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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


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.)


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

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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Aug 25

Gastric balloon helping Kiwis lose weight without surgery – New Zealand Herald

An Auckland clinic is offering obese Kiwis the chance to lose weight and feel full without resorting to stomach stapling.

One in three New Zealand adults are obese, making us the third-fattest nation in the world behind the USA and Mexico.

As many patients struggle to get in shape through conventional diet and exercise regimes, Remuera’s MacMurray Centre has introduced a non-surgical weight loss system to help fight the epidemic – but there are risks involved.

The procedure involves a gastric balloon which can be inserted in 20 minutes and makes people feel full faster.

A soft, silicone balloon is inserted down a patient’s throat, placed in the stomach, filled to the right size with sterile salt water and taken out six months later.

MacMurray Centre director Dr Alasdair Patrick said the Orbera balloon took up about a third of a person’s stomach once inflated and helped to control over-eating.

“The person starts eating and they quickly feel full. It really does change their behavior,” he said.

“They learn how to eat smaller meals. If you think about people carrying all that extra weight, they find it difficult to exercise. This gives them a second chance.”

The product is part of a growing international trend of non-surgical weight loss options. A similar product, the Elipse Balloon, which is available overseas, can be swallowed like a pill and filled using a thin catheter. After about four months it spontaneously bursts and is excreted.

However, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about such devices earlier this month, stating there had been seven unanticipated deaths that occurred in patients with liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems in the last 18 months – five of them with the Orbera system.

The agency said the root cause and incidence rate had not yet been established, nor had the deaths been definitively attributed to the devices. The organisation recommended close monitoring of patients with the devices.

Patrick said it was five cases out of 277,000 and none were definitively due to the procedure.

“These are often morbidly obese people who have significant health problems. When you take 277,000 of these sorts of patients there is a good chance that, unfortunately, some may have an unexpected event that may well have happened whether they had a balloon inserted or not,” he said.

Patrick said he always warned patients of the risks and would inform future patients of the FDA warning but believed the benefits outweighed the risks, particularly because performing gastric bypass surgery on obese people was also risky.

Patrick said people using the Orbera technology could expect to lose three times as much weight as diet and exercise alone.

People typically lost 10-15kgs, about 10 per cent of their body weight, in the six months it was in place and 70 per cent of people kept the weight off, he said.

During the six months it was in place and the six months following, patients worked with weight loss experts on a personalised plan to adopt new eating and exercise habits.

Patrick said the procedure had been used to treat about 220,000 people around the world over the last 20 years and he believed Kiwis could benefit from it.

“The biggest problem we are facing in New Zealand is obesity. It’s hard to believe we are the third most obese country in the world,” Patrick said.

“Obviously because it’s such an epidemic in New Zealand we need things to fight that.”

Considering all the issues caused by obesity, including heart disease, strokes and diabetes, it was worse than cancer, he said.

Patrick said the clinic already had 10 patients enrolled and in various phases of the procedure, which costs at least $8850.

Anyone over 18 with a Body Mass Index between 30 and 40 was eligible but had to show they were determined to see it through.

“The person has to be motivated to understand that this is their second chance. The person has to be committed.”

One patient signed up for the procedure when he realised, while planning a family holiday, that his weight meant he could not do the things he wanted to with his children.

He still had a month left until the balloon was removed but had already dropped down from 132kg to 114kg.

Dunedin School of Medicine dean and childhood obesity specialist Barry Taylor said gastric balloons had potential because they were less invasive and cheaper than bariatric surgery but more research was needed first.

More work was needed to reduce the risk and to study the long term outcomes for patients, he said.

Clinical trials did not yet have any long term data to show whether patients kept the weight off a few years down the track, he said.

A soft balloon is inserted down a patient’s throat and inflated in their stomach to make them feel full. Doctors using the procedure say patients typically lose10-15kgs – about 10 per cent of their body weight – and 70 per cent keep the weight off. An independent expert says gastric balloons have potential and are cheaper than surgery but the long term effects are not yet known. The cost of the programme in New Zealand starts from $8850.

