Answer: In a word, yes, there really is such a thing as being big boned-but it's not a medical term, and it's not always used correctly.
First, the facts. Within the range of normal, some people's bones have a bigger circumference than others' relative to their respective heights. These people are, indeed, bigger boned. There's a quick test to determine if you have a small, medium or large frame. All you have to do is measure your wrist. For women between 5' 2" and 5' 5", a circumference of 6.25" to 6.5" is considered medium. Anything below that is small; above that is large. For shorter women, the medium range is 5.5" to 5.57", and for taller women, it's 6.25" to 6.5". (A quick cheat: If you wrap the thumb and middleRead More »from Is Being 'Big Boned' Really a Thing?
- You might be doing more harm than good.You diligently slather on the hand sanitizer, stock your fridge with low-fat foods and nab a couple extra hours of sleep on the weekends. But are these so-called healthy habits really good for you? Not always. We spotted an interesting conversation at Reddit about this and decided to set the record straight on exactly which "healthy" habits you may want to ditch. Hint: If you hate sit-ups as much as we do, you're gonna love this.
We all know that washing our hands is a must before we eat and after a trip to the restroom, but skip the hand sanitizer and lather up with good old-fashioned soap instead. Not only does that antibacterial gel dry out your skin, it's also not as effective as soap and water at protecting against a nasty norovirus (an ugly stomach bug). And diarrhea and vomiting can really put a cramp on those weekend plans.
Sit-upsRead More »from 5 'Healthy' Habits that Actually Aren't
Contrary to popular boot-camp belief, sit-ups are not the cure-all for muffin tops. In fact, research shows that these
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 12:06 PM ESTReady to be your own shrink?Let's just agree right up front that stress is no fun. That pit in your stomach that warns you of impending doom is an unpleasant experience. So, what can you do to help yourself deal with that stress?
If you want to change anything in your life, it is really helpful to understand how it works first. You would never try to fix your computer by popping off the cover and randomly reaching in and grabbing components. Your brain is no different.
Stress happens when there is something in your world that you are trying to avoid. That means that there is some possible negative outcome or responsibility out there and that you are concerned about failing. While your goal to avoid the negative is active, you feel stress. If you successfully avoid the negative outcome, then you feel relief.
Here are five ways you can help manage your stress.
1. Set some positive goals.Read More »from 5 Simple Ways to Get Your Stress Levels Under Control
If you are constantly feeling stress, it means that you are spending
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 10:16 AM ESTTrade in the extra fat and sugar for taste that's also good for your body.My role at the Cleveland Clinic provides me the opportunity to analyze food records from patients. Of the hundreds I review, I find several trends. One common food that I see a lot of is the use of mayonnaise on sandwiches. I often say that if you actually knew what was in mayonnaise, you probably wouldn't eat it. With egg yolks, sugar and salt topping the ingredient list for most popular mayonnaise varieties, it's clearly not a choice that will make you more healthy and beautiful.
Although there are many varieties of mayo today, from vegan versions to ones made with healthier oils such as olive or canola, the one tip I often give my patients when it comes to adding more zip to their sandwich is to look beyond mayonnaise to other, more beautiful spreads-ones that provide just as much taste and a whole host of health benefits to go with it. Here are five delicious spreads to consider come meal time.
Avocado SpreadRead More »from The Sandwich Ingredient You Need to Stop Using NOW
- Suddenly, getting older isn't so scary anymore.It looks like it's time to put the sex(y) back in sexagenarian.
This week, both Marc Jacobs Beauty and NARS announced new faces that depart from the more typical ingénue; 64-year-old actress Jessica Lange will front the former luxury line, while 68-year-old English actress Charlotte Rampling will appear in ads for the latter.
For Marc Jacobs, the idea to use Lange came from personal fandom for the actress's role in the "American Horror Story" series. "We've set up the idea that, like with a lot of our shows, we should surprise and do something different-what we're going to give visually in terms of the print and image is not what you should expect but what inspires me…so we used Jessica," Jacobs told WWD.
