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    Have you heard of Freelee the Banana Girl? No, she isn't some performer in a circus sideshow (though with a name like that, your confusion is understandable). Freelee is a self-proclaimed 'diet guru' on YouTube. She preaches the benefits of a raw, vegan, fruit diet as the key to losing weight and staying fit. So far that just sounds hard to do, but not insane, right? 

    That's until you get to the part where you learn pretty much all this woman eats is fruit. She stays 'raw until 4' eating meals of only uncooked fruit. After 4 she'll have a cooked meal ... or more fruit ... or potatoes. Thrilling. 

    Keep in mind, it's not like she's only eating a couple pieces of the stuff either. That's where it gets even more extreme. Freelee talks about how she can eat as many as 51 bananas in one sitting, or over 7 pounds of potatoes

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    Loni Jane Anthony, an outspoken Australian blogger, has been under fire for months for sticking to an extreme diet throughout her pregnancy. While pregnant, she stuck to eating mostly raw fruit with occasional raw veggies. Many called her regimen outright irresponsible. But since giving birth to a 8.7-pound, healthy baby boy named Rowdy back on March 2, she's come out swinging against her critics, writing that she's "living proof you don't have to become a whale while you're pregnant." Ouch.

    While Anthony's particular brand of meat-free eating is not necessarily recommended or for everyone, it does bear noting that her child is "feeding like a machine," "sleeping," and "happy," according to the new mom. And as she continues to follow her strict low-fat, plant-based diet, she says she has "plenty of breast milk." All of this is most definitely a testament to plant-based diets being perfectly acceptable for pregnant or breastfeeding women and their little ones.

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    I have a little confession to make, since I'm (mostly) all about keeping it real up in here. You see, I really, really love food. Like, ridiculously love food. You know the saying, "some people eat to live and others live to eat"? I don't even understand that first group. People that say they're so busy they forgot to eat? They might as well be speaking Greek. Mmmm, Greek yogurt. Wait, what?

    Anyway, not only do I love to eat, but I'm a stress eater. This one time in college, a friend said she always got really skinny after a breakup, because she couldn't eat when she was sad. I was all -- but, but, but ... ice cream!

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    A Venice, California ice cream shop called Kippy's! is making headlines all over the country for going well beyond the usual "skinny" offerings for your sweet tooth. Instead, they're actually claiming their product can be used to do a four-day ice cream "cleanse." Yep, just eat five pints of their non-dairy, sugar-free "plant-based, raw coconut cream" dessert for four straight days, do their daily yoga exercises, and cough up $240 to detox and lose weight. Aaaaand we are all collectively rolling our eyes.

    Or are we?

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    For years, we've heard whisperings of this crazy idea that perhaps health doesn't directly correlate to weight. That obesity isn't the only precursor to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. That maybe, in fact, thin people with unhealthy behaviors may be ticking time bombs for heart disease, too. Now, finally, more researchers are screaming from the rooftops about this mind-blowing (yes, that's sarcasm right there, folks) phenomenon, which they're labeling "skinny fat."

    As Time puts it, we've been turning a blind eye to this problem, because our "culture obsessed with weight doesn’t always remember that appearances of health can be skin deep." But hopefully, new findings will serve as a reminder that the scale isn't the ultimate reflection of wellness ... by far! Here, six signs you might be a skinny person who is actually this deadly kind of "fat" ...

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    Used to be that being calorie-conscious meant eating food that tasted and looked like cardboard. But these days, we know better. We know counting calories doesn't mean having to sacrifice taste. And that deliciously fulfilling, fiber and protein-packed snacks that actually keep you full don't necessarily require tons of prep work. (That's a hugerelief!)

    Here, 8 perfectly quick, simple, and delicious inbetween meal bites that all come in at under 250 calories ...

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    When it comes to dieting, there are zillions of ways the zillions of us body complainers could lose weight. One second, your best friend's sister is saying she needs to nix salt completely. The next, your sister says she's completely cutting out sugar. But the most common thing to get the dieting ax? Carbohydrates, hands down. The Atkins diet has been tackled by loads of A-listers including Kim Kardashian and Sharon Osbourne, catching on over the last few years.

    But the question is: Can a normal human being make it without carbohydrates? If you're contemplating giving up bread, pasta, and all things holy (can you tell I'm a carb fan) -- then there are some things you should definitely know upfront.

    Check out our guide to 5 things you should know if you're giving up carbs (well, most carbs anyway):

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    I got married when I was 26 years old -- and I was a thin bride. And that's what I'd always dreamed of being. After all, what 20-something doesn't dream of walking down the aisle in a tiny gown that shows off just how in control she is of her diet, exercise regime, and everything in between?

    In the year or so before my wedding, I was the smallest I've ever been in my entire life. You see -- I'm not one of those privileged naturally thin people. I was fat (by my standards for myself) in high school, and alternated between fat and relatively thin in college. And then after I graduated, I really buckled down and got my ass in gear. So by the time my wedding rolled around a few years later, I had whittled myself down to a size zero/two, and I weighed under 120 pounds -- a huge milestone I was VERY proud of. (I'm about 5'6", if that gives you a better perspective.)

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    Nutritionist Esther Blum, MS, RD, isn't exactly a fan of New Year's resolutions to go on a fad diet -- with good reason! As she explains in her new book, Cavewomen Don't Get Fat: The Paleo Chic Diet for Rapid Results, our cultural obsession with dieting "makes us vulnerable to counting points or calories, having low-calorie meals delivered to our doors, or drinking 'cleansing' drinks five times a day. Yet we're still overweight, stressed out, unhealthy, and exhausted." Sounds about right! We're caught in a perpetual cycle of searching for the secret to effective, lasting, healthy weight control.

    But after catching up with Esther and checking out her book, I'm positive her "Paleo chic" plan is a brilliant way to put the brakes on runaway yo-yo dieting.

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    Although 2013 may have not been the best year for Khloe Kardashian and her love life, it was an epic year for Khloe ... and Khloe. Despite her crumbling marriage and pending divorce with Lamar Odom after a whirl of addiction rumors, Khloe lost 30 pounds throughout 2013The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star says that it was actually fun losing the weight because she took her time and didn't pressure herself too much.

    Now, I don't generally look toward celebrities for fitness inspiration because well, being naturally skinny doesn't inspire me. Khloe's worked hard to get to this point, though. Despite hardships in her personal life, she dedicated herself toward an ultimate goal of focusing on herself and living a healthier life. Now THAT is an inspiration.

    Here, I'll let the before and after photos of Khloe do the talkin'.

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