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Aug 5

Its Not Your Fault That Youre Overweight, the book that changes the weight loss game – ABC 4

Derek Muse, author of Satietopathy: Its Not Your Fault That Youre Overweight, was in studio today to tell us about his self-published book available on Amazon this month.

A board-certified obesity medicine specialist, Derek has practiced obesity medicine for thirty years, but chose to become certified in obesity medicine fifteen years ago to learn more about helping his patients to lose weight. He became a fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) about five years ago as he increased his involvement in the OMA.

Struggling with weight gain his whole life, Derek remembers wondering to himself why he could eat so much more than everyone else in his family as a teenager.

He has practiced obesity medicine for the last three decades, and little by little he has pieced together why so many of us struggle with weight. In his book, Derek explains the science behind our struggle.Armed with that knowledge, he teaches dieters what works best to lose weigh,t and keep it off.

Using the techniques explained in his book, Derek provides the dieters in his clinic with the ability to lose three times more weight than the average person would lose on any other diet they might try! Using those same techniques, he is able to increase the chance that they wont gain back the weight they have lost by ninety percent.

Thousands of Dereks patients have lost 30, 50, 100 and even 200 pounds in his clinic! The most common thing they say after losing that much weight is that they have gotten their lives back, and that they feel so much younger and more active.

Humans stop eating at the end of a meal because of three satiety signals. When one of more of those satiety signals are missing, a person doesnt feel full right at the moment that they have eaten enough to satisfy their calorie needs for the day. This leads the person to keep eating and the body has no choice but to store the extra calories as fat. In the book, Derek helps patients to understand which of the satiety signals they are missing.

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Aug 5

The secret life of calories: How to lose weight and be healthier – New Zealand Herald

New Zealand is one of the fattest nations on Earth and a Cambridge University geneticist says we should recognise not all calories are created equal. So what should we be eating? By Eleanor de Jong.

Obesity expert Dr Giles Yeo cycles to and from work each day, runs five kilometres on Saturdays and goes long-distance cycling on Sundays, purposefully searching out hills to push himself. But even then, the University of Cambridge geneticist hasn't avoided the creep of "middle-age spread".

In addition to his 20 years as an obesity researcher in Britain, Yeo is also a presenter on the BBC's popular show Trust Me, I'm a Doctor and BBC Horizon, where his investigations are critically acclaimed.

In 2018, aware of his gradual weight gain, Yeo agreed to adopt a vegan diet for a month and have it documented by the show. Despite veganism having a thoroughly unsexy reputation at the time, the evidence behind it being effective for weight loss is strong.

After a month of tofu, pulses and greens, the effectiveness of the regime seemed indisputable when Yeo lost 4kg and lowered his cholesterol by 12 per cent. Returning from his weigh-in, he celebrated by grabbing a packet of cheese and onion crisps at the train station. That night, he ordered his usual king prawn jalfrezi, naan bread and egg pilau rice at his local curry house, followed by a steak for Saturday-night dinner, roast pork, crackling and goose-fat potatoes for Sunday dinner and a multitude of creamy desserts and wines.

Within five days of quitting veganism, Yeo had regained 50 per cent of his previous weight loss. "That was a shock," he says, speaking to the Listener from his home in Cambridge. "It was really depressing."

If even a world-leading obesity expert can't keep the weight off, what hope is there for the rest of us? "Diets only work if you are actually on the diet," says Yeo. "When I stopped being vegan, the calorific density of the food I was eating had changed so drastically that the weight was simply flooding back it's really, really difficult."

A few years ago, Yeo took a test that found white rice gave him a blood-sugar spike shortly after eating it. Yet the knowledge hasn't deterred him from pairing it with rendang curries and chicken stir-fries. "I hate brown rice!" he laughs.

It is a good example of the psychological finding that even with access to expert knowledge on how to stay healthy and lose weight, humans still have cravings, favourite foods and indulgences they struggle to resist.

Here, our biology betrays our best intentions by making it biologically hard to say no to plentiful, calorie-rich foods, and then holding on vice-like to the extra weight we put on.

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Following his vegan experiment and five-day weight gain Yeo became a "flexitarian", meaning he eats vegan lunches every day of the working week, and at least two vegan dinners a week. The pints and crackling have stayed, as have the curries, naan bread, alcohol and occasional pudding. By no interpretation is it a diet of deprivation.

Yeo's love of food is reminiscent of TV chef Nigella Lawson, and large chunks of his latest book, Why Calories Don't Count, are devoted to joyfully detailing his favourite recipes and indulgences. Many readers are now begging him to publish a cookbook.

