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  • Bad Foods Are Back: Butter, Beer, and More "Unhealthy" Foods that Are Back on the Diet Menu

    Who said you can't have your beer, butter, eggs, and potatoes-and eat them, too?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters




    Bad foods are back! Bad foods are back!

    Food is a lot like fashion. One season we're swearing off don'ts like Canadian tuxedos, the next season we can't get enough of denim-on-denim. And fortunately for men who want to sport super-svelte bodies under their clothes, new research shows these once-blacklisted foods deserve a spot back on your plate.

    BUTTER


    Thanks to the backlash against trans-fatty margarine, Americans are eating more butter than they have at any other time in the last 40 years, per recent info from the American Butter Institute. It's perfect timing, as a new meta-analysis of nearly 80 studies (on over half a million people) on fat consumption found that eating more saturated fat doesn't increase your risk of heart disease. Plus, saturated fat is actually better than carbs at raising levels of good cholesterol and lowering levels of triglycerides (fat deposits in the blood). Opt for

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  • 5 Questions for the Woman Who Sculpts Men's Private Parts

    Does this trinket really offer a cure for workplace sexism?

    By: Justin Fenner

    Oklahoma artist Holly Wilson is fighting the sexism she's encountered in the art world by selling miniature sculptures of men's privates. Naturally, we have questions.

    A little background: Wilson is trying to fund a project called "Bring Your D**k to the Table" on Kickstarter. She was spurred to create the tiny penises after a gallery owner tried to change the terms of an agreement they'd made. The original contract stipulated that Wilson would get two-thirds of the profit from the work the gallery managed to move, but after her pieces started selling, the owner wanted to change the split to 50/50.

    "I started to feel my knees go weak...and my lips completely lost all moisture," said Wilson of how she felt in this meeting. "So I'm fumbling around trying to find my lip balm, and I realize, right there, I could let this take me and wash me out, or I could hold onto my d**k."

    But first she needed one, so Wilson

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  • Can You Crowdsource Your Own Plastic Surgery?

    Leveraging community hits a new low as one man relies on donations to help him look more like Michelangelo's statue of "David"

    By: Justin Fenner

    The DavidThe David

    If a Japanese man can get a group of female friends to fund his plastic surgery transformation into a living version of Michaelangelo's statue of "David," shouldn't your drinking buddies kick in for that microdermabrasion you've been thinking about?

    A 20-year-old named Alan recently appeared on the Japanese talk show What's Wrong With Me? (and considering the subject matter, what better name could there be?) to discuss how over the course of the past year, he's spent about $150,000 given to him by five female friends to make himself look more like a living statue. It took eye surgery, two nose jobs, four lift-and-tucks, and a few injections to change the shape of his chin, and these are these results:

    Alan had 5 friends fund his plastic surgery.Alan had 5 friends fund his plastic surgery.

    Alan told the program's hosts that he wants "a more ageless face," and that "the ideal is the statue of David," adding that he

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  • Do Allergy Meds Make it Harder for Guys to Get Hard?

    An expert explains how your allergen-blockers could be blocking your sex life, too.

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


    GettyGettyTHE QUESTION:
    I've heard a lot of prescriptions can mess with my erection. What about allergy meds?

    THE EXPERT:
    Darius A. Paduch, M.D., Ph.D., director of sexual health and medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College

    THE VERDICT:
    When it comes to sex in the spring, you really might have to choose between subduing your stuffy nose and getting it up.

    "Histamine blockers may act both centrally in the brain and directly on the penis, leading to a decreased quality of erections in some men," Paduch says.

    As you're probably well aware, no matter how much they claim to be non-drowsy, antihistamines (think: Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, and Zyrtec) can sometimes make you feel tired and just plain out of it. That's because the pills also have also suppressive effect on the central nervous system, which can interfere with your body's normal processing of

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  • You'll Never Guess Which American City Spends the Most on Men's Grooming Products

    By: Justin Fenner

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    If you had to guess which American city spent the most on men's grooming products, and you picked Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, or even New York, you'd be wrong.

    A new study conducted by Voucher Cloud (a site where you can find a coupon for just about anything) has named Seattle the home of America's most "beauty conscious" men. The survey, which polled over 4,500 guys across the country, found that the men of the Emerald City spend an average $44.50 a month to maintain their looks. Guys in Los Angeles came in second place with $42.21, and men in the Big Apple aren't far behind at $41.50.

    So what are these guys buying? Some 46% of the men polled said facial moisturizer is the product they spend the most on, followed by hair products, anti-wrinkle cream, depilatories (hair remover creams), and self tanner.

    What's even more surprising than the cities on the list (Newark, NJ clocks in at fourth place; Reno, NV is sixth), is the cities that aren't. The natty

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  • Which Workout Will ACTUALLY Get Rid of that Layer of Ab Fat? It's Not What You Think

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


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    The Question: I want to burn fat (and get rid of that layer of flab that's covering my abs). Should I work out at a low intensity?

