Bonnie Holland/FITNESS MagazineBy Stephanie Dolgoff
Whenever I watch an infomercial, I sit there rapt, as the woman on the screen struggles with the same traumas of being female that I do: lopsided boobs, bra bulge, unwanted facial hair (as if any such growth other than your eyebrows is wanted, really), an avalanche of plastic lids tumbling out of her cabinet, and blobby upper arms that flap like grand-opening flags outside a car dealership, to name a few. Her moments of unutterable frustration are always filmed in black and white. Then, just as when Dorothy lands in Oz, we see a burst of Technicolor as our heroine employs the cheesy-name miracle gadget that instantly solves her problem.
So when FITNESS asked me to indulge my craving for infomercial products to my heart's content, I was thrilled. Now I could satisfy my curiosity as well as yours. Here's the lowdown on what made me fitter, as well as what reaffirmed the adage "If it sounds too good to be true, it's not worth $19.95 plus shipping and handling."
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 3, 2013 11:13 AM EDT
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Exercising keeps you fit, healthy, and happy, but to lose real weight, you also have to focus on what you eat.Runners know the miles they log on the pavement, trails, and the treadmill are great for keeping them fit and healthy. High on the list of the sport's many virtues? It is an amazing tool for weight control. But weight loss is a different story. Because you run, you may think you can eat whatever you want and still drop pounds. Unfortunately, that's not true. Running is only half of the equation. You have to look hard at what and how you eat, too.Read More »from The Golden Rules of Weight Loss
Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., pinpoints eight crucial nutrition rules of weight loss in Run Your Butt Off!, a new Runner's World book for beginning runners who are coming to the sport to lose weight. Bonci's advice can help any runner who wants to lose weight--whether it's five pounds or 25. She'll show you how to track your food intake, space meals to ward off hunger, and honestly reckon with the calories you consume in a day (brace yourself). These methods were tested by real runners who overhauled their eating habits and shed dozens of
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 3, 2013 10:52 AM EDT
One of the perks of being married is better health, right? We've known that for a long time now. Not only do married people engage in fewer self-destructive behaviors, like smoking or doing drugs, they tend to keep an eye on each other's health and support each other through stressful times. All this leads, research shows, to a longer, more healthful life than we would have enjoyed if we'd never married.
However, sometimes we like to undercut ourselves. Or our spouses. We ask, "Does this make me look fat?" or we poke at the belly that is chubbier than when we were newlyweds. We wonder and worry if our spouses will still love us if we gain weight or if our body looks different than it did on our wedding day. I can speak of this based on firsthand experience, in fact, because it actually happened to me. I had only been married a few months - but had gained at least a dozen pounds - when I found myself facing these exact questions.
I cried to my husband about my fears that heRead More »from How Concentrating on Your Health Can Lead to a Better Marriage
Don't let all of your hard work at spin class go to waste by eating or drinking things that won't make you feel-and look-your best. These superfoods will help you power through a tough sweat session and leave you ready for more tomorrow. By Paige Carlotti, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Best Pre- and Post- Workout Snacks
Pre-workout: Banana and peanut butter
You can dip just about anything in peanut butter, but bananas are the way to go when it comes to fueling up for a workout. They're rich in potassium, an essential mineral that is frequently lost in large amounts while breaking a sweat. One hour before a tough gym session, smear a tablespoon of your favorite protein-packed, all-natural spread onto the carbo-loaded fruit for the fuel your muscle tissue and nervous system need, says Christine Avanti, author of Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food. The protein-carb, or PC-combo, offers a healthful balance of lean protein and fiber to stabilize blood sugar, thus curbing any nasty sweets cravings later.
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- One Green Planet | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 3, 2013 9:29 AM EDT
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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
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.We do our best to keep healthy around here. Some walk to work, others avoid gluten, and some of us just opt for low-fat cream cheese when schmearing our giant everything bagels. No one's regimen is the same, but there is one thing we all have in common: Dessert is mandatory. If you saw the hordes that gather at R29 office birthdays, you'd think that Oprah was giving away baby pandas.
Still, a little sugar goes a long way. The fact is, healthy desserts are easier than you think. We whipped up three ideal summer desserts that are junk-free and crazy-delicious. There's no magic to these recipes, no artificial sweeteners, and no faux-fat substitutes. Just straight-up goodness and no junk-factor. There's more to life than kale salad, people. It's time for dessert.
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We always love cracking the top of a freshly torched crème brûlée, but with heaps of egg yolk and cream, it's the kind of
- One Green Planet | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 2, 2013 1:29 PM EDT
1. Margarita Ice CreamThink of gazpacho: cool and refreshing, with spicy undertones, now put that idea into liquid form, minus the vegetables of course. With infused tequila, this version gets an extra-tasty kick.
Get the recipe HERE or click on the image below.
Skip the usual chocolate and vanilla this time and opt for an unforgettable treat: margarita ice cream! This drink-inspired dessert is served in a salt rimmed glass and garnished with a slice of lime for the full sweet, salty, and tart experience of the cocktail. Since alcohol and salt are the two main ingredients in a margarita and also happen to melt ice cream, orange extract is used instead of triple sec so the tequila, flavor, and creaminess needn't be diluted.
2. Bloody Marias Made with Infused Tequila
Get the recipe HERE or click on the image below.
3. Drunken Cherry Coconut Cocktail Ice Cream
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A cocktail and a dessert all in one! What's not to love? This is Read More »from 7 Healthy Alcohol-Infused Desserts and Drinks for Labor Day
- One Green Planet | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 2, 2013 11:33 AM EDT
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There are number of factors that weigh us down in the energy department each day, if we take care to be cognizant of what we're putting into our bodies then we might find a simple solution that will help improve our energy levels and moods. To kick-start your day with a new burst of energy, whip up any of these five delicious recipes, with plenty of nutrient-rich foods like blueberries, chia seeds, garlic, kale, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes that will serve you well throughout your busy day at home, work or school.
Start your day out right with this energizing chia lucuma coconut smoothie. The chia seeds serve as great sources of protein, fiber and Omega fats while the lucuma powder offers a nice boost of antioxidants and B vitamins. If you like a little more heft to your breakfast in the morning, pair a cup of this smoothie with some granola or fruit pudding.
By lunchtime, your energy levels will still probably be on the
By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29
You might be getting ready to shove your bikini into the depths of your closet, but wanting to be in stellar shape isn't a goal that goes away when the temperature starts to drop. Still, we also recognize that many of you aren't into doing crazy amounts of cardio and strength-training on the daily - you're busy girls and you need to maximize your workout time.
Enter: Mark Hibbard, a personal trainer and founder of Next Level Fitness Formula in New Jersey. His prescription for a maximized workout that will totally transform your bod? Sliders. No, not the mini burgers (although that would be the best workout regimen ever, no?) - those little pads that let your feet graze the floor like you are pretend ice skating.
Coupling a few basic fitness moves with this tiny-but-mighty workout tool can be a sweat-session game changer. "Slider-pad exercises allow you to do smooth, graceful movements thatRead More »from 10 Easy Moves to Revamp Your Workout
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