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  • The Worst Way to Start a Diet... And the Right One

    And 8 steps to take when you're really ready to lose weight, courtesy of a Biggest Loser star. By Betsy Stephens, REDBOOK.

    There are decisions you make rationally, with your cool-and-collected self running the show. Then there are weight-loss resolutions, usually declared in a highly emotional state, triggered by a wrestling match with a pair of pants that no longer fit. Oh, the tears and cursing.

    When the thought occurs--Must lose weight!--rarely do women take a moment to plan before leaping into action, says health and fitness expert Michelle Bridges, the trainer famous all over Australia for the miracles she works on that country's version of The Biggest Loser. Instead, they begin immediately, cutting out entire food groups by dinnertime and signing up for a marathon without so much as a warm-up jog.

    Related: 9 Secret Calorie Bombs Lurking in Your Diet

    While every woman's inner drill sergeant tells her that slimming down is urgent and there's no time to wait, Bridges

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  • 10 Articles of Clothing that Every Man Over the Age of 30 Should Own

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK.

    The author in his Beaker hat, loon shirt, and Princess Leia cap.My respect for BuzzFeed is unparalleled, but I have to take issue with the entire premise of a recent Blosticle (I just made that up; it's a combination of blog, post, and listicle--I'm very proud of myself) I came across on their site titled "20 Things Men Over 30 Shouldn't Wear."

    My major complaint with the piece is that the best thing--some might say the only good thing--about getting older and being middle-aged is you just stop giving a f*@k about what you're wearing. It's a feeling of pure liberation. In your teens and twenties. you're so concerned with finding sexual partners, and maybe a life partner, that you wear dumb, uncomfortable clothing because you think it's fashionable or makes you seem hip.

    By the time you're in your mid-thirties and you only recognize half the "celebrities" at the Oscars, the only "hip" you're concerned with is the one you injured shoveling snow. Your mid-thirties are a glorious time in your life when you finally

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  • Shh! Secrets of a Man's To-Do List

    One guy defends the (slightly out-of-order, subject-to-delay, not-so-detail-oriented) way he gets things done. By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    We modern men have a lot of responsibilities--but we approach them a little differently than you women do. At the end of a week, I look at the big picture: Are my kids happy and safe? Did I do some writing? Will Karel continue being my wife for another week? Everything else is gravy. Here's how we guys keep our balls in the air, so to speak.

    Related: 8 Phrases That End a Relationship Fight

    I only have two children, and yet there always seems to be a birthday party in the offing. How is that possible? My main responsibility in Josie's party planning was to hand out the invitations, which I did a week late. I figured, if we invite 12 kids and only six show up because they've made prior engagements, is that really such a bad thing? Karel, though, believes in big parties with elaborate themes. This one involved Harry Potter and white balloons

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  • Ready for Change? Try These 6 Great Beauty Ideas!

    How long has your look been your look? If it's more than, say, a year, we've got just the right tweak for you. Check out these celebs and change things up! By Kayleigh Donahue Hodes, REDBOOK.

    More from REDBOOK:
    50 Spring Flats Under $100
    30 Cutest Short Hairstyles Anyone Can Pull Off
    6 Beauty Fixes from Your Fridge

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  • The 25 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

    Four nutritionists share the small bites that pull their own weight in the dieting department so you don't have to. By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK.

    Hard-boiled eggs with sriracha sauce
    To improve thyroid function--the gland manages growth and metabolism--look no further than a low-calorie, low-fat hard-boiled egg, suggests registered dietitian Amy Shapiro. If you like spice, drizzle your snack with sriracha sauce. "It contains capsaicin, a compound found in chile peppers that helps burn calories and fat," says Karen Ansel M.S., coauthor of The Calendar Diet.

    Turkey jerky with mustard
    An ounce of turkey jerky has 10 grams of protein but only about 60 calories, which makes the fat-free snack a good thing to stash in your desk or to eat on the go, says Ansel. Since protein is digested more slowly than fat or carbs, it keeps you feeling full longer. Mustard's a low-cal, high-flavor topper.


    Whether you make it with an air popper or in the microwave, popcorn is full of

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  • Do 5-Year-Old Girls Really Need Bras?

    By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK.

