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Nov 30

Flat stomach: here are the 20 fruits that make you lose weight to (finally) lose weight! – The Times Hub

Fruits are great for burning fat; discover those that will help you in your quest to lose weight.

To lose the extra pounds that poison our lives, fruits are our friends! It is therefore high time to include them in our diet. The confinement can test us psychically and physically, the fruits these love letters that we send to our body must be more than present in our kitchens, to finally lose weight naturally and put an end to untimely snacking.

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Because yes, we know, its difficult to resist a small snack, especially when we have had a quick lunch at noon. And this is where raspberries, apples, grapefruit, kiwis all these very low-calorie fruits act as firefighters for cravings and a fortiori as fat-burning foods; this while promoting intake of trace elements, vitamins and minerals. These same fruits which are also particularly rich in fiber and antioxidants, which gives them superior slimming virtues. Which taking their place in a diet without excess and combined with a sport practice, will quickly offer convincing results.It is time to find out what are these fruits miraculous for our health and our waistline in our slideshow.

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Nov 30

UAE: Is fasting the best route to fitness? – Gulf News

Intermittent fasting is one of the more popular forms of fasting and is currently a health and fitness trend. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Fasting is the new trend in town. Or is it just a fad?Since when didUAE residents startturning their faces away from food?

UAE is a second home to more than 200 nationalities who work and live here. All of these nationalities have brought to the UAE their own cuisine, making it the culinary capital of the world, in terms of sheer size, variety and per square metre availability. There is no denying the fact that the average UAE resident spares no second thought when it comes to eating out or testing out a new dish. However, more and more people you meet are talking about fasting as a new pursuit as much as eating. It is as though they have found a new balance in life. We enquired and this is what we found.

Fasting and health: Let's start with the basics

Shyam Krishna, Senior Associate Editor

Whats fasting?

Fasting is abstaining from eating food for a specific length of time. The human body is well equipped to handle extended periods without food. Humans must have been fasting since they were around. Most of the time, it was done out of necessity when food wasnt available. When there was adequate food, fasting has been used for therapy and as spiritual practices in several religions. Now, fasting has been used for maintaining fitness and weight loss.

Hows fasting linked to medicine?

Fasting is one of the oldest medical therapies. It is used in many ancient healing systems since fasting allows the body to rid itself of toxins that are responsible for several ailments. Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said that fasting helped the body to heal itself.

How does fasting work?

When the intake of food is stopped for a certain period, many organs and systems of the body will not have to work on digestion. So the energy saved from the digestive process is used to repair the body, thereby healing it. The liver and immune system are freed to detoxify and heal the body. It also allows the body to burn the stored calories.

What are the benefits of fasting?

Many studies have shown that fasting can help reduce weight, improve metabolic health, protect against ailments, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer, and Alzheimers. Besides, theres the promise of a longer, healthier life. During fasting, theres also a significant reduction in blood sugar and insulin levels, besides a sharp spike in human growth hormone.

Although fasting is recommended, medical advice has to be sought before starting any form of fasts. The various kinds of fasting may not work for everyone, and some people may require a tailor-made plan. So its best to consult a healthcare professional before starting a fast.

Intermittent fasting

It is one of the more popular forms of fasting and is currently a health and fitness trend. Simply put, its alternating cycles of fasting and eating. But the duration of fasting differs in each version. So these are time-restricted eating plans.

Intermittent fasting has been used as a weight-loss tool, but it doesnt work for everyone and is not recommended for people with eating disorders. Is very important to consume nutritious food during the eating periods, and avoid excessive calorie intake.

There are several approaches to intermittent fasting, but we have focused on nine of them.

1. Fast for 12 hours a day

Its fasting for 12 hours and the remaining 12 hours is a window for eating before resuming the fast. According to researchers, this diet could persuade the body to turn its fat stores into energy and release ketones into the bloodstream. And that should encourage weight loss.

Known as the Leangains protocol, it involves fasting for 16 hours, and the daily eating window is restricted to 8-10 hours. Its easier to follow if you dont eat anything after dinner and skip breakfast the next day. The method, structured by fitness expert Martin Berkhan, permits drinking water, black coffee, black tea (a splash of milk is allowed) and other zero-calorie beverages during the fast.