His Twitter feed is filled with food escapades, such as when he recently took a detour from a London conference to Chinatown to pick up some Peking duck, or a selfie of him red-faced at a backyard barbecue, captioned, "Yeeha! Scorcher of a weekend evening, so piece of cow on the barbie, cold beer and we're good to go!"

Yeo's attitude is both personality driven and deeply intentional. In countless studies, food has been shown to light up the dopamine-rich, pleasure-seeking regions of the brain, sending saliva rushing to the mouth in the anticipation of the joyous job of mastication.

Food can also be an expression of, and connection to, culture it is one of the reasons Yeo still prefers his white rice a comfort at the end of a hard day, a bonding or mating ritual, an expression of love or sustenance to power through arduous challenges. Yeo points out that UK long-distance runner Sir Mo Farah eats nearly 4000 calories a day when in training.

In a culture that is increasingly telling people the food they love is "clean" or "dirty", or that they should face moral condemnation when they eat too much of it, Yeo is fighting back against "food shaming" by using science to prove that eating is deeply human and so, too, is struggling to stop.

Surprisingly, many of the diets on offer today Atkins and ketogenic diets, for example do work, but for the simple reason that the diets are all mainly plant-based and high in fibre and protein.

The evidence for the effectiveness of the low-carb, high-protein diet goes back to 1863, when William Banting ditched bread, beer and potatoes and wrote a booklet, Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public, detailing his weight-loss success.

The Atkins diet of the 1970s built on Banting's weight-loss discovery, as have the majority of successful diets since, simply under different names, with different celebrities attached and often bizarre variations in "rules".

In simple terms, calorie for calorie, meals high in protein make people feel fuller and satiated for longer, meaning they are less likely to reach for a second helping or a sugary snack when cravings hit.

As a macronutrient, protein is far more complex than carbohydrates or fat, Yeo writes in Why Calories Don't Count, offering a "challenge" for the body to break down. "Unlike fat or carbohydrate, which are composed entirely of differing proportions and configurations of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, protein contains (in addition to carbon, hydrogen and oxygen) a significant amount of nitrogen," he says. "Although the human body can store carbon, hydrogen and oxygen or pretty much oxidise it completely, any nitrogen that is not used (as part of protein) has to be excreted."

What this means is that while carbohydrates and fats can easily be stored as fat if not burnt off, the amino acids of protein cannot. Therein lies their powerful weight-loss potential. An increase in proteins is also often coupled with a reduction in carbohydrate consumption.

This is why all calories are not created equal some are simply more nutritious and valuable to your body, and weight-loss, than others.

Although a few tablespoons of prawns and a few slices of rye bread have the same number of calories about 120-150 the high-density protein of the prawns does not carry the weight-gain potential of the bread and will contribute to you feeling less hungry and eating less at your next meal. Win-win. "Put simply, a calorie of protein makes you feel fuller than a calorie of fat or carbs," says Yeo.

"There is actually plenty of evidence to support the effectiveness of diets 'high' in protein for weight loss at least in the short term. The issue is there is no general consensus as to what constitutes a 'high' protein diet."

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends protein should contribute 10-15 per cent of your daily intake, which largely reflects the current status quo, with both the UK and US populations consuming 16 per cent.

Using these guidelines, that equates to about 64g of protein a day for women and 88g a day for men.

Although that may sound small, the reference is to pure protein. A 100g rib-eye steak contains about 19g of protein and 211 calories. "That would mean that chewing your way through a full 300g rib-eye would still only get you 57g of protein," Yeo writes.

The leanest and most expensive beef cuts reward the eater with higher quantities of protein, with 100g of raw beef fillet containing 23g of protein and 5.5g of fat, which is 141 calories. This is why the quality of your food also counts it rewards in greater nutritional density.

Although there is more protein per gram of fillet compared with rib-eye, fillet steaks are typically served in 200g portions, which would be 46g of protein. This is two-thirds of the daily requirement for women and not difficult to increase if they are pursuing weight loss.

Foods with 20 per cent or more protein are classified as "protein-enriched" and include lean white meat such as chicken and fish. Other protein options include eggs, nuts, dried lentils and tofu.

"My point is that 88g is actually quite a bit of protein, equivalent to a 450g rib-eye, 14.5 eggs or nearly a kilogram of lentils," Yeo writes.

"And it is important to note, for all you vegetarians and vegans out there, it is the amount of protein rather than their source that is crucial to satiety, which means that a range of protein sources can contribute to satiety, including dairy, meat, poultry, cereals, fish, peas, pulses and legumes."

A diet containing 10-15 per cent protein is advised by the WHO to maintain weight not lose it so a diet aiming for a higher intake may be advised if weight loss is the goal.

Because there is no definition of what a high-protein diet is, Yeo does not commit to a protein "target", but does say that most research papers that assess its effectiveness tend to include all diets that have more than 16 per cent of the calories from protein.

