Alricia Mouton

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How to Burn Calories Without Even Exercising

So aside from hiding your chair, how can you log more standing hours? First, ask your company if they’ll allow you to buy or build a standing desk. If not, you can always try these simple tweaks to get off your butt for at least three hours every day and stand up for your health:<p><b>Stand up while</b> …

A Beginners' Guide for How to Lose Weight

• <b>Calories per day:</b> Losing weight is all about creating a calorie deficit. One pound equals 3,500 calories, which breaks down to 500 calories a day. Do a combo of exercise and cutting calories to reach 500, and you'll lose a pound a week. You can meet with a nutritionist or your doctor to find a more …

It's Not You, It's Your Hormones: How Metabolic Mayhem Whips Up a Muffin Top (And 5 Foods that Reverse Belly Fat)

Flush with anticipation about your office's big holiday party tonight, you load some essentials into your black leather clutch and reach for that new pair of skinny jeans you specifically purchased for the occasion.<p>Gazing in the mirror, you admire the way those jeans frame your legs and minimize …

Nutrition

Healthy and Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

7 Amazing Slow Cooker Recipes<p>No need to slave over the stove for hours tonight—just grab a crock pot instead<p>Too busy to cook? Then you <i>need</i> a slow cooker. Just throw a few ingredients in the crock-pot, let them cook while you're at work or out and about, and dinner's ready when you are. Not sure …

Can You Target Certain Body Parts for Weight Loss?

<b>The answer:</b> Sadly, you can't decide you want to drop pounds around just your waist or create a gap between your thighs. "Lots of studies have looked at that, and you can’t target loss of fat from specific places," says Hill. In general, when women put on weight it's mostly in their hips and lower …

8 Natural Ways to Feel More Energized

For when you’d rather not reach for a cup of coffee<p>FACT: 56 percent of women rely on coffee to rise and shine in the morning, according to a 1,008-person poll sponsored by the natural products company ChromaDex. Not super surprising considering modern women are so exhausted, but you don’t have to …

Reducing Belly Fat, Phosphorus Levels Could Reduce Kidney Disease Risk

To cut risk for kidney disease, you might want to trim your belly fat and cut back on processed foods, a new American Journal of Kidney Disease study suggests.<p>Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that people who cut their belly fat and excreted low levels of phosphorus in their urine had …

Weight Maintenance and Weight Loss: How Should Your Strategies for Each Be Different?

<b>The answer</b>: Actually, your game plan for losing weight should be totally different from your game plan for keeping it off. When you're in weight-loss mode, it's a temporary situation primarily driven by food restriction (which is why it's so much easier to lose weight through diet than exercise). …

Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches<p>Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning moves.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that …

3 Ways to Wear a Maxi Dress in Fall

3 Ways to Wear a Maxi Dress in the Fall<p>Yes you CAN wear this summer style staple right now<p>Floating down the street in a breezy maxi dress is one of my favorite ways to feel feminine in the summer heat. Yet this summer staple can have a lovely life well into fall—if you layer it right.<p>The first …

How to Wash Your Face: 10 Face-Washing Mistakes

The 10 Biggest Face-Washing Mistakes<p>Learn the common habits that cause annoying skin problems<p>Washing your face seems like the least complicated part of your beauty routine, right? Turns out that some common lathering habits can cause a whole list of skin woes, including dryness, irritation, …

How To Do A Plank

A plank is one of the simplest, most effective bodyweight exercises out there—if you do it right. Because while you could hold a plank for an hour (figuratively, don’t try that), it’s isn’t worth anything if your form is off. “The plank is a great exercise for strengthening your deep inner core: …

Anti-Aging Tips: The Secret Power of Makeup

Before you make a beeline for your makeup stash and slap on the deepest-red lipstick and smokiest-gray eye shadow you can find, know that the effects of makeup needn't be dramatic. In fact, they shouldn't be: Too much contrast can look heavy and put an even brighter spotlight on fine lines and …

The Sneaky Way to Be Sexier

The Simple Thing That Makes You Sexier<p>Spoiler alert: It has nothing to do with what you’re wearing<p>stockyimages/Shutterstock<p>Anyone who’s watched <i>How I Met Your Mother</i> knows that Barney Stinson has lots of theories—particularly about women. In one episode, for example, Barney describes the …

Abdominal Exercises: The Waist-Cinching Workout

Exercise 1 Criss-Cross Jacks<p>Get your heart rate pumping with this variation to the standard jumping jack. Jump out to widen your feet and send your arms into a T position <b>(A)</b>, then jump in, crossing your legs and your arms <b>(B)</b>. Repeat, alternating the cross of your hands and feet. Do 20 reps.<p>Exercise …

The 9 Best Butt Exercises

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush<p>Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?<p>So sick of squats? We hear you. The key to a gravity-defying backside is introducing new exercises that tone every inch of your rear. These 9 moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises</i> target all …

11 Times Old Furniture Gained New Life

One man's trash became these designers' serious treasures.<p>One man's trash became these designers' serious treasures.