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Cutting Calories, High-Protein Foods More Effective Than Crash Dieting For Weight Loss

<i>By Natalie San Luis</i><p>With all the weight loss supplements, advice books, and fad diets out there, it's hard to know what weight loss advice is based on facts. A recent article looked at several medical studies to see what works the best.<p>The researcher looked at clinical trials and reviews of trials …

Scrutiny rises over size of cruise ships.

The cruise ship industry is under new scrutiny, and this time officials question if the ships used for much-needed getaways are simply too big. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

Cruise Ships

Can You Target Certain Body Parts for Weight Loss?

<b>The answer:</b> Sadly, you can't decide you want to drop pounds around just your waist or create a gap between your thighs. "Lots of studies have looked at that, and you can’t target loss of fat from specific places," says Hill. In general, when women put on weight it's mostly in their hips and lower …

5 Ways To Feel Better Right Now

The Republicans’ Food Stamp Fraud: It’s Not About Austerity

Slashing food stamps isn’t about austerity. It’s about punishing the poorest among us. By Michael Tomasky.<p>What’s the single worst thing the Obama-era …

10 of Downtown Los Angeles’s Most Important Architectural Sites

Los Angeles is a vast, sprawling city, and neighborhoods on the coast, like Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Malibu, have historically gotten much more …

How do I decide whether to rent or buy a home?

Great discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along …

6 Healthy Highs (That Don't Involve Drugs or Alcohol)

When you want to feel good, drugs and alcohol are a tempting solution -- quick relief with relatively little effort. But the thing about the big highs is that they are inevitably followed by the big lows, not to mention long-term health problems, potential legal consequences and the ever-present …

Immune System

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Men's Health - Fitness, Nutrition, Health, Sex, Style & Weight Loss Tips for Men

Your CrossFit equipment? Yeah, it's *crawling* with germs.<p>Been focusing on your upper body? Tug these on and your secret will be safe.<p>Here's the secret to the Ice Man's seemingly superhuman abilities.<p>Don't worry. Everyone who wants to work out still can.<p>"This is a healthy way for a child to be …

The Totally Transformative Way This Marathoner Taught Herself To Run

<i>The following is adapted from Alexandra Heminsley's new book,</i> Running Like A Girl: Notes on Learning to Run<p>I don't remember making the decision that I couldn't run; it was simply one of those things that made me me, like my love of cheese or my distaste for men in turtlenecks.<p>My preparations [for …

The Hope and Hurt: Living and Dying in Addiction

Waking up in a jail cell with little to no recollection of how you got there really isn't anyone's idea of a good time -- okay, at least it's not most people's idea of a good time. Yet thanks to living in active addiction for many years, I've managed to accomplish this feat on more than a few of …

Mental Health

8 Things You Didn't Know About Your Body Fat

Body fat: It's soft, it's squishy and it gets a bad rap. But fat also plays a vital role in keeping our bodies running smoothly. We store extra energy in body fat. It keeps us warm and provides padding for our interior organs. And it secretes chemicals that play a role in appetite and helps …

Car Brands - Who Owns Jaguar, Volvo, and Chrysler? - Consumer Reports

<b>BMW owns:</b> Mini and Rolls Royce.<p><b>Fiat owns:</b> Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Ram and SRT.<p><b>Ford Motor Company owns:</b> Lincoln …

A White House Staffer Has Been Busted For Being A Secret Twitter Troll

NatSecWonk was, until a day or so ago, an anonymous Twitter account simultaneously beloved and feared in the national security community. It was simultaneously bracing and more than a little douchey, as likely to call people ugly as it was to make a pretty good point about Washington navel gazing. …

Five Financial Beliefs I Was Wrong About

Last week my wife was surfing the internet to find out the ideal temperature and cooking time to bake a potato. As she was digging for the …

Banksy in NYC Day 22: Cinderblock Sculpture, “Everything but the Kitchen Sphinx” in Queens, NYC

We have to admit, the latest Banksy is pretty clever–although Americans don’t always think puns are as funny as the Brits and Europeans. The latest …

This Lip Dub Of Katy Perry’s “Roar” Shot At A Children’s Hospital Is Too Beautiful To Deal With

Full disclosure: I got exactly 0:59 into the video before I started crying.

An Apology to the Etsy Customers I Ripped Off

Attention Etsy User!<p>I am sorry.<p>For a few things, really, not all of which apply to you (unless you've been driving behind me recently, or are a …

Little Girl's Made Up Tap Routine Is Sooooo Much Better Than The Planned One

This precocious little star taps to the beat of her own foot, and no one, and we mean no one, can stop her from stealing the show and having the best time while she's at it.<p>The captured moment is the most precious thing of all time (scuze the hyperbole), and is a perfect example of a child not yet …

Hilariously Honest Slogans for Popular Brands

<i>Honest Slogans</i> is a clever blog featuring well-known brand logos with hilariously honest slogans that realistically reflect the advertised product/service. Rather than offering idealistic mottos, these Photoshopped images say it like it is from the consumer's perspective. So, instead of the fun, …

Photo Manipulation

Cars With Best-In-Class Cargo Capacity and Fuel Economy

With today's ever changing gas prices, many car buyers are opting to trade cargo space for fuel economy by purchasing a smaller vehicle than they …

6 Trainers Share Their Favorite Ways to Strengthen Without Using Weights

See ya never, barbells.<p>Beth Bischoff<p>You don’t have to weigh yourself down to ramp up your strength-training routine. Using your bodyweight as resistance can be just as effective at building muscle and burning calories as grabbing a pair of dumbbells. To find out how to make the most of a …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

A haul of fossils found in Georgia suggests that half a dozen species of early human ancestor were actually all Homo erectus<p>The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human …

Week in Reviews: Starbucks Edition

The <i>New York Observer</i> killed a review by <b>Joshua David Stein</b> of the new La Boulange pastries at <b>Starbucks</b>, but he posted it on his blog. He is not a big fan. Quote: "In their national rollout, the croissants ($2.25) are still buttery, but <b>flaky they aren't</b>." On Starbuck's insistence to heat them up: …

Watch NMA's Parody of Alison Gold's 'Chinese Food'

Here is <b>NMA's</b> "I Love American Food," a parody of tweener <b>Alison Gold</b> and grown man <b>Patrice Wilson's</b> offensive ode to Chinese food. Where Gold sang about her love of noodles and chow m-m-m-mein, the Taiwanese animators have created a song about "fatty fo-fo-fo-foods." And the video has it all: <b>Pedobear</b> …

A Bear Has Fun While Playing a Solo Game of Tetherball

A bear at the Animal Ark wildlife sanctuary in Reno, Neveda has a lot of fun while playing a solo game of tetherball.<p>video via laserjobs<p>In addition …