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Aug 25

Susie Burrell reveals fastest ways to lose weight – Gears Of Biz

While you might be aware that fad diets are not always the answer for those who want to keep off weight, there are some ways you can quickly shed kilos and stay that way.

Australian nutritionist, Susie Burrell, recently shared the fastest ways to lose weight and they include cutting carbs, ditching liquid calories and switching one meal for soup, salad or a shake.

Here, FEMAIL reveals some of Susies top tips. Youll be in shape for summer in no time.

Top of Susies list for quick and healthy weight loss is carbs or rather a lack thereof.

While carbohydrates are necessary for proper metabolic and brain function, Susie said in general we eat far too many of them and a quick way to shift kilos is to cut back:

Overall a slightly lower carbohydrate intake, where we keep our fuel low at night by focusing meals around protein and vegetables is a safe and sustainable weight loss strategy, she told

Try salmon with zucchini noodles for a nutritious but filling dinner option.

While you might think that a snack here and there has little effect on your ability to lose weight, Susie said that often we underestimate the impact snacking has on our daily calorie intake.

In general the message of small regular meals has been translated into large regular meals with us frequently enjoying milk coffee, fruit, nuts and snack bars throughout the day, or an extra 400-600 calories, she told the publication.

The nutritionist said that unless you are training for an hour or more each day, you only need one or two small snacks.

Alternatively, cut out the smaller things altogether, in favour or slightly bigger or more protein-rich meals.

If you want to lose weight quickly, Susie said you need to keep at least one mealtimes calories low.

But whether you choose a meal replacement shake, soup or salad is up to you.

In each of these cases, calorie intake at one meal is cut to just 200-300 calories, which can be half of that of regular meals which keeps your overall calorie intake lower without you even realising it, she said.

Susie recently shared a recipe for her Spring Reset Detox Soup.

Serves six


2 teaspoons of olive oil

1 leek, thinly sliced

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cups salt-reduced vegetable stock and 3 cups water

410g can chopped tomatoes

1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes

500g pumpkin, cut into 1cm cubes

1/2 celery, chopped


1) Heat the olive oil with onion in a large saucepan. Add the leek and gently cook over a low heat until soft, then add the stock, tomatoes, carrot and pumpkin.

2) Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Lastly, its a case of ditching the coffees, wines, smoothies and liquid sugars if you want to shed fat.

According to Susie, not only does drinking liquid calories mean we will automatically eat less, but it also plays havoc with our natural hunger and fullness signals.

Susie recommends keeping your liquid calories to a minimum. If you find it hard to give up coffee, at least choose a piccolo. Alternatively, drink herbal tea or water.

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Aug 23

Amazing Home Remedies For Quick Weight Loss – Doctor NDTV

Losing weight requires you to spend huge amount of time and money which at times take on your nerves. Ayurveda provides a plenty of easy methods to lose weight at fast and without having to spend hefty amounts

Daily intake of medicinal herbs helps in weight loss

Are you sick of tiring gym sessions and are looking for easy options to lose weight? Well! there are many easily available herbs which can help you lose weight quickly. Gym training is quite tenacious and often takes a toll on the person’s health who fail to abide by its requirements. Ayurveda, on the other hand, makes your job easy by healing you from the inside. This self-healing process involves spreading sufficient amount of oxygen to the cells of your body and eliminating its harmful constituents.

Read on to find out interesting home remedies which can help you in weight loss-

1. Lemon and Honey

2. Bottle Gourd

Bottle gourd magically works in dissolving the extra fat from the body. Moreover, it is rich in fibre which keeps you full, thus reducing your appetite.Bottle gourd should generally be consumed in a liquid form for weight loss.

3. Black pepper

A regular intake of black pepper in whatsoever form helps really well in weight loss process. It shows better results if taken with lukewarm water early in the morning.You can use ginger, lemon, honey, tulsi, cinnamon, or green tea bags to prepare the tea. Drink this before breakfast for weight loss.

