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.
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
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
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,
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.Instead of "blaming it on the rain," Milli Vanilli could have just as easily written a one-hit wonder called Blame It On Your Hormones. Because, let's face it, hormones are one of those things: You can't live with them and you can't live without them. It pretty much feels like they can be blamed not only for a ton of good (which they don't always get much cred for) but also a lot of bad.
Whether it's that you feel your PMS is going to be the death of you this month, you can't seem to lose those last five, your mood is on an emotional rollercoaster, or your libido is non-existent, the common denominator could be, and often is, estrogen. "Estrogen is a hormone that is produced primarily in the ovaries - and there are actually three kinds - but estradiol is the one that's predominantly associated with your ovaries and reproduction," says Jacqueline M. Thielen, MD, a specialist at the Women's Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.Read More »from Hormones: What's Normal for Your Age
Fecal transplants might ne the answer to our nation's obesity problem.
Could the answer to obesity be right under our (wrinkled) noses? A September 2013 study published in the journal Science demonstrates that the ability to prevent obesity might be hiding in the intestines of skinny people. The proof is in the poopy.
Researchers from the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine took stool samples from four sets of 20- or 30-something twins, each comprising one lean sister and one obese sister. The scientists then implanted bits of the samples into the intestines of lab mice, in a process called fecal transplantation. Though we think of feces as pure waste, to a scientist it can be a treasure trove of bacteria and chemicals that live in the gut and play important roles in a wide range of body functions from digestion to inflammation and obesity.
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by Alanna Nuñez for SHAPE.comRead More »from New Study Fires Up Old Mammogram Debate
Are younger women benefiting from mammograms?The breast cancer screening debate that started in 2009 when the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that women should start receiving regular mammograms at age 50 instead of 40 has started up again thanks to a new Harvard University study that suggests testing younger women may saves lives.
Researchers followed 600 women who had been diagnosed between 1990 and 1999 and tracked them until 2007. They found that half of the women who died were under age 50, and 71 percent of them never received a mammogram until their diagnosis.
"The biological nature of breast cancer in young women is more aggressive, while breast cancer in older women tends to be more indolent," lead author Blake Cady, professor emeritus of surgery at Harvard Medical School, told Science Recorder. "This suggests that less frequent screening in older women, but more frequent screening in younger women, may be more biologically based, practical, and cost
by Beth ShapouriRead More »from Rubbing Your Body with Broccoli Might Be the New Sunscreen (Researchers Are Testing it Out, at Least)
photo: Chris Gentile We've known for years that eating broccoli is good for you, but a new study put together by researchers at the University of Arizona and Johns Hopkins University is testing out if rubbing it on your skin may reduce the risk of skin cancer.
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Why they think it might work? Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane, which prohibits cancer-causing pathways and activates chemoprotective genes for a one-two cancer-preventing punch. To see if it could work topically, the researchers will test a broccoli solution on skin to see if the compound can effectively block simulated sunlight. If it does, this could mean we might someday be spreading broccoli cream all over ourselves before we head outdoors. But in the meantime, still wear the regular-old SPF stuff. And, yes, eat your broccoli. It'll make your mom happy.
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by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from USDA to Allow China to Process Chickens, Ship Back to U.S
Newly implemented rules will change the way we process chicken in the U.S."Chinese chicken" will soon have a whole new meaning, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently gave the green-light to four chicken processing plants in China, allowing chicken raised and slaughtered in the U.S. to be exported to China for processing, and then shipped back to the U.S. and sold on grocery shelves here.
The actual arrangement will take some time to set in, however. "All this means is that we've deemed China's poultry processing equivalent to the process in the United States," says Arianne Perkins, USDA public affairs specialist. Individual companies will still have to be certified, something Perkins says has not happened yet.
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While the logistics are hard to imagine-if we can't safely leave chicken out for the length of a family picnic, how can it be shipped halfway around the world and back with no ill effects?-the USDA is doing its best to reassure both chicken farmers and
Do this quick self-exam for subtle signs of future health problemsWhat size bra do you wear? How's your sense of smell? Can you still fit into your college jeans?Read More »from Your Body's 10 Weirdest Health Clues
The answers to these questions--plus other weird body clues--may be a surprising predictor of potential future health problems. According to an array of psychic-worthy research, scientists are discovering more and more physical quirks and clues that may be early signs of conditions like Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and cancer. Whip out a mirror and a tape measure, and use these 10 DIY tests to forecast your health; plus, the best strategies to change your destiny.
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1. Finger length
Women whose index fingers are shorter than their ring fingers may be twice as prone to osteoarthritis in the knees, found a 2008 study in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. Those with this predominately male characteristic tend to have lower levels of estrogen, which may also play a role in the development
- Ali Swank | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 2:56 PM EDT
With his high-speed camera, German photographer Martin Klimas often combines art and science. He's photographed vegetables bursting, flower vases cracking, and porcelain figurines breaking apart at impact. This time, Klimas captured colorful, exploding flowers in a series titled, "Rapid Bloom." "I wanted to bring the inside of the blossom outside," Klimas told Yahoo Shine. Check out these spectacular photos featuring delicate flowers shattering and forming amazing abstract art with pieces of vibrant pink, red, and yellow petals filling the images. -- Ali SwankRead More »from Photographer Captures Spectacular Images of Shattering Flowers
- From the editors of Runner's World | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 1:36 PM EDT
BJ Keeton, after losing 146 pounds!NAME: B.J. Keeton (@professorbeej)Read More »from "Running Helped Me Lose 146 Pounds and Overcome Asthma!"
OCCUPATION: College English Instructor and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author
HOMETOWN: Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
FAMILY: Wife, Jennifer; Mom, Judy
What prompted you to start working out?
My wife and I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter during the summer of 2010, and the attendant could barely click the safety harness of the roller coaster over my gut--and I was in the plus-sized seat. My seat only clicked once; everyone else's clicked three times. I thought I was going to fall out of the seat and die. At that moment in the amusement park, I knew my life had to change. I couldn't let my weight--which I had never cared about that much before-hold me back from living my life. I was 27 years old and a newlywed. I had my whole life in front of me. I needed to be able to enjoy it.
How did you start?
By walking. I downloaded the Couch-to-5K app and tried that. But it wanted me to run for 60 seconds at a time, and I just couldn't do it. So
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