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” says study author Michael Miller. Untreated the incidence of blocked bloodflow heartburn to the heart also can lead to a rises by 20%. 2 pencil. rankings and ratings become even more important to our sense of sanity. . because they help define a man’s place in the world. feel. 6. according to a study in the International Journal of Cardiology. you sure as hell can send it into overtime. and (as with the 10 “thou shalts”) set in stone. But by following these 50 tips. take a laugh break  lists come to an end. we can help you outrun the reaper. careers slow to a trickle—even The Sopranos signed off with a “Hmmm. report researchers at the University of Maryland.HealtH By the NumBers Moses came down from Mt. don’t go to work sick Over a 3-year period. women are much more adept at understanding and adapting to shifting landscapes—which is why they keep us so off balance all the time. . Dutch scientists determined that men who ate just 4 g of cocoa a day had half the risk of dying from heart disease than those who ate less. Nothing else really does. A heart attack. concise. and inflammation. having a ranking of quality and quantity is the psychological equivalent of having a club in your hands: It allows you to stride through the information jungle with confidence. M. We’re each on our own quiet march to greatness.” But lists stop and let us move on to the next thing. ver since 50 Ways to Beat the Reaper it’s simple: employ these scientific strategies now. Lists are blunt instruments. 4 T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Watching 15 minutes of funny video can improve bloodflow to your heart by 50%. 5. take out your No. M e n s H e a l t h . With their greater capacity for emotional juggling. . 2. So here’s where this list stops and the next thing begins—our tips for 2009. and live better. c o m Back to contents . Scientists discovered that as acid levels in the esophagus rise. and that march puts us ahead of—or behind—all other men in the universe. Untreated heartburn can lead to a heart attack. indulge your chocolate craving 3. but sometimes a blunt instrument is all you need to tame the beast. But just as creative accountants have helped many men triumph over their 1040s. packed with more than 100 ways to look. beverages. or Journal of carbonated Cardiology. Maybe it’s a game you can’t ultimately win. “This may reduce blood clot formation. men who clocked in despite feeling under the weather had double the heart attack risk of guys who stayed in bed. drink at least five 8-ounce glasses of water a day  lists set us apart from women. 1. In a 15-year study.D. Indeed. Put out the fire in your chest In a review of 53 studies. study. cholesterol deposition. here are the three top reasons men love lists. That’s the equivalent of two 25-calorie Hershey’s Kisses—an amount that can fit into any diet.K. And as our world continues to buzz louder and louder. Scientists at Loma Linda University found that men who drank this amount of H2O were 54% less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack than those who drank two glasses or less every day. juice. say South Carolina researchers. according to a U. Australian researchers found that regularly eating cereal made from refined grains raises w w w. all of which are highly acidic and may trigger heartburn. Whether it’s knowing the six best exercises for six-pack abs or 50 ways to avoid death. men have obsessed over numerical rankings. orderly rules. and add years of good living to your future We’ve been told that the only sure things  lists give the illusion of control. We don’t do well with fuzziness and uncertainty: We like things clear. a study in the Don’t make a habit of drinking International wine. We like solid. say no to Froot loops 4. are death and taxes. and start checking them off. So. Relationships fade. Sinai with the original Top 10 List. natural remedy: according to Analyze your diet.
A warning sign: fasting blood sugar that’s greater than 100 mg per deciliter. And U. eat berries 18. you have a 26% lower risk of stroke than people who eat fewer than three servings. .) for an if you think you’re having a heart attack… 10. 17. try a natural remedy 13. 22. even in people who don’t respond to statins. take a daily multivitamin Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have discovered that this helps prevent the DNA damage that causes cancer. and begins fighting blood clots almost 3 minutes faster than a pill. study. rectal. have breakfast within 1½ hours of waking 21.100 calories a week Duke University scientists have discovered that this amount of exercise prevents the accumulation of visceral adipose tissue—the dangerous belly fat that causes arterial inflammation and hypertension. the same as a regular aspirin. try fish oil. according to a U. eating one red grapefruit a day lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol by 20%. and ward off cancer. burn 1. report researchers at Duke University. set a three-drink limit Harvard researchers have determined that downing more than three drinks in a 24-hour period increases your risk of atrial fibrillation.K.. eat produce at every meal If you consume more than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. D. too. according to the journal Stroke. unsecured object as you drive makes you eight times more likely to swerve into a road barrier.000 mg every day. PloP an alka-seltzer… It contains 325 mg of aspirin. If you have anger-management issues. c o m . wasp. bladder. (Helping out with housework may improve your Reaching sex life. which is made from 100% whole grains and contains no sugar. We like Centrum Silver. 15. 20. and you can lower your BP in the long term. An allergic reaction can constrict your blood vessels. according to Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. says Steven Kernerman. 6 T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents w w w. researchers determined that increases in body mass were directly proportional to the likelihood of dying of gut cancers— specifically. colon. M e n s H e a l t h . National Institutes of Health scientists The antioxidants in cranberries. and our three-step strategy counteracts that by improving bloodflow to your heart. blueberries. But if you start to experience the symptoms of a lifethreatening reaction—hives. according to a University of New Mexico study. or hornet until you’ve already been stung. A University of Massachusetts study found that men who waited longer than that were 50% more likely to become obese. Take 1. We like Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (nordicnaturals.O.. According to Israeli scientists. Over an 18-year period. Purdue scientists have discovered that constant worrying shortens your life span by 16 years. have found that hostile. and raspberries have been shown to offer protection from a stroke. hit the weights University of Michigan scientists found that men who completed three total-body weight workouts a week for 2 months lowered their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) by an average of 8 points. keep your cool Men who frequently express anger outwardly are more than twice as likely to have a stroke than guys who control their tempers. it’s typically twice the size of a standard drink (4 ounces). Step 2 Take a Benadryl. The reduction lasts only 8 hours— but make it a daily habit. treat a killer bee sting 9. Magnesium can make multivitamins too bulky. 11. think positive Doing 150 calories’ worth of chores a day can lower high blood pressure by 13 points.HEALTH insulin and C-reactive protein and lowers HDL (good) cholesterol—all factors that boost your odds of developing heart disease. 7. according to a study in the journal Thrombosis Research. Falling short? Join a league: A British Medical Journal study reported that people who exercised in groups boosted their average calorie burn by 500 a week. Step 3 Lie on your back and elevate your legs while you wait for help. a condition that may boost your odds of a stroke fivefold during that time. an allergist at the Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic. 14. 8. vacuum for 30 minutes 16.com). m 12. and liver.com or GNC to your daily regimen.K. researchers determined that men with the highest blood levels of magnesium are 40% less likely to die of any cause than those with the lowest levels. Monitor your blood sugar Johns Hopkins University researchers have determined that people with the highest blood-sugar levels have twice the risk of heart disease as those with the lowest.000 to 2. strawberries. wheezing. Constant worrying shortens your life span by 16 years. aggressive men often have low blood levels of DHA—one of the main omega-3 fats found in fish oil. A better choice for your morning bowl: Post Shredded Wheat cereal. and abdominal cramping—you can save yourself in three steps: Step 1 Call 911. so add a 250-mg pill from iherb.. That’s enough to reduce the risk of stroke by 40% and heart attack by 15%. You may not know if you’re allergic to the venom of a bee. An important note: When the average man pours himself a glass of wine. Walk-in patients wait almost twice as long in the ER as those who arrive by ambulance. keep you mentally sharp as you age. take a magnesium supplement 19.and call a ride.
