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'How Bad Is It If My Shampoo Has Sulfates?'

We asked an expert to weigh in.<p><i>Randy Schueller is a cosmetic chemist and the cofounder of expert Q&A site TheBeautyBrains.com.</i><p>We've been seeing a lot of buzz about sulfate-free shampoos. Which begs the question: What are sulfates, and are they actually bad for you?<p>Here's the lowdown: These …

5 Reasons Your Back Isn't Changing No Matter How Much You Workout

Plus pro tips for bringing sexy to your back.<p>You spend days grunting away at the gym each week, and yet your back isn't quite as strong as you want it to be. WTF is going on? Not-so-lucky for us ladies, our backs are one of the toughest parts of our bodies to transform thanks to a little something …

5 Times You Should Stop Drinking Water

Seriously.<p>Usually, you can't go wrong with H2O. It keeps us hydrated (obviously), helps us avoid overeating, and could even burn extra calories. But, like with many of your healthiest habits, more isn't always better, even when it comes to water. Believe it or not, there are a few times when you …

5 Outdoor Workouts That Beat A 3-Mile Run

Prepare to feel the burn.<p>Heading out for a quick three-mile run of your favorite loop through town is always a solid workout, but LBH: After a while, it starts to become more than a bit mundane. And guess what? It's not the only way to burn a hefty amount of calories while enjoying the great …

The Secret To Getting Better Care From Your Doctor

Hint: Get on his or her good side.<p>Mrs. Johnson at Everytown Elementary wasn't the only one playing favorites. Most physicians have preferred patients, reveals a new study from Johns Hopkins University. And being one can mean faster callbacks and appointments, says Sharon Bergquist, M.D., a primary …

5 Places You Should Think Twice About Tweezing

Girl, just don't do it.<p>When you see a random hair on your body, you’re probably tempted to pull it out. After all, it’s a hair out of place and it’s right there. But experts say you should take a beat before getting pluck-happy.<p>That's because shen you pluck a hair with tweezers, it pulls the hair …

Skin Care

Exactly How To Use Cheat Days To Lose Weight

One of these three strategies is calling your name.<p>The cheat day has mixed reviews. Some say that by labeling your burger, bowl of pasta, or ice cream as a "cheat" or a "splurge," you're putting that food on a pedestal and will spend all week dreaming about it. On the other hand, 39 percent of …

Being Healthy: The Venus Way

March is the month when the world suddenly wakes up and appreciates women in all walks of life. So, what makes women different from men, …

7 Things a Gynecologist Wants You to Stop Doing During Your Period

Enduring the monthly pain, bloating and emotionally draining symptoms of a menstrual cycle is hard enough, so being told we <i>can't</i> do the things that …

Wellness

'This Workout Helped Me Break Through My Weight-Loss Plateau And Lose 80 More Pounds’

Melanie Buck was a chronic yo-yo dieter until she decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle.<p><b>Before: 318</b><p><b>After: 150</b><p>I’ve been overweight to some degree my entire life. Growing up, I was always an active kid, and despite being heavier I enjoyed playing sports. However, when I began college, I stopped …

12 Fat-Burning Moves That Will Help You Lose Weight

Consider them the good kind of dirty dozen.<p>Any strength training is good for your body, but not all moves are created equal. If you're looking to drop pounds—quickly—look no further than this 12-step workout.<p>One of the latest performance trends is high-intensity training geared at improving how …

7 Women Share The Heart Issues They Never Thought They'd Have To Deal With Before 35

You're young, you're healthy, you probably don't need to worry about your heart, right? Wrong, says Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist and spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign. "If you have a heart, you can get heart disease," she says. "It's not just something …

Medicine

Can you reheat leftover rice? It could make you very sick if you don't do this one thing

Although reheating a Chinese takeaway when you've got a hangover is one of life's great pleasures, leftover rice can actually be scarily bad for you, the NHS say.<p>Because if you didn't already know, you can get a pretty grim case of food poisoning from eating reheated rice; it's not the reheating …

Environmental Health

How to Burn More Calories During Any Type of Workout

Let’s face it: whether you’re an experienced exerciser or totally new to working out, very few of us have the time to dedicate hours upon hours to …

How 6 Women Used Cheat Meals To Help Them Lose Weight

Losing weight doesn't have to mean no pizza forever.<p>Since vowing to never eat a burrito (or any carb ever) again ends in diet frustration and bingeing, taking a planned break from clean eating can help you lose weight without hating life.<p>Whether you call it a cheat meal, day off, or just …

How to Take Care of Your Reproductive Health Now (So You Can Get Pregnant Later)

Even if you aren't thinking about having children yet, taking care of your reproductive health now is incredibly important if you want to get …

Wellness

Is Collagen Really an Anti-Aging Cure-All?

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Wellness

Celebrities Who Eat the Same Thing (Pretty Much) Every Day

For stars like Jennifer Garner and Rita Ora, repetition is key

Jennifer Garner

The Unexpected (Low-Calorie) Ingredient People Are Adding to Their Smoothies

While you're chopping and prepping your cauliflower for the week, set some aside to freeze for your smoothies. Yes, we're serious!<p>The latest health-food trend combines two things you already know and love: a white cruciferous veggie and a frozen blended breakfast drink. Cauliflower smoothies are …

This One Move Builds Better Biceps AND A Tighter Tush

You'll be feeling this tomorrow.<p><i>Check out Women's Health's FitGIF Friday every week for fun and challenging new moves to make your sweat sesh really count. Here's this week's exercise:</i><p><b>Curtsy lunge with curl</b>: You're a pro when it comes to lunges—backward, forward, side to side—you've mastered them …

Here's Exactly How I Lost 50 Pounds Doing The Keto Diet

Bonus: My skin cleared up, my mood brightened, and I barely needed coffee. Barely.<p>Of all the places to seek life-changing nutrition advice, I never thought the barber shop would be where I found it. But one day last January, after a couple years of saying to myself, "today's the day I make a …

Fitness