4. Basil leaves

The nutrient content of the commonly used herb-Basil leaves, is extremely helpful in lowering your body’s cholesterol and therefore helping you in weight loss. Basil leaves can be taken in a capsule form or infused in one cup of hot water to drink as a herbal tea for losing weight.

5. Triphala Powder with Honey

An easily available Ayurvedic Powder- ‘Triphala’ helps really well with weight loss and can also ease out the digestion process if taken twice a day with lukewarm water. This can also be prepared at home by mixing gooseberry powder, turmeric powder and ‘Bibhitaki’ in equal amounts.

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Aug 23

4 ways your quick weight loss diet is harming your body – VOGUE India

The whole world seems to be on a diet. Adietician is now like a family physician; every urban family has one. At most social gatherings, you will find people commenting onwho has lost and who has gained a few kilos, and discussions on what their dietician has said belongs to the avoid list, while tucking into a portion of everything that is on offer.

Wanting to lose a few kilos to reach your ideal weight according to your height and body frame is a great idea. Being overweight can be an indicator of various changes going on in your body, apart from it indicating that your lifestyle and food choices are not very healthy. However, what most people dont think about is that there is a right way and a wrong way to lose weight. Speed dieting and crashing your way towards your goal might look like the easy thing to do but if you want to lose and keep that weight off for good read on.

To lose weight quickly you

need to go on a fad dietThats what those weird diets that you get off the internet are called. Some dieter will claim to have lost weight by eating only proteins, another might say they ate nothing after 6pm every day, while yet another will have eaten all high fat foods and avoided carbs (everyones favourite enemy) and will have lost tons of weight. Most people willnever be able to sustain these fad diets beyond a period of time and eventually get back to eating all the foods they may have sacrificed to lose the weight.

Fad diets are usually boring and repetitive, and havestrange side effects like bad breath, constipation, gas and even dizziness and fatigue. The reason? They are imbalanced as far as nutrients go, so eventually you will eat what you normally do, and you will reward yourself often for being good, and soon you will have gained back double the weight you had lost.

need to starveDieting became a bad word ever since people started to assume that when you say dieting, you actually mean you are not eating. When a person who eats a certain amount of food a day suddenly cuts it to one-fourththe original quantity, the results begin to show very quickly, no doubt, but then so do the deficiencies; the hair loss and the pale skin. Starving to lose weight makes you feel deprived, puts you in a bad mood and makes you low on energy at all times. It may make you lose a few kilos, but that is only short-lived.

tend to give up bad habits, only for a short timeIn an attempt to lose kilos before a set deadline, many people give up some bad habits till the date they have in mind, only to get back to those bad habits with a vengeance. You have to find a better alternative for a bad food habit rather than just swearing off that food for a short interval. If you decide to give up on that midnight chocolate bar for some time, replace it with something else that you will enjoy and something that benefits you. This will make sure youre not tempted to go back to that habit. Try one-twopieces of dates or a cup of milk, or even a cup of chamomile tea that will relax you.

may be consulting with someone unqualifiedThere are a lot of quacks who pose as weight loss experts or dieticians/nutritionists. These are people who have just done a certificate course from unknown institutions for a few weeks and have decided to start their practice. They might not even have the basic knowledge of the physiology of the human body or the biochemistry of nutrients and what they do. They will ask you to measure and calculate each grain that goes into your mouth and make you not just fear food but also hate your own body. In order to succeed at what they are doing, since they have no qualification backing them, they will promise to give you fast results without you realising what it costs you health-wise.

If youre going to a nutritionist you havent heard of, ask them where they received the degree that qualifies them in their field. It takes three years of undergraduate studies to become an authentic nutritionist, after which some choose to do their Masters for another two years. Ask them if they are members of the IDA (Indian Dietetics Association), as IDA only issues life memberships to qualified dieticians with degrees from recognised institutions.

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Samreedhi Goel is a Mumbai-based nutritionist, fitness expert and proprietor at Size Wise The Fitness Studio. You can contact her

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Aug 23

‘This One Tweak Helped Me Lose All The Baby Weight And Then Some’ – Women’s Health

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I run five miles every day, Id tell myself. But it wasnt until I had my second son a year ago that it hit me: I was over-indulging, and it wasnt good for my health or my weight.

