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Putting on extra weight isn't usually a winning strategy for good health. But now that you're pregnant, you need to keep the needle on your scale moving in the right direction. No matter what type of body you have now, it needs to get bigger. How much weight should I gain? According to the March of Dimes, a woman who started pregnancy at a normal weight should expect to gain about 25 to 35 pound...

Few of us need to be given more reasons to drop those extra pounds. We could do it for our hearts or our chins, for lower medical bills or freer spirits. But did you know you should also do it for your joints? The fact is, being overweight increases your risk of degenerative arthritis in the weight-bearing joints, especially the knees. According to the U.S. Surgeon General's Office, your odds of...

Fat can show up in all sorts of places. It can strain the seat of a pair of jeans, hang over a belt, or make a wedding ring nearly impossible to remove. In these thin-conscious times, many people worry about every extra ripple and bulge, no matter where it shows up. Doctors, however, see things differently. When it comes to your health, there's one place where fat is especially dangerous. Fat aro...

For years, exercise scientists exhorted Americans to work up a sweat. Healthy exercise, the thinking went, had to be strenuous and prolonged. Then, study by study, evidence showed that moderate exercise -- nothing harder than a brisk walk through the neighborhood every day -- delivers most of the benefits of more exercise, including lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease and certain c...

It's not just a stereotype, it's a fact: Most overweight people are badly out of shape. For whatever reason, they simply don't get enough exercise. But every once in awhile, a hefty person comes along who bucks the trend. Take Steven Blair, PhD, for example. At 5 feet 4 inches tall and 180 pounds, he doesn't fit anyone's definition of svelte. But his girth is deceptive. Blair, the director of The...

Frustrating as it may seem, banishing extra fat isn't impossible. Study after study has shown that the clincher, after cutting back on calories, is exercise. But as you charge into the gym, don't forget to enlist one of your best fat-fighting allies: your own muscles. If you want to get into shape, aerobic workouts can't be beat for their power to tune up the heart and lungs. Aerobics will also t...

Losing weight is easy. Just ask Oprah Winfrey, or the millions of other dieters who are on a weight-loss roller coaster. They manage to lose five, 20, or 50 pounds -- only to gain it all back. Doctors call this "weight cycling," but it's better known as yo-yo dieting. Yo-yo dieting can be extremely frustrating. Studies suggest that repeated cycles of weight loss and weight gain may also be harmfu...

A few decades ago, suburbia didn't seem too far from utopia. Postwar families flocked to these new neighborhoods with their affordable houses, green lawns, and easy access to the city. There wasn't much outcry about the lack of bike lanes or walking paths or stores within walking distance. Adults could drive wherever they wanted to go. In this new way of life, cars ruled. A sprawling society The ...

What's wrong with the typical American diet? This is what the experts have to say: "Too many calories," says Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. "Too many calories," asserts Melanie Polk, registered dietitian and former director of nutrition education for the American Institute of Cancer Research. Barbara Gollman, a registered dietitian who use...

No matter what time you set on your alarm clock, you keep pounding the snooze button until 8:30 every morning. Barreling out of bed in a panic, you hit the shower, race out the door, and clock into work just 10 minutes late with a coffee and giant muffin in hand. You work through lunch while chowing down a burger and fries that you barely notice, but by 3 p.m. you're crashing, so you're off to the...

When one person puts on weight, there's often a simple explanation: Too much time in front of the computer. An unhealthy attraction to pizza. An inherited tendency to pack on pounds. But what's to blame when an entire country starts to bulge around the middle? One thing is certain: You can forget about simple answers. The word "epidemic" is often overused, but there's no better way to describe th...

Have you bought popcorn at a movie theater lately? It comes in a variety of sizes: Small (which means large), medium (super humongous), and large (bathtub). If all that butter and salt makes you thirsty, you can order a 64-ounce soda -- that's nearly a six-pack of soft drinks in one convenient container. Enjoy! (And try to get an aisle seat.) These days, you don't have to go to the theater to sam...

The next time you buy a large popcorn at the movies, consider saving the tub. After you wipe it clean, the neighborhood kids can use it as a fort. From family restaurants to theaters to the frozen food aisle, portion sizes are expanding at an alarming rate. Not coincidentally, so is the typical American waistline. For all of the current talk about fats and carbohydrates, portion sizes may be the ...