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Dec 1

How one woman lost 95 pounds and still got her Taco Bell fix – NBC News

Name: Alissa Mashburn

Age: 31

Residence: Massapequa, NY

Job: Administrative Assistant

Home life: Single, lives alone

Peak weight: 235

Current weight: 140

Alissa Mashburn has lost a substantial amount of weight not once, but twice. "After losing 70 pounds, I thought it was going to be easier to maintain than what it was," she says. "I stopped going to the gym. And slowly but surely, started eating everything I missed from my dieting era." To get to her weight-loss goal, Mashburn had put herself on a very restrictive diet no carbs or sugar plus two-a-day workouts that involved a two-mile morning run followed by an evening stint at the gym.

It wasn't sustainable. "I noticed that my weight was creeping back up, so I did what many sane dieters do ... I hid the scale. Put it away so I wouldnt have to look at it," she says.

Mashburn started a new job in September of 2018 and found herself surrounded by temptation. "There was nothing but food and stress as far as the eye can see," she says. "Every day someone was bringing in treats or candy and I was having to learn an entirely new process. So this combination meant, by the middle of October, I was weighing in at 230."

It was a combination of seeing that number on the scale and a change in her relationship status that pushed her to make a change. "I also became single for the first time in my adult life, and I used that as my motivation for putting myself and my health first," she says. "Self-care and self-love really became the staples of what I was doing this for. I deserved to be healthier and look the way I wanted to look, feel the way I wanted to feel."

In October of 2018, Mashburn started with a simple goal: to walk three miles in 30 minutes Monday through Friday after work. "Even that was tiring," says Mashburn. "[On the treadmill] my walk was a 3.0 and my run was a 5.5, no incline. I would stay at a speed for a few days and then up it by .1." By the end of the month, she felt her stamina increase, and even noticed her clothes were looser.

During month two, Mashburn added resistance training into the mix. "I'd complete my three miles on the treadmill, hop over to the Stairmaster for a quick 10-minute walk/jog up those steps, then head over to the weight machines," she says. At first, the machines she chose were at random. "I'd jump on whatever was free at the time," she says. Mashburn would then head home to do at home resistance training (exercises she was too embarrassed to do at the gym). "Any sort of crunches/core work was always done at home because I wanted to get better before anyone saw me work out my toughest parts," she says. "I was sweating and cursing and did not feel ready for anyone, even like-minded workout souls, to see me struggle like that."

Her typical at-home workout consisted of:

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"My at-home workout is where I really felt the difference," says Mashburn. "I was losing a few pounds every week. My muscles were looking toned and while I was exhausted because of the long hours of working out, my body never felt stronger!" After five months, she was down 40 pounds.

Having tried and failed at keeping the weight off with a super restrictive diet, Mashburn made sure she wasn't setting herself up to fail by dieting in a way that was so limiting it wouldn't be sustainable in the long run.

"During the first month of this journey I made some quick cuts to the amount I was eating as well as being aware of the amount of sugar I was putting into my body," says Mashburn. "I had to start seeing food as energy and sustenance, not just something to kill the boredom." To make sure she didn't feel deprived, Mashburn still paid a visit to her favorite fast-food chain, Taco Bell, 3-4 times per week though she modified her order to include less items. "It let me keep some semblance of my normal routine, and still let me have something delicious while losing weight," Mashburn says.

Mashburn educated herself on portion sizes during her first few months of the diet, paying attention to the serving size on labels and making sure to proportion her snacks and meals accordingly.

She also scheduled her meals and snacks around her workouts. "I would eat breakfast at 8 a.m., a snack at 10 a.m., lunch at 1 p.m., a small snack before the gym and dinner whenever I got home from the gym," she says.

During her weight-loss journey, Mashburn didnt take anything out of her diet completely, but modified the amount, which she says was key. "I knew that if I didnt allow myself to have what I loved I would binge on it whenever I gave myself the opportunity and do more harm than good," she says.

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Dec 1

Meet the Newcastle United fan who lost nine stones after squeezing through the turnstiles – Chronicle Live

When overweight Newcastle United fan Joe Jensen had to squeeze through the turnstiles to watch his team play, he realised he had to do something about his eating habits.

Stuffing down what ever he could Joe ballooned to 23 stone 8 lbs and was in XXXXL clothing.

Realising he needed to lose weight he joined the Man v Fat Football programme. Being signed up to a football team made of guys wanting to shed the flab, he was on a mission to get to his goal weight.

