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Sep 20

How Quickly Can You Expect to Lose Weight When You Eat a …

This is one of those questions that gets asked a lot so I wanted to address it in this post.

I know that one of the things that excited me about starting the ketogenic diet in the beginning was reading about all these crazy weight loss success stories that some women seemed to experience. You know, the ones where they lose 14 pounds in the first three weeks and then continue to lose 4 pounds a week for the next 6 months and voila theyre at their ideal weight.

I loved the thought of getting into a fat burning state and just watching the excess pounds melt away.

In actuality, it took me about a year to lose 30 pounds. However it didnt take a year for me to start feeling and looking a great deal better, though. This actually happened in a matter of weeks.

The thing about losing weight on the keto diet is every woman is different. Those who have a lot of excess fat will find that it comes off more quickly. Those who have a lot of metabolic derangement or hormonal healing to do will find that it takes longer.

Your bodys main goal is always survival and health. It doesnt care about how it looks, it cares about how its functioning.

When you start eating keto with weight loss in mind, you kind of have to trust the process. What you are doing is feeding your body all the nutrients it needs to heal, build, release and do whatever it needs to do in order to move towards optimal health. Some women will experience this as a fairly drastic weight loss, and others will experience this as a slow weight loss.

If you have a great deal of healing and balancing to do internally, you may even experience a little weight gain in the beginning. (I know, few women want to hear this).

Embarking on a journey of health is a little like embarking on a journey of trust and faith. You give your body what it needs and you trust that it has the intrinsic knowledge (which it does), to do what is necessary.

The ketogenic diet is not a fad diet, its a lifestyle of health. And one of the most common things I hear from women who have embarked on this journey is that they learn so much about their bodies and their minds along the way.

With that being said, here are the most common weight loss patterns that I have heard women experience when eating keto:

Out of all the weight loss scenarios Ive heard of, the most common one by far is where women get despondent because they feel like they are not losing weight fast enough. And they are completely disregarding other things that are happening that indicate their health and well-being is increasing.For example, better sleep, more energy, clearer skin, higher libido, more regular and easier menstruation, and even inches lost.

With my journey, you know when I was happiest? It was when I stopped weighing or measuring myself at all and trusted my body and the keto process.

I realised that if I hadnt lost weight one week, it meant that my body was doing something else equally (if not more) important, and it was all good.

Its not all about the number on the scale far from it.

I highly encourage every woman these days to let go of weighing and measuring and instead focus on health, well-being and nourishing body, mind, and soul. When you do this, you can be sure that your body will happily reach the perfect weight for you at exactly the time its supposed to.

I hope this is helpful, as always Id love to hear any comments below!

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Sep 6

Seven reasons you’re not losing weight – The South African

Lets start off by saying this aint no body shaming weightloss ra-ra. If you love your body, then you do you, boo. If, however, youre looking to shed a few kilos, then keep reading.

Hunger comes knocking pretending to be hunger when its actually something else far too often. Listening to your body is a very good idea, but dont be fooled by it.

Youll be amazed at how easy it easy to confuse boredom and hunger and how quickly these calories add up with you forgetting that you consumed them.

Learn to distinguish between hunger and boredom.How to do that is a post all on its own, but heres a rule of thumb: are you so hungry that youd eat an apple? If not, then postpone that doughnut. If yes, then eat an apple.

You might be diligently tallying all your calories into MyFitnessPal, but are you remembering to add the full cream milk, the cream on top of your latte, your soft drink, fruit juice and your booze?

Cortisol, the stress hormone, has been shown to have an impact on weight. Some studies even suggest that those of us who are constantly stressed will most likely weigh more. Never heard a better reason for Netflix and chill.

Reason 4: Youre trusting the scale too much

If youre obsessed with the scale, stop it. If youre exercising regularly, your fat is likely being replaced with muscle. The scale might not change, but the way your clothes fit will. Measuring centimetres and body fat percentage is a far better indicator of your weight-loss progress.

In line with drinking your calories, dont be fooled by health drinks. Vitamin water? Yeah, more like sugar water. While there is a zero calorie variety, some bottles contain over 100 calories with a large chunk of that coming from carbs. The same goes for all those fruit juicies and smoothies youre guzzling down.

Look, this one can be an easy excuse for some of us. But, if you really are doing everything right, you might have a medical condition like hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or sleep apnea that makes it difficult for you to lose weight. There are also some medications that can make dropping those extra kilos a bit more difficult.

