Blog Posts by Lindsay MacAdam

  • Is Kelly Bensimon fit to give diet advice? Celebrity pens ‘I Can Make You Hot! The Supermodel Diet’

    Are models really qualified to give diet advice? Kelly Bensimon thinks so. (Credit: Thinkstock)It appears that having a background in nutrition is not required to write a diet book. The latest celebrity-turned-health-writer is Kelly Killoren Bensimon, the 44-year-old former model (not to be confused with supermodel) and single mother of two daughters, who starred in three seasons of the reality television show The Real Housewives of New York City.

    Her new book espouses the 'KKB Supermodel Diet', where Bensimon claims you will lose 3-5 lbs. by following a strict diet for only three days and eating a well-balanced diet (including starchy carbs!) the rest of the week. But it's not quite as easy as it sounds.

    During the three strict days, you'll have to banish oil, sugar, alcohol, nuts, salt and caffeine; make all your portions smaller (she suggests switching out your dinner-sized plates for salad plates); exercise for at least 20 minutes per day and get at least eight hours of sleep each night, reports the Daily Mail. For those of us who work for a living and don't have the luxury

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  • The pursuit of happiness can make you less happy, say researchers

    Researchers claim that too much happiness can make you prone to risky behaviour and have less earning potential later in life. (Credit: Thinkstock)Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? According to numerous researchers, when it comes to happiness, more is not necessarily better.

    Although the positive side effects of happiness are many -- including protection from strokes and the common cold, resistance to pain, increased life expectancy and, of course, feeling good -- many researchers are suggesting that happiness, like chocolate, is best enjoyed in moderation. A healthy balance, they tell the Washington Post, would be to feel three positive emotions for every negative one. But, let's get serious, emotions don't really work like that.

    Related: Letting go of hard-to-attain goals improves quality of life: study

    What's so wrong with being an all-around happy person, anyway? June Gruber, psychology professor from Yale University, agrees that too much happiness can have negative outcomes.

    "Research indicates that very high levels of positive feeling predict risk-taking behaviours, excess alcohol and drug consumption, binge

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  • Letting go of hard-to-attain goals improves quality of life: study

    This guy looks pretty blissed out, doesn't he? Maybe it's because he has let go of some hard-to-attain goals. (Credit: Thinkstock)All you chronic goal-setters out there will be the first to admit that nothing is more disappointing and ego-bruising than realizing you're not going to achieve one of your goals -- whether it's due to a sprained ankle before a big race or not getting into the school of your dreams. But according to a new collaborative study out of Concordia and McGill universities, hanging onto unattainable goals could be affecting your well being.

    Based on a mutual desire to motivate breast cancer survivors to become more active, Carsten Wrosch, psychology professor from Concordia University, and Catherine Sabiston from McGill's Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, conducted a study to examine why so many survivors become overweight and why they're generally more sedentary than other women.

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    The study involved 176 breast cancer survivors aged 28 to 79, who were almost a year past their diagnosis and approximately three months

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  • ‘Loub job’: Cosmetic surgery craze helps women withstand sky-high heels

    The "Loub job" cosmetic procedure is gaining in popularity as a way to help women walk more comfortably in high heels (Credit: Thinkstock)Women often turn to high heels for added height, polish or because the styles are just so irresistible. No matter how your weight may fluctuate, there's comfort in knowing your pretty shoes will always fit. But do you live by the old adage, "pain is beauty" when it comes to your footwear? 

    According to the International Business Times, cosmetic foot procedures in the U.S. have doubled in the last year and foot filler requests are up by nearly 21 per cent from last year.

    Foot filler procedures, known as the "Loub job"(referring to Christian Louboutin's signature red-soled high heels), involve injecting collagen into the toe pads, heels and balls of the feet, creating a comfortable, pillow-like effect. In just 20 minutes, and for around $520 you can experience built-in foot cushions and reduced shoe-related pain for up to six months, reports the Daily Mail.

    "Skyscraper heels are becoming ever more popular with the likes of Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Cole stepping out in towering

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  • How Kate Middleton’s first year as royalty compares to Princess Diana’s

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011. (George Pimentel/WireImage)
    This Sunday, April 29, marks the one-year wedding anniversary of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The couple have successfully reinvigorated public interest in the British monarchy, all the while managing to remain surprisingly relatable to us average folk. They order take-out pizza! And walk their dog! And grocery shop! And wear jeans!

    See more: Kate and William's romantic first year as husband and wife

    Rather than simply reflecting on the past year of their lives together and all they've accomplished, wouldn't it be even more interesting to see how their first year as newlyweds compares to that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana -- and more specifically, how Kate's and Diana's transitions to royalty compare? We think so.