Now Joe has lost over nine stone and is down to 14 stone 4 lbs which allows him to now slide through the turnstiles with ease to watch the Magpies play.

Ive got to be honest and say that before MAN v FAT Football life was just normal ever since primary school Id always been overweight so it had become the norm. I didnt think about what I would eat or drink, I just bought it and ate it, said Joe, 32, of Newcastle.

Despite being massively overweight, morbidly obese to put it in medical terms, I was still moderately active but some activities when volunteering with the Scouts became more tricky and I had long since given up playing sport.

I had to shop at specialist big and tall ranges and might as well have had shares in one well known high street store for bigger guys. It really limited the choice of new clothes I could get and Id have to plan ahead by ordering online.

The call centre leader added: I cant point to one eureka or lightbulb moment when I made the crucial decision that things had to change. For me it was a combination of factors building up over time. Having to look at XXXXL clothes instead of XXXL as the weight was building, the guy on the turnstile at St James Park making a snide remark as I squeezed through, and feeling like I was going to collapse after getting an enthusiastically applauded rounder on a work charity day. I also had the holiday of a lifetime booked for six months time, so it seemed like an ideal time to make a change for the better.

Joe saw the Man V Fat Football on Facebook and decided to join up.

I had nothing to lose and despite previously playing quite regularly, I hadnt played football for years, said Joe.

It was nerve-racking signing up for it by myself but the league coach quickly got in touch and there was no looking back.

I turned up on registration night to a long queue leading to a set a scales. Had it not been for guys in the queue who were returning for the new season chatting to me I may have freaked, walked out and never returned. They were hugely supportive and before I had been registered and weighed I had a good idea of the rules and setup.

When I joined the Newcastle league it had already been running for a couple of seasons. There were six continuing teams and then two teams of brand new players. At first, I was nervous as we were all completely new to it but we quickly settled in and everyone from across every team was really supportive of each other.

As a newly formed team, we really struggled on the pitch. I think we won only one game in that first season, but off the pitch we lost shedloads of weight.

As a team, we won the weight loss league and I was the top loser, shedding at the time 32.8kgs. Weve had a few players come and go but we finished our third season winning the football league, combined football and weight loss league and I was the top loser again which I was really chuffed with. We had 4 of the top 10 weight loss scorers, so that team spirit has worked wonders.

Beyond our team though I think the ethos and camaraderie throughout the league is what makes it successful. At times and particularly in the heat of the moment things can get heated but the support and encouragement for each other is always there.

Joe is delighted with his weight loss.

He added: Losing the weight and improving my fitness has had a colossal impact on my life. Ive achieved multiple goals, Ive played on the hallowed turf of St James Park, Ive run - well, jogged - the world-famous Blaydon Races, Ive bought normal sized clothes from normal shops and I can slip through the turnstiles at the football with finesse now.

Due to the weight loss, some people havent recognised me and my parents neighbours thought they had a rarely seen third son. There have been challenges with injuries and health issues but Ive remained positive and with the support of those around me have continued along the journey.

Ive had so many positive comments from people that have encouraged me and Ive used this to fuel my passion along the way so a big shout out to everyone who has supported me along the way.

Joel says his weight loss is down to joining Man v Fat Football.

He said: Losing weight is about a calorie deficit. People who do the cabbage soup diet dont lose weight because theyre eating cabbage, they lose weight because their body is using more calories than theyre consuming. So for me tracking food and creating a bank of go-to meals and snacks was crucial.

With my sweet tooth Im thinking Tunnocks teacakes which are 100 calories, 90 calorie brownie bars and tonnes of strawberries.

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Nov 30

Oscar Valdez — ‘I was going through hell just trying to make weight’ – ESPN Australia

The last two or three excruciating pounds felt like losing 20 for Oscar Valdez. Making the 126-pound weight limit was becoming a more arduous grind than the fights themselves. But Valdez, despite the physical and mental battle that had left him dried out and fatigued, had done it.

Valdez headlined a card for the first time in June and scored a knockdown of Jason Sanchez in the fifth round of his featherweight world title fight. He cruised to a 12-round decision victory, but on that night in Reno, Valdez was far from spectacular and never came close to stopping Sanchez. He looked like a car that couldn't get out of second gear.

