You're losing, you're still losing, you can't believe how well this is working! Then, the scale comes to a screeching halt. We've all been there: the dreaded weight loss plateau. While plateaus are normal--according to a report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, weight loss typically halts after six months--they're also completely bustable. Power through that plateau and get back on track today with these simple tips.
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Change it up
If your weight loss is in a rut, chances are so are you. "If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting," says Prevention fitness advisor Chris Freytag. Try that kickboxing class you've always wanted, enlist a friend (and her new route) on your nightly walk, or make meatless Monday a three-day phase this week. Trick your body into working a little harder, and you'll burn more calories.
Check your portions
You're losing, you're still losing, you can't believe how well this is working! Then, the scale comes to a screeching halt. We've all been there: the dreaded weight loss plateau. While plateaus are normal--according to a report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, weight loss typically halts after six months--they're also completely bustable. Power through that plateau and get back on track today with these simple tips.Read More »from 4 Ways to Prevent a Weight Loss Plateau
Speed Up Your MetabolismSure, your metabolism slows as you get older. But who says you have to take that sitting down? New research shows the best ways to burn more calories - faster!
Traditional wisdom holds that a sluggish metabolism is a curse of midlife, like needing reading glasses to use a smartphone or starting to worry about your retirement plan. So we fight the slowdown, eating like parakeets for a few days or launching into an intense exercise routine. When a week goes by with no miracles, we give up and resume the same bad habits - sloppy portions, half-hearted workouts, and non-petite servings of imported cheese.
Ok, put away the Brie and consider this: About 30% of your metabolism is under your control (the rest, devoted to such mundane but essential functions as digesting food and repairing cells, isn't). And as researchers get deeper into the physiology of weight regulation, they're fine-tuning their understanding of what it takes to ramp up that 30% and drop pounds. Happily, it starts withRead More »from 11 Ways to Rev Up Your Metabolism
Most of us know we should be eating more produce each day (at least five servings, we're contractually obligated to tell you). But it also seems that our produce palate is about as exciting as a pair of basic khakis.Read More »from 16 Ways to Eat Better, Starting Now
According to a recent study based on government nutritional data, we're coming up short in terms of eating a variety of fruit and vegetable colors: Sixty-nine percent of Americans don't get enough green; 78 percent don't get enough red; 86 percent don't get enough white; 88 percent don't get enough purple/blue; and 79 percent don't get enough yellow/orange. We tend to eat the same produce over and over again.
This skew toward bland means we're missing out on a lot more than just good-tasting food. "There are unique phytochemicals, or plant chemicals, that vary from color to color. These various compounds all do different things to protect your health. If you're eating only red bell peppers, you're going to be limited as far as health benefits because you're not getting
BabyThe baby blues are a very, very real thing. So is postpartum depression, which is more than just a little case of new mom sadness. Postpartum depression (PPD) can lead to feelings of inadequacy, and can cause a lack of bonding between mom and baby, and even self-harm, harm to the child, or suicide. Luckily, awareness of the topic in recent years has increased, and there's even a center focused solely on perinatal mood disorders.Read More »from Can Having a Baby Give You OCD?
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My biggest fear during pregnancy wasn't stretch marks, pain, or discomfort - it was PPD. I heard so much about it that I was convinced it would happen to me, and I probably asked my midwife how I could prevent it at every appointment. During all of these conversations, no one ever mentioned that depression may not be the only mood disorder that is triggered by giving birth.
A lesser-known effect of new motherhood is the onset of anxiety disorders like obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
One summer day in 2005, writer Molly Haskell’s 60-year-old brother, John Cheves (who went by Chevey), dropped by her New York City apartment and revealed an earth-shattering secret. He had a disorder called "gender dysphoria," and was going to become a woman. Read More »from When a Brother Becomes a Sister
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Haskell writes about the experience in an upcoming memoir titled My Brother, My Sister (Viking/Penguin Books, September 5. 2013), in which she documents "losing" her brother and gaining a sister, and how her relationship with her sibling evolved, along with his body, as he became a female named Ellen Clark Hampton.
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“What’s shocking is that there were no clues, even in hindsight, that Chevey wanted to be a woman,” Haskell told Yahoo! Shine. “But as I went through this journey, I learned that it’s often the most unsuspecting people—stereotypically masculine men—who are privately battling gender identity
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Aug 27, 2013 9:57 AM EDT
Confirmation that redheads should be extra cautious in the sun.Although only 1 to 2 percent of the world's population is naturally redheaded, redheads seem to always have two distinct characteristics that make them unique and beautiful-their vivacious hair color and their snow-white skin. Fun fact: The two actually come as a package deal, because a specific mutation of a gene called MC1R results in both that ravishing red hair and paler skin tone.
