Blog Posts by The Editors of WOMEN'S HEALTH

  • Top 5 Supplements that Melt Fat

    By the editors of Women's Health

    You can lose weight without starving yourself or drastically restricting your food choices. You can eat reasonable portions and put in reasonable workouts at the gym, and you can shed fat while you do it.

    How? It all comes down to eating the right combination of foods--foods that will shift your body out of fat-storage mode and into fat-melting mode. Specific vitamins and nutrients can actually help to flip an internal switch that signals cells throughout your body to burn more calories, wasting many of those calories as heat. Without these important nutrients, the opposite happens. Your body holds onto fat. Your metabolism slows and your weight-loss efforts become an exercise in futility.

    Optimize these critical fat-melting nutrients so you can finally drop those stubborn pounds and keep them off for good. In this way, you can still consume reasonable portions and put in a reasonable amount of exercise. Yes, you still have to watch your

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  • Can You Spray Yourself Thin?

    A new mouth spray claims to help you feel less hungry—but does it work?A new mouth spray claims to help you feel less hungry—but does it work?By Stephanie Castillo
    In the latest sounds too good to be true news, a new appetite suppressant called Spray Thin promises to trigger a brain reaction that makes you feel fuller faster. But can spritzing actually decrease your hunger levels? Not so fast.

    While our sense of smell does modify our appetite, the effect varies from person to person, says Brian B. Quebbemann, M.D., director of the N.E.W. Program weight-loss clinic in Los Angeles. "Spray Thin is just another gimmick in a long line of gimmicks to be peddled as an answer to obesity," he says.

    Beware: 10 Things That Slow Your Metabolism

    What about the clinical study that found overweight participants using Spray Thin lost an average of 33 pounds in six months? "It's a terrible study," says Quebbemann. "The people taking the scent knew whether they were taking the product or the placebo. Also, the doctor running the test knew who was taking his product and who was not. No reputable scientist would ever make any

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  • Why Losing Weight May Hurt Your Relationship

    The one thing you must do if you're slimming down while dating someoneThe one thing you must do if you're slimming down while dating someoneBy Annie Daly, Women's Health

    We'd like to introduce a new acronym: DWD. It stands for "dieting while dating," and according to a new study from North Carolina State University and the University of Texas at Austin, it's not always a good thing for your relationship. (Key words being "not always," because it can also be totally fine in certain circumstances.)

    Here's the deal: Researchers surveyed 21 couples from across the country where one person in said couple had lost 60 pounds, on average, in less than two years. Then they asked them to fill out a detailed questionnaire alllll about their feelings on the weight-loss process and how it impacted their relationship.

    "Most couples told us that the weight loss improved their relationship, namely because they felt more comfortable being open about healthy eating habits," says lead study author Lynsey Romo, Ph.D., assistant professor at North Carolina State University.

    BEWARE: 20 Eating Habits That Make You Fat

    However, not

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  • 5 Sneaky Reasons You Can't Lose Weight

    These five things could be distracting you from your hunger cues. Here's how to stop 'emThese five things could be distracting you from your hunger cues. Here's how to stop 'em

    By Jane Di Leo, Women's Health

    These five things could be distracting you from your hunger cues. Here's how to stop 'em.

    Your Thermostat
    If you're not careful, the layers you put on this winter could be permanent. Research has found that people tend to eat more during prolonged cold temperatures than during hot periods because it takes more energy (i.e., calories) to maintain our standard 98.6°F. (That may be why some sly restaurants dial down the heat.) Plus, says Nanette Stroebele, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado at Denver's Center for Human Nutrition, people make different menu selections depending on the state of the mercury: gooey high-fat, high-carb comfort foods when it's cold versus cool foods like salads when it's sweltering.

    The Fix: Feeling chilly? Start with a bowl of broth-based soup, which will warm you up (and help cut overall calorie consumption at that meal, according to studies). Also consider bumping up the heat before you dive into a plate of mac

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  • 11 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism All Day Long

    11 tips that make burning fat easier than ever11 tips that make burning fat easier than everYou may not realize it, but while you're bumming it on the couch catching up on New Girl, your body is working hard to help you burn calories. How is that even possible? Your sweet, sweet metabolism. The cool part: You can speed it up to ensure it's torching the maximum number of cals. All you have to do is follow these 11 super-easy tips.

    BEWARE: 10 Things That Slow Your Metabolism

    When You First Wake Up Eating breakfasts helps jumpstart your metabolism--especially if you do it within one hour of waking up. "Your metabolism went into rest mode over night, so your first meal of the day revs it up again," says Keri Gans, R.D.N., author of The Small Change Diet. To work the kick-start effect to the max, choose foods high in fiber and protein, like whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and berries.

    TRY THESE: 6 Breakfasts That Crush Cravings

    During Your Commute
    Parking farther away from your office may sound like a small step, but it can actually boost your metabolism in a big way because it

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  • 4 Steps to Curing a Headache

    Head pounding? Before you reach for the pain-killers, try these three steps first. Simple solutions could save you from a world of hurt.