The weight loss in this diet is also triggered by ketosis. During the 16-hour fast, glycogen in the liver is depleted, and the body slips into ketosis. Leangains includes exercise into the fasting period to increase the rate of burning fat.

Called the Fast Diet after the book authored by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, it allows regular food intake for five days of the week, but for the remaining two days the calorie intake is reduced to 500600. The 5:2 diet prescribes lean protein, vegetables, and fruit on fasting days as two small meals and snacks. On the other five days, you can eat almost anything.

Its simple: You fast every other day. Fasting for a full day may seem extreme and could be unsustainable. Some variations allow for an intake of 500 calories during the fasting days. Several studies have shown the benefits of this method, popularised by Krista Varady, a nutrition professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

An Austrian study last year found that after four weeks of alternate-day fasting, people had more lean muscle and less body fat, lower cholesterol levels and improved heart health. All these things can happen with exercise and nutrition programmes, according to a Reuters report.

This Eat-Stop-Eat method involves a 24-hour fast once or twice per week. Water, black coffee, black tea and other zero-calorie beverages are allowed during the fasting, made popular by fitness expert Brad Pilon. The only problem is that some people may find it difficult to fast for a full 24 hours.

This is not a structured fasting plan. It merely involves skipping a meal or two from time to time. So it is a spontaneous intermittent fast.

Health experts say skipping meals is not good since it can lead to tiredness and loss of essential nutrients. It could also trigger snacking on high-sugar foods, resulting in weight gain.

The diet, popularised by fitness expert Ori Hofmekler, involves eating small amounts of raw fruits and vegetables during the day and a big meal at night. Which mean you fast during the day and eat during a four-hour window at night. Some recommend the food to be mostly whole grains and unprocessed, while others advise the consumption of plenty of vegetables, proteins, and healthful fats, besides some carbohydrates. Hofmekler believes the plan mimics the pattern of ancient warriors, hence the name.

Known by the abbreviation OMAD, this is a weight-loss plan in which a person eats only one meal per day and fasts the rest of the time. Its also called 23:1 diet since people fast for 23 hours and eat for one hour. This diet may help some people lose weight, but it may also carry some risks, according to Medical News Today. Low sugar levels could result in fatigue, increased irritability and trouble in concentrating. The risk of binge eating at a single meal time is also high.

The diet also presents a significant problem for people who take prescription medications with food more than once per day.

In a 48-hour fast, you take a full, two-day break from eating. During the two-day fast, you can drink water, black coffee, black tea and zero-calorie fluids. Its essential to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. At the end of the fast, food should only be consumed gradually, starting with a small snack. On non-fasting days, it is advised to avoid very high-calorie foods. The 48-hour fast is generally done only once or twice a month.

First person: From health condition to reinvented self

I was 29 years old when I was diagnosed with Hashimotos, an autoimmune disease which causes your thyroid to have a low function. Because of that I started to gain weight and suffered from other medical conditions. My doctor suggested that I should try doing intermittent fasting (IF).

Being a Muslim, I am used to fasting but making such a change to your body isnt easy. The first few days of IF were really hard I had terrible headache at the end of my fasting window. But eventually it got easier. I started my journey from 16:8 which is 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating.

Then I eventually moved onto 20:4 and now two years of being on this journey I do OMAD (One meal a day). I sometimes do more than 24hrs of fasting which is very beneficial as your body goes into autophagy mode. During this process the cells break down viruses, bacteria and damaged components.

After two years of fasting, I can say that IF has really helped me in various ways: my thyroid function is normal, I have more energy now and I feel healthy and I have lost 15kg in total. For me, fasting was not at all about losing weight but also to get my health and fitness under control.

Recently my brother was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and the doctor suggested that he try IF. Eventually his diabetes reversed and today he is diabetes free.

For everyone reading my story, I would say that please consult your doctor first before starting your IF journey, just as I did before trying it.

I love fasting, to me it isnt some fad diet but a lifestyle that has changed my body for the better.

First person: My journey with fasting

Sara Shurafa, Assistant Online Editor

In January this year, I had decided that 2020 will be the year to regain my healthy self. In the past years, with two pregnancies, and an unhealthy level of stress and juggling lifestyles, I had lost track of my healthy way of life. Therefore, I decided to start looking at options to get my health back on track. At that point, I did not have any serious health problems. However,my BMI was high, with a bad IBS that led me to be on painkillers most of the time, besides my lack of energy and my low morale.