When I had my first son, I looked the same way as I did pre-pregnancy within hours after he was born (annoying, I know). But with my second son, I still looked five months pregnant after he vacated the premises. I reassured myself that this was super normal (which it is), but a few weeks later kept wondering why the weight was taking so long to drop off. I started running again two weeks after I gave birth and figured Id lose the weight then, but it still was coming off at a super slow pace.

Finally, it hit me: To lose the weight, I had to pay attention to my diet, too, and cut out all the crap I had been having. It was so obvious, but for some reason I had been kidding myself about what I was really eating. It was ridiculous for me to sit around wondering why I wasnt losing the baby weight while still having a chocolate bar after lunch each day and ice cream at night. And it was more than a weight thingI knew that all of that overindulgence had the potential to be bad for my health, too.

So, I got real with myself. I was mostly eating healthy but completely blowing it with treats every day. And unfortunately, Im not alone. Its a common issue to overestimate good eating habits and underestimate bad eating habits, says registered dietitian Sonya Angelone, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And those bad habits can add up over time, she points out.

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Somehow I had convinced myself that my regular treats didnt really count because I run every day, and thats also a problem, says registered dietitian-nutritionist Karen Ansel, coauthor of The Calendar Diet: A Month by Month Guide to Losing Weight. Exercising is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy, she says. However, the idea that exercising will help women lose a large amount of weight is a myth. Finding a sweet spot between balancing fitness and how much you eat is key to getting and keeping a healthy weight, she says.

Im not into the idea of dieting (Id rather just eat healthyfor real), and I knew that cutting out those extra sweets and rethinking my eating habits would make a difference. So, I did.

I noticed that I tend to grab candy or ice cream when I’m stressed, so I made a point to stop mindlessly eating while Im working. Now, if I have to eat while I work, I make sure its an actual well-rounded meal or piece of fruitnot a bag of chocolate chips. I also cut out those late-night ice cream benders, started eating more slowly, and paid more attention to how much I eat at meals.

Ice cream is a huge weakness for me, and its usually best if I steer clear of it. But Im also working on having a bite or two of it if I really want it. Ive learned that I can feel just as satisfied by eating it that way as if I had a bunch of ice cream at onceand thats worked out really well for me. Weirdly, the less Ive eaten, the less I crave it.

Not surprisingly, the baby weight melted off after I made those changes. I even lost an extra seven pounds that Ive been carrying around for years that I’m pretty sure is due to all those treats I’ve been eating.

Im not super hung up on the number on the scale, but I like the way my body looks and feels now. Im also happy with my eating habits and the fact that Im actually being honest with myself about my bad habits. Its taken three decades and some brutal truth, but I think Ive finally figured it out.

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Aug 23

Obese woman loses 5st you won’t believe what she looks like now – Daily Star


At 25-years-old, Destiny Gonzalez stepped on the scales and saw 20st 3lbs staring back at her.

The American woman had experienced a turbulent few years and as a result turned to emotional eating for comfort and gained weight in the process.

Destiny grew up in an abusive, drug-addled home and as a young adult she was diagnosed with a series of medical conditions including endometriosis and began to suffer from depression.


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When she moved in with her husband in her early 20s, Destiny said she stopped caring about her weight.

The woman from Sarasota, Florida added: “I was very comfortable being overweight.

“But it didn’t completely spiral out of control until I got married, and unfortunately my husband and I both share the same love for food. I am an emotional eater and I’m also a binge eater, and at the time I had no self-control.

“In 2014 I reached 263 pounds, my heaviest weight at the time, and at that point I did start working out and losing weight. I lost 53 pounds at first, but then I plateaued and lost motivation. I didn’t want to keep working out. I wanted to eat what everyone else ate.

“So I quickly gained my weight back and then some, and in February 2016 I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. And then in March 2016 my little brother passed away from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and I started struggling badly with depression.”

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This is the point when Destiny tipped the scales at 20st, which left her feeling constantly tired and lacking motivation.

