Blog Posts by The Editors of Prevention

  • 7 Ways to Control Your Food Cravings

    Must. Eat. Sugar. NOW! Craving control is all about changing your thinking. Here's howMust. Eat. Sugar. NOW! Craving control is all about changing your thinking. Here's howAh, cravings. We've all had them. They strike fast and hard. Before you know it, you've downed handfuls of potato chips or half a dozen chocolate chip cookies. Not the best reaction for weight loss.

    But contrary to popular belief, you can control your food cravings. Try these tips, and you'll begin giving in less often when those cravings hit.

    Confront the thought of the food directly.
    Make a reasonable decision. Ask yourself whether you really must have the food that's popped into your mind? Making statements such as, "I know I'm not hungry, I don't have to eat a food every time I think of it" or "Each time I think about a food and do not eat it, it will become easier" can help.

    Substitute your food thought with another thought.
    Replace food images with other thoughts or images (like how you'll look after your weight loss, compliments you recently received, etc.). Thinking of alternative images will work better than trying to stop particular food cravings.

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  • 10 Most Useless Exercise Machines

    Ditch these time wasters for moves that really matterDitch these time wasters for moves that really matterIt's a rare bird who loves hanging out at the gym. Most of us count the minutes until the workout's over and we can get on with our (way more fun) day. So the last thing we want to do is spend time using exercise machines that don't do anything for us. While no machine is totally useless if used properly, some just aren't terribly effective, says Lani Muelrath, MA, fitness expert and author of Fit Quickies. Plus, they put you at risk--too great a risk--of injury, she says.

    Swap out these 10 useless machines for more effective, expert-recommended moves.


    Why it's useless: Your hamstrings perform two movements: knee flexion and hip extension. The leg curl machine works only knee flexion, which limits the benefits, says Muelrath.

    What to do instead: Choose a machine or movement that works both hamstring functions at once, such as the fitness ball hip raise and curl.

    To do: Lie on your back with legs straight, heels on the ball. Raise your hips by pressing your heels into the

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  • The #1 Secret of Successful Weight Loss

    Before you do anything, you must do thisBefore you do anything, you must do thisTake a moment to check in with yourself right now. How are you feeling lately? What's good in your life right now, and what would you like to change?

    The questions seem simple enough, but they're actually the keys to improving your life-whether you'd like to lose 20 pounds, enjoy more family time, or give up a bad habit. Getting specific about your goals is the best way to put power behind your intentions and bring your dreams closer to reality.

    "An intention is a goal, an aim, or a purpose," says Prevention's fitness expert Chris Freytag, creator of the Prevention 28-Day Challenge. "When we lack intention, we tend to go through our days on autopilot. Often, the day ends with you feeling as though you haven't accomplished anything truly meaningful. Setting an intention helps you take your dreams and turn them into goals by giving them deadlines, and then work toward them with action."

    Follow these steps to set an intention that will transform your life.

    1. Focus

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  • 6 Superfoods that Control Your Appetite

    Want to fill up, whittle your waist, and possibly ward off diabetes all at the same time? Listen up: A recent study from the UK found that mice fed high-fat diets gained less weight if their diets were also supplemented with beta-glucan or inulin, two types of fermentable carbohydrates found in foods such as oats, barley, Jerusalem artichokes, mushrooms, asparagus, onions, and bananas.

    Fermentable carbohydrates are a type of fiber that's broken down--or fermented--by the bacteria in your colon. "When this fermentation takes place, short chain fatty acids [SCFAs] are formed," says Lona Sandon, RD, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. "These seem to produce more of the appetite-controlling hormones that help us feel full." They may also help lower levels of dangerous body fat: Preliminary research on obese women found that higher blood levels of the SCFA acetate were associated with lower levels of visceral fat, the dangerous

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  • The Truth About 8 Powerful Anti-Aging Ingredients

    So you're ready to try something new. You don't want an industrial-strength Rx, and fillers aren't your thing. So you book it to the beauty aisle're more confused than ever. While some ingredients are supported by sound science--and produce results you can see--others, not so much. That's why we spoke to experts, pored over dozens of labels, and even slathered on serums and moisturizers ourselves (hey, somebody's gotta do it). Here, the truth about the latest, best anti-aging ingredients, plus products that contain the ones that really work. Keep reading to find out which ones are worthy of your hard-earned dollar.

