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How We Can End The Body Wars -- Once And For All

Cara Alwill Leyba | Posted 01.30.2013 | Women
Cara Alwill Leyba

Let's stop tearing each other down and instead, educate each other on how to treat our bodies and ourselves with the utmost compassion and respect.

When Bodies Matter More Than Babies: The Jessica Simpson Edition

Michelle Konstantinovsky | Posted 01.30.2013 | Women
Michelle Konstantinovsky

I realize that by continually contributing to the uncalled-for public discourse surrounding Jessica Simpson's appearance, I'm arguably just feeding the image-focused fire. And yet, I can't keep my fingers off the keyboard every time the star makes headlines for all the wrong reasons.

How to Not Let Your 'Ho, Ho' Turn Into 'Oh, No' This Holiday Season

Gregg McBride | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

The holidays do not have to be a recipe for disaster when it comes to staying healthy, keeping fit and looking divine all the way through New Year's Eve and beyond.

The Next Great Diet

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 01.29.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

The refrigerator is empty again, save for a few yogurts, a plastic container of homemade cranberry sauce (it lasts forever) and a half-dozen cans of Diet Coke. The kids are gone, and I am feeling the full weight of the holiday. I am ready for my post-Thanksgiving diet.

Maybe Just One

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 01.20.2013 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

I suppose I could try just one little bite. Just to get a sense of the flavor. After all, you worked so hard to pick up this supermarket dessert-assortment tray; it would be rude to refuse the entire thing out of hand.

TV and the Power of Suggestion

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

The power of suggestion is indeed powerful. And, in my opinion, it's rarely to our benefit. Think about it -- when you have a craving, is it for something healthy like apples or spinach, chicken or salmon? Not for me.

Lose Weight And Combat Aging With These Foods

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 11.29.2012 | Fifty

Muffin top, middle-age spread, the boomer 50... Whatever you want to call it, abdominal weight gain is an issue many post 50s face. In fact the obesit...

Body Image Researcher David Sarwer Debunks Hollywood Myths

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

Clearly, celebrity interviews provide no shortage of encouraging words. But if you're in the market for reliable information, there are surely better sources -- so I chose a scientist over a celebrity to debunk some of the body-image myths that Hollywood helps perpetuate.

Weight Gain During the Holidays Is Hard to Undo

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Remember that the holidays are primarily there to reconnect with family and friends and to celebrate good times. Enjoying delicious food is certainly part of that, but it shouldn't be the main focus.

Are You in a Healthy Relationship With Your Food?

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

I know that as women, our relationships to food are complicated and that all of us have stories that play a unique role in those relationships, but I believe that we truly can appreciate food, eat it, and love our bodies all at the same time.

Beware The Dangers Of Unplanned Eating

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

Paying attention to -- and cutting back on -- unplanned eating is really an extension of the principles of mindful eating: paying attention to our level of hunger, our surroundings, our enjoyment of food (or lack thereof), and how we feel after we eat.

Kick in the Tush Club: Busted Zippers, Broken Dreams

Janice Taylor | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

Permanent weight loss is a holistic event. Permanent weight loss is a mind-changing, life-changing event. You can lose weight, but you will find it again and again until you are ready for permanent change.

An Exploration Of Willpower (And How To Revive It)

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Anyone who has tried to break a bad habit has experienced the trouble with willpower. You want to stick to your diet, but you find yourself standing at a buffet filled with tempting desserts. Psychologists have been quite interested in understanding why willpower works so poorly.

How I Beat My Cookie Addiction

Maureen Anderson | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

Every year I used to lose the same 10 or 15 pounds every summer, only to gain them back by Thanksgiving. One year I wondered if it was the cookies. My husband said, "Duh." On a whim I made him a bet: I would only bake the cookies, not wear them on my hips.

The Raw Food Diet, Overcooked

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.25.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many foods can be eaten raw, and many foods are the better for it. An emphasis on eating mostly plants is irrefutably good, be they raw or cooked. But the case for raw food diets is oversold, the rhetoric is overheated, and the claims of universal benefits -- substantially overcooked.

It's Not Always a Good Thing When Your Cups Runneth Over

Gregg McBride | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

I realized that keeping my portions and food choices in mind was something I was going to have to stay committed to for the rest of my life -- assuming I wanted to keep fitting into my newly aquired "regular size" clothes.

12 Expert Tips for Fall Fitness

Marlo Thomas | Posted 12.16.2012 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

Do you want to know how to lose ten pounds in a hurry? How about the best way to combat seasonal affective disorder? Would you like to know a great new way to strengthen your abs or a recipe for mashed potatoes that cuts the calories dramatically? Of course, you would!

Should You Tell Someone They're Fat?

Paul LaRosa | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul LaRosa

I'm of the mind that telling someone they need to lose weight is a gift of sorts. Yes, they surely know they are fat but many people are not going to do anything about it until they are told to their face that everyone else knows they are fat and it's, well, unattractive.

How the 'Cell Phone Diet' Works

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 12.12.2012 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

Every time her cell phone rings, my patient, Rose, hears the Rocky theme. Each time she looks at her cell phone, she sees her target picture. It is a photoshopped picture of herself at her goal weight.

New Eating Disorder Book Helps Young Girl

Darryl Roberts | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Darryl Roberts

Recently, a woman called me to tell me how her daughter was doing great recovering from an eating disorder with the help of a book called 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder, by Carolyn Costin. The woman wanted me to pass the news along to the author.

Bloody Aftermath of the Diet Wars

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

Not only is there major disagreement over the amount (and type) of protein we should be eating, but there's wild disagreement over the role of fat, the importance of carbs, the value of exercise, the need for calorie counting, and just about anything else you can think of.

Let Them Eat Rice

William M. O'Barr | Posted 12.08.2012 | Healthy Living
William M. O'Barr

It appears that all diet programs operate on the principle of calorie reduction. How they go about it is what differs.

The Best Time To Relax (The Answer May Surprise You)

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

If I were to ask, "When is the best time to relax?" you'd probably say, "When you're feeling stressed." True, that would be the best time to intervene with relaxation. But when is the best time to utilize relaxation in all its calming potency? The answer may surprise you: right before you eat.

What's Perfect for You?

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

If you've begun to make a lifestyle change -- a new diet, exercise routine, stress reduction activity, or anything else -- consider that there will be times when you may need or want to get off your lifestyle wagon.

Getting The Lowdown On Your Metabolism

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

Have you worked out every single day since Labor Day, eaten a healthy, well-proportioned diet and still haven't lost a pound? There are two things I want you to know: 1) You are not alone, and 2) it may not be your fault. Isn't that the best news you've heard all day?