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The Most Effective Celebrity Diets to Try For The New Year

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While dieting may fall under the list of failed new years resolutions, try making it happen in 2014! With a new slate, take the steps necessary to get your physical, mental and health back in shape. Health experts continue to reveal the dietary secrets to achieving our favorite celebrity figures! Check out the most effective celeb diets that will have you shedding pounds in no time.

1. The Alkaline Diet

Aside from snagging the perfect man, Victoria Beckham has something else we all want—a great figure! Her secret is the same new-veggie alkaline diet that snatched Gwenyth Paltrow, and Jennifer Aniston back into shape. One of the many celeb favorites, this diet involves eating predominately alkaline food in efforts to keep the body's PH between 7.35 and 7.45, and claims to be able to heal a variety of ailments in addition to losing weight.

Nutritionist therapist, Vicki Edgson, who created the Healthy Alkaline Programme, lists fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, roots, and legumes, dates, figs, grapefruit, lemon lime, fennel, broccoli, asparagus, artichoke, beetroot, kale, spinach, cauliflower and watercress to be considered the most alkaline food products.

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2. The 5-Factor Diet

Some of the most desired bodies in the celebrity world, swear by this diet. Along with Alicia Keys, Eva Mendes and Jessica Simpson have trimmed down by the diet that comes not only from the number of elements each meal should include— complex carbs, fiber, fat, and fluids—but from the recommended five meals a day, with each recipe containing no more than five ingredients, or taking no longer than five minutes to cook and prep.

But just like any effective diet, there is also a five-day exercise plan that consists of five exercises to do for 5 minutes each.

Just before you start thinking this is WAY too meticulous for a weight loss method, the good news is that you are allowed one "cheat day" each week, where you can eat absolutely anything you like.

vixen_rihanna_thai63. Atkins Diet

Whether Rihanna's flaunting a little black two piece or adding glamour to her red carpet looks, the pop singer always manages to keep her figure up to par. So what's her secret?

Like many other celebs, Rihanna is a big fan of the Atkins Diet. Atkins is one that is high in protein and fats but low in carbohydrates. Not only will you lose weight, but you will be seeing results in better heart and memory functioning; in addition to other health benefits. Expect to  burn the reserved fat in your body by drastically removing all of your addictive carb intake.

To jump start this diet, make sure you read the original book by Robert Atkins himself, or do a little research to thoroughly understand the food choices you'll be making to drop pounds efficiently.


4. Vegan Diet

While we're still ruptured in a Beyonce tornado that hit last week, we can't help but to realize the 32 year old singer is looking better than ever! Recently Beyonce announced that she and her hubby, Jay, would be embarking on a 22-day vegan diet. And typically when celebrities decide to go vegan, we can expect positive outcomes; whether it's for the sake of adopting a vegan lifestyle for environmental, health or ethical reasons.

If your goal is to achieve a model-thin body then you're willing to adhere to this hardcore, low-calorie, diet with plenty of high-fiber, natural fruits, soy products, and vegetables, along with certain processed foods. For drinks, stick to water, decaf green tea, and occasionally organic red wine.

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5. The M-Diet

The mushroom diet is touted around to be the latest get fit weapon for celebs who want to shed pounds fast, without stripping away their curves. Nicknamed, the M-Diet, praised by Katy Perry, promises to help women lose weight from the problem areas over a 14-day period by replacing one meal a day with mushrooms. By eating mushrooms, it's likely that less high calorie foods will be consumed throughout the day over all due to the vegetables powerful nutritional values.

The fibre in mushrooms helps with extretion so that not only is your body performing a natural cleanse, but you won't be so hungry for snacking. Excellent dietary route for improving your skin, hair and nails as mushrooms are high in B vitamins, iron, zinc, which are all the essentials for strength and health.

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6. Paleo Diet
The Paleo diet is based on the idea that we should eat the way we did back in the Paleolithic era—caveman-esque. All cereal grains are banned, as are dairy products, processed foods, beans and potatoes. But if you're a meat eater, then you'll love this! The Paleo Program encourages you to eat your fill of meat, fish and eggs, accompanied by fresh fruit and vegetables. Best of all, there is absolutely no strict plan, just food monitoring and taking in the right foods.

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

In a new interview with Essence, actress Vivica A. Fox discussed how she initially turned down her role in Two Can Play That Game based on the script. The established entertainer said it's her mission to ensure that black people are positively portrayed onscreen, and noticed the aforementioned film's prose didn't live up to those standards.

"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Being Mary Jane premiere, screening, and party on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
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BET To Unveil Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

As Being Mary Jane comes to an end, BET is willing to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the series finale.

The network has enlisted the help of Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and cookbook author, to create an edible billboard that also doubles as a wedding cake. The sweet treat will commemorate Mary Jane's (played by Gabrielle Union) nuptials in the two-hour series finale.

On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

All fans have to do is pull a box from the billboard, snap a picture for the 'Gram, take a bite and enjoy. Although lovers of the show won't be able to celebrate with Mary Jane herself, biting into a slice of her wedding cake, for free, is the next best thing.

Don't forget to tune into the series finale of Being Mary Jane on Tues. (April 23) at 8/7 c.

Also, check out what's to come on the series of Being Mary Jane below.

Save the date! 👰🏾It'll be worth the wait. Join us for the series finale of #BeingMaryJane TUES APR 23 8/7c only on @BET!

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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