Healthy weightloss does not happen overnight. You didnt gain all that weight overnight, so why should it disappear just like that? Be patient. Be persistent and dont get disheartened. There is no quick fix. Also, lets get real:

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Sep 6

The ‘secret weapon’ people have been using to lose belly fat quickly has been exposed as myth – JOE

It does not help you lose weight.

Coconut oil has been described asa secret weapon to losing belly fatand it is reportedly both a great source of energy and also a great way of burning off your stored body fat.

However, in a review of a clinical study that was done in August 2017 on weight loss and metabolism, nutritionist Georgios Tzenichristos of lipotherapeiareports that coconut oil does not help you lose weight.

The study which was published in theUS National Library of Medicine stated that the idea that coconut oil makes you feel fuller and helps you lose weight was in fact untrue.

They found that coconut oil is not the same as medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil which is known for making your stomach feel like it is at its capacity.

MCT oil is concentrated medium chain fatty acids derived from coconut oil and other oils that boosts energy and metabolism and more can be found on MCT here.

This study examined the satiety effect of coconut oil, versus MCT oil vs normal vegetable oil and showed that coconut oil is not nearly as effective as MCT oil in reducing hunger and food intake.

Tzenichristos said:

“Coconut oil has become the darling fad of celebs, bloggers and instagrammers, with almost magical properties attributed to it. This was based on several studies which have shown that MCT (a constituent of coconut oil) does improve satiety, boost thermogenesis and stimulate weight loss.

“However, coconut oil only contains 14% MCTs and the studies were conducted with 100% MCT oil, i.e. 7x times more. Coconut oil is NOT the same as MCT oil, in the same way that black cherries are not the same as a black forest gateau. They are two totally different things, and all those studies on coconut oil prove it.

“Coconut oil may be or may not be a healthy fad (it’s still being debated by scientists) but one thing is for sure: it does not help you lose weight.”

It looks like it’s back to the drawing board for us so.

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Sep 3

Pediatricians: Rapid weight change may harm young athletes – Gephardt Daily

SUNDAY, Sept. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) Young gymnasts, figure skaters and wrestlers who try to quickly shed pounds by fasting or restricting fluids may be endangering their health, pediatricians warn.

Similarly, youngfootballplayers or power-lifters who try to rapidly pack on muscle may also be undermining their health, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said.

Sometimes, children and teens in certain sports believe they need to achieve a particular body type to be successful, report author Dr. Rebecca Carl said in an AAP news release.

Unless they have a healthy strategy to work toward their goals, however, they can end up defeating themselves and causing health problems, Carl added.

AAP experts point out that rapid weight loss by means of fasting or avoidance of fluids can actually lead to a loss of muscle strength, speed and stamina. Quick weight loss can also impair thinking, reaction time, alertness and the ability to problem-solve.

Young divers, runners, boxers and rowers are other athletes who may attempt to lose weight quickly.

The rapid loss of pounds may also lead to depression, mood swings, and even long-term eating disorders, the AAP team cautioned.

And health issues related to dehydration may not be quickly reversed, the experts warned. Rehydration typically requires up to 48 hours of regular fluid intake.

By the same token, fast weight gain increases the risk for obesity-related health problems, the doctors added, while also undermining overall stamina and athletic performance.

The upshot: weight gain and weight loss should be achieved gradually and over the long term by focusing on a carefully balanced diet paired with consistent exercise, the AAP team advised.

The report appears in the September issue of the journal Pediatrics.

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Theres more information on nutrition for young athletes atEatRight.org.

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Sep 2

Pediatricians Sound Alarm on Rapid Weight Changes in Young Athletes – Sioux City Journal

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Young gymnasts, figure skaters and wrestlers who try to quickly shed pounds by fasting or restricting fluids may be endangering their health, pediatricians warn.

Similarly, young football players or power-lifters who try to rapidly pack on muscle may also be undermining their health, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said.

“Sometimes, children and teens in certain sports believe they need to achieve a particular body type to be successful,” report author Dr. Rebecca Carl said in an AAP news release.

“Unless they have a healthy strategy to work toward their goals, however, they can end up defeating themselves and causing health problems,” Carl added.

AAP experts point out that rapid weight loss by means of fasting or avoidance of fluids can actually lead to a loss of muscle strength, speed and stamina. Quick weight loss can also impair thinking, reaction time, alertness and the ability to problem-solve.

Young divers, runners, boxers and rowers are other athletes who may attempt to lose weight quickly.