For me, ahealthy personis someone who is full of energy.I was lacking in that no matter how much sleep I got orhow much I ate trying to get my energy levels back.

I'd hearda lot about intermittent fasting and how many people on it were losing weight. It intrigued me to take a serious look into it. Whenever Iasked anyone who is doing IF, the answers were positive: that it helped them lose weight. However, I was more concerned aboutthe long-term health benefits. Finally, I reached two fundamental conclusions that made mestart Intermittent Fasting

I have read in many papers that when your body is not working to digest food, it works on repairing cells. Which could also mean that, during this period,your body takes care of some of the cells thatcould later become cancerous. Fasting also meant that you will be eating less sugar and fewer calories. As a result, you will be losing weight, which also meant that your risk of obesity and diabetes became lower.

Ive been fasting now 12 to 16 hours a day, for more than 6 months now. Fasting didnt just make me lose weight, but today I have so much more energy to work, to look after my kids and to even exercise and socialise. I am more focused now. I do not feel sluggish any more, neither do I feel angry or depressed. My digestive system is much better, and my hunger prangs and sugar rush are gone.

Fasting has made me a better person at all levels; it hasmade me calmer and more patient.

Fasting should be followed under professional guidance:Juliott Vinolia

Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary, Senior Reporter

Juliott Vinolia, Clinical Dietician and Research Scholar, RD/ LD, Head of Dietary Services at Medeor Hospital

In the early 90s, the diet mantra to boost metabolism and burn fat was to consume small frequent meals of up to 5 small meals per day for sustained energy levels. Over the years, with our busy lifestyles, we have highly compromised on our diet and lifestyle, which has gotten worse during these pandemic times. We were unknowingly eating a diet excess in calories compared to our energy expenditure and also inadequate in vital nutrients putting us all at risk of chronic diseases, inflammation and poor immunity.

Most of our foods today come with hidden calories more than what we need- making our bodies vital disease preventing and energy sustaining functions sluggish. With the era of weight loss trends, fasting has taken more light in the area of research with the focus light on boosting our metabolism while managing work fatigue and preventing obesity.

Though research has clearly set out the benefits of autophagy and fasting in the evolution of the Super Human, we should understand that fasting directly impacts us at cellular level and should be followed under professional guidance to prevent any irreversible damage to health. Before following any type of fasting whether intermittent, time- restricted or alternate day fasting we have to first make sure we are medically fit to proceed in order to gain full benefits of autophagy in reviving good health.

It is clearly evident from studies that with the current lifestyle, eating practices and covid times, fasting when done the ideal way definitely helps in disease suppression, enhanced immunity and correct our genetic disposition to chronic diseases, prevent obesity and promise longevity. Our inactive life, poorly managed stress, inadequate sleep and high processed food intake has pushed humanity to a state of from eat to live to fasting to survive.

What Ayurveda says about fasting

Biju Mathew, Online Editor

Dr. V.L.Shyam, UAE-licenced Ayurveda practitioner

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, advocates fasting as a means of healthy living and to cure many ailments.

Ayurveda suggests fasting for the treatment of several diseases. Fasting or upavasa is one of the most effective biological methods of treatment for several diseases. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness, said Dr. V. L. Shyam, a UAE-based licenced alternative medicine practitioner, who runs Dr Shyams Ayurvedic Centre in the country.

Ayurveda recommends eating between 10am and 6pm with sufficient intervals, which leaves 16 hours of fasting time. According to Ayurveda, one may take breakfast around 10am, lunch by mid-day and dinner before the sunset, said Dr Shyam.

But fasting should have its regulations too, Dr Shyam cautioned. As per Ayurveda, hunger is a natural urge, which shouldnt be suppressed, nor pre-initiated nor overfed. Eat light while hungry is what is proposed by Ayurveda for a healthy individual. Suppression of hunger can result in body pains and aches, anorexia, debility, emaciation, weight loss, abdominal colic pain and delusion.

Is there a particular diet recommended by Ayurveda?

Dr Shyam, highlighting the benefits of eating right, said: No food is good or bad. Everything needs to be eaten in moderation.

