Blog Posts by The Editors of WOMEN'S HEALTH

  • 16 Detoxing Cleanse Foods that Jumpstart Weight Loss

    Get a jump-start on losing extra pounds with these essential cleanse foodsGet a jump-start on losing extra pounds with these essential cleanse foodsBy Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D., Women's Health

    As a nutritionist, I always suggest that my clients get a jump-start on weight loss and a new way of eating with a short "cleanse," to help eliminate cravings, wake up the digestive system, and prepare the body for a new healthier way of eating.

    Figuring out which foods are best for a "cleanse" can be tricky. So many foods feel refreshing and rejuvenating--hot tea, raw vegetables, and fresh fruit come to mind. And with good reason: foods with insoluble fiber (like raw veggies) or a diuretic effect (like green tea), promote speedy digestion and "flush" the GI tract. These foods can be considered the best "cleanse" choices. Here are some of my faves and why they just might work!

    PLUS: 9 Signs You're Obsessed With Clean Eating

    Artichokes
    contain antioxidant plant compounds called caffeoylquinic acids, which are used to treat hepatic (liver) disorders because they stimulate bile flow. Bile helps the body to digest fats, and efficient bile flow

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  • How Cameron Diaz Got Her Amazing Body

    The actress shares her tips for how to live well and be healthier than everThe actress shares her tips for how to live well and be healthier than everBy Kenny Thapoung, Women's Health

    Looking at Cameron Diaz, you'd never suspect that a normal lunch for the actress used include two Taco Bell bean burritos and a Coke--but that's what she ate every single day for three years in junior high, as she reveals in The Body Book, out now. So how did she learn to reinvent her diet for a healthier life? With these tips, which Cameron includes in the book, along with how to strengthen your body and sharpen your mind--because knowing how to care for yourself is the "most important information you can have."

    PLUS: The Best Workout for Your Body Type

    Don't Ignore Hunger
    When your stomach growls, your body is saying that your cells have run out of nutrients and need more energy to function--and consequently, to help you stay alert. When you don't satisfy that hunger, "you'll eat any food you can find, no matter what it is," writes Diaz in her book. So to avoid overeating, she suggests squashing your cravings when they first start acting

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  • Top 9 Weight Loss Tips of 2013

    Check out the most fascinating science-based tricks from the past yearCheck out the most fascinating science-based tricks from the past yearBy Alison Goldman, Women's Health

    From the no-way! to the say-what!?, we kept you posted on the weight-loss news of 2013. Now we've rounded up the most brilliant tricks from the past 12 months so you can take them with you into 2014 and beyond!

    Do Breakfast Right

    Meet your new favorite a.m. meal: Oatmeal keeps you full and satisfied longer than ready-to-eat cereal, per a study we told you about last month.

    PLUS: The Best Cereal for Weight Loss


    Judge Treats Based on Their Packaging

    Don't eat bite-sized junk food out of clear packaging: That's when people tend to chow down on larger amounts of it, according to a study we told you about over the summer.

    Buy Healthier Groceries Without Thinking About It
    Don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry! A study we reported on in May says you're more likely to purchase high-calorie foods then.

    READ MORE: The Worst Time to Grocery Shop

    Curb Your All-You-Can-Eat Appetite
    Heading to a buffet? Serve yourself some

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  • 7 Ways to Sneak More Health and Fitness into Your Week

    You can totally make these small upgradesYou can totally make these small upgradesBy Amy Roberts, Women's Health

    Need a little extra motivation this week? We've got you covered. Try these seven tips and tricks to be healthier and fitter.

    Check your weight
    The weight you're lifting, that is. A simple test to determine if you're getting all the calorie-burning and muscle-boosting benefits from your strength routine: Can you easily do the reps recommended in your workout? If so, it's time to grab heavier weights. When you do, watch your form carefully in the mirror. Aim to get through the prescribed number of reps, but if your posture suffers, do 80 percent of that number until you get used to the new load.

    MORE: The Beauty of Lifting Heavy Weights

    Step it up
    Find a set of bleachers for an awesomely butt-lifting stadium workout. Hit the stairs by sprinting up and jogging or walking down. As you go up, pitch your body forward slightly, pump your arms, and shift your weight to the balls of your feet. Slow your speed--and watch your step--on the way back

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  • 5 Most Ridiculous Celebrity Diets

    Trying to drop a few pounds? Then we suggest you steer clear of these buzzed-about weight-loss plansTrying to drop a few pounds? Then we suggest you steer clear of these buzzed-about weight-loss plansBy Esther Crain, Women's Health

    Banking on a trendy weight-loss plan to help you shed pounds? Before you give up gluten or get biotyped, check out this list of the top five celebrity-endorsed diets to avoid. Put together by the British Dietetic Association, these regimens are unhealthy and potentially dangerous (and sometimes downright laughable …conquering cravings with air?!).

    PLUS: What Women Who've Lost a Lot of Weight Want You To Know


    The Breatharian Diet

    It's not exactly a surprise that this diet--which involves pretending you don't need food or water and can survive on air and sunlight alone--is the biggest fraud of them all. Earlier this year, Michelle Pfeiffer told an interviewer that she was briefly involved in a cult that followed this plan--and it's similar to Madonna's supposed regimen of gulping air rather than food to feel full. But--shocker--air is not sustenance, and it can't give you the nutrients you need to stay healthy and energized.