The rapid loss of pounds may also lead to depression, mood swings, and even long-term eating disorders, the AAP team cautioned.

And health issues related to dehydration may not be quickly reversed, the experts warned. Rehydration typically requires up to 48 hours of regular fluid intake.

By the same token, fast weight gain increases the risk for obesity-related health problems, the doctors added, while also undermining overall stamina and athletic performance.

The upshot: weight gain and weight loss should be achieved gradually and over the long term by focusing on a carefully balanced diet paired with consistent exercise, the AAP team advised.

The report appears in the September issue of the journal Pediatrics.

There’s more information on nutrition for young athletes at EatRight.org.

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Sep 2

Obese woman loses 10st in 18 months you won’t believe what she looks like now – Daily Star

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When Amanda Roberts stepped on the scale in 2014 and saw 23st staring back at her, she knew she needed to make a change.

The mother of one then turned to gastric bypass surgery which helped her lose an incredible 10st in just 18 months.

She said: When Talia started walking, I could barely keep up with her. I had such intense back pains from my weight that I could barely carry her, and even just playing on the ground with her exhausted me. I knew that I’d have to get my health on track if I wanted to be the best Mum I could be for her.

Amazingly, these reality TV stars have lost more than 40st between them… all thanks to healthy eating and exercise

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The 23-year-old continued: For a long time, I thought I felt okay. I had tried so many ways to lose weight that never worked, so I had pretty much given up on trying and was ready to just live contently as a plus size person.

It wasn’t until after I had my daughter that I realised how depressed I really was. I shut myself in the house all of the time, didn’t want to go anywhere, didn’t want to talk to anyone, mostly because I was ashamed of how much weight I had gained.

I was just tired and unhappy, and that’s not how I wanted to be as a mom and person, especially since I was only 21 years old!

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The surgery and ditching her unhealthy snack habit allowed the massive weight loss but it also left Amanda with 3st of excess skin.

The California woman had skin hanging from her stomach, legs and arms and the only way to get rid of the skin was through surgery.

Amanda fundraised the 7740 she needed for surgery in which doctors removed the excess skin and left Amanda with a flat stomach and weighing a svelte 12.8st.

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Amanda stated: I went from eating junk food and living a very sedentary life, to now eating a high protein, low carb diet and working out 5-6 days a week.

The weight came off easy at first, but now that I am almost 3 years post op, maintaining the weight loss and losing more is getting more difficult. After about 18 months post op, the effects of the gastric bypass start to wear off and it’s basically relying on your new healthy lifestyle to keep you going.

Losing the excess skin has resulted in Amanda being more confident than ever as she happily shows off her new body.

She added: Im more confident than ever! I know I’ve worked hard for my current body, and that makes me love it that much more!

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Sep 1

TOWIE star loses 7lbs and gains abs in ONE week this is how – Daily Star

Ex-TOWIE star, Ricky Rayment has lost fat and gained abs in just one week.

The reality TV star has lost a whopping 7lbs after visiting a military fitness camp.

Ricky lost belly fat and firmed his abs with a gruelling exercise regime that was formulated by ex-forces physical training instructors.

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Ricky said: “It was great to be ripped again – it is amazing what you can achieve in a week.

“Everything was a little firmer afterwards and it was nice to lose a bit of flab around my belly and get my pecs nicely toned.”

Ricky spent the week at the No 1 Boot Camp in Norfolk which has seen a host of other stars like Melanie Sykes, Ashley James and Spencer Matthews.

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Ricky used to appear on The Only Way Is Essex for five years and was engaged to Jess Wright who has recently launched her own fitness brand.

Post-TOWIE, he got engages to Geordie Shores Marnie Simpson but the pair have since split.

Now single, he said: I had a great time in TOWIE and I wouldn’t ever rule out going back. I’m still good mates James Lock, Mario Falcone and Bobby Norris and I have such happy memories of my time on the show.”

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Ricky’s typical day at No 1 Boot Camp

6.30am Rise and shine7:00 45 minutes of cardio exercises8:00 Breakfast9:15 First circuit10:30 Break10:45 Second class12:30 Lunch13:30 Hike15:30 Break16:30 Weights, sprints and second circuit19:00 Dinner21:00 Bed

Ricky’s diet at No 1 Boot Camp

Breakfast – home-made granolaLunch – quinoa and steamed salmonDinner – lamb shank with steamed broccoliSnack – crushed avocado and chilliDrinks: two litres of water

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Sep 1

SBS show The Obesity Myth is breaking down stigma – The Weekly Review

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Obesity is a predominantly genetic disease, rather than a lifestyle choice thats the central premise of a new SBS show calledThe Obesity Myth.

