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Sep 23

Weight loss success for Co Down mum who shed more than five stone in just seven months – Belfast Live

Just one year ago, Joanne Morgan struggled to walk down the stairs without grimacing in pain, she struggled to enjoy playing with her children due to constant exhaustion caused by her aches and pains and slow recovery after major surgery.

Now, the 32-year-old Co Down woman has a spring in her step and has never felt better after shedding 5 stone, 5 lbs in just 7 months.

Joanne credits WW, the new Weight Watchers with helping her lose weight and keep it off, as well as improving her quality of life tenfold.

Having struggled with her weight on and off for years, Joannes frustration at not being able to shed the pounds increased after she underwent a hysterectomy in January 2019.

I didnt know what weight I was when I started WW I just knew I had a lot of weight on. The year before I started, I got out of hospital on New Year' s Day, I had to have a hysterectomy and I sort of was in a rough wee place at the start of last year. I just wasnt 100% and I knew myself I had the weight on and I was sort of trying to get it off but it wasnt coming off and I was really stressing myself out about it.

An unexpected trip to visit her brother and newborn baby in Australia gave Joanne a whole new outlook and she started to realise she had the mental drive to lose weight if she was really focused.

Whilst I was there [in Australia] I went for this walk along the coast and I just thought to myself how lucky I was to have my children and things like that. My friend had joined WW the week I left for Australia and I told her I would join when I was ready. I kept getting told as well by the surgeon and the doctors to give myself a year's recovery and I did, and as soon as I did that and I got my head and my hormones right, after Christmas-the first week of January, I joined WW and never looked back.

At her heaviest Joanne was 16stone 1lb and set herself a goal of losing 5 stone 5lbs, and she achieved that, in just 7 months using the WW programme. Joanne says it was bad food choices which led her to pile on the pounds, particularly her fondness for chocolate and takeaways, but now, she still enjoys both, just in moderation.

My downfall was basically bad choices with food, anything convenient, couldnt be bothered cooking dinner tonight, we will get McDonalds, we will get Friar Tucks, takeaways and chocolate were the two things that I pinpointed as my issue.

The best thing about WW is still being able to have your treats and you can easily track everything, everything is so easy to find on the tracker app and you can carry over some of your points if you know you have a meal out or drinks coming up at the weekend, you can still enjoy those things and lose weight.

WW is definitely an easy plan to follow, its not tough and you have so much variety. I would be obsessed with chocolate bars and what I do now is instead of having say a Snickers, I would have two Skinny Whip bars and its still less points than a Snickers, Im very much I need my chocolate fix every day but on WW I can have that.

As well as her svelte new figure, with losing the weight, also came added health benefits for the mum-of-two, who struggled for years with chronic pain/

I would have suffered from chronic pain in my back, I broke my tail bone quite a few times and have had surgery on my right shoulder twice, and the left one wouldnt be that great either. But I was getting reflexology and dry needling done for the aches and pains, but once I started to lose the weight I cut down on those appointments, the pain subsided and now I would get the dry needling done maybe only once a month.

She also believes daily walks have helped improve her mobility and helped with the weight loss.

I walked the bit out as well, I walk once a day minimum, if its my day off Ill try and get two smaller walks in and it keeps my head right as well. If I was in a bad place and it was usually over my health and not having the energy to do the things like not being able to do what I want to do with my children because I was constantly tired. But now with the weight off Im jumping out of the bed. I used to have to walk downstairs sideways due to the pain in my back and my legs and the weight didnt help that so I feel so much better now.

Despite the temptation that surrounds her daily whilst working in a busy fast-food cafe, Joanne says she was kept on track by her local WW coach Deirdre Murdock.

My WW coach Deirdre Murdock was so supportive, everyone that is thinking of going to WW in the Newry/Warrenpoint area, Deirdre is brilliant, shes so authoritative, she gives brilliant advice and words of wisdom, were always waiting every week for her wee one liners. When lockdown came I had hit the three stone off and I thought Im not giving up on her either because she is so good and I didnt want to let her down, never mind myself.

I was made redundant from my job last year and I thought I was just getting myself together before I got that wee job in the cafe and I felt it wasnt probably the right job for me to go into with the weight on but it suited with the children and school hours but I still managed to lose the weight.

