Blog Posts by The Editors of Prevention

  • 5 Ridiculously Bad Restaurant Soups

    Theses slurpable starters will sink your weight loss resolutionsTheses slurpable starters will sink your weight loss resolutionsCompared to fried chicken wings and greasy French fries, starting your meal off with a bowl of soup might seem like a healthy solution. Unfortunately, many soups on the menus of popular restaurant chains contain as many (or more!) calories and fat as the entrées themselves. That means you could be weighing yourself down with 700 calories and way too many grams of fat before you've even dug your fork into your dinner. We found the five of the worst soups you could choose, and swapped them for satisfying, waistline-friendly substitutes you'll love. Soup's on!

    6 Ridiculously Fattening Appetizers to Avoid

    1. TGIFriday's New England Clam Chowder
    Whenever you read "chowder" on a menu, it should signal you to do one thing: stay far, far away! This cream-based seafood soup may seem like a delicious way to start a meal, but a bowl of it will cost you 500 calories and 18g of fat.

    Try Instead: Tortellini Corn Chowder
    Our lightened-up veggie version will provide the comfort and warmth of a

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  • 7 Surprising Ways Stress Helps Your Health and Wellbeing

    See the list of surprising ways acute stress and nervousness can help your body heal and build resiliency See the list of surprising ways acute stress and nervousness can help your body heal and build resiliency You probably try to limit the amount of the dreaded "s" word you have in your life: Stress. After all, it's been linked to weight gain, heart attacks, hair loss and more. There's even been some buzz about the creation of a vaccine on the distant horizon that can protect your brain from the effects of stress. However, there's plenty of research that finds stress may actually be good for you.

    "Stress is a very healthy thing, because it gives you the energy you need to live life," says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity and author of Real Cause, Real Cure. "Without it, you wouldn't have the energy you need to take action."

    Consider adrenaline junkies who seek out stressful situations in order to reap a physical and emotional high. Those anxious feelings trigger a fight-or-flight response that releases cortisol and adrenaline for a surge of energy that pushes you to react when you need to (such as moving fast if you're

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  • Do Diet Drinks Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack?

    If you're like most women trying to watch their weight, brace yourself.If you're like most women trying to watch their weight, brace yourself.New research finds a possible link between diet soft drink consumption and the risk of vascular events. If you're like most women trying to watch their weight, brace yourself: You're probably going to be shocked (and dismayed) at a new study linking diet soda to adverse vascular events. The research, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, suggests diet soft drinks may actually increase your risk of stroke and heart attack. The suspected culprit? Artificial sweeteners, those hard-to-pronounce ingredients diet soft drinks are loaded with.

    14 Diet Foods To Avoid

    Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Miami looked at the soft drinking habits of more than 2,000 men and women ages 40 and over, and then compared their beverage habits with the number of vascular events that occurred over a 10-year period. After factoring in pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, those who consumed diet soda more than once a day were 43 percent

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  • The 8 Best Cities for Singles Over 40

    Do you live near any of the top cities for singles? Do you live near any of the top cities for singles? The dating scene gets a bad rap, but the way we see it, your 30s, 40s, and 50s can be a great time to find love (or lust)--especially if you know where to look. To help stack the odds in your favor, we combed data from the country's biggest cities to find the areas with the most vibrant social scenes, the biggest dating pools for the 35-55 set--and where the ratio of single men and women were closely matched. Here, the 8 best cities for singles in America.

    The 8 Best Cities for Weight Loss

    1.Tampa, FL

    This sunny city on Florida's west coast is a hotbed for singles, boasting more unmarried people over 40 than any other city in the country. With nice weather year-round, the dating options are endless: from Latin dancing and live music to brew pubs and outdoor excursions. As if that wasn't enough, the dating pool keeps getting bigger: Tampa has seen a 15 percent population growth in the last decade alone.

    Yoga Poses for Better Sex


    2. Seattle, WA

    Boating, gallery-hopping, fresh local

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  • Why was Toni Braxton Hospitalized for Lupus?

    Like Toni Braxton, you can learn to spot lupus symptoms and avoid flare upsLike Toni Braxton, you can learn to spot lupus symptoms and avoid flare upsWhen news broke that Toni Braxton was hospitalized in LA earlier this month, many fans were surprised to learn that the "Un-Break My Heart" singer has lupus. Following the incident, she reassured her Twitter followers: "Just a lupus flare up, but I promise you all that I am ok! Love you all! Thanks so much for all of your support!"
    About 90 percent of those affected by the illness are women and the majority first experience symptoms during their child-bearing years, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. Lupus is a chronic disease where the body's immune system overreacts and attacks normal tissues in the body, such as the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells and heart and lungs. There are many different types of lupus and different people have different signs and symptoms. For example, the scars on the singer Seal's face are supposedly from a type of lupus that affects only the skin.

