Tameka C Thomas

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SHOCKER: JAPAN IS IN RECESSION

Abe has said Monday's GDP data would be key to his decision on whether to proceed with the increase to 10 percent in October next year. That decision had been expected by year-end.<p>The second straight quarter of contraction, which compared with a 2.1 percent increase forecast in a Reuters poll, …

9 Ways to FINALLY Lose That Stubborn Belly Fat

Peace out, pooch!<p><i>This article was written by Hallie Levine and provided by our partners at Prevention.</i><p>Belly fat can make your jeans feel extra snug, but really there's something way worse about the stuff: When white fat expands in your abdomen nestling deep among your organs, it sets you up for …

Nutrition

Giving a Voice to My Depression

Image Credit: Here<p>With my young daughters strapped in their car seats, I focused on the route to our day care. I followed the double yellow lines as if my life depended on it. If I dared to look away to the right, I might spot a telephone pole. Like a magnet, my car and my mind, seemed drawn to …

Depression: Coming Out of the Fog

I'm often asked about my ability to make positive forward-progress after a near suicide. The questions normally asked are: What changed? What drives your ability to persevere?<p>My usual answer is "I simply decided to move forward," despite having severe depression. This response is frustrating to …

The 7 Simplest Weight Loss Strategies

You don't need a complicated weight loss plan to shed pounds. Instead, live by these straightforward rules<p>You don't have to count a single calorie to lose weight on this diet. Here, 7 super-simple weight loss rules to follow.<p><i>You Losing Weight</i>Buy the book!<p>Read Food Labels<p>You should read food labels …

7 Exercise Moves for Lean, Sexy Legs

Upgrade your leg workouts with these killer exercises for your hamstrings, quads, and calves<p>Tired of the same old squats and lunges in your leg workout? We totally get it. The next time you want to tone your lower half, try these 7 challenging moves from the Women's Health Big Book of Exercises. …

The Best Workouts to Do When You're Too Tired to Exercise

Of all the excuses we use when it comes to finding a good reason to skip a workout, "I'm too tired" is probably the most common.<p>Maybe that's because it seems the most logical. Exercise requires energy, so of course we don't want to work out when we're feeling drained.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>The Best Workouts …

What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Working Out?

Read this if you've taken a fitness hiatus.<p>Even when you have the best of intentions, life sometimes gets in the way of a fitness routine. And whatever the reason behind it, the absence of workouts will cause your body to lose some of the progress it had made. Here’s how an exercise hiatus impacts …

The 5-Move Workout That Tones Your Entire Body

We're going back to the basics with a sequence that will make you SWEAT.<p>Quick question for you: Do you want to put more love into each muscle group when you exercise? We hope you said, "Yes, please!"<p>The strength workout below helps you get more bang for your sweat-session buck by hitting your …

14 Foods for GORGEOUS Healthy Hair

Eat these foods to have an amazing hair day every day

Nutrition

Weight-Loss Success Story: 'I Can Be the Mom My Kids Need Me to Be'

Charita Smith lost 150 pounds on ABC's Extreme Weight-Loss. Read about her journey and how she's managing post-TV stardom.<p><b>Before:</b> 310 pounds <b>After:</b> 160 pounds<p><b>The Lifestyle</b>Charita Smith, 33, is a Colorado mother to three boys and works two part-time jobs, which leaves very little time to prep food. …

5 Mediterranean Weight-Loss Secrets You Should Steal

Bring these pound-dropping tips stateside.<p>When it comes to losing weight, <i>Women's Health</i> is all about lifestyle changes instead of crash diets or gimmicky fat-blasting tips. Barry Sears, Ph.D., is on board—with a twist. Rather than simply trying to health-ify your habits, Sears recommends looking to …

5 Cardio Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Get the facts to make the most of your fitness journey.<p>At the end of a rough day, the rhythmic swooshing of the elliptical, whir of a bike, or patter of feet on the belt of a treadmill might sound like music to your ears—for stress relief, cardio is tops. It's also, of course, awesome for your …

Exercise

6 Things You’ll Have to Give Up if You Want to Lose Weight FOR GOOD

Remember: It’s a marathon, not a sprint.<p>Juice fasting, low-carb, Paleo, the Master Cleanse—if you’re someone who struggles with her weight, you might always be looking for the hot new diet that will magically make it all easier. Sorry to break it to you, but staying slim and healthy is usually …