According to Ayurveda, certain food types should not be consumed habitually:

Ayurveda also recommends certain food types that should be included on a daily basis:

Ayurveda recommended discipline of eating food

Fasting studies

Jay Hilotin, Senior Assistant Editor

In both men and mice, numerous studies have found that curbing food intake helps. Fasting has been used and observed for thousands of years. It was seen as one of the oldest therapies in medicine. Great doctors of the ancient world and many of the oldest healing systems have recommended it as an integral method of healing and disease prevention.

There's an ancient wisdom behind it: Among the earliest records of fasting involved the ancient Romans, who apparently found the idea of "breakfast" repulsive. They were obsessed with digestion, historian Caroline Yeldham stated. The Romans seemed to believe eating more than one meal a day was gluttonous even unhealthy. Some researchers argue that's one of the early starts of what's now known as "intermittent fasting".

Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, believed fasting enabled the body to heal itself. About 500 years ago, Paracelsus, another great healer in the Western tradition, wrote that fasting is the greatest remedy", the "physician within". In ancient Greece, Pythagoras was among many who extolled its virtues.

Dr Herbert Shelton (1895-1985) was a revered pioneer of "therapeutic fasting" in which fasting is used to either treat or prevent ill health, with medical supervision. It became popular in the 19th century as part of the Natural Hygiene Movement in the US. Dr Shelton He claimed to have helped 40,000 patients recover their health with a water fast.

Many scientific studies had been done on fasting, starting from the early 1900s. A 1986 study published inMetabolism (Elsevier) led by G.L. Burke on 3,313 children ages 5-17 years showed that fasting insulin levels are positively related to measures of obesity, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglyceride, -lipoprotein cholesterol and pre--lipoprotein cholesterol levels.

Fact file: what is lipoprotein

A lipoprotein is a biochemical assembly whose primary function is to transport hydrophobic lipid (also known as fat) molecules in water, as in blood plasma or other extracellular fluids.

2009 Carmela study

If you're 55 or older, fasting may bring benefits, according to a 2009 study led by Dr Jorge Escobedo and his team. The so-called CARMELA (Cardiovascular Risk Factor Multiple Evaluation in Latin America) study was done to estimate the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, "impaired fasting glucose" and related risk factors in seven urban Latin American populations. The study was one of the largest of its kind, and included 11,550 adults 2564 years of age, with 1,600 subjects were randomly selected in each city.

Fact file: What is "impaired fasting glucose"

Impaired fasting glucose is a type of "pre-diabetes", in which a person's blood sugar levels during fasting are consistently above the normal range, but below the diagnostic cut-off for a formal diagnosis of diabetes mellitus. Together with impaired glucose tolerance, it is a sign of insulin resistance.

The CARMELA study found thatthe prevalence of individuals with diabetes or impaired fasting glucose increased with age. For example, they found that in the oldest age category (5564 years), prevalence of diabetes ranged from 9 to 22%, while prevalence of impaired fasting glucose ranged from 3 to 6%.

Among diabetics, 83.7% had impaired fasting glucose i.e. only 16.3% of people with prior diagnosis of diabetes and who were receiving diabetes medication, were in "good" glycemic control (fasting glucose <6.1mmol/l). Most important: the study found that the prevalence of diabetes in individuals with abdominal obesity was about two-fold higher. Participants with hypertension, elevated serum triglycerides and increased common carotid artery intimamedia thickness were also more likely to have diabetes.

Fact file: Diabetes killed more than COVID-19

Diabetes (1.6 million deaths in 2016), of course, is today, a bigger killer than COVID-19 (1.4 million deaths till November 24, 2020). Now, several COVID vaccines have proven at least 95% effective. Diabetes, too, a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. The WHO reported that 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose in 2012. Sadly, there's no vaccine for diabetes. But study after study show that good exercise and healthy fasting can somehow do the trick.

2019 Feel-good trial

A 2019 study led by Rachel Washburn of Texas Tech University on intermittent fasting (IF) effects (24-hour water-only fasting), known as the "Feel-good trial", focussed on trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) levels measured due to their association with elevated risk of coronary artery disease.