    10 Experts Who Can Relieve Your Aches and Pains


    There are a few reasons why Toni Braxton might

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  • Why Women Need to Know About COPD

    COPD kills more women than breast cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetesCOPD kills more women than breast cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetesLearn more about one of the surprising killers of women. Get the facts that could save your life.

    It kills more women than breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes. If that's not enough to get your attention, consider this: More women than men die from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. Smoking is the primary cause of COPD, an umbrella term that covers chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other diseases that involve progressive damage to the lungs.

    "It used to be an all-boys party," says Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of the respiratory care department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. "But the burden of the disease recently crossed over." One reason: Women started smoking later than men. "It wasn't until the 1970s and 80s that smoking rates picked up for women," explains Schachter. "And now we've reached the time where we start to see the effects." COPD is number four on the list of top lady-killers; here are seven more things you need to know

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  • 5 Ways to Make Any Meal a Belly Flattener

    Get slimmer quicker by adding known belly busters into your daily dietGet slimmer quicker by adding known belly busters into your daily dietThe secret to banishing belly fat is, well, fat. But this is not your grandmother's artery-clogging saturated fat, the kind lurking in cheeseburgers, pizza, and pie. This class of healthy fat is known as monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), and it is found in nuts, olives, avocados, and dark chocolate. Instead of hurting your health, MUFAs help improve circulation, strengthen your heart, and can reduce belly fat faster than if you were following a low-calorie diet that contained little to no fat, according to studies. "Monounsaturated fats help you stay satisfied and may help you eat less overall," says Tracy Gensler, MS, RD Here's how to sneak these fat burners into any meal.

    Get a Flat-Belly Diet 1-Week Meal Plan

    1. Add Flaxseed Oil to Smoothies
    When you're whipping up your post-gym smoothie, add 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil. Not only does it add a rich nutty flavor, but it's also packed with omega-3 fatty acidsand MUFAs. Though MUFAs whittle your middle omega-3s are important for

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  • 7 Sneaky Causes of Winter Pain

    Where do you feel aches and pains in winter?Where do you feel aches and pains in winter?Freezing temperatures, icy winds and slippery snow aren't just bone-chilling: They can also wreak havoc on your body in surprising-and avoidable-ways. From sadness to eye strain, backaches to foot pain, here are 7 ways that the winter can make your body ache, and what to do to feel better fast.

    Yoga Poses That Relive Aches and Pains

    1. Dry winter air

    Is there a more frustrating-and uncomfortable-winter woe than dry skin? Our skin is hydrated in two ways: from the healthy fats and water we ingest and by drawing in moisture from the air. But when the air gets drier, there's less for your skin and lips to absorb, making chapped, flaky skin seem all but inevitable. Licking your lips makes the problem worse, and can trigger other issues, such as painful cold sores. What's worse, rough, dehydrated skin can ultimately crack or bleed if it's not cared for correctly, leading the way to a potential infection.

    The Fix: "Develop the habit of caring for your skin on a daily basis," says Barbara

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  • 6 Snack Habits to Break Now

    Are you guilty of these 6 bad snacking habits?Are you guilty of these 6 bad snacking habits?We do it in the car, on the train, in front of the TV, on the phone, and even in bed. For too many of us, snacking has become so automatic that our brains barely register the hand-to-mouth motion. And it's not as if we're all reaching for diet-friendly apples: A 2010 study from the University of North Carolina found that most of us eat nearly 600 calories a day--roughly a third of our food--in snacks rather than meals.

    "The business plan of the modern food company has been to put their foods on every street corner, making it socially acceptable to eat 24-7," says David Kessler, MD, former commissioner of the FDA and the author of The End of Overeating (Rodale, 2009).

    The result has been a nutritional disaster. In their natural state, whole foods may be high in fat or sugar, but they're rarely high in both. Today we have man-made snack foods with a tantalizing combination of fat and sugar rolled into one. "Foods have become so 'hyperpalatable' that they're now capable of hijacking our

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  • How to Work Out in a Crowded Gym

    Follow these tips to beat the New Year's fitness crunchFollow these tips to beat the New Year's fitness crunchYou know the drill this time of year: If you want a bike in Spinning class you practically need to sleep out on the sidewalk like an Apple obsessive on the eve of a new iPhone launch. For committed fitness aficionados, the month of January means navigating throngs of recently resolved newbies at the gym. But for those embarking on a new workout regimen, the crowds can be more than annoying: For some, it's enough to derail their whole plan to get in shape. Whatever your situation, you are likely to confront a lot of new faces at the gym, hogging the treadmills and crowding the classes. Here are some tips from the experts to help you get your sweat on regardless of the masses.

    8 New Year's Resolutions You'll Stick With

    Pre-work Workout

    "Get up early and exercise before work," says Jenna Bergen, fitness editor for Prevention magazine. Yes, it's tough to wake up earlier than necessary, but you'll be rewarded with a quiet gym floor and your pick of the machines. Why? Peak hours for

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