While just about every U. m glue. boost your mood. 24. save your life Scandinavian researchers have observed that deep depression (and its spinoff. M e n s H e a l t h . Make sure you don’t end up as fish food Most shark attacks occur at dawn and dusk. As for vinegar. firm neck pillow down the back of your T-shirt before dozing off. and sidewalk salt away from gas appliances. range. and 53% of those killed at night have blood-alcohol concentrations at or above .S. a Morehouse School of Medicine study revealed that the devices were nonfunctioning in onethird of homes due to dead or absent batteries. which can eat holes in the pipes that deliver the fuel for your furnace. the legal limit in all 50 states. You can watch the sky for clues to their location: Seabirds eat the same fish as sharks. dive With a Partner This cuts the chance of a shark attack by 50%. and cauliflower) helps fight prostate cancer. raises your diabetes risk by 40%—nearly the same as smoking does. sip on mint tea It contains the powerful antioxidant hesperidin. hit the shark in its eyes or gills These are its most sensitive areas. says Alan Henningsen. when sharks feed. according to the National Weather Service. drownproof yourself If you’re dumped in the water without a life preserver. Switzerland. don’t get blown to bits 31. the keys to survival are staying warm and conserving energy.S. dodge a deadly lightning bolt 27. People who exercise at any intensity for 2 hours a week—an average of about 17 minutes a day—are 61% less likely to feel highly stressed than their sedentary counterparts.com). Here’s how to lower stress. To keep from rolling over onto your back as you sleep. iF you’re attacked. 40. 39. don’t jaywalk 26.then take it outside British researchers found that people who exercised outdoors reduced their depression by 71%. Stay off the toilet during severe thunderstorms. which reduces the inflammation and oxidative stress associated with diabetes by 52%. 33. a marine biologist and shark researcher at the National Aquarium. add curry to vegetables 34. due to residual fatigue. and improve your overall health. (This slows the drop in body temperature. And despite its lack of caffeine. eating it prior to a highcarbohydrate meal (like pasta) slows the absorption of carbs into your bloodstream. not only can it jump through phone and electrical lines. tossed and turned less. and felt more refreshed in the morning than those who didn’t inhale the aroma. 42. For god’s sake. Rutgers University scientists have discovered that a combination of turmeric (found in curry powder) and phenethyl isothiocyanate (a compound in broccoli. Put your iPod on a mount Reaching for an unsecured object as you drive makes you eight times more likely to swerve into a road barrier. European scientists have determined that unheated olive oil reduces cancer risk. check your smoke alarms improve your outlook. be a career coach 30. 36. while indoor exercisers’ depression decreased by only 45% after their workouts. Think you smell fumes? Don’t call for help from inside your house.) Exhale bubbles slowly. especially when the boss is male. 37. stuff a small. A Harvard study found that due to anxiety. but it can also run through plumbing. don’t Pee in the ocean Bodily fluids attract sharks. douse your salad with oil and vinegar 41. That’s important. fabric softener. . Such interruptions make you up to six times more likely to be involved in an auto accident. The chlorine or fluorine in these products breaks down into ionized gas.08%. The snout might work as a target. according to a study at the University of Buffalo. live life in a smoke-free zone Secondhand smoke.7 times more likely to develop heart disease. light a jasmine-scented candle Scientists at Wheeling Jesuit University found that men who did this for just 1 minute before bed fell asleep faster. residence has smoke alarms. Find tiMe to exercise. 23.. and restless sleep increases your odds of a stroke. spicy smell can help you stay alert 32. A man married to a woman who is upset by her work is 2. stash a cinnamon air freshener in your car The strong. suicide) is often caused by job stress. cut out the sWeet stuFF Tufts University researchers found that men on low-sugar diets had lower levels of depression and anxiety than those who consumed all types of carbs. diabetes. help her practice her negotiating skills. brussels sprouts. because 77% of pedestrians killed while crossing the road aren’t at intersections. 28. 35. Navy pilots: Float facedown in the water with your knees tucked against your chest in the fetal position. 25. according to the Mayo Clinic. according to researchers at University Hospital in Bern.. Repeat until help arrives. according to researchers in Denmark. If your wife won’t find a new job. women don’t initiate money talks at work as often as men do.. mint tea also increases alertness. It T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents w w w. using your phone could create an electric spark and set off an explosion.. This is particularly good advice if you’ve had too much to drink. c o m . Keep bleach. sleep on your side This can halve the number of sleep-apnearelated wake-ups you experience during the night. paint stripper. or dryer.HEALTH screws into a ceiling light socket and feeds off your home’s electricity. because insufficient sleep boosts your risk of 8 The most likely reason a house fire ends in a fatality: no early warning. turning your head to one side only to inhale deeply. If you’ve ever let the juice in any of your detectors dwindle—or removed the battery simply to disable the beep indicating low power—consider installing at least one DuPont self-charging smoke alarm (target. Here are three more ways to avoid a grisly death. 29. in Baltimore. If lightning hits within even 60 feet of your house. according to a University of Maryland study. Use the method taught to U. The researchers believe that dusting your vegetables just once a week will provide protection. besides boosting your risk of lung cancer. say Australian scientists. 38. The happier people also limited their total carb intake to 40% of total calories. This prevents the spikes in blood sugar and insulin that signal your body to store fat. but this tactic often results in a bitten arm.
