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Once Again, The Media Is Overhyping The Health Benefits Of Chocolate

“There does not appear to be evidence that chocolate should be avoided in terms of impact on cardiovascular risk.” So conclude the authors of a report published Monday in the august medical journal Heart. Their takeaway is decidedly unsexy (takeaways from well-conducted health studies, which the aforementioned… » 6/16/15 6:06pm 6/16/15 6:06pm

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it… » 5/27/15 4:28pm 5/27/15 4:28pm

Normal Human Tries to Eat Like The Rock

When the daily food intake of action star, professional wrestler and registered Republican Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was published by Muscle & Fitness last month, it was pretty astonishing, to say the least. While no one probably expected the 6-foot-5, 260-pound actor to be chomping down on rice cakes and green tea,… » 5/09/15 4:15pm 5/09/15 4:15pm

Duh: Dr. Oz's Magic Diet Pills Don't Work

I don't want to alarm anyone, but the medical advice dispensed from Dr. Oz miiiiight not be totally valid. It's no secret that scientists and medical professionals think Dr. Oz is a quack who only cares about ratings, and now that the Federal Trade Commission has called bullshit on a weight loss supplement hawked by… » 1/26/15 7:10pm 1/26/15 7:10pm

Our Dumbest Diets: An Anonymous Jezebel Retrospective 

It's January 2015—time to leave that holiday trend called "eating" behind and starve your tender, fragile bodies of nutrients. Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels is doing it! He's only eating carrots! He's ONLY EATING CARROTS. To honor this amazing decision, several Jezebel staffers have attempted to extract… » 1/02/15 4:10pm 1/02/15 4:10pm

Excuse Me Sirs, Women Are Just as Good at Boozing and Binge-Watching

We've barely staggered through the first round of company Christmas parties and already we're getting slammed with New Year's resolution-related content (and unfortunately not the Otis Redding/Carla Thomas duet, either). Today's news: Gents' weight-loss goals are most likely to be derailed by liquor and Game of… » 12/15/14 12:50pm 12/15/14 12:50pm

Everything I Fucked Up While Trying to Eat Like Gwyneth for a Week

If there's one thing I love, it's cheese-covered gluten. And if there are two things I love, they're cheese-covered gluten and making fun of lifestyle guru and noted Veela Gwyneth Paltrow. So when I came across a copy of Gwyneth's 2014 diet book It's All Good ("delicious, easy recipes that will make you look good and… » 6/27/14 2:10pm 6/27/14 2:10pm

Here's Why It Matters that the Senate Grilled Dr. Oz Over Diet Scams

Senator Claire McCaskill, chair of the Senate's Consumer Protection panel, is NOT JAZZED ABOUT DR. OZ. In fact, she spent half of Tuesday grilling him on why he keeps going on television and telling people that if they just eat enough $45 magic beans they'll wake up with a thigh gap like a soccer goal (and then:… » 6/19/14 5:20pm 6/19/14 5:20pm

This Chick Eats 51 Bananas a Day to Stay Thin

Meet Freelee "The Banana Girl," a self-styled diet guru who has developed a program consisting of large meals of a single raw fruit or vegetable. In one YouTube video, she demonstrated how she consumes 51 bananas in one day, adding a new, pun-y layer to the whole "you are what you eat" ethos. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. » 4/11/14 12:10pm 4/11/14 12:10pm