Urging anyone who was in a similar position of wanting to lose weight but unsure of how to get started, the Newry woman added: First of all, as long as your head is in it and youre ready to do it for you. And just stop making excuses! I made excuses for years as to why I was putting on a few pounds here and there and its not doing you any good. Just be ready, be prepared to give it your all. WW is so manageable and so realistic, there is nothing you cant have in moderation, but you need to be in control.

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Everyone says to me you did so well because I work in a fast-food cafe and the temptation is real with the goujons and big fat fries and I could have carried that on but I didnt, its a lot about self-control and a positive mindset."

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Sep 23

Operation Transformation doesnt need to lose stones and pounds, says regulator – The Irish Times

Operation Transformation, the RT One television show that tracks peoples attempts to lose weight, is not obliged by law to use metric units of measurement and can stick with imperial stones and pounds, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) compliance committee has ruled.

The verdict follows a complaint to the broadcasting regulator that suggested the reality TV programmes avoidance of metric units kilogram and gram was not complying with a statutory instrument and that by focusing on imperial units, RT was both breaching legislation and undermining the authority of the State.

In its response, RT noted the EU legislation, introduced in 2005, allows for derogations reflecting cultural traditions and that stones, pounds and ounces are in everyday use in Ireland. It denied that Operation Transformation was undermining the authority of the State.

The BAI compliance committee agreed, saying there was no evidence to support the view that Operation Transformation either undermined the authority of the State or infringed the requirements of the BAIs code of programme standards.

Separately, the BAIs executive complaints forum rejected a complaint against RT Radio 1s arts programme Arena after it broadcast a clip of the pandemic-themed film Outbreak that included a character using the term f***ing s***. A complainant objected to the broadcast without warning of this language, which aired at 7.15pm, saying his three young children were listening to the programme at the time.

RT said Arena was not a childrens programme and that, by definition, the arts often involved challenging material, including content that some might consider offensive. This was a well-established audience expectation, it said. In the context of a discussion about two Hollywood pandemic films aimed at adults Outbreak and Contagion it was not deemed necessary or appropriate to advise on the nature of the language in the clip.

The BAI agreed that Arena had not been unduly offensive by broadcasting Outbreaks sweary dialogue.

Two other complaints were not upheld. Michael Tomney, a League of Ireland referee, complained to the regulator after RT sports commentator George Hamilton mistakenly said during pre-match commentary of the 2019 FAI Cup Final that he had not before refereed an FAI Cup Final. Mr Tomney, who referred the FAI Cup Final in 1995, said the inaccurate remark had caused him personal harm and discomfort, and negatively impacted on his reputation.

RT said the comment was human error and no disrespect or harm was intended. The BAI compliance committee said it considered it unfortunate that this error occurred but agreed with RT that as the broadcast was not a news and current affairs programme, it was not covered by the BAIs code of fairness, objectivity and impartiality in news and current affairs.

The BAI executive complaints forum also dismissed a complaint about a radio ad by the Road Safety Authority, which aired on Newstalk. The complainant alleged it was misleading to instruct pedestrians to always walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic, if no footpath is provided.

Newstalk responded that RSA is the body charged with keeping road users safe, while the RSAs advertising agency, BBDO, said the advice on pedestrian safety was based on the legal requirements, as contained in the RSAs Rules of the Road.

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Sep 21

Why gyms shouldn’t close if there’s a second lockdown – Telegraph.co.uk

But that has been indicative of the continuing disconnect between government messaging on health and wellbeing and their approach so far to the leisure industry.

Weve seen hospitality benefit from the Eat Out to Help Out campaign and VAT relief, but no such support for our sector.

When the government did launch their Better Health campaign to help people lose weight, get active and eat better, it was based around banning unhealthy food adverts and calorie labelling,not encouraging people back into gyms.

The outdated thinking at government level is also demonstrated by their language, which always focuses on losing weight. Clients at Barrys often come for one reason, and yes, that might be more toned arms or a six-pack. But nine times out of ten they stay for something else completely,and thats a mental, not physical thing.

