What Happens in Your Body During a "Cleanse" or "Detox"

Juice cleanses, colon cleanses, fruit detoxes, sugar detoxes—we've all seen these things, but do they actually work? What are they supposed to do? Let's take a look at the science behind the fad. » 12/11/14 2:09pm 12/11/14 2:09pm

How to Start Exercising When You're Already Overweight

Healthy living isn't easy. For some, it comes naturally, but for those folks who are already overweight—large enough that it's difficult or even painful to do what thinner people can do—it's even tougher to get started. Here are some tips to help. » 2/12/14 10:09pm 2/12/14 10:09pm

10 Health Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science

Everything makes you fat! Gluten-free food is the key to eternal youth! You need to poop ten times a day or you’ll die! You’ll find tons of equally ridiculous health claims around the internet, and you’ll actually believe some of them. Today we’re taking a look at 10 common myths and uncovering the truth. » 10/14/13 1:06pm 10/14/13 1:06pm

Does It Matter What Kind of Deodorant I Buy?

Dear Lifehacker,
When I go to the drug store, I see so many different types of deodorant. Putting aside the huge number of scents, many offer a variety of features as well. Some feature antiperspirants while others claim to block body odor better than others. Does it really matter which one I get? » 5/28/13 2:10pm 5/28/13 2:10pm

That Old People Smell Is Real—And It's Surprisingly Delightful

We all know that particular scent that old people have. It's subtly sweet but also brings to mind decay and mortality. It's complex, like a fine wine. Well, anyway, it turns out that science has spent some valuable time confirming that, in fact, the scent does exist, and it's actually rather pleasing. » 5/30/12 11:55pm 5/30/12 11:55pm

If Your Kid Is Fat, You Might Not Even Know It

When it comes to evaluating their children, parents aren't known for objectivity. After all, everyone usually thinks their kids are above average in every way, even though that is statistically impossible. But it turns out, strangely, that many parents are not very good at telling when their kids are above average in… » 5/08/12 11:30am 5/08/12 11:30am

Oops! Looks Like You Might Need Your Appendix After All

Most of us don't spend too much time thinking about our appendixes, except if they're throbbing with infection and threatening to kill us—in which case that is ALL we are thinking about. The organ, a little dead-ended tube which is attached to your intestines, has long been assumed to be some kind of useless,… » 3/05/12 5:45pm 3/05/12 5:45pm

Your Mother Was Right: If You Don't Get Enough Sleep, You're Going to…

It happens to all of us: we stay out too late or we wake up in the middle of the night fretting about some thing or another and then we end up sleep deprived, and sure enough a few days later we come down with a cold or the flu. It's the reason our mothers used to hate letting us have sleepovers. It's why we spent so… » 2/17/12 10:00am 2/17/12 10:00am

Lindsay Lohan Tells Playboy She's Learned From Her Mistakes

Lindsay Lohan's Playboy cover is out, and now we're hearing a bit about what she's said in the accompanying article which will be out next week. It seems after the drama of the past few years, LiLo thinks she should have done things a bit differently: » 12/11/11 1:05pm 12/11/11 1:05pm

The Dark Ages: When We Knew Nothing About Our Vaginas

Those of us who had some form of sex ed in school learned the basics: what your period is made of, how fertilization works, how to put a condom on a banana. But there's a lot of ladybusiness that you just don't learn til you're older, from living, talking to people, and (shudder) trial and error. Herewith, a look back… » 10/19/11 4:30pm 10/19/11 4:30pm

The Art Of Public Farting

Comedians have built entire careers on it, but if it happens during a date or in front of your boss, your dignity will be decimated in a mushroom cloud of humiliation. It's flatulence, and unless you're a hilarious fat sidekick in Adam Sandler's annual attempted comeback vehicle, you're going to want to avoid doing it… » 9/26/11 5:10pm 9/26/11 5:10pm

Gwyneth Works Out Obsessively, Still Hates Her Ass

>In a particularly misleading Self article, Gwyenth Paltrow allegedly dishes on her "secrets" to a fitness. This in an article where she actually says, "It's not an accident. It's not luck, it's not fairy dust, it's not good genes. It's killing myself for an hour and a half five days a week, but what I get out of it… » 4/14/11 2:10pm 4/14/11 2:10pm

NY Times Writer Remembers Elizabeth Edwards for Her "Generous Hips"

Um, say what? Kind of a weird and icky way to remember someone who's just died. But writer Jan Hoffman's piece is full of weird. » 12/11/10 5:20pm 12/11/10 5:20pm

A Bearded Woman And The Politics Of Hair

"I am a woman with a beard," writes Allison Landa. And so unfolds a story of hair removal that challenged some of our ideas about beauty, body politics, and choices. » 10/05/10 4:10pm 10/05/10 4:10pm

How Christina Hendricks Has Been Reduced To Stock-Image Status

Christina Hendricks has gone from poster child for the supposed the comeback of curves to practically a stock photo for any story about bodies. Is it time to diversify? » 9/15/10 3:05pm 9/15/10 3:05pm

Yoga Is The Opposite Of Gym Class

Is yoga so popular in America because it can "turn mere human flesh into a vehicle for the divine?" Or because it eliminates all the worst things about exercise? » 7/12/10 6:55pm 7/12/10 6:55pm

Booty Shorts And Showing Skin As Empowerment

With summer comes the perennial debate about showing skin: do women bare their limbs to keep cool, to look good for themselves, or to "inspire lust?" And would the last one really be so bad? » 6/22/10 2:00pm 6/22/10 2:00pm

There's No Excuse For Unwanted Back Hair

Manscaping has become a serious industry, bringing in over $10 million annually thanks to special back-shavers and man-friendly wax kits. If you've ever been with a guy who's wearing a sweater even when he's not wearing a sweater, rejoice. [NYT] » 6/16/10 10:20am 6/16/10 10:20am

Should Skinny Celeb Photos Have A Warning Label?

Today in a Daily Mail editorial, a mother whose daughter died of anorexia argues that photos of "twiglet" celebrities like Nicole Richie should run with a health warning in magazines. But how will editors determine which actresses are too thin? » 4/05/10 5:00pm 4/05/10 5:00pm

Sidibe's Weight Becomes Publicity Stunt For Supplement Marketers

Acaisupply.com is offering Gabourey Sidibe a year's supply of their supplements if she loses weight with them. Incidentally, last August, Oprah and the Illinois Attorney General sued 40 such supplement providers for falsely claiming Oprah had endorsed their product. [TMZ] » 3/15/10 9:20am 3/15/10 9:20am