By Jennipher Walters, for SparkPeople
Spending a good 60 minutes on the treadmill is a surefire way to make you feel accomplished. After completing the machine's fat-burning workout, you feel great and quite proud of yourself as you stare at the number flashing on the screen: 752 calories burned. "Wow," you think. "That's enough to splurge on a little dessert later."
The old saying goes that what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's wrong when it comes to cardio machines. What you don't know about that treadmill, elliptical, stair stepper or stationary bike may not cause you physical pain, but it may significantly hamper your fitness and weight-loss goals. It's time we set the cardio-machine record straight! Read on as we bust four common cardio machine myths-and help you avoid their lure.
Myth #1: The Fat-Burning Program Helps You Burn More Fat and Lose Weight
I see this happen time and time again at the gym. People hop on their piece of cardio equipment, run through the
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By Tanya Jolliffe, for SparkPeopleRead More »from Eat Healthy in a Hurry
Whether you're overworked or just plain overstressed, time is valuable to all of us. When making a lifestyle change, it can easily seem overwhelming to include new habits like exercise and healthy eating into your jam-packed days. Between everything else you've got going on, how are you also supposed to find time to prepare healthy meals and read all those labels in the grocery store? These tips will help you spend even less time in the grocery store, emerge with healthy ingredients, and cook diet-friendly meals in minutes, whether you're serving one, two or ten.
Time-Saving Grocery Shopping
Keeping a grocery list may seem like a waste of time in the moment, but it will actually save you time while shopping. While any old list is better than none, here are some tips that will turn your list into time well spent.
1. Keep a running list. One of the best places to keep your grocery list is in the kitchen-on the fridge, on a bulletin or wipe board, or
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A mesmerizing time-lapse video showing a young Aussie's transition from male to female is making fast rounds on the blogosphere.
Set to the Beatles' love song "Girl," the one-minute, 43-second video motors through about a thousand photos to capture a striking gender change.
"This video is of me going through a 3-year transition," writes the subject, identified only with her YouTube screen name "iiGethii." She explains she started filming herself at about the age of 20 and had undergone "FFS," or Facial Feminization Surgery, during the process. FFS is the term given to a collection of surgeries, popular with transgender women, which alter bony and soft-tissue on the face, neck and thyroid to create a more obviously female appearance.
The mini-doc has garnered more than 710,000 views since being posted two months ago, and has been artfully arranged, starting with a lavender ratings screen that says "The following film has been approved for all transgender people by the trans picture Read More »from Watch Man Transition to Woman in Transgender Time-Lapse Video
Stop depriving yourself and eat as much as you want -- just make sure you eat the right foods.
By Rachael Anderson
Is losing weight one of your New Year's resolutions? Have you tried every diet before with no luck? Stop depriving yourself. According to Joel Fuhrman, MD, the secret to losing weight -- and keeping it off -- is to eat as much as you want. But there is one caveat: You have to eat the right foods. By "right," he means foods that provide more nutritional bang for the calorie buck. Dr. Fuhrman recently shared his top five essential foods for successful weight loss with Dr. Oz.
"This is the most powerful fruit and the best!" says Fuhrman. Pomegranate is filled with antioxidants and nutrients that help you burn fat and boost your immune system. Even better, says Fuhrman, it doesn't spike your blood sugar -- which is key to losing weight.
Don't feel like spending the time digging out pomegranate seeds? Go for the juice. Pure pomegranate juice with no added sugar is jam packed with antioxidants.Read More »from Joel Fuhrman’s 5 Essential Foods for Weight Loss
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Sure, your iPhone is a lifesaver when it comes to multitasking, but did you know that it could also be causing significant physical and emotional health problems for you? Check out this list and see if you identify with any of these problems -- and then find out how to remedy the situation.