Its one hour of the day for themselves, where they are able to achieve something that makes them feel better almost immediately, thanks to the happy chemicals of endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin that you experience from exercising.

With the pandemic clearly taking a huge toll on peoples mental wellbeing, and suicide rates at their highest in two decades, we should be encouraging our communities to exercise not just to lose weight, but also to improve their mental health.

Our Prime Minister, however, just jokes that if you exercise before breakfast, at least you know nothing for the rest of the day could be worse. Thanks for nothing, Boris.

Instead of coming up with popular strategies to save Christmas surely this government should be thinking longer term. Gyms and fitness studios are not just committed to keeping the nation fit and healthy - both physically and mentally. They are also some of the safest and cleanest places in the country, full of people for whom health is a priority. They must be kept open.

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Sep 8

Nutrisystem Launches Innovative Partner Plan to Encourage and Help Maintain Weight Loss – WFMZ Allentown

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Nutrisystem, a Tivity Healthbrand, announced today the launch of its new Nutrisystem Partner Plan, a program designed to enable two people living in the same home to experience the benefits of losing weight together. Studies continue to show that dieting with a partner leads to greater success and helps people maintain their weight loss.

According to a recent JAMA study, individuals are more likely to lose five percent or more weight if their partner joins them. A five percent weight loss is considered clinically significant to reaping health benefits like reduced risks of developing diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Evidence suggests that people tend to exhibit the health behaviors of those around them and that partners greatly influence that behavior, especially in relation to diet and exercise. For Nutrisystem customers, social support and accountability are two factors proven to facilitate weight loss. Now, the Partner Plan offers Nutrisystem customers a shared experience to leverage those factors.

"Eating is a social event and with the new Nutrisystem Partner Plan, friends and loved ones can enjoy meals together," said Tommy Lewis, President, Nutrisystem. "We are less likely to stay on a weight loss program when we feel like we're all alone. Having a built-in support system at home means you'll be able to motivate and celebrate each other as you hit goals. In today's climate, it is more important than ever for our health to connect with and lean on the strength of loved ones."

On the Nutrisystem Partner Plan, customers will receive one shipment every two weeks that includes meals and snacks for two people at one great price. The program also provides free access to the NuMiapp, unlimited support with Nutrisystem weight loss counselors and dietitians by phone or online any day of the week, and free shipping.

Customers can lose weight while eating the foods they love, made healthier. The program meets, or in most cases exceeds, recommendations set forth in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The plans include the right mix of nutrients to fuel your body - plenty of healthy, lean protein; high fiber to help keep you feeling fuller, longer; low-glycemic carbohydrates to stabilize blood sugar; and never contain artificial sweeteners or flavors.

Those with specific dietary needs can customize their program to include diabetes-friendly foods, vegetarian foods, or to exclude foods that contain milk, wheat, nuts, and more. Customers can tap into the knowledgeable team of Nutrisystem weight loss counselors to help them select foods that work for both partners' needs.

For more information about the new Nutrisystem Partner Plan, please visitwww.nutrisystem.com.

About NutrisystemNutrisystem, a product of Tivity Health, is a leading provider of health and wellness and weight management products and services and has helped millions of people lose weight for nearly 50 years. Nutrisystem's new personal approach to weight loss includes plans for every body type in 2020. The company's Food and Nutrition Mission, which bans artificial flavors and sweeteners, artificial coloring, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial trans fats, reflects its commitment to fresher foods, cleaner labels, and increased transparency in its approach to ingredients. For more information, go tonewsroom.nutrisystem.com.

About Tivity HealthTivity Health(Nasdaq:TVTY) is a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, including SilverSneakers, Nutrisystem, PrimeFitness, Wisely Well, South Beach Dietand WholeHealth Living. We are actively addressing the social determinants of health, defined as the conditions in which we work, live and play. From improving health outcomes to reversing the narrative on inactivity, food insecurity, social isolation and loneliness, we are making a difference and are transforming the way we do health. Learn more at TivityHealth.com.

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Sep 8

Pacing it right – Sabrina Pace-Humphreys on her 100-mile run – Runner’s World (UK)

Sabrina Pace-Humphreys, 42, is a mother of four and grandmother of two, who took up running 11 years ago to lose weight and manage depression. The inclusivity campaigner, coach, Runner's World cover star and inov-8 ambassador just ran 100 miles...

