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  • Are "Detox Diets" the New South Beach?

    By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    The aughts were all about cutting carbs--Atkins says no grains, no problem, South Beach eliminates them in its first phase--and those wanting to lose weight fast came in droves, with some success. But that moment has passed, and now, if there's one thing experts agree on, it's the importance of eating real food-the stuff that doesn't come in packages and in which you can easily name all the ingredients. However, that doesn't mean the body-fixing quest has gone anywhere.

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    Enter juice cleanses. These three-, five-, or seven-day regimens during which you drink nothing but cold-pressed, veggie- and fruit-packed concoctions went from Hollywood to the mainstream, and it's difficult to find someone who hasn't at least thought of temporarily ditching solid food. It's a marketing trend as much as a diet one, but despite what advocates claim, the scientific community is skeptical that a liquid diet has the power

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  • 5 Diets Top Nutritionists Recommend

    They're healthy and well-balanced, and they help keep those stubborn pounds off for good. Bottom line? Tried and true is the new black. By Cathy Garrard, REDBOOK.

    Weight Watchers

    This 50-year-old weight-loss juggernaut tops every nutritionist's list. Although the plan's been tweaked in recent years, the basic concept remains. Because you count points instead of calories, the math is simple, and no food is strictly off-limits. "Weight Watchers is based on sound nutrition science and a balanced diet," says registered dietitian Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D. The point formula relies on ratios of protein, carbs, fat, and fiber in foods, so empty-calorie junk racks up more points than super-nutritious fare, training you to make smarter, more filling choices. Plus, access to supportive communities, simple recipes, and a mobile app makes the program easy to follow. "Those of my patients who've been on Weight Watchers have very good foundations--they know the principles of healthy weight loss,

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  • Well, This is a Different Approach to Cleansing

    Flooded by juice cleanses at every turn but unwilling to spend hundreds of dollars for days of not eating, one mom went retro and gave this old-fashioned detox a shot. By Julie Tilsner, REDBOOK.

    I'd gained 10 pounds over the holidays and I was feeling fat, sluggish, and gross.

    Obviously I needed a good cleanse. But which one? A juice cleanse? The Green Monster cleanse? The banana cleanse?

    I must come clean here and admit that I've never done a cleanse before. I eat pretty healthily, and I like to think all the red wine keeps my system chugging along well enough. I don't like to follow health trends in any case. Gluten-free, my butt.

    Yeah, my butt. Bigger than it used to be, by the way. Hence the need for a nice, easy way to lose some weight quickly.

    So I asked my massage therapist--okay, my girlfriend who happens to be a massage therapist and is the go-to gal for all things food and woo-woo. She didn't miss a beat.

    "Try the Master Cleanse," she said. "It's been around

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  • Why Are We Calling Ourselves Bad Mothers?

    By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK.

    Here it comes, the backlash to the "Bad Mommy" backlash to the "Perfect Mother" backlash to the "Don't Be a Mother" backlash to the "You Have to Be a Mother" backlash to the… where was I? Oh right, the Salon article burning up my Facebook feed these days, titled "The tyranny of the bad mother: Slacker moms are just as intimidating as perfect ones." Elissa Strauss writes about the persona of the "Bad Mother," which has colonized the world of mommy blogs: "Born in the sanctimommy's shadows, the bad mother is everything the perfect breast-feeding, plastic-avoiding mom is not… But then the bad mothers started getting a little judgey themselves." Could it be that the real problem is that we have become addicted to labeling ourselves as mothers? And how has this happened?

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    Let me digress briefly here to say that I personally exist with a foot in two different parenting cultures. I met many of my original mommy friends

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  • What Dating a Man 20 Years Younger Taught Me About Love

    Don't call this woman a cougar. Her relationship is nothing like you would imagine. As told to Anna Davies, REDBOOK.

    Mike* burst out laughing. The waiter hovering nearby followed suit. Meanwhile, I wanted to slide under the table and disappear. But not before I checked his ID. He was born in 1986; I was born in 1966. I'm about to turn 48; he's about to turn 28. And yet we're in love.

    Three years ago, Mike and I met at a coworker's engagement party. I knew that the guests at the party were going to be younger than me; I work as an occupational therapist at a hospital and most of the coworkers I'm closest with are the ones in their 20s and early 30s. I've always tended to get along better with people a decade or so younger than me--peg it to my being single with no kids as well as a why not attitude that led me to spend my own 20s and 30s bouncing from guy to state to job.