Fitness

The Secret That Helped One Celeb Trainer Lose 30 Pounds

And no, it's not some trendy Hollywood thing—it's way doable.<p>More proof that trying to lose weight and keep it off is a universal struggle: Even celebrity trainers—i.e., those who focus on diet and weight loss for a <i>living</i>—have their ups and downs. Over the weekend, Pilates-trainer-to-the-stars Kit …

Fitness

How One Woman Lost More Than 120 Pounds—And Found Her True Calling

When Shanna Fried discovered a new sport she loved, it inspired her to change her entire life.<p>Working as a traveling life coach in Florida forced 36-year-old Shanna Fried to spend hours commuting to her clients' homes. After years of surviving on fast food and skimping on exercise, Shanna's weight …

Fighting Depression and Suicide With Love

As someone who openly struggles with depression, I'm frequently confronted by the parents, siblings, and friends of individuals who are having suicidal thoughts and feelings.<p>"What can we do?" they ask. "How can we help them?"<p>In an article published on FamilyShare.com, I wrote my answer to those …

Run Faster, Get Firmer: The 15-Minute Runner Workout

Exercise 1 Plyometric Jump Squat<p>Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip width and extend your arms in front of you at shoulder height; sit back and bend your knees until your thighs are at least parallel to the floor <b>(A)</b>. Press through your heels as you push and jump into the air <b>(B)</b>. Land …

7 Reasons Fall Is A Great Time to Jumpstart Your Weight-Loss Goals

'Tis the season, ladies.<p>Basic fact: It’s hard to <i>not</i> love fall. There's the crisp, fresh air, the excitement of new beginnings, the pumpkin everything...you get the idea. But aside from pumpkin latte-induced giddiness, there's a whole separate reason to love the season: It's a perfect time to get …

The Move That'll Give You a Rock-Solid Core

This simple exercise packs an abs-sculpting punch.<p><i>Join the</i> Women's Health <i>Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and achieve your fitness goals faster!</i><p><b>Rock 'n' Roll Core:</b> Brace yourself (and your …

8 Mistakes Stressed People Make That Lead to Weight Gain

If you want to beat anxiety AND prevent pound creep, avoid these missteps.

Women's Health

Carrie Underwood's Trainer Shares 4 Ways to Get Fit Fast

Steal her moves to stay in shape no matter how much time or space you have.<p>So maybe you're not a Grammy-winning musician who tours the country and still manages to snag a hot hockey-playing husband while staying in fantastic shape, but that doesn’t mean you're not busy. We chatted with personal …

7 Ways to Snack for Weight Loss

Here's how to use these mini meals to boost your health—not your poundage.<p>Your brain is partly to blame when you go overboard on junky snacks, according to new research published in <i>Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine</i>. The study authors used magnetic stimulation to reduce …

Nutrition

5 Foods with More Vitamin C Than an Orange

The citrus fruit doesn't have a monopoly on this essential nutrient.<p>Contrary to popular belief, vitamin C has never been proven to cure the common cold. Still, it's a must-have nutrient: It's essential for the growth and repair of numerous body tissues, and it helps the body make collagen, the …

Nutrition

The Exercise Move That Works Your Belly, Butt, and Hips

Trainers, yoga teachers, and pilates instructors love it—and you will too.<p>Even if you don’t know the Bridge by name, we bet you’re familiar with the pose. This resistance move is super popular with fitness trainers as well as yoga and pilates instructors because it’s simple yet strengthens your …

5 Signs Your House is Making You Fat

Aside from work, you spend most of your hours at home. And it should function as a respite from the lure of the fast food joint on every corner, or …

Nutrition

The Truth About the Five-Second Rule

What science has to say about how legit it is<p>It's a familiar situation: You've just cooked an amazing dinner, complete with bacon-wrapped scallops (!), when you drop one on the floor. All of a sudden, you're faced with a <i>very important decision</i>: Do you pick it up and eat it, justifying your choice …

I Found What Worked For Me and Lost Over 70 pounds

Find out how one woman lost nearly 40 percent of her body weight by sticking to a game plan.<p><b>Before:</b> 198 pounds <b>After:</b> 125 pounds<p><b>The Lifestyle</b>As a teenager, it felt like I had no control over the amount of food I would eat. I would grab a bag of chips and devour the whole thing. I also felt really …

The Squatting Mistake That Hurts Your Knees

Squats get a bad rap as knee killers. Here's how to make them joint-friendly.<p><i>This article was written by Tony Gentilcore and provided by our partners at</i> Men's Health.<p>Whenever someone mentions that squatting hurts their knees, I ask them to show me how they squat.<p>Ninety-nine percent of the time, a …