Blog Posts by Self Magazine

  • Weight Gain from Lack of Sleep

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital StudioAmanda MacMillan


    We may have lost an hour of sleep this weekend, but here's a reminder not to make it a regular habit: New research suggests that when we repeatedly don't get enough zzzz's, we tend to eat more -- and can pack on nearly two pounds in five days!

    See more: 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss

    A study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that when participants were allowed to sleep only five hours a night for five days straight, they overate -- specifically in the form of high-carb, high-fat, after-dinner snacks. In fact, the total amount of calories consumed in evening snacks alone was, on average, larger than the calories that made up any individual meal! This is especially concerning in light of recent research that found that "late eaters" may have a harder time losing weight than early ones.

    See more: Lose 2 Pounds a Week!

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  • Sexy Eyes in 3 Steps

    Marissa Stephenson


    The secret? The sensitive skin around your eye. Use these tips to give the area a little extra loving.

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  • 5 New Ways to Do Cardio

    Marissa Stephenson


    CN Digital StudioCN Digital StudioStudies show that people who do 30 minutes of cardio most days get fit just as quick as those who exercise longer. So we've got speedy routines that'll make the daily 30 fly.

    1. Multitask: Firm & Burn Routines: See our sexy arms moves to firm any arm jiggle and torch serious calories and count it as your 30 minutes. All you have to do is add 30 seconds of squat jumps or jumping lunges between each move.

    Calories torched:
    235 (based on a 135-pound woman)

    And remember:
    Plan to succeed. There should be no guesswork when it comes to your workouts, so map out a week of routines every Sunday night.

    2. Mix It Up on the Treadmill: SELF deputy editor and trainer Meaghan B. Murphy uses an incline to erase fat and tedium. See how she does it by downloading this easy-peasy chart.

    Calories torched:
    245

    3. Throw Some Punches: Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin, owners of Barre Bee Fit gyms in Chicago, created an exclusive version of their crazy-popular Barre Brawl kickboxing class

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  • Survive a Quarter-Life Crisis

    Jessica Girdwain


    Meredith JenksMeredith JenksOur mid-20s to 30s is prime time for an identity meltdown. If (or, let's be honest, when) it happens, don't flip out-you can come out of it even happier.

    The postcollege years tend to be all about survival-finding a job, a roommate who doesn't eat your food or steal your clothes, a solid boyfriend. Then, just as you begin to feel as if you've got things under control, it happens: a "Holy-crap-I-have-no-idea-what-I'm-doing-with-my-life!" freak-out.

    If you're in the 25-to-35 age range and this is resonating, congrats: You're officially having a quarter-life crisis, something two thirds of young adults experience. Experts describe a QLC as a sense of panic that your life-career, relationships, etc.-isn't where you want it to be. (There's good reason that Hannah, Lena Dunham's character from HBO's Girls, is so damn relatable.)

    QLCs can be a bitch, as you may have already discovered. But as many as 80 percent of survivors say they feel happier and more satisfied

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  • Is This the Key to Self-Control?

    Amanda MacMillan

    Gourmet, Romulo YanesGourmet, Romulo YanesSelf-control is a big part of living a healthy and balanced life: It helps us resist that second slice of cake, steer clear of Pinterest when we're supposed to be working, and not throw a major hissy fit when that romantic date night we're so looking forward to morphs into guys' night with beers and college basketball. (All hypotheticals, duh.)


    See more: 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss

    That doesn't make self-control any easier to maintain, though, especially in the face of daily temptations that threaten to derail our diets, our productivity and our emotional well-being. But a new study suggests that there may be a quick fix -- and I do mean quick -- to boosting our levels of self-control.

    The fix? Exercise. Specifically, short bouts of exercise: anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes showed promise in a new analysis published online today in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Dutch researchers found that short bursts of activity seemed to improve self-control

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  • 10 Cool Kitchen Tools

    Rachel Jacoby
    SELFSELF


    After stocking up on the essentials, check out these gadgets, all certain to add a whole lotta sweet and spice to your next party.

