Blog Posts by Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine

  • How to Avoid an Ill-Fitting Sports Bra

    by Lexi Petronis, Glamour

    In fact, 8 in 10 of us are wearing an ill-fitting sports bra. We may even know it (I have at least two that function solely as my emergency can't-find-the-good-bras-anywhere fill-ins because they are either way too tight or super-loose).

    So which kind do you need? The LA Times has some good tips:

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    * Compression sports bras: best for small cup sizes who prefer low-impact activities (the paper says "like swimming," which confuses me because I don't know anyone who wears a sports bra to swim? But I think we get the point).
    Good example: the Nike Swift U-Back

    * Compression/encapsulation bras: With semi-molded cups, these are better for women with B or C cups who need more support than a regular compression bra can give; they're good for all levels of exercise.
    Good example: the Lole Women Intense

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    * Encapsulation bras: If you have a larger chest and do mostly medium- to high-impact

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  • "Retro" Foods Help You Lose Weight, Say Exerpets

    by Lexi Petronis, Glamour

    How often do you eat cottage cheese?How often do you eat cottage cheese?We sometimes like to poke fun at old health trends--but it turns out that some were more than just trends. Because they actually work.

    Why? There's something appealing about retro foods, because they're "often minimally processed, easy to eat, and so low in calories and fat they're almost guaranteed to work." Plus, says Phil Lempert, food trend expert and founder of Supermarketguru.com, we're getting burned out with diet gimmicks.

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    Case in point: cottage cheese, a must-have diet food in the 1970s. But stars like Samantha Harris are now turning to low-fat cottage cheese because it's filled with the kind of protein that makes you feel fuller, longer.

    Another one? Grapefruit. The grapefruit diet has been around since the 1930s, and celebs like Jessica Simpson and Lauren Conrad have incorporated it into their eating plans. Now, experts say that eating grapefruit can reduce insulin levels, which aids in weight loss.

    See

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  • Every Doctor's Appointment You Need to Make for the Whole Year

    by Lexi Petronis, Glamour

    "Stop procrastinating" isn't one of my 2013 resolutions. No, it's one of my entire life resolutions. Procrastination is why I am woefully late in having a double root canal (well, OK, procrastination and also just basic not-wanting-to-do-it-ness).

    So here's an idea: let's just schedule all of our must-do doctors' checkups for the year during the month of January. Imagine how awesome it'll feel to have them booked? According to the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, these are the appointments we're due to get in our planners (or gmail calendars or iCals or…you get the point):

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    Dentist: You need a checkup every six months for oral exams (which includes a sweep for oral cancer), and cleanings to keep your teeth nice and pretty.

    Dermatologist: If you're fair-skinned, have worrisome moles, or have a family history of skin cancer, book a yearly appointment.

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  • 8 Workout Moves for a Toned Body in Two Weeks

    by Shaun Dreisbach, Glamour



    We're all a teensy bit guilty of having unrealistic expectations at the gym: a few squats and presto--one size smaller! Nothing works that fast, but with the right strategy you can see results in just two weeks, says Pete McCall, trainer and exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise. What makes that possible: focusing on muscles that respond fastest to strength training--those in your arms, shoulders, calves and lower abs.



    These moves will help you score, tighter arms, calves and lower abs in two weeks; see sexy definition in your butt, hips and thighs in four (and, if you have weight to lose and are eating right, drop a dress size); and after six weeks, you'll be slimmer and more toned all over. Do two sets three or four days a week circuit-style.



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  • 4 Natural Ways to Detox, Post-Holiday

    by Lexi Petronis, Glamour

    After the holidays, I feel so... sloggy. I mean, my body feels slow and slothlike, and my brain feels like it's wrapped in a sweater. And yeah, I admit it would be nice to have my pants go back to being not quite so snug. I could use a detox. How about you?

    But a detox doesn't have to come in the form of, say, drinking nothing but juice. You can also try some of these natural methods to de-bloat and re-energize (be sure to check out these 15 weight-loss detox tips, too!).

