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  • The Jolie-Pitts Serve Coke for Breakfast

    Brad Pitt at the Clinton Global Initiative
    Maybe "serve" is being too generous. Force-guzzle might be more appropriate.

    In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Brad Pitt talked about his family life more than is typical for the guarded actor and father of six.

    Apparently, they're "just like us" too because mornings are a chaotic circus trying to get two adults and six kids out the door. Brad's solution? Ice cold Coca-Cola!

    "Listen, I admit there's times like, 'We gotta get up. Get up! Here's your shoes. Here's your shoes. Drink this Coke. Drink this Coca Cola Drink it all. Right now! Drink it! Drink it! Drink it! Just so we could get 'em up and going," Pitt admitted in the interview.

    I thought getting myself, my daughter, and my husband ready in the morning could be nuts. How do we deal? Usually scrambled eggs loaded with spinach and peppers with whole grain toast or a Greek yogurt with granola. At the very least, we grab a banana on the way out the door. We don't start our day without breakfast. And we most certainly

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  • Your 6 Worst Unhealthy Eating Habits

    Mindlessly munching on chips is one of the biggest culprits in hindering your weight loss.
    By Carol J. Dunlop, CPT for DietsInReview.com

    Most people are creatures of habit. You buy the same foods from the same stores and eat the same recipes day in and day out. Unhealthy habits are the same, you learned the behavior and now you do it over and over without even thinking about it. Unhealthy eating habits are even worse, because they can put you on the fast track to obesity and potentially being diagnosed with several diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease or diabetes. If you are guilty of any of the unhealthy eating habits below, it's time to make some changes.

    1. Skipping Breakfast

    There is no doubt this one ranks as the number one unhealthy eating habit. Breakfast is the first meal that your body has after working all night to repair muscle tissue, burn fat and nourish your cells. Not eating breakfast causes you to be lethargic, unfocused and edgy during those critical first hours of the day. Plus, you tend to overeat at the next meal.

    The Fix: Plan

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  • Angelina Jolie Shocks with "Sickly" Thin Frame at Golden Globes

    Angelina Jolie at the 2012 Golden Globes
    Angelina Jolie shocked the viewers of the Golden Globes tonight. Not for a scandalous speech or a daring dress, but instead for her appearance. Jolie's frail frame donned one of the most praised dresses of the night, a Versace Atelier dress that Yahoo! Shine named as one of the "best" of the night.

    When the speaker addressed the crowd of Hollywood A-listers, many eyes were on her flawlessly matched red lip stick, dress collar, and clutch; however, most were on Jolie's stick-thin arms and "sickly"-thin waist.

    Twitter, of course, reacted to her sight immediately. One Twitter user, @RockChalkGirl, posted:

    "Angelina Jolie looks sickly. Being thin is one thing. Being that thin is just too much."

    To this, there were several responses to us @DietsInReview:

    "totally agree, WAY too thin. Bones are not sexy people." - @elispeights

    "white made her look more emaciated if that's possible." - @Pinky_w_a_Brain

    "I agree!! Undoubtably too thin." - @CorBowden

    For a woman well known for her fit

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  • Fitness Stars to Watch in 2012

    L to R: Holly Perkins, Dolvett Quince, Jessica Smith, Tracey Mallett

    By Brandi Koskie for DietsInReview.com


    We hear a lot about celebrities who've lost weight super fast after a baby or worked to get in some kind of crazy good shape for a movie or event. We even hear a lot about celebs trying to lose weight and be healthier, like Jennifer Hudson on Weight Watchers, Mariah Carey on Jenny Craig, or Janet Jackson on Nutrisystem. Celeb waistlines make headlines.

    But what about true fitness stars? These A-list and up-and-coming fitness experts are bound to be household names this year, if they aren't already. They've got big plans this year, and many of them are probably working out your favorite celebrities. So it's kind of like that Kevin Bacon game… does a workout with Giada DeLaurentiis' trainer in fact yield a body like Giada?

    These are our picks for the Fitness Stars to Watch in 2012.

    Holly Perkins will continue her relationship as a fitness ambassador for New Balance, a gig she is passionate about. She told us she'll be a part of announcing some

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  • Simon Doonan at the launch event for his book Gay Men Don't Get Fat.
    By Margaret Badore for DietsInReview.com

    Although the title of Simon Doonan's newest book takes a jab at Mireille Guiliano's French Women Don't Get Fat, you won't find serious weight loss between the bright pink covers of Gay Men Don't Get Fat. The book's true message is less about maintaining a trim figure and more about balking social expectations in the name of being fabulous, no matter your body type. Far from being a judgmental dictator of taste, Doonan is a proponent of daring, over-the-top fashion choices. "I don't want people to look sensible. I want them to be fun and crazy and try new things," he told us while wearing a floral patterned shirt at his book launch at Barney's on January 5.

