Author Archives: hourglass

  • How to Waist Train Like a Celebrity

    Waist train like a celebrity.The corset craze sweeping Hollywood

    First popular in the 16th century, corsets are back in the headlines and creating plenty of body-defining buzz. Several celebrities have revealed waist training as their preferred way to whittle their waist—for everyday outfits, working out or slimming a post-baby belly.

    One A-lister, who is also a mom of two, recently revealed she “wore a double corset day and night for three months” to get her back into pre-pregnancy shape.

    Another star who's making waves about her midsection said she's “obsessed” with waist training and has made headlines posting pics of her results online.

    These are just a few of the many celebrities who have been reported to rely on some form waist training to keep their hourglass shape.

    Ready to try it for yourself? Thanks to a surge in popularity, there’s never been a better time to redefine your waistline using a corset. You can choose from a wide array of styles that offer different fits and degrees of slimming while you wear them.

    Two things you can count on with a good waist cincher: instant waist reduction and a healthy dose of confidence. Waist binding can even help improve your posture.

    So which waist cincher is right for you? Here are a few recommendations that all create enviable curves from the moment you slip it on.

    Ann Chery Clasica Latex Waist Cincher

    Reinforced hook-and-eye closures and high-compression support.

    Amia Classic Cincher Waist Trainer

    Adored for its simple hook-and-eye design, flexi-boning and targeted mid-section support.

    Squeem SlimVest Waist Cincher

    Maximum-strength cinching with special flex-boning support in a convenient vest-style.

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

    The waist cincher that doubles as flirty lingerie for a little ooh-la-la (you’ll make Dita Von Teese proud!).

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  • Seeing Red

    How to Wear Red Lingerie Under White Clothing

    A fun new way to wear red lingerie. Plus, 4 bras every woman should own. 

    Always thought you needed to pair your white shirt with a nude or white bra? Not true. Turns out, red lingerie is invisible under white clothing—even in photos. You can slip on your whitest white tops, shirts and dresses with your most vibrant red bras, underwear and shapewear and no one will be the wiser. It’s red’s little style secret.

    Need to see it to believe it? Try this Regal Red Corset. It creates a stunning hourglass shape under the most form-fitting tops and dresses—and gives you a healthy dose of confidence. Plus, it may add a little excitement to your day and night.

    When adding color to your top drawer, make sure you have at least one light and dark shade (including red) in these four bra styles. Get these and you’ll be covered for every outfit, mood and moment.

    The plunge bra

    Essential for deep V-necks and wrap dresses. The low bridge ensures it stays camouflaged while you move, reach, dance and more.

    The lace bra

    Pretty and practical, lace styles not only look beautiful but they center and lift your bust for a flattering shape—and prevent pulling across button-downs.

    The strapless bra

    An exceptional fit is extremely important. A great-fitting strapless style will create a smooth, supported bust and won’t slip down over time. Many styles also come with a convertible option for one-shoulder tops or tricky-strap dresses.

    The sports bra

    Go for maximum support while working out (and you should never wear two bras to get it). Look for breathable details, wicking fabric and adjustable fits.

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  • The 5-Minute Workout Routine

    The 5-minute workout.

    9 moves that rev your metabolism and blast calories.

    Weight loss expert Michelle Bridges, author of Total Body Transformation, created a simple and effective routine that only takes 5 minutes. Not a typo: just 5 minutes.

    This High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) workout is designed to increase your heart rate, improve your metabolism and of course, burn serious calories. You’ll perform a sequence of moves in 30-second intervals without stopping. Also, there’s no equipment required so you can do it anywhere (another reason excuses don’t really apply). Ready to start?

    The Warm Up

    Perform light cardio for 5 minutes (like jogging in place) with the goal of getting your heart rate over 150.

    Do the following moves for 30 seconds each.

    1. Fast Low-Step Running

    Find a low step and stand in front of it. Quickly step up onto it and back down as fast as you can.

    2. Basketball Jumps

    Take a long low step to the right (bending through the legs), step the left foot in and spring off both feet to shoot your basketball. Alternate between both sides.

    3. Sideways Running

    Starting with your right foot, run three steps sideways to the right. The last step of your right foot should "stick" as you drop your weight into that leg, and then push off and step out with your left. The timing should feel like one, two, drop and push; one, two, drop and push.

    4. Jumping Jacks

    Stand with your feet together, arms at your sides and jump about shoulder width apart. As you jump, swing both arms overhead. Jump again and return legs and arms to starting position.

