Blog Posts by SHAPE magazine

  • The Tricks to Dating at Work

    by Nicole Williams for SHAPE.com

    Now you have no excuse not to ask out that hottie in accounting...Now you have no excuse not to ask out that hottie in accounting...Work is where we spend our days, explore ourselves, and build our networks--so why should dating be excluded? That said, deciding whether or not to date the hunk 10 cubes down and two rows over from you is extremely personal. And while there are no right answers, there may be a company policy. Legislation doesn't regulate matters of the heart, but you definitely want to understand the potential implications of going out with an officemate.

    First, find out how your organization views at-work relationships, and start your decision-making process from there. If you think you want to give it a try and ask him out, use the following strategy to help you sort through both the emotions and the day-to-day realities of dating at work.



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    1. Know your intentions. No shame here, but the parameters of the relationship and the level of risk are directly proportional to your purpose. Are you having a one-night-stand with

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  • Weight Fluctuation: What's Normal and What's Not?

    by Jessica Smith for SHAPE.com

    When it comes to weight gain or loss, what's normal?When it comes to weight gain or loss, what's normal?Although you know a number is just a number, it's hard not to worry when you see the scale jump a pound or two overnight or-worse-during the same day. But take a deep breath: Most weight fluctuations are normal.

    Since most of us can't eat enough in a day or two to actually gain 5 or 10 pounds, if you notice a dramatic increase on the scale, chances are it's due to water, says Anita Petruzzelli, M.D., doctor for BodyLogicMD.

    "Eating, drinking, urinating, having a bowel movement, and exercise can all impact your body's water composition and therefore weight," she says. For example, high-carb and high-salt foods can cause water retention and a boost in poundage, while exercise can lead to temporary water and weight loss.

    So don't get too excited-or freaked-if you weigh yourself after a meal or workout. "Weight gain due to water fluctuation should normalize in a day or two when you resume exercising and eating a healthy diet that's low in salt, refined

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  • 5 Slimming Summer Smoothies

    by Candice Kumai for SHAPE.com

    Whip up one of these bikini-friendly blends when you're in need of a post-workout snack, belly-flattening breakfast, or grab-and-go lunch.


    Clean green smoothieClean green smoothie1. Clean Green: After a weekend (or a couple weeks) of indulging, break out the blender to clean up your cravings and reboot your digestive system. Watch out, because this baby gets you moving-fast.

    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:
    1 frozen banana
    2 cups kale
    1 tablespoon spirulina
    2 tablespoons chia seeds
    1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
    1 cup ice

    Directions:
    Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

    Nutrition score per serving: 177 calories, 7g fat (0g saturated), 26g carbs, 8g protein, 7g fiber, 327mg calcium, 205mg sodium, 7g sugars

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    Avocado chocolate smoothieAvocado chocolate smoothie2. Chocolate Avocado Goddess: Avocado and chocolate make an incredibly indulgent combo. Here, their flavors blend with banana and other natural ingredients to create a uniquely delicious, creamy treat.

    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:
    1 ripe

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  • 5 Little White Lies that Sabotage Your Weight-Loss Results

    by Jessica Smith for SHAPE.com

    Are you guilty of these little white lies?Are you guilty of these little white lies?Are you guilty of stretching the truth to your trainer--or yourself? We've probably all stretched the truth once or twice in our lives (no? just us?), but if you find yourself repeatedly telling your trainer one of these little white lies, you're sabotaging your weight, your health, and your fitness progress.

    1. "I don't eat that much!"
    This is probably one of the most common 'lies' personal trainers hear from their clients, and it's the one most likely to prevent any major changes from happening in your body.

    "Many clients don't realize that total caloric intake has an impact on results," says Pete McCall, an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Forgetting that you had just a 'small slice' of birthday cake at the office, or mindlessly munching that sleeve of cookies in front of the TV last night easily cancels out any calories burned at the gym (and then some).

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    Maybe you really don't

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  • 7 Tips for Your Best Orgasm Ever

    by Jené Luciani for SHAPE.com

    Never have boring sex again!Never have boring sex again!It may seem obvious-have sex, and then feel great, right? But that's not always the case. "Not that this is a big revelation or anything but, unlike guys, we need to be in the mood to have sex!" says Dr. Alyssa Dweck, co-author of V is for Vagina. "If we're stressed, pissed off, feeling unattractive, thinking about the laundry, the kids, work, money woes, or anything else life brings our way, chances are, no matter how hard our partner tries, we're going to be as likely to have an orgasm as Lady Gaga joining a nunnery."

