dark side to dieting: an unhappy relationship.
Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Texas called on 21 couples in which one partner had lost 30 or more pounds, and asked everyone how weight-loss had impacted their relationships. Many couples were happier — the newly fit people inspired their partners to shape up, and the couple felt closer, both emotionally and sexually.
For others, the effects of the weight loss on their relationships was more complicated. The thinner partners began nagging their significant others to hit the gym. People whose weight hadn’t budged became critical, disinterested in sex, and even tried to tempt their partners with fatty foods in order to derail their progress.
The difference between happy and not-so-happy couples boiled down to the amount of support in the relationship. When both partners
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 7:11 PM EDT
dark side to dieting: an unhappy relationship.Losing weight is usually a good thing. You feel lighter, healthier, and can gleefully ditch those Spanx. But scientists say there’s a Read More »from Your Man vs. Skinny Jeans: When Weight Loss Ruins Love
- StyleCaster News | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 5:44 PM EDT
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Wedding CoupleIt looks as though hackneyed stereotypes about women and their innate desire to marry are about to become pretty smashed: According to the third "Professional Women Report" released yesterday by Citi and LinkedIn, the number of women who don't equate marriage (or relationships at all) with their definition of success has nearly doubled since last year, going from five percent to nine percent.
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- Smitten, Glamour Magazine | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 4:54 PM EDT
by Gena Kaufman
Does this look like a former couple who just went through a major breakup? (Getty Images)We were all pretty sad when Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr announced the end of their very good-looking marriage, but you know who doesn't seem that broken up about it? (Get it? Broken up?) Um, Orlando and Miranda themselves.
Since telling the world they'd decided to separate, the ex-couple doesn't appear to have changed much in their togetherness routine. In addition to the shot above, they've both been spotted heading into the apartment they still share, walking arm-in-arm, taking their darling three-year-old son on a walk in Central Park, and even exchanging a sweet kiss over his chubby little cheeks.
This isn't just a matter of staying friendly. It goes deeper than that, according to Orlando, who said, "We're not friends. We're family."
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Your mid-30s are like a golden age for dating. You still have plenty of age-appropriate single people to choose from. No one bats an eye if you hook up with a 45-year-old. Yet, that 25-year-old with the tight abs still thinks you're hot. So rather than mourn the fact that you're still unattached at 35, recognize what a beautiful opportunity this is to get the best of both worlds.
Of course, there's a huge difference between dating people in their 20s vs. their 30s, and men aren't the only ones guilty of tangling with younger mates for recreational reasons. Based on my own experience and on polls of my 30-something single friends, I've pieced together an in-depth analysis of the pros and cons of 20-somethings and 30-somethings. Consider yourself warned.
20-somethings start their night out at 11.
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- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 3:28 PM EDTPOPSUGAR LoveSource: 7 of the Stupidest Things People Have Done For Love - Ever
"If you love me, prove it." We have no idea how many times that phrase has been uttered, but what we do know is that people take the challenge seriously. Sure, we've all done outrageous things for the ones we can't be without, but some people REALLY make an effort - and even go as far as to donate a kidney. A kidney! Ahead, hear from seven people on Quora who have done some crazy stupid things (not by force, mind you) in the name of Cupid and have the stories to back it up. Warning: get ready for your mouth to drop.
I proposed to a girl who I knew was already engaged in front of her fiancé (talk about big balls, huh . . .). It was the summer of 2010, I was at the University of Houston working as an intern, and she was doing her masters at a different lab in the same university. I would go to her with fake doubts about my computer programs and she would help me solve them. I was having the timeRead More »from 7 of the Stupidest Things People Have Done for Love — Ever
It’s speedy, flirty, and convenient, but fire off too many text messages during a tiff and your relationship will suffer, according to new research conducted by Brigham Young University.
The study included 276 adults, all in relationships (38 percent were seriously dating someone, 46 percent were engaged, and 16 percent were married). And while 82 percent of both men and women traded multiple texts a day with their partners as a form of relationship maintenance (“How is your day?” “Miss you!”), when couples texted frequently about serious issues, gender differences came into play. “We found that when couples use texting to express affection or connect, both sexes experienced higher relationship satisfaction,” lead study author Lori Schade, PhD., tells Yahoo Shine. "However, during an argument, women who text more might do so as a means to resolve issues or apologize; men might text more because they’re unsatisfied with the relationship and texting is how they avoid emotional intimacy.”Read More »from What His Text Really Means During a Spat
- POPSUGAR LoveSource: Scary but True Bachelorette Party Horror Stories
When planning a bachelorette party, it's important to be prepared for a variety of mishaps, but no matter how on top of things you are, disasters can still strike. After all, drinks, a wild night or weekend, and a group of women who may or may not be friends can be a recipe for mayhem. We asked if you had attended any horrible bachelorette parties, and you shared some truly nightmarish bach bashes. This Halloween, read these scary but true bachelorette party horror stories - you've been warned!
"This doesn't sound like a true story, but it is! I had a friend who went to a bachelorette party in New Orleans. Everyone in the bridal party, including the bride, had a serious boyfriend/fiancé, yet made out with a random guy that night. The girls all came clean to their significant others later that night, but it came with a lot of tears, including my friend who was the maid of honor and tried to stop the
- Smitten, Glamour Magazine | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 12:37 PM EDT
by Gena Kaufman
Major assets. (Getty Images)I hope you are sitting down, because I'm about to give you the shock of your life....
Men like to look at boobs, you guys. Boobs! WHO KNEW?
According to a new study wherein people wore eye tracking gear while looking at pictures of models with different body types, men look at breasts and waists for longer periods of time than they look at faces. And since they spend so much time staring at that general area, women with hourglass figures were not only looked at more, they were rated as having better personalities. Because just like Sir Mix-a-Lot says, if she's got an itty-bitty waist and a round thing in your face, her personality is also probably scintillating.
Now, to be fair to men, who have been accused of never looking at our eyes since the dawn of the time, they aren't alone. Women actually looked at other women the same way, i.e., straight in the boobs. So in conclusion: Maybe you want to lookRead More »from The Part of a Woman's Body Men Look at the Most Will Shock You. Shock You, I Say!
- Smitten, Glamour Magazine | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
by Gena Kaufman
That is to say, people in groups are perceived as more attractive than they would be as individuals.According to scientists, this is because people tend to "average out" all the features of the group's faces--and evidently, being average is actually a good thing when it comes to attractiveness.
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In the study, when people were asked to evaluate an individual's attractiveness, they gave higher scores when the person was shown in a group portrait than when they were shown alone.
You probably didn't need an excuse to go out with all your friends, which you already do practically every weekend, but now you have one. Great, right? We at Smitten also assume the increased attractiveness thing works for couples, like Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, who are basicallyRead More »from Great News: Your Regular Friday-Night Plans Make You Seem More Attractive to Men
- Astrology.com Tarot | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
The Knight of Wands card reversed suggests that you might have a tendency to place too much value on sex as the barometer of a good relationship. Remember that commitment or love can be measured in many other ways. In fact, using passion as a prize or a weapon could get you into a situation that's way over your head -- this Knight may not deliver what you thought he was promising. The trick is to find a balance. If this is true love, you don't need to play that game to prove his sincerity and your relationship could become stronger and ready to move to the next level. In fact, playtime may be over and it might be time to consider settling down, getting serious or quitting the game. Read More »from Astrology.Com Daily Love Tarot - Friday November 1, 2013
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