    5. Push-Ups on Knees

    Kneel on the ground and place your hands shoulder width apart. Straighten your arms and look directly ahead at the floor. Keeping abs tight, bend your elbows and lower until your chest is 4 inches from the floor. Exhale as you straighten your arms and return to the starting position.

    6. Plyometric Lunge

    Begin with your right foot forward, left foot back. Drop down until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Pushing off with the heel of your front foot, jump and switch legs.

    7. High Knees With Twist

    Run in place with high knees (bringing each knee up to hip height), while at the same time twisting towards each knee as you raise it, alternating from side to side in a twisting motion.

    8. Ins & Outs

    Lower your body into a pushup position (arms and torso straight). Jump both feet in towards your chest and quickly jump back out into a full pushup extension.

    9. Lunge Kicks

    Perform a reverse lunge, driving your right leg behind you and bending your left knee, touching the floor in front of you with your opposite hand. Then, as you draw the right leg back up, kick forward with the left leg, being sure to lean back so you're working your abs.

    Cool Down: Pick 10 stretches that target different muscles and hold each for approximately 1 minute.

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  • Try This (Not That) Food Substitutions

    5 smart food swaps for satisfying weight loss.

    Ready to shed a few lbs.? Reach for these 5 healthy (and tasty!) weight loss meals and snacks and watch the scale go in the right direction.

    #1 Try this: Spaghetti squash
    5 smart food swapsWhen prepared, spaghetti squash resembles a plate of spaghetti. A fun food trick, this low-cal option can be paired with similar sauces and seasoning—everything from marinara to sautéed veggies. Rich in carbohydrates, fiber, potassium and Vitamin C (to name a few), spaghetti squash makes a filling, guilt-free meal.

    Not this: Wheat pasta 

    Calories saved: 200 calories

    #2 Try this: Frozen fruit smoothie
    5 smart food swapsMake your own smoothie with one cup frozen unsweetened berries, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup wheat germ and ice.

    Not this: Pre-made or canned smoothies

    Calories saved: 200 calories for each 2-3 cup serving






    #3 Try this: Dr. Praeger’s California veggie burgers
    5 smart food swapsThese convenient high-protein patties have ingredients you can see like carrots, zucchini, edamame and garlic. They also don’t have one very important thing: high-saturated fat. Layer on lettuce, tomato and grilled onion for an even more traditional burger feel.

    Not this: Beef burger

    Calories saved: 200 calories and 19 grams of fat
    #4 Try this: Scrambled whites with greens
    5 smart food swapsSkip the yolk and opt for egg whites only. Blend with 1/2 cup cooked spinach and mushrooms for a filling, protein-rich option (great for breakfast and dinner).

    Not this: 2 whole eggs

    Calories saved: 40 calories plus 100 milligrams of cholesterol and 13 grams of fat




    #5 Try this: Frozen fruit snacks
    5 smart food swapsRefreshing, satisfying and nutritious, frozen grapes, blueberries or bananas take on a creamy taste. Frozen treats also require slow eating which helps your brain catch up with your body. Keep them ready-to-go in your freezer so you can reach for them whenever you’re feeling munchy.

    Not this: Frozen yogurt or ice cream.

    Calories saved: About 200 calories and 14 grams of fat

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  • Body Wraps 101

    Body wrap questions answered

    Learn how to trim inches and invigorate your skin.

    Have 2015 self-improvement goals but getting there at a snail’s pace? The Spa Slender body wrap kit might be exactly what you need to jumpstart your resolutions. An effective and innovative solution, this all-in-one kit comes with everything you need to body wrap, including tools to track your results. You can expect a rejuvenated appearance, smoother skin, and a noticeable loss of inches while wearing the wraps (thanks to their instant slimming benefits.)

    Have a few questions? Here’s the scoop on the Spa Slender body wrap kit.

    Q: What’s included?

    It comes with everything you need: the Simply Slender Slenderizing cream, high quality cotton elastic wraps, a body measuring tape, inch-loss chart to track your results and an illustrated instruction book with step-by-step instructions. Remember, always drink plenty of water when using body wraps.

    Q: How does it work?

    The Simply Slender Slenderizing cream (formulated from a special blend of herbs, clays and minerals) pairs with the high quality cotton elastic wraps. When applied together, this special combo is a serious winner for enhancing your silhouette.

    Q: How often can I wrap?