Ive lived in the Cotswolds since I was two, so the Cotswold Way (CW) is a trail Ive always been aware of and trained on. My plan was to qualify for the Cotswold Way Century race, but COVID put paid to that, along with two other mountain races. I needed a focus in lockdown, so I made it my mission to recce the CW. And once I had, I thought Why not run it as my own challenge?. I wanted it to be as close the race conditions as possible and my goal was sub-30 hours.

I believe in being specific for races and I came to know each nook and cranny of the CW over three months. This was coming off marathon training, where I knocked eight minutes off my PB and which set me up well for running on very tired legs.

It was one hell of an experience. The CW is not to be underestimated. There are a lot of ascents and descents in the first 60 miles and its technical too, a mixture of rocks, stone, chalk and mud. My legs felt great, which is testament to a good S&C programme. However, I started suffering with nausea which became quite severe from about mile 20 to mile 70. The feeling of being on the edge of being sick was absolutely awful. At 55 miles in, it brought me to my knees that was a pretty dark affair. However, I had a great team around me and once I managed to get through the night a new sense of I can do this came over me. I was lucky to be joined by my coach, Damian Hall, and another friend. They helped speed me back up and I managed to finish in 29 hours and 24 minutes.

The lowest was the climb from Stroud up to Coaley Peak; 2.5 miles uphill with my nausea at its worst and I had to have words with myself.

The highest point was the last viewpoint, at Bath Racecourse, with 5K to go. Even though my quads were smashed, I started to believe I could get the sub 30 hours. I zipped up my wo(man) suit and got it done.

I still cant quite believe I completed my first ever 100 miles in the midst of a pandemic. Im so happy I had it to focus on when everything else in life was so up and down. Running has given me that: a constant.

Since we launched Black Trail Runners in July, the response has been largely positive. We are campaigning for greater access, skills and representation of black people in trail running. We want to create a safe, open community for black trail runners across the board, from newcomers to experienced ultrarunners. The response to our first campaign, a call for greater transparency when it comes to including questions about ethnicity on race registrations (in order for us to inform future campaigns and policies) has been positive. Our community continues to grow every day.

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From a community point of view, if you are a black person who wants to experience trail running, connect with others, share experiences, trail runs, skills or get involved in more representation, all in a safe community, then join our Facebook group (by searching Black Trail Runners). We are also on Instagram @blacktrailrunners or visit http://www.blacktrailrunners.com

From a campaigning point of view, if you are at a trail race, have a look around you. If you believe, as we do, theres an issue with the lack of diversity in trail running, then speak to the event organiser and ask them what they are doing to encourage more Black Trail Runners to the sport. If you want to give them a helping hand, direct them to contact us.

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Sep 3

How to lose weight: 71-year-old loses 62 pounds in 6 months – TODAY

After a lifetime of feeling uncomfortable in her body, Mary Carney wanted to do something about her weight and health. At 71, she was upset by how she looked and wanted to have more energy. But she wasnt quite sure how to start.

My clothes looked horrible. I didnt look good in them, Carney, now 78, of Summerville, South Carolina, told TODAY. I didnt like the way I looked or the way I felt.

Carney knew that losing weight was imperative to her health.

I walked down a long stairway, I got halfway down and I was panting, I said to myself, This is silly, she said. I thought I have got to do something to lose the weight and get back that energy I had before.'"

Thats when she found Autumn Calabrese, a popular Beachbody fitness trainer, and her 21 Day Fix workout program. Carney decided to try it and over six months, she went from 197 pounds to about 135 pounds.

That is crazy at my age, Carney said. At the end of the program, I did a five-minute plank.

While her friends were impressed that she could hold a plank for so long, ride a bike and walk on the beach without getting winded, Carney credits her success to how easy it was to follow the 21 Day Fix. The plan focuses on exercise, including weight training, and developing healthy eating habits, which incorporate fruits, vegetables, lean protein and portion control. Calabrese also provides modifications for workouts so even now at 78 and nursing an injury, Carney can exercise safely.