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    How to Get Bombshell Hair

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  • Which is Worse?

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital StudioSarah-Jane Bedwell
    SELFSELF


    Life's little health dilemmas, solved

    Missing a workout and not making up for it VS. Pushing myself extra hard the next time I hit the gym


    Your body needs time off, so don't sweat it: Chill days let muscles repair, a crucial step in the strength-building process, explains Natalie Wessel, a personal trainer in Portland, Oregon. Plus, pushing yourself too hard can lead to injury. "Overdoing it abuses muscles, ligaments and tendons, which can result in sprains, tears and strains," Wessel says. Obviously it's good to be consistent-but if you miss one session, you won't gain weight or lose strength. Look, enjoy the hooky day, and do your next workout as planned.

    See more: 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss

    Not eating veggies (hate the taste!) VS. Drowning them in butter and cheese

    Adding fat to your greens actually enhances your body's ability to soak up fat-soluble nutrients, such as lycopene and beta-carotene, a study from Purdue University

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  • Health Food of the Week: Chili Peppers

    Gourmet, Romulo YanesGourmet, Romulo YanesSarah-Jane Bedwell
    SELFSELF


    This week's health food can really turn on the heat. From Italy to India, chili peppers have been spicy superstars in cultures around the globe for thousands of years, but flavor isn't all they add: Did you know that capsaicin, the compound that gives these peppers their kick, can actually boost your metabolism? But wait, there's more: Capsaicin is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, help soothe sinus issues and possibly help with headaches, too. Give your taste buds a wake-up call with these four fabulous chili pepper recipes.

    See more: Lose 2 Pounds a Week!

    Roasted Pineapple and Pepper Salsa:
    Take a quick trip to the tropics with this sweet and spicy homemade salsa from Food Network's Guy Fieri. The heat from the chilies, red pepper and jalapeno pair perfectly with the sweetness from the fresh mango and pineapple. Dig in with baked tortilla chips or serve it up on grilled fish tacos. Your taste buds will thank you!

    Turkey Chipotle

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  • Need a New Hairstylist?

    WWDWWDAmanda MacMillan
    SELFSELF


    So, a ton of my friends moved here (from other countries!) at the beginning of grad school last summer and are majorly overdue for a haircut. But finding a new stylist is Really. Freaking. Hard. in a new place. In fact, one of 'em asked me how she even goes about finding a stylist. The truth is, it's pretty easy if you do a little research.

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    Word Of Mouth: My stylist, who I've been seeing for almost a decade (ewwww that makes me feel old), was recommended to me by a friend. And since then, I've recommended him to, like, a million people. And I've found that the friends who also love him are the friends whose hair is super straight, just like mine is. The lesson here: Find a friend whose cut you love, make sure her hair type is similar to yours and ask who she sees. So, if you have straight hair and your BFF has curly hair, she is not the right person to ask. Don't be afraid to ask random people, too. People are way more excitedRead More »from Need a New Hairstylist?
  • Can Oxygen Cure Hangovers?

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital StudioAmanda MacMillan
    SELFSELF


    Wake up with an aching head and queasy stomach this weekend? (Or this morning? Did you have a Sunday Funday? No judgment!) Hangovers suck, no question about it. Ibuprofen, sleep, a Bloody Mary -- they may provide some relief, but that doesn't stop us from wishing for a true miracle cure.

    So we had to wonder about oxygen bars. Originally popular in Vegas nightclubs, oxygen bars, cafes and mall kiosks have begun appearing across the country. Because they're not FDA-regulated, they can't make any specific health claims -- but the idea behind oxygen bars is that the airflow can help you feel energized, relaxed, or, yes, hangover-free. But do they really work? And is it actually worth paying for air?

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    First, the 411 on all things O2: Oxygen bars generally have different aromatherapy options, ranging from "energizing" scents like peppermint and citrus, to "relaxing" ones like chamomile. Oxygen gas (which is about

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