by Jessica Smith, REDBOOK
Janet Jackson told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview that she's heard of celebs eating tissues in order to lose weight. Sadly, drastic weight loss measures is nothing new to Hollywood, but with the help of their endorsement, more and more women are trying some truly unhealthy ways to drop pounds.
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Here are some 5 crazy (but true) and terrible fad diets out there (and what you should do instead):
1) Ingesting a tapeworm. It's still astounding that people would even try this to lose weight, but it happens - and more often than you'd think. The idea behind this wacko concept is that the tapeworm absorbs excess calories, causing the host to peel off pounds quickly. And while a tapeworm can induce weight loss, it also can also cause malnutrition, hair loss, seizures, neurological damage, muscle weakness, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea. Not to mention, you'd have to swallow a live worm. All that to lose a few pounds? Um, no
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- Redbook | Work + Money – Tue, Feb 22, 2011 5:17 PM EST
by Jessica Smith, REDBOOKRead More »from Eating Tissues and 4 Other Extreme Hollywood Weight-Loss Methods
by Aaron Traister, REDBOOKRead More »from Dear Whys Guy: "Does My Ex Want Me Back?"
DEAR WHYS GUY:
What does it mean when your ex (we've been broken up for a year) calls and tell you you're his favorite person in the world?
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When your ex calls you after a year to tell you that you are his "favorite person in the world," it means he's had time to reevaluate some of his choices. It means he's had loooong hours to take a personal inventory and discover what's precious to him. It means he's grown, not just as a man, but as a human being.
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No, wait, scratch that. It means he isn't getting any and is totally regretting breaking up with you because the bachelor life he imagined while he was "stuck" in a relationship, full of bikini model pillow fights and all you can eat barbecue and swingers parties, didn't actually turn out to be filled with swingers, pillow fights, or bikinis. At least there's been a lot of
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Fri, Feb 18, 2011 6:14 PM EST
I have three children from a previous marriage, and I'm now remarried and my husband and I have a baby together. I receive plenty of child support, so I haven't needed to get a job. My husband doesn't earn a lot of money. He pays the mortgage; I pay the bills and support my girls, but I expect him to help with my expenses and our son's. He's pretty good about what our son needs, but he doesn't help me out with money unless I ask for it. I know he needs to save for our future, but I don't feel like a married couple because we don't share most of our expenses and income. It's making me resentful toward him. Should I feel this way?
- B.T., 36, Permian Basin, TX
When it comes to feelings, there's no "should"; you feel how you feel. That said, continuing on in a situation in which you feel resentment is never good. Clearly, the current financial arrangement doesn't work for you, so you need to hammer out a plan with your husband that feels more equitable.
Related: 7 Things He's Not Read More »from It's Complicated Advice Q&A: My Husband's Money Habits Make Me Resent Him
You're big. You're hormonal. And after childbirth, your hoo-hah may never be the same. So why do people aim the nastiest comments at pregnant women? Blogger Eden Kennedy of fussy.org got her loyal Twitter followers to spill the most cringe-worthy things moms-to-be have heard.Read More »from 7 Things Never to Say to a Pregnant Woman
1. "I hope you're not one of theose women who uses pregnancy as an excuse to get really, really fat."
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2. "Giving birth was awful--the most traumatic experience of my life. You'll hate it too."
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3. "Whoa! Have you got two of them in there?"
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4. "Women having girls are beautiful and radiant. I can tell you are having a boy."
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5. "Why are you being such a b---- about cold cuts?" [And this was during a listeriosis scare!]
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6. "If you put on a track suit and some gold chains, you'd look like one
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Thu, Feb 17, 2011 5:42 PM EST
Read More »from It's Complicated Advice Q&A: Is This Guy Worth My Time?
I am a divorced single mother of three. I have been dating a man for a year and a half now who is eight years younger than I am, has never been married, and has no children. The first six months were great, but then suddenly I was the one always making the 70-mile drive to see him. He tells me he loves me, but when I start talking about our future, he closes up and says he doesn't know what he wants. He's also made it clear that he won't move to where I live so we can be together, and I don't want to move to where he's living until my oldest child is finished with high school. Am I fighting a losing battle? Or do you think it's worse to throw away the last year and a half?