and discovered yellows and oranges. Fewer than 40. Sucking on a cinnamon Altoid may work. pain disorder (TMJ) Diagnosis: The key symptom of TMJ is acute jaw pain when you open your mouth. Prevent it: Put your jaw in neutral. A Harvard study has found that men who work out regularly are 40% less likely to develop Parkinson’s.D. says David Hellmann.000 Americans are diagnosed each year. Similarly. when serious symptoms set in. choose a Caffè Americano: A grande counts as 4 cups and contains just 15 calories. In one study. 4 Pains in the Body a simple symptom may need a second look a headache is usually just a headache.D. says Gordon Gilbert.. m 43. Prevent it: Work your abs. M e n s H e a l t h . M.D. reds. Why? Brooklyn College researchers have discovered that drinking 4 cups of coffee a day lowers your risk of dying of heart disease by 53%. 49. Diagnosis: Even if your back feels fine. If you like Starbucks. have whites. But a clear—and confounding—early indicator is long-term pain in both biceps. 10 46. of the department of medicine at Johns Hopkins. Instead of clenching your teeth when stress strikes. You can order an at-home HIV test online (homeaccess. Mix it up by choosing one Brooklyn serving from each College of the five different researchers color groups: blues and purples. That’s because the plant chemicals that protect against disease vary among botanical families. c o m .200-mg capsules daily repelled ticks significantly better than those who didn’t take garlic. throbbing headaches 50.. says Robert Nirschl.D. test yourself for hiv A British study has confirmed that early detection is the key to extending your life. crouch so that your butt hits first. 44. not an aggressive brain tumor. greens. Diagnosis: Chances are good you won’t know if a pencil-point-size tick latched onto you this summer. which snakes from your lower back to your foot. design a colorful menu 47. is pinched by a herniated disc. too. use watercress in your salad A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that eating 3 ounces of watercress every day increases levels of the cancer-fighting antioxidants lutein and beta-carotene by 100% and 33%.” your biceps hurt Secondary symptom: Loss of balance One hidden cause: Parkinson’s disease Diagnosis: Chances are slim that you’ll your neck and shoulders hurt One hidden cause: Lyme disease Secondary symptom: Severe. “It can be coupled with feelings of pins and needles in the leg. Hunching puts your lower back at risk of wrenching. soldiers who took 1. Early indicators of Lyme include neck stiffness and develop Parkinson’s. T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents w w w. and then see your doctor. an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University. too. steep your tea for at least 3 minutes Any less than that lowers the amount of disease-fighting antioxidants. a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. respectively. M. the skin of produce is loaded with healthy nutrients. Prevent it: Hit the gym.. as if you’re going to say “N. M. report Greek researchers. and receive your results in the mail just 7 days later. your Foot hurts your thigh Secondary symptom: Mild pain in the back of One hidden cause: Herniated lumbar disk Secondary symptom: Audible clicking sound One hidden cause: Temporomandibular joint when you open and close your mouth 45. mail in your blood sample. your Jaw hurts It reduces stress that can damage your heart. a professor of physiology and molecular pharmacology at the University of South Florida. enjoy your joe that drinking 4 cups of coffee a day lowers your risk of dying of heart disease by 53%.” says Loren Fishman. Even a short nap once or twice a week was found to decrease the risk of early death. Colorado State University scientists have discovered that men who eat the widest variety of fruits and vegetables gain greater cancer-fighting benefits than those who eat more total servings but choose from a smaller assortment.com). That’s why many cases of Lyme disease are reported in the fall and winter. ask for the heel Bread crust has up to eight times more pronyl-lysine—an antioxidant that fights cancer—than what’s in the center. Researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University found that a whiff increases alertness by 25%. in your foot can mean your sciatic nerve. Fall on your butt If you feel yourself losing balance on the stairs. But persistent or recurring pain could signal a more serious problem lurking within your body. Don’t be afraid to bounce down a few steps—it’ll make a fatal blow less likely. says Fishman. Suspect something ominous? Consult this list. place your tongue behind your upper front teeth. Prevent it: Swallow garlic.. migraines due to the onset of meningitis.HEALTH as you drive. Strengthening the abs boosts your ability to maintain good posture. 48. M. take a noontime nap Breaking up your day with a 30-minute snooze can reduce coronary mortality by 37%.
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Ph. muffling unproductive temptations and letting you tackle your work. says a 12 T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents w w w. according to a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. and press firmly with a muddler to pulverize the peppers. imagine a workout. “But a positive interaction boosts cytokines—chemicals that recruit cells that are needed for making repairs—in the area around the wound. which is found in carrots. according to a spanish study of 41. as long as it’s something you choose. carotenoids.” Your therapy: Surprise your mate with dinner. such as Superbad. lime juice. the benefit: Folate in beets has been shown to lower the risk of coronary artery disease. tuning in to music at your desk will help you focus on the task at hand.. the range of motion. and muddle the berries to extract the juice. be positive for your heart Purging pessimism can help your ticker. imagine exercising your injured muscle. c o m . Men who scored high on an optimism test were 55% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those with defeatist dispositions. Music triggers a relaxation response. or send a card to your grandma or a check to your favorite charity. the benefit: researchers at Ohio state university have determined that avocados protect against heart disease. says an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study. “Healing is delayed an additional day by hostile interactions. shake. Your therapy: Start by taking a weekly inventory of what you’re grateful for— friends. say Japanese researchers. Garnish with the remaining pepper ring. plug into your iPod or call up pandora. men who visualized working out their biceps saw a 13% increase in muscle mass—without lifting a single weight. and ice. Participants in a Japanese study were less affected by allergens after seeing a funny film but sneezed more after viewing a serious one.  BeeT sAngriA 4 oz sugar Pinch of salt 11 oz beet juice 3 oz fresh oJ oz fresh lime juice 8 oz red wine oz brandy 3 oz ginger beer (or ale) 1 oz cointreau Dissolve the sugar and salt into the nonalcoholic ingredients. M. Here are five ways you can harness your mental medicinal powers. A Good Samaritan act can speed your recovery by at least a day. M e n s H e a l t h . combine the blueberries and lemon juice. shake. family. an Asian-inspired liqueur made with sake 2 oz pomegranate juice 1 oz limoncello In a rocks glass.D. and strain into a cocktail glass. or Hot Fuzz (the Collector’s Edition). 5 Beneficial Drinks catch a healthy buzz from these cocktails a sPoonFul oF sugar Queue up the gut busters when allergies strike. why not fill the drink with ingredients that carry some benefits? Here’s to your health. can reduce your risk of cancer. 1. and lycopene (all of which are amply supplied in red peppers) reduces the incidence of chronic disease and death. author of The Brain Trust Program. and you’ll be cured in no time. Add the alcohol. but you have a doctor who’s always on call—and he’s right between your ears.  The rABBiT hole 1 oz square one organic vodka 3 oz fresh carrot juice ½ oz fresh cucumber juice ½ oz cynar.D. anything—and avoid feeling resentful about what you still don’t have. Your therapy: Rent a sidesplitting DVD. Just like listening to the radio when you’re red-eyed on the road. says Larry McCleary. In their study. 5. 4. If you’re going after the buzz. the benefit: A diet high in vitamin C. Your therapy: For 15 minutes a day. Pay it forward. a professor of psychiatry at Ohio State University..HEALTH m 5 Ways to Psych out sickness Heal your body with brainpower you May not know it. the benefit: In a Preventive medicine research Institute study. Add the gin. and strain into a chilled glass. preventing allergens from taking hold. Your therapy: When you feel a dip. It doesn’t matter what type of music you listen to. top with the sage sprig. To boost recovery from a muscle injury. and the muscle flexing and stretching—says sports psychologist Trent Petrie. but then so does a shot of organic vodka. Laughter revs your parasympathetic nervous system.000 people. imagine muscle strength helps the medicine go down. Imagine every detail—the pressure. listen away office fatigue 3. speeding healing.D. research shows. and stir. top with the remaining ingredients. do good for cuts and bruises  AvocAdo dAiquiri 2 oz silver rum 2 oz gold rum 2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) ½ oz half-and-half ¼ oz fresh lemon juice (or lime juice) ¼ medium-ripe avocado 1½ cups ice cubes Combine the ingredients in a blender until smooth. laugh away allergies study in Archives of Internal Medicine. Ph. say Cleveland Clinic researchers.com. combine two pepper rings and the mint leaves.” says Janice Kiecolt-Glaser. heart patients’ health improved after they drank antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice. an Italian herbal liqueur 1 sprig fresh sage Combine the liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice. syrup.  PePPer delicious 3 rings sliced red bell pepper 6–8 leaves fresh mint 2 oz aviation gin 1 oz fresh lime juice ¾ oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water 2–3 ice cubes In a shaker glass. 2. Add ice until the glass is half full. Just visualizing lifting weights can actually build muscle. The Simpsons Movie.