    As often as you like! Have a special occasion? Feel free to wrap more than once in the day. For long-term use, it’s recommended that you do a series of 4-6 wraps, 3 days apart. The wraps are even machine washable for easy-care convenience.

    That’s a wrap! Remember to follow all included directions to achieve optimal results. Results are not guaranteed, but we think you’ll be pleased with what you see. Happy wrapping!

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  • The Dish on Delfin Spa

     Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

    Do you know about Bio-Ceramic lined apparel?

    Delfin Spa’s skin-smoothing system is an innovative way to reduce the visibility of imperfections in the skin. This modern approach couples two powerful things: Bio-Ceramic lined gear and specially formulated cream.

    How does it work? The Bio-Ceramic lined apparel acts as a thermal agent to work with your body’s perspiration, which improves the effectiveness of the cream. The apparel also offers light compression. The pieces are comfortable and adjustable so you can wear them during workouts or under your clothing while you go about your daily life. Most of the items even feature an iPhone pocket for convenience.

    First, the lightly scented cream boasts a variety of botanical ingredients. Apply liberally and then slip on your Delfin Spa apparel. The algae, green tea and caffeine help to increase perspiration, particularly when working out, so you know your workout is working for you.

    Which body part do you want to target? All of Delfin Spa’s apparel is designed to:

    • Increase thermal activity and stimulate perspiration while you wear them
    • Offer light compression for instant slimming
    • Be comfortable and lightweight enough to wear during workouts or under your clothing

    Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

    The tank top

    This open-bust tank keeps you cool with ventilation panels, moisture management and antimicrobial odor control.

    Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

    The capris

    These stylish must-haves slim your tummy, thighs, hips and legs in sleek comfort.

    Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

    The upper arm exercise bands

    The adjustable bands give your upper arms a slimmer silhouette the moment you put them on.

    Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

    The tummy tightener

    Perfect for women who want to target loose skin and stretch marks in their tummy area.

    Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

     The calf sleeves

    Comfortable compression and instant slimming for your calves.

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  • The 3 C’s of Cellulite: Control, Correct, Conceal

    Conquer your cellulite.

    Skin-smoothing tips to disguise dimpled imperfections.

    Oh, cellulite. Why do you exist? It’s safe to say everyone wants to banish cellulite from their body. So, what is it anyway? The unwelcome dimples are fat cells found underneath the top layer of skin that have squeezed between bands of connective tissue (or collagen). It’s genetic and likely linked to circulation, so if your mom has cellulite then you’re susceptible to it too.

    Since there’s no cure for cellulite, the best thing to do is accept it and then take action. We have a plan – the C’s of Cellulite: Control, Correct, Conceal.

    CONTROL

    Eating well plays a huge role in keeping cellulite in check. Fiber, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables (lots of greens!) are key. These foods battle cellulite-causing toxins—a huge culprit. Some specific must-eats? Try asparagus (it contains anti-inflammatory properties), oranges (helps with blood circulation), berries (rich in antioxidants), fish oils (aids fat metabolizing) and spinach (good for collagen production)…to name a few!

    Also extremely important? Drink as much water as you can. H2O helps your skin in more ways than one, including in your body’s natural detox process and improving elasticity. And lastly, don’t forget that fundamentally cellulite is fat. Keeping off excess weight, exercising and toning are direct ways to keep cellulite at bay.

    CORRECT

    Use beauty products, exfoliations (look for caffeine as an ingredient) and body massagers that help stimulate circulation, break up fluids beneath your skin and more.

    One we love? L’or de la Mer by Skin QR Organics for cleaning, purifying and brightening. It uses fresh, active ingredients like seaweed, organic botanicals and marine and fruit extracts to help with skin cell regeneration, anti-aging and overall radiance. This body blaster scrub also has potent vitamins and minerals that draw out toxins and stimulate circulation.

    For the ultimate cellulite-busting arsenal, try the Anti-Cellulite Collection by Skin QR Organics. It comes with all three of their bestsellers: the L'or de la Mer Anti-Cellulite Body Blaster Scrub with Seaweed, the Phat QR Body and Cellulite Massager and the NuElle Triple Action Anti Cellulite Firming Concentrate.

    CONCEAL

    When in doubt, reach for self-tanner. A quick spray tan equals instant camouflage. Many types of skin-smoothening shapewear are also designed to reduce the visibility of skin perfections by helping to smooth the silhouette of your legs, arms or buttocks.

