Wednesday, February 29, 2012

5 Diet Myths Making You Gain Weight

The diet strategies you swear by may be flawed. Dr. Oz reveals 5 diet-destroying myths that may be hindering you from achieving the weight-loss you desire.

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Could the diet you're on right now be full of lies and misinformation that are making you pack on the pounds? Many of the things you've been taught about dieting may be stopping you from reaching your ideal weight. Dr. Oz reveals the shocking truth about the dieting tips you swear by.

Diet Myth #1: Diet Soda Helps You Lose Weight

Most diet sodas are lower in calories than regular soda because they don’t use regular sugar. The problem here is the artificial sweeteners, which have been tied to weight gain. Why?

Research shows that artificial sweeteners stimulate taste receptors that sense sweetness in both the esophagus and stomach. Anticipating energy, the pancreas releases insulin, an important hormone for accumulating body fat. At the same time, chemicals are sent to the brain’s satiety center, which becomes confused as to whether or not the body is actually receiving calories.

As your body gets “tricked” by the sugar substitute, you crave more food and become susceptible to overeating in order to feel satisfied. The result? You feel even hungrier and less full, which can lead to weight gain.

Artificial sweeteners are more than 100 times sweeter than natural table sugar – this is cause for concern since naturally sweet foods, like fruits, won’t seem as sweet to a desensitized palate.

Choose a healthier alternative, like a glass of seltzer with lemon or lime, the next time you reach for a refreshment.

Diet Myth #2: The More Calories You Cut, the More Weight You Lose

It may seem counterintuitive, but cutting too many calories from your diet can be bad for your waistline. Because 3500 calories equals about 1 pound of fat, you would need to cut 3500 calories out of your diet each week to lose 1 pound a week. In order to do this, you’d have to cut 500 calories a day to lose 1 pound a week.

The problem with severely restricting diets, however, is that they jolt your body into “starvation mode,” preventing your body from burning unwanted fat. This mechanism, which is thought to have evolved as a defense against starvation, helps the body make the most of the calories it gets from food and drink; the body, in order to keep functioning, then looks to get some of it calories from lean muscle. This results in muscle loss. Less muscle means a slower metabolic rate – and in this case, stalled weight loss.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SBD Staff Pick for Oscar 2012

SOFIA VERGARA photo | Sofia Vergara


Showing off her bombshell curves in a delicate white appliqu├ęd gown, accessorized with a colorful clutch, mega-chandeliers and Casadei pumps, the actress has a white night at the Vanity Fair party in West Hollywood.

Dancing with the Stars Season 14 Cast Revealed

Dancing with the Stars Season 14 Cast Revealed | Sherri Shepherd, William Levy

Spring is just around the corner – and so is season 14 of Dancing with the Stars! Twelve new cast members, including Sherri Shepherd, and their professional dance partners were announced on Good Morning America Tuesday.

"It's a dream come true," The View co-host told PEOPLE about training with returning pro Val Chmerkovskiy. "He is one of the best frickin' dancers in the world. He's hot!"

And here's who else is preparing to take the ballroom by storm when the show's new season premieres March 19 on ABC:

• Former child star and Screen Actors Guild president
Melissa Gilbert will dance with Chmerkovskiy's brother, ballroom bad boy Maksim.

Family Matters star Jaleel White will dance with former champ Kym Johnson

• Tennis legend
Martina Navratilova will dance with Tony Dovolani

• Soap star-turned-singer
Jack Wagner will dance with Anna Trebunskaya

• Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver will dance with Peta Murgatroyd

Extra host Maria Menounos will dance with three-time champ Derek Hough

• The Disney Channel's Roshon Fegan will dance with Chelsie Hightower

• Cuban heartthrob, actor and model William Levy will dance with two-time champ
Cheryl Burke

• Singer Gavin DeGraw will dance with reigning champ Karina Smirnoff

• Music legend Gladys Knight will dance with Nancy Grace's former partner Tristan MacManus

• And singer Katherine Jenkins will dance with perennial finalist
Mark Ballas

What Dresses We Loved At This Year 2012 Oscars!

