When I think of the most decadent, fattening food I can eat, my mind doesn't go to the high-priced, frou frou chocolate éclair or the rich and creamy New York cheesecake. No, I think more along the lines of pure sugar, cream, and processed chemical goodness that comes in a pretty plastic wrapper: the all-American Twinkie. See the list
If only I could lose 5 pounds by Friday.
So goes the all-too-common refrain, often overheard in dressing rooms, ladies restrooms, and spin classes galore -- or, let's face it, anywhere there's a mirror and a captive female listener who'll pretend to care. See ways
Oh thank heaven for 7-Eleven. It's fast. It's convenient. It makes any road trip with screaming kids somewhat bearable. See tricks
There's no denying it: Snacking is fun. Look at Pringles. "Once you pop, the fun don't stop." Oreos provide endless entertainment with all that cookie twisting. And Chester the Cheetah? Such an exciting guy. See snacks
Detox. It's a word that carries so much hope -- and so much fear. Detox the smart way and you're in for clearer skin, more energy, and a smaller number on the scale. Detox drastically (Master Cleanse, anyone?) and you're likely to do more harm than good. But with so many detox plans out there, and so much conflicting evidence on the effectiveness of each, how's a girl to choose the cleanse that's right for her? read more
Think what's in your brown bag would pass muster with a professional nutritionist? You might be surprised to learn how poor your diet really is read more
Wouldn't life be easier if a magic calorie-burning pill did exist? One that has zero side effects and is actually good for you? See tips
Is it a no-no to eat after 8 PM? Discover the real answer to this question and more See myths
In pursuit of the thin-is-beautiful ideal peddled by Hollywood and Madison Avenue, most of us have -- at one time or another -- counted calories, embarked on a crash diet, sworn off sweets, or had periods of extreme gym rat-itis. See the signs
While you won't find the definition of "superfood" in any seriously scientific textbook, in recent years the term has been bandied about by the media, nutritionists and women's diet gurus to describe foods (mostly fruits, veggies and seeds/nuts) that are rich in phytonutrient content -- in other words, foods that boast significant amounts of stuff that's good for you and should be included in your diet. "Stuff" like antioxidants (to help prevent cell damage), anthocyanins (to help cells block UV light), vitamin C (to help with everything from wound healing to oxidative stress) and dietary fiber (to help food move through your body more quickly). See foods
Looking for a weight loss diet that will actually work? And even more important, one that will help you keep off excess weight for good? Total Beauty provides expert tips and advice about the foods and recipes that will help you find the weight loss diet that's right for you.
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