"The last couple of fights, I was going through hell just trying to make weight," Valdez said. "I was nothing after the fifth or sixth round in the fight [against Sanchez]. I wasn't feeling myself. I felt like I had no more power. I felt like I hadn't trained enough. I didn't have the stamina. I put that on the weight."

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Valdez (26-0, 20 KOs) turned pro in November 2012, and for parts of his career, he campaigned above the featherweight limit, moving up as high as a 129.5 pounds. But since his 2016 bout with Evgeny Gradovich, he has been at 126.

He won a featherweight world title -- the same one he defended against Sanchez -- in his next fight, against Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda on the undercard of the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol card. Valdez kept making the weight, but the struggle reached its apex in 2019.

Leading into the Sanchez bout, Valdez knew it would be far from easy. Beginning Monday of fight week, he basically starved himself to hit the number, and then he hit the sauna and worked out in a plastic suit to sweat out whatever was left.

"I only started eating a couple of berries, four to five grapes a night," Valdez said of the week before his fight with Sanchez. "I know it was nothing healthy. There were times I thought I was going to faint.

"No water at all since Monday or Tuesday [of that week]," he said. "Just rinsing my mouth and spitting it back."

Valdez was losing the battle with the scale.

"One of the most embarrassing things for me as a fighter would be stepping on the scale and not making weight. [But] I wasn't healthy making 126," Valdez said. "I had trained very hard, I was very disciplined on what I'd eat and in the gym, and I shouldn't be getting that tired so fast inside the ring.

"It was clear for me that it's time to go up in weight."

Valdez will start his full-fledged junior lightweight campaign against Adam Lopez on Saturday at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas (ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET).

If he's looking for an ideal model for how his move up in weight can go, Valdez can look to the experiences of other fighters, including four-division world titleholder Mikey Garcia, who jumped from 126 to 130 in 2013.

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Garcia's move didn't happen under ideal circumstances, either. He won the WBO featherweight title against Orlando Salido in January 2013 but quickly lost the belt when he couldn't make weight for his first defense against Juan Manuel Lopez five months later.

"When your body is maturing and growing, it's not difficult to move up -- you're naturally growing. It was sad because I knew I was losing my title without even defending it," said Garcia, who came in at 128 pounds for that contest.

"It was a sad moment, but I knew, 'OK, this is the last time we try to do 126.' We just did everything we could and tried everything, and when your body says no, that's it. There's nothing else to do. It was my body telling me I was too big for the featherweight limit."

In his next bout, Garcia moved up to junior lightweight and knocked out Roman Martinez in the eighth round to capture the WBO belt. Although it was an easier task to make weight than it was in a lower weight division, it still wasn't easy.

"There was still a lot of training and dieting, just like it was for 126," Garcia said.

Garcia believes that although boxers who move up feel stronger, they then face naturally bigger fighters who have long since settled into the weight class. In the past, Valdez was more physical than his opponents. That dynamic might change as he moves up in weight.

"You see the height and reach advantages right away," Garcia said. "At 26, I was naturally the bigger guy, especially with some of these guys who were moving up from 122 or bantamweight. So when you're at 126 and fighting guys who are formally bantamweights or super bantamweights, you're naturally the bigger guy. They feel the difference."

But Garcia thinks Valdez is making the right move.

"I think he's doing it at the right time. I don't think he's moving up just to try a different weight class," Garcia said. "I think his body has matured enough, he's grown into a bigger body with muscle mass. And that's the natural thing to do."

"Sugar" Shane Mosley also knows a thing or two about moving up in weight, having won titles at lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight. Mosley took the bold step of moving up two full weight classes, completely bypassing the junior welterweight division after successfully defending his IBF 135-pound title eight times.

"The last time I fought at 135 [against John Brown], I didn't eat for two days," Mosley said.

He used a makeshift sauna to put into his hotel bathroom and turn up the shower, using the hottest water available and letting the steam gather to help him shed the last few pounds. Before he weighed in, Mosley went to extremes to lose the last few ounces, including spitting into a cup continuously.

"I had to do anything I could to get the last pound -- and I wasn't even sweating," Mosley said.

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During that era in the late '90s, Mosley trained at the LA Boxing Gym, and one of his sparring partners was the late Genaro Hernandez, an accomplished professional prizefighter.

"I remember Genaro telling me -- when I was at lightweight, and I would spar him -- he told me, 'I always know when you were close to weight because you're not as fast or hit as hard,' and that's when I was at lightweight, even though I was knocking everybody out."

