- Shape Magazine | Vitality | Wed, Apr 4, 2012 10:22 AM EDT | CommentsWhile you can't target exactly where you'll lose body fat (aka spot reduce), you can tailor your workouts to help build more lean muscle in certain spots. We've got moves to hit all your problem areas (no equipment required). And since targeted training means you'll be adding lean muscle to your frame, these exercises can also help you burn more fat! Add a few of these toning moves into your regular routine to see a difference:
Tone your trouble zones!1. Problem: Arm flab
Reclining tricep press
Solution: Reclining triceps press: Don't be fooled by the word "reclining"-this move is anything but relaxing! You'll challenge your triceps muscles to tighten up the backs of your arms, while engaging your core muscles at the same time.
How to do it: Start seated with your knees bent, feet flexed, and heels on the ground. Keeping your abs tight, lean back and lower yourself onto your elbows, keeping your spine straight (your back should remain off the ground) with your hands facing your body, palms flat on the floor.
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- Shape Magazine | Vitality | Wed, Mar 28, 2012 4:07 PM EDT | Comments
Drinking oil? Cake for breakfast? They sound pretty suspicious and had us thinking, "But what's the catch?" Turns out there isn't one! When paired with a healthy and active lifestyle, each of these bizarre strategies can actually help you lose weight. Read on to see if they'll work for you.1. Drinking oil: When The Shangri-La Diet author Seth Roberts, PhD, a professor of psychology, pioneered the role of "flavorless calories" in weight loss, everyone thought he was crazy. Roberts didn't let that affect his research and now a decade later, his diet has quite the success rate.
Drink two tablespoons of oil.
The Shangri-La Diet says you can lose weight by drinking 1-3 tablespoons of sugar water and/or 1-2 tablespoons of extra-light (not virgin) olive oil twice daily between meals. According to Roberts, the diet curbs your appetite and dramatically lowers your body's "set point" (the weight at which it naturally wants to settle).
His theory: If you eat a variety of familiar, flavor-rich foods, the brain stimulate...Read More »
- Mon, Apr 2, 2012 10:00 AM EDT | CommentsBy Patty Hodapp, SHAPE Magazine
- Healthy Self, Self Magazine | Vitality | Fri, Mar 30, 2012 4:46 PM EDT | CommentsWe have a list of the biggest weight-loss myths out there. Don't be fooled!
7 Weight-Loss 'Myths' That You Shouldn't Believe
Jim White, registered dietician, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, gave HealthySELF his top 7 weight-loss myths -- and the real truth behind each of them:
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1. Don't eat after 8 pm.
"There is no magic time when the carriage turns into a pumpkin -- and if there was, that pumpkin can't tell time anyway!" says White. It's not about the when, he explains, it's about the what and how much. One problem is that people tend to eat too much of the wrong types of food at night (mindless munching in front of the television). Not eating enough during the day or boredom are two reasons behind the nighttime binges, says White, but if you eat the proper amount throughout the day, you will not be famished at night and take it out on the chips and ice cream.
2. You should wait until you're REALLY hungry to eat.
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- Thirdage.com | Vitality | Fri, Mar 4, 2011 7:51 PM EST | Comments
One of the most important lessons I learned after turning 50 is that it's never too late to get in shape. Along with a regular cardio program and eating right, strength training is one of the best things you can do for your body, and your health.
It can be a little more challenging for those of us over 50, especially if, like me, you haven't been doing too much of anything for a number of years. But it isn't impossible. Far from it. And as I discovered, we don't have to spend a lot of money on gyms, equipment or trainers to achieve our fitness goals.
When I turned 50 a few years ago, I had loads of questions about many things: Was I getting all the right health checks? Should I be eating more protein or less? Could I still wear jeans? Was my hair too long? Let's not even talk about the 15 "post-menopausal" pounds I packed on. Even more important than that: how could I keep osteoporosis at bay?
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For many years I had heard, and r