She did a great thing for me, made me feel energized coming from a size 18/20 to a size 6/8, Carney said.

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While Carney lost about 60 pounds in her early 70s, she recently injured herself and regained some of that weight. On top of moving less, she often ate mindlessly in front of the TV and would snack on something sugary, causing the weight to creep back.

When she noticed that she couldnt keep up with her grandchildren, she knew exactly what she had to do to lose weight and enjoy her time with her 6-year-old twin grandsons Grayson and Gunner.

Anyone who has grandchildren wants to be able to play with them, she said. I want to feel better about myself and be able to play with my grandchildren.

So she recommitted to the 21 Day Fix. Now, she especially likes that she has containers for the proper portions for meals.

Calabrese describes what food to put in the containers so you dont overeat, she said. My energy now, I just cant believe it. I just started back.

Calabrese featured Carneys story in her recent book Lose Weight Like Crazy Even if You Have a Crazy Life. Carney believes that shes proof that anyone at any age can lose weight and improve their health.

It is a successful way, a good energetic way of losing your weight through the 21 Day Fix. You wont hurt yourself. You wont feel bad, she said. You will feel a lot better.

Here are her tips that motivated her to develop healthy habits.

Being overweight kept Carney from enjoying her time with her family.

When your grandchildren come up to you and ask, Can you please get up? Can we take a walk? When you are heavier, you are sluggish and you just want to sit and color, she said. That woke me up again. I did not have the energy or the stamina.

After losing the weight, she's able to be more active with Gunner and Grayson.

It is just beautiful, she said.

Carney loves that the plan clearly explains what she should eat and how she can exercise and it includes modifications so she can easily work out.

She planned it out so thoroughly, Carney said. Its a great thing for anybody of any age.

Carney wanted to lose weight so she could enjoy her life and be active with her family. Being committed to her health goals led to her success.

You cant lose anything by trying it. You will be amazed at what you can succeed at in life if you commit yourself to doing it, she said. I really feel great about myself. I have so much energy.

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Sep 3

Breastfeeding can help you lose pregnancy weight. Here’s how – Times of India

We all know how important it is to breastfeed our babies. In fact, it is said that breastmilk is the best gift a mother can give to her baby.

Breastmilk provides the child with all the important nutrients required to grow. The bright side of breastfeeding for moms is that it can help them lose pregnancy weight. Yes, you read that right.

Most women are anxious about losing their pregnancy weight as soon as they deliver. If you are also on the list, don't worry, you are not alone.

One thing moms need to remember is that just like they did not gain the pregnancy weight overnight, they cannot lose it overnight too.

Breastfeeding is said to accelerate the process of weight loss.

Here's the science behind how breastfeeding can make you lose pregnancy weight.

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Sep 3

How to gain weight fast: 3 tips to build muscle mass and pack on weight easier – T3

While many people are looking at ways to lose weight fast, there are also quite few who would want to know how to gain weight and build muscle, mostly men with fast metabolism. Not being able to put on weight can be just as frustrating as trying to lose weight, but following our handy weight gain tips, you can nudge your metabolism in the right direction easily.

The basic concept is fairly straightforward: in order to gain weight, you need to maintain a positive energy balance by supplying your body with more calories than you expend. The actual process can be a bit more difficult than this and involves close monitoring of food intake and tracking workouts too.

Here we'll try to share some tips that might help you get out of the weight gain rut. Some of them will be related to nutrition of course but if you would like to gain weight the right way and also build muscle in the process, you will have to pay close attention on your workout regime too.

IMPORTANT: If you are underweight, have any underlying medical conditions or eating disorders, please consult your doctor first before you apply any changes to your diet. The below tips are more suited for people with fast metabolism who are otherwise healthy and by no means to be taken as medical advice.

The main reason why many people fail to gain weight is the lack of perseverance. Mark Twain once said: "Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times." Most people who struggle with gaining weight have started the process numerous times but never sticked with any diet and/or workout plan for long enough for it to show results.

Another reason might be not knowing just how many calories certain food items contain and not eating enough despite 'eating loads' of food. It is worth tracking your food intake, especially at the beginning, using free apps like MyFitnessPal until you learn roughly how many calories and what macronutrient are in certain food items.

