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  • Private Matters: Solutions to Common Gyno Problems

    Nathan Martin/FITNESS MagazineNathan Martin/FITNESS MagazineBy Peg Rosen

    You work hard to tighten your abs and tone your arms. But chances are, you've never thought of strengthening your pelvis. Here's why you need to: Your sex life and your health depend on it.

    Your pelvic floor, a web of muscles, tendons and ligaments at the lowest point of your torso, is one of the major support structures of your body. "The weight of your abdominal organs rests on it," says Amy Rosenman, MD, the president-elect of the American Urogynecologic Society. A weak or damaged pelvic floor can lead to all kinds of problems, including painful sex, backaches, and incontinence.

    More and more young women are being diagnosed with pelvic floor disorders (PFDs). One in four between the ages of 25 and 44 reported episodes of leaking urine while laughing, coughing or exercising. And as many as 20 percent of women ages 18 to 50 suffer from chronic pelvic pain that lasts more than a year.

    "Women are having babies later in life, which increases their risk of these

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  • 7 Foods for Prettier Skin

    Nick Ferrari/FITNESS MagazineNick Ferrari/FITNESS MagazineBy Nicole Catanese

    Eating the right foods can banish breakouts, prevent fine lines and give you a radiant glow. Here, your science-based, healthy-skin diet.

    Related: 9 Facts You Need to Know About Adult Acne

    Avocados
    "The superhydrating and soothing omega fatty acids in avocados make skin look supple and radiant and lessen inflammation, redness and even acne," says Howard Murad, MD, the founder of Murad Skincare and a FITNESS advisory board member. Along with adding this fruit to your meals, Frank Lipman, MD, the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, suggests applying it directly to your face for a megamoisturizing mask. To make: Whip half an avocado and a drop of honey in a bowl until smooth, apply to skin for 10 minutes, then rinse.

    Find them in: Kiehl's Since 1851 Creamy Eye Treatmentwith Avocado ($29, kiehls.com)

    Berries
    Can't stand those unsightly, tiny red veins that pop up out of nowhere around your nose and on your legs? The fix: Eat

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  • Looking for a Cheap Superfood? Get Cracking with Eggs

    Travis Rathbone/FITNESS MagazineTravis Rathbone/FITNESS Magazine

    Not all superfoods come from the Amazon or cost as much as adopting an acre of rain forest. "Eggs are an inexpensive source of high-quality protein," says Kath Younger, RD, a nutritionist in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the blogger behind Kath Eats Real Food. "And because they come 'prepackaged" in their shells, portion control is easy."

    Related: 6 Easy, Healthy Egg Recipes

    Break Out of Your Shell
    We love scrambled eggs, but eating them every morning can get old fast. Branch out with these ideas from Michelle Tam, the author of the new cookbook Nom Nom Paleo.

    Frittata Muffins: Beat 8 eggs with 1/4 cup milk (Tam uses coconut milk, but you can use any kind), fold in chopped cooked veggies and thinly sliced prosciutto, and pour the mixture into greased or silicone cup-lined muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 375°. (Two mini frittatas equal one serving. Refrigerate leftovers for up to four days.)

    Related: Healthy Breakfasts Under 300 Calories

    One-Dish Eggs and

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  • 6 Fast Ways to Reverse Bad Diet Decisions

    Johnny Fog/FITNESS MagazineJohnny Fog/FITNESS MagazineBy Jenna Birch

    It doesn't take long to realize that no matter how long you've kept those pesky five pounds off, all it takes is a small swing of the scale or uncharacteristically rough day at the gym to fall off the weight-loss wagon. Bounce back fast and get on track again with these quick fixes.

    Related: Hangover Cures That Work (Plus the Ones That Don't)

    You overdid it on the salt and feel big-time bloated.
    Biologically speaking, salt attracts water in the body, so you hold onto that extra weight instead of eliminating it -- which is why you can't zip your skinny jeans after a salt splurge at the ballpark. To counteract the problem, NYC-based dietitian Jaclyn London, RD, says you should take two steps to keep bloat at bay:

    Keep it fresh. Since salt is a preservative, everything that's packaged or processed will be high in sodium, and you don't want your meals the next day to be either. "Plan on making sure that all items you choose are fresh," saysLondon. "That means

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  • Looking to Lose Weight? Eat like a Man

    Brian Klutch/FITNESS MagazineBrian Klutch/FITNESS MagazineBy K. Aleisha Fetters

    It's infuriatingly how easy it is for guys to lose weight. We overhaul our diet and the scale doesn't budge; they make a couple changes and drop a pants size almost immediately. And while an ample supply of testosterone certainly has something to do with it, what really gives men their edge in weight loss is their approach to food, says Jim White, RD, owner of Jim White Fitness &Nutrition Studios. And that approach can help you lose, too. Try adopting these seven dude-style habits into your own eating plan.