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    DNA Repair Ingredients

    "DNA repair ingredients" are a host of compounds (some are derived from plankton or rose myrtle extract) that reverse sun damage," says Debra Jaliman MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and media spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology. They

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  • 9 Exercises You're Doing Wrong

    You might be such a faithful gym-goer that even the cleaning staff knows you by name; but no matter how many sets and reps you log, if your workout isn't giving you the results you want, poor form could be to blame. "Your body is engineered to move in precise ways," explains exercise physiologist Michele Olson, PhD, creator of the DVD Perfect Legs, Glutes and Abs. "The wrong alignment--or even the wrong exercise altogether--doesn't just stunt sculpting; it can also stress the body, leading to injuries that derail your progress."

    Read on for 9 common workout blunders that Olson considers the sweaty equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard--and how to fix 'em.

    PLUS: Do you need to change your fitness routine altogether? Find out, in 10 Signs You Need a Workout Makeover.

    1. Overextended overhead presses

    The mistake: Arching backward so your ribs pop up and jut out strains the back and puts you at risk for shoulder injury.

    The fix:
    Keep your ribs down and knees

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  • 10 Signs Your Workout Needs a Makeover

    Why you're not seeing results—and how to get back on trackWhy you're not seeing results—and how to get back on trackUnlike fashion faux pas, sex slumps, and getting something stuck in your teeth, when it comes to working out, no one is going to step in and tell you when it's time to step up. That means it's up to you to know when it's time for a change. The signs may not always be obvious, though. Miss them and you risk giving up on your workout altogether out of frustration, injury or simply boredom.

    Here, experts give their tips on the 10 signs that indicate it's time for a workout makeover--and what to do next. (PLUS: Are you committing the ultimate workout sins? Find out if you're guilty, in 9 Exercises You're Doing Wrong.)

    1. You're always sore
    Your muscles need recovery time or soreness sets in with back-to-back workouts. Professional athletes use a strategy called periodization, a systematic approach to training that prevents muscle soreness from overtraining, says Tom Holland, MS, CSCS, exercise physiologist and author of The 12-Week Triathlete (Fair Winds Press, 2011). "If you're

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  • 5 Ways to Prevent an Afternoon Binge

    Hand glued to your snack stash? It might be time to make over your morning meal, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

    Researchers from the University of Missouri tested the breakfast habits of 20 overweight teenage girls, having them consume either a normal amount of protein through cereal (13 grams of protein), a high-protein breakfast of eggs and beef (35 g), or no breakfast at all for six days. On day seven, the girls took part in a 10-hour testing day, that included an all-you-can-eat dinner of microwaveable pizza pockets, as well as an unlimited evening snack of foods such as cookies, cakes, apple slices, and yogurt.

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    The results? After the breakfast skippers, the high-protein breakfast group consumed fewer calories per day than the normal-protein group. What's more is that when it came to snacking, the high-protein group indulged a bit less than their normal-protein counterparts. (And before you think,

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  • 4 Ways to Supercharge Your Workout

    .We interrupt your regularly scheduled exercise program for this important message: Repeatedly doing the same workout sets you up for fitness failure. Cross-training, or mixing up types of activity, is a smart way to speed results. "Fitness is a three-piece equation: flexibility, strength training, and cardio. Ignoring one component leaves you more prone to injury," says Geralyn Coopersmith, an exercise physiologist and national director of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute. Find the best match for your current workout below. Aim to switch up your routine 2 or 3 times a week. (Is it time to revamp your fitness routine altogether? See these 10 Signs Your Workout Needs a Makeover to find out.)

    Primary Workout Yoga
    Mix it up With This + Swimming

    Here's Why Most forms of yoga aren't rigorous enough to meet your cardiovascular needs. Supercharge your slim-down with this low-impact workout that burns major calories.

    Try Now: 20 Ways to Swim Yourself Slim!

    Primary Workout Walking or

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  • 7 Tricks to Burning More Calories

    .Here's the thing. If you're bored with your same old workout routine, your muscles probably are, too. And if you want to see results, you're going to need to change things up.

    "Your body adapts to the same old routine," says Liz Neporent, MA, a New York-based exercise physiologist and coauthor of The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan. "New routines help shake things up both physically and mentally. Also, as you get stronger, you have to kick up the challenge a notch if you want to continue to see results."

    Try the following upgrades to seven popular exercises to boost your results, up your calorie burn, and take your workout from good to great. Do these two to three times a week; start with one or two sets and work up to three to four sets of 10 to 12 reps, unless otherwise noted.

    Related: 9 Exercises You're Doing Wrong

    Instead of...side lunges
    Try Plyometric side-to-side jumps (a.k.a. ski jumps).
    Ski jumps add intensity, work the deep muscle fibers and add an element

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