Blog Posts by The Editors of Prevention

  • 6 Ways to Protect Your Pet from Skin Cancer

    Warning: This column contains information that may make you feel, momentarily, like a negligent pet owner. Quick quiz: When you see your dog racing down a sun-drenched beach or your cat napping peacefully in a sunny window, what's your reaction? If it's "Aw, look, she's so happy," it's time to retrain--yourself. Some pets that frolic or nap in the sunshine are at risk of sunburn and solar-induced cancer.

    You might be thinking that you've never heard of a pet being stricken by skin cancer. So just how big a deal is this? The surprising facts: About 33% of tumors in dogs start in the skin, and about one-third of those are malignant. Some 25% of all feline cancers are skin cancers, says Brenda Phillips, DVM, an oncologist at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. Not counting basal cell tumors, it's estimated that 75% of feline skin tumors are malignant.

    RELATED: 3 Pet Symptoms You Should Never Ignore


    Dog breeds with pale skin and thin hair, such as white boxers, Italian

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  • 10 Surprisingly Healthy Fast Food Meals

    How to eat well when you're short on time and optionsHow to eat well when you're short on time and optionsHey, girl, we won't tell, but where do you like to cheat on your diet? Let us guess: steamy sessions with French fries in the car? Furtive licks of a Frostys during your 4 pm crash? It's only human. Sometimes, you just don't have access to health food, and in the moment, a double-chalupa'ed-McWhopper might not sound like a bad idea. Luckily, help is here. These 10 delicious (and, believe it or not, nutritious) meals will help keep you honest in the face of deep-fried temptation.

    PLUS: Discover how to eat right even when eating out with these 400-Calorie Restaurant Meals.

    Chipotle: Barbacoa And Guacamole Salad

    Here's an awesome little secret: You can eat 100% GMO free at Chipotle. When the company decided to disclose their ingredients online this summer, they went an extra step further and became the first to list foods containing GMOs in its online menu. Unfortunately, most of their corn and soy contains GMOs, which is par for the course since these are the two most common

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  • 7 Ways to Actually Enjoy Losing Weight

    No calorie counting, no food groups to avoid—just you enjoying each and every bite while the weight melts off. Sound too good to be true? Read on.No calorie counting, no food groups to avoid—just you enjoying each and every bite while the weight melts off. Sound too good to be true? Read on.When was the last time you reveled in the sensation of a chocolate truffle melting across your tongue or the sweet taste of a sunripened strawberry? When did you last brush the crumbs of a gooey cinnamon bun off your lap without a sliver of guilt or an ounce of remorse? If you've been struggling to lose the weight that's slowly crept on, your answer is probably "rarely" or "never." But what if you could indulge in your favorite foods all the time-without a single thought for how many calories, grams of fat, or carbs they contain-and still lose weight?

    Jena la Flamme, a weight loss expert in New York City, has a refreshing and delightful theory that you can do just that. The secret: Learn to work with your body's innate, biological need for pleasure.

    RELATED: Happiness is just 2 minutes away with these 14 Mood-Boosting Tricks.

    Indeed, science has shown that the desire for pleasure is embedded in our DNA and causes us to seek out the feel-good sensation multiple times a day. "Evolution

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  • Not a Fan of Your Friend's Boyfriend?

    Whether or not you should you tell her
    By Kiera Aaron, Prevention

    Not his #1 Fan?Not his #1 Fan?

    If this headline inspires an image of your friend's Anthony Weiner-like boyfriend, you're in the right place.

    While many of us may look at Huma Abedin and think: How is she putting up with this!?!?, chances are we've all seen a loved one date someone sketchy. "But it's even worse when someone we care about is in a relationship we see as unhealthy," says Holly Parker, PhD, and psychology professor at Harvard University. Here's how to address the situation.

    Don't bash the boyfriend…directly
    Sure, he's rude, disrespectful, and you trust him less than the ingredients in a fast-food burger. But saying this upfront will only make her defensive. "It will come off as judgmental, and she'll automatically point out positive qualities in order to protect herself," says Dr. Parker.

    There are 8 Friends Every Woman Needs. Is your friendship circle complete?

    Focus on how she feels
    Keep the lines of communication open and

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  • 13 “Diet” Foods that Sabotage Weight Loss

    Thanks to confusing labels and unearned reputations, it's difficult to know what's good for youThanks to confusing labels and unearned reputations, it's difficult to know what's good for youJust like us, you're probably used to reaching automatically for items with a "health halo," such as spaghetti sauce (love that lycopene!), or labels like reduced fat!, low sodium!, and whole grain! But unless you're a super savvy shopper, be warned: Your diet may conceal some nasty surprises. That low-fat cottage cheese you love? It could be higher in sodium than potato chips. And the low-fat dressing you drizzle on your salad? It could contain nearly as much sugar as two chocolate chip cookies. The truth is that no manufacturer wants to compromise on flavor, so even healthy-sounding products can contain appalling levels of sugar, salt, and bad fats. To save you time, we've flushed out some of the most surprising diet food offenders--and found some truly healthy alternatives.

    PLUS: While dieting can definitely help you reach your ideal body weight, make sure not to ditch these 7 supposedly "forbidden" foods that actually help you lose weight.

