Being famous doesn't automatically mean that you have pristine beauty habits, and while many stars make a lot of the same faux pas the rest of us do, there are some celebrities with beauty rituals I'd be wary of trying. Here are five stars who have slightly suspect beauty habits, ranging from the mundane to the inadvisable.
We're almost three months into 2011, so hopefully if you made a New Year's resolution, you are well on your way to mastering it. If not, not to fear — forming a good habit is but a month or two away. And what's more gratifying than tracking your progress? Check out these iPhone apps that collect your stats and motivate you to form good habits!
When it comes to medical opinions, it's sometimes wise to get a second one, which is what I am asking of you, oh wise FitSugar readers. A fan of Dr. Oz, I watched his show the other day where he mapped out a 28-day plan to rid one of his audience members of her 12-sodas-a-day drinking habit. A cola junkie, she seemed excited about their plan to walk away from the bubbly drinks, but I'm just not sure I'm buying his month-long program.
I'm all about sharing tips on how to pick up healthy habits such as ways to eat more fiber, tips on getting more zzzs, and how to fit in more exercise. You may not realize though that some common everyday choices you make could be contributing to weight gain or poor health, so here are some eating habits you want to avoid.
- A bad breakfast: You know you're not supposed to skip breakfast, but did you know that what you eat in the morning sets the tone for your meals throughout the day? Skip the pastries, energy bars, and sugary juices and enjoy a breakfast that's full of protein, fiber, and healthy carbs such as fruit or whole grain bread.
- Eating on the run: With your busy lifestyle, sometimes you need to grab food when you can. But mindlessly gobbling down food makes our brains feel gypped and unsatisfied, so we end up reaching for more food. Make a point to sit down and enjoy your meals.
- Using a dinner-sized plate for dinner. Traditionally bigger plates are used for dinner entrees, but we tend to feel the need to see our plates full in order to feel like we're getting enough food. In order to eat an appropriate portion for supper, use a smaller salad or dessert plate instead.
Find out what other common unhealthy habits you might be making when you read more
We've seen a lot of them: public service announcements meant to make us feel bad about drinking ourselves stupid. Remember the one that showed a drunk dude fighting, urinating in public, and hooking up with random women with the message: would you do this sober? Or the gross Belgian PSA that featured people throwing up in unfortunate situations thanks to alcohol? Well new research suggests the message that we should feel ashamed about binge drinking doesn't get through to the viewer. Maybe we're too drunk to listen?
Not exactly. A study from Northwestern University and Indiana University found that these ads trigger existing feelings of guilt and shame and make excessive drinkers defensive. Drinkers tune out the PSA and in fact the shame-inducing message might lead to more binge drinking.
If someone tries to make you feel guilty about a bad habit — be it fast food, smoking, casual sex, or drinking — does it make you defensive or do you consider changing your behavior?
Whether it's drinking, partying, smoking, cursing or indulging in fatty foods — everyone has a vice. But for many people all it takes to kick that habit is a positive pregnancy test, ultrasound picture or the actual birth of their babe. Still it takes others longer to let go and some parents like TLC's most famous dad of multiples, Jon Gosselin, don't have a problem mixing child rearing with occasional pleasures. What did you do?
I'm a creature of habit, but the older I get, the more I realize how many habits of mine have been adopted from past boyfriends. Cracking my neck, the way I butter my corn, and having to close every closet door before going to bed are just a few. I think it's only natural to pick up such tendencies, but once you start to pick up the bad ones, it can be hard to let them go. Of course, bad habits are all a matter of opinion but tell me, have you picked up any from your significant other? If so, tell us about them below.
Earlier this year, I presented the top 10 habits of highly fit people, but there's just as much to be learned from bad examples. This list of seven bad habits of overweight people from 24 Hour Fitness is a good reminder of what you shouldn't do when trying to stay slim and healthy. To see what they are, just hit "start."
I'm always telling you good habits to pick up when it comes to your health, but some people need to be told habits they should avoid. Breakfast is crucial, but you're not doing yourself any favors if your daily breakfast is loaded with saturated fat. So in an effort to cover all grounds, here are a few more eating habits you should avoid:
- Feeling Invincible: It's easy when you're young to think that a diet of cheeseburgers, fries and soda will never catch up with you. But these are the habits that, over time, put people at risk for heart disease and diabetes.
- Giving Up Control: Just because a work meeting is scheduled during lunch doesn't mean you have to eat the high-calorie chicken salad sandwich that's provided or grab fast food afterward. Don't let your chaotic lifestyle control your eating habits. Evaluate your schedule and make time to fit healthy choices into your routine, or your health and your waistline will suffer.
- Emotional Eating: If stress at work is building or you're worried about something in your personal life, it's probably affecting your diet. After a tough day at work, beer and pizza often sound a lot better than soup and salad. Stress, in particular, can increase levels of the hormone cortisol, causing people to feel more hunger than usual. Figuring out how to manage your stress levels could save you some calories.
- Ignoring The Labels: Everybody needs a daily calorie budget. To make sure you don't exceed yours, you need to start reading labels.
- Relying On Convenience Foods: After a hectic day, you probably don't want to spend an hour preparing a healthy meal. Knowing this, manufacturers have created a variety of convenient, boxed products. The problem is, they're not always quicker than the alternative--making something fresh--and they're usually lower on nutrients.
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