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The 21 Craziest Diets Ever — Debunked

A Real Doctor weighs in.<p>Just because a girl in your office has a cousin whose friend lost 10 pounds in four days with a diet doesn't mean her esoteric diet will be safe, effective, and sustainable for you. To put things in perspective, Cosmopolitan.com asked Charlie Seltzer, M.D., a weight-loss …

8 Ways to Stay Fit When You're Broke

Here's how to save on gyms and gear without getting your budget out of shape.<p><b>1. Kit up.</b> It's motivating to have a fabulous sports bra that gives you good support and a pair of sneakers you love and will use regularly. Get steep discounts at PlanetGear.com (up to 70 percent off) and TheClymb.com (up …

4 Mistakes You're Making When Doing Squats

Growing your booty is not as easy as doing 50 air squats a day. Here's what you should be doing, and what you need to stay away from.<p>You're probably one of those people — like many of us — who believes the more often you work out and the harder you push yourself, the more in shape you will be. Of …

8 Exercises That Work Your Arms and Legs at the Same Time

To get you out of the gym faster.<p>Some people separate upper- and lower-body workouts to perform on different days of the week. This way, you can rest one set of muscles while you exercise another and without skipping a single day at the gym.<p>If you don't work out quite so regularly or want to feel …

Is Too Much Running Bad for You?

A new study suggests there may be an upper limit.<p>If you value your life but can't run to save it, there may be a way to live as long as people who run a ton: Stay on your couch. A study recently published in <i>Journal of the American College of Cardiology</i> suggests that people who run the most may be …

12 Things Healthy Morning People Do Every Day

They sweat while you sleep — and don't hate their lives.<p>As someone who breaks a sweat before work nearly every single day, I'm often asked, "How do you do it?"<p>"The key to making it work is to have a strategy, ritual, and reward system," says Adam Rosante, a CosmoBody trainer who wakes up to work …

12 Tricks to Drop Up to 5 Pounds in a Week

Get the results you want the healthy way.<p>If you want to boost your self-esteem ASAP, your best bet is to adjust your expectations and your attitude, *not* your weight.<p>That said, there <i>are</i> ways you can beat bloat and improve the way you feel when time is of the essence — and you don't have to starve …

6 Models on Their Favorite Valentine's Day Sweet Treats—and the Best Workouts to Burn Them Off

The backstage fare during Fashion Week is usually a rather virtuous mix of crudités, Juice Press, and granola; after all, models—like seasoned marathoners—need the right kind of fuel to keep up with the grueling pace of back-to-back runway shows. But once a year when Cupid is the caterer, the menu …

6 Reasons Why Victoria Beckham Makes Us Want to Grow Our Hair Out Again

Years before the seeming entirety of the fashion world followed the siren call of the long bob, <b>Victoria Beckham</b> had made it her signature cut, sticking with it through her evolution from Spice Girls pop confection to sleek <b>Marc Jacobs</b> muse with steadfast devotion. In 2008, came a <b>Mia Farrow</b>–esque …

The Best Time to Consume Most of Your Calories If You're Trying to Lose Weight

Turns out, those who ate more calories in the first half of the day lost significantly more weight and demonstrated better metabolic activity than those who ate heavily in the evening. On average, the earlier eaters lost 3.75 pounds more and trimmed an extra 33 percent off their waistlines.<p>Granted, …

5 Weight-Loss Strategies You Should Absolutely Avoid

<b>Cutting Entire Food Groups</b><br>Giving up entire food groups can lead to a nutritional deficiency—not to mention trigger major cravings for whatever food has been cut. Rather than, say, eliminating all carbohydrates, focus on whole grains and remember to watch out for portion control. Usually it's the …

10 fascinating facts about Harbin, China's ice festival city

An avalanche of visitors descends on Harbin for the annual Ice & Snow Festival. And it's well worth braving the cold: the sculptures are often record-breaking in size and night illuminations of the ice add a surreal kaleidoscope of colour to northeastern China's bitter winters (minus 13C on a good …

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6 Exercises to Give You Runway-Model Legs

All you need is a pair of tights.<p>Yes, the longest-legged models get those assets from their genes. But certain exercises can tone anyone's leg muscles for a longer, leaner look.<p>Start with the moves below from Rachel Piskin, co-founder of ChaiseFitness in Manhattan. They're demoed by pro model …

What Happens When You Stop Brushing Your Hair for a Week

But what would happen if you were asked to give up your hairbrush for an entire week? Would your mane go crazy? Could it affect the way you feel about yourself in the day-to-day?<p>Actually, bidding farewell to your brush could benefit your strands (if not your confidence). Over time, brushing can …