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    Breathe. Experts say that a series of deep, controlled breaths help you bring in the proper oxygen you need in order to absorb vitamins and minerals more efficiently, while also giving your lymphatic system an energizing boost to rid itself of toxins.
    To do it, try Andrew Weil's method: place the tip of your tongue just behind your front top teeth, and exhale. Then close your mouth and inhale through your nose for a count of 4. Hold your breath for a

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  • Optimism May Be the Secret to Losing More Weight

    by Sarah Jio, Glamour

    When it comes to slimming down, attitude, apparently, plays a big role! Special K (yes, the cereal brand), recently surveyed weight-conscious women across the country and they say that overall, women who are more positive about weight loss are more likely to lose and keep the weight off than those who tend to approach things from a more negative place.

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    Fascinatingly, the study found that:
    * Women who think positively about weight management were more likely to achieve their specific weight loss goals.
    * Not only did women who think positively about their weight management report that they were more successful in losing or maintaining their weight, they were actually eight times less likely to report having gained weight than women who think negatively.
    * Women who think positively about weight management report that they are 25% more likely to succeed in maintaining their weight
    * 9 out of 10 women who think positively

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  • Relaxation-Induced Anxiety: When You Get Stressed Out from Chilling Out (Do You Have It?)

    by Sarah Jio, Glamour

    Think of the most calming activities: Maybe, you love taking a hot bath, lounging on the couch and watching a movie, or maybe getting a massage at your favorite spa. Sounds nice, right? Well, for some people with an unusual form of anxiety, relaxation could actually cause their worries.

    The phenomenon is called "relaxation-induced anxiety" and it affects more people than you may think, according to a new report from the University of Cincinnati.

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    "Someone with a fear of relaxation is able to initially relax," says Christina Luberto, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Cincinnati, who has developed a questionnaire, known as the Relaxation Sensitivity Index, to examine this fear. "But once they start to feel relaxed, they begin to feel anxious as a result."

    People who have this type of anxiety, tend to experience heart rate increases, rapid breathing and muscle tension when they try to relax. Luberto and her

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  • A New Smoking Warning for Women, and It's a BIG Deal

    by Sarah Jio, Glamour

    Sometimes I dread to report on the health risks of smoking, because obviously you know the risks by now. But, just in case you (or a girlfriend you love) is still, occasionally smoking socially (even a cigarette here and there), this news is for you (and her).

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    According to a new study published in Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology, an American Heart Association Journal that looked at results of more than 100,000 women as far back as 1976, those who were light to moderate smokers had a significantly increased risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest than those who didn't smoke.

    "Cigarette smoking is a known risk factor for sudden cardiac death, but until now, we didn't know how the quantity and duration of smoking effected the risk among apparently healthy women," said study author Dr. Roopinder K. Sandhu, a cardiac electrophysiologist at the University of Alberta's Mazankowski Heart Institute in Edmonton, Alberta,

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  • Apples Might Help Zap Fat as the New Superfruit

    by Sarah Jio, Glamour

    A superfruit for weight loss? Experts indicate that it could be apples! And, since we all know that most people gain more weight during end of the year holidays than any other time of the year, this is news we all can use--right this second!

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    Here's the details: In a study of mice, researchers at University of Iowa report that apples--which are rich in a compound called ursolic acid (found in apple skins)--may increase your body's ability to burn calories and build muscle.

    So maybe for every Christmas cookie you eat, munch on an apple slice too!

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    Are you a regular apple eater?

    P.S. 16 percent of your calories may come from this surprising source! Experts call it "food porn" and say it may make you pack on pounds...

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  • A Happy Reason to Get a Manicure

    by Lexi Petronis, Glamour

    You know what's really great? Finding out that something doesn't increase your cancer risk. And, today, we just so happen to have one of those somethings.

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    A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has found that the UV lamps used to dry gel manicures don't cause skin cancer--something dermatologists have been concerned with for years.

    In fact, the researchers for the study say that it would take 13,000 to 40,000 drying sessions under the lamp to raise your risk of getting skin cancer. That works out to one gel manicure per week for the next 250 years.

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    The researchers say that gel manicure lights use narrowband UVB rays, which are the same kind used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis.

    Yay! How nice is it to hear that this doesn't cause cancer?

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