The Biggest Loser,” but there’s one result of extreme weight loss that Rachel Frederickson may not have bargained for: the barrage of vocal critics, who have called her newly thin self “anorexic” and “disturbing.” While the 24-year-old admits that she may have been “a little too enthusiastic” with her workouts, she maintains that she’s both “confident” and “very, very healthy.” But is she happy?
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It may be too soon to tell. But the harsh public reactions she’s faced thus far have served to shine a spotlight on what can be unexpected results of dropping a serious amount of weight, including the jarring realization that shedding those pounds may not be the panacea you’ve been longing for.
“When it comes to obesity, we often look at the disease as a cosmetic thing,” James Zerrios, spokesperson for the Obesity Action Coalition, tells Yahoo Shine. “But
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 3:53 PM EST
The Biggest Loser,” but there’s one result of extreme weight loss that Rachel Frederickson may not have bargained for: the barrage of vocal critics, who have called her newly thin self “anorexic” and “disturbing.” While the 24-year-old admits that she may have been “a little too enthusiastic” with her workouts, she maintains that she’s both “confident” and “very, very healthy.” But is she happy?She shed 155 pounds and gained $250,000 by winning the 15th season of “Read More »from Life After Massive Weight Loss: It's Not Always Perfect
- Adding extra fiber to your diet has amazing health benefits.
Fiber deserves special attention in a healthy diet because it's an anti-aging superstar, but the average American only gets about 15 grams of it a day, not even close to the 25 grams recommended by the American Heart Association. You'll find it mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans -- pillars of our 7 Years Younger Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet.
It's important to know that although the distinction isn't always apparent on a food label, there are two types of fiber: insoluble and soluble. Most fiber-rich foods contain both types -- the insoluble kind helps improve your digestion, and the soluble kind gives fiber its disease-fighting clout. These health pluses will make you want to add it to your diet:
1. It shrinks belly fat.
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Oats, beans, and other sources of soluble fiber help reduce LDL cholesterol, too
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Love Letter to an Internet Bully,” encouraging women around the country to express their feelings of pain, forgiveness, and self-acceptance, and then post them, along with proud photos of themselves, on Facebook.Plus-size women who have dealt with enough nasty, body-shaming comments to last a lifetime are standing up to their haters with a powerful weapon this week: love. It's part of a Valentine’s Day-inspired empowerment campaign, “Read More »from Plus-Size Women Write Love Letters to Their Bullies in Valentine's Day Challenge
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“I was envisioning a way for people to just share their story and have it be therapeutic for them, to forgive their bully and just move on,” Chrystal Bougon, owner of the San Jose, California, plus-size lingerie shop Curvy Girl and one of the forces behind the effort, tells Yahoo Shine. “Let’s put that chapter away now, and let’s rock it and wear it.”
Bougon and her shop made headlines last year for another online campaign, “Regular Women,” which had plus-size ladies posting
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 2:02 PM ESTJulia Roberts and Sister, Nancy Imagine you're 13. Remember how awkward those early teenage years were? Transitioning from child to young woman, discovering your identity, making new friends, crushing on boys -- all the usual stuff. Then imagine doing all of this just as your stunning big sister becomes the most famous actress in Hollywood. As you pursue your own acting career, waitressing to make ends meet, you watch as your big sis wins a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. You watch as she gets paid $25 million dollars for a movie and is included in People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" feature -- 11 times. Imagine for a second how hard it must be to be a sibling of a Hollywood megastar.
A-listers have chefs and trainers and personal assistants and lawyers and a whole army of publicists to shape their A-list life and to advise them in the face of a media storm. They are protected and preened, their every whim catered to. But what about the peopleRead More »from How Would You Cope If Your Sister was an A-List Celebrity?
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 12:16 PM ESTWhy You Might See People Running in Their Underwear This WeekendIf I were walking with my 3-year-old down the street and we happened upon a very large group of adults running in their underwear, I'm fairly certain my son's reaction would be, "Mommy, why are all those people running?" I, on the other hand, would wonder "Why on earth are all those people running without clothes on?!?"
