John Herr/FITNESS MagazineBy Andrea Bartz
I was headed to the DMV to renew my driver's license, and I had to walk past a food court to get there. Even though I had just eaten lunch, the smell of pizza and Chinese food was making my stomach rumble, and I could practically feel my pupils turning into tiny cheeseburgers, cartoon-style. Ninety minutes' worth of paperwork later, I was slathering extra frosting on a Cinnabon. "We're continually being offered calorie-dense food in big portions, and we don't have to work hard or spend much money to get it," says Barbara Rolls, PhD, the author of The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet. "If you wanted to fatten someone up, you couldn't design a much better environment than the one we live in." And a lot of Americans are succumbing: 33 percent of adults are overweight and 36 percent are obese. But there's good news: You can beat the odds and ditch extra pounds. Here, the 10 hurdles standing between you and your goal weight -- and how to tackle every one.
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A nice big salad does the body good. Not to mention, it's filling but can still keep you feeling light and ready to tackle your next task at hand. But, there's more to vegetables than just salad. A trend that has been circulating for awhile, and gaining more popularity by the minute, is the idea of going "raw until dinner." This is a great way to include more whole fresh foods into the diet. Plus, it's super simple to pull off and can serve as the transitioning phase for those of you who wish to become completely raw vegans. You may even discover a few advantages along your journey. Check out this list! Health (and other) benefits of going raw:
- Increased energy
- Better regularity and improved digestion
- Clear skin
- Post-meal feelings of fullness and satisfaction without feeling overstuffed and bloated
- Less packaging-- the environment thanks you for having less trash! Read this article on composting to learn more
by Thailan PhamRead More »from Steal Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's Rock-Star Arms
Polizzi: WireImage Whoa, mama: A year after giving birth to baby Lorenzo, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi reached a whole new stratosphere of hot momhood when she showed off her svelte figure (and plunging neckline!) at last weekend's MTV Video Music Awards.
Now training with Anthony Michael of Florham Park Fitness, the MTV reality star is reaping the rewards of all her hard work -- and folks are taking notice. "Everyone always says how 'skinny' i am," she says. "[Though] I'd rather people say "you look fit!"
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One of her most transformative body parts? Her toned arms. "I've never really had upper body strength, and now that I do, I can't get enough of it," she admits. "I love my pushups, even if i feel like I'm going to die!" And Polizzi's got one that bust any pushup boredom, her Renegade Row Pushups. In addition to carving serious biceps and triceps, it wins bonus points as a total-body toner, too.
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by Sarah-Jane BedwellRead More »from Tips on Eating Comfort Food Out, Guilt Free
Courtesy of Cracker BarrelThere's nothing quite like Cracker Barrel's specialty, country-style Southern comfort food. I should know since I live in Tennessee -- home of Cracker Barrel's HQ and (in my opinion!) the heart of the South. So when Cracker Barrel released their new Wholesome Fixin's Menu this week, it was this Southern dietitian's dream realized. The Wholesome Fixin's menu feature breakfast, lunch and dinner that still fall within the category of comfort-style fare, yet manage to have each dish remain under 600 calories. Here are a few of my new faves.
Multi-Grain French Toast: This sweet breakfast choice starts with multi-grain french toast grilled to golden perfection and then is topped off with fresh fruit. Served with the honey citrus yogurt sauce or sugar-free syrup, it clocks in at 480 calories.
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Good Morning Breakfast: Talk about a hearty start to your day: This dish features two scrambled Egg Beaters, your choice of
by SELF StaffersRead More »from 6 Easy Ways to Rev Up Your Metabolism
photo: Arthur BelebeauSad truth: Your metabolism starts to stall in your 30s. But don't stress (it ages you!). Get it cranking with these tips.
Running doesn't just burn calories. It also slows the aging process, a Stanford University study suggests. We've got six more ways you can rev up your metabolism.
Sculpting and maintaining lean muscle keeps your metabolism on high, because it uses more energy (as in burns more calories) than fat. Aim to strength train for 20 minutes, three times a week.
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Do Some Cardio, Too
Got four minutes? Try Tabata, the high-intensity form of interval training that alternates 20 seconds of all-out effort with 10 seconds of rest. It's quick and effective--a new study shows Tabata can double your metabolic rate for 30 minutes post-exercise. Or try some at-home routines.
