Blog Posts by FITNESS Magazine

  • Why Do You Pig Out After You Work Out?

    Denise Crew/FITNESS MagazineBy Sharon Liao

    Before training for my first marathon, I prepped like crazy. I read running books, devised a plan, and scheduled workouts into my Google calendar. What I didn't anticipate was around-the-clock hunger. After a run, my stomach screamed for sustenance all day. "I'm run-gry!" I cried as I plowed through sleeves of crackers and cookies and stacks of pancakes. It's no wonder I didn't shed a pound -- and probably gained a few -- despite logging hundreds of miles in four months.

    Research suggests that my experience is surprisingly common. In a Louisiana State University study, it was the dieters who worked out the most who didn't lose as much weight as they expected to. "Too often, people overcompensate for exercise," explains Mary Jane Detroyer, RD, an exercise physiologist in New York City. "That's one of the main reasons women don't get the weight-loss results they anticipate." Use these strategies to outrun your hunger so you can finally cross your weight-loss finish

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  • 30 Surprisingly Healthy Fast Foods

    Bryan McCay/FITNESS MagazineBryan McCay/FITNESS MagazineBy Karen Ansel, RD

    Sometimes eating on the fly is a fact of life. Findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that fast food accounts for more than 15 percent of daily calories for people in their twenties and thirties. If your busy schedule calls for the occasional grab-and-go meal, FITNESS is here to help. Our cheat sheet identifies two safe bets for lunch or dinner at 10 of the most popular chains. With these menu picks, which each have 480 calories or fewer and are low in artery-clogging saturated fat, you can eat burgers, tacos, and fries guilt-free.

    Related: The Unhealthiest Ballpark Foods to Eat

    McDonald's
    • Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken and low-fat balsamic vinaigrette plus Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait; 375 calories, 9.5g fat (4g saturated)
    • Grilled Honey Mustard Snack Wrap plus small french fries; 480 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated)

    Taco Bell
    • Fresco Steak Burrito Supreme plus black beans; 430 calories, 10.5g fat (3g saturated)
    • Fresco

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  • Best Road Trip Ever: Active Vacations Across the Country

    TIm Soter/FITNESS MagazineBy Rachel Sturtz

    Ride shotgun with FITNESS for this sporty girl's guide to 10 of the most visited cities in America. Whether you want to get amped on adrenaline, hit the water, or burn off the local eats, try these heart-thumping picks for a perfect fit-away.

    Related: 8 Tips for Germ-Free Travel

    New York City
    1. Scale a faux rock face at Brooklyn Boulders climbing gym, where you can take classes or tackle the 22,000 square feet of walls -- from beginner-friendly routes to advanced overhangs -- on your own ($25 for a one-day pass, brooklynboulders.com). To get a grip in Manhattan, head to the multichallenge wall at the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers ($50 for a one-day pass, chelseapiers.com).

    2. Dip your paddle in the Hudson River at one of the free kayaking locations in Manhattan -- Pier 40, Pier 96, or at West 72nd Street -- with walk-up excursions on evenings and weekends (downtownboathouse.org). Or head to Brooklyn for a row on the East River, at either Brooklyn Bridge Park

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  • The 9 Worst Cocktails for Weight Loss

    Peter Ardito/FITNESS MagazinePeter Ardito/FITNESS MagazineBy Jenna Birch
    It's summertime, and all you want to do is sip a cool cocktail under the sun. We hear you. But before you pop in that little pink umbrella, make sure you choose your cocktail carefully for your health and waistline. Here, the biggest cocktail calorie bombs of the season.

    Related: 10 Foods to Never Eat

    Pina Colada
    With its high-cal sugary mixers and artificial flavors-and rum on top of that-a 3.5-ounce pina colada will spike your sugar intake by 35 grams and your calorie count by more than 300 at a minimum. You'll probably consume more calories in this glass than you would with a Big Mac. "There are better ways to treat yourself to a tropical cocktail than mixing sugar with alcohol," says registered dietitian Keri Glassman, author of The New You (and Improved) Diet. She suggests combining rum with unsweetened coconut water and a fresh slice of pineapple to satisfy your craving instead.

    Long Island Iced Tea
    Iced tea? Sounds low-cal, but it's definitely not. "A Long

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  • 7 Surprising Sunburn Hot Spots

    Ericka McConnell/FITNESS MagazineEricka McConnell/FITNESS MagazineBy Lauren Tumas Schumacher

    We all rely on our best buds to tell us when our nose and shoulders are getting red at the beach or by the pool. But it's those everyday scenarios, like watching a baseball game or hanging out at a BBQ that can give you a red-hot surprise. In addition to burning, sun damage comes in the forms of discolorations, wrinkles, and blistering. According to Mona Gohara, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, one blistering sunburn doubles your lifetime risk of melanoma and five regular burns doubles your chance for cancer in that area. (Melanoma is also the number one cancer among women in their 20s.) Learn how to protect areas you might have missed.

    Related: The Best Sun Protection Products to Use This Summer

    Hot Spot: Your Eyes
    We all know that sunglasses will prevent crow's feet from forming around your peepers, but if left unprotected, did you know that your eyes could actually get sunburned?