The show, which followed doctors and patients at the University of Melbournes Austin Health forsix months, aimsto dispel the stigma attached to obesity.

Austin Healths Weight Control Clinic head professor Joseph Proietto says obese people face constant discrimination.

There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about obesity in the community its an injustice, he says.Gluttony is seen as sinful, and to commit a sin you have to use free will. So the idea has been that people choose to be fat.

The world-renowned obesity management expert says he hopes the program will show obesity is far more complicated than generallythought.

Recent research has revealed how the body regulates weight through the hormones leptin (which decreases appetite) and ghrelin (which increases it). Whenpeople lose weight, their leptin levels decreaseand their ghrelin levels increase.

In 2011, Austin Health discovered levels of otherhormones also change according to weight gain or loss, and that those changes are enduring. Proiettosays this evidence points strongly to weight gain being genetic.

Finding that hormone changes after weight loss are long-lasting showed us that medication needs to be life-long, he says. Obesity is a chronic condition.

In 2014, another of the clinics studies showed the rate of weight loss did not affect how quickly weight was regained, and that more people succeeded in a rapid weight-loss program than a gradual program.

Professor Joseph Proietto. Photo: SBS

To combat obesity in patients, the clinics physicians conduct a thorough history and targeted examination, then offer a partial, very-low-energy diet thatreplaces breakfast and lunch.

After theyve lost all the weight they want to lose, whether it takes three months, six months or a year, then we wean them off the diet and back onto things like carbs and fruit, Proietto says.

A dietician will outlinea balanced, energy-reduced diet, and the clinic will continue to follow the patientsprogress. If theyre struggling to keep weight off because of increased hunger, medication is prescribed.

Proietto hopes the clinics research intoobesity will become common knowledge.

GPs are getting better at treating this condition than they used to be, he says. Hopefully they will continue to educate the public to try to dispel this myth.

If youre struggling with obesity Proietto says not to beat yourself around the head, because its probably genetic. He suggests seeking medical assistance.

Speak to your doctor about it, and see if you can get some help, he says.

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Aug 25

Here’s what Conor McGregor may be doing to his body as he sheds weight for his fight against Floyd Mayweather – STAT

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efore he faces off against undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather, UFC champion Conor McGregor must conquer the scale.

And that could prove an even more dangerous opponent.

In pre-fight trash talk, Mayweather has claimed that McGregor looks extremely heavy and has been scrambling to try to drop 10 pounds. (Both fighters have to come in under 154 pounds at the weigh-in on Friday afternoon if their much-hyped bout is to proceed.)

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The truth is, though, shedding 10 pounds in a couple days is no big deal for most MMA fighters.In the past, McGregor has reportedly cut more than 25 pounds in eight days time.

The key question is whether they can do it without damaging their health. And even the nutritionist charged with guiding McGregor to his fighting weight said thats a difficult balance.

Its nothing Id recommend to everyday people, George Lockhart, the nutritionist, told STAT in an interview. I always tell people if health was your number one priority, MMA is not the sport you should be going into.

MMA fighters are known to dehydrate themselves using everything from saunas to sweat suits, hot baths to water pills to shed up to dozens of pounds in the days ahead of a weigh-in. After making weight, they try to quickly regain it by eating food and drinking water in hopes of gaining the competitive advantage of size over their opponent.

Lockhart, a former fighter and Marineveteran, generally starts on the Tuesday before a weigh-in. He removes sodium from a fighters diet and offers herbal diuretics that include potassium to replenish lost nutrients. Hell also have a fighter taper water consumption over several days two gallons on Tuesday, one gallon on Wednesday, occasional sips when thirsty on Thursday. The day before the weigh in, Lockhart takes carbohydrates out of fighters diet and cleans out his or her intestinal tract. On that final night, fighters sometimes work out or take a hot bath.He monitors vitals, including body temperature and blood pressure, throughout the process.

Ten pounds in four days is like a hiccup, Lockhart said. What Floyds talking about, it just shows hes probably never cut weight before.

But dropping weight that fast even just 10 pounds draws concerns from doctors. Dr. Larry Lovelace, a ringside physician in California, told STAT several fighters have died over the past few years from the practice, which athletic officials have called the biggest problem in the sport today.