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The problem: Becoming addicted to your phone has become such a real condition that experts have given it a name: "Nomophobia" (no-mobile-phone-phobia). It's not limited to the hardcore Wall Street types with their "crackberries" though; it's more widespread than we realized. A recent survey found that 84 percent of the world's population said they could not go one day without their phones, and current research shows that nearly two-thirds of teens and young adults check their phones every 15 minutes or less. The anxiety and stress over missing out on a text or Facebook update can take such a toll on peoples' health that
- Gretchen Rubin | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 10, 2013 11:07 AM EST
Time for something completely different. This is a list that appears in an essay by Jorge Luis Borges, "The Analytical Language of John Wilkins," in Borges: Selected Non-Fictions.
I have no idea why I love this passage so much, but I do.
These ambiguities, redundancies and deficiencies recall those attributed by Dr. Franz Kuhn attributes to a certain Chinese encyclopedia entitled Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge. In its distant pages it is written that animals are divided into:
(a) those belonging to the emperor;
(b) embalmed ones;
(c) those that are trained;
(d) suckling pigs;
(f) fabulous ones;
(g) stray dogs;
(h) those that are included in this classification;
(i) those that tremble as if they were mad;
(j) innumerable ones;
(k) those drawn with a very fine camel's-hair brush;
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How to sleep soundly through the night1. Sleep Killer: Too Much CoffeeRead More »from 9 Causes of Insomnia – and What to Do About Them
Caffeine blocks the sleep-inducing action of the brain chemical adenosine. It can also reduce the amount you make of the sleep hormone melatonin. Not only will it lead to trouble dropping off, but also you'll sleep restlessly. In an Israeli study, subjects given caffeinated coffee had about half as much melatonin in their systems as those who were given decaf. They also took twice as long to fall asleep and slumbered an average of 79 minutes less.
Solution: Drink early, but not often. Limit caffeine consumption to 250 milligrams a day (about 16 ounces of coffee), the amount most of us can handle without its causing bedtime troubles. It takes about six to eight hours for your body to clear enough caffeine to avoid its interfering with your sleep, so put your cup down by 2 P.M.
2. Sleep Killer: Too Much Light
While playing a few rounds of Words With Friends on your iPad or spending two hours in front of the tube may help you wind down, your body's
by Christina GoyanesRead More »from Are Weight-Loss Wagers Your Best Bet?
Save money, lose weight?The fear of losing dough is helping some people lose extra dough around their waists. Last year Rick and Kay Woollen of Tobaccoville, NC, signed up for HealthyWage.com, a weight-loss program that allows you (and others) to place cash bets on whether you can finally shed unwanted pounds. The Wollens dropped a combined total of more than 120 pounds-and cashed in on more than $6,000.
"It's a motivator," Kay, 50, told the Today Show. "You don't want to lose your own money, and you don't want to lose somebody else's." Even science says a little healthy gambling may pay off: A 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that dieters who had financial incentives-the prospect of gaining or losing money-to shed weight were more successful than those who did not.
HealthyWage.com isn't the only Vegas-style online program. Websites such as Stickk.com, Fatbet.net, and DietBet.com are also looking for heavy-set high-rollers to get in on the
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Three Eating healthy is a goal many people set and it's certainly a great one. "Healthy" is a surprisingly relative term, however, and many of the believed-to-be-good-for-you foods aren't actually as nutritious as you may think. Here are three that don't merit the "health food" label in my book.
Flavored, Sweetened Milk Alternatives
Non-dairy milks are growing in popularity and oftentimes are seen as a healthier alternative to good 'ol moo juice-but upon closer examination, it is hard to decipher what makes them healthier for the average person. If you have a whey or casein allergy, then milk alternatives are a must-have, and if you are lactose-intolerant then they can be useful. Outside of those situations (which are rarer than most people think), cow's milk is better for you than any flavored almond, soy, coconut, or other dairy-free milk.
With the exception of soy milk, this class of beverages is seriously lacking in the protein department, a
- All You Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 10, 2013 9:58 AM EST
The Diva Cup: we tried it, and aren't ashamed to admit how much we love it! (Seriously.)Read More »from Finally! There's a Product that Means Never Buying Another Tampon Ever Again
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