Blog Posts by Healthy SELF, SELF Magazine

  • 42 Percent of Americans Will Be Obese by 2030

    Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman, SELF magazine

    Bad news, ladies: According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030, meaning you could look (and feel) very different 18 years from now.
    About two-thirds of Americans are currently overweight and about 34 percent of adults are obese -- and fitting into their skinny jeans is the least of their problems. Obesity has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer, among other health issues. Plus, the report also predicts that in 2030, 11 percent of Americans will be severely obese, defined as more than 100 pounds overweight.

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    So what can you do NOW to make sure this doesn't happen to you? We asked SELF contributing editors Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh, registered dietitians and co-founders of C&J Nutrition, how you can stay healthy, slim and sexy well into 2030 and beyond. Here are

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  • 5 Beginner Spin Class Tips so You Look like a Pro

    Dana Meltzer Zepeda, SELF magazine

    Spinning is a great way to torch major calories regardless of your fitness level, but that doesn't mean you become invincible once you strap on your cycling shoes. So, rather than hop on a bike unprepared for such a rigorous workout, Fit Like Us turned to CycleHouse Chief Ride Officer Nichelle Hines to provide her top five tips to make any beginner look like a pro.

    The Mistake:
    Not Eating or Drinking Before Class

    The Fix:
    "Your preparation before class is what sets you up for success once you are there," says Hines. "It is important not to be too full or too hungry and well hydrated. You know you are properly hydrated if you are not feeling thirsty." Not sure what to eat? Check out our best picks for pre- (and post-) workout snacks!

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    The Mistake:
    Not Engaging Your Core

    The Fix:
    "I tell my riders to imagine a girdle around their middle to remind them that the abdominals need to remain involved,"

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  • The Reason Why You Can't Sleep at Night

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Do you have a love-hate relationship with the Sandman? If you're like a lot of people, you aren't always getting a full night of sweet beauty sleep -- a new National Sleep Foundation poll shows that about 41 percent of people report problems with tossing and turning at least a few nights a week.

    So what's keeping you up with the moon and the stars? It just might be your bedroom! According to the poll results, bedroom environment is critical to the quality of your sleep. "Your bedroom is your sleep sanctuary," Joseph M. Ojile, MD, board member of the National Sleep Foundation and founder and CEO of Clayton Sleep Institute in St Louis, MO, tells HealthySELF.
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    Based on the poll results, here are five ways to make sure your bedroom lulls you to sleep at night:

    Invest in a comfy mattress and pillows (and good sheets)
    . About nine out of 10 people polled rate having a comfortable mattress and pillows (91 percent) as

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  • Why You Should Dress Up when You're Feeling Down

    SELF magazine

    Need an instant pick-me-up? Check your closet! New research shows that what you wear has the ability to boost your mood (or bring you down). Check out these cool stats about what kind of clothes tend to have the biggest influence on your state of mind :

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    Want an excuse to stock up on sundresses? Women are ten times more likely to put on a favorite frock when they are in a good mood, as opposed to when they are feeling down, according to research from the University of Hertfordshire. Because of this, you might want to pull on a dress even when you're feeling low. Putting on clothes that you associate with happy times can perk you up and put you in a more positive mindset, saving you from a grumpy day.

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    The most popular outfit for when we're in a funk: jeans and a baggy top, according to the same study. When people are feeling down, they often try to hide themselves more by wearing loose

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  • How Long is TOO Long for an Engagement?

    Photo: Courtesy of apple.comPhoto: Courtesy of apple.comApril Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    The Five-Year Engagement, starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, might have been something of a box-office dud this weekend, but real women everywhere can certainly relate to the phenomenon of the Little Commitment That Couldn't. When it comes to the "journey between popping the question and tying the knot" (as the movie poster says), how long is too long after he puts a ring on it for you to start worrying you're never going to get to your first dance?

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    "A normal, healthy amount of time to be engaged is a year to a year and a half," dating and relationship coach DeAnna Lorraine tells HealthySELF. The longer it takes beyond that point, she says, the less of a chance the wedding will actually happen. "When an engagement is too long, like in the movie, more fights and disagreements tend to break out over wedding details and expenses, and also like the movie, issues such as job challenges, possible relocations and doubt --

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  • Is Sugar Really Toxic?

    Sarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF magazine

    Is sugar really toxic? With the recent media attacks on sugar, you might think so. While I do believe that too much sugar (just like too much of almost anything) can be harmful to one's health, I don't believe that sugar in and of itself is the evil, toxic poison recent media rants have made it out to be. Sugar is the simplest form of carbohydrates, our bodies' first source of energy and is found naturally in many foods. In milk and yogurt, sugar is naturally-occurring in the form lactose. In fruit, sugar is present in the form of fructose. However, added sugars seem to be the cause of greatest concern. But even added sugars can be included in a healthy diet in moderation (which is always easier said than done!). So what does a moderate intake of added sugars really look like in healthy diet? Here are the guidelines I try to follow when it comes to including my favorite sweets into my diet:

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    One per day.
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  • How Red Wine Could Help You Slim

    Melinda Carstensen, SELF magazine

    Scientists have been touting the health benefits of red wine for years, saying sipping in moderation could help reduce your risk for heart disease and even cancer. But new research from Purdue University suggests it could provide another benefit for your bod: a slimmer waist.

    Turns out that piceatannol, a compound found in red wine, berries and other fruits, can delay and even stunt fat cell development, researchers explain in the March 30 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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    Previous research has revealed that vino contains resveratrol, a compound that may play a role in the prevention of heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Resveratrol may also help blast fat: Women who had a daily glass of alcohol, particularly wine, were 30 percent less likely to gain weight, SELF reported in November 2011.
    Because the two compounds are chemically similar (after you consume resveratrol, your body converts it into

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  • 30 Minutes of Exercise Each Day is Crucial for Women

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Ladies! We're behind the guys when it comes to getting enough
    exercise -- a new national study reveals that women are less likely than men to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, putting us at a greater risk for developing a host of health problems, including depression. Time to catch up!

    In the study, published online in the journal Preventive Medicine and conducted at Oregon State University, 1,000 participants were fitted with accelerometers that measured activity as they went about their normal days. The results? Women get an average of 18 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise, compared to 30 minutes for men. What's up, ladies?

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    The researchers also studied the participants for signs of depression and metabolic syndrome, which, explains study researcher Bradley Cardinal, professor of social psychology of physical activity at OSU, is a group of health conditions that in combination dramatically raise

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  • 7 Ways to Make Swimsuit Shopping More Bearable

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    There are so many things to love about
    summer, but if you'd rather have a bikini wax than actually shop for a bikini, you're not alone. According to a new study, bathing suit shopping makes women -- wait for it -- anxious and depressed. No kidding, right?!

    "I am not surprised by this study at all," Jennifer Baumgartner, aka "Dr. B," Psy.D., fashion psychologist and the author of You Are What You Wear, tells HealthySELF. "We are our own worst critic, often focusing on insignificant flaws or finding ones that do not even exist to an outside observer."

    To conduct the study, published in the journal Sex Roles, researchers used four different imaginary scenarios to test the impact of clothing on women's self-objectification. (Self-objectification, explains Dr. B, is tying the measure of your worth to your body.) One scenario involved wearing a bathing suit at the beach, another trying one on in a store. The other two scenarios had the same settings,

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  • Get Bikini-Ready Now!

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    With spring in full swing, we've already said goodbye to the winter blues. But as you enjoy the milder weather and longer days, keep in mind that Memorial Day weekend is merely a month away -- meaning it's almost time for
    bikinis and short shorts! So, is one month enough time to score your best body yet?

    It sure is, says Jim White, registered dietician, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. But you'd better get started now.

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    "After all the shrieking and gasping about how 'time flies' and it's 'too soon' to be exposing that muffin top, it's time to get realistic and take action," he explains. "A month is not a tremendous amount of time to shed any accumulated winter fat, but before you break out into cold sweats, it is not unreasonable to lose 10 pounds or one dress size in that time."

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