The evidence for protein's effectiveness is, at this point, robust.

"In a review paper that summarised the main findings of 14 studies comparing 'high' protein with at least one other macronutrient, 11 found that high protein significantly increased subjective ratings of satiety," Yeo writes, meaning your diet shouldn't leave you feeling hungry.

When it comes to red meat, Yeo suggests using whole cuts such as steak, which can be cooked quickly, rather than mince, as the further away food is from its natural state, the more calorific it becomes. Mincing meat then cooking it alters the collagen protein it contains, making it easier to chew and digest. The same applies to slow-cooked stews and casseroles; if they are heated through three or four times, it increases the caloric availability each time, he says.

As with protein, fibre slows down digestion in the gut, making it work harder and burn more calories to extract it. "Dietary bre is actually a plant-derived carbohydrate; it is the part of plant-based food that humans cannot digest," writes Yeo.

The wonders of fibre were discovered by British surgeon Denis Burkitt in the 1960s, while undertaking field work in Uganda. He found the fibre-rich diet of the local people low in red meat and animal fat, but high in fibre-rich foods such as colourful fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, tubers, beans, nuts and whole grains resulted in a relative absence of modern Western diseases such as colon cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Back then, as now, Britons consume about 18g of fibre a day, far below the 50g Burkitt recommended as part of a high-fibre diet.

"We now know, from multiple epidemiological studies, that significantly increasing the bre content of our diet either decreases the risk of, and in some cases protects against, a number of different non-communicable diseases," Yeo writes.

One such study, based on data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (Epic) study, involved 519,978 participants from 10 European countries. It found a 40 per cent reduction in cancer risk when low-intake populations doubled their bre intake. "Crucially," writes Yeo, "more is better in this case, with bre intakes higher than 35g a day appearing to be even more eective at reducing disease risk."

A recent review of 58 clinical fibre trials, encompassing 4635 people, found a 15-30 per cent decrease in cardiovascular-related stroke, type 2 diabetes and colon-cancer deaths, as well as a decrease in the incidence of all these diseases, when comparing the highest-bre consumers with the lowest.

The case for adding more fibre to your diet as much as three times more than you're likely to be currently eating is sound, Yeo says.

With the innovation of meat-free, ultra-processed foods, such as the Beyond and Impossible plant-based burgers, the simplicity of labelling all such processes "bad" is becoming more complicated, Yeo says.

"What will surprise many is that the grains that we eat every day, from which humans get the majority of their calories, are also processed." Yeo cites such standard foodstuffs as rice and wheat, but also yogurt, which was first eaten in 5000 BCE in Mesopotamia.

"So, although the term 'processed food', as used today, is associated with a whole host of negative connotations, the processes of cooking, food preservation and separation were critical to our ability as a species to survive and to thrive."

Cooked food, for complex reasons, also increases the calorie count of what we eat. For most of human history, food has been scarce and energy-intensive to gather, meaning the more calories the better.

But in the modern world, where food appears to grow in supermarkets, we're now demanding the opposite. This is one reason the raw diet works a stick of celery clocks in at only five calories when raw, but rises to 30 after cooking.

Although processing food is ancient, ultra-processed food, which Yeo describes as "foods that have been processed beyond what is ordinary or proper" think oat milk, cheap chicken nuggets, packet soups, soft drinks and mass-produced packaged breads and buns takes it many steps further.

"In recent years, the term 'ultra-processed' has become synonymous with unhealthy fast-food options, high in sugar, fat and salt, that are blamed for the obesogenic environment we nd ourselves in today," he writes.

"Ultra-processed food is the opposite of 'clean', the antithesis of 'real'. Yet ultra-processed plant-based milks are unashamedly marketed as healthy. What makes one ultra-processed food item different from another? What makes some suited to be condemned and legislated against, while others remain respectable, eminently Instagrammable even?"

Often, the difference comes down to good or bad PR, Yeo says. "The milk we get from the supermarket is pasteurised, so milk is actually a processed food.

"Most of the plant-based milk options, with the exception of coconut milk, because of all the machinations that are required to convert quinoa or oat extract into a facsimile of milk (how exactly do you milk a quinoa?) are actually classed as ultra-processed."

Adding to the complexity is that although some ultra-processed foods are at the forefront of modern health experiments the Impossible burger, for example the vast majority remain astoundingly unhealthy, especially when they make up the bulk of a person's diet.

"Diets that include a lot of ultra-processed foods are intrinsically nutritionally unbalanced and intrinsically harmful to health," says Carlos Monteiro, a professor of nutrition and public health at the University of So Paulo in Brazil, who is credited with inventing the term "ultra-processed".