A 2013 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that 39 percent of MMA fighters studied experienced significant or serious dehydration before their fights. Lovelace said the body doesnt fully rehydrate for at least two days well after a fight ends. That means fighters could experience muscle cramps and loss in agility while in the ring, he said.

It only takes 2 percent dehydration to impair your performance, Lovelace said. Theres no way theyre going to recover, and its definitely going to affect their performance.

There are bigger health risks, too. They include:

The brain: When a fighter takes a punch to the head, the brain rattles off the front and the back of the skull. Thats not healthy in the best of conditions. Dehydration makes it worse. The brain is bathed in fluid, said Dr. Edmund Ayoub, vice president of the Association of Ringside Physicians. Without that fluid, the brain has less cushion. Therefore, the risk of injury could be greater for a fighter who spars during the process of weight cutting. The brain can hit harder against the skull, Ayoub said. You may have more [risk for] brain injury.

The heart: A fighters heart beats faster than normal when dehydrated. If you normally walk around with a resting heart rate of 72, now it may be 90 or 100, Lovelace said. So going into a cage to fight, there are potential cardiac risks.

In a 2013 interview with Vice Sports, ringside physician Dr. Michael Kelly said dehydration can impact how the body regulates sodium and potassium levels and, in turn, mess with the cardiac fibers conducting electricity inside the heart. So if those signals arent propagating along the channel correctly, Kelly said, the heart can go into an irregular heartbeat or fatal heart rhythm and wind up in cardiac arrest.

The kidneys:Nephrons, the tiny structures inside the kidney that produce urine to remove waste from the body, malfunction without enough water.Your kidneys literally dry up, Ayoub said. When kidneys get dried up, you can get kidney damage. In 2015, fighter Johny Hendricks had to be rushed to the emergency room after weight cutting led to intestinal blockage and a kidney stone. Doctors say theyre also at risk of sustaining chronic kidney issues due to the practice.

Ayoub thinks fighters would remain healthy if they made sure to lose no more than 2 percent of their body weight each week. If McGregor had to lose 10 pounds, for instance, he should aim to shed it over three weeks instead of just one, Ayoub said.

Lovelace, though, said there is nothing to be gained from the practice of weight cutting,in part because both fighters are often doing the same thing, canceling out any potential advantage from packing on pounds immediately after the weigh-in.

Lockhart, for his part, believes fighters will keep cutting weight no matter what. So he considers it his job to help them do it as safely as possible. Theres no degree for weight cutting, Lockhart said. You need people to show them how to do it in the proper way.

MMA writer Iain Kidd, who has observed Lockharts training methods for a forthcoming book, puts it this way: There are ways to do it safer but not ways to do it safely.

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Aug 25

Struggling to lose weight? This is probably what you’re doing wrong – SmoothFM (registration)

Coming out of the winter months, its not unusual to be carrying a few extra stubborn kilos (cold weather all but calls for starch and carbs who are we to question that?). As we move into the early stages of spring many of you may be thinking of changing up your diets (or not you do you!) in the hope of slimming down for the warmer months. However, its all too easy to pick up bad habits in the attempt to drop weight fast which may just be stopping you from losing weight altogether.

For this reason, we chatted with Susie Burrell, a nutritionist with Bounce, about her tips on making healthier choices when eating.

According to Burrell, the single biggest mistake when it comes to dieting is going too hard, too fast. The nutritionist shared that extreme diets are not sustainable and will likely cause you to fall back into old habits quickly:

Choosing a diet that is too restrictive, lasting a few days then resorting to their regular eating habits! When it comes to long term weight loss, slow and steady always wins the race.

On snacking (a vice for many of us) Burrell suggested replacing sweet treats with healthy alternatives like frozen fresh fruit pured into yoghurt, fresh fruit dipped in a little dark chocolate or healthy baked vege and fruit muffins or banana loaves.

You can also add protein balls into the mix as a snack that will keep you full between meals:

There are very few high protein, nutritionally balanced snacks and Bounce balls tick all these boxes in a tasty, portioned controlled snack.

For those who are fans of breaking a sweat, Burrell stressed that the food you fuel your body with before and after a workout can have a major impact on your results. Dont be afraid of carbs in this case, she advised:

You need a small amount of carb to actually burn body fat so a couple of crackers or a banana before a high-intensity workout is the key followed by a decent recovery meal such as eggs on toast or a chicken or tuna sandwich or wrap.

With a few tweaks and an active lifestyle, you should be shedding the winter weight in no time.

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