Unfortunately, with lighter skin there usually comes a higher risk for skin cancer. And now, specific research connects the gene that gives redheads their signature color to a heightened risk for developing melanoma. Not so fun fact.
Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, originates in pigment-producing skin cells called melanocytes. UVA and UVB rays both can cause these skin cells to mutate, which increases UV damage to the skin and significantly ups a person's risk for skin cancer.
A series of experiments done at Harvard Medical School andRead More »from Important Sun News: People with This Hair Color Have a Higher Risk of Melanoma
Why does your head hurt?Pounding, throbbing, stabbing, aching - welcome to the world of headaches, an ailment that affects more than 45 million Americans each year.Read More »from 43 Surprising Headache Triggers
Humans have been suffering from the malady for millennia. Recorded depictions date back to at least 4000 B.C. in Mesopotamia, where it was thought that Tiu, the evil spirit of headaches, was to blame. The shenanigans of evil spirits were assumed to be the cause of headaches throughout many cultures, and gave rise to trephination - a procedure in which a small circular portion of the skull was removed, creating egress for the pain-triggering spirits.
Given how agonizing a headache can be, rowdy evil spirits wreaking havoc doesn't seem all that much of a stretch. Fortunately we know better now, and in most cultures no longer rely on holes drilled in the head for relief. But if not evil sprits, what does cause the pain?
There are many catalysts that can create the ache, and medical literature has complied a lengthy compendium of causes.
- Martha Stewart | Healthy Living – Mon, Aug 26, 2013 5:29 PM EDT
You already know that what you eat and drink directly affects your long-term wellness. But did you know that certain items in your refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, and spice rack can treat everyday health concerns such as colds, occasional stomach upset, skin blemishes, and tension headaches?
"For common ailments and 'owies,' " explains renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, author of "Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest," "home remedies often work better than drugs, with fewer potential side effects."
In fact, many of the world's healing traditions have their roots in the kitchen. India's millennia-old system, Ayurveda, for instance, holds that "common herbs, spices, and sweeteners are among the foundations of health," says Patricia Hansen, cofounder of the Rocky Mountain Institute for Yoga and Ayurveda in Boulder, Colorado.
And it's not just Eastern health systems. " 'Let food be thy medicine' was among the famed aphorisms of Hippocrates, known as the father of WesternRead More »from Cure All the Things: Fast Fixes Lurking in Your Kitchen
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No one has time to run to the doctor for every stuffy nose or aching muscle, but relying on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs for seemingly minor health problems sometimes does more harm than good. In certain cases, medication can make symptoms worse or mask more complicated conditions. Read this, then decide which route--a pill or an appointment--is best for you.
The Problem: You woke up with congestion, a runny nose, and a phlegmy cough.
Pill or Doc? Pill. For up to one week while you ride out a cold, take a cold medicine that contains an antihistamine (to dry out passages) and a decongestant (to open airways), says Marc Leavey, MD, an internist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. And don't forget to drink plenty of fluids. Though doctors may prescribe Z-Paks (six tablets of azithromycin, the most commonly prescribed antibiotic in the United States) to treat cold viruses, they're effectiveRead More »from Achoo! when You Should See a Doctor
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Aug 26, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
Bridget Christie won the annual Foster's Edinburgh comedy award—a 33-year-old stand-up showcase in which performers compete for most prestigious prize in British comedy. Considering the fact that comics are a major U.K. export (Ricky Gervais, Sacha Baron Cohen, Russell Brand) and the fact that so few of those comics are women, Christie's win is a pretty big deal.On Saturday, feminist and British comedian Read More »from Bridget Christie Is Named UK's Funniest Person. Here's Why
The 38-year-old, who’s been known to perform dressed as a donkey or from the perspective of an ant, took home $1,500 for her show “A Bic For Her.” The show gets its name from a set of pastel-colored “female-friendly” writing utensils, released by pen company Bic in 2012, to much backlash. Christie’s humor draws from her perspective as a human rights activist and she often pokes fun at women’s magazines, male chauvinism, and politics.
“A Bic For Her” was described by Nica Burns, a rep for the contest as, "beautifully written, delightfully delivered. Whilst high on the laughter count,
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