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Stress and Weight Loss Resistance

For many years we’ve known that the high cortisol levels that result from chronic stress can be linked with weight gain. <i>Yet this type of weight gain</i> …

Wellness

Answering the Question: "What Should I do with my Life?"

What’s the first question exchanged when we meet someone new? You guessed it: <i>“So… What do you do?”</i><p>In our culture, what you do for a living is …

So You Want To Quit Your Job and Start Over? Ok. Just Do It – I did.

‘Enough to make me scream’<p>I’ve always played by the rules and I’ve always played it safe. I’m one of those people that hates uncertainty and I get …

Why Cameron Diaz Doesn't Want to Have Kids

Regardless of whether or not you agree with her point of view, Cameron's openness on the touchy topic is certainly admirable. So we reached out to <i>Women's Health</i>'s Facebook followers to see how they felt on the subject. Here are some of the more compelling responses:<p>"I made the decision when I was …

I Feel Guilty About Being Sad In The Summer

For every summer since puberty, I've always been plagued with unshakeable bouts of the blues. Where most people find themselves feeling cranky, sad and groggy in the dark months of winter, I find myself turning into a sullen hermit when the temperatures rise.<p>I think the biggest cause of my summer …

Mental Health

The One Work Problem That Plagues Us All -- And Some Clever Ways To Fix It

I am a living, breathing victim of productivity traps. I'm scrolling through Tweetdeck, looking at really boring baby shower photos on Facebook and texting a group of people about what we'll do for dinner, all in place of writing about how to be more efficient and less distracted at work. The irony.<p>…

Why Work-Life Balance Is a Flawed Concept (And What to Do Instead)

Work-life balance is a flawed concept. I don't know a single successful person who feels like they have mastered the equation. Yet the myth of the perfectly balanced life haunts us. We know what it looks like: reasonable work hours, time for exercise and family, no late night project deadline …

The Obesity Epidemic Lumbers on as We Fight Symptoms Rather Than Causes

Almost halfway through its fourth decade, the obesity epidemic is holding strong, if not gaining momentum. More than one-third of the U.S. adult population is obese and two-thirds are overweight. The personal and social costs are enormous, second only to tobacco use as a cause of mortality. The …

How One Woman Lost 40 Pounds of Fat and Saved Her Life

Fortunately, a friend spotted her struggling in the over-her-head water and pulled her onto the beach. But her troubles didn't end when she recovered her breath. Back home in Orlando, Florida, she was diagnosed with a severe valve regurgitation in her heart. "You are in congestive heart failure," …

Beautiful Minimalist City Drop-Cuts From Pop Chart Lab

For their latest endeavor, Pop Chart Lab ditched their usual obsessive detail for an appreciation of negative space in a series of minimalist odes to …

National Parks

What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

As you read this, wiggle your toes. Feel the way they push against your shoes, and the weight of your feet on the floor. Really think about what your …

What to Do When You Just Don't Feel Like You Fit In

<b>I've always felt different, like I was born in the wrong time period, or maybe even on the wrong planet. I just don't "fit" anywhere or with anyone. You'd likely never realize this if you spent any amount of time with me, but it's true.</b><p>When I was younger, I got good at pretending to fit in. Talking …

Positive Thinking

The 5 Phases of How to Quit Sugar for Good

<b>PHASE 2: Quit Sugary Junk Foods</b><br>Cakes, cookies, candy bars—give 'em the heave-ho. Also press pause on secretly sugary fare such as granola bars. When you can, opt for fresh food over processed snacks—nearly 80 percent of the latter contains loads of added sugar. First, ID the foods you have the …

Emotions Are Contagious—Choose Your Company Wisely

Most people recognize that they can learn a lot about a person by paying close attention to the person's emotional reactions. Facial expressions, …

Psychology

"Eat Less, Exercise More" Isn't The Answer For Weight Loss

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

Holistic Medicine

32 Things I Know Are True on My 32nd Birthday

So many emotions bubbled to the surface for me the week of my 32nd birthday while celebrating with the people who I love most.<p>My birthday week is always filled with tons of fun and celebratory gatherings because it coincides with my wedding anniversary and Memorial Day. This year was extra special …

Relationships

Why I Don't Do CrossFit

I get asked all the time if I've tried CrossFit, my friends text me without fail when the games are on and tell me I should be there, and I'm asked my opinion of it on a weekly if not daily basis. So I'm going to share that opinion with you. I know that a lot of people won't like it, and …

Exercise

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently Everyday and How to Begin Now!

The intention of being more present in our lives is continuing to grow and touch an increasing amount of people. I have friends who I never would have imagined practicing mindfulness who now sit in daily meditation. When I look at the Seattle Seahawks, think of our Army Vets or politicians sitting …

Mindfulness

7 Ways to Make Losing Weight Easier

<b>Cook Once a Week</b><br>Whether it's chopping veggies, assembling salads, hard-boiling eggs, or pre-roasting chicken, preparing your meals ahead of time can eliminate the guesswork (and temptations) throughout the week. All you have to do is grab, go, and eat. Learn how to cook once, eat for the week.<p><b>Keep</b> …

So Apparently Stress Is Contagious

Researchers in Germany studied over 150 pairs of participants: Each pairing had a man and a woman, some of whom were in a relationship with each other, while others were total strangers.<p>The researchers had one participant in each pairing do stressful activities (like give a mock work presentation …

Kareem: 20 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was 30

When I was thirty, I was living my dream.<p><b>When I was thirty, I was living my dream.</b> I'd already accomplished most of what I'd set out to achieve professionally: leading scorer in the NBA, leading rebounder, leading blocker, Most Valuable Player, All-Star. But success can be as blinding as Bill …

Genealogy

Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking | Inc.com

It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. Most of us develop a stable of people with whom we like to work. We know their styles, and they know ours. It's comfortable and expedient. It is easy …

Self-improvement

America's Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted

Why do so many people—particularly women—seem to have so much on their plates?<p>Perhaps the most poignant detail from Anne-Marie Slaughter's <i>Atlantic</i> cover story, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," was also one of the smallest: an overworked mother of three who "organized her time so ruthlessly that …

5 Killer Life Coach Questions You Can Ask Yourself

Life is full of small questions: What will I wear to my meeting? Whats for lunch? Subway or cab?<p>Small questions are important as they facilitate the day to day running of our lives. The problem is, most people do not pause to ask themselves the big questions. The real questions. The questions that …

I'm Experiencing "The 31 Slump," And Yes, It's A THING

I was an overachiever in my 20s.<p>When I hit 21, I started really kicking my own career-oriented ass. Every choice I made was strategic, always striving for the next feather in my cap. I started taking professional jobs in the theater and film industry while most of my peers were still working …

Time I

Train Better: 10 Exercise Machines to Avoid

Exercise machines aren't always effective—or even safe. Avoid these machines the next time you hit the gym. We've even got all-star alternatives to<br>help you train smarter<p>Photos: Mitch Mandel; Beth Bischoff<p>Seated Leg Extension Machine<p><b>What it's supposed to do:</b> Train the quadriceps.<p><b>What it actually</b> …

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