    Related: The Worst Stadium Foods to Eat

    The Habit: Mowing Down on Meat
    He orders the steak. You order the salad. But, sometimes, the former is actually the wiser weight-loss option. "Women often miss out on not only protein, but the nutrients that come along with many sources of protein and are helpful for weight loss," say celebrity nutritionists Lyssie Lakatos, RD, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, who are known as the Nutrition Twins. "For instance,

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  • How to Ditch the Sugar Habit

    Doron Gild/FITNESS MagazineDoron Gild/FITNESS MagazineBy Maura Kelly

    I consider myself a pretty healthy eater. I chow down on a variety of fruits and veggies, lean protein and whole grains, and I do my best to keep my sweet tooth in check. So I never really worried about how much sugar I was getting -- that is, until I recently heard one doctor say that high doses of sugar were poison and another that he was eliminating the refined sweetener from his diet. Uh-oh. Was the sugar I sprinkled on my oatmeal and stirred into my coffee -- and okay, the occasional cookie or three -- hurting my health?

    If I'm eating too much of the sweet stuff, I may have reason to be concerned, doctors say. Sugar is made up of roughly equal parts glucose and fructose. When we consume it, the pancreas releases insulin, which helps our cells use glucose as fuel. However, if we eat more sugar than our bodies can process, insulin instructs our system to store the excess as fat, and we gain weight. The more you weigh, the greater your risk for such health

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  • Eat Great, Lose Weight: Top Ingredients Celeb Chefs Use

    Patrick Flanigan/FITNESS MagazinePatrick Flanigan/FITNESS MagazineBy Sharon Liao

    Just because they can whip up a mean lobster mac and cheese doesn't mean top chefs drown everything in butter. We got the skinny on the surprising ingredients they use to make good-for-you food taste anything but.

    Related: Pantry Raid! 11 Healthy Food Swaps

    Grocery-Cart Do's
    Silken Tofu
    "Although it's low-fat, silken tofu has a rich texture. I blend it with Dijon mustard, lemon juice, capers, shallots, and Worcestershire sauce for a creamy salad dressing. Bonus: One cup of tofu contains 11 grams of protein and almost 20 percent of the calcium you need daily."

    -- Cheryl Forberg, RD, the nutritionist for The Biggest Loser and author of Flavor First

    Bulgur
    "This whole grain has a hearty bite and six grams of protein per cup, so it works well as a vegetarian replacement for ground beef in chili, stew, and lasagna. And preparing it is so easy: Just add hot water, cover, and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes."

    -- Mollie Katzen, the author of The New Moosewood

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  • Health-Food Fight: The Healthiest Buys at the Grocery Store

    Dan Saelinger/FITNESS MagazineDan Saelinger/FITNESS MagazineBy Lexi Petronis

    Chocolate instead of vanilla. Kimmel over Fallon. Shaken, not stirred. Chances are, you feel pretty strongly about most choices in life. And while you may prefer fried mozzarella sticks to low-fat string cheese, you know full well which one's better for you. But when you like two foods equally -- and one seems just as healthy as the other -- things can get tricky. To make it easier, we asked the experts to set the record straight. Because the less time you have to spend wavering over what to eat, the more time you can devote to enjoying it.

    Related: 10 Healthy Eating Instagram Accounts to Follow

    Turkey Burger vs. Veggie Burger
    The winner: Veggie burger

    When made with ground breast meat, turkey burgers can be a lean source of protein. The reality? Premade patties are usually a blend of white and dark meat, so they can have five times the fat and up to 20 times more cholesterol than meat-free versions. "Veggie burgersalso have about four grams of fiber

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  • Pinpoint (and Fix!) Your Joint Pain Problems

    Denise Crew/FITNESS MagazineDenise Crew/FITNESS MagazineBy Colleen Travers

    Bummer news for fit women: According to Hector Lopez, MD, CSCS, FAAPMR, chief medical officer and principal of the Center for Applied Health Sciences, active women who run and exercise regularly are six to eight times more likely than similarly active men to suffer an ACL or ligament injury. Why? The angle of a woman's pelvis puts her knee in a position that can place an abnormal amount of strain on the ligaments in her leg. This may also be the reason women suffer from knee tendinitis more than men do.

    Related: Break the Headache Curse

    How to Fix Hip, Knee, and Foot Pain
    So what's a runner girl to do? Tighten your butt, seriously! "Doing exercises like lunges and squats isn't just for aesthetic reasons, it can really help protect you from a knee injury," Dr. Lopez says. In addition, Mitchell K. Freedman, DO, director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia and associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University

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  • Your 11 Smartest Nutrition Moves

    Dimitri Vervitsiotis/FITNESS MagazineDimitri Vervitsiotis/FITNESS Magazine

    By Sally Kyzemchak

    FITNESS talked to women like you who've developed fast, easy and just plain smart ways to improve their eating habits. We had top nutrition experts share their suggestions on adapting these tips to suit anyone's lifestyle. So no more excuses! A healthier diet is just 11 helpful hints away.

    Related: What to Eat Before and After a Workout

    1: Avoid Temptation
    "My husband and I keep very little food in the house. We cook just enough for the two of us, so there are few leftovers in the fridge, and we don't keep fattening snacks around. If either of us has a craving for something -- my favorite is pizza -- we're forced to go out for it."

    --Erin O'Reilly, 20, Atlanta

    Why It Works: Erin and her husband have joined forces to make their home a temptation-free zone - a way to ensure that they both win at weight loss. But eliminating snacks completely can backfire (even Erin admits to cravings). The trick is to stock up on healthy snacks, like fruits,

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