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  • Mix and Match Meals

    Mix-and-match healthy meals.

    Drop 15 pounds without hunger.

    Need a little inspirational boost to meet your New Year's Resolution? We have just thing to do it: simple recipes for mix-and-match meals. Developed by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD and featured in Health magazine, the 1,300 calorie-a-day plan features meals and snacks ranging from 170 calories to 400 calories. They boast key ingredients that are satisfying and scientifically proven to boost weight loss. Stick with it and you’ll drop 15 pounds in 6 weeks—without hunger.

    Honey-Pecan Oatmeal With Raspberries

    300 calories
    Prepare 1 packet of plain instant oatmeal with hot water, according to package directions. Top with 2 teaspoons honey, 2 tablespoons chopped pecans, and 3⁄4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (thawed).

    Fresh Tomato and Feta Frittata

    300 calories
    Whisk together 1 large egg, 2 egg whites, 1⁄2 cup chopped tomato, and 2 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled. Cook the egg mixture over medium heat (without stirring) in a small skillet for 4 minutes or until eggs are firm. Flip and cook other side for 2 minutes more. Serve with 1 slice whole-grain toast with 2 teaspoons trans fat–free margarine.

    Black Bean, Steak, and Avocado Salad

    400 calories
    Sauté 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet for 1 minute. Add 3 ounces thinly sliced steak and cook for 5 minutes. Add 1⁄4 cup canned black beans and sauté for another 3 minutes. Toss with 4 cups mixed salad greens, 1⁄4 diced avocado, 1⁄4 cup canned corn and 1 tablespoon of Italian dressing.

    White Bean and Basil Penne

    400 Calories
    Cook 1⁄2 cup whole-grain penne pasta, drain and set aside. Return pot to heat and add 1⁄2 cup canned white beans, 1 cup chopped zucchini and 1⁄4 cup spaghetti sauce; cook for 7 minutes. Stir pasta into sauce. Top with 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil and 1 teaspoon toasted pine nuts.

    Cashew-Coconut Shrimp Stir-Fry

    400 Calories
    Sauté 2 minced garlic cloves in 1 teaspoon peanut oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add 2 cups of frozen stir-fry vegetables; cook for 5 minutes. Add 12 medium precooked frozen shrimp, 1⁄2 cup precooked microwavable brown rice and 1⁄3 cup light coconut milk; sauté 5–8 minutes more. Top with 1 tablespoon chopped cashews and 1⁄4 teaspoon light soy sauce.

    Southwestern-Style Chicken and Veggies

    400 Calories
    Heat 1 frozen meal, 300 calories or fewer (such as Kashi Southwest Style Chicken) and 2 cups frozen vegetables in microwave. Top warm vegetables with 1 tablespoon freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

    Tuscan Tuna Sandwich

    400 Calories
    Mix 3 ounces light tuna in water (drained), 5 chopped jumbo black olives, 2 chopped celery ribs, juice from 1⁄2 lemon and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Place tuna mixture on toasted whole-grain bread and top with 1⁄2 cup mixed lettuce greens. Serve with 1 small orange on the side.

    Curried Lentil Soup With Pita

    400 Calories
    Stir 1⁄4 teaspoon curry powder into 1 1⁄2 cups low-sodium lentil soup (like Amy’s Organic Lentil Soup, Light Sodium) and heat in microwave. Top with 2 tablespoons low-fat Greek yogurt; serve with 1 whole-grain pita. Enjoy 1⁄2 cup grapes on the side.

    Mushroom and Walnut Fettuccine

    400 Calories
    Cook 2 ounces fettuccine and drain. In a skillet, sauté 2 minced garlic cloves in 1 teaspoon olive oil for 1 minute. Add 1 cup sliced mushrooms, 1⁄2 cup canned artichokes, chopped, and 3⁄4 cup halved cherry tomatoes; cook for 6 minutes. Toss with pasta and top with 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley.

    Dijon Chicken With Potatoes and Kale

    400 Calories
    Preheat broiler. Spread 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard on 2-ounce skinless piece of rotisserie chicken; place on foil. Broil for 7 minutes or until mustard is browned. Sauté 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 minced garlic cloves in a skillet for 1 minute. Add 1 small potato, cut into wedges and 2 cups chopped kale; sauté for 15 minutes. Drizzle all with juice from 1⁄2 lemon.

    Crisp Bread With Parmesan and Fig

    190 Calories
    Top 2 crisp bread crackers (like Wasa Crackers) with 3⁄4 ounce shaved fresh Parmesan cheese and 2 dried figs, thinly sliced.

