If you're engaging in Fat Talk, it's doing nothing to help you reach a healthy weight. Those who regularly engage in these negative weight conversations are more likely to have a poor body image, higher levels of depression, and a perceived cultural pressure to be thin, according to a new study in the Journal of Applied Communication Research. More »How Fat Talk Keeps You Fat
One of the best parts of warmer weather is taking your exercise routine outside-fresh air, visual stimulation, a reprieve from the same-old, same-old of your local gym. But the great outdoors doesn't always cooperate with your plans: Allergies or rainy weather can put a damper on your routine, plus the outdoor space available to you may not seem conducive to the workout you have in mind. We talked to Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and ACE certified group fitness instructor for her tips on overcoming four common obstacles to outdoor exercise. More »The Best Outdoor Workouts for Allergies, Rainy Days, and More
Believe it or not, there's a growing interest for milk from the desert's most self-sufficient creature, the camel. Why, you ask? Apparently, according to nutritionists and researchers, the reasons range from its potential to promote optimum nutrition to its ability to healing autism, diabetes, gut problems, and even cancer. More »The Next New Miracle Food Is...Camel Milk?
As the afternoon rolls along (or drags on, depending on your take), the office candy bowl sees an uptick in traffic. But a new study shows that it's not sugar, but protein that you should reach for to beat an afternoon slump. More »What to Eat to Beat an Afternoon Energy Slump
Drinking oil? Cake for breakfast? They sound pretty suspicious and had us thinking, "But what's the catch?" Turns out there isn't one! When paired with a healthy and active lifestyle, each of these bizarre strategies can actually help you lose weight. Read on to see if they'll work for you. More »Quirky Weight-Loss Strategies that Really Work
Everyone knows a full eight hours of sleep each night is what the body needs to optimally function. But, if you're having problems hitting the hay or staying asleep, read these healthy habits so you can wake up feeling fully rested. More »8 Habits of Good Sleepers
As Madonna's primary trainer, Nicole Winhoffer (pictured left) is living her (and every dancer's) dream life. But that doesn't mean the celebrity trainer and artist plans on slowing down any time soon. "My work is never done," she says. "I can always improve and be better at what I do. More »How to Get Fit like the Material Girl: Madonna's Personal Trainer Spills
Ever wonder what people really do on their sick days? Turns out, most of them are actually sick. That's the finding of new research that uncovered various work- and salary-related differences between men and women and revealed some interesting statistics about sick days. More »What Workers Really Do on 'Sick Days'
They're watching. Doctors are everywhere. In the car next to you while you scarf down a Sausage McMuffin and Diet Coke in morning traffic. At a nearby table while you sneeze your way through dinner. In the house across the street when you finally turn out the lights at 2 a.m. Most of them have too much tact to intervene when they spy us doing something bad for our health, but now they're breaking their silence on the health mistakes we're making every day. More »9 Health Mistakes Doctors See You Making
This weekend, I dared to do what women everywhere hate to do: I pulled out my favorite pair of skin-tight skinny jeans from the deep recesses of my closet to see how they fit. More »Are You Doing the Right Workout for Your Age?
If you could make a simple change in your diet to drop more pounds and body fat, would you? A new study finds switching from refined-wheat foods (like white bread or pasta) to whole-grain versions can boost your weight loss by 35% and help you melt nearly 50% more body fat. More »Drop 50% More Body Fat with Whole Grains
You love your iPad, don't you? With a screen larger than a smartphone yet smaller than a laptop, it's the perfect companion for relaxing on the couch watching movies and reading or dropping into Starbucks while checking email and updating your Facebook status. More »How Your iPad Wrecks Your Neck
It's true that your DNA serves as a blueprint for your health future. But taking new scientifically proven steps can drastically reduce your risk for four diseases that strike women. More »12 Ways to Reduce Your Disease Risk
What do you get when you combine killer combat instincts, fierce sword skills, wicked game, and a rock hard bod? Introducing…Tara Macken! More »Get in Fighting Shape: Hunger Games Stuntwoman Tara Macken's Workout Routine
White bread has pretty much become bad-for-you public enemy number one; who doesn't automatically order their turkey and Swiss on whole wheat? The reason, of course, is that white bread is processed-it's had all its goodness stripped away, leaving a soft, squishy slice that was all the rage in the last century. But even if you're a whole-wheat convert, other processed carbs may be finding their way into your diet, many with more than an entire day's worth of recommended carbohydrates. More »Carbs Without a Cause: Foods Worse Than White Bread
I've always been a breakfast eater. It gives me a much-needed energy boost-along with a cup of coffee, of course-and it helps me from being so famished at lunch that I end up overeating. More »The Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss
Have you ever bought veggies with the intention of eating healthfully, only to bite in and taste, well, nothing? Many of my clients tell me that the disappointing flavor and texture of fruits and veggies has led them to toss out a healthy meal or snack and replace it with an unhealthy, but more flavorful, choice. More »Why Eating In- Season Foods Works for Weight Loss
We've read that chocolate milk is a great post-workout snack, but is that still true if you just took a beginning Zumba class or a similar low-intensity workout? We were curious, so we went to Mike Roussell, phd, and SHAPE's Diet Doctor, to get the truth. Here's what he had to say. More »Could Your Post-Workout Snack Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss?
Is there an easier way to get your child vaccinated?Parents, what if your child could be protected against disease with a mere scratch on the arm instead of a traumatic shot? According to researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, that day may be on the horizon: New research shows that vaccines applied to the skin may be more effective than those injected into the muscle. More »Vaccines Given by Skin May Be More Effective Than Painful Shots: Study