by SHAPE Diet Doc Mike Roussell, phD
To fast or not to fast?Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular over the past several years, especially in the fitness world. But it's not a new trend-fasting has been around for centuries. Fasts have typically been used for religious reasons (Ramadan and Lent are the two most prominent examples), but even Hippocrates used fasting as a means of promoting weight loss:
Obese people and those desiring to lose weight should perform hard work before food. Meals should be taken after exertion and while still panting from fatigue. They should, moreover, only eat once per day and take no baths and sleep on a hard bed and walk naked as long as possible.
It is estimated that 14 percent of adults in the U.S. have used fasting as a method to lose weight. That is pretty significant considering at any given point 44 percent of Americans are dieting.
Recently there has been an explosion of new fasting methods for weight loss. One of the most popular strategies is to fast
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Chili con Carne1. Chili con Carne: This filling chili is made with lean flank steak to help keep the fat content low. Adding both chilies and hot sauce spices things up and boosts your metabolism, but if you prefer a milder meal, omit the Tabasco.
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 to 1 1/2 pound flank steak, cooked and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (4 ounces) fire-roasted, diced green chilies (mild or hot)
1 can (28 ounces) tomato sauce
1 quart beef
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Researchers at William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, showed adults a 10-minute clip from either Planet Earth or Food Network. After watching the clip, participants had another 10 minutes to sample chocolate covered candies, cheese curls, and carrots.
Turns out those shown the cooking program ate about 40 more calories of candy than the animal watchers ate, while there was no difference between how much cheese curls or carrots the two groups ate. Since the Food Network segment featured sweet tarts, the study authors suggest that food shows prime the brain to desire the types of foods portrayed in the program.
This adds to previous research showing that food and beverage ads increase
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1. No-fuss curls: Kendall Ong of Mane Attraction Salon in Phoenix shares the secrets to keep natural curls frizz-free as they go from wet to dry.
Step 1: After shampooing, work a lightweight moisturizing conditioner (regular or leave-in formulas both work) into your hair, then use a large tooth comb to remove any tangles.
Step 2: Scrunch with your hands to enhance your natural curl.
Step 3: Clip a bobby pin or barrette behind your ear for a fun, trendy side-swept style.
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2. Wet fishtail braid: This look is easier to create than you may think. Use the steps below from Kevin Gatto, stylist and owner of Verde Salon in Collingswood, NJ, who says that if you take the braid out once your hair is dry, you'll have a wavy ponytail.
Step 1: Work a leave-in conditioner or styling cream into hair and gather into a low ponytail on the side or
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You don't have to stick to a strict meal plan-we know that's not realistic for everyone. Instead, we've outlined five simple rules to follow, as well as a sample daily menu of meals. You're free to pick and choose your favorite recipes or create your own (as long as you stick to the rules). Check it out and get ready to reboot your body and kick off the New Year right!
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Audrey HepburnNo matter what year it may be, the classic, chic looks of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and other simply stunning women will never go out of style. They were blessed with amazing genes for sure-and the aplomb to stand out from the crowd. "These women knew how to play up their best features and had the confidence to emphasize what made them unique," says celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist Peter Lamas, who's worked with several icons. "Far from the cookie-cutter definition of beauty today, the women of the Golden Age of Hollywood were sophisticated and dared to show off what made them different."
Highlight your assets and achieve the timeless, enviable looks these ladies are known for-and turn heads wherever you go-with Lamas' easy step-by-steps.
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Want whiter teeth? Brush less!Trying to zap zits? Hoping for whiter teeth? Find out when the best strategy to conquer these and more pesky problems is to ignore your instincts.
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Drink more! When you're retaining enough water to make Shamu jealous, drinking even more H2O seems like the last thing you should do. Do it anyway! Bloating happens when your kidneys sense dropping fluid levels and order your body to hang on to all the water its got. This can happen from over-indulging in salty snacks or from skipping water after your super-sweaty spin class.
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There's good reason to be skeptical of these coupons, says Matthew Schulman, M.D., a New York City-based plastic surgeon who used to offer such discounts but has since stopped because of concerns for consumers' health and ethical issues.
Since the physician is offering an extremely low price yet has to give a percentage of sales to the coupon site, they don't profit as much. Some doctors may therefore overdilute the toxin to shave costs, which results in poor results for the consumer, he says.
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by Heidi Pashman
Sexy gifts you'll both love.The holidays are the perfect chance to surprise your man with something to spice up your sex life. After all, men and women of all ages love ripping off wrapping paper to find a new toy.
But finding the right present for your boyfriend or husband can be tricky, and you certainly don't want to scare him off from having sex! Patty Brisben, founder and chairwoman of Pure Romance, LLC, the nation's leading woman-to-woman direct seller of relationship-enhancement products, outlines some simple dos and don'ts to help you give the gift of joy-and then some-to your partner this holiday season.
Don't assume your fantasy is the same as his. He may have limitations you didn't expect or things he wants to explore that you never thought of, which can lead to awkward situations, if not horrified reactions when he opens a gift. "Your gift for your partner should be for both of you to enjoy together, not an excuse for you to indulge in your own fantasies," Brisben says.