And while the announcements sent shockwaves through the Twitterverse (where Marc Jacobs Beauty actually dropped the news), it's part of an already burgeoning trend that is challenging and perhaps even changing the prevailing image of beauty.Read More »from Proof that 60 is the New 20
- It seems intuitive, but some fat really does banish fat.Want to shed the nice, little muffin top you've developed during this never-ending winter? It may be time to start paying attention to what kind of fat is in your food, not just how much there is.
According to a three-year study by scientists at Uppsala University in Sweden, eating saturated fat commonly found in foods like meats and dairy products can cause fat to accumulate in the liver and around the abdomen-giving you that extra bulk around your midsection. Eating polyunsaturated fats, on the other hand, in foods like fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils lowers overall fat levels in the body and helps increase muscle mass. (Find a list of these healthy fats here.)
"This study provides even more evidence for the importance of incorporating more healthy fats in the diet," said Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., the wellness manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and YouBeauty's nutrition expert. "Replacing unhealthy fats, such as saturated and trans fat with healthierRead More »from Could Eating More Fat Help Flatten Your Stomach?
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 8:45 AM ESTStand up to emotional eating even when you're at your grumpiest.We all have days when we're grumpy and stressed, when all we want to do is dive into a pint of Ben and Jerry's (or an entire bag of Pepperidge Farms Mint Milano's-don't judge.) to ease our sour mood. It's called emotional eating, a.k.a. stress eating, and it takes serious willpower to avoid. It's common knowledge that your mood can swiftly sway your food choices, we never understood why-until now.
New research from the Cornell Food & Brand Lab, released today, explains how our mood controls the foods we crave-and ultimately consume. Here are the Cliffs Notes:
When you're in a good mood: You make better food choices because you're thinking about the future and how what you eat will affect it (i.e. you're going to choose oatmeal for breakfast over an egg sandwich to prepare for months-away shorts season).
When you're in a bad mood: Your focus shifts to the immediate sensory experience of eating. Reaching for fatty, indulgentRead More »from New Study: Why Our Mood Swings Control Our Eating Habits
- Itchy skin is trying to send you a message.Itching may seem like nature's way of driving you mad, but the sensation was actually designed to keep you safe. By sparking the urge to scratch, your skin is demanding attention (not unlike a screaming toddler!) to help protect it from an offender of some kind, like microbes or insects.
Itching can start with a direct physical stimulus like a wool sweater that brushes against skin sensitive to its texture, while an internal stimulus like a release of histamine during an allergic reaction is another frequent trigger. It can even begin in your mind's imagination; seeing someone else scratching can literally make you feel itchy too! And during the winter, dry skin brought on by cold air and low humidity levels can make you feel relentlessly itchy.
No matter the trigger, C-fiber nerves that are located just below the skin's surface are activated and then send the urgent signal to itch to your brain. Scratching that spot may feel likeRead More »from 4 Quick Fixes to Relieve Itchy Skin
- The colder temps aren't to blame, but maybe your changing habits are.
We Asked: Lisa C. Cohn, M.M.Sc., M.Ed., R.D., is the President of Park Avenue Nutrition and a licensed, registered dietitian who practices in Manhattan.
The Answer: Actually, your metabolism speeds up when it's cold out! Keeping warm uses up a lot of energy, which burns more calories, which means a higher metabolic rate. So if you stick to your regular exercise routine and eat right all year round, you should actually lose weight in winter, especially if you spend time outside.
The reality, however, usually looks very different. Many people start to gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Years, and those who do put on an average of 7 pounds. The obvious culprit is all that party-time feasting and drinking, not to mention the emotional eating we often succumb to when we spend a lot of time around our families. Plus, we often throw our exercise routines out the window during the holidays.
Then there's the travel and theRead More »from Does Your Metabolism Slow Down in the Winter?