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Make Weight-Loss Last

April 20th 2015 09:42
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Make Weight-Loss Last


Desperately want to trim those love handles? Get tips from the experts on how to change your eating habits for safe and lasting weight loss.


Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered


Best way, to cut out the 5 food felons. Easiest way to find out about those is to log on and look at the “You: On a Diet” book or the cheat sheet relating to “You: On a Diet” and find out how to do that.

Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
To change your eating habits to lose weight, start small. Make a single manageable change and work to maintain it.

First, reflect on your overall eating habits. You may have some good ones, such as always eating breakfast. You may also have some habits that cause you to take in too many calories, such as always having a soft drink at lunch, snacking while watching television, eating unhealthy snacks at your job, or coming home hungry from work and eating too much before dinner.

Now, consider ways to change these habits. Say you overeat after work. To break this habit, you could stockpile some healthy snacks at home so you can curb your hunger before dinner. You may also want to consider planning in advance so you can have dinner ready faster.

Once you’ve picked a habit you want to change, start making the change. And remember, habits take time to change, so be patient with yourself. Consider rewarding yourself in a non-food way as you move toward your goals.



Judith Beck, MD, Psychology, answered

Start by being mindful of every bite of food that goes in your mouth. Eat only when you’re sitting down. Then eat slowly and enjoy every bite. You may be tempted to eat standing in front of the refrigerator or as you’re running out of the house or as your clearing the table. You will need to remind yourself at these times that you can continue with your old eating habits OR you can be thinner. You can’t have it both ways.






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De-Stress With This Sweet Scent

April 19th 2015 03:00
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De-Stress With This Sweet Scent


Feeling stressed out? It's Stress Awareness Month, so stop and smell the roses! It turns out that these flowers and other sweet-smelling shrubs contain a key compound that may help ease anxieties and induce a calming sensation. Find out which plants and fruits can help you handle stress better, and get tips on how to feel centered fast.



The Scent That Soothes Stress

The Scent That Soothes Stress
Take some time to smell the roses -- and a whole horde of other lovely flowers, plants, and fruits that seem to zap stress.

Roses -- as well as lavender, basil, orange, grape, mango, and lemon -- all contain a special compound called linalool, the smell of which apparently reduces anxiety.

Loosen Up with Linalool

In animal studies, the vapors of linalool helped induce calm. Blood cells called neutrophils and lymphocytes, which change in response to stress, were brought into equilibrium by the aroma. In fact, the scent of linalool even appeared to favorably affect the way the body is programmed to handle stress on a genetic level.








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Shrink Unsightly Scars

April 15th 2015 06:21
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Shrink Unsightly Scars

Have a lumpy, large or misshapen mark you wish would just go away? Check out these five scar-reducing tricks for beautiful, blemish-free skin.


Dr. Amy's 5 Ways to Shrink Scars

Massage. Believe it or not, if you gently massage the healing area a couple of times per day about a month after the stitches are out, it will help remodel collagen, breaking it up and reducing scarring. Don't bother massaging gel caps of vitamin E oil into a scar to make it fade; it won't. Two treatments that do help are Curad Scar Therapy and Scarguard.

Pressure. You can buy and apply pressure bandages with sheets of silicone gel that help keep a scar from growing too big.

Lasers. Bumpy scars can sometimes be smoothed out with a laser. Size counts -- the smaller, the better.

Steroids. Scars that heal badly, becoming large and lumpy, can be treated with a laser to reduce their redness and then injected monthly with a steroid for 2 to 6 months.

Do-overs. Misshapen scars can sometimes be improved with a do-over if they're not too big and not in a busy location. Scars on the back, for instance, generally aren't good candidates, because they tend to stretch and widen as you move around.

Note: Keloid scars, which are more common in dark skin, are raised and have spread into the surrounding normal skin. They require special treatment and the help of a dermatologist to shrink. You can't just cut them out, because they can regrow.

If you are prone to keloids, be more cautious with piercings, tattoos, surgeries, and injuries to your skin.







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