    Step 1: Put down your smartphone.
    A recent study found that people hold their mobiles way too close to their faces when texting or surfing online, which can strain the eyes. That, in turn, may lead to a headache. If that doesn't work...

    PLUS: 7 Pains You Should Never Ignore

    Step 2: Chug water.

    Just being mildly dehydrated can cause severe headaches, per a 2012 study in The Journal of Nutrition. Drinking down a full eight ounces of H2O may quell throbbing in minutes. (Here are 10 Ways to Drink More Water.) If that doesn't work. . .

    Step 3: Take a time-out.

    Tightness across your temple could signal a tension headache caused by stress, says WH advisor Keri Peterson, M.D., a physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Retreat to a quiet corner--even a bathroom stall will do!--and use your fingertips to massage your forehead in a circular

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  • Tips from a Pet Psychic: 5 Secrets You Didn’t Know

    An animal communication expert gives you a sneak peak into the mind of your petAn animal communication expert gives you a sneak peak into the mind of your petEver wonder what your dog or cat is really thinking? Just ask pet psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick, author of the upcoming book There Are No Sad Dogs in Heaven. You may know Fitzpatrick from her former Animal Planet series, The Pet Psychic, or her Sirius-XM show, Animal Intuition. She's helped countless clients and celebrities solve issues with their pets, so we consulted her to get some of her best tips. Read on for the secrets every pet owner should know:

    PLUS: 16 Signs You're Too Obsessed With Your Dog

    You already communicate with your pet

    We're not just talking about telling them to sit, stay, or go outside. According to Fitzpatrick, animals are constantly picking up on our emotions, feelings, and energies. Her suggestion: Visualize what you want to communicate to your animal or how you wish they would behave, because they're particularly sensitive to this kind of message. Another tactic, "When you say something verbally, always match your feeling with whatever you are telling

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  • 7 Healthy Ways to Beat Your Candy Cravings

    The next time you find yourself jonesing for the sweet stuff, reach for one of these good-for-you alternativesThe next time you find yourself jonesing for the sweet stuff, reach for one of these good-for-you alternativesYou know that candy's bad for you, but sometimes a Snickers bar or a bag of Skittles is just calling your name. So what's a girl to do when a craving hits? Simple: Instead of hitting the vending machine, reach for one of these nutrient-packed alternatives suggested by Brooke Alpert, R.D., founder of B Nutritious.

    DID YOU KNOW: What Your Food Cravings Say About Your Health

    You're Craving: Reese's Cups

    The Healthy Swap: 1 oz dark chocolate + 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter
    about 250 calories

    You'll get lots of healthy antioxidants, some filling protein, and way less sugar.

    You're Craving: A Snickers Bar
    The Healthy Swap: 1 oz raw almonds + 1 tsp hot cocoa powder
    about 200 calories

    The hot cocoa mix adds just enough sweetness to the almonds, which are packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fat.

    BEWARE: The Time You're Most Likely to Binge

    You're Craving: Junior Mints
    The Healthy Swap:
    mint tea latte
    about 60 calories

    Add about half a cup of steamed 2 percent milk to your favorite minty brew

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  • 11 Low-Calorie Snacks You Haven’t Tried

    Surprisingly healthy snacks you NEED to trySurprisingly healthy snacks you NEED to tryIt's easy to get sick of your go-to snacks, especially if you eat the same things every day. These new snacks will add variety to your munchies to keep you feeling satisfied (and never bored). And you'd never guess that each clocks in under 200 calories.

    1 Pepperidge Farm English Muffin and 1 oz of Lox
    This small dish has 15 grams of protein to keep you feeling full and energized for longer.

    Per serving: 160 cal, 15 g protein, 2 g fat, 1 g sugar, 740 mg sodium, 1 g fiber

    1 1/2 Cups of Sliced Cucumbers and 1 oz of Kraft Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese
    Because it contains more air, whipped cream cheese has fewer calories per scoop than the regular stuff. What's more: Cucumbers are a great source of water, so they can help you de-bloat.

    Per serving: 100 cal, 2 g protein, 8 g fat (5 g sat), 4 g sugar, 125 mg sodium, 1 g fiber


    1 Cup of Kale Chips
    Kale is an awesome source of vitamins A, C, and K--plus calcium and fiber. So skip the high-fat chips, and munch this homemade veggie

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  • How to Burn Off Your Favorite Foods

    Would that cheeseburger be nearly as tempting if you knew you'd have to log 33 minutes on the treadmill to burn off all of the calories it contains? Didn't think so. So it's not exactly shocking that, when menus list how much exercise you'd have to do to work off each food, people order lower-calorie options, according to a recent study. The experiment found that listing calories on the menu didn't lead people to order lighter options--but listing the minutes of brisk walking necessary did.

    So, the next time you go to a restaurant, you probably won't see the exercise equivalents for each dish--but you can still use a similar motivational strategy to curb junk food urges. The next time you hear a donut or a slice of pizza calling your name, consult this handy guide to see if you really want it (and if so, what it will take to work that indulgence off):

    PLUS: For even more ways to customize and ignite your fat burn, check out the calorie-torching ABS 360 Plan from Women's Health!



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