In the UK, 65 per cent of calories eaten by primary- and secondary-school children come from ultra-processed food or drinks. In most Western countries, ultra-processed foods account for 50 per cent of the calories in a standard diet, with the three highest consumers in Europe, led by the Netherlands.

New Zealand is not far behind as the seventh-highest consumers of ultra-processed foods in the world.

This is really concerning, says Yeo, because each percentage point increase in the availability of ultra-processed calories in an average household is associated with an increase of 0.25 per cent in obesity prevalence within that country.

Rates in the developing world are also rapidly catching up with the West, with the added problem that ultra-processed eating is often a status symbol for the newly emerging middle class.

The chemical, man-made processes that ultra-processed foods undergo to reach their consumer-friendly form are routinely so extreme they strip the food of any flavour. Huge quantities of additives such as salt, fat and sugar become necessary to make the food palatable, let alone delicious.

"Ultra-processed foods are typically higher in salt, sugar and fat, and lower in fibre, which is what makes that lovely 'protein of chicken origin' nugget oh so moreish, and also oh so very calorically available," writes Yeo.

"It is easy to eat and even easier to extract the calories. Compare that with eating a piece of chicken breast, even if it has been battered and fried, where you can control the amount of seasoning and fat that goes in."

Studies are also finding that ultra-processed foods encourage your body to eat more, as much as 500 calories in one sitting. It is thought the lack of protein in these foods make the body go into overdrive in an effort to secure this vital resource.

Even when matched calorie for calorie as in a 2010 cheese-sandwich experiment by Sadie Barr and Jonathan Wright from Pomona College, California wholefoods come out on top. Subject participants ate two sandwiches, both of 600 calories, but one was classified as a "wholefood sandwich" of wholegrain bread and real cheddar cheese, while the other used ultra-processed cheese and white bread.

"Even though the sandwiches contained exactly the same number of calories, the body has to spend nearly twice the number of calories to metabolise the wholefood sandwich compared with the processed sandwich," wrote Yeo of the study. "Put another way, eating the processed sandwich means you absorb 10 per cent more calories than if you had eaten the wholefood sandwich."

Studies have found humans biologically struggle to resist foods stuffed with fat and carbs. A 2018 Yale University study suggested this might be a result of our first food breast milk being loaded with them, resulting in our brains associating the two with growth, comfort and pleasure. However, apart from breast milk, fat and carbs rarely occur together in high quantities in nature macaroni cheese is a human construction. Ultra-processed foods can hijack your efforts to stay slim in a multitude of ways. "There does appear to be a biologically plausible mechanism to explain why our response, as humans, is to overeat in this contemporary environment rich in ultra-processed foods that are high in fat and carbs," Yeo writes.

At this point, simply dropping ultra-processed foods from the diet is near impossible for most people, Yeo says. Instead, he advocates for pragmatism.

"It really annoys me when experts tell people, 'Just replace that chocolate bar with a banana,'" Yeo says. "It's stupid, because sometimes you need a chocolate bar, and other times you need a banana. What I want is a better kind of chocolate bar loaded with nuts. And there is no way they need to be in petrol stations and at supermarket checkouts that's pure manipulation. If you want a chocolate bar, you should have to walk to the chocolate aisle to get it."

Yeo is ethnically Chinese, meaning he is at a greater risk of developing diabetes, among other weight-related diseases. "The interesting thing is that your fat cells and my fat cells can expand to different amounts," says Yeo. "So, East Asian people, me, South Asian people, Indians, Pakistanis, don't have to gain much weight before they get metabolic disease they just don't. My risk factor, as ethnically Chinese, is 23 or 24 in terms of body-mass index (BMI), while for Europeans, it is more like 25, 26 or 27."

When people consume too many calories and don't burn them off the universal explanation for weight gain the extra weight is stored in the body's fat cells, which expand or decrease "like balloons" depending on how much fat you're storing.

When fat cells reach their capacity, any additional fat then begins to form on organs such as the liver, increasing the risk for obesity-related "modern" illnesses.

Frustratingly, looking in the mirror or even at a set of scales won't tell you this. A skinny person of Indian origin with a small beer belly may be at greater risk of developing diabetes than a large Mori person who looks heavier but is actually healthier. This makes it difficult for the "average Joe" to know when they are getting into dangerous territory with their weight.

"I think the answer will come down to genetic and other types of tests, but we're not there yet; maybe in 10 to 15 years' time," says Yeo. "I think the easiest way at the moment is to look at your parents, should they be alive. But even if they're not alive, what did they die of? What shape were they in, what diseases did they have? They are a picture of the future you, to some degree. So that is still far more predictive than simply your body weight."