    With so many obstacles in our way, can we ever achieve that all-encompassing 'screaming O' we see in the movies? Experts say it is possible. There are different kinds of orgasms (some go deeper than others) and even if you're regularly having an orgasm during sex, you could be having a better one. Here's how:

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  • The Beginner's Guide to the Paleo Diet

    by Jessica Girdwain for SHAPE.com

    The easy way to go PaleoThe easy way to go PaleoThe Paleo diet has been reported to eliminate bloating, clear up acne, eradicate seasonal allergies, free you from migraines, and even help you shed a few pounds. While none of this is guaranteed, cleaning up your diet and focusing on whole, fresh foods is definitely a good idea.

    "Real foods in the right portions help you feel more satisfied because they help keep blood sugar levels even and your hunger hormones balanced," says Diane Sanfilippo, a holistic nutritionist and author of Practical Paleo.

    The basic guidelines-skip grains (both refined and whole), legumes, packaged snacks, dairy, and sugar in favor of vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, fats, and oils-seem easy, but to successfully go cavewoman takes some savvy. Follow these 11 rules to get started.


    1. Clean Out Your Kitchen

    Gather all the "no" foods-grains, cereal, vegetable oils, beans, yogurt, cheese, milk, packaged foods, you get it-and toss them in the trash. Doing

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  • Does Your Apple Juice Contain Arsenic?

    by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.com

    Is your apple juice safe to drink?Is your apple juice safe to drink?After pressure from many consumer groups, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a maximum limit for arsenic levels in apple juice. The plan is to limit the amount of inorganic arsenic to 10 parts per billion, the same amount the Environmental Protection Agency allows in drinking water.

    A lot of you might remember the big hoopla that occurred after a segment on the Dr. Oz show in September 2011. They revealed that several brands of apple juice contained high levels of arsenic and a wide panic among consumers set in. At that time the FDA expressed disapproval that the show did not distinguish between the two types of arsenic: inorganic and organic.

    Here's the deal: Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is found in combination with either inorganic or organic substances to form many different compounds. It occurs naturally in our soil and water supplies. Inorganic arsenic specifically has been classified as a human carcinogen,

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  • The Best Power Foods for Women

    by Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow Jarosh, R.D., for SHAPE.com

    The best foods for women of any ageThe best foods for women of any ageYou grind in the gym every day to look and feel your best, but if your diet doesn't include these 12 power foods, you're doing yourself and your health a disservice!

    To strengthen bones: parmesan cheese
    Calcium is key for preventing osteoporosis (especially in your 20s). Yogurt and nonfat milk help, but who wants them three times a day? Work Parmesan cheese into your diet; its 340 mg of calcium per ounce - compared to about 200 mg in cheddar or Swiss - goes a long way toward your 1000 mg/day quota.

    To boost immunity: apples

    Smart and sweet, apples are rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that can bolster your body's disease-fighting abilities. In one study from Appalachian State University, just 5 percent of people who ate more quercetin came down with a respiratory infection over a two-week period, compared to 45 percent of those who didn't.

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    To build your iron stores: lentils

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  • 7 Goals for Your Fitness Bucket List

    by Linda Melone, C.S.C.S., for SHAPE.com

    What's on your fitness bucket list?What's on your fitness bucket list?Creating a bucket list of things you want to do before you die won't do much good if you're not healthy enough to follow through on them. So before you make good on your plans to run with the bulls or swim with the dolphins, why not make a separate fitness bucket list?

    Each of the following challenges targets a different aspect of fitness, from endurance to flexibility and strength. Once you've mastered one, strive to go to the next level by adding intensity, time, or reps. For example, once you finish a 10K, try training for a half-marathon. Read on for seven goals every fit woman should conquer and expert tips on the why and how.

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    1. Complete 25 pushups: Mastering the ability to perform 25 pushups is a very reasonable, realistic, and reachable goal for most women, says Timothy L. Miller, MD, assistant professor at the Ohio State University Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, OSU Track and Field Team

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  • 8 Surprising Sources of Nutrients

    by Locke Hughes for SHAPE.com

    Surprising sources of nutrientsSurprising sources of nutrientsAdd variety to your diet and fuel your body with the nutrients and minerals it needs to run with these oft-overlooked foods.


    1. Vitamin C

    You know it's in: Citrus, red bell pepper
    Surprising sources: Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps your body protect against free radical damage, heal wounds, and prevent disease. And luckily for your taste buds, it comes in a variety of produce, not just oranges and red bell peppers.

    A cup of chopped broccoli packs more than an entire day's worth of C, and a cup of sliced green pepper also satisfies your daily need. Brussels sprouts, kiwi fruit, cantaloupe, and cauliflower are also loaded, while cup of chopped cabbage or tomato both clock in at around a third of your DV.

    2. Calcium
    You know it's in: Milk, yogurt, cheese
    Surprising sources: While the vast majority-a whopping 99 percent-of calcium in your body takes up space in your bones and teeth and supports their structure and

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