Destiny decided to make a change in September last year and hasnt looked back. So far she has lost 5st 3lbs after changing her diet and adding weights to her exercise routine.

She explained: “One day I just decided I’d had enough. There was going to be no more ‘I’ll start Monday.’ I was just done being emotionally unstable, done being tired and lazy and obese.

“I didn’t have a nutritionist or trainer, I just went to the gym and started on the elliptical for the first couple of weeks for just an hour a day. Then, as silly and pathetic as I probably looked, I started incorporating weights, and I started eating cleaner and limiting my portions.

“I did some research on how to lose weight, but I didn’t have any tricks up my sleeve. There were no diet pills, no wraps, no shakes and no surgery.

“I go to bed when I start getting hungry, and I wake up at 4:30 am to go to the gym. I even bring my own snacks everywhere I go to avoid temptation.


The hardest part for Destiny has been watching her family and friends continue to eat junk food and not be able to eat any of it bit its been worth it. As well as the weight loss, Destiny has gone from a size 26 to a size 16.

Destiny added: “I am now able to do things I’ve never done. I am going skydiving in a week, and I’ve already signed up for my first 5k. I even plan on going zip lining soon!

“Being overweight really limited the activities I could participate in. Now I feel so confident. No one and nothing can get in my way now. I’m unstoppable.”

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Aug 23

3 tips to help you shed that extra weight – Good4Utah

Is your blood sugar blocking your efforts to shed pounds and causing health problems? Total Health and Fitness explains how your blood sugar and body weight are connected. And extra weight puts us at risk for other health problems that involve blood sugar.

Every time we eat, our pancreas produces insulin. This hormone helps our bodies harness the energy provided by food by “unlocking” your cells, helping to move sugar (aka glucose) inside each one, where it’s used for fuel. The cycle starts when you gain weight so if you have excess weight you may find you are fighting an endless cycle of trying to lose weight only to find the scale doesnt budge or the weight quickly comes back on.

Once you have blood sugar problems, it’s much harder to do the one thing that can really help: slim down. The good news: losing weight is not impossible if you understand the correlation between blood sugar, belly fat and insulinand how to make the necessary changes you want to see both in your physical appearance and your overall health statistics.

The problem starts with insulin resistance, in which our cells no longer respond to the hormone. Weight gain can bring it on, especially if we add visceral fat (the kind around our abdominal organs) because it churns out inflammatory chemicals that harm cells’ response to insulin. This starts an endless cycle of adding more and more weight with starting and stopping diets that are not balanced for our lifestyles.

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Aug 21

Lose weight by changing your lifestyle – Daily Sabah

As obesity becomes an increasing concern around the world, American scientists have been trying to determine the preliminary precautions toward finding a potential cure. Therefore, new information is being revealed every day about the disease. While some of the findings aim to shape people’s nutritional habits, some hint at certain clues that will change people’s lifestyles. Here are a few clues to help you finish the summer in a fit state.

Add vinegar to your salads and soups

The latest research shows that vinegar has a positive impact on cholesterol and lipodiosis in the blood. Balsamic vinegar also triggers fat burning genes and is much richer than asedic acid and thus, helps you lose weight. While you should not directly consume vinegar, you can enrich your salads and soups with just two spoonfuls of vinegar.

Sauerkraut can help you lose weight

Even though it sounds weird, pickled cabbage is one of the main foods that helps people lose weight. Known as sauerkraut, or pickled cabbage, it helps with weight loss and includes lactobacillusplantarum bacteria, which helps the body produce good bacteria in the intestines and digestive system. If you are not consuming yogurt along with your meals, try serving sauerkraut as a side dish.

Endless benefits of ginger

Just like many other spices, ginger is a “medicine” used to treat inflammatory diseases, muscle pain, harmful intestinal bacteria, digestive system and fatigue. Widely used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, research has proven that the traditions of people who lived thousands of years ago were effective and ginger is known to have anti-inflammatory effects. It can also treat calcification along with sore throats and colds. Ginger is even effective in treating muscle pain and calcification. When compressed it seriously helps calcification pain as proven by research. Another benefit of ginger is that it helps in losing weight. Research conducted at Columbia University has revealed that adding a spoonful of ground ginger to a glass of hot water helps create the feeling of being full.

