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Fist bumps Healthier Than Handshakes

July 31st, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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While the fist bump may not be quite as accepted as a handshake in most social situations, those who wish to live a healthier life may wish to reconsider. David Whitworth, a senior lecturer in biochemistry at the UK’s Aberystwyth University-Ceredigion, studied the various greetings and, in a study published this week in the American Journal of Infection Control, said, “a short, sweet fist bump will transmit the least bacteria.” In fact, a handshake was found to transmit approximately 10 times more bacteria than a fist bump and two times more than a high five. Gross! It will be interesting to see if this study really changes the way we greet each other. Can you imagine a world in which a job interview ends with a fist bump or a high five? Neither can we but stranger things have happened for sure.

 

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Michelle Loeb

Rocco DiSpirito Shares New Miracle Diet

July 22nd, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito has found a way to combat his high blood pressure, high cholesterol and chronic fatigue, not to mention drop a reported 50 pounds! How did he do it? It’s a diet he calls The Pound A Day Diet. “The Pound A Day Diet is as high-velocity as a weight-loss program can get,” the Food Network star told Spry. “Only liposuction provides faster results. I did the research. I know it works better [than liposuction] because I personally tested it on over three dozen people.” The low-carb Mediterranean-style diet works in phases that DiSpirito says can help you lose five pounds every five days. The key is that every week the diet changes so you won’t plateau. Not only did DiSpirito find success with The Pound A Day Diet but also The View host Whoopi Goldberg, who is reported to have lost 30 pounds using DiSpirito’s plan.

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Michelle Loeb

Elsa Pataky Shares Her Fitness Routine on Instagram

May 3rd, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Her husband, Chris Hemsworth, may play Thor but it is Elsa Pataky who’s doing the heavy lifting these days as she works to reclaim her pre-baby body. The 37-year-old Spanish actress, who recently gave birth to twin boys, shared a snap on Instagram that reveals swimming as a major component of her fitness regimen. Pataky, who appeared in Fast and the Furious 6, can be seen looking up from a swimming pool while wearing a dark blue swimsuit top with black and white striped bottoms with the caption, “Finally get to do some exercise!!” She also posted the motivational quote, “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find excuses,” which is a good mantra for anyone embarking on an exercise routine.

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Michelle Loeb

Jessica Simpson Shows Off Weight Loss in Instagram Snap

April 5th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Jessica Simpson made a lot of headlines after two back-to-back pregnancies saw her gain a lot of extra weight. But the proud Weight Watchers ambassador announced that she has finally reached her target wait, thanks in part to motivation from her fiancé Eric Johnson. The singer posted a photo on Instagram last week showing her and a friend working out on treadmills with Johnson’s football jersey framed in the background. On top of that, Simpson was recently spotted wearing her famous Daisy Dukes, a look she became known for after starring in the Dukes of Hazzard movie. Jess has clearly worked hard and boy, does she look fit!

 

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Michelle Loeb

Pop Star Shamed for Promoting Soft Drink

October 24th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Everyone from Michael J. Fox to Michael Jackson to Britney Spears has been the face of a popular soda campaign but it seems that a few consumer advocacy groups have had enough. The groups ran a full-page ad in Variety this week shaming “Roar” singer Katy Perry for marketing Pepsi to her young fans. Pepsi had been linked to the marketing for Perry’s 3D concert movie, as well as the campaign that let fans vote on which song the “Teenage Dream” songstress performed at the 2013 VMAs. She does not, however, have a long-term contract with Pepsi. Even so, the Variety ad targeted the singer, saying “Being popular among children brings with it an enormous responsibility. Don’t exploit that popularity by marketing a product that causes disease in your fans.” Michael Jacobson, executive director of the group, added that one out of every three children is overweight or obese, and a child is 60 percent more likely to become overweight if they drink just one sugary drink per day. So far, Perry’s people have no comment but it’s clear the star is not feeling the Joy of Pepsi right now.