As Mosley went to welterweight, everything seemed to change for the better.

"I felt so much better, I felt so much faster, I was so much stronger, I hit harder," Mosley said.

After struggling in his first fight at 147 against Wilfredo Rivera, Mosley went on to stop four of his next five opponents, including a split-decision victory over Oscar De La Hoya to win two world titles in a memorable battle in 2000 in Los Angeles. (Mosley admitted to taking EPO before the De La Hoya rematch in 2003).

One thing that Valdez, Garcia and Mosley have in common is that they were in their mid-to-late 20s when they moved up to a heavier weight class for the first time. Garcia was 26 as he went from featherweight to junior lightweight, Mosley was 28 as he moved up two divisions, and Valdez is 28.

Mosley believes that it's around this age that boxers should start to campaign in larger classes.

"I really believe that, yes. You probably should go up in weight because your metabolism is different. You don't burn off weight like you used to when you're younger," Mosley said.

Valdez felt the strain even before his last fight -- as far back as when he was getting set to fight Scott Quigg in March 2018.

In that fight, Valdez suffered a broken jaw and was sidelined for 11 months. It would've been easier for him to make the transition upon his return in 2019, but he punished himself to make 126 again because he thought that was best for his career.

Ahead of the Sanchez fight, he felt the pressure not to let himself, his team or his promoter down.

"I was scared because if I faint, the fight's off," Valdez said, in terms of how he was feeling just before the weigh-in last June. "That would mean me losing three months of training camp over just one day of trying to make weight. I know it wasn't healthy for me."

Valdez pulled through but vacated his title and is now ready for his next challenge. After a full camp, he will enter the ring at 130 pounds on Saturday, and the results would speak for themselves. The stakes are high, as the winner will likely line up with 130-pound world titlist Miguel Berchelt, and Valdez thinks he's as well-prepared for a big fight as he has been in some time.

"I feel more energetic," he said. "I feel I have more strength, power, speed. I have my legs. I have everything right now to just perform better. I'm not just going to be here and talk -- I'm going to prove it in this fight that I'm going to be a better fighter at 130 pounds."

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Nov 24

Keep heart disease at bay with legume-rich diet – Times of India

A diet rich in beans, lentils, peas, and other legumes lessens the risk of cardiovascular, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure, stated a new study.

Published in the journal Advances in Nutrition, researchers in this study reviewed prospective cohort studies that assessed consumption of legumes on the risk for cardiometabolic diseases and related markers.

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Nov 24

Type 2 diabetes: Eating this winter spice could lower blood sugar – Express

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn't produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body's cells don't react to insulin, and because of the bodys poor insulin production, blood sugar levels in the body keep rising. Over time, if left untreated, rising blood sugar levels can pose life-threatening health risks, such as heart disease and stroke, so it is important to regulate blood sugar levels.

Modifying your diet plays an essential in managing blood sugar levels as certain foods have been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and slow the rate of absorption of food into the bloodstream - a mechanism that helps to control blood sugar spikes after meals.

Numerous studies suggest cinnamon, an aromatic spice that is used in a wide variety of cuisines, boasts blood-sugar-lowering properties so adding it to your meals can help to control blood sugar.

Research investigating the effects of of cinnamon on blood sugar has shown that cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters your bloodstream after a meal, reducing the risk of blood sugar spikes.

Glucose is a simple sugar that builds up in your bloodstream and is the primary cause of high blood sugar levels.

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Cinnamon does this by interfering with numerous digestive enzymes, which slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your digestive tract.

When people eat a food containing carbohydrates, the digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the bloodstream, so slowing down the time it takes for carbs to be absorbed in the bloodstream can help to manage blood sugar levels.

In addition, research has also shown that a compound in cinnamon can act on cells by mimicking insulin.

This greatly improves glucose uptake by your cells, though it acts much slower than insulin itself.

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Mounting evidence suggests cinnamons impact on blood sugar levels is significant, showing that it can lower fasting blood sugar levels by 1029 percent.

A study reported in the Agricultural Research Magazine found that consuming just one gram of cinnamon per day can increase insulin sensitivity and help manage or reverse type 2 diabetes.

In addition, results from a a clinical study published in the Diabetes Care journal, found that a daily intake of one, three or six grams reduce serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL or bad cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days among 60 middle-aged diabetics.