In addition to ethnic weight differences, individual feeding behaviours are governed by more than 1000 different genes, dictating such things as how hungry you feel, how much food you want to eat, when you feel full and how happy that food makes you feel.

These complex genes all speak to each other, and even a slight mutation or abnormality can lead to imperfect communication between the belly and brain and, possibly, help explain your lifelong struggle to say no to banana bread slathered with butter. "At this point you have to ask, is how much we eat really a choice?" Yeo says.

According to the WHO, 1.9 billion adults 18 years and older are now classified as overweight, with more than 650 million of them obese.

In New Zealand, one in three adults are classified as obese, making us one of the fattest nations on Earth, while for children the figure is about one in 10. Children living in the most socio-economically deprived areas of the country are 2.7 times more likely to be obese as children living in the least-deprived areas, while the rate for adults is 1.8 times.

Obesity is not evenly distributed in this country. According to the 2019/2020 New Zealand Health Survey, the prevalence of obesity among adults differed by ethnicity, with 63.4 per cent of Pacific, 47.9 per cent of Mori, 29.3 per cent of European/Other and 15.9 per cent of Asian adults obese.

This is important, because Mori and Pacific people are also more likely to live in deprived suburbs and regions. Local and international research has repeatedly found that the prevalence of highly calorific food outlets such as takeaways and drive-throughs is five times greater in low socio-economic regions.

In real terms, this means that a child walking home from school in South Auckland is five times more likely to encounter a KFC than a child in wealthy suburbs such as Ponsonby or Remuera. Predictably, children, as with adults, have great difficulty saying no to treats placed right in front of them, particularly ultra-processed treats high in fat, salt and sugar.

Adding to this geographic and income disadvantage, studies have found that highly calorific, ultra-processed food is about a third cheaper in supermarkets.

Combined with gene inheritance, which determines 40-70 per cent of your body weight the fluctuation in those numbers is influenced by the environment you live in what size you end up often has very little to do with your best intentions of being bikini-ready by Christmas.

"Body weight is not a choice," Yeo says emphatically. "Most policymakers still think obesity is a result of personal choice and bad habits, when in large part, for biological and non-biological reasons, it isn't.

"We need to try and help people make the healthier decision by fixing the built environment around them. If we don't fix the environment, if we don't make the healthy choice the easier, more convenient, cheaper choice, then we're not going to fix the problem."

As with many in the middle-class Western world, Yeo and his wife spent lockdown nurturing a sourdough starter and cooking slow, thoughtful meals. But for millions in the UK and New Zealand the pandemic has highlighted disturbing rates of food insecurity, with at least 10 per cent of families unsure how they're going to provide their next meal. Early evidence suggests these numbers have as much as doubled since the pandemic hit in early 2020.

In terms of weight loss, Yeo points out that the rules are fairly straightforward: more plant-based foods, protein and fibre, and less sugar, fat and carbs. But there's a catch: "You need to give people realistic and pragmatic solutions, rather than say, 'Please have more carrots and hummus.' It's fine advice if you have hummus in the fridge, but not everybody is going to have hummus and carrot sticks in the fridge ever and I think that's part of the problem."

It is why the moralising judgments over "clean" and "dirty" food angers Yeo so much. When you're time poor, cash poor and have never had any education on nutritious eating, there's no such thing as good and bad food, there's just food. The cheaper it is and the more calories it contains for immediate fuel, the better. "Human beings are designed to eat food efficiently, and very easily store it as fat," Yeo says. "But it takes a long time to burn off, because that's how we have evolved to survive. It will take you 60 seconds to eat a Mars bar, which is 240 calories, but always half an hour to burn it off."

This simple example highlights why it is so easy to gain weight even over a single weekend and so extremely difficult to lose it again. Fat is potential energy and the body is biologically resistant to parting with its fuel. From an evolutionary standpoint, starvation, pregnancy or war could always be around the next corner.

Yeo understands that, for myriad reasons, picking up a frozen pizza at the supermarket is going to be a more appealing choice for many people than buying the ingredients for, say, an organic vegetarian frittata with a rocket and pomegranate-seed salad.

"If you require a frozen pizza because you're in a rush, or you like frozen pizza, or that's what the kids want to eat there can be a million valid reasons why you want it. What I want to change is: can you pick a better frozen pizza, something with more protein and fibre?" Yeo says.

"I am not saying that frozen pizza is ever going to be better for you than other types of food, but if you need a frozen pizza, can we give people the tools to pick a better frozen pizza? And I think if we do that, we're being more pragmatic and realistic about people's lives."

There are few government-led interventions that have been successful in lowering obesity rates, but Yeo, whose lab is funded by the UK government, has somewhat reluctantly shown his support for the tax on sugary drinks. He says that in response to the tax, many companies lowered the amount of sugar in their beverages so they would not face financial penalties.

