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  • Lindsey Vonn: How to Be Fearless

    After a series of devastating knee injuries, Lindsey Vonn ended her Olympic hopes in early January 2014, saying in a statement: "The reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level." We applaud Vonn for taking care of her health--even if it means delaying her dreams. And we'll count her down but certainly not out, because this athlete is fearless. Learn how Vonn faces her fear and embraces happiness. Then go behind the scenes at her video shoot.
    by Erin Bried

    David GubertDavid Gubert

    How can you be so fearless, not just skiing but also in your life?
    What's the point in being afraid? I've crashed a million times. If you go around being afraid, you're never going to enjoy life. You have only one chance, so you've got to have fun. Getting divorced [last January, from her former coach, Thomas Vonn] was the scariest thing I've ever done. I'd been dating him since I was 18, and I realized I wasn't happy anymore. I wasn't sure if I was strong enough to be on my own, but I found Read More »from Lindsey Vonn: How to Be Fearless
  • SELF Exclusive! the Truth on Whether Spinning Bulks Up Your Legs or Not

    by Marissa Stephenson

    Tom Rafalovich Tom Rafalovich So, you guys, Spinning does cause bulk -- but in terms of your calorie burn. Your confidence. Your love of Capital Cities "Safe and Sound" remixes.

    But what it really, truly, despite-the-copious-hoopla-from-this-week does NOT do is bulk your thighs.

    We were tempted to end our post with that, but we want you to know why your Flywheel class won't give you Hulk legs. So we asked exercise physiologist Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery (and our very own Dr. Abs) to lay it out:

    See more: 5 Simple Steps to Cellulite-Free Skin

    "You have two types of muscle fibers; one type are endurance fibers. When you do aerobic exercise, like Spinning, you use these fibers," Olson says. OK, easy so far. "These fibers can become more fatigue-resistant from doing activities like Spinning and running [aka, it feels easier to do the same workout], but they do not bulk. You have to lift heavy weights doing multiple sets to

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  • by Marjorie Korn

    Courtesy photoCourtesy photoWe know a lot of you come to SELF to help achieve your better body goals, and while we are always telling you about the newest exercise routines and latest nutrition news, it always hinges on a basic principle: success only comes from healthy diet and exercise. And while it'd be awesome if there was a get-slim-quick product that was healthy and worked, we've already learned there's not. And the folks at the Federal Trade Commission, whose responsibility it is to protect consumers from bogus claims, is putting the kibosh on the latest slew of weight-loss products.

    The FTC called out three companies -- Sensa, L'Occitane, and HCG Diet Direct -- for deceiving consumers into thinking weight loss could be as simple as sprinkling powder on your food, rubbing on a cream or having drops of a synthetic hormone that comes from pregnant women's urine. (Yeah, it's gross, and there's no proof it's either safe or effective.) Furthermore, the FTC is forcing Sensa to pony up a whoppingRead More »from FTC Charges Three Weight-Loss Products with Making False Claims, Companies Required to Pay $27 Million

  • A $20 Workout Tank that Makes You Feel Slimmer in Stripes

    by Sara Angle

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    Get to your nearest JC Penney's before it's too late, ladies. Although the department store announced the closing of 33 stores yesterday, we're still digging their racerback tank tops from their in-house line of activewear, Xersion. Most important? They're SO flattering and SO affordable.


    See more: 5 Simple Steps to Cellulite-Free Skin

    The Quick-Dri moisture-wicking fabric keeps you dry (and trust me on that one, I tested it out in a super-sweaty dance class) and doesn't chafe one bit. The fit, though, is even better: The racerback tank fits snug across the chest and back, while leaving enough slouch slash room in the tummy area for concealing less-than-six-pack abs.

    See more: Easy Ways to Slim Down in 14 Days

    But despite the stripes, which are notorious for making one look wider, I actually felt (and if I do say so myself, looked) slimmer. The tank's shape takes into account that WOMEN HAVE CURVES, unlike some similar styles from different brands. And...wait

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  • by Jacqueline Risser

    Getty ImagesGetty Images Confession: One of our new funtimes TV shows is Ravenswood on ABC Family.


    Why we love it: It's a spin-off of one of our other faves, Pretty Little Liars. Duh. The show follows a bunch of teens in a cursed Pennsylvania town called -- wait for it -- Ravenswood.

    And come on, guys. Is there anything more fun than watching a group of hot and bothered young adults solve a mystery?

    Yeah, didn't think so!

    Nicole Anderson, that fit beauty in blue on the right, stars as Miranda Collins. We got a chance to chat with her, who BTW is one of the sweetest people in the world.

    The former gymnast took our SELFy questionnaire and spilled on workouts, snacks, and her fave skin product (who doesn't want the girl's glow?).

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    1. If I could only do one workout, I'd...

