Kim Kardashian wore a waist trainer to bed every night to slim down before her wedding to Kanye West. The measure sounds drastic, but actress Jessica Alba has credited wearing double corsets around the clock for three months for her dramatic post-baby weight loss.
Some weight loss experts claim wearing a corset draws in the muscles around the core and helps you sweat out toxins. Other experts say wearing corsets do more harm than good.
“The problem is that when you constrict your waist, your organs have to go somewhere,” said gynecologist Dr. Sarah Gottfried, author of The Hormone Cure. “Corsets push your lungs and liver up, and your intestines down. The result is a smaller waist, but organs are out of their natural placement in your body.â€
Kardashian has credited the low-carb Atkins diet for her jaw-dropping 50-pound weight loss, which she achieved in just six months. Kim’s weight-loss plan was a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet known for producing rapid weight loss.
Focusing on healthy fats and limiting carbs promotes rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, author of Keto Clarity.
Kardashian’s ketogenic diet consisted of 1,800 to 2,200 calories and limited daily carb intake to less than 60 grams. Kim’s daily menu combined proteins like fish, chicken and meat; healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and nuts; lots of fresh vegetables, and some low-glycemic fruits like berries.
In addition to accelerating weight loss, the low-carb, high-fat Atkins and ketogenic diets have been touted for fighting depression and bipolar disorder.
“Low-carb diets keep blood sugar levels stable and prevent food cravings, which helps with mental clarity and boosts mood,” Atkins chief nutritionist Linda O’Byrne told me. “The intake of natural fats, especially foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, is also increased, which are linked with improved mood and reduced risk of depression.”
Dietitian Dr. Jeff Volek, a professor at Ohio State University, agrees. “It was nothing short of an epiphany when I changed to a ketogenic diet 20 years ago,” Dr. Volek, author of the Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living, told me. “I felt better, more satiated, and had more consistent energy.”
Kardashian also exercises almost every single day, combining rigorous cardio workouts with strength-training and lots of squats. She is proud of the hard work she has put in, and slammed rumors that she got weight-loss or other plastic surgery to slim down.
When it comes to how your favorite celebrities stay slim and toned, one woman knows their secret: Tracy Anderson, the diet and fitness guru to superstars ranging from Gwyneth Paltrow to Jennifer Lopez to Madonna.
On May 6, Tracy visited Dr. Mehmet Oz’s talk show and revealed her shape-up secrets. Get the skinny here, based on her new book and accompanying fitness DVD, “Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method: The Weight-Loss Kick-Start that Makes Perfection Possible” (click here for details).
On Dr. Oz’s May 6 talk show, Tracy shared her Nutrient Boost Week recipes from her “30-Day Method: Weight Loss Kick-Start” diet book. The key to slim-down success: Eat small, soft meals that your body digests easily, ranging from soups to smoothies. As you detox and cleanse your body, you naturally lose weight, up to 3 pounds in just one week, says Tracy. Included with the book is a fitness DVD based on her “Tracy Anderson Method: Mat Workout” (click for details). You’ll work out for a short period of time, using movements designed to optimize your body type, elongating and toning every aspect of your physique.
Try one of Tracy’s recipes below. Get the rest of her recipes, including complete diet and fitness DVD, by clicking here now to order “Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method: The Weight-Loss Kick-Start that Makes Perfection Possible.”
Unsweetened Applesauce Ingredients
- 4 apples
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- Pinch cinnamon
Directions: Steam apples. Remove skin and core. Blend apples in a food processor, add blueberries and cinnamon and purÃ©e lightly.
From running for an hour to her favorite songs to sticking to a disciplined diet Monday through Friday, songstress and temptress Taylor Swift knows what it takes to stay slim, she revealed in a recent interview with WebMD. The tall, slender superstar plays it smart when it comes to beverages, which often lead dieters off their weight loss path. A seemingly “innocent” coffee drink at Starbucks, for example, can have more than 600 calories. “No sugary drinks” for Taylor, though she does allow herself a daily run to Starbucks. Her secret: skinny vanilla lattes on her “diet days” during the week.
Very much ahead of her time, Marilyn exercised to stay in shape.
The subject of Marilyn Monroeâ€™s weight and body stats comes up frequently. It seems like today people obsess on how â€œbigâ€ she actually was and if society would consider her fat today. Physically, Marilyn was much smaller (i.e. thinner) than most people think and itâ€™s almost amusing that people seem to insist on making her larger.
So how did Marilyn keep that famous hourglass figure in shape? Was it natural? Did she work at it? What did she eat?
The answer isnâ€™t so simple.
Marilynâ€™s diet and exercise routines were all over the place. What she ate largely depended on her finances, to whom she was married at the time, her addictions, and whether or not she was simply dieting.?
Marilyn wasn’t fond of cooking, though at times tried.
