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Regarding Kelly Osbourne’s Weight – You Care More Than She Does

Every time Kelly Osbourne loses 10 pounds, she get’s a magazine cover. Kelly osbourne self magazine

Gracing the cover of SELF Magazine is Osbourne, flipping her trademark lavender hair and looking svelte in a flowery two piece. Since losing 50 pounds four years ago, we’ve been clamoring over every regained dress size and potential relapse. Truth is, we all care about her weight much more than she does.

“I don’t weigh myself,” she told SELF. “If you like what you see in front of the mirror, then what’s the f—ing point of getting on a scale?”

Overweight for most of her life, Kelly’s battle with drugs and near-overdose received less media attention than her mildly fluctuating weight. In 2009, Kelly entered a a drug treatment facility to care for her five-year addiction to painkillers. Constipation is a common symptom of painkiller abuse, which probably left her bloated for extended periods of time. Rehab worked, and as soon as she beat her addiction she was able to focus on regaining health in all aspects of her life. (more…)

SELF Editor’s New Book Claims Superfoods Will Cause Weight Loss

Superfoods are indeed super, but they aren’t a magic weight loss tool. A new diet book should be more clear before it becomes the next fad.

Lucy Danziger is the editor-in-chief of SELF magazine. She recently published a book about her experiences with eating superfoods and ditching dieting. The book is titled “The Drop 10 Diet. Add to Your Plate to Lose the Weight.”  The book describes how Danziger turned to foods like nuts, berries and whole grains and found herself 25 pounds lighter in just six months. She also focused on what she could eat verses what she couldn’t as she began her diet.

The foods Danziger sticks to are called superfoods. The superfood title was coined in 2004 by Dr. Steven Pratt. He compiled 20 foods that met the criteria for being “super.” These 20 foods are readily available to the public, contain nutrients that are known to enhance longevity, and the health benefits of the food has to be backed by peer-reviewed scientific studies.

The twenty foods that meet Dr. Pratt’s requirements are apples, avocado, beans, blueberries, broccoli, cinnamon, dark chocolate, dried superfruits, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, honey, kiwi, low-fat yogurt, oats, onions, oranges, pomegranates, pumpkin, soy, spinach, tea, tomatoes, turkey, walnuts, and wild salmon.

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Diet Tapper vs. TextWeight: Text Message Weight Loss Services

Self's Diet Tapper and textWeight LogoTwo new weight-loss products that use text messages launched this summer: Self’s Diet Tapper and textWeight. Both send you regular messages that are intended to keep you on track and motivated to reach your weight loss goals. I signed up for three weeks of both services to see how they compare.

Basics

Beyond the fact that both services utilize text messages and provide weight-loss tips, the similarities don’t go much further.

TextWeight asks you to send in your weight, and with the data you reply, creates a graph of your weight loss progress. Each time you send in your weight, you will receive a tip, which will be on a subject that you have identified as an area you need to improve to lose weight. You can log into textWeight.com to see your progress or modify your settings, such as how often you wish to be texted.

Diet Tapper will send you five texts (or “taps”) per day. You will receive three meal suggestions, a drink suggestion and a workout suggestion. Many of these messages have links to a specific page on Self’s website, directing you to a more detailed workout or a full recipe.

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Self’s Diet Tapper: The Diet that Texts

Text Message DietFor the text-obsessed, there’s a new diet plan that keeps you accountable using text messages. This week, Self magazine launched Diet Tapper, a plan that texts you meal inspirations and other tips five times per day. The service costs $2.99 per month and also includes online access to an “exclusive new diet plan,” that apparently includes a library of meal and workout suggestions. Subscribers will also recipe a “Recipe of the Week” newsletter via email.

Self’s Diet Tapper page provides sample texts such as: “A protein-packed lunch for 450 cal. Protein eaters burn more fat. Think poultry, fish, legumes or lowfat dairy” and “Set your sights on 45 min of cardio. Get inspired with our favorite workouts.”

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How Beyonce Keeps Her Body Bootylicious

Beyonce is known for several reasons, including her high-energy songs, fantastic acting and performing, and most definitely for her bootylicious body. The singer has always had curves and legs that inspire me to get my booty into the gym. When I am not really feeling like doing a workout, I can just blast one of her songs on my iPod and motivation instantly strikes.

So how does this gorgeous woman stay in such great shape? It takes a lot of dedication for Beyonce to look the way she does. When she is getting ready to go on tour, she spends nine hours every day working on the choreography for her shows while wearing 5-inch stilettos. She goes to the gym five times a week with her personal trainer. Like I said, the girl is definitely motivated.