Triglyceride and cholesterol are types of molecules found in your blood and high levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Sticking to a low carb diet is a surefire way to control blood sugar levels as foods high in carbohydrate are broken down quickly by your body and cause a rapid increase in blood glucose.

One way to distinguish between foods that are high in carb and those that are low in carb is to use the the glycaemic index (GI).

As the NHS explains, the glycaemic index (GI) is a rating system for foods containing carbohydrates which shows how quickly each food affects your blood sugar (glucose) level when that food is eaten on its own.

High GI foods include:

Low or medium GI foods, on the other hand, are broken down more slowly and cause a gradual rise in blood sugar levels over time.

These include:

In addition, low GI foods, which cause your blood sugar levels to rise and fall slowly, may help you feel fuller for longer, helping you to control your appetite and may be useful if you're trying to lose weight - a key measure in blood sugar management.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:

The NHS recommends visiting your GP if you have any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and you're worried you may have a higher risk of getting it.

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Nov 24

Darnold Leads Jets To Third Straight Win, 34-3 Over Raiders – CBS Pittsburgh

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Jamal Adams and the New York Jets heard all the rowdy Raiders fans during pregame warmups, booing them and acting as if they were in Oakland.

Then the Jets silenced them quickly with a dominant home victory.

Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading the Jets past the Raiders 34-3 on Sunday for their first three-game winning streak in over two years.

Im not going to lie to you, when we came on to the field, we felt disrespected, Adams said. We got booed in our own home stadium by the Oakland fans. We came back into this locker room and it was a hell of a talk.

Adams wouldnt divulge what was said, but the playmaking safety acknowledged he sparked it off.

Whatever was said, it worked.

Brian Poole returned an interception 15 yards for a TDand the rest of the defense made things miserable for Derek Carr, who was pulled by coach Jon Gruden with just under two minutes left in the third quarter.

The Raiders (6-5) came into a rain-soaked MetLife Stadium on a three-game winning streak with an eye on a possible AFC West first-place showdown at Kansas City next week. Instead, they got outplayed by a suddenly resurgent Jets (4-7) team that pulled away in the second half.

We got our butts kicked, Carr said. Theres no other way around that. They got after us from start to finish. Hopefully, its an eye opener.

Darnold was 20 of 29 for 315 yards the fourth 300-yard game of his career with TDs to Robby Anderson and Ryan Griffin in another efficient outing that helped New York to its first three-game winning streak since Weeks 3-5 of the 2017 season. The Jets didnt punt until the 2-minute mark of the third quarter.

Coach Adam Gase took Darnold out in the closing minutes and had backup David Fales finish.

And all those boisterous Raiders fans? Most were gone by then.

I dont want to sound very arrogant or too cocky, but I think they came in a little too happy, Adams said of Raiders fans. I think they thought it was going to be an easy game.

New York took a 13-3 lead into halftime and came out quickly in the second half.

On the Jets third play of the third quarter, Braxton Berrios took a short pass from Darnold on a slant andzipped down the field for 69 yardsbefore being pushed out of bounds at the 1. Darnold found a wide-open Ryan Griffin for a touchdown on the next play.

Griffin, signed to a three-year contract extension Saturday night, has a career-high five touchdown catches this season.

The Jets No. 1-ranked run defense then came up big on Oaklands first possession of the second half, stuffing Alec Ingold for no gain on fourth-and-1 from the Raiders 39.

New York took over andused some razzle-dazzle,Darnold handing off to Bilal Powell, who flipped it to Jamison Crowder who then tossed it back to the Jets quarterback. Darnold then threw to Anderson, who reached up for a 30-yard gain. Three plays later, Darnold connected with Anderson again for a 1-yard touchdown.

On the Raiders next possession, Carrs first-down pass was deflected by Neville Hewitt and landed in Pooles hands. The Jets cornerback ran it in from 15 yards, giving New York a 34-3 lead.

Carr lasted one more series before being pulled for Mike Glennon. Carr finished 15 of 27 for 127 yards with the pick-6.

Rookie Josh Jacobs, fourth in the NFL in rushing, was held to 34 on 10 carries. The Jets came in allowing a league-low 79.1 yards rushing, and gave up 68 to Oakland.

You ever been on a boat thats sinking? Gruden asked. Its not happy. Its not pleasant. Its adversity. Its football. Youve got to respond to adversity. We didnt do a good enough job as coaches rallying our troops today.

