While many fad diets pose health risks over the long term, Weight Watchers offers dieters a long-term, flexible and healthy alternative. With smart maintenance plans and food education, you can keep the weight you lose off and stay healthy and in shape. Once you reach your weight goal, you can become a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. If your weight does creep up, simple diet changes can quickly resolve the trend.
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The necessities of winter clothing can be a blow to your personal style: Bulky jackets and sweaters hide even the sveltest figure, and the never-ending succession of jeans and heavy pants gets monotonous quickly. One of the best ways to add some flair to your winter wardrobe is with leggings. Wearing leggings in different materials and colors adds individuality to your cold-weather clothing choices, and allows you to wear nontraditional winter garments like skirts and dresses and still stay warm.
Many women wait to start families until they get their careers firmly established. They opt to buy a house, get a retirement account started and take a few carefree vacations before moving into mommy mode, but when they finally decide they are ready, they worry that they may have waited too long. Knowing the indicators of when you may be too old to conceive can help alleviate your concerns.
Lexapro is the brand name for Escitalopram, a drug commonly prescribed for the treatment of depression and generalized anxiety disorder–a condition that causes individuals to suffer from extreme worry and anxiety without any identifiable cause. Lexapro works by blocking the reabsorption of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, and the blockage causes an increase in the amount of available neural serotonin. This in turn is thought to positively influence mood. Although Lexapro is an effective antidepressant, it is connected to a number of complications and side effects.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), a total blood cholesterol level of greater than 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood puts you at an increased risk of heart attacks, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and stroke. While weight loss and regular aerobic exercise are recommended ways to lower your blood cholesterol level, incorporating low-fat habits into your regular eating routine is another excellent way to raise your HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and decrease your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
FSH, or follicle stimulating hormone, is commonly used by physicians as a treatment for infertility in women. Normally, FSH is produced by the pituitary gland and is responsible for stimulating the follicles in a woman’s ovaries to produce a mature egg that can be released into the uterus. Injections of FSH can be used to induce this process in women who have low FSH levels. However, using FSH as a fertility treatment can result in a number of side effects. These side effects range from minor to life threatening.
Weight loss is difficult and often frustrating, but there are products marketed to help out in the war against fat. One of these, Alli, is typically considered quite effective and is an over-the-counter (OTC) version of the prescription drug Xenical. Unfortunately, Alli does have a number of side effects. You should inform yourself and consider whether the side effects are worth the boost in weight loss.
While you may have loved that shaggy hair cut initially, eventually it may be time to grow it out. Shaggy cuts range from short pixies to choppy bobs and longer shags. In all cases, the hair is cut at a variety of lengths, from quite short to somewhat longer and different sections of hair may be different lengths. Growing out uneven layers is especially frustrating, but some simple tips can reduce the awkward stage and keep your hair looking good as it grows out.
Most women will agree that one dreaded aspect of pregnancy or unplanned weight gain is the threat of stretch marks. Stretch marks can develop wherever skin has been stretched a great deal over a short period of time and most often occur on the stomach, thighs, breasts, hips and arms. Since stretch marks frequently appear as an eye-catching red or purple streak, those inflicted with them are usually desperate to hide or get rid of them for good. While there are not many effective ways of vanishing stretch marks, some women can experience good results with surgical treatments. These treatments include laser surgery, dermabrasion and an abdominoplasty.
For nursing mothers, ensuring that you have an ample supply of breast milk available for your baby is a constant concern. Fatigue, poor diet, stress and dehydration can all play a role in decreasing your ability to lactate optimally. Fortunately, there are several ways you can increase your breast milk supply naturally.