    The Expert: Mike Donavanik, C.S.C.S., C.P.T., personal trainer and creator of Extreme Burn: Ripped

    The Verdict:

    "To be 100 percent honest and blunt, the fat-burning zone is bullshit," Donavanik says. "It' been so badly misconstrued and misinterpreted-it's like a drunken game of telephone."

    Here's where that game began: During low-intensity activities, people burn a higher percentage of calories from fat than calories from glycogen (a.k.a. your muscles' stored carbs). And during high-intensity activities, people burn more calories from glycogen than from fat, Donavanik says. "The idea of the 'fat-burning zone' takes that fact and essentially says, 'If you want to lose fat, why work hard? You're only going to burn carbohydrates. And you want to burn fat, right? So, just take it easy and burn more fat."

    However, even

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  • The Amazing Benefits of Cannabis-Based Skincare

    By: Katie Chang

    Turns out toking isn't the only way to enjoy a little green. Recently, a crop of cannabis-based grooming products-ranging from skincare to fragrances and even candles-have hit the market, proving there's much more to marijuana than blazing it up.

    Apothecanna and Malin+GoetzApothecanna and Malin+Goetz

    Brands like Malin+Goetz, Fresh, and Demeter have taken some of the more familiar characteristics of the unmistakable scent of pot-which is slightly spicy and faintly floral and funky-softened it around the edges, and introduced it into fragrances, candles, and soap. Malin+Goetz's first cannabis-scented product, a candle, resonated with its customers so much that the brand also launched a perfume oil, and earlier this month, a three-in-one multitasker that performs as a hand soap, body wash, and bubble bath.

    Apothecanna, a skincare line made in Colorado (the state legalized recreational marijuana use this year) offers a pain relief lotion, a stimulating body cream, and skin calming. But the company took things a step

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  • Strange-but-Totally-True Trend Alert: STD-Positive Online-Dating Sites

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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    There are dating sites for vegetarians, Apple snobs, and CrossFitters, so why not for people with sexually transmitted diseases?

    STD-positive dating sites such as H-YPE.com, PositivesDating.com, STDmatch.net, and PositiveSingles.com seek to match singles who have the same STDs. When signing up, people are asked to pick their STD from a drop-down menu. Think: I am a male, seeking a female, who also has herpes type 1, usually genital. That's hot.

    A recent Pew survey found that at least 11 percent of Americans have gone online to find "the one." And since half of all sexually active people will have contracted at least one STD by their 25th birthday, dating by STD definitely appears to have a market. In fact, PositiveSingles.com reports gaining 100,000 new members in the past year alone. (And as both an online dater and a hypochondriac, I'm completely fine with as many STD-positive daters as possible being weeded out from my online pool.)

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  • At 52, Boy George is older, wiser, and quite sober. Yes, the Karma Chameleon may have changed his colors, but he's as sharp-tongued as ever. And If you really want to hurt him? Ask him to play Avicii.

    Interview By Rob Tannenbaum, Photograph by Robbie Fimmano

    Robbie FimmanoRobbie Fimmano

    DETAILS: You've done a few eighties package tours with musicians like Howard Jones and Paul Young. Are those fun?

    Boy George: The last one I did, I said, "I'm never doing this again. Ever." Because I sang "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" and some other songs, and people moaned. They wanted to hear the hits. Oh, f*$k off. There's more to me than that. And being a DJ has helped me to stay away from nostalgia.

    DETAILS: You DJ a lot these days. What's your strength?

    Boy George: I'm a selfish queen. I play what I like and hope you like it too. I played a club in Miami, and it was mostly white girls with Chihuahuas in their Gucci handbags, asking, "When are you going to play Avicii?" I'm not. I don't want people to

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  • Just in Time for St. Patrick's Day: The Truth Behind 9 Popular Hangover Cures

    Do anti-hangover drinks and powders really work? Two docs weigh in.

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


    Never HungoverNever Hungover

    If your famous last words-"just one more"-routinely turns into three or four, you might have already sought the help of one of the many so-called hangover cures currently on the market. These powders, pills, and miracle beverages promise a night's worth of poor choices without any (okay, some) of the morning-after regrets.

    But do they really work? We ran some of the most popular formulas out there by alcohol metabolism expert James M. Schaefer, Ph.D., and nutritionist Jaime Mass, M.S., R.D., L.D./N., founder of Jaime Mass Nutritionals LLC.

    1) Never Hungover

    The Claim: Throw it back up to an hour before or while drinking to help neutralize and process the toxins that contribute to hangovers.

    The Review: Given its ingredients, this one has a pretty good shot of delivering on its promises. Thiamine, for instance, is a B vitamin that can run low following a night of

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