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  • The Easiest Way to Get to Your Happy Weight

    Erin Cox, author of One Hot Mama, struggled with her weight after having three kids - until she discovered this sneaky weight-loss secret. Find out what it is, and how to incorporate it into your life. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    The happy weight formula
    If you're like most women, you've probably been beating yourself up for years trying to perfect the whole "calories in, calories out" notion, but in reality, there are four pillars to sustaining your goal weight: adequate sleep, exercise, healthy eating, and joy - and many fail to incorporate number four into their lives. "If you aren't living a joyful life - despite getting enough rest, watching what you eat, and exercising regularly - you won't be able to reach or sustain your happy weight," says Cox. It's not just a nice notion. Worms given a boost of serotonin, a chemical linked to improved mood, cut their fat levels by up to 50 percent, finds a study in Cell Metabolism. Researchers speculate that serotonin signals the brain to

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  • Your Man's Obsession with Winter -- Explained

    Why do guys love winter so much? Aaron Traister explains why guys get a high when the mercury goes low. REDBOOK.

    It's that time of year again: Outside it's bitterly cold, black-icy, and dark, so very dark, at 4:30 p.m. Right about now, Seasonal Affective Disorder should be kicking in, but I couldn't be happier. I love me some winter, and I bet your guy does too. Meanwhile, women wonder what it is about this frozen hellscape that inspires pure joy in their men. How can guys smile in weather that, with prolonged exposure, could potentially cause you to lose a toe? Winter is the Season of Man, when we are forced to reckon with our most primal adversary, Mother Nature. It's a time of intermittent exercise, carbo-loading, and infrequent grooming--and this is a glorious thing. Let me explain why.

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    We're not sweating all the time.
    I am convinced that dudes' internal body temperature runs about 10 degrees warmer than women's. In the

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  • Why Men Do Crazy Things

    And you thought your husband was the only one who spent his Saturdays doing things you'll never understand. Real men and REDBOOK readers attempt to explain the sometimes wacky, sometimes endearing quirks of the male species. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    Toughing it out
    "Every year, I get a group of guys together to do a Tough Mudder race, which ranges from 10 to 12 miles with 25 to 40 obstacles that involve jumping in ice-water baths, getting electrocuted, and climbing through mud pits. It sounds crazy, but it's a way for us to challenge ourselves outside of our daily lives: Not only is it a test of your physical abilities, but also a test of your mental fortitude. Plus, the teamwork aspect of making it to the finish line together is a great male bonding experience." - Matt D., 37

    Fun and games
    "My husband spends hours upon hours playing video games! He's 30 and we have a kid. When I ask him why he needs to stay up until sunrise playing games all weekend, he says it's enjoyable and

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  • 10 Best Sparkly Nail Polishes for Holiday Festivities

    'Tis the season to have fun getting dressed up, and nothing says "let the good times roll" quite like sparkly nail polish. So break out the finger bling and try one of these dazzling hues for your next party. C'mon, it's the holidays! By Gina Way, REDBOOK.

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  • The Real Reasons Men Shut Down -- and How to Get Them to Open Up

    Chalk up throwing his pants on the floor, screaming at the quarterback like a bad pass is a personal insult, and never remembering to buy milk to the fact that he's a guy. What we can't understand is how to get him to talk when you most need him. So we asked real men and the experts to help us understand what's really going on inside when the lines of communication go radio silent. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    His feelings matter, too

    "Our feelings are just as important as your feelings. We shut down if we don't feel like we matter or that your agenda is more important than ours." - Chris, 38, Rochester, NY

    Get him to open up: "Feelings mean different things to each of the sexes. Guys often feel by doing, women by saying," says Dr. Pollack. "It's a matter of translating one language into the other. Try saying, 'I'm really sorry. I know that your feelings are important, but I'm not clear what they are. Can you help me understand?'"

    Give it to him point-blank


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  • The Pattern Trends Men Love and Hate

    Clothing with funky prints and bold patterns is the big trend this season, but the style is difficult to get right. We asked a handful of men to reveal what they really think of your outfit choices. By Kelsie Blazier, REDBOOK

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  • 10 Celeb-Inspired Party-Ready Hairstyles

    You don't have to be famous to rock these 'dos. But with stylist Myrna Palacios of the Rita Hazan Salon's tips for recreating these enviable celebrity tresses, you may hear whispers of "who's that woman?" By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK

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  • 10 Bloody Delicious Bloody Marys

    We suppose you could try something else at Sunday brunch. But, with all of these variations, the question begs itself: why mess with a good thing? By Kim Haasarud, REDBOOK.

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  • Why You Can't Sleep

    You can't win a stare-down with your alarm clock in the middle of the night. Instead, take this quiz to solve your sleep problems and finally get some rest! By Alyssa Shaffer, REDBOOK.

    How long have you been trying to conk out?
    If it's been more than 20 or 30 minutes and you still haven't dozed off, get up and leave the room. "At some point, your bedroom no longer becomes conducive to sleep--it turns into a torture chamber," says Erik St. Louis, M.D., an associate professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a consultant at the Mayo Center for Sleep Medicine. Find a quiet, dimly lit space in another part of the house and do something that lets your mind wander. Shives suggests listening to an audio book, as long as it's not too enthralling. "Choose a classic like Pride and Prejudice, where you know what happens," she says. If music is more your style, go for something soothing, like Chopin's nocturnes (not some rousing Beethoven). Above all, avoid doing chores or

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  • 12 Things We Learned About Love in 2012

    From Fifty Shades of Grey to William and Kate's royal romance, these are the best love stories of 2012. By Lauren Bradshaw, REDBOOK.

    We still want the fairy tale.
    On TV (Once Upon a Time) and in film (Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror), we embraced badass princesses who require no saving from a guy on a horse. They win their happily-ever-after endings with grit and guts, which is actually how it works in real life.

    The anti-dote to couple over-share: William and Kate

    Other celebrities--and us plebes--could learn a lot from the royal newlyweds. Their sweetness in public (and their horror at having their private moments splashed across the tabloids) made their love feel that much more relatable. Hollywood, take note: Cute and classy is in.

    Women are as "visual" as men.
    From Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey wearing G-strings in Magic Mike to Ryan Lochte's low-slung swim tighties, there was a smorgasbord of eye candy this year, and we were loud and proud in our

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