Thirdly, you must keep in mind that a calorie is not always equal to a calorie. One calorie from a broccoli will fuel your body differently than one calorie from fries. Carbohydrates in general take less effort for the body to break down and even the temperature of the food you eat can determine how easily your body can digest it (cold, fibrous food takes more energy to digest).

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Let's say you need 3,000 calories a day to put on weight. Would you rather eat three 1000-calorie meal or five 600-calorie meal a day? The latter sounds a bit more manageable, no? Breaking your food intake down into smaller installments will help you eat more food on the long run.

If you are planning on eating five meals a day, meal prep can also come in handy. Ideally, you want to eat food that you cooked/prepared yourself but we admit that might be a bit too much effort for some. Regardless, you should still plan ahead and at least roughly assemble the food you are planning on eating throughout the day tomorrow.

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Carbohydrates are important for muscle building but the other two macronutrients, namely protein and fat, are equally as important when it comes to gaining weight. Fatty food will make you feel sated for longer and food with higher fat content tend to taste better too.

Fatty foods you should include in your diet are oily fish, such as salmon and mackerel, nuts (e.g. Brazil nuts), avocado, butter, heavy/double cream, dark chocolate, olive oil and eggs. Most of these are also high in protein so by eating them, you will be killing two birds with one stone.

Talking about protein: protein is essential for muscle building and recovery and you will need to eat more than you'd think to aid weight gain. It is advised to have at least 20-30 grams of protein with each meal if the plan is to eat five times a day. Protein should be supplied from a variety of sources including green leafy vegetables, fish, lean meat, eggs etc.

Alternatively, you can also consider supplementing protein and have the best protein powder shakes and the best protein bars / best jerky as snacks throughout the day.

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One of the main reasons why you might not be gaining weight and particularly muscle mass is the lack of resistance training. If you are after muscle growth, you need to stimulate that muscle growth by training the muscles often. How often? Check out our how to build muscle guide to find out more.

The type of resistance training is up to you but don't fall into the trap of only tracking calories. Even the best running watches and best heart rate monitors can't track muscle activation and by tracking workouts with them, you can easily end up focusing only on burning calories.

What you want to do is the complete opposite: maxing out of workouts that increase strength but don't burn calories. Sure, you should still do some cardio: it's great for heart health and to maintain/improve the cardiovascular system, but try limiting the duration of cardio and let the bulk of your workout be anaerobic movements.

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Sep 3

How To Lose Weight The Fast Way – Seacoastonline.com

Every year around New Years Day, the internet gets flooded with new diets, promising the ever-elusive fast way to lose weight. If you have ever tried one of them, the hard truth would have hit you a couple of weeks in.

Although the diet sounds good on paper and so many people claim that it works, there is always some or another catch that renders the diet useless. The good news is that there are diets that help you lose weight fast. Here we are going to look at how to lose weight fast with intermittent fasting.

What is intermittent fasting?

If you have been scouring the internet for diet plans, the chances that you have come across intermittent fasting is good. At Fitwirr, you can get a full description of what this eating plan entails, but it comes down to not eating for certain periods.

It is a group name for several diets the revolve around periods of eating and fasting and there are several different strategies or plans that one can try out. These plans do not dictate how much you should eat, but rather when you should eat, so it is less a diet than an eating schedule.

What are some of the common fasting plans?

The 16:8 method is by far the most popular plan and required a person to eat during an eight-hour window and abstaining from eating for the other 16 hours. How this plan is structured differs from person to person, but most people skip breakfast and refrain from eating anything after dinner.

The 5:2 method is one of the few that restrict how much you eat. For this plan, a person is restricted to a 500 calory intake for two days of the week and eating normally for the other five days. The warrior plan involves eating fruits and nuts for most of the day and only having one large meal in the evening during a four-hour window.

How does the diet work?

The science behind the diet is quite simple. During the times that a person does not eat, the body reprograms itself to use the bodys fat as fuel and it starts to digest the excess fat.

When the diet is followed for a while, insulin levels start to drop and the muscle growth hormones start to increase. This means that the body starts to build lean muscle. Norepinephrine levels in the body also start to rise and cause the body to release more fatty acids.