Fresh ginger is a food that can easily spoil and mold. Therefore, you have to consume it quickly and while it is fresh. If you want to add ginger to your food, you need to do it right before taking your food off the stove and when it is cooked with oil for a long time, it leaves its essence and aroma.

Mustard instead of mayo

Use mustard instead of mayonnaise. Research shows that if you replace your normal amount of mayonnaise with mustard you will reduce your caloric intake by 85 calories.

Consume cinnamon

It has been proven that cinnamon helps regulate your blood sugar levels and is used by diabetics. Recent research has proven the health benefits of eating cinnamon. In addition to it being anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, cinnamon also has been revealed as a spice that helps lower the risk of heart and coronary diseases. It is also effective in treating cytolysis and abnormal growths. It is also a good natural way to fight cancer. Consuming three to six grams of cinnamon daily can also make you feel full and help you lose weight.

Chew slowly

According to research, fast consumption of food leads often leads to overeating. Chewing your food twice as long as you normally do can help make you feel full sooner.

Don’t sit still

According to Mayo Clinic research, people who fidget burn 350 more calories during the day compared to their colleagues. In order to burn an additional 150 calories, go window shopping during your lunch break.

Useful tips:

Eat red pepper flakes in the mornings. Research shows that starting the day with a full stomach can prolong your time of feeling full. If you consume red pepper flakes for breakfast it will decrease your desire for food for the rest of the day.Use smaller plates. Using children’s plates with a width of 22 centimeters (8.6 inches) are actually large enough for a portion of food that will make an adult feel full.Remove sugar, crme and caffeine from your coffee. Decaf coffee has lower calories and also helps you to suppress your hunger.Add cinnamon to fruits such as bananas and melons.Don’t skip breakfast. Research shows that people who eat breakfast regularly have a higher metabolism.Eat an apple before meals. Apples are high in fiber and are one of the most important things for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Eating apples before meals will help you feel less hungry and help your digestion.Instead of constantly calculating calories and grams, it is more efficient to calculate your waist circumference. The target for women is below 82.5 centimeters and 80 centimeters for men.Consume full wheat pasta. Research shows that wheat pasta makes you feel full longer and is healthier.Do not turn your targets into numbers as it has been proven that people who aim at wearing a smaller size is more successful at losing weight.If you cannot lose weight any more, try exercising and extend your exercises for five minutes.Turn your kitchen into an orchard. Plant green plants in cups in your kitchen. Therefore, you will have green plants in front of your eyes and it will enter into all of your meals.

Things to do to stay healthy:

Research proves that beans, which are high in protein, also help you feel full.Mushrooms soy with low sodium and asparagus keeps you full.Avocado is one of your friends on the way to losing weight. In addition, with the good oils it contains it is also ideal for those looking to lose weight.The right posture is important. Standing or sitting with the wrong posture might make you look fatter than you actually are. This way, your muscles will work without you even noticing and you will burn calories.Do yoga. While it seems like a calm, stationary sport from afar, if you do yoga everyday for half an hour, you will burn 350 calories.Do you feel like you are in for a snack? Lie down on the nearest chair or sofa. Experts believe that this movement minimizes the urge to eat unhealthy snacks.Instead of fried potatoes, eat baked potatoes. Instead of deeply fried potatoes, turn them into wedge potatoes without peeling the skin and adding spices and olive oil and cook them at 450 degrees Farenheit (232 degrees Celsius).Fruit that has to too much water such as melons, tomatoes and celery keep you full.Move. Park your car a bit further when you are around a shopping center and similar places. Also, avoid using elevators and use the stairs, which will help you burn more calories.The Mediterranean diet is a friend for the heart. Food that is good for your coronary system also helps you to lose weight.Get some protein at every meal. For those who want to lose weight, protein is much better than carbohydrates and fat. Consuming even a little bit of protein at every meal will boost your metabolism.

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