My 3-year-old hasn't yet seen road races or marathons up close, so it would never occur to him to question runners' chosen attire -- he would simply be fascinated to see people running in the first place. I, on the other hand, would likely be fighting mysterious Puritan-like impulses to give everyone pants …
If you see such skivvy-sprinting this weekend, rest assured that it's probably for a good cause. Now in its fourth year, Cupid's Undie Run raises money for The Children's Tumor Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for neurofibromatosis. The genetic disorder first appears in childhood and causes tumors to grow on various nerves inRead More »from Why You Might See People Running in Their Underwear This Weekend
- Good Housekeeping | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 11:48 AM ESTTake this advice to finally tackle that nagging to-do list.
It's a secret of adulthood: Nothing is more exhausting than a task you never start. I've known this for a long time, but nevertheless had managed to accumulate a lengthy list of small, mildly unpleasant tasks that I kept putting off -- for months, sometimes years. Granted, these projects weren't urgent (which was why they didn't get done), but they weighed on me, made me feel overwhelmed, filled my brain with I need to… and Don't forget…! I had to fix the problem, because it was making me crazy.
I decided to come up with a habit that would help me cross those items off my list. But what? How could a single habit cover a bunch of nonrecurring, unrelated to-do's? Then I hit upon an idea. Once a week, for one hour, I'd steadily work on nagging chores. An hour felt like enough time to get stuff done, but not too long.
During this hour, I'd tackle only tasks with no deadline, no accountability, and no pressure -- because theseRead More »from One Hour a Week is All You Need to Get More Stuff Done
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 11:35 AM ESTHealthy chocolate? It sounds too good to be true, right?
If you're sweet on someone and you want to send some chocolates their way, this guide to five good-for-you treats will give you plenty of ideas. On the contrary, if your significant other is the type who needs a not-so-subtle hint about which indulgences you prefer, just share this mouthwatering gallery, and there'll be no confusion.
What makes these confections better than the average box of chocolates? We've gathered dark chocolatey goodies, many of which are made with at least 70 percent cocoa, which translates to big beauty benefits-as long as you don't consume them all at once, of course. Cocoa boasts heart-healthy plant compounds called flavanoids that help reduce stress hormones-and consequently decrease collagen breakdown, which leads to fewer wrinkles or less saggy skin. Dark chocolate also relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow, which helps with that healthy glow, as well as fighting damage from free radicals, such as sunRead More »from Delicious, Healthy Chocolates You Should Give Your Valentine Today
- woman drinking teaBy Karen Asp
Add these steps to your weekly routine to slash your risk of heart disease and stroke. These six all-natural tricks just may keep you out of the pharmacy. Photo by Getty Images.
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1. Lend a hand.
New research shows that helping out does more than fill you with a warm feeling; it also gives your heart a boost. Adults ages 51 to 91 who volunteered for 200 hours per year-or about 3 hours per week-lowered their risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) by 40%. Visit VolunteerMatch.org to search for an opportunity near you.
2. Eat yogurt.
People who ate at least 6 oz of lowfat yogurt every day were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate yogurt less than once a month, according to a study. One possible reason: Yogurt's a good source of calcium, potassium and magnesium, three important minerals that help regulate blood flow.
- Martha Stewart | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:30 AM EST
Partner yoga can help you deepen both your poses and your relationships. "Doing yoga with a partner makes many poses more accessible, comfortable, and therapeutic," says Mary Aranas, who teaches at Pure Yoga and leads partner yoga workshops around the country. "By holding onto another person, you can balance better than you could on your own, move into poses more deeply, and hold them longer, which increases strengthening and stretching." Working in tandem also improves communication. All you need is a spouse, a friend, or another willing partner -- and neither of you has to be overly fit or flexible. Aranas chose the following poses, including tension-busting twists and restorative stretches, for their simplicity.
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Benefits: Increases lung capacity, stretches the torso, and lifts the spirit.
How to Do It: Stand facing each other, feet hip-width apart so that you can comfortably hold each other's forearms withRead More »from The Only Workout You Should Be Doing on Valentine's Day
- Self Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:30 AM EST
by Anna Maltby
Let us repeat: The number of skin cancers we can blame each year on indoor tanning is higher than the number of lung cancers we can blame on cigarettes.
And to put that in perspective, about 90 percent of lung cancer cases are attributable to cigarette smoking whereas only somewhere between three and 22 percent of skin cancer cases are attributable to indoor tanning.
All this is courtesy of an eye-opening, huge meta-analysis published in JAMA Dermatology last week. Those researchers pored over stats from 88 major studies over the past 20 years, covering almost 500,000 total study participants from 16 western countries (including the United States, Australia, and countries in Northern and Western Europe).
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Overall, the researchers
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