but heed your inner monologue for the right decision.” says Fiery Cushman. as well. “If you focus on how difficult a task is—how you won’t do a good job—you’ll find it tougher to start. Or. Ph. we think it can. It just may save your life. your gut available. do you tell the other spouse? “Moral judgments are a combination of intuitive gut reactions and reflection.D. (Economists agree some intuition is wise. Take equity funds backed by subprime loans. director of the Cleveland w w w. The strategy: You’re the only person who can “listen” to your body. It’s the way the mind works. in fact. But sometimes our inner cheerleader changes sides. Bye-bye. says John Amory.” says psychologist James Pretzer.D.) But ignore the frenzied pack—and all things subprime.. I have great ideas. and don’t repeat the mistake.. funny. according to a study in Psychological Bulletin.. pack up and walk away. The takeaway: Overanalyzing won’t improve your performance. author of The Power of Intuition. Positive self-talk bolsters confidence and boosts energy. Set questions and scaled ratings are three times better at predicting on-the-job success than informal talks are. and even your posture. Or thoughts like I have nothing interesting to say become second-guessing your doctor Why: Doctors often overlook symptoms that go With your brain When you’re. If it’s telling you that something’s lurking. author of Intuition. you’d make arbitrary decisions. Your intuition to trust them in the past was faulty. the choice that feels right is often correct. This handy guide shows exactly when your heart or your mind should have the upper hand. a nonprofit group that studies human judgment and risk analysis. Who doesn’t like hearing. recommends Amory. Without your gut. says Gary Klein. but your rational mind has its strengths. couple and one of them is having an affair. At work.. trust your gut with some big choices. Well. but you can control it with structured interviews.D. By definition. M. expert chess players performed as well in “blitz chess” (a 5-minute version of chess) as they did in the traditional game.D. says David Myers. or a flaky friend asks for yet another loan.. strained silence.” 6 steps to Positive thinking negative self-talk can ruin your day.. The strategy: When faced with a moral conundrum. your instincts are wired to choose self-fulfilling prophecies. is often influenced by the herd mentality. an associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington. then find a specialist outside your primary doctor’s group.D.. I’m gonna lose my job. she’ll never cheat on you again. so fight your gut. M e n s H e a l t h . but maybe we’re wrong We all talk to ourselves. The strategy: On a test or in a game. Judging her sincerity Why: You want to believe her when she says investing Why: When it comes to money.. president of Decision Research. these are investments in borrowers who are poor risks. go With your gut When you’re. your tone of voice. Ph.MIND 6 gut-Wrenching Decisions know when to trust your intuition and when to doubt it your brain is telling you she’s hot and m him over an aloof candidate who’s more qualified. leaving only a small window for hunches.D. weigh the practical facts. Which will it be? You can. yet plenty of people raced to buy in—and now they’re paying for it. The strategy: You can’t completely avoid your impression bias. Smart move…she liked that. Ph. The boss looks your way—is he frowning?—and you think. a researcher at Harvard. hiring a Job candidate Why: If the potential hire is agreeable and don’t fit the usual model of a disease and often dismiss fears as paranoia. But studies show that past performance is the best predictor of future behavior. And it’s terrific when it makes like your own personal Laker Girl. “That feeling you have is your intuition checking up on your analytic thinking. Ph. hello. Ph. says Paul Slovic. The strategy: Reason and analysis should guide most of your investing. c o m 14 T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents ... despite what your gut is telling you. especially in healthy young men. You become so focused on how you’re coming across that you can’t keep up with the conversation. Making a Moral decision Why: If you’re good friends with a married Playing a game Why: In a Michigan State University study. negative self-talk has a similar effect. says Myers. playful banter. Self-doubt shows in your facial expressions. The strategy: When your girlfriend says she’s finished catting around. but your gut is urging you to zip up and run. when you start a new job.
“The more you fight them. as usual. 16 Discouraging words that keep coming back call for a special strategy. the more robust your sense of taste. Ph. But hurry. know the enemy 5. That means less eyestrain and blurring and better vision. and then jot down a rebuttal for each.” Simply smile. Ph. they first pass through a membrane. author of Painfully Shy.. “It’s easier going toward these thoughts than going away. I lost the only woman I’ll ever love.. “Instead of trying to suppress negative thoughts. Ph. In turn. T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents w w w. sight Position your computer monitor so you’re looking slightly down at it. The reverse works.D. “It stimulates both sides of the brain and briefly disrupts your thinking patterns. the din of traffic. 1. she’ll like me anyway. which will turn the task into a real ordeal. oh. and author of Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life. Alan Hirsch. let them stay as background noise. first with the negative voice-over and then with the good stuff. respect their Power Don’t try to eliminate negative thoughts. The muscles that turn your frown upside down also tense your middle-ear muscles. says. Your eyes won’t be open as wide. or office chatter—by as much as 20 decibels. Put on an act Imagine yourself in a stressful situation. the more they come back. I’m glad you’re here). moist air helps odors dissolve into that membrane.. m 4. sing some sense into yourself 2. Run mental rehearsals until it feels natural. you’ll be able to pick out the sentence fragments that constitute a sort of lingua franca between you and your limbic system—phrases like Blew it.” So what are you going to do? Here’s your battle plan. “You’re likely to procrastinate. a psychologist at the University of North Carolina and director of www. If you relabel Uh. A British study has found that looking at the body part increases activity in the area of the brain that controls sensation. “The more odor molecules hit receptors in your nose. or names that are fraught with personal meaning: Dad all over again. Just putting a smile on your face reinforces the notion that all is well (while telling the other person. like the face of an old girlfriend. That helps rechannel adrenaline into positive action. so they won’t be exposed to as much cornea-drying air. hearing 6.” says clinical psychologist Gregory Markway. M e n s H e a l t h . You’ll see it coming.D.D. Heighten Your 5 senses use these simple tricks to get the most from your senses touch Look at the body part that’s doing the touching. Wilson says you can blunt the sting of endless self-reproach by putting it to music (in your mind. I feel nervous as I’m psyched! your brain automatically shifts from take-cover mode into let’s-roll mode.com. Or simply act like everything’s copacetic. but rather If I say something dumb.” 3. Before odors reach your smell receptors. because I was a jerk sounds pretty silly once you sing it like Merle Haggard.anxieties.. in San Francisco. too: Look away when receiving a shot. Warm. Reid Wilson. this softens low-frequency noises—the hum of an air conditioner. c o m . slap another label on it Another good way to reverse a downward spiral in your thinking is to give it a positive spin.MIND Center for Cognitive Therapy. Too nutty for you? Studies suggest you can ease negative self-talk simply by rapidly sweeping your eyes from side to side about 25 times. clinical director of Haight Ashbury Psychological Services. M.” says R. Zeroing in on your negative mind chatter isn’t easy. Your goal isn’t to pump yourself up with false optimism. it’s simply to recast unrealistically negative thoughts in a more positive light. The rebuttal to I sound like an idiot isn’t I’m as smooth a talker as Bogart. but with a little practice.” says Matthew McKay.” smell Run the hot water.D. argue with yourself Identify the put-downs you typically say to yourself. and positive thoughts will follow. please). Sometimes it’s just images. a neurologist in Chicago. “It makes it hard to hold onto a disturbing thought. a self-help site. taste Take a good whiff of your food before you eat—90% of taste is smell. your heightened sense will last only a few minutes.