In multiple studies since, consumers were found to barely notice the difference in taste. This is positive news.

On a personal level, Yeo has found his flexitarian diet to be sustainable in the long run. A change in home insurance also inspired him to track his fitness, as his insurance company offered an annual 200 ($400) rebate if he stayed physically active.

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Aug 5

Weight loss story: "I had bajra and ragi every alternate day to lose weight" – Times of India

My breakfast: I have my breakfast at 10 am. I have an oats smoothie for breakfast which has 1 apple, 2 whole dates, 1 teaspoon peanut butter, some mixed seeds with low-fat milk. Also, I have 1 multigrain bread with peanut butter and any 2 whole fruits of my choice. I have these on alternate days.

My lunch: At sharp 1.30 PM I have my lunch. I make sure my lunch plate has a proper proportion of Protein and Fibre-rich foods. I have 1 whole wheat Roti with 1 bowl of dal with an equal quantity of mixed sabzi and any type of raita which is mandatory every day. I take each and every bite slowly and I enjoy my food.

My dinner: I usually wind up my meal by 7.30 pm. I have ragi and bajra roti every alternative day with sauteed veggies preferably red, yellow, green bell peppers, bhindi, baby corns, broccoli, and sometimes snakegourd. After my dinner I have golden milk (milk+turmeric+saffron strands) before bed.

Pre-workout meal: 1 banana

Post-workout meal: Tender Coconut Water with Chia Seeds

I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): I only have 2 cheat meals that is on Sunday. For breakfast, I have French toast and for lunch, I mostly have chicken rice with Raita of either cucumber or onion. These are the 2 cheat meals that I have once a week ie on Sunday.

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Millet roti and sauteed veggies

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Aug 5

Weight loss: Is it safe to lose 10 kilos or more in a month? Here’s what experts say – Times of India

Fad diets that promise extreme weight loss in a short period of time cause a person to deprive themselves of food, which is not sustainable and will eventually lead to a return to familiar eating patterns.

There is also some science behind why we regain weight after short-term weight loss programmes.

When you lose weight quickly and become hungry, your body responds quickly. If you lose 1 to 2 kgs per week, your body will adjust and begin to believe that this is the weight it should be at, and you will not become extremely hungry as a result of the rapid weight loss. Moreover it can also cause serious nutritional deficiencies in the body which can at times cause irreversible damage to the body or cells.

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Aug 5

The best sex positions to lose weight & youre set to be surprised… – The US Sun

IF you loathe lunges, wince at weights and are more likely to run for the ice cream van than finish a 5km, we may just have found the workout for you.

It turns out that with a few tweaks, getting frisky between the sheets can give you a cardio workout, train your core and tone your legs, bum and tum and its much more enjoyable than being barked at by a militant gym instructor.

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But before you get down and dirty, Rebecca Dakin, AKA The Great British Sexpert, says: It does require high-energy love-making sessions to lose weight.

So my first bit of advice would be to build stamina.

Step up: Edging, an orgasm control technique where a person gets right up to the point of orgasm before stopping and starting again.

The author, hypnotherapist and coach explains: Work on edging with your partner so that you can both last longer pre-orgasm.

Usually penetrative sex pre-ejaculation is only a six-to-eight minute job maximum, so you want to be building to at least 30-40 minute sessions to have an impact.

And the sweatier, the better!

While youre working towards this, there are also certain positions to practise that will maximise the results from your marathon sex workouts.

If you thought the top sexercise moves would involve complicated Karma Sutra contortions, think again.

Provided youre both equally committed, this boring position can give your core a real workout.

Missionary is very underrated, says Rebecca. But its quite energetic and the butt clenching makes it a good one for glutes.

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For the partner on the bottom, theres an opportunity to push yourself upwards engaging your core and using your glutes so that youre moving together rather than just lying there.

You can really work on engaging your core with this one, says Rebecca.

Make sure to also move your butt upwards rather than let them do all the work.

You'll also be using your quadriceps and glutes to help brace yourself against the impact.

The key with this position is to squat with your feet flat, says Rebecca.

That way youll be toning your legs, bum and tum all at once.

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But if squats are too intense to start, build up from the more common cowgirl position with your knees down.

You will still be working your lower abs and pelvic muscles, and if you hug your legs into your partners side, youll engage your quads and calves, too.

With the bridge, the receiving partner is facing upward, using all four limbs to hold their body weight off the bed.

This one works all the major muscle groups you want to hit: biceps, triceps, abs, glutes, quads and calves.

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But, be warned! Its not easy.

You might want to try it first with pillows under your back to help support your weight you will still be engaging your buttocks and inner-thigh muscles.