--G.S., 36, Norfolk, NE
It sounds as if your guy is being honest with you: He loves you, but he really doesn't know what he wants. That's fair. Committing to another person is terrifying under the best of circumstances and, for better or for worse, you come with a ready-made family--serious stuff. I think it speaks
by Aaron Traister, REDBOOKRead More »from 3 Things Men Love the Most About Women
A pastor, a U.S. Marshal, a rabbi, a lawyer, and a guy who writes a column for a women's magazine all found themselves in the same Irish bar. Is this the beginning of the worst joke ever told? Perhaps, but it's also a totally true tale of masculine diversity uniting and bridging political, cultural, religious, and philosophical differences in an unprecedented attempt to answer the burning question on every woman's mind: What do men love so much about women? You guys may think we dig you because you have a great sense of humor, look hot, or can make a mean macaroni salad - and those are certainly lovable qualities. But they aren't really what we love most about you. Several hours of discussion, many beers, and more than a few plates of chicken wings later, I was able to compile my list. (Then we all hugged. It was kinda weird.)
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Anyway, without further ado - or further awkward stories about men
- Redbook | Spring Fashion – Wed, Feb 16, 2011 6:33 AM EST
by Molly Fergus, REDBOOK
Orange - the sassy hue du jour of cheddar cheese, freckled red heads, and blazing sunsets - is making a zesty comeback this spring, reports The Wall Street Journal. From fiery lipstick to head-turning frocks, we've rounded up five celebrity inspirations for donning this sometimes intimidating shade.
1. Bright Lipstick
Actress Arielle Vandenberg sports perfectly peachy lips at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas' New Year's Eve bash.
2. A Bold Bag
Even back in 2003 at the "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" premier, Catherine Zeta-Jones knew the power of a blazing hot handbag against a simple black dress.
3. Ginger ShoesRead More »from 5 Celeb-Inspired Ways to Wear Orange, The New "It" Color
On shoes, treat orange like a neutral and pair it with other bright colors, like actress Kelly Krueger's green dress and citrusy sandals.
by Aaron Traister, REDBOOKRead More »from Are You Okay with Your Husband Looking at Porn?
I'm back with another question for you ladies (btw, thanks for your help with the skinny jeans. I'll post more on my adventures dressing like a 14-year-old later in the week).
My question today isn't about fashion. Instead, in honor of Valentine's Day, it's a question about sexual dysfunction and porn. I mean really, are there any two topics more romantic than sexual dysfunction and porn?
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In an article in a recent issue of New York Magazine titled "He's Just Not That Into Anyone," author Davy Rothbart suggests that internet porn is making the American man emotionally and physically disconnected and disinterested in real world flesh-women.
His argument is that internet porn is ruining the American male's libido and his ability to perform sexually, and that it's forcing the average American woman to go to pornographic, debasing, and often ultimately futile extremes to get it back.
But I'm inclined to disagree.
Black socks and shorts. Babies and pitbulls. Fanny packs and... everyone. There are things that just don't go together. Unfortunately, food companies in their never-ceasing drive to offer us novel palate-pleasers (and also to separate us from our cash), are not getting this memo. Behold: Bolthouse Farms Protein Plus Parfait Smoothie. It purports to be a new twist on the yogurt/fruit/granola breakfast favorite. It even has 25 grams of filling protein, which I love. The problem? They blended it all together in one big bottled drink. Are we really so busy we need granola blended in with our yogurt rather than sprinkling it in ourselves?Read More »from 3 Unbelievable "Time-Saving" Foods
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Dear Bolthouse Farms,
The reason people put berries and granola in their yogurt is because yogurt has the texture of snot and gags half the population. (The other half probably ate their boogers as a child. Kidding! I'm sure you were all very hygienic children and you just have more sophisticated palates
Read More »from 7 Surprising Ways Happy Couples Stay Close
By Charlotte Latvala, REDBOOK
When I was single, I thought marriage was like that Beatles song: "All You Need Is Love." Of course, I still think love is an important part of the mix, but now that I'm a little older and wiser -- and a veteran of 12 years of wedded bliss -- I know that you need a lot of other things, too.
My husband, Tony, and I, for instance, couldn't survive without central air-conditioning (when I'm hot, I'm horribly cranky), his and hers bookshelves (sorry, my precious set of Jane Austen hardbacks can't be defiled by his swaggering Robert Ludlums) and a phrase we both use to stop the drama when we're arguing and frustrated ("Let's cut to the chase here").
Our "can't live without" list has changed over the years (the water bed is long gone; comfortable dining room chairs are in), but certain essentials are here to stay. Read on for a surprising list of what every couple must have -- besides that beguiling basic, love -- to keep their bond going strong.