    At the party, I flirted with the handsome man making a rum and coke in the kitchen, asking if he could whip

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  • 10 Ways to Make it Your Relationship Closer Than Ever

    Call the babysitter--you and your husband are about to become inseparable. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.

    Quit blowing up his Facebook wall
    We get it--you love your husband and want every one of his Facebook friends (and exes) to know it, but consider saving those emojis for a private text. A study from the University of Oxford's Internet Institute revealed that messaging your husband on social media could put a strain on your relationship. Why? Blame the stress and time pressure of trying to maintain various threads of communication. "It's important to be accessible without being overbearing," says researcher Dr. Bernie Hogan. That's solid advice both on and offline, but why not start with Facebook?

    LOL together

    When something funny happens at work-like the time you didn't realize your headphones were unplugged while you were jamming out to Christmas music… in June-tell your husband before calling your gal pals. "When people laugh at the same thing, they validate each

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  • Why It’s Time to Give Up Low-Carb Diets Once and for All

    With Paleo as the most-searched diet of 2013, it's not just about Atkins or South Beach anymore. But T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., author of the new book, The Low-Carb Fraud, says giving up grains and more does way more harm than good. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    You say that while low-carb diets are good for quick weight loss, they also cause serious health problems. How so?

    What's called "low-carb" isn't really low-carb-it's low in refined carbohydrates. But the real problem is that low-carb diets, in which you get only 15 to 20 percent of your total calories from carbs, require eating a lot of animal-protein and fat. Population studies consistently show that low-carb diets lead to higher rates of heart disease, cancers, and other degenerative diseases. They also produce more halitosis (bad breath), headaches, rash, constipation, and muscle cramps.

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    It seems like with the rise of Paleo and gluten-free diets, low-carb has become

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  • By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.

    I just love it when Mayim Bialik surfaces with something new to say about breastfeeding, like she did recently when she talked about breastfeeding in public during an interview about her new vegan cookbook and her role on The Big Bang Theory. (BTW, I'm pretty sure she could get the Nobel Prize for her work as a neuroscientist 30 years from now and still have to talk about the years she breastfed her kids.) She can absolutely be counted on to separate the merely opinionated from the vitriolic do-it-my-way-or-you-are-a-terrible-gross-person types. She also provides a grand opportunity for a little refresher course on breastfeeding. Here are three things breastfeeding is not:

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    1. Breastfeeding is not like going to the bathroom.
    There's always someone, like one of the commenters on the HuffPo piece, who is clearly so pleased with him- or herself for thinking of this to say: "Excreting your waste is a

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  • Could Jared Leto's Hair Lead to the End of Gender Stereotypes?

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Now, stay with us here. As people tasked with watching many red carpets (okay fine, we love every second of them), one of our favorite trends that's emerged this season involves actresses calling out correspondents for objectifying females more than males. As the camera did a slowwww pan up from her feet on the SAG Awards red carpet, Cate Blanchett asked Giulianna Rancic if they "do this to men." Touché, Cate. Even if Ryan Seacrest asks an actor "who he's wearing," it's in a joking "I'm treating you like a girl heh heh heh" kind of way.

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    That's why we're choosing to see this People article as a ray of hope that someday the silly gendering that goes on regarding hair and fashion might disappear. The post is called "Jared Leto's Hairstylist: 'He Has Amazing Hair, So It's Kind of Inevitable' That He Ends Up On 'Best Hair' Lists." That's right, it's an entire article on how Best Supporting Actor frontrunner

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  • 12 Celebs with Majorly Inspiring Post-Baby Body Confidence

    Six months after giving birth to her son, Axl, Fergie revealed a very sexy, shapely body for Calvin Klein's newest social media campaign. In her honor, check out inspiring words from these smart ladies. By Nicole Saporita, REDBOOK.

    Kristen Bell
    "It's like, by the way, don't you want to look like you've had a baby? I'm sitting here with you, I'm crunched over, I have a huge muffin top--who cares?!" (Via E! Online)

    Jennifer Lopez
    "I remember right after the twins were born having that weird jiggly belly--and kind of loving that, too. Because I earned that jiggly belly." (Via The Telegraph)

    Jenna Fischer
    Who cares if our boobs are hanging low and we have a little more junk in the trunk? We created a human being, everybody. Let's celebrate!" (Via Celebuzz)

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    Kate Winslet

    "We have one life. I don't want to spend my time thinking about the size of my arse. I want to be as healthy as I can be, and I want to have as

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