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Why Women Don’t (But Should) Lift Weights

By Jenna Bergen
Dec 05, 2012

Despite study after study supporting the benefits of strength training, many women still opt for cardio over weights. Maybe they’re worried about “bulking up.”Women have seen a few too many beefy men grunting it out in the weight room and fear that if they pick up a dumbbell, they’ll suddenly start to resemble a linebacker, too.

This can happen, although it’s extremely rare, as we reveal in 6 Ways to Beat Your Bad Genes. But for most women, “this just isn’t possible,” says personal trainer and Prevention fitness expert Chris Freytag.“Ladies have too much estrogen in their hormonal makeup.”

So what is the secret to looking toned (think: Michelle Obama’s arms, which we have the secret to) but not tough? Strength training. (more…)

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7 Foods that Burn Fat

By Cosmopolitan.com | Healthy LivingThu, Mar 22, 2012 5:46 PM EDT

These foods will help you burn fat.

 

These foods will help you burn fat.With rising temps come rising hemlines, bare shoulders… and eventually, bikini season. Add these metabolism-boosting foods and drinks to your shopping list, and you’ll score a leaner and sexier bod.

By Carolyn Kylstra

Chicken Breast
Meet the ultimate wonder food. Chicken is packed with protein, which is essential for maintaining muscle mass-and the more muscle mass you have, the more efficient you are at burning calories. Even better, protein takes more time to digest than carbohydrates, so you’ll feel full longer than if you ate the same number of calories in a carb-or fat-heavy meal. An ideal serving: the size of a computer mouse or a deck of cards. (more…)


5 silly things we do that derail our diets

Columnist Carrie Dennett provides five easy tips for controlling our diets.

If the road to success is paved with good intentions, I’ll wager that a good 75 percent of that pavement is poured from the intent to eat right and get in shape.

While people don’t set out to purposefully sabotage their efforts, an awful lot of derailment goes on, nonetheless. Sometimes it’s because we’re just not thinking; sometimes it’s because we’re overthinking.

I’ve made every one of the following mistakes at some point. What about you?

Failing to plan. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and those sketchy eating habits you’d like to change weren’t either. Changing habits can be hard work, so thinking you can turn yourself into a healthier eater without a game plan is guaranteed to leave you spinning your wheels. If you don’t have a plan, you will slip into “default mode” (aka your old habits) time and time again. (more…)


20 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

By Heather Bauer, RD,CDN, REDBOOK

Whether you’re trying to shed some lbs or just stay fit, these tricks to increase your metabolism from nutritionist Heather Bauer, RD,CDN, will help you reach the finish line even faster.

1. Keep Hydrated I’m sure the general population thinks dieticians sound like a broken record when it comes to the whole water thing, but it really is important. Drinking the recommended eight cups of water a day will help your body function at peak performance levels. (more…)


Fuel your moving body

Eat right, all the time. There’s no better way to maximize the benefits of physical activity.

By Stacy Chandler

McClatchy-Tribune

There’s no shortage of information out there about what to eat to maximize the benefits of your workout.

Open a fitness magazine or ask your buddies at the gym, and you’re sure to get enough tips and tricks to make your head spin. Your brother swears by his protein shakes, while your co-worker loads up on coffee before a workout. Your best friend eats a solid breakfast before her spin class, but the guy on the StairMaster next to you claims it’s a sin to eat a single bite before you sweat.

But ask an expert, someone who really understands the relationship between what we put in our bodies and what we get out of a workout, and the answer is simple: Eat right, all the time. There’s no better way to maximize the benefits of physical activity, period. (more…)


20 Habits That Make You Fat

Decades ago, around the time of Steven Tyler’s last haircut, a completely wrong-headed idea started being passed around America’s dinner tables: Eating fat makes you fat.

Wrong. Eating fat won’t make you fat, any more than eating money will make you rich. Calories make you fat, and most “low-fat” or “fat-free” foods actually have just as many calories as their full-fat versions, because of added sugar and chemicals. And there’s no debate on this one: Since we made “cut down on fat” our favorite food craze roughly 30 years ago, the U.S. obesity rate has doubled. Among children, it has tripled. That’s a failed food policy if ever there was one.

But it’s just one of many “get fat” habits that can be turned into a“slim-down” habit, starting today. All you need is a pinch of resolve and a few new routines. Here are the 20 habits you can replace right now, compliments of the Eat This, Not That! No-Diet Diet.

FAT HABIT #1: Eating “low-fat”

It sounds crazy, but I want you to stop buying foods marketed as low-fat or fat-free. Typically, they save you only a few calories and, in doing so, they replace harmless fats with low-performing carbohydrates that digest quickly—causing a sugar rush and, immediately afterward, rebound hunger. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that meals that limited carbohydrates to 43 percent were more filling and had a milder effect on blood sugar than meals with 55 percent carbohydrates. That means you’ll store less body fat and be less likely to eat more later.

FAT HABIT #2: Not seeking nutrition advice

Good news here: By reading this, you’re already forming habits that can help you shed pounds. When Canadian researchers sent diet and exercise advice to more than 1,000 people, they found that the recipients began eating smarter and working more physical activity into their daily routines. Not surprisingly, the habits of the non-recipients didn’t budge.

FAT HABIT #3: Sleeping too little or too much

According to Wake Forest researchers, dieters who sleep five hours or less put on 2½ times more belly fat, while those who sleep more than eight hours pack on only slightly less than that. Shoot for an average of six to seven hours of sleep per night—the optimal amount for weight control.

FAT HABIT #4: Eating free restaurant foods

Breadsticks, biscuits, and chips and salsa may be complimentary at some restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you won’t pay for them. Every time you eat one of Olive Garden’s free breadsticks or Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits, you’re adding an additional 150 calories to your meal. Eat three over the course of dinner and that’s 450 calories. That’s also roughly the number of calories you can expect for every basket of tortilla chips you get at your local Mexican restaurant. What’s worse, none of these calories comes paired with any redeeming nutritional value. Consider them junk food on steroids.
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Eight ways to lose weight and gain money

A better body and more cash can come hand in hand

By Erin Hicks

Want to lose weight and save money? Is that a dumb question?

The key to feeling lean in the waist and heavy in the wallet is to budget both your calorie intake and spending habits with the same philosophy, says Vivien Schapera, author of “How to Lose Weight and Gain Money: A Program for Putting Your Life in Order.”

“Some people are good with money and they budget their calories the same way. But some people will budget tightly with money and they’ll do the opposite with food, and vice versa,” says Schapera. “It’s not about being thin and rich. It’s about having a healthy mind and healthy body. If you take care of your weight, you will see other benefits to your whole life.”

Here are eight tips on how you can cut back the calories and subsequently see a little more green in your wallet.

Reserve half the food you cook for later

You save: Lunch money

Everyone knows to box up half their meal at the restaurant to save for the next day, but what about boxing up half of the meal you make at home?

“Every night you cook, half of the food you make should go into a container to be taken to work the next day for lunch, says Schapera. The key is to make sure you cook a little extra to account for lunch the next day.”

If you figure the average lunch you’d buy costs $8 to $12, and the average lunch you bring from home costs around $2 (either by packing leftovers or bringing a sandwich) you can save a minimum of $30 per week. That’s $120 a month!

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