    Wedding

    Charles and Diana were wed in St. Paul's Cathedral, as it offered more seating than Westminster Abbey, where Will and Kate were wed. In both cases, crowds of well-wishers filled the streets in hopes of catching a glimpse of

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  • Most people underestimate their body size: study

    Studies carried out worldwide have shown that people, regardless of age group and cultural background, tend to underestimate their body size. (Credit: Thinkstock)You know that feeling you get when you see a picture of yourself and you can't believe your eyes? "The camera adds 10 pounds," you think, as you banish the image from your mind and retreat back to your happy place of denial. Don't worry, you're not alone. And it might not necessarily be denial that's to blame.

    According to the New York Times, studies carried out worldwide have shown that people, regardless of age group and cultural background, tend to underestimate their body sizes, and there is a neurological process involved.

    Since our bodies change as we age, the brain must continuously adjust its body image in order to maintain an accurate perception of size. Scientists are beginning to uncover how the brain's perception can go astray.

    Related: Top 10 global beauty brand rankings released

    "The relative size of our body parts needs to be continuously updated and recalibrated," says Henrik Ehrsson, associate professor of cognitive neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in

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  • Burger King commits to cage-free animal products

    Burger King has vowed to make the switch to using only cage-free chickens and pigs for its egg and pork products by 2017. (Credit: Getty)We all have our own ethical standards when it comes to selecting the foods we buy at the grocery store, but have you ever stopped and thought about the standards of the restaurants you're eating at?

    Burger King, the world's second-largest fast-food restaurant, will make grabbing a quick burger a little easier on our collective consciousness, as the chain has vowed to make the switch to using only cage-free chickens and pigs for its egg and pork products by 2017, reports Businessweek. And that's no small feat for a company that uses hundreds of millions of eggs and tens of millions of pounds of pork annually.

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    "So many tens of thousands of animals will now be in better living conditions," says Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, in a statement. "Numerically this is significant because Burger King is such a big purchaser of these products."

    The company has already begun its conversion

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  • Top 10 global beauty brand rankings released

    Olay was ranked the number one beauty brand according to Brand Finance's yearly ranking. (Credit: Getty Images)Earlier this week, brand-valuation firm Brand Finance released its yearly ranking of the world's top 50 beauty brands, including skincare, haircare, shower products and makeup. While some of the results may surprise you, others, probably won't. They're the brands that are top-of-mind, in your face, and doing all they can to remain there.

    Taking the top five spots are Olay, Avon, L'Oréal, Neutrogena and Nivea, with Lancôme, Dove, Estée Lauder, Bioré and Shiseido rounding out the top 10. According to Forbes, the rankings were compiled based on forecasts for five-year revenue, customer loyalty, royalty rates, and market share and value.

    Related: Urban Outfitters' Star of David t-shirt sparks controversy

    Most women have their go-to products that they swear by and have been using for years, whether it's a favourite mascara, face moisturizer or shampoo they just can't bare to part with. And with so many beauty brands and products on the market today, gaining

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  • Urban Outfitters’ Star of David t-shirt sparks controversy

    The website page selling Urban Outfitters’ Star of David t-shirt . (Credit: Urban Outfitters)American clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is not one to play it safe with its merchandise selection. It seems the company is under fire every few months for some form of copycat behaviour or offensive product.

    This time around, the trendy chain is being criticized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for a seemingly innocent yellow T-shirt called the "Kellog Tee," made by Danish clothing brand Wood Wood. The problem with the tee, reports Gawker, is the blue symbol on the pocket that distinctly resembles the Star of David that Jews were forced to wear throughout the Holocaust.

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    "We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and we are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers," writes ADL Philadelphia's director Barry Morrison to Urban Outfitters CEO Richard A. Hayne.

    The letter continues  to say the product "represents a

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  • The ‘warm glow’ effect: Taxpayers don’t always mind forking over their cash

    Recent research suggests that people derive some pleasure from paying taxes knowing their money is going to a good cause. (Credit: Thinkstock)It's never a good feeling when opening up your hard-earned paycheque to find that a such a large portion of your salary is going straight into the government's bank account. However, according to a report in the Journal of Economic Psychology, people don't actually hate paying taxes as much as you might think.

    "People would prefer to keep a dollar than pay it in tax," reads the the report, "but paying it in tax is not equivalent to throwing the money away."

    In an interview with Miller-McCune, the lead author Iwan Djanali, an MBA student at Harvard University, says that taxpayers get a soft utility, otherwise known as a "warm glow" from paying taxes -- meaning, even though you're not getting anything tangible from paying them, you feel good knowing that your money is helping others.

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    The report is based on the "tax affinity hypothesis," which the researchers tested by conducting an experiment with 66 undergraduate

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