During the fasting period of the study, researchers found that TMAO levels were substantially decreased during the fasting day compared to the fed day. "TMAO is a novel and exciting biomarker of cardiovascular disease in humans that arises from intestinal microbiota," the researchers wrote. "Due to its connection to dietary intake, TMAO is also a good candidate to be affected by intermittent fasting, and its change highlights the possibility that fasting may also beneficially alter the microbiome at least during caloric desistance, if not for a more extended period of time after the end of a fasting episode." The key: "caloric desistance", i.e. no food.

2019 Buchinger Fasting trial

In 2019, thePloS journal published a clinical on fasting, with 1,422 participants. It was one of the few studies that documented longer periods of fasting (one year) in a large number of participants, including non-obese people. The Franco-German research team led by Franoise Wilhelmi de Toledo documented the safety and changes in the participants' basic health and well-being indicators.

To measure blood lipids, glucoregulation and other health-related blood parameters, blood tests before and at the end of the fasting period were done. It also used pre-post analysis using mixed-effects linear models. The observational study ran for one year following the Buchinger periodic fasting (4 to 21 days of fasting periods, during which participants were limited to 200250 kcal of daily caloric intake). The study subjects included 404 people with pre-existing health complaints, including diabetes and obesity.

Startling results

De Toledo's study asked the participants to do a moderate-intensity lifestyle program, including regular exercises, with clinical parameters and adverse effects and well-being documented daily. The results were startling: Among the 404 subjects with pre-existing health-complaints, 341 (84.4%) reported an improvement significant reductions in weight, abdominal circumference and blood pressure in the entire group. At the same time, 93.2% of the subject reported an absence of hunger feeling. Statistically, this type of fasting proved safe: Among the 1,422 study participants, only 1% reported adverse effects.

Fasting, when done right, has clear health benefits. But there's the biggest hurdle of all: It's rather difficult to do and stick to. Moreso if one doesn't have the right motivation and strong resolve. But it's one of life's inevitable conundrums: no pain, no gain.

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Nov 28

Weight loss: "My IT career made me pile on 25 kilos! Here is how I lost it and became a bodybuilder" – Times of India

My breakfast: During your transformation, it's all about choosing the foods which help you stay consistent and maintain the balance for a long period. My breakfast was the same for a year. It always included leafy greens, with high fats and proteins (with lots of cheese to be precise) and low carbs. And yes, lots of water!

My lunch: I was a pure vegetarian before, but had to include chicken and rice with greens for almost 10 months when I was misguided by trainers and gymmers to consume non-veg if I wanted to build my body. When I gained the right knowledge, I switched back to my old choices, which now includes soya chunks, lentils and curd.

My dinner: A cheese sandwich, or veggie pasta. I have to add here that I have a voracious appetite, and hence, my diet worked for me.

Pre-workout meal: This one stays constant - delicious Whey protein shakes with low carbohydrates so that my body is fueled up before I workout.

Post-workout meal: Whey protein thick shake. Mostly mixed with fruits. You will forget about those sugary and harmful drinks out there.

I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): Food cooked by mom always tops the list. Every single day, I do meal prep myself but on my cheat days, I savour the treats my mom makes. If I'm going out, I prefer having burgers or cheesy pizzas and fries.

My workout: I love bodybuilding, so my workout includes strength training 6 times/week on a Linear Periodization model and a day to recover. Workout basically includes conditioning most of the part, followed by very little cardio.

Low-calorie recipes I swear by:

1. Watermelon juice with an apple along with some chat masala sprinkled.

2. Whey protein Kulfi.

3. Lemonade.

4. A lassi recipe I invented myself.

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Nov 28

‘1000 Pound Sisters’: Tammy Slaton Has COVID-19 – Talks About the Dangers – Soap Dirt

1,000 Pound Sisters starTammy Slaton has opened up about being tested positive for COVID-19. At the beginning of the filming of this TLC show, Tammy and her sister, Amy Slaton, weighed over 1,000 pounds collectively. Being the heavier sister, Tammy weighed in at 605 pounds.

During the first few episodes of 1,000 Pound Sisters, it becomes very apparent that Tammys health is in danger. This is because of how overweight Tammy Slaton is. She and her sibling Amy Slaton are attempting to qualify for bariatric surgery to help them quickly lose weight, to save their lives.