    Pistachios and Black Cherry Spritzer

    190 Calories
    Mix 1 1⁄2 cups of club soda with 3 tablespoons black cherry juice. Enjoy with 1 ounce pistachios (about 50 nuts).

    Green tea and a cookie

    170 Calories
    Stir 2 teaspoons honey into 1 1⁄2 cups brewed green tea, and enjoy with 1 whole-grain cookie (like Kashi Oatmeal Dark Chocolate).

    Apple slices and almond butter

    190 Calories
    Spread 1 tablespoon almond butter on 1 medium apple, sliced.

    Cereal-Yogurt Parfait with Pomegranates

    200 Calories
    Top 6 ounces fat-free blueberry yogurt (like Brown Cow Nonfat Yogurt) with 1⁄2 cup enriched whole-grain cereal (like Total) and 1⁄4 cup pomegranate seeds.

    Honey-Broiled Grapefruit With Walnuts

    170 Calories
    Preheat broiler. Cut 1 grapefruit in half and spread 2 teaspoons honey on top. Broil for 7 minutes or until the edges are golden. Top with 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts.

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  • Take the Stronger-You 90-Day Challenge

    The Stronger-You challenge

    Make your New Year's Health Resolutions a Reality

    If you’re like most of us, your New Year’s resolutions involve the promise of a healthier 2015. Did you vow to fit into that pair of jeans stashed on your top shelf? Or maybe you want to feel more energized?

    The difference between the desire to achieve your goals and making them a reality is as simple as our 90-day Stronger-You Challenge: 3 months of handpicked workouts and tips from the experts at Oxygen magazine. This three-month training program and meal plan is designed to burn fat, build muscle and transform your body so you can look and feel your best. It’s simple, effective and ready when you are.

    Check out the full 3-month plan to see step-by-step instructions and visuals on exactly what to do (and eat!) every day. Don’t forget: if you mess up, don’t give up. Forgive yourself and start over the next day.

    Month 1

    Burn fat and build muscle. You’ll begin with exercises using only your body weight. Every set and extended set will be taken to the point of muscle failure (that’s a good thing!).

    Get the Best Body Challenge: Month One workout.

    Month 2

    The next 4 weeks feature easy-to-use resistance bands and plyometrics—a body-boosting technique originally developed for Olympic athletes.

    Get the Best Body Challenge: Month Two workout.

    Month 3

    The home stretch! You’ll focus on a mix of dumbbell-based exercises and intervals of high-intensity cardio.

    Ready to begin? Don't put it off -- download the training plan below to get started right away. Good luck, and let us know how it goes! We’d love to meet the NEW YOU in 12 weeks.

    Get the Best Body Challenge: Month Three workout.

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  • Fill in the Blank: Your New Year's Resolutions

    New Year's resolution ideas

    Small Steps to Big Changes

    The holidays are winding down and a brand new year looms ahead. Are you making any New Year's resolutions? While some might find the practice cheesy or overrated, there's never a better time for a fresh start and to make some positive changes in your life.

    The hardest part about making New Year's resolutions is figuring out which goals are going to work for you. Some people go big or go home and make a grandiose plan that is almost impossible to follow through to the end. Some people make way too many goals that they can't juggle, and they fall off the wagon by late January.

    To make significant New Year's resolutions that will last, you have to find a balance. You have to do things that are challenging but won't leave you feeling exasperated. And you have to find a way to remain inspired for the whole year, not just January.

    The key is: small steps.

    Start out small. If you can succeed at something small, your success can blossom into something bigger. Set yourself up for success so you can gain momentum.

    So where to start? You can make several small goals that will lead to big changes in your life during 2015. Goals can be as specific or as general as you want, as long as you're inspired to become the person you want to be in the coming year. We've got a list; you fill in the blanks that best fit you. Post this list somewhere you won't forget it so you can remain inspired all year long!

    My 2015 New Year's Resolutions

    1. The bad habit I'm going to break this year is ________________________

    2. A new skill I'd like to learn is ________________________

    3. A person I'd like to be more like is ________________________

    4. A good deed I'd like to accomplish is ________________________

    5. I'd like to visit ________________________

    6. A book I'd like to read is ________________________

    7. I'd like to write a letter to ________________________

    8. A new food I'd like to try is ________________________

    9. I'm going to do better at ________________________

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