Your periodized plan might look something like this. But I guarantee you won’t be able to lift two 200-pound dumbbells the same way. Horizontal Pull Bent-oveR RoW HoRizontal PulluP stanDing caBle RoW Vertical Push sHoulDeR PRess PusH PRess Vertical Pull cHinuP/PulluP lat PullDoWn Knee-Dominant squat lunge Hip-Dominant gooD moRning Back extension bias. PusHuP lat PullDoWn 2. or pushups) for the next two workouts. So you’re not only working to move the weight. you’re accustomed to bench-pressing 150 pounds for 3 sets of 10 in every chest workout. Dos Remedios has his athletes work from an extensive menu of exercises. To apply the same principle to your workout. You won’t make much progress doing 3 sets of 10 reps for the rest of your life. “Say you can bench-press 400 pounds. structural problems develop. Rotational Core Russian tWist WinDsHielD WiPeR caBle WooDcHoPPeR stabilized Core Plank siDe BRiDge BaRBell Rollout Compound Bent-oveR RoW clean Pull lunge oR stePuP for 3. while your muscles are allowed plenty of time to adapt.500 lb for 3.840 lb Weeks 7–9: Three sets of 8 with 160 lb. balance your MoveMents Strength requires balance. we usually reach or step with one arm or one leg at a time.” Training with one arm or leg at a time creates instability. if you’re doing 25-pound biceps curls. “When we finally get around to bench-pressing again. Say. and eventual injury. you’re also working to stay balanced. For example. 18 Notice how the weight you’re lifting and your total volume both cycle and progress over time. do More unilateral exercises In life. cycle your Workouts You won’t make much progress doing 3 sets of 10 reps for the rest of your life. it’s smarter to alternate 3-week cycles within 12-week training periods—an approach called periodization. “If you’re benchpressing 3 sets of 10. 1. This produces more strength and size as the load on your muscles keeps increasing. Bilateral BaRBell squat BencH PRess Unilateral foRWaRD lunge DumBBell alteRnating BencH PRess siDe-to-siDe PusHuP one-aRm lat PullDoWn single-leg Romanian DeaDlift single-leg Back extension DumBBell one-aRm PusH PRess for 3. everybody’s stronger because of the carryover. where you’re pulling for 3 sets of 10. performance flaws. strive For strength. Horizontal Push BencH PRess PusHuP DiP dos Remedios.MUSCle 5 Best strategies for explosive gain to become bigger. 4. This can lead to physical imbalances. especially those in the core. bases his program on five bedrock strength-training principles . for example. That’s because each arm is now required to work independently. You don’t have to do all of these movements every time you step into the gym.” he says. often results in a dominant limb negotiating more of the weight than its weaker counterpart. not size If you’re doing any of the single-joint exercises listed below. You’ll build strength and burn more calories. and the extra weight will create added muscle stress and trigger more testosterone production. For example. “You probably think you’re pretty strong. use this chart for occasional substitutions. Weeks 1–3: Three sets of 10 with 150 lb. and everyday living.” dos Remedios says. compensate by firing. he may have them bench-press on Monday but then do different horizontalpushing exercises (say. Then we hit the gym. Perform the exercises with their complements.” says dos Remedios. M e n s H e a l t h . you’ll probably be able to handle 50s for bent-over rows. but they should be equally represented across your entire training plan.” He has identified eight key movements that are fundamental to strength. This “bilateral gooD moRning Back extension sHoulDeR PRess T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents w w w. you also need to be doing some exercise. for a total volume of 4. sports.500 lb (3 × 10× 150) Weeks 4–6: Four sets of 5 with 175 lb. They are listed next to their counterparts below. The result: Your biceps will grow faster than they would with simple curls. Muscles.” as dos Remedios calls it. you must first become stronger aMerica’s toP strength coach. Robert m 3. “If you’re not. a single-arm dumbbell incline press.700 lb Weeks 10–12: Five sets of 4 with 185 lb. single-joint BicePs cuRl calf Raise leg extension To build strength. such as horizontal pullups or standing cable rows. and we immediately plant both feet or grab a bar with both hands. c o m . try replacing them with the corresponding compound exercises.
and it has great influence on power. to flex your hips. such as squats. • Dumbbell squat press Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower your legs to the starting position. In one continuous movement. and metabolism. This is also known as speed-strength conditioning. you need to target each of these functions. endurance. and repeat for 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps. Raise your knees to your chest by lifting your hips up and in. side Plank Lie on your left side. sWiss-ball crunch Lie on your back on a Swiss ball so that your hips and your lower and upper back rest on the ball. 4. To hit them all in about 5 minutes. reverse crunch 1. 5. and jump as high as possible. Here are some alternatives. you’re shortchanging your abs in addition to flexing your trunk—as you do in a crunch—your core muscles also allow you 3. Do 15 reps. rotate your body. with no rest between. 20 T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents w w w. Then repeat on your right side. To light the fuse. Be forewarned: This training style will gas you like never before. Brace your abs as if you were about to be punched in the gut.MUSCLE m • Body-weight squat jumps Stand with your hands behind your head. raise it as fast as you can while still retaining control. Plank Assume a pushup position. Brace your abs for 30 seconds. and repeat 10 to 12 times. do it all exPlosively To dos Remedios. Lower back to the squat position. and prop your upper body up on your left elbow and forearm. do 1 set of these six exercises in the order shown. and snatches. Lie on your back on the floor. then return to the starting position. c o m . Do 15 reps. raise your torso as high as you can by crunching your chest toward your hips. but place your forearms on the floor. clean-and-jerks. So for the best results. and stabilize your spine. try Olympic barbell and powerlifting exercises. the 5-minute 6-Pack if you do only crunches. and hold for 30 seconds. holding dumbbells at your shoulders. Stand while driving the weights overhead. These are the best moves for explosiveness. squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Then raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Rest 3 to 5 seconds. M e n s H e a l t h . He wants you to explode with it—that is. squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. it’s not enough just to lift a weight. with your knees slightly bent. 2. With your fingers placed behind your ears.
