I hate diets. While Americans spend billions of dollars a year making themselves miserable trying to loose some extra weight, I eat cake, wear bikinis that clearly show my stretch marks, and try to keep a healthy attitude about my appearance. Sure, sometimes my muffin top gets to me, but dieting just seems like a form of self-hatred when it involves eating pre-packaged low-cal food. Yuck!
But just like technology, Japan seems to have one up on us in the dieting category. In an article in fitness magazine, Fytte, Japanese women submitted the top 10 weight loss programs that worked for them. Much to my surprise, they actually sound fun. From #4 — Pelvis Exercises that include hula hooping — to #8 — taking a bath in scented salts for 45 minutes a day — slimming down never sounded so good! Who knows, maybe I’ll finally cave on this dieting stigma and learn to put my tummy to good use with belly dancing. [Calorie Lab]
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We have some news for Tyra Banks — a size eight dress isn’t plus size and America’s Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson ain’t no fat girl charity case. The new “plus sized” model is on the cover of the June issue of Seventeen, sending the message to America’s highest risk group for eating disorders that a perfectly fit size eight means you’re a big girl. Adolescents already have enough body issues without a thin girl getting called thick. This is some major mean-girl fashionista bull crap. If you’re gonna give us a plus-size superstar, she better be big enough to play the part. [Bitten & Bound] Keep reading »
Thereâ€™s a new queen in England, and sheâ€™s got more poise than Her Majesty and more cleavage than Elton John. Itâ€™s 17-year-old, size 16 beauty queen Chloe Marshall! Sheâ€™ll be strutting her stuff in the Miss England Pageant in July, but sheâ€™s already become a media darling. â€œWhat I am promoting is a healthy girl who looks after herself and doesn’t try to force her body to be something its not,â€ Chloe told Hello Magazine, which was excited to get her to slip into something less comfortable — the white rhinestone bikini sheâ€™ll be confidently wearing in the competition. Proudly flying in the face of skinny minnie pageant girls like the tragically dumb blonde Miss Teen South Carolina, Chloe is a refreshingly smart spokesmodel who is bravely going where no plus-size girl has gone before. This pretty warrior princess couldnâ€™t be happier to show off her ambition. â€œIt’s what I was born to do â€“ posing for the camera. And as I keep saying, I love my body. People seem desperate to get me to say that I don’t, that deep down I’m not happy and would rather be thin, but the fact is I wouldn’t change myself at all.â€ We wouldnâ€™t change a thing either, hot stuff! [Dlisted] Keep reading »
When youâ€™re Elvisâ€™ daughter, fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches are in your genes, but such a tasty lineage means that you’re, unfortunately, going to be made fun for the way you look in your jeans. Lisa Marie Presley has been blasted in the press for her recent weight gain, with headlines like “Lisa Marie Presley Has Become A Fat Slob Just Like Her Dad” splattered across the tabloids. But it turns out sheâ€™s pregnant, not fat! Sources close to the R&B royalty say although sheâ€™s not one to blab about such things, sheâ€™s going to have her third child with her fourth husband, rocker Michael Lockwood. Chew on that, paparazzi! Keep reading »
Earlier this week, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that two cups of coffee a day prevents pregnancy and doubles the risk of miscarriages for pregnant women thereby making it one of the cheapest and tastiest alternative to Roe vs. Wade. But like a pharmaceutical commercial where youâ€™re promised a cure that also happens to make your butt leak, just a few days later another medical report was published claiming that coffee will make you fat. Thatâ€™s right, those cappa-frappa-mocha-mmmâ€™s can contain 1/3 of your daily caloric allowance. So what is a girl to do: let a baby or coffee wake you up? [Reuters, Guardian U.K., and MSNBC]
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