Its worth the extra effort though: This ones really good for clitoral stimulation, says Rebecca.

If you're familiar with the lotus yoga pose, you'll have an idea of what this position entails.

Rebecca explains: If he sits down cross-legged and the female sits on top and straddles, you can get a good intimate connection with this one but it can also be quite energetic.

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Youve just got to co-ordinate and get the bounce right.

The core is engaged to stabilise the body and the thrusting gives the glutes a good workout.

And the award for the sex position with the least sexy name goes to

Nevertheless, the wheelbarrow is a great move to work up a sweat.

The receiving partner starts on the floor and uses their hands to balance in a plank-like position.

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Then the giving partner lifts the receiving partners legs off the ground and holds them at waist level.

For him, this position is great for legs and core, and for her, the arms, says Rebecca.

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Aug 5

NEVER Cook With This Oil If Youre Trying To Lose Weight – SheFinds

We all know that cooking at home is one of the best ways to ensure you are eating healthy. You get full control over menu, ingredients and nutritional value over your food. And if you know the right meals to prepare, home-cooking can be super quick and simple.

But if you dont know the right ingredients to use and which to avoid, you may run the risk of making your foods more unhealthy than they need to be.

Almost everything we make needs some type of oil or cooking fat, and while many of these can be quite beneficial for our health, there are others that we should all try to avoid. The worst cooking oil you should never use is probably sitting in your pantry right now: canola oil.

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Many people believe canola oil is one of the better cooking oils because it is lower in saturated fats than options like butter or olive oil. But this one fact is pretty deceiving. Nothing else about canola oil is good for you.

Canola oil is overly processed, meaning that it has absolutely no nutritional value. Despite the fact that it is made with natural ingredients, all of the nutrients from those ingredients are stripped in the refining process. This is pretty unique to canola oil compared to alternative cooking fats, becuase the seeds that canola is made from must be processed at a much higher temperature than other options.

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When trying to pick the right oil to cook with, consider the nutritional value more than the fat content. Cooking with oils that deliver nutrients can help make your meals all the more healthy.

The best alternatives are olive oil and avocado oil," RD Megan Byrd told SheFinds. "Both of these are higher in unsaturated, heart-healthy fats, which make them pantry staples for a healthy diet."

Olive oil is great for salad dressings and homemade sauces. Avocado oil is best for baking and sauteeing because of its mild flavor.

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Aug 5

Move it or lose it: Following a healthful lifestyle – Southernminn.com

Mickey Mantle once said, If Id known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.

The latest research shows that no matter how old or fit you are, it is never too late to start enhancing the quality of your life through a healthful lifestyle. Exercise alone will not do it. You also need to balance your fitness routine with a beneficial diet.

Following are some nutrition and diet tips to help older exercisers and athletes create a winning food plan that is appropriate for every sport, including the sport of living life to its fullest!

Do older athletes require a different diet from younger people who exercise?

Research suggests older athletes have no significantly different nutritional needs other than needing to optimize their sports diets so they will have every possible edge over younger folks. The biggest nutrition concern of older exercisers should be to routinely eat quality calories from nutrient-dense, health-protective foods. Eating the right foods can aid top performance, enhance recovery from hard workouts and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer osteoporosis and other debilitating diseases of aging.

Are there recommendations for older Americans who are beginning an exercise program simply to lose weight?

Although seniors should be exercising for health and fitness, anyone who wants to lose weight needs to monitor calories. If you exercise, you will not necessarily lose weight. Usually, someone who is out of condition can walk for only about 20 to 30 minutes before tiring. Depending on the walking speed, this will burn between 100 and 200 calories. However, statistics show that people who are out of condition eat calorie-laden snacks after exercising because they feel they deserve them. Depending on the chosen snack and the amount of it the exerciser eats, the treat may add more calories than the exercise burned. Other out-of-condition folks just nap the rest of the day and do not expend anymore calories because they are exhausted. This kind of exercise does not aid in weight loss.

Instead, if you cut out 100 calories from your diet each day, you can lose 10 pounds of weight a year. Taking a long walk each day can use up another 100 calories. So, if you eliminate 100 calories plus spend another 100 calories walking, the total is 200 calories less each day. This combination of calorie-cutting and exercising can result in a 20-pound weight loss over the course of a year. The key is to make little changes that accumulate over time to cause big changes.

Are low-carbohydrate diets recommended for older exercisers?

You need carbohydrates to fuel your muscles with glycogen. If you are on a low-carbohydrate diet, your muscles will be poorly fueled, and workouts will not be enjoyable. It is not carbohydrates that are fattening. It is excess calories that cause you to gain weight. Multi-grain bagels, rye crackers, brown rice and oatmeal are just a few examples of wholesome grain foods that both fuel muscles and protect against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Carb-rich bananas, orange juice, yogurt and smoothies are also good choices. Focus your meals on wholesome carbs for exercise energy and overall health. It is also recommended that you should never start a food program that you do not want to maintain for the rest of your life.