    Gay Men Don't Get Fat is at the heart of a humorous collection of lessons gleaned from Simon's fashionable life, pearls he offers up to the straight women of the world. Some feathers may ruffle at the proliferation of stereotypes, but he emphasizes that he uses them as a means of

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  • DASH Diet Named Best Diet by US News


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    By Jason Knapfel for DietsInReview.com


    If you haven't already heard of the DASH diet, chances are you will in the future. Promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet has just topped the U.S. News and World Report "Best Diet" list, a category that was just created last year. Other diets holding top positions include Weight Watchers, Biggest Loser, and Jenny Craig.

    The DASH diet was based on the results of three studies examined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

    While its memorable acronym may refer to helping people with hypertension, a condition where blood pressure in the arteries is elevated, the diet is a perfectly sound choice for anyone wanting to be healthy.

    "I think the DASH diet is really more than a diet," says Dr. Sarah G. Khan, DietsInReview.com's resident pharmacist who specializes in diabetes management. "It's a complete

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  • The Best (and Worst) Diets to Try in 2012


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    By Margaret Badore for DietsInReview.com

    In the wake of the holiday splurging and indulging, you probably find yourself trying to choose between the various weight loss plans. If you're ready to make a change that will help you lose weight, look fitter, or simply feel better, the plans, products, and programs to help you do that are plentiful. Considering everyone is setting goals, even diet and fitness celebs made resolutions this year, the task of choosing a diet can be daunting. The number of pounds you will shed is far from the only consideration. A diet should be healthy and safe, allow a little flexibility and yet be structured enough, and fit within your lifestyle.

    We've rounded up the most popular diet plans from the past year, being sure to call out the good, the bad and the debatable.

    Best Diets of 2012

    Weight Watchers

    One of the oldest commercial diet plans, Weight Watchers has been proven effective by several research studies. Weight Watchers currently uses the

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  • Our Favorite Fitness and Food Gifts for the Holidays

    By Brandi Koskie for DietsInReview.com

    There are a few things you don't give as gifts - fruit cake and a scale are probably at the top of that list. It's totally appropriate to support someone's healthy lifestyle with a gift they may not have gotten for themselves.

    If you are the fit-head, and want to drop Santa a solid hint, then just post this link on his Facebook wall with a little "ahem" in front of it.

    Everything we've picked out can be found online, so you can thank us later when we saved you from the crazed malls and department stores. Everything we've listed here is also included in our Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway, which includes $1800 in prizes!

    For the Yogi

    Manduka Yoga Gear - Mats, bolsters, and other accessories from Manduka are made with sustainable materials. This way, you can connect with yourself, and the earth, while you get your Om on.

    3 Minute Egg - These unique bolsters can transform your yoga practice, helping you reach new positions and growing stronger with

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  • P.I.N.K. Method is a New Fusion Diet Just for Women

    By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.com

    The new P.I.N.K. Method, created by Cynthia Pasquella, debuted November 28, 2011.The new P.I.N.K. Method, created by Cynthia Pasquella, debuted November 28, 2011.It takes something like 21 actions to make a habit, but only one Dr. Phil appearance to make something an overnight hit. The P.I.N.K. Method debuted Monday on Dr. Phil, and will make a second TV appearance today on The Doctors. Women are burning up the search engines to get their hands on more information about this new diet plan that arrived just in the nick of time - save them from Thanksgiving and prepare them for New Year's.

    So what is P.I.N.K. Method? It's the creation of Cynthia Pasquella, a clinical nutritionist in practice for more than ten years. In an interview yesterday with DietsInReview.com, she told us how she struggled with her own weight, depression, anxiety, and a lack of energy. When nothing she tried would help her, she created her own.

    "P.I.N.K. is a fusion diet blending workouts with food," she told us. The three-phase weight loss program, designed exclusively for women, gradually guides you to embrace a low-calorie, low-fat

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  • Victoria's Secret Model Adriana Lima Reveals Her Diet

    By Brandi Koskie for DietsInReview.com

    Adriana Lima at the 2010 Victoria's Secret fashion show.Last weekend Victoria's Secret taped its annual fashion show, where they show off the latest and most fabulous lingerie styles . The brand has a world-renowned team of models, some of the most well-paid, not to mention beautiful, in the industry. Adriana Lima is one of the models who will walk the runway in this year's event, set to air November 29.

    Lima recently shared how she prepared for one of the biggest fashion shows of the year. Just like the bras sold at Victoria's Secret, her regimen is not one-size-fits-all.

    She participates in daily workouts with a personal trainer for her firm and fit physique. Those workouts happen twice a day in the final weeks before the fashion show. She has previously shared that she enjoys boxing, jumping rope and isometric exercises.

    While her fitness regimen is commendable, her barely-there diet is as stark as the couture she wears on the runway. Lima eats only protein shakes (with

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