    Xhileration girls seamless bra, TargetGreat news for parents who want their little girls to grow up even faster: Stores like Target and Old Navy are now selling bras for 5-year-olds! Personally, I've been waiting for this innovation since my daughter was an infant and hanging out indecently in only her diaper and onesie. I mean, I've already seen high heels for toddlers at Payless, and string bikinis for babies, and G-strings for tweens at Victoria's Secret. Thank goodness these "bralettes" (they look like stretchy half-camisoles) are now widely available. Can you imagine making mud-pies or finger-painting in just a T-shirt and shorts? How uncivilized. How… childlike!

    Related: The 9 Types of Moms You See on Facebook

    All right, so obviously the phrase "bras for 5-year-olds" fills me with ire. The whole business of trying to turn girls into tiny adults is repellent to me, and yes I know our contemporary concept of childhood is a post-Dickensian construct--I went to graduate school, I get it,

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  • Season six of The Real Housewives of New York City premieres tonight night on Bravo, and if you've seen the trailer, you know the ladies are coming back with more drama than ever. You also may have noticed an unfamiliar face in the bunch--new cast member Kristen Taekman. We asked the mom and model what viewers should know about her before tuning in. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Unlike Ramona and Mario, she doesn't think the show will put a strain on her marriage.
    "You know how there are couples that get together really young and haven't experienced that much? We had both traveled, had careers, and experienced a lot in our lives by the time we came together. We've been together for 12 years and have two small kids. The strains we have on our marriage are probably the same ones everyone in America has. It's Saturday night, we have to go to this thing, and we can't get a babysitter. Plus, I"m not the kind of person to hide the realities of our relationship. Our bickering is a form of

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  • 12 Signs You Have Mom ADD

    A new study released today in the journal Pediatrics reveals what we've known for awhile now: Parents are more distracted by their mobile devices than ever. Researchers watched 55 caregivers and their children eating at fast-food restaurants, and 40 of them used their phones throughout the meal. Of those 40, 16 of them used them constantly.

    Related: The 9 Types of Moms You See on Facebook

    While one study does not grand sweeping generalization make, we readily admit to being guilty of mobile distraction both at home and when we're out. We're just so programmed to scroll through our phones when we have downtime that it hardly feels like we an attention span at all anymore. Add to that the litany of things we have to accomplish in a given day, and you've got the perfect recipe for "Mom ADD." It's not that we don't want to have a 2-hour tea party with our daughter and her stuffed animals, it's that our brains sometimes won't shut off long enough to let it happen. Sound familiar? Here

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  • 15 Signs You've Been Watching the Bachelor for Too Long

    Juan Pablo will be joining his two chosen finalists for one more rose ceremony tonight. You know you'll be watching--and so will we. Here are 15 signs we've been on The Bachelor bandwagon--all 27 seasons of it--for (possibly) longer than we'd care to admit. By Margarita Bertsos, REDBOOK.

    We will accept this rose.15. Your PDA motto is: "What happens in the ocean, stays in the ocean."

    14. All of your friends' wedding rings are starting to look a bit… puny.

    13. You know what Neil Lane, the person, actually looks like.

    Related: 8 Phrases That End a Relationship Fight

    12. You get anxious anytime you hear a glass being clinked. Pavlovian responses apply to rose ceremony signals, too.

    11. You're starting to think Chris Harrison should just combine roles and become the Bachelor already.

    10. You expect to be asked out on date night with a written invitation.

    9. You're not the least bit freaked out by emotional men. Sobbing = sexy.

    Related: The 7 Most Memorable Women to Appear on The Bachelor

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  • By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.

    As much as I love Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard (adorable!), I hope I never see a picture of their daughter. After watching the two of them go head to head with paparazzi in a debate on Access Hollywood, I have a renewed appreciation for how horrifying it is for photographers to lurk around and then swarm celebrities' kids. As the couple pointed out, their daughter didn't sign up for the celebrity life, so she should be left alone. It's unethical to invade a kid's privacy like that (though the legal ramifications are inconsistent and hard to enforce, despite the California law spearheaded by celebs like Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry). From my point of view, it's pretty simple: I'd never want someone doing that to my kid (would you?), so we shouldn't be clamoring to see pics of celeb kids. As cute as they might be.

    Related: The 9 Types of Moms You See on Facebook

    In that video, I noticed something else, though-and that's when I really got mad.

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