Can you lose weight using the diet?

The verdict is out and you can lose weight with an intermittent fast diet plan. With this eating plan, you create a calorie deficit and force your body to use the excess fats that it has stored to meet the calory needs of your body.

Studies have shown that a person can lose anything from 3% 8% of their body weight in a period that ranges from 3 to 24 weeks. Although it does not sound like much, the great thing about the diet is that you do not lose muscle mass as fat-free tissue is not targeted first.

Which diet should I choose?

As with any diet, it all depends on what works best for your situation. However, a fasting diet requires a bit of sacrifice. So, without straining yourself to the point that you quit, starting with the 5:2 plan will help you ease into fasting.

On the other hand, when skipping breakfast comes naturally, it will be easy to get into the 16:8 plan without turning your life upside down.

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Sep 3

Cucumber juice: What are the health benefits? – TODAY

Cucumbers are not what I would consider a glamorous vegetable. When I get them in my farm share, I turn to the old standbys I add them to salads, make pickles, or blend them up in a gazpacho.

But I did some research, and the internet is full of amazing health claims about the lowly cucumber and its juice. What is cucumber juice good for? Online, youll read that its the best rejuvenation tonic in the world. It can cleanse and detox the entire body. Its anti-inflammatory. It can bring down a fever. It burns belly fat, too!

Are any of these cucumber juice nutrition claims true? Sadly, no, according to dietitians who spoke with TODAY. I do think they have some health properties. However, I think the benefits of juices are overstated, said Samantha Cassetty, a nutrition and weight-loss expert with a virtual nutrition counseling practice based in New York City.

Julia Denison, clinical nutrition coordinator at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Magee-Womens Hospital, told TODAY that the main benefit of cucumbers is their high water content. Theyre a hydrating vegetable, she said. A lot of other vegetables kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, carrots, green beans have more nutrients.

While other veggies might top the cucumbers nutritional profile, cucumbers do have their strengths. They contain vitamins A, C and K, as well as antioxidants and a little bit of calcium and iron. They also provide a type of fiber called lignin, and experimental studies have suggested that lignin might help protect against estrogen-related cancers, Cassetty said.

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And juicing could give you more of some of these nutrients because youre probably going to juice about two cucumbers to yield a glass of cucumber juice. But when you juice cucumbers, youre removing the valuable fiber and the nutrients that are found in the skin.

Its better to eat whole vegetables, Cassetty said. Thats going to be more filling, and you get the fiber in addition to the water.

Whole cucumbers and whole veggies, in general bring benefits that you lose when you juice them. Whole vegetables help you feel satiated. Thats for two reasons chewing your food and taking longer to eat both help you feel full. When you drink something, it tends to not produce the same amount of fullness, Cassetty said.

There are some cucumber juice health benefits cucumber juice, cucumber celery juice or any vegetable juice is better than nothing. Cassetty said juicing can come in handy for people who dont like the taste of vegetables, dont like to cook or have demanding work schedules without much time to sit down and eat.

Denison said to watch the ingredients in store-bought cucumber juice, since there could be added sugar: It could be essentially the same as soda.

Its easy to figure out how to make cucumber juice at home if you have a juicer, just run the cucumbers through it. You can also blend cucumbers into smoothies that way you retain the fiber and the nutrients in the skin.

Cucumbers are a low-calorie, low-carb, water-rich food, so they can be part of calorie-control or low-carb diets, and they can be helpful with weight maintenance. But cucumber juice wont melt away body fat. Everyone wants something that will magically help them lose weight. Cucumber juice is not that, Denison said.

Cassetty suggested pairing cucumber with protein or fat try cucumber sticks or slices with hummus, a boiled egg, tuna or olive tapenade to bring in other nutrients. It raises the enjoyment factor they taste good together, she said.

There are benefits of cucumber water. If it helps you drink more water, it can fight the fatigue that comes with suboptimal hydration. Denison suggested that people infuse water with cucumber to give it a different taste.

Cassetty agreed: A lot of times people who dont like water think its boring or bland. Adding cucumber can help build a healthy habit.

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