“Tell her she’ll bring art into everyday life. Pull the rope up and across your body until your hands are in line with your left ear. author of How to Behave: Dating and Sex. 7-year collection of Brides magazines. Plenty of companies need creative minds. like problems or sex. but the she hand-Feeds her dog stay or go: stay Why: She may seem like a coddler. Reverse the move to return to the start. Weingarten. making her a healthier and more stable person. Do 15 reps. she’s an out-of-Work bohemian stay or go: stay Why: Even if she’s never had a steady paycheck. your arms nearly straight and just outside your right knee. “Dogs make you more extroverted and outgoing. Now. but dogs 6. coochie-coo stuff. make her put it away for a day.D. so how can you know who you’re really with?” asks Caroline Tiger. But when you walk it. c o m 22 T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents . and do 15 more. she “Wuvs” baby talk stay or go: Go Why: “Hey.. cable WoodchoPPer With your right side toward the weight stack of a cable station. but you’ll feel good back in the adult world. too.” says Rachel C. especially in bed. like a precious princess plaything. M e n s H e a l t h . Do 15 reps. Why: Aside from the obvious fact that she can’t Make a decision on her own stay or go: Go means she tells everyone about the finer points of your relationship. “She wants to be treated like a baby. soMetiMes you have a moment of clarity about a woman—like when you find her indexed. Other times.” says Tiger. Bend over and grab the rope with both hands. the arty vibe hooked you. she’s not comfortable in her own skin if she’s cloaking herself in book smarts. Pull the rope down and across your body until your hands are just outside your left knee. move on. Even if the dog fits in your pocket and has a name like Tinkerbell. If she’s constantly on her BlackBerry. Ph. w w w. can lower stress and blood pressure. Then face the opposite direction. the signals are harder to read. if she talked in movie quotes. that’d be different.” says Katherine C. Here’s help. Why: Her insecurity the know-it-all act is annoying. author of Career and Corporate Cool. She’ll throw a tantrum when you drop her. baby” isn’t so bad.” Tiger says. reverse cable WoodchoPPer Now attach the rope handle to the low-pulley cable. It’s also a mark of high maintenance. author of Pets in America. 5 Ways to split or commit not sure whether to stay or go? Watch for these warning flares when deciding if she’s a keeper. remove the bow first.MUSCLE SeX 5. grab the rope handle of a high pulley with both hands. and do 15 more. she overquotes hegel and other dead guys stay or go: Go She’s not comfortable in her own skin if she’s cloaking herself in book smarts. not limit it to the occasional gallery visit. Then face the opposite direction. playing puppy papa will improve your health. is just creepy. It’s not a huge leap to help her turn that creativity into a career. If she freaks. Grier. “She may be trying to avoid adult issues in the relationship. Reverse the movement. “She doesn’t know who she really is.
and reclaim the space you long ago ceded: Seduce her in the backseat of the car. too. Bump Ease her fears: Let her plant her up a flag in your digital world. Ease her fears: Play matchmaker. according to a Scottish study. Ph. It feels a little public. A stepped-up PDA will deepen her connection to you. It will raise her dopamine levels. Ease her fears: Ship your ladies off to a wine tasting together.” Why she’s worried: You spent 4 boozy. sexually charged years with this girl.D. not a romantic interest. M e n s H e a l t h . The move will take her off your gal’s worry list. the Facebook Fox and lower belly. not some destination. read lying in bed with your head up. 1. Face it: You’re taken. which ups her attraction to you. Make a mental circle 2 inches around the outside of her vagina. 6. Focus on her thighs other can sabotage your best female friendships. It’s a talisman that wards off flirty office coworkers. introduce her to your coworkers—including Legs—and end at your desk. lick. You may say her postworkout chats are harmless. “It shows her she’s on your mind while you’re on the clock. and your girl fears this face time may spark a cubicle romance. (Find one in your city at localwineevents. author of I Love Female Orgasm. Ph.D. “Goal-oriented sex isn’t sexy.. says Laura Berman. playa). To dip an octave. Sure. which can lead to insecurities and false perceptions. to the girlfriends and wives place top of these sites just a notch above porn. says Dorian Solot. 4. 3. first-move habits. a professor of sociology Break it: Work out erotica. But she worries it means nothing to the harem of cybervixens on your friends list. Predictable Foreplay 3. It’s an intimate activity that makes her focus on your voice. c o m . high-school quality to it. Ph. list.. and don’t cross the line while you kiss. It makes sex about discovery. The bonus: “It acts as an automatic foreplay extender. author of Different Loving. where she’ll find a prominently displayed picture of herself. it’s steeped in testosterone. tie. because you stay connected.” Brame says. which will allow you two to still chat at the gym. author of Perfect Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People. says Schwartz. Benjamin.D. Break it: Explore her. and there’s a throwback. Ph. says Susan F. Help her create her own your friends page. which has its place in the sexual diet. unlike your girl. same time. It’s now up to her 2. Bonus: Your postrun sweat has androstadienone. Why she’s worried: Your trainer is single and oozes sexuality from every pore.” says Berman. Give your girl a guided tour of the office. her neck.com. Low voices are a sign of high testosterone. habitual hand-holding Break it: Caress 24 T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents w w w. the game will break your predictable. the college cohort garage. and pants. 4. And invite your gal to a few college game parties so she’ll see that the cutie sits squarely in your “like-a-sister” category. You’ll share a few laughs and marvel at her ingenuity. says Gloria Brame.) Each wants to win the other’s approval. then sex Break it: Read to her. author of Disagreements.D. If they’re not online. and she’s a temptress. What’s more. Ease her fears: Paint the friend as a mascot. A retreat with some vino will melt away any hangups. 5. having lots of sex begets more sex. the Matriarch Why she’s worried: Your woman feels together. Take her to the 2. director of the Berman Center in Chicago.” says Pepper Schwartz. cuff links. holding hands can work as an aphrodisiac: It shows her you’re devoted and proud to tell the world. so she’ll be more willing to really give herself to you in the bedroom. Ease her fears: Play show-and-tell. a testosterone derivative that spikes her arousal when she smells it. lopsided First Moves Break it: Tie her hands. says Gini Graham Scott. tv. it forces you to push air with your diaphragm instead of your lungs. and bump her up to the top of your friends list. Think of it as fat-burning foreplay. Here’s how to smooth over your relationship. “She’ll feel the sex is about her and not some random need she has to accommodate. who knows the secret handshake and dated half of your fraternity. easing her anxieties. and set the goddess up with a friend. the leggy coworker has unfettered access to half of your weekday. So try this underutilized brushoff. 