By Gabriella Boston The Washington Post Mon., May 28, 2018 We’re here again: A few weeks from swimsuit season. And you might be looking in the mirror at any number of eyesores — beer belly, thigh rub, bra bulge, love handles, saddlebags — and asking: Can I get rid of that through exercise and diet? In other words, spot reduction. “No, it doesn’t work that way,” says Todd Miller, professor of nutrition and exercise sciences at George Washington University. “Fat in your body is like gas in your gas tank. Thinking you can reduce fat from your stomach alone is like saying you want to use gas only from the right side of your gas tank.” Fat, just like gas in your car, is stored energy. It gets recruited equally from all over your body and sent to the muscles to be burned, Miller says. Read more: Article Continued Below Counting calories is not the key to weight loss, new study finds Weight loss doesn’t mean … [Read more...] about Spot reduction no substitute for total body movements and a ‘boring diet’
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By Karla Adam William Booth The Washington Post Sat., May 19, 2018 LONDON—Before she retired as an actress and shut down her social media accounts, before she got engaged to Prince Harry and committed to the Firm, as young British royals call their institution, Meghan Markle had opinions and spoke her mind. She blasted presidential candidate Donald Trump as “misogynistic.” She posted a photo of Londoners protesting Britain’s exit from the European Union. At age 11, she successfully petitioned Procter & Gamble to change its Ivory dish soap commercial from “women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans” to “people all over America.” She has written forthrightly about being a “strong, confident mixed-race woman.” But what will her activism look like now that she married Harry on Saturday? The royal family has survived the modern age by remaining zealously apolitical. They are relentlessly … [Read more...] about What will Meghan Markle’s activism look like now that she’s married?
By Megan Ogilvie Health Reporter Mon., April 9, 2018 For many of us, first-date jitters amount to nothing more than a few stomach flips, outfit worries and some second guesses about when and where to meet. But for those who are socially anxious, a date can seem overwhelmingly scary. The typical signs of nervous anticipation can turn into an avalanche of self-doubts and fears. “What if I’m not interesting enough? Maybe I’ll say the wrong thing? Why didn’t she text me back right away? There’s no way he can possibly like me. Maybe nobody ever will.” Read more: Opinion | Kate Carraway: Anxiety is about me, not about you (and that’s the problem) Article Continued Below Why those awkward silences make you anxious She was afraid to leave the house -- how one woman overcame social phobia Thinking like this can halt a promising relationship even before it starts, says Dr. Karen Rowa, a psychologist in the Anxiety … [Read more...] about How social anxiety gets in the way of romance
By Chris Clearfield Excerpted from Meltdown Andras Tilcsik Sun., April 1, 2018 Modern-day failures — from the catastrophic, like a train crash, to the more amusing, like mixing up a Best Picture Oscar ballot — have much to do with our increasingly complex systems. In their new book Meltdown, Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik, examine what these types of disasters have in common and what we can do to avoid them in future. It’s difficult to be a dissenter. We often feel the need to go along with what others in our group think, and neuroscience shows that this desire for conformity isn’t just the result of peer pressure. It is wired into our brains. In one experiment, scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to see how our brains react when we hold an opinion that deviates from our group’s consensus. It turns out that two things happen when we go against the grain. First, a brain region involved in error detection … [Read more...] about How having power is like having brain damage: a new book explains why systems fail
By Garnet Fraser Toronto Star Sun., March 11, 2018 Natalie Portman’s new look for her upcoming film is shiny and piled thick with heavy eye makeup — and then there’s the artificial grey around the temples. So it’s for people with daddy issues and people with ’80s issues. If there’s any part of this look to steal, I’d say it’s the band of what looks like duct tape around the neck — not always fashionable, but it’s bound to come in handy. The Duchess of Cambridge is thrilled that Meghan Markle is here now to take on some jobs, as Kate is growing weary of her appointed chore of meeting every single child in Britain. Markle, below, makes it fun, like when a little girl asks “Will I be as pretty as you someday?” and she gets to laugh in the kid’s face. (AFP/Getty Images) Karlie Kloss’s windy-day adventures remind us that in our broad, derivative age, there will surely be a … [Read more...] about Congrats, reader, you might look better than Natalie Portman: Stargazing