QUESTIONABLE CALLS

Trailing 3-0 after Daniel Carlsons 48-yard field goal, the Jets appeared to score a touchdown on their opening drive for a team-record fifth straight game. But Darnolds 8-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas was wiped away by a questionable penalty when officials called Daniel Brown for offensive pass interference after a video review. New York settled for a tying 24-yard field goal by Sam Ficken.

The Jets then benefited from what appeared to be another shaky call on their next drive. Darnold was sacked by Maxx Crosby from the 9, but Maurice Hurst was called for roughing the passer; officials ruled he dived on the pile late. Instead of a huge loss of yardage and down, it put the ball at the Raiders 4. Darnold faked the handoff to LeVeon Bell, then kept the ball, ran up the middle andtrucked through D.J. Swearinger for a 4-yard touchdownthat gave New York a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter.

I had someone in my way at the goal line, Darnold said, and I just did what I could to get into the end zone.

CARR STALLS

Carr fell to 2-9 in his career in games that started with the temperature below 50 degrees.

The temperature at kickoff at the Meadowlands was 43 degrees.

INJURIES

Raiders: Rookie WR Hunter Renfrow injured his ribs in the third quarter and didnt return.

Jets: Rookie RT Chuma Edoga will have an MRI on Monday after he left early in the second quarter with an injured left knee. He was helped off the field without putting any weight on the leg and didnt return.

UP NEXT

Raiders: stay on the road to face AFC West-rival Kansas City next Sunday.

Jets: take on the Bengals at Cincinnati next Sunday.

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Nov 21

Rak-Sus Myles went on dangerous three day water fast before Im A Celebrity – The Sun

Myles Stephenson went on dangerous three-day water fast before Im A Celebrity.

The 28-year-old revealed he went to extreme lengths to get his body in tip top shape for his jungle debut.

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"40 hours of fasting done so far," he told fans.

"Strangely I have more energy and life when I am water fasting. Cleanses my body and soul!"

He added: "Water Fasting isnt for everybody and if done, should be taking very seriously and with caution!"

The controversial water-fasting diet restricts everything except water, tea and coffee for 47 days.

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It is a potentially dangerous cleanse that first gained popularity on social media two years ago.

Doctors have slammed the practice as "damaging", warning that long-term fasting can leave people with severe complications such as heart problems.

Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director ofPatient.co.uk, told Fabulous: There is absolutely no evidence that starving yourself makes you look younger.

In fact, extreme dieting can lead you to lose tissue under the skin of the face, making you look older.

It can also weaken your immune system and leave you with vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

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What is water fasting and is it safe?

"Water soluble vitamins like vitamin C, found in fruit and veg, need to be eaten every day.

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Doing without them for so long leaves you at risk of scurvy, with swollen gums, loose teeth, scaly skin and dry, brittle hair.

But it can also have serious repercussions in the future, with Dr Jarvis adding: It can damage your heart and increase your risk of crumbling bones in later life.

Starving yourself like this can slow down your metabolism, making yourself more prone to putting on weight in the future.

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Nov 21

How I Got This Body: Getting Hooked on CrossFit, Prepping Homemade Meals, and Listening to a Lot of Kelly Clarkson – Washingtonian

All photographs courtesy of Kathy Novak.

Want to be featured inHow I Got This Body? Whether you lost weight or gained it, got toned or gained muscle, I want to hear from you! Email Mimi Montgomery at mmontgomery@washingtonian.com

Who:Kathy Novak, 34, Department of Defense employeeLives: AnnapolisHeight: 58Pounds lost: [I]weighed nearly 400 pounds at the age of 19. Honestly, I dont weigh myself nearly as much as I used to. If I had to take a guess, based on composition, Id say [I weigh around] 185-190 [pounds].How long it took: There isnt really a time stamp for me, as this has become a lifestyle. [But] I started giving myself a chance to follow through [with fitness] at age 19, so about 15 years.

I was stubborn [when it came to losing weight]. It had to be when I was ready, which Ive learned is really never. It was more about being on my termsI didnt want to do it for anyone else. [But ultimately,] the concern from my family was enough.I met with the nurse practitioner, and she gave me a list of foods I could choose from. No measurements, just a this-instead-of-that sort of deal. I changed just my eating, and in three weeks had lost 34 pounds. Sure, it was water weight initially. But seeing progress in such a short period of timethat was important. That, for me, meant I was really capable of this. From there, I thought wow, I wonder what would happen if I started exercising? So I set a goal to lose 50 pounds by my 20th birthday. My best guy friend Daniel and I started going to the Drill Hall every day.