She wasnâ€™t much of a cook and therefore didnâ€™t enjoy being in the kitchen. As a result, she ate out a lot. When she did cook, she usually kept things simple. Itâ€™s become a famous story, perhaps slightly exaggerated, that she liked cooking peas and carrots because the color combination was appealing.
Keep in mind that Marilyn grew up in the Great Depression and came of age during World War II, eras where food and money were often scarce. Also, Marilyn grew up in a series of foster homes and spent time in an orphanage so she didnâ€™t have the opportunity learn about cooking, health, or proper nutrition from a mother like a typical child would.
When Marilyn was struggling for money in the 1940s she didnâ€™t have the money to eat a nutritionally balanced diet. Also, because she was modeling during this time it was a must that she stay thin. She often survived on as little as $1 per day (1940s money, of course) by eating things like raw hamburger, peanut butter, hot dogs, chili, crackers, oatmeal, orange juice, etc.
During the 1950s she was continually on and off diets but as the decade progressed so, too, did her drug and alcohol problems, which disrupted her eating patterns. During the â€™50s, Marilynâ€™s weight would fluctuate accordingly.
During her youth, Marilyn showed athletic ability. She ran, swam, and played softball.
When watching her famous figure, Marilyn ate a diet that is similar to our modern high-protein/low-carb diets today. She ate a lot of steak (sometimes for breakfast), eggs, liver juice, grapefruit, and some greens. When she needed to lose some temporary weight fast, she got a colonic. During these times, she supplemented her healthy eating habits by stretching, jogging and lifting small weights. In this respect, she was very much ahead of her time.
During the mid-1950s, Marilyn developed a taste for Italian food, thanks to her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and his motherâ€™s cooking. In an effort to please Joe, she experimented in the kitchen and began cooking simple pasta meals. The marriage didnâ€™t last long, but the taste for Italian food did. She ate pasta on and off for the rest of her life.
Marilyn was quite thin most of the time.
When she wasnâ€™t watching her diet, she ate things like hot dogs, caviar, Mexican food and, again, steak (her favorite). While filming Letâ€™s Make Love in the late 1950s she ate a lot of spaghetti and lamb stew. She washed much of that down with vodka and Champaign.
Marilynâ€™s weight generally stayed between 115 to 120 pounds, although during her marriage to Arthur Miller her weight began to balloon, finally reaching about 140 pounds (about a size 12 today). Itâ€™s tough to say why she gained so much, although it may have been caused by her three (unsuccessful) pregnancies, the strain of Miller being investigated by the House of Un-American Activities, domestic bliss when first married to Miller or the stress of the marriage collapsing a few years later.
As with her marriage to Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn tried to please Arthur with her culinary skills by attempting to learn some classic Jewish dishes.
In 1961, she divorced Miller and had her gallbladder removed, thereby also removing a history of acute digestive problems. A typical breakfast during 1961-62 might consist of egg whites poached in safflower oil, toast, hard-boiled eggs or a grapefruit. A typical lunch might be a broiled steak. She shed somewhere between 20 to 25 pounds and reported to work for Somethingâ€™s Got To Give in 1962 looking thinner and fitter than she had in years. When she died, she weighed 117 pounds, quite lean for a woman who stood 5 foot 5 1/2 inches tall.
Seeking inspiration to lose weight? On her September 11 talk show, Bethenny Frankel featured a woman who lost 75 pounds without a diet – and then decided to pay it forward by helping others.
Now fit and fabulous, Peg Bradford struggled with her weight after having surgery that induced menopause. Her turning point: Trying on clothes and not finding anything that really fit. But Peg didn’t want to go on a formal diet. Instead, she created an exercise plan that involves a pedometer worn daily and weights. And after she succeeded in losing the 75 pounds, Peg didn’t stop there.
Resolved to pay it forward and telling Bethenny how much she had inspired her, Peg formed a Facebook group called Steps To Good Health. The group, which offers positive support group for weight issues, now numbers more than 7,500 members.
Peg says that her group ranges from seniors to “tweens,” and that what they share is the desire to get healthy by shedding excess pounds. And in a surprise appearance, one of the woman who she has inspired joined them and revealed how she lost 80 pounds. The woman cried as she recalled how she felt embarrassed to appear in public when she was overweight.
Author of “Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting,” Bethenny also included a fitness segment on her September 11 show: Naked yoga. And yes, it’s just like it sounds (but the show did not air any naked yoga poses). Bethenny emphasized that it felt odd but it takes courageous to participate in this kind of fitness activity and lose your self-consciousness about your body.
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On a recent show, Dr. Oz explained the different energy types (click here to learn your type and how to fuel it!). But did you know that 5 different body types exist – and that determining your body type can help you lose weight faster in just 5 days? Get the skinny here on analyzing your body type, with tips on the ideal meal and supplement to burn fat fast.