    ...do yoga. I am a sucker for yoga. It's always nice to just be able to take that time for myself and rejuvenate my body and my mind. I love going to

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  • Study Drop: Try THIS to Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes

    by Anna Matlby

    Bill DiodatoBill DiodatoIf you're young and fit, type 2 diabetes may not be on your radar -- but it might be in the future. The disease has seen an epidemic-proportion increase in prevalence in the U.S. over the last few decades, and it's currently the seventh leading cause of death. Scary, right?

    Well, here's some awesome news on how you can beat it: Muscle-strengthening exercise may significantly reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers in PLoS Medicine report this week that middle-aged and older women who completed more than 150 minutes per week of muscle-strengthening activity (that's about 2.5 yoga classes' worth!) had a 30 to 40 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes than did women who did zero muscle-strengthening work. That's pretty cool, because while we already knew that aerobic exercise helps reduce T2D risk, we weren't sure if anaerobic exercise had a link to the disease.

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    "While it is well established

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  • Stop Stressing: It Messes with Your Skin!

    by Joanne Chen

    Chris CraymerChris CraymerRelax. Seriously. Stress -- even the energizing kind -- can sap glow and bring on breakouts and other ugly issues. One secret? Devote one workout a week to your mind.

    Essentially, you're strength training your brain. Meditation and yoga don't just relieve stress, they also buffer against it, reveals a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine. It compared yoga novices with regular practitioners of Hatha yoga (which involves breath control and meditation). They found that the beginners had 41 percent higher levels of a stress-related protein in the blood than the pros. And novices were five times as likely to have higher levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation that may be linked to acne and conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

    See more: Slim Down in 14 Days!

    The De-stress Rx: "A few minutes a day of meditating is all you need to build neural connections that say, 'Hey, calm down,'" says Nina Smiley, Ph.D., coauthor of The Three Minute Meditator. Read More »from Stop Stressing: It Messes with Your Skin!
  • Slim Down with TGIFriday's New Menu (Cocktails Included!)

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Courtesy of TGIFridaysCourtesy of TGIFridays What better way to celebrate the end of a busy work week than to enjoy dinner out with friends? And what better place to go than TGI Fridays -- especially now that they have a brand-new menu full of lower calorie options. Bonus? According to Fridays SVP and Chief Marketing Oficer Brian Gies, these entrees "are being launched as the primary offers in Fridays 'Pick 2 for $10' value platform, giving almost any guest the opportunity to try these items." From chicken to steak (yeah, the superfood!) to appetizers to drinks, you're sure to find something that you'll love without breaking the calorie bank -- and your wallet, too. Try one of these delicious options this week!

    * Sizzling Chicken & Spinach:
    For a reasonable 400 calories, you can enjoy this miso-glazed chicken, fire-grilled and served sizzling over a bed of fresh spinach, zucchini and squash, hand-cut red peppers, cremini mushrooms and grilled balsamic-glazed onions. Plus, it's paired with a fresh tomato Read More »from Slim Down with TGIFriday's New Menu (Cocktails Included!)

  • Could What You're Reading Be Making You Fat?

    by Anna Maltby

    Arthur ElgortArthur Elgort You might think that information about how overweight people are stigmatized -- i.e. it's harder for them to get hired, etc. -- might motivate overweight people to get healthy, but the truth appears to be the opposite.


    Women who believe they are overweight may consume more food after learning about weight stigma, according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Researchers had self-perceived overweight women read an article they were told ran in The New York Times about how overweight people are less likely to get a new job, and compared them to a control group of self-perceived overweight women reading an article about how smokers struggle to get hired.

    See more: 6 Moves To Resize Your Butt and Thighs

    The results were pretty stunning: Women who saw themselves as overweight and read about weight stigma actually had far less self-control and ate a whopping 65 percent more calories than their counterparts who read the smoking article.

    The

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  • Meditation May Help Reduce Anxiety and Depression, New Study Finds

    by Anna Maltby

    George ChinseeGeorge ChinseeInteresting news in the world of complementary and alternative medicine: According to a systematic review and meta-analysis in Jama Internal Medicine, mindfulness meditation may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression -- in the case of depression, possibly to the same degree as taking antidepressants.


    Based on the studies the researchers reviewed, "[w]e had moderate confidence that mindfulness [meditation] improves symptoms of anxiety, depression and pain across a wide range of patients," lead author Mahdav Goyal, M.D., M.P.H., told SELF.

    "That mindfulness has a small but consistent effect on symptoms of anxiety, depression and pain is noteworthy," Dr. Goyal adds. "This is an effect above and beyond a placebo effect. Patients can expect improvements in these symptoms from training in mindfulness, and can use this in conjunction with any other treatments they are taking [or using]. Furthermore, this does not come with any known side effects or harms [as do]

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