The Drill Hall was the perfect place to start. I would put Kelly Clarksons Breakaway album on and hit the treadmill. I would walk for the whole album, and after a few weeks, I increased the speed, then the incline. Some days were more difficult than others, of course, but I showed up every day. Some days, I got through those 45-to-50 minutes by spelling out every word on the TV in the captions. Backwards, forwardswhatever it took to get my mind off [it] and through it. I followed that up with weights. Looking back now, I had some idea of what I was doing, but not really. At that time, it didnt matter. I was moving.

After several months of this routine, it was time to move to St. Augustine, Florida [for college].After a couple of years, I was not feeling like I used to after leaving the gym. I had also yo-yod in weight, gaining 45-to-50 pounds, losing it, gaining 20-to-30 pounds, losing it. I was working so hard and knew I had to do something else. I ran into a friend and he said that I needed to try CrossFitit had changed his life. Thenext day I started a whole new life thanks to CrossFit. I showed up every day, sometimes two times a day. After a few months, I competed in my first of many CrossFit competitions.

Starting CrossFit also [meant I] started nine-week-long Paleo challenges.The challenges quickly evolved into lifestyle changes.My Paleo is not what people envision Paleo asIm not downing mass amounts of bacon, steak, and almond butter. The primary focus is eating clean and as unprocessed as possible: lots of veggies and protein.I joined a nutrition team, Working Against Gravity. It is a program focused on intake, but not calorically. [It focuses on] the right amount of macronutrients tailored to your fitness goals and regimens.

My family and friends, [as well as] the people [I met who became] inspired by my story and started to give themselves chances, all because they saw through me that change is possible. To think that if I ever gave up, Id be letting so many people beyond myself down.I never wanted to be in a place of just doing something [because of how it] looked to someone else. Lifestyle changes, no matter what theyre for, have to be because you believe in them, because they inspire you to be better. We are here for a purpose much bigger than ourselves.

Honestly, after I changed the way I ate, I really grew to be excited about the food choices I was making every day. Food was more than taste, it was fuel for my performance. Having a great homemade meal or trying a new recipe is a splurge for me.Ive learned to appreciate the process and the patience that accompanies prepping good, healthy meals.

I have always been fairly confident and outspoken, but the mental grit that has grown through this process has allowed me to flourish in so many other areas. I believe that being underestimated had a direct impact on my professional and personal development. As I pushed myself in my workouts, I was finding it easier to push myself at work, to be more forward and confident in what I said and did. I stopped second guessing my abilities beyond just what I was doing at the gym. I started telling myself I could and quit letting the reasons why I shouldnt try take over.

I didnt like how I thought about myselfnot physically, but my abilities.I love that Ive been capable of making the most important change of all: Ive changed my mind and thought processes in so many ways. Im so thankful for the peace of mind I have now, the resilient mindset that this lifestyle has brought to my life, and the ability to see the opportunity and path forward, no matter what. There are only as many limits as you set for yourself. When you envision your capabilities being limitless, no matter what is going on, [and] see the silver lining in everythinglife is great. Im thankful to be living it as fully as possible.

You have to be willing to give yourself the chance to be uncomfortable and to fight for it. Find something you enjoy every day [and] that youll look forward to. The minute it feels like an obligation, you will resent the process and, to be honest, you probably will quit. Once you commit to a routine like thismaking sure you dont make excuses for yourself, working out no matter what, making the better choicesits more natural.Its all about choices.

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Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She previously was the editorial assistant at Walter Magazine in Raleigh, North Carolina, and her work has appeared in Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Adams Morgan.

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Nov 20

How to lose weight fast with Keto diet, according to weight loss expert – Daily Star

If youre thinking of starting a diet, but dont know which one to go for, it can be reassuring to hear from an expert.

Kim Pearson , a nutritionist who specialises in weight loss , recommends the ketogenic diet to many of her clients.

The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet similar to the Atkins Diet. Those who adhere to the diet will cut back on carbs, and get most of their calories from protein and fat.

This puts your body in a state of ketosis, which means it starts burning more fat.

Kim explained to Daily Star Online: Eating a very low carbohydrate diet induces ketosis a state when your body runs out of carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy and turns to burning stored fat for fuel instead.