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  • FITNESS 2013 Healthy Food Awards: The Best Juices

    Lucas Zarebinski/FITNESS MagazineLucas Zarebinski/FITNESS MagazineBy Lauren Cardarelli
    If you're going to drink your calories, make them count with good-for-you juices that taste great -- we found eight!

    Related: Rise and Shine: The Healthiest Cereals

    What Makes a Winner
    Companies submitted 69 new juices to FITNESS. Our experts -- Anar Allidina, RD, a dietitian in private practice in Toronto; Keri Gans, RD, the author of The Small Change Diet; and Stephanie Middleberg, RD, the founder of Middleberg Nutrition in New York City -- helped us determine which ones should move on to the next round. Those finalists were sampled and voted on by FITNESS staffers.

    Trop50 Red Orange
    This stevia-sweetened blood orange juice has "an exotic, not-diety flavor," a tester said, plus less than half the sugar and calories of regular OJ and 120 percent of the vitamin C you need daily. (50 calories)

    POM Coconut
    Looking for a sports drink that tastes like "a tropical vacation in a bottle"? Then this mix of coconut water and pomegranate juice is for you. It's packed

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  • How to Breathe Easier During Exercise

    Laura Doss/FITNESS MagazineBy Peg Rosen

    "Breathe deep into your belly; oxygenate your blood," my yoga instructor says in her signature voice-whisper. I can hear the scubalike ujjayi breaths of my mat mates and do my best to follow suit. A wave of calm may be washing over the room, but I'm just the teeniest bit on edge. Why is everyone breathing better than I am? I wonder. Am I even doing it right?

    In yoga, indoor-cycling, and boot camp classes, we constantly hear about the importance of bringing oxygen to our muscles and the potential of increasing our lung capacity. Suddenly people like me have found ourselves focusing on, even worrying about, our breathing, something our body has been quietly taking care of since the day we emerged from the womb gasping.

    Yet most of us, including instructors, don't know a lot about this basic bodily function. For instance, the level of oxygen in our blood doesn't have much room to rise, no matter how deeply we might breathe (blood is like a sponge that's always about 98

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  • All Puckered Out: What Really Works (and Doesn't) to Get Rid of Cellulite

    Patrick Flanigan/FITNESS MagazinePatrick Flanigan/FITNESS MagazineBy Stephanie Dolgoff

    Supermodels get it. Heck, even Jillian Michaels has it! But you don't have to suffer with the orange-peel effect on your butt and thighs. We got top derms to spill the secrets on what really works -- and what doesn't -- to get rid of cellulite.

    Related: 15-Minute Cellulite Blasting Workout


    What Cellulite Is, Exactly
    I can't tell you how many times I've cast my envious gaze on those women in yoga class who can put their ankles behind their necks or contort into a full wheel while I struggle to reach my toes. Today, though, as I twist in front of the mirror, trying to look at my own butt, I'm grateful for my inflexibility. It's as if my body is protecting me from the dimpled, puckered truth.

    I am talking about cellulite, which some 80 to 90 percent of women -- even Olympic beach volleyball players and supermodel yogis -- have. While those oh-so-attractive lines and divots in your fatty bits are in no way harmful to your health, the dermatologists and plastic

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  • 6 Outdoor Workout Hazards - and How to Prevent Them

    Alexa Miller/FITNESS MagazineBy Marianne Magno

    Spending time with nature has its benefits -- fresh air, vitamin D from the sun, and a nice change of scenery to help you unwind. But taking your workout from the gym to the great outdoors has its downsides too. Here's what you need to know before heading out for a sweat.

    Related: The Summer Slim-Down Workout

    Getting Lost

    Stepping off the treadmill or elliptical means your workout can take you to unfamiliar places. Before you make a trek, make sure you know exactly where you're going. Stop by your nearest REI or local outfitter to find trails and maps. Download apps like National Geographic Park Maps and Maprika, which allow you to track your steps and find trails, even without cell reception. Going in the water? "Swim parallel to shore for a frame of reference and learn to sight an object on the shore," recommends Jeremy Oyen, REI Expert and Curriculum and Training Coordinator for REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach. Doing so also provides a quicker way out of the

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  • Sun-sational! Protection Perks About Sunscreen You Didn't Know

    Laura Doss/FITNESS MagazineBy Eleanor Langston

    Protecting your skin doesn't have to be a goopy, sticky mess. The newest sunscreen formulas are lightweight, prevent wrinkles, and even zap zits. Here's how to use them for prettier, healthier skin all season long.

    Related: Check Yourself: What's Your Skin Cancer Risk?

    Protection Perk: Wearing SPF Cuts Your Skin Cancer Risk in Hal
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    You've got the stats down -- melanoma rates in women under 40 are on the rise, one in five Americans will get skin cancer -- but the latest news will reboot your motivation to shake the bake. A new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that daily use of SPF 15+ sunscreen reduced melanoma risk by 50 percent. Fortunately, it's never been easier to shield your skin. "The newest sunscreens have smart technology and come in sophisticated formulas," says Jeannette Graf, MD, a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York. Our pick: oil, which offers high protection and gives skin a sheen. Try L'Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Sheer Protect

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