    SNEAKY SALT Even foods that sound healthy

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  • Top 6 Anti-Aging Diet Rules

    Shed unwanted pounds and slow aging with these top eating tipsShed unwanted pounds and slow aging with these top eating tipsMore and more research suggests that what we eat is linked to how long we live.
    Cheryl Forberg, RD, resident nutritionist on The Biggest Loser, sets eating guidelines to help the contestants get healthy. "What works best for weight loss helps slow the aging process as well," says Forberg, an expert in anti-aging nutrition. Read her top science-based tips to turn back the clock.

    PLUS: 25 Ridiculously Healthy Foods

    1. Have omega-3s daily

    "I like to call them the anti-aging fat," say Forberg. Getting the recommended amount can help lower cholesterol, keep cells functioning properly, and combat inflammation, which reduces your risk of cancer, stroke, and heart attack. Flaxseed, walnuts, and some leafy greens contain omega-3s, but seafood is the best source. Research published in the Journal of Nutrition found that DHA, an omega-3 found in cold-water, fatty fish, helps keep aging brains healthy.

    Add it: Have two 3-ounce servings of salmon, herring, lake trout, or other fatty fish a week;

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  • 21 One-Minute Weight Loss Tricks

    All you need is a minute to start shedding pounds!All you need is a minute to start shedding pounds!With about 1,000 waking minutes in everyday, you'll find plenty of opportunities to slip these tips into your routine and watch the scale go down. If you've already begun your weight loss, these can maximize your efforts and speed results. Here are successful strategies to cut calories and burn fat that take 60 seconds or less.

    Got more than one minute? Check out these 25 Best Weight-Loss Tips Of All Time for painless ideas that really work.

    1. Mix a juice spritzer
    Combine your favorite juice (half of your usual amount) with plain or sparkling water. You can cut up to 85 calories per glass-and lose 5 pounds or more a year.

    2. Walk while you talk
    Burn calories while you talk on the phone: Do the laundry (68 calories), set the table (85 calories), or water plants (102 calories).

    Values based on a 150-pound person and 30 minutes of activity.


    3. Study the wrapper
    At a quick glance, that candy bar appears to contain 220 calories. But a closer look may reveal that it (or a bottle of

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  • 18 Foods that Boost Your Metabolism

    Mix and match these protein-rich sources to score 20 to 30 g at each meal.Mix and match these protein-rich sources to score 20 to 30 g at each meal.How much protein do you need? New research suggests that many of us may need more protein than we realize. The current RDA is 0.8 g of protein per kilogram of body weight, but several studies have found that 1 to 1.2 g may be more protective against age-related muscle loss.

    Use this formula from Caroline Apovian, MD, to determine the minimum amount of protein you should eat daily to offset muscle loss--and protect your metabolism--while you lose weight.

    STEP 1
    Estimate your ideal weight. "If you're a woman, start with 100 pounds for the first 5 feet in height, and add 5 pounds for every extra inch," says Dr. Apovian. "For men, it's 106 pounds for 5 feet in height, plus 6 pounds for every additional inch. However, if your ideal weight is less than 120 pounds, don't eat less than 82 g of protein daily."

    STEP 2 Ideal Weight (in lb) ÷ 2.2 = Ideal Weight (in kg)

    STEP 3 Ideal Weight (in kg) × 1.5 = Daily Protein Goal (in g)

    Now that you know how much you need, check out these

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  • 7 Grocery Shopping Tips that Help Weight Loss

     7 classic strategies to keep your weight loss goals on track 7 classic strategies to keep your weight loss goals on trackWhen you're trying to shed a few pounds and stick to a weight loss program, your regular food shopping trips to the grocery store can feel like walking into a land of temptation.

    But there are some easy ways to navigate the aisles without filling your cart with diet-busting fare. Just try these food shopping tips this week, and you'll quickly learn how to pick up foods that help you find success.

    Make a list
    Food shopping from a list will help you buy only foods you need, will cut down on the number of tempting "extras" that you have around the house, and save you money at the same time!

    Practice the perimeter
    Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats (lean), dairy (low-fat), and breads (whole grain) are usually kept around the perimeter of the store. These are the types of foods on which you need to base your weight loss program. Processed and pre-packaged foods are normally kept in the inner aisles. Try to limit wandering down these aisles.

    PLUS: While dieting can definitely help you

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  • 15 Healthy Food Combinations

    Make easy meals that heal with these simple additionsMake easy meals that heal with these simple additionsHealthy eating is all about math: subtracting fat, counting calories, dividing portions. But let's not forget adding: It's the little things we toss in the pot that often yield the biggest benefits. "Adding just one food to another can make a tremendous difference in your total nutrient intake and offer significant health gains," says Tara Gidus, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

    With benefits ranging from stronger bones and better eyesight to a healthier heart and improved immunity, here are 15 of our favorite quick pairings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks--even beverages--that taste great, take seconds to make, and add up to amazing health.

    Scrambled eggs + red peppers
    The benefit:
    Smoother skin
    Tossing in 1/2 cup of chopped red peppers delivers more than 100% of your daily vitamin C needs--which spells good news for your skin. Researchers in the United Kingdom looked at vitamin C intake in 4,025 women and found that those who ate more vitamin C had

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