If you are like me, you are wondering how she stays so motivated. Beyonce has a painting of an Oscar award at her gym so she can literally run towards one of her many goals.

“I look at it, and I’m OK, I have to stay in shape,” Beyonce said.

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Self’s Workout in the Park NYC a Sunny Success

Self Workout In the Park LogoThis past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my first Workout in the Park, hosted by Self magazine in Central Park. The day is a great opportunity for people of any fitness level to try out new workouts, get some fitness swag, and spend a healthy Saturday in the sun.

There were three workout areas: the main stage, the quiet zone for mat work, and the toning zone. I started my workout in the quite zone, for a Pilates Fusion workout on the mats. Then I headed over to the main stage for Retro-Robics, featuring 90’s hip-hop moves, followed by a LaBLAST class inspired by dances featured on Dancing with the Stars. Some of the other workouts included Cardio Tai Box, Yoga Body Sculpt, a Masala Bhangra dance class featuring Bollywood dance moves and a sing-along Glee Club workout. All of the workouts were provided by Crunch, so if you want to try one of these routines, check the class schedule at your closest Crunch location.

Although I’m a regular runner and occasional yoga practitioner, I was definitely sore in the best way on Sunday. The event was a great reminder of the importance of trying new physical activities and mixing up your workout routine: there may be muscles you’re not using if you follow the same workout every day. The crowd was enthusiastic and the turnout for the event was pretty impressive. Although there were several hundred attendees, everyone seemed to be in a very good mood.

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Self Magazine Launches New iPad App Today

self magazine logoStarting today, there’s a whole new way to read Self magazine. The popular fitness and health publication announced the launch of their iPad app today, which will not only allow readers to get Self on their iPads but also interact with the content. The app itself is free, and features workout videos, weight loss plans and healthy recipes.

The first completely digital edition of Self magazine will be the April issue, the full version of which is available through in-app purchase for $3.99. In addition to health and fitness content, Self also offers a variety of celebrity interviews, fashion articles and beauty advice. The new interactive component of the magazine will allow users to watch how-to videos, get live Tweets and a regularly updated news feed.

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SELF Magazine’s 2011 Workout in the Park Expands to Include New York, Chicago, and San Francisco

For the past 17 years, SELF Magazine has been promoting women’s fitness during the annual Workout in the Park. This year promises to be better than ever with 17 different workout classes, including Kama Strength and LaBlast, to help women reinvent themselves into the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves that they can be. Famous fitness celebrities such as Allison Sweeney, author of The Mommy Diet, will also be at the workouts. Another new perk to this year’s schedule is that the Workout in the Park has added a new city to it’s tour: San Francisco, California.

Workout in the Park is more than just a fitness rally. Women from across the country meet up at the designated time and place to experience current trends in the fitness industry while also learning about the hottest beauty, health, and nutrition essentials that are in the market today. Even if it rains, nothing can put a damper on the Workout in the Park and the girl-power that it ignites in all of the participants.

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Jillian Michaels Jumpstart Diet Comes Just in Time for Your New Years Resolutions

Jillian Michaels; Image via: Self.com

What do you get when you put the country’s most powerful fitness expert with the leading women’s health magazine?

The Jillian Micheals Jumpstart Diet at Self.com.

Just in time for New Years when weight loss is a top goal and motivation is high, the Jillian Michaels Jumpstart Diet is a four-week plan to help you drop pounds, strengthen your  muscles and receive the hottest fitness and diet tips from the Biggest Loser‘s toughest trainer.

The Jumpstart Diet is free to join. Once you’re registered, you are entered to win a series of prizes starting from December 16 to March 16, 2011. Find out more about the promotion at Self.com.

For those ready to get losing, here is how the Jumpstart Diet works: (more…)

Health Buzz: Why McDonald’s Won’t Rot, Look Great in Your Jeans and Why Science Sides with Organic

This week’s hot health buzz from DietsInReview.com:

What Keeps a McDonald’s Burger From Rotting

If you forgot a McDonald’s burger and fries in your car for 145 days (or more), you’d find it looked pretty close to new when you discovered it. Find out why the lengthy ingredients list preserves this unhealthy food.

Science Sides with Organics

If you were looking for a reason to switch to organics, this should be plenty. New research finds that organic produce is more nutritious and has a longer shelf life.

Movie Theaters Must Post Calories for Snacks

A hidden gym in the Health Care Reform Act will require movie theaters to publish the calories of their unhealthy snacks. (more…)