Oscars 2012: Two Dresses, One Night

Jennifer Lopez, Zuhair Murad
Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Feb 27, 2012 @ 3:45 pm
Oscars night was so big that some stars required two dresses! American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez was just one of the many celebrities who opted to change looks between the awards show and the after-parties, as she switched out one Zuhair Murad gown for another. See all of the stars who made quick wardrobe updates in the gallery

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy 24th Birthday Rihanna!

Rihanna - Birthday - Transformation

Happy 24th Birthday Rihanna!Rihanna turns 24 today!

First kisses: the new rules

First kisses: the new rules
By: Denise Young

Your lips touch for the first time and the earth moves. The angels sing...or, at least, that’s what you hope will happen, right? The reality is, anticipating that first smooch can be one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking moments in your dating life. So much hangs in the balance: Will your date like how you kiss? Will there be chemistry? Does this person even want to lock lips with you in the first place?

Dr.Locker, have helped thousands of singles and couples navigate this tricky first-kiss terrain. And don’t worry, there are many ways to pull it off with ease while letting your date know there’s plenty more where that came from. Check out her tips for kissing:

Secret #1: Time it right
The most common question I get about first kisses is this: When should I do the deed? An understandable concern. No one wants to make the move too soon and get the dreaded cheek-turn, and yet, if you wait too long it sends the vibe that you’re not interested or that you lack confidence. So when should you dive in? Most women I’ve spoken to say it should happen on the first or second date — provided you don’t wait until that very end when you’re standing in her doorway. That’s too predictable, awkward and likely to be framed by those “Umm, I had a really good time…” comments. Instead, go for something sexier and more spontaneous. Says Missy Barcic, of New Vernon, NJ: “A first kiss has to have something that’s dynamic to it. Surprise me, catch me off-guard. That’s passion.” And creative, which earns bonus points, too. Women have told me about incredible kisses happening on the way into a restaurant (getting it out of the way early), across a dinner table, in a movie theater (during the opening credits), or just walking down the street, when the guy “noticed” that there was a romantic full moon overhead.

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Secret #2: Guys and girls can take the lead
Some people think that a guy has the responsibility to initiate a first kiss. But what I’ve heard over and over again from men is this: They love, love, love it when a woman makes the first move. “My best first kiss was when my now-girlfriend just went for it. We were standing in the kitchen, getting ready to go out, and all of a sudden she just pushed me against the wall and we sort of melted into each other,” recalls Tao Nguyen of Washington, D.C. Guys love knowing that they’re wanted, so go ahead, girls, give him a break and go for it. One woman I interviewed did this with fabulous results. “After our third date, we stayed up talking until 4 a.m. and still no kiss!” she says. “So at the very beginning of our fourth date, I walked into his apartment and instead of saying, hello, I kissed him — and we wound up making out for hours. Sometimes I wonder if I hadn’t given him that first kiss if we’d even be together today. He assures me that he would have gotten around to it, but I am glad that I took charge. It gave me kind of a rush.”

Secret #3: Leave the other person wanting more
Sure, you want your first kiss to be passionate, but that doesn’t mean rough or messy. As one woman put it, “The worst first kiss is an aggressive kiss. If a guy does that, I tell him that I have to be at work early in the morning to cut things short.” Aggressive kissing communicates that you’re overeager, which can convince someone to put on the brakes. Give the recipient some air — and he or shee will be raring for more. “The one time I kissed a guy for the first time I made sure to pull away after a few seconds,” recalls one woman. “It was great, since it gave me a second to look into his eyes and silently ask, ‘Is this okay? You liking this?’ before we dove back in. If we hadn’t hit pause, I would never have known whether he was just kissing me to not be rude.”

Secret #4: You’ll win points for being romantic
While a standard first kiss can be great, the men and women I’ve spoken with always remember — longingly — the ones that had an extra maneuver that heightened the romance factor. Usually, these are little moves that ramp up the sensuality of a kiss. For instance, Samara O’Shea of New York, NY, recalls a great first kiss in which her guy “put his index finger gently on my chin to guide my mouth toward his — it was so sexy.” And Lori Conte, of Providence, RI, shares this moment: “My boyfriend first kissed me softly on my neck, worked his way up to my ear and then my mouth — that pretty much blew me away.” Guys also love this kind of thing: Dan Allen, of San Antonio, TX, says, “One of my best-ever first kisses was when my date gently raked her nails through my hair — that get my nerve endings revved in an unexpected way.” So feel free to add a little extra bit of romance with techniques like these.