This allows you to lose weight fast, according to the nutritionist.

She said: Ketogenic diets have become a popular approach to weight loss and for good reason. They focus the body on burning stored fat and that results in fast, noticeable weight loss.

One of the benefits of the keto diet is that the style of eating is filling, which means you wont end up hungry with cravings that will make you want to raid the biscuit tin at 3pm.

When you are in ketosis your body will produce energy, so you wont feel tired or lack concentration.

Kim continued: Optimal amounts of protein also ensures that muscle mass and your metabolic rate is preserved which means that when you reach your target weight, you have a much better chance of maintaining it.

There is evidence to show that ketogenic diets can be beneficial for individuals who have certain health conditions, such as epilepsy. It is also helps insulin regulation and prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Keep in mind that ketogonic diets are strict, which is why it is easy to achieve weight loss.

Kim said: The amount of carbohydrates you can have and stay in ketosis varies from person to person but its typically under 40g. That is not a lot.

Cutting out carbs not only means avoiding the standard bread, pasta, rice and potatoes that we think of as carbohydrates, but also a lot of other foods you may not have considered.

It means you cant eat food which you might have considered healthy including fruit and a number of starchy vegetables.

Although the keto diet involves eating a lot of meat, butter and cheese, Kim doesnt recommend skipping vegetables altogether.

She explained: I always encourage anyone on a ketogenic diet to eat plenty of low carb veg and to consider taking a fibre supplement.

Ketosis can increase excretion of certain nutrients, namely electrolytes which regulate our fluid balance. For this reason it may be necessary to take supplements.

It's worth working with a qualified nutrition expert to find an approach that helps you achieve your goals while also supporting your wider health.

Ketogenic diets arent recommended for those with kidney or liver problems. If you are unsure you should speak to you GP or a nutritionist before starting a diet.

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Nov 19

Start Your Day With This Golden Drink To Prevent Bloating, Lose Weight And Reduce Joint Pain – NDTV News

Weight loss tips: Starting your day with turmeric water can improve your digestion

Turmeric water benefits: Turmeric is the golden spice offering an array of medicinal benefits. Curcumin is the compound in turmeric which is responsible for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and immunity boosting properties. Including turmeric in your daily diet can give a boost to antioxidant capacity of your body. The golden spice can facilitate quicker healing of wounds and also help in preventing diseases. But did you know that drinking turmeric water regularly can prevent bloating, improve digestion and even aid weight loss? Keep reading to know the many benefits of drinking turmeric water.

Before knowing the benefits of drinking turmeric water, you must learn how to prepare turmeric water. Well, it's a quick and simple. Take raw turmeric, grind it into a powder. Add 1 tsp of turmeric powder in glass of milk and your turmeric water is ready.

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1. If you start your day with a glass of turmeric water, it can help in preparing your digestive system for the day.

2. Starting your day with turmeric water can help in flushing out toxins from the body and gives a boost to your metabolism. With constant consumption, this can be helpful for those on a weight loss regime.

3. Curcumin in turmeric can give a boost to brain function. Drinking turmeric water regularly can help you have a sharper mind and also improve your concentration levels.

4. Turmeric water helps in removing toxins from liver, rejuvenates cells and enables liver to function effectively.

5. You can also make a turmeric infused tea by adding ginger, honey and lemon in it. This tea can help you fight cough, cold and congestion issues.

Turmeric latte or haldi doodh can be helpful when suffering from cough and congestionPhoto Credit: iStock

Also read:Turmeric Can Help You Control Blood Sugar Levels; Here's Is The Right Method To Use It

6. People with arthritis and joint pain can benefit by drinking turmeric water regularly. Curcumin in turmeric reduces inflammation, body pain, joint pain and swelling. To get relief from joint pain, you can also try the traditional haldi doodh or turmeric latte as it is popularly called. Haldi doodh is best taken at night. Add a pinch of raw turmeric in 1 cup of lukewarm milk along with some jaggery. Regular intake of turmeric latte at night can reduce joint pain and arthritis pain effectively.

So, if you want to give a boost to your immunity, improve digestion, lose weight and the very stubborn belly fat, then turmeric water or turmeric latte is the drink for you.

Also read:Here's How Turmeric Helps Heart Failure Patients; Other Benefits Of Turmeric You Simply Cannot Miss

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