If you would like more information on Move It or Lose It feel free to contact Gail Gilman, Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota at waldn001@umn.edu. Be sure to watch for more Family Living Focus information in next weeks paper.

Gail Gilman, Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota at waldn001@umn.edu.

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Aug 5

Joe Rogan Reacts to Action Bronson’s Shirtless Weight Loss Update – menshealth.com

Action Bronson continues to earn praise for his remarkable weight loss transformation over the past year. Yesterday, the rapper took to Instagram to show off the latest stage of his progress. In the short clip, Bronson flexes several times for the camera while doing a full 360-degree turn to reveal his slimmed-down physique.

According to a celebratory post Bronson published last week, he now weighs roughly 240 pounds, down about 160 pounds from his peak of nearly 400 at the start of quarantine in March 2020.

"FEELING STRONG. CHIPPING AWAY LITTLE BY LITTLE. NEVER GONNA STOP. GETTING READY FOR MY FIRST CONCERT BACK," Bronson wrote in his signature all-caps style. "CONEY ISLAND AUGUST 21st BE THERE OR BE SQUARE."

Several of Bronson's celebrity followers immediately reacted in the comments, including UFC president Dana White, MMA star Frankie Edgar, bodybuilder Flex Lewis, and strongman Eddie Hall. Perhaps the most enthusiastic response, however, came from one of Bronson's most notable fans, comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan.

"My brother, you look fucking fantastic! Such an inspiration for people to see that incredible things are possible when you dedicate yourself and harness your discipline," Rogan wrote. "Im immensely impressed!"

In an interview with Men's Health earlier this year, Bronson shared some insight into the workout and diet that helped him lose all that weight. His weekly routine includes, among other things, a combination of HIIT routines and lifting heavy weights.

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Diet-wise, Bronson had to give up the famously calorie-dense cheat meals that were his signature on shows like Viceland's F*ck That's Delicious in favor of lean, protein-heavy platters of eggs, chicken, and protein shakes.

Since then, Bronson has also kept active on social media, sharing regular looks at other new workouts he's trying, which have expanded to include banded movements, TRX rows, medicine ball throws, and much more.

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Aug 5

Dos and Don’ts of having jeera water for weight loss – Times of India

The pandemic and stay at home culture have made most of us gain extra weight. And we all know being overweight affects our health negatively in ways more than one.

While there are numerous diets and weight loss plans that promise to make you lose extra kilos, it's not easy to follow them and be consistent.

If you are also trying to shed extra kilos, here's some real help. Jeera water is a simple homemade concoction that can help you lose weight and cut belly fat.

Jeera also helps in getting rid of any water retention you might be experiencing and improves insulin sensitivity.

We talked to nutritionist Kavita Devgan, who explains why jeera water is a must have for weight loss and some dos and don'ts.

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Aug 5

Rebel Wilson reveals the reason she decided to lose weight – HOLA USA

There are many reasons why someone can decide to make a total lifestyle change to lose weight, especially when we arent just talking a couple of pounds. This is exactly what Rebel Wilson did in 2020, losing over 65 pounds. The actress worked out and changed her eating habits but lost weight at a steady and healthy pace. Just like Jonah Hill, when Wilson lost all the weight people wondered why, saying she wouldnt book as many roles skinnier. During an Instagram live a curious fan asked the actress why she decided to lose the weight and Wilson decided to share how it all started, revealing she wanted to have a better chance at getting pregnant.

Wilson has been much more active on social media for the past year, sharing photos of her weight loss journey. When she saw the question, instead of ignoring it she responded, That is such a massive question, but Im going to try to answer it for you. She explained that it all started when she was looking into fertility stuff snd the doctor was extremely honest with her, It first started when I was looking into fertility stuff and the doctor was like, Well, youd have a much better chance if you were healthier. At first, she was offended because she believed she was pretty healthy at her current weight, per Page Six.

The comment stuck with her and she realized she wanted to think of her future mini-me. Thats kind of what started it, that if I lost some excess weight that it would give me a better chance for freezing eggs and having the eggs be a better quality, she said. It wasnt even really myself, it was more thinking of a future mini-me, really.

Since losing weight, Wilson is still struggling with her fertility. In May she explained on Instagram she received bad news in the caption and didnt have anyone to share it with. To all the women out there struggling with fertility, I feel ya. The universe works in mysterious ways and sometimes it all doesnt make sense...but I hope theres light about to shine through all the dark clouds Wilson wrote.

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