Michelle Bridges' 12-Week Transformation program is responsible for helping Australia's population lose a collective two million pounds. Now, the trainer and former host of "The Biggest Loser: Australia" is setting her sights on the United States, and she's starting by busting five of the biggest fitness myths:
Myth #1: Walking is a great way to lose weight. "Going for a walk is fantastic, but if you're in the market for serious weight loss, you're going to have to start changing gears," Michelle says. "Gradually build yourself up." Jogging for 10 minutes burns 100 calories, while walking for the same amount of time burns just 20.
Myth #2: Never work out on an empty stomach. "Training on an empty stomach means that you're going to go straight into your glycemic levels," Michelle explains. "You're going to be burning fat immediately."
Myth # 3: Pilates and yoga are great for weight loss. Michelle says that while these classes improv...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Thu, Jan 23, 2014 10:53 AM EST | Comments
Brian Boitano won the Olympic figure skating gold in 1988, and now he's preparing to represent his country in an entirely new role at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi: as a member of the U.S. delegation.
"It's such an incredible delegation to be on," he says. "The message that President Obama is sending us over to deliver of diversity and tolerance is such an incredible message."
It was that display of tolerance that inspired him to make a big statement of his own. He publicly came out as gay shortly after being appointed to the delegation, something he never planned on doing. "I'm a really private guy. ... I reserved that side of my life for family and friends," Brian says. "I was never in or out. I just was."
He's looking forward to watching the American figure skating team in Sochi, where he suggests we keep our eye on one specific athlete with a big potential for gold. "The girl who has the best chance is Ashley Wagner," he says.
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- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Wed, Jan 22, 2014 11:01 AM EST | Comments
He's a hip-hop legend, a practicing minister, and a soon-to-be grandfather, but Rev Run says things just wouldn't have fallen into place if it hadn't been for one eye-opening night in his past.
Rev recalled one night of excess in his youth when his newfound fame went to his head. Run was in a presidential suite, calling in for food, drugs, and women to be brought to his door. "I was sitting in the Jacuzzi eating the pancakes, syrup was falling in the tub, as the weed ashes were falling in the tub... as Rolling Stone was knocking at the front door," he recalls. "And that's why this collar's wrapped around my neck — because I was excessive."
Rev soon realized that he was falling into the temptations of fame and losing control. "It was all going to go down at once," he says. "I thought I had everything, but everything actually had me."
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- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Tue, Jan 21, 2014 1:31 PM EST | Comments
Have you ever wondered if sea salt is better than table salt? Or if gum really takes seven years to digest? Katie Lee, celebrity chef and host of Food Network’s new series “The Kitchen” is here to clear up some common culinary controversies.
Fact: Alcohol stays in a dish after baking. If you’re cooking it on the stovetop, you can definitely cook it all off, but if you’re baking it in the oven, you can’t,” Katie explains. “So you can get a little bit tipsy from the bourbon apple pie.”
Myth: Sea salt is better than table salt. “It has the same amount of sodium,” Katie says. “But some people think the sea salt is better for you because it’s not processed.”
Myth: You must throw away meringue if you get egg yolk in it. “This used to be a fact, but now it’s a myth,” Katie explains. While the fat in an egg yolk would traditionally ruin a meringue being prepared by hand, Katie says “electric mixers now are so strong, that they can stil...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Mon, Jan 20, 2014 10:36 AM EST | CommentsOn "Being Human," Sam Witwer plays Aidan Waite, a 260-year-old vampire who attempts to live as close to a moral life as possible despite his innate desire for fresh blood. You can probably guess that playing a vampire in a science-fiction series has its share of occupational hazards, and Sam remembers one fiery accident.
When he was shooting a fire scene on "Being Human," the flames got so close that they singed off part of his eyelashes and most of his hair. "They had to trim my hair to get rid of all the dead hair." Apparently, injuries are not a rare occurrence for the actor, who says he gets hurt "all the time" while on the job.
Prior to "Being Human," Sam played one part in particular that helped him branch out. The actor says it was his role as the disturbed character Neil Perry on "Dexter" that allowed him to move beyond his acting image. "It was a different type of character. Before then, I'd only been hired for thugs," he e...Read More »