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Michelle Loeb

Kim Kardashian Reveals Post-Baby Weight Loss Secrets

October 17th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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It has  been about four months since Kim Kardashian gave birth to baby North West and the baby weight has seemingly melted off the reality TV star. On Sunday, she finally revealed her post-baby weight loss secret on Twitter. “I’ve actually been doing the Atkins diet & luv it,” she told her 18 million Twitter followers. Kim’s doctor approved the famous low-carb diet and advised her to start the diet in Phase 2 instead of Phase 1 because she was nursing. “It’s a very balanced way for her to lose the baby weight while continuing to properly care for her daughter,” Atkins Nutritionals spokesperson Jennifer Livingston told New York Daily News. “Being a new nursing mother, she needed adequate calories to be healthy for her child and keep up her milk production. What’s great about Atkins is that it’s not about counting calories or depriving yourself.” Sounds like she’s making a great diet choice. Kim K. has never looked better!

 

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Michelle Loeb

Stacy Keibler Shares Her Health and Beauty Secrets

July 2nd, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Stacy Keibler’s killer body has helped her wow the judges on “Dancing With The Stars” and helped her nab one of the hottest bachelors in Hollywood. So how does George Clooney’s girlfriend maintain her amazing figure? With a lot of hard work. In the new issue of NewBeauty Magazine, Keibler detailed her strict diet, called the Clean Cleanse, which cuts sugar, beans, corn and gluten from her diet. ‘”I believe that you are what you eat, so I try to eat a lot of organic vegetables and fruits,” said Keibler, who also shared some of her fitness and beauty secrets, like the lymphatic brushing that helps keep her mile-long leg free of cellulite. “That is really, really great to get your cells moving and your lymphatic system moving and you’ll see a difference,” she said. “My fitness tip is to try and sweat every single day … even if you can only do jumping jacks for ten minutes in your house, and that’s all you can get in.”

Angelina Jolie Admits to Preventative Mastectomy

May 15th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Angelina Jolie shocked the world with an op-ed piece in the New York Times where she admitted to having a double mastectomy to lessen her risk of breast cancer. The Oscar-winning actress got tested for the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations that can cause cancer and doctors found she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. Being the mother of six, and the daughter of someone who lost their life to ovarian cancer, Jolie decided to undergo the nine-week procedure to make sure she would be alive as long as possible with her family. Her long-time partner, Brad Pitt, supported her throughout the process and hailed her brave decision—a sentiment that was quickly shared by many in the Hollywood community affected by cancer. TV host Giuliana Rancic was just one celebrity to show her support, tweeting, “Angelina Jolie reveals double mastectomy. Proud of her for using her incredible platform to educate women.” As a result of her surgery, Jolie said her breast cancer risk had dropped to under 5 percent. “On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman,” she wrote in her op-ed. “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

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Michelle Loeb

Morning Sickness Pill Back on the Market

April 30th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Now here’s some news Kate Middleton could’ve used months ago! Bendectin, a drug specifically designed to combat morning sickness, is returning after a 30-year absence. The pill had been pulled off the market after there were concerns about it causing birth defects, but a new FDA study found that the drug is “a safe and effective treatment.” “We know safety-wise, there’s zero question,” Dr. Gary Hankins of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston told the Associated Press. Now called Diclegis, the drug combines Vitamin B6 and the over-the-counter antihistamine doxylamine with a delayed-release coating “designed to help women take a daily dose before their nausea sets in,” according to the AP. Diclegis is expected to hit store shelves in June.

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Michelle Loeb

Study Finds Link Between Sleep Loss and Weight Gain

March 14th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

If you’re looking to lose weight ahead of beach season, a new study says you should be just as concerned with counting sheep as you are with counting calories. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder have found that participants who got less sleep actually ended up snacking more and packing on more pounds. Sixteen men and women took part in the study, with some of the participants sleeping nine hours per night and some only getting five hours of shut eye. Those getting less sleep generally had smaller breakfasts but they ate much more when it came to after-dinner snacks.
So even though the ones who slept less actually burned five percent more energy, they also ate six percent more calories. Now that’s food for thought!

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Michelle Loeb