- Do you have a large derriere? If you feel self-conscious about your big bottom, red clover tea is your beverage to love, according to Dr. Oz. What to enjoy: 2 cups of red clover tea with pasta primavera, consisting of 1 cup whole wheat pasta, 2/3 cup of cooked chicken strips, 2 cups of veggies, 1 can of tomatoes, and 1/2 cup of edamame.
- Beware a big belly. If that’s your body type, you’re at higher risk for heart disease, says Dr. Oz. Slim down that waistline with CLA (Conjugated Lineolic Acid). Your tasty breakfast “prescription: 1,000 CLA and a whole wheat english muffin, olive oil, avocado, poached egg, Swiss cheese and tomato. Yum!
- Do you have a larger top than bottom? If your arms and chest are large, go for L-carnitine combined with vitamin C, advises Dr. Oz. Your meal: a tasty salad made with baby spinach, corn, black beans, red onions, avocado, salsa and low-fat sour cream.
- Big thighs got you down? Make protein drink for lunch with water, ice cubes, whey protein, banana, frozen blueberries, milled flaxseed, unsweetened cocoa and white kidney bean extract.
- Big all over? Dr. Oz recommends raspberry ketones (click here to learn more!), and a healthy diet.
This past Tuesday, March 27, Havaianas held a wonderful event at their showroom in SoHo NYC, to launch their newest Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. Invited guests received numerous goodies including flip-flops made right before their eyes, delicious Brazilian treats and drinks, as well as the opportunity to create their own beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Havaianas Spring/Summer 2012 Collection of Flip-Flops includes 48 different styles such as solid, metallic, and patterned shoes, along with many other designs.
Havaianas flip-flops are designed for every member of the family including:
- Unisex (flip-flops designed to be worn by either men or women)
In addition to their basic Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, Havaianas has launched a Special Collection. This collection features a broad range of sandals in unique prints, patterns, and embellishments, inspired by the techniques of ancient artisans in Brazil.
Havaianas Spring/Summer 2012 Special Collection Includes 9 Styles:
- Slim Crystal Harmony
- Slim Lace
- Slim Geometric
- Slim Pearl Mesh
- Slim Crystal Mesh
- Top Luminous
- Slim Crystal Glamour
- Slim Crystal Dragonfly
- Slim Hardware
To view photos of Havaianas new Spring/Summer 2012 Collection and launch party, click on the photo located on the upper left hand side of the page and view the slideshow.
Sremm Life by Rae Sremmurd
Mega hit producer Mike Will Made It‘s formation of EarDrummers Entertainment comes with the territory. Having produced hot music for some of the biggest names in hip hop, r&b and pop, it’s assumed Mike would help along some new artists under his own umbrella company. One of EarDrummers’ premier rap acts, Rae Sremmurd (‘Ear Drummers’ stylistically spelled backwards), composed of rappers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy, embody some brash trap stances (minus the violence and drug dealing), controlled crunk pastimes and very faint snap-rap essences lightly reminiscent of Soulja Boy, Bobby Shmurda and the like. Mike Will Made It produces most of Rae Sremmurd’s debut album Sremm Life, and while it perfectly accomplishes what it sets out to do, it does use a few copied formulas for its nouveau amalgam of style and sound.
Sremm Life is mostly head-nodding music and might seem like another clone of Southern-party, loose-trap hip hop, but beneath the surface, it’s a respectable fusion of a few hip hop subgenres (see first paragraph). A few subtle, almost subliminal messages that are important to note can be deciphered from a quick study. Swae and Slim are suspicious and wary of come-and-go young ladies in more than one song but most prominently in “My X” where the duo get revenge on their ex-girls by living comfortably and achieving success. They are inspiring as young dream chasers and hard driving go-getters in songs like “This Could Be Us” and “Yno.” Other times, they’re really only concerned with having fun, whether it be by flashing jewelry, smoking weed, drinking booze, driving hot whips, stacking figures or getting more girls. Rae Sremmurd’s style is contagious, and it’s understandable that the boys are party rappers, but they could have gone a little harder with their rhymes and word play. They slowly half sing/half rap some of their lines or repeat/recycle them chorus-style mid-verse. Most of the time however, these are simply style twists and the guys know what they’re doing and what they’re up against.
Thanks to Mike Will Made It’s light Southern drill and quality crafted beats of twinkle-and-bass, the music behind Sremm Life is that much more polished and complete. It also helps that these electric, bottom heavy productions sound even better when Mike is co-working with another producer. The guest features are no less impressive and include Jace of EarDrummers’ Two-9 collective, Nicki Minaj, Young Thug and Big Sean. Sremm Life is real hip hop even if it’s not always serious, hardcore rap. Truthfully though, it never feels like Swae and Slim are trying to be extremely lyrical emcees, as that’s generally not their aim. With boisterous, unforgettable hooks and booming beats, it’s a powerfully jaunty affair that avoids some of the controversies of other trap records but keeps their high, incessant energy level all throughout.