Some people can measure their weight loss by the way they feel and look: firmer thighs, a smaller waist, jiggle-free arms. But then there are the number-crazy ones who desperately need some kind (any kind!) of concrete proof that all their hard work... Read more
Ever notice how some people can have big bellies but lean legs, or how women tend to store most of their fat in their thighs, hips, and butt? These are examples of fat distribution, which refers to where your body typically stores the fat, no matter... Read more
Maybe you ate the wrong thing or, on a gotta-get-healthier kick, you ate too much of the right thing (think fiber). All you know is that the inevitable discomfort has ensued and your pants feel a little tighter than they did this morning. What exactl... Read more
After pregnancy, you're probably eager to get your post-baby body back in shape. But before you jump in to your usual ab workouts, there are some special considerations that new moms need to take into account.
Some postpartum women may notic... Read more
I needed to get a social life. This revelation hit me late on a Friday night when I realized I had spent another evening knee-deep in laundry when I really wanted to be out having some fun. Busy with work and family, I hadn’t seen my girlfriend... Read more
I have been trying to follow some of the meal plans but am having trouble finding some of the items that match the nutritionals listed. Can someone tell me what brand of cheddar has 98 cal for 2 oz? The best I can find is 60 cal/oz. Also, what kind... Read more
Strength training isn't done to lose weight/fat. It's done to gain muscle and tone the body, so it's no wonder you're not losing. Add a good bit of cardio to your routine and see what happens.... Read more
Muscle does NOT "weigh more" than fat. It is more dense. A pound is a pound, whether blood, brain, bone, muscle, or fat. Muscle takes up less space because the cells are closer together. Make sure your food is tracked accurately.... Read more
Dr Hyman Says, Skip the sugar in all of its forms. Especially liquid calories from any source (soda, juice, alcohol) all of which store belly fat. Get high fructose corn syrup out of your diet, it is especially good at laying down belly fat.Ditch the... Read more
Editor's Note: Cathy Cram, M.S., is the resident maternal fitness expert on our sister site, BabyFit.com. She writes a monthly series on menopause health and fitness.
By Cathy Cram, M.S.
One of the first changes many postmenopausal women not... Read more
SparkPeople member BUTTERFLIY recently asked a very common fitness question: "I have a lot of weight under my belly button! How and what can I do to work the lower part of my belly?"This is a very common complaint for women. We naturally hold a littl... Read more
Another Spark is a book by Dr John Ratey & Eric Hagerman and is a must read for anyone interested in the benefits of exercise for long-term health, wealth and happiness.
I was introduced to this book by the director of London Youth Rowing when... Read more
It's one of our first scars in life. Everyone has one (except Alfred Hitchcock, but I guess he had some kind of surgery...?).
Have you ever really looked at your belly button? I don't look at mine too much - and I never ever show it off, partly... Read more
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