    Biotyping
    The

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  • Does the Honey Diet Really Work?

    Here's what it gets right…and terribly wrongHere's what it gets right…and terribly wrongBy K. Aleisha Fetters, Women's Health

    Forget soothing sore throats. Drinking hot water with lemon and honey can help women lose three pounds a week--at least, according to the aptly named "honey diet."

    MORE: How Much Weight Can You REALLY Lose In One Week?

    If you're going with the version described in U.K. author Mike McInnes's upcoming book, The Honey Diet, here's how it works: Every morning and night, you down a simple elixir of hot water, lemon, and one to two tablespoons of honey. Then, you replace all sugar in your diet with honey, skip potatoes, eat unlimited vegetables (but only two pieces of fruit a day), get protein with every meal, swap out refined carbs for complex ones, and eat zero grains one day a week.

    "You can call it what you want, but to me this to me is a fad diet," says nutritionist Rania Batayneh, M.P.H., author of The One One One Diet. Basically, it's an extreme low-carb diet with a lot of honey--which is funny since honey packs 17 grams of

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  • 8 Natural Ways to Feel More Energized

    For when you'd rather not reach for a cup of coffeeFor when you'd rather not reach for a cup of coffeeBy Kenny Thapoung, Women's Health

    FACT: 56 percent of women rely on coffee to rise and shine in the morning, according to a 1,008-person poll sponsored by the natural products company ChromaDex. Not super surprising considering modern women are so exhausted, but you don't have to rely on caffeine to feel perkier in the a.m. Just try these expert-recommended natural energy-boosting tips.

    PLUS: The Best Sleep Position For You

    Light Up
    Light is nature's way of telling your internal clock that it's time to start the day, says Michael Terman, Ph.D., author of the upcoming book Reset Your Inner Clock. Leave the shades open or flip on a light switch in the morning to simulate sunlight.

    Hop Out of Bed
    Resist the urge to hit the "snooze" button--those extra minutes of sleep will just leave you groggy later, says Terman. You're much better off getting out of bed when you first wake up.

    Get Moving

    And once you're up, do some morning yoga, suggests Kimberly Kingsley, energy

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  • The Truth About 3 Weird Weight Loss Foods

    Meet the trendy new crop of fat-fighting ingredientsMeet the trendy new crop of fat-fighting ingredientsBy Laura Tedesco, Women's Health

    The Atkins legacy lives on: More than ever, weight-conscious eaters are focused on filling foods that are high in protein and low in carbs, according to the November issue of Food Technology, a trade publication.

    So which foods fit the bill? The article suggests the usual suspects liked almonds and dairy-based proteins, but there are also a few surprising--even weird--ingredients on the must-eat list. So will these odd foods really help you battle the bulge?

    PLUS: What Women Who've Lost a Ton of Weight Want You to Know

    Rice Protein
    What it is:
    A vegetarian protein powder derived (obviously) from brown rice, this is often used as an alternative to whey and casein proteins. Plant-based proteins are often less concentrated with amino acids than animal-derived powders, but they do have one advantage: They don't contain common allergens, like lactose.

    What the science says: In a 2013 University of Tampa study, exercisers were given either 48

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  • 15 Easy Ways to Burn More Fat

    Improve your flab-burning metabolic rate and start losing weight fastImprove your flab-burning metabolic rate and start losing weight fastBy Stephen Perrine, Leah Flickinger, and the Editors of Women's Health

    Don't Diet! The Women's Health Diet isn't about eating less; it's about eating more--more nutrient-dense food, to crowd out the empty calories and keep you full all day. That's important, because restricting food will kill your metabolism. It sends a signal to your body that says, "I'm starving here!" And your body responds by slowing your metabolic rate to hold on to existing energy stores.

    What's worse, if the food shortage (meaning, your crash diet) continues, you'll begin burning muscle tissue, which just gives your enemy, visceral fat, a greater advantage. Your metabolism slows further, and fat goes on to claim even more territory. Here are 15 easy ways to boost your metabolism and start slimming down faster.

    BEWARE: The 10 Things That Slow Your Metabolism

    Go to Bed Earlier
    A study in Finland looked at sets of identical twins and discovered that in each set of siblings, the twin who slept less and was under

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  • The 5 Biggest Workout Fueling Mistakes You’re Making

    Quick fixes for the most common nutritional errors athletes makeQuick fixes for the most common nutritional errors athletes makeBy Caitlin Carlson, Women's Health

    What you eat before, during, and after a workout is called "fuel" for a reason. Just like gas for a car, it gives your body the energy it needs to get through a tough sweat sesh or endurance event. And you'll want to stick to the premium stuff when it comes to long workouts: Fueling your body properly (with easy-to-digest fats, carbs, and proteins) makes a huge difference in your performance, says Ben Greenfield, C.S.C.S, sports nutritionist, and author of Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life, (Greenfield is also an accomplished athlete: he recently competed in the IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.)

    But fueling isn't as simple as sticking to healthy foods and eating when you're hungry, and so many athletes unwittingly make big nutritional mistakes that can ruin their workout--or even cost them a personal record during a race. Here, Greenfield outlines five of the most common fueling errors he sees endurance

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