Secret #5: You won’t win points for being weird
While playing with your date’s hair or ear may be great, please don’t go out on a limb in the name of originality. A 38-year-old married woman put it this way: “The first time my now-husband kissed me, he licked my face, kind of like a dog. I thought, What the heck is this? Believe me, I thought twice about ever seeing this guy again… I still tease him about it today by calling him ‘puppy lips.’”

So there are two lessons to this story: Originality isn’t always a good thing when it comes to first kisses, but — if there’s enough of a connection there — even the worst of first kisses can be forgiven.

Whitney Houston Funeral: Singer Laid to Rest

PHOTO: A coffin holding the remains of singer Whitney Houston is carried into the New Hope Baptist Church before funeral services for the singer in Newark, N.J. on Feb. 18, 2012.

Feb. 19, 2012

Singer Whitney Houston was laid to rest this morning in a private burial service in Westfield N.J.'s Fairview Cemetery.
She was buried next to her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003.
A small procession of limos followed the hearse carrying her casket as it headed toward the cemetery with a police-escorted motorcade.
The actually site where Houston was buried cannot be seen by any of the media on the ground.
The burial follows a nearly four-hour "home going" ceremony Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.
Houston's mother Cissy Houston and her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, were joined by mourners at the invitation-only service.
"I never told you that when you were born, the Holy Spirit told me that you would not be with me long," Cissy Houston wrote in the funeral program, The Associated Press reported Saturday. "And I thank God for the beautiful flower he allowed me to raise and cherish for 48 years."
There were musical tributes from some of the biggest names in the industry including Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys.
The audience included the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Mariah Carey.
A tearful Alicia Keyes remembered how Houston would reach out to young artists.
"[She] made us feel strong and capable and loved," Keyes said before she sang.
PHOTO: A coffin holding the remains of singer Whitney Houston is carried into the New Hope Baptist Church before funeral services for the singer in Newark, N.J. on Feb. 18, 2012.
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Aretha Franklin, who had been confirmed as a performer, said Saturday she would not sing at Houston's funeral. "Unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles," Franklin said in a statement. "My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. "
Houston's longtime friend and the man who jumpstarted her career, Clive Davis, said a talent like Houston's was rare.
"You wait for a voice like that for a lifetime. You wait for a face like that, a smile like that, a presence like that for a lifetime," he said. "When one person embodies it all, it takes your breath away."
During the service, Kevin Costner remembered his "The Bodyguard" co-star as someone who shared the same interests and values. Both grew up in the Baptist church, a bond he said they shared over the years of their friendship.
Costner recalled Houston's nervousness when she had to do a screen test for the role of singer Rachel Marron in the movie.
"The Whitney I knew was still wondering if I'm good enough. Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?" he said. "It was what made her great, and what caused her to stumble at the end."
One person conspiciously absent at the service was Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown.
Brown made a brief appearance at the funeral. He touched the casket and then left with his children Landon and LaPrincia at the start of the ceremony.
In a statement put out by his representative, he explained, "My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston. We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions."
Brown had had spent much of the week with his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina, who was hospitalized for stress and anxiety after Houston's death on Feb. 11.
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One of Houston's family members told ABC News that while many people in the family didn't want Brown to attend the funeral, they had no way to stop him because of his connection with Bobbi Kristina.
At the end of the nearly four-hour long funeral, Whitney Houston's rendition of "I Will Always Love You" played, as her mother Cissy led her casket out of the church. Bobbi Kristina followed.

Ray J Finally Breaks His Silence

Whitney Houston’s funeral was clearly emotional for Ray J, and now the singer’s on-and-off boyfriend has finally broken his silence.
The singer/rapper/producer released the following statement Friday morning:
“Over the past few days I’ve tried to process the emptiness that I am experiencing. What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words. The world lost an icon but I lost my close friend. Nippy I miss you so much! You were so happy and full of love. Your smile will live in my heart forever.”
-Ray J Norwood