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look for promotional material that touts science over salesmanship. Price: $200 to $600 3. Still. Finally. an associate clinical professor of 26 This is the only permanent hasta la vista to hairiness. your geographical location. and rested..” says Choucair. And the number of men availing themselves of a nip here and a tuck there keeps growing: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports a 47% increase in male procedures in 6 years. you’ll be able to decide whether a cosmetic fix should be in your future.D. your skin smooths out dramatically. And while the neck and back are the areas men usually want blasted bare. Pick a top doctor Find a specialist by asking your regular doctor for a referral—don’t rely on ads or the Internet. You’ll need new injections every 4 to 6 months to stay smooth. calm.) T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents w w w. Note: Price ranges reflect differences in the amount of work performed. M.D. These hairs will fall out within the first 3 weeks but will permanently grow back about 1. Fine points: Avoid the “mask effect” by going to a doctor whose Botox practice includes at least 10 to 15% men. swelling. The surgeon divides this donor strip into sections containing one to four hairs. Next. “It usually takes several treatments to see permanent hair reduction.000 in 2006. How it works: After injecting a local anesthetic. tense. balding head cosmetic fix: HaiR tRansPl antation for upgrading your looks as you have for upgrading your computer. not a “consultant” who’s really just a sales associate trained to sign you up for procedures. treatments on the chest and the front of the ears are also popular. simply because there isn’t enough pigment for the laser light to affect the follicles. the surgeon removes a narrow strip of scalp from the strip of permanent hair around the sides and back of your head. dermatology at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine. the doc will be sure to leave some expression lines on your face— especially the crow’s-feet. Also. and the experience of the doctor.lOOKS top 10 cosmetic Procedures for men custom nips and tucks have become more routine for men.. (“Miraculous results” and “latest technology” are red-flag phrases. which he then inserts into tiny scalp incisions made at the same angle and direction as the original follicles. often pain-free way to slow the visual effects of aging or simply add the final detailing on a body you’ve worked hard to build through diet and exercise.200 2. and tired. transplantation is the only way to restore your naked pate completely. Price: $350 to $1. and effective procedure. from 640. a Dallas plastic surgeon. And a word of warning to men with blond locks: Laser hair removal doesn’t work well on blond (or gray) hair. insist on meeting with the doctor first. c o m . M. Wrinkled Forehead cosmetic fix: Botox A man can feel happy. such as bruising. hairy back/ shoulders/neck cosmetic fix: l aseR HaiR RemoVal Even though Rogaine and Propecia sometimes slow hair loss or regrow some hair. see if you’re a good candidate and which procedure may be right for you these days. M e n s H e a l t h .” says Patricia Wexler. but “a wrinkled brow will make him look angry. Fine points: You may still have a few stray hairs even after several treatments. you have as many options m How it works: This is a simple. or headaches. says Ramsey Choucair. Why the jump? Cosmetic surgery has grown into a precise. there are people who should pass on the surgical solution. That’s because the laser light is fine-tuned to the specific pigment of your follicles.000 in 2000 to 940. In about 4 days. “Botox produces a more relaxed and likable look. Brief side effects. the Botox begins to temporarily block nerve transmissions to the muscles that create the wrinkles. allowing the heat energy to eliminate the hair without burning a hole in your surrounding skin. With this primer. make sure the surgeon is board certified in the procedure. are possible but uncommon. As a result.” How it works: The doctor injects diluted botulinum toxin into your wrinkle zone. safe.
Fine points: Not every schnoz can be saved. (See “Pick a Top Doctor” on p. find out how he’ll handle the tip of your nose: The tip might not have enough cartilage to create a strong appearance. “If done properly. Surprisingly. drooPy nose cosmetic fix: RHinoPl asty Like other body parts. With too many incisions. it can’t tighten loose skin.. And that includes the fat inside man-boobs—liposuction is an option for about 90% of men with enlarged breasts. “There are limits to what exercise and diet can do. a professor of plastic surgery at New York University.. M. sagging Face cosmetic fix: FaCeliFt 6. This can be accomplished through a small incision either at the bottom of the tissue that separates your nostrils or up through the inside of your nostrils.000 to $18. or both. Price: $3. plus the physical exertion can tug on the donorarea wound and result in a wider scar. Then it’s just a matter of scraping out the fat. A surgeon can’t change the thickness of the skin on a person’s nose—a problem if you have a bulbous nose and want to have it trimmed down.LOOKS 3 months later. (Heat and sweat increase the odds of infection. How it works: Think of making a bed: The more of the sheet and blanket you can pull under the mattress.000 cartilage (the soft part at the bottom of the nose) and bone (at the upper part). the nose droops over time. a clinical professor of plastic surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. M e n s H e a l t h . M. During a facelift. the tauter the top will be. w w w. Most people need to wear dark sunglasses for up to 2 weeks after surgery. rather than notice that it’s his nose that’s changed.D. In order to do this. an associate clinical professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. with the full effect taking about a year. Also. c o m 28 T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents . To remove the fat. and the only way to rescue it is with rhinoplasty. says Joel Feldman. Men usually look good in 2 weeks (1 week sooner than women). Price: $5. the surgeon needs to sculpt the The stereotype of the facelift being only for ungracefully aging women is history.000 to $10. over the hill.. both to avoid leaving a visible scar and to reduce the risk of damaging surrounding muscles. thanks to an anesthetic. creating a somewhat feminized appearance.D. The surgeon will insert a metal.) It’s also important to remember that while lipo sucks out fat.” says Alan Matarasso. the surgery is not generally painful. tired eyes cosmetic fix: eyeliD sURGeRy 4. saggy upper eyelids and puffy lower lids send everyone the message that you’re overtired. That’s because every microincision severs blood vessels and reduces bloodflow to the area. because their thicker skin hides the bruising better. he makes incisions in front of and behind your ears while you’re under general anesthesia. the surgeon will make an incision on the inside edge of the lower lid.000 to $15. because of the many small nerves and blood vessels in the area. in which case the doctor can bolster it by working with a piece of the septum (the cartilage that separates the two cavities) as a graft. a surgeon pulls tight and tucks in your skin and the deeper layers responsible for reshaping the face. strawlike device into the target area and literally vacuum out the fat. because the surgeon is working in layers of the face without many nerve endings. How it works: The sagging and puffiness are caused by excess fat and skin. Men are now turning to lifts. Price: $3. Baker. love handles cosmetic fix: liPosUCtion Fat men need not apply.) You should also resist the temptation to have “megasessions” of 3. Others simply want to look younger. which helps minimize scarring. not enough blood can reach the transplanted hair for the follicles to survive.000 to $6. Nor is it generally recommended for the face. Specifically. Fine points: You’ll have to avoid strenuous exercise for 7 to 10 days. 30. because they think they look older than they actually are and want to remain competitive in the workplace. Fine points: Eyelid surgery may not completely eliminate those circles under your eyes. How it works: You’ll be awake but numb to the sucking.000 Your eyelids play a subtle yet powerful role in your overall appearance. The best candidates are normal-weight men who can’t shed specific fatty deposits.” says Daniel C.000 m 5. M. people will think a man lost weight or that his hair is different. although some swelling and discoloration may remain for several months.000 7. Fine points: Liposuction is safe and effective—in the hands of a qualified surgeon. and there’s a danger that the surgeon will remove too much skin and fat. the surgeon makes incisions on the outside of the lid. Price: $6. To remove excess skin. How it works: In order to reposition your proboscis.D.000 or more grafts transplanted all at once or too densely.