Your body needs a little energy to digest food, so having small, frequent meals (around 200 calories) stokes your
POPSUGAR FoodSource: Beyond Balsamic: A Basic Guide to Vinegar
If balsamic is the only variety of vinegar in your pantry, then it's time to expand your horizons. Whether you're looking for a sweet, savory, or tangy taste, you can boost flavor easily with the right vinegar. Not sure where to start? We're breaking down some of the most popular types of vinegar and the best dishes to drizzle them on, so before you grab your standby balsamic, take a look at these must-try vinegars.
- Apple cider: Tan, tart, and slightly fruity, apple cider vinegar works best in salad dressings and poultry marinades.
- Champagne: Champagne vinegar is made with the grapes used for the sparkling wine with the same name. Light like the bubbly itself and with a hint of vanilla, it's a great addition to fruity salads, poultry marinades, and sweet sauces.
- Sherry: Dark in color, sherry vinegar is a fragrant, flavorful pick that's ideal for vinaigrettes, soups, and sauces.
- Wine: Red and white wine vinegars are
- DuJour | Healthy Living – Wed, Aug 28, 2013 5:05 PM EDT
When Serena Williams walks into into the Imperial Suite at The St. Regis on Fifth Avenue, it's impossible to notice anyone else. In total, there are nine of us-publicists, hotel staff, two photographers, a trainer-but her presence is so powerful, everyone fades into the background. Her chiseled legs are prominently displayed in a lace minidress, and with the help of four-inch black suede stilettos, she stands at about 6-foot-1. Her mane is a wild-but-not-unruly labyrinth of tiny uniform curls. She's profoundly intimidating.
But Williams introduces herself with a whisper: "Nice to meet you," she says, with a handshake. Her gentle demeanor is somewhat at odds with the sometimes explosive, unstoppable force we see on the tennis court. As we sit side by side on a couch in the suite's living room, I almost forget: The woman to my right is literally the best female tennis player in the universe. The reminder, as if I needed it, came three days later, when Williams won her opening matchRead More »from The Softer Side of Serena Williams: An Exclusive Interview
POPSUGAR FitnessSource: Must-Dos For Sculpting Muscles Faster
Your busy schedule hardly allows for time to exercise, so when you steal away for an hour, you want to make that workout count. If a toned physique is your goal, here are essential strength-training tips for quickly achieving the sculpted muscles you desire.
- Work Out More Often: Hitting a total-body bootcamp session on Saturdays is awesome, but if you really want to see your hard work pay off, include strength-training sessions three times a week. Be sure to include rest days in between workouts, since this recovery time is what builds muscles. Mix up the exercises you do at each session, the equipment you use, and the order you work your muscles, and you're bound to notice a sculpted physique faster than if you only strength train once a week.
- Don't Just Sit There: While doing shoulder presses or other arm exercises, it's tempting to sit down on a bench, but you'll get more out of your workout if you stand on a BOSU ball, or if you
Source: The Secret to Fast Weight Loss: KettlebellsRead More »from The Secret to Fast Weight Loss: Kettlebells
There's a reason why so many people love kettlebell training - after all, who doesn't want a total-body resistance and cardio workout that only takes half an hour? And even more surprising, an American Council on Exercise (ACE) study recently found that the average person can burn 400 calories in just 20 minutes with a kettlebell. That's an amazing 20 calories a minute, or the equivalent of running a six-minute mile! What makes the workout so effective, especially when compared with traditional weights like barbells or dumbbells? "You're moving in different planes of movement," says Laura Wilson, director of programming for KettleWorX. "Instead of just going up and down, you're going to move side to side and in and out, so it's much more functional. It's like you move in real life; kettlebells simulate that movement, unlike a dumbbell."
As a result, Laura says, you end up using more of your stabilizer muscles than traditional weight
POPSUGAR FitnessSource: An Easy Way to Find a Yoga Teacher You LoveRead More »from An Easy Way to Find a Yoga Teacher You Love
The right yoga teacher can be your catalyst for personal change. But if you're brand-new to the world of yoga, it can be hard to know where to seek out an amazing teacher. Take these tips to heart as you search for a student-teacher match - your guru isn't far off.
Ask around: To learn about the best instructors in your area, you need to research. Reach out via social media, ask your coworkers, and look up reviews online. This isn't a foolproof method to find a teacher that you'll connect with, but it offers a jumping off point to see of who's teaching in your area.
Don't be blinded: Big names (and bigger reputations) might lure you into class, but if you're not digging someone's teaching style, don't feel pressured to keep on attending. Just like a romantic relationship, you shouldn't feel like you have to force it! There will absolutely be parts of the class where you're physically uncomfortable, but you will know if someone's
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