coach any barber through your haircut with these six tips 8. it’s important that the surgeon make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. Fine points: Talk to your surgeon about scar placement.000 10. M. creative director at Chris Chase Salon in New York City. “You have to keep going back every 2 weeks to a buzz barber.. Don’t expect to be back at work for 1 to 3 weeks.000 m says Sherrell Aston. director of education for Aveda. age 40. Fortunately. The procedure isn’t painful. an abdominoplasty usually requires an incision that leaves a long.000 Know Thy Own Face iF yoUR FaCe is. The top and sides should blend but stay angled. sqUaRe Avoid the blockhead look by telling the barber to texturize the temple lines. According to Feldman. Price: $9. a professor of plastic surgery at New York University..” says David Hidalgo.D. Fine points: Ask about incision placement. cutting from multiple angles so your hair blends but still holds a round shape. “But your scalp isn’t flat like a floor. oVal Your face will look narrow if the sides are cut too close.000 to $20. Fine points: Keep in mind that abdominoplasty isn’t for men who want to lose weight everywhere. and you’ll look like a conehead. The surgeon will not only open you up to remove excess fat and skin but also tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall. and some swelling for a month or two. Leave them long enough so that you can still control your hair with a comb. turkey neck cosmetic fix: neCK liFt 1. but the shape remains intact. it’s for men who are already in good shape but have just one problem area—like the belly—to shape or flatten. a clinical professor of plastic surgery at New York University. the surgeon slips tiny. cameraguided instruments under the skin to separate the muscle attachments and reposition the eyebrows.” says Kurt Kueffner. discuss whether any skin needs to be removed. Your hair lengthens.500 to $10. “Abdominoplasty is usually for men who have a lot of excess skin from weight loss or aging. the incision scars may begin to show down the road as your hairline recedes.” 30 This procedure is for those who’ve lost a lot of weight and are suffering from a key collateral effect.” A clipper cut will look clean. RoUnD Ask for tapered sides.000 to $10.000 to $15. excess fat is removed before the tightening. This lengthens the head and elongates the face so it appears proportioned. youthful look. Price: $4. How it works: This is major surgery. hip-to-hip scar. “The face sometimes loosens over time. and use your thumb and index finger to raise the skin on your forehead.D. it’s also important that the surgeon tighten the muscle in the neck to prevent sagging. M. A scissors cut allows for the nuances of your scalp. T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G Back to contents w w w. How it works: A neck lift is similar to a facelift in that a surgeon makes incisions and pulls your skin up to create a tighter appearance. but your locks will start growing in on uneven ground. though it can be hidden in a skin crease or covered with a pair of shorts.. “A good scissors cut lasts more than a month.. “Drooping eyebrows cause an aged look. skin Folds cosmetic fix: tUmmy tUCK 9. c o m . a little scalpel sculpting can give you back a chiseled. and you can be back at work in 10 days.” says Feldman. In addition.. If you go in for a lift at.” says Gerald H. say. Price: $10. former chief of plastic surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Also. DiamonD/HeaRt Go too short.LOOKS Fine points: Even a facelift isn’t forever. They make the eyes more closed and can even give an angry look to the face.D. Quiet the buzz “Electric clippers create carpet. angry Face cosmetic fix: eyeBRow liFt Even eyebrows can use a boost if they’re headed south. This will balance out your round face and sharpen your features. and the skin will often adapt to the new contour. and each day you’ll wake up to a new hair shape. to create a squared look. stand in front of a mirror. “Raising the eyebrows opens up the eyes and face. M. Pitman. The difference is that with a neck lift.” If you are or were once overweight. For a preview of the result. Scars behind the ears can be noticeable on men.” How it works: After first making small incisions in the scalp. Also. M e n s H e a l t h . The key is to keep some extra length at the crown. Expect soreness and tightness the first week. “You can recontour the fat tissue.000 6 tips for great Hair You’ve suffered silently for too long. Price: $7. because men can’t hide the evidence under makeup and long hair the way women can. no amount of diet and exercise can take away a turkey neck.” says Paul Cucinello. so your hair grows evenly.
7 days a week Check your subscription status Change your address Pay your bill or renew your subscription Report a missing or damaged issue Report other problems by sending an e-mail message Sign up for our FREE Men's Health Fitness Newsletter 2. whether it’s a preppy banker cut or a surfer shag. loP the toP last Ask your barber where he starts his shearing. and then finish with the top and front. please use one of these options: Online Subscriber Service Available 24 hours a day. before jumping into the shower. ask him if he does “single-section pulls. “If you wet the hair first.” says Mala. tell your cut man to thin the area. have the perimeter—the back. soFten your edges Sharp edges grow poorly. blocking the shampoo from penetrating. ■ ■ ■ ■ E-Mail hlhcustserv@rodale. ask him to blowdry your hair to remove the trimmings. If you experience a problem with your subscription. That’s because the temple line—where the top blends with the sides— grows up and out and rounds your cut into a bulbous button. Your satisfaction is important to all of us at Men’s health. it’ll sprout up and begin erasing the shape you had. head oFF the helMet Poor cuts can morph into a mushroom shape soon after a chop-shop haircut. gradually move to the sides.” says Cucinello. sPot shortcuts Even if a barber brandishes a pair of $3. “It prevents ‘whitewalls’ [bare scalp]. “Then he can see and feel how much weight needs to come out of the temple line. he’s using a choppy shortcut that causes your hair to grow in unevenly. A haircut is essentially a “head reduction. and around the ears—softened. so strip them by lathering shampoo into your dry hair. the technique involves trimming sections of hair from only one angle. Present your hair totally clean so the barber can see how it truly sits.” says Mala. Skilled stylists trim sections from multiple angles so the hair lies evenly on your knobby scalp.LOOKS 4. ■ ■ ■ 3.” w e lc o M e To m Your absolute satisfaction is guaranteed. much like a clipper job.” says Cucinello.000 Japanese scissors (they do exist). call: 01858 438851 E-mail: Rodale@subscription. will cut the product.” Cucinello says.co.co. Left too dense.” 201626801 12/10 Printed in USA 001257 k Printed on Recyclable Paper T H E H O N E S T M A N ’ S G U I D E T O C H E AT I N G . “When he’s finishing.” The best way to determine the volume that should be lopped off to best shape your head is to start in the back.com Fax (712) 623-5545 Phone (800) 666-2303 In the UK. cut out the Product Great cuts start at home. “The back dictates the cut. co-owner of Truman’s men’s salon in New York City.” If so. even if your hair is dry. and the line looks natural. walk out. True to its name. Ask the barber to cut “scissors over comb”: pressing the comb flat against your hair and cutting along the comb.uk/help/rodale 5. Instead.uk Online: www. “If he says he starts on the top. “Shampooing dry.subscription. the sideburns. To avoid this. says Joe Marchesi. water coats the product. a stylist at Serge Normant in New York City. 32 6. Waxes and clays remain even after soapy showers.
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