Throughout the filming of the show, Tammy Slaton isnt cooperative about the efforts needed for her to lose weight. She and Amy Slaton are not only sisters, but they also live together. While living together, Amy takes care of Tammy.

Yet, Tammy constantly yells at and belittles Amy on1,000 Pound Sisters. While Amy Slaton makes efforts to lose weight by eating healthier and going to the gym, Tammy doesnt make the same efforts. Over time, this leads to an increased level of tension between them.

Recently, Tammy Slatonhas opened up about her diagnosis of COVID-19. She talks about updates of her health from her hospital bed. From the news that shes sharing, it doesnt seem like Tammy has made much weight-loss progress since season one of 1,000 Pound Sisters.

Since this celebrity is morbidly obese, its put her at increased risk of catching COVID-19. Not only does her weight put her at an increased risk, but any other health conditions that she has could make it easier for her to be at-risk.

And not only is shesuffering from the coronavirus. But, she also talks about how she has pneumonia. When sharing this update about her health, she does so with a smile on her face.

Also, she talks about other complications that she may be facing if she recovers from the virus. She also asks her fans for forgiveness, because she hasnt been responding to her followers since shes been sick. After apologizing to her fans, she explains that shes been in the hospital for three weeks.

And yet, this 1,000 Pound Sisterslead remains hopeful to get out of the hospital soon. Tammy Slaton explains that shes feeling much better now. She even says that shell be back to her old self very soon. Also, Tammy excitedly talks about how shes going to be back to living her best life as soon as shes released from the hospital.

To stay updated on the latest news about 1,000 Pound Sisters, check back with Soap Dirt.

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Nov 5

Pick Up These 5 Great Items To Help Lose Weight Quickly – Men’s Journal

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With everybody being stuck at home for the majority of 2020, we have all needed to find ways to kill time. And for most folks, that means working out. Exercising at home so you can stay/get healthy and come out of the pandemic looking amazing. You just need to figure out whats the right process for you.

If youre looking to lose weight more than anything else, there are plenty of ways to go about that. Exercising and/or eating right. But for some folks, they need a little help getting over the hump. You just cant lose that weight. Which means you need to pick up some help where you can.

There are plenty of options out there to help you lose weight. Its a whole industry at this point and the options are so vast it can be hard to make a choice. Which is why we are here to help you pick the right items to get you to lose weight quickly. Unsurprisingly, these items can be found on Amazon.

Going over the supply at Amazon, we have found 5 amazing items that will help you lose weight quickly. Its a nice little variety there too. Supplements and cleanses and workout attire. All the things you could use in tandem or on their own to help kickstart the weight loss process in short order.

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Nov 5

Intermittent fasting: the best method – All4Women

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The appeal of these diets is that you dont need to count calories or eat certain foods. But there are so many versions, its hard to know which one is best. Heres what the research says.

This is a popular version of intermittent fasting where you eat a very low-calorie diet (about 500kcal) for two days each week (any two days). On the other five days, you eat as normal.

Research has shown that its possible to lose weight with this diet; it also improves several markers of health, such as reducing levels of glucose and cholesterol in the blood. But the 5:2 diet is unlikely to be more effective for weight loss than traditional methods of dieting. This is because 5:2 reduces calorie intake to a similar extent as traditional dieting.

There is some evidence that conducting the two days of very-low-calorie intake on consecutive days can improve insulin sensitivity a risk marker for type 2 diabetes to a greater extent than traditional dieting. This approach also leads to decreases in blood lipids (fatty substances found in the blood) compared with traditional dieting.

An important extra benefit of 5:2 is that you can consume some food during the fasting period, providing an opportunity to take in vital nutrients. Dieting often leads to losses in muscle and bone mass, alongside fat mass because consuming a balanced diet while reducing calorie intake is difficult. This can compromise long-term weight loss efforts as muscle is more metabolically active (burns more calories) than fat. Eating enough protein can help to reduce the loss of muscle mass while dieting, with a bonus of reducing appetite.

While 5:2 could be considered a lifestyle intervention, alternate-day fasting (ADF) is more likely to be used to lose weight quickly. ADF is often referred to as the every other day diet and requires you to alternate daily between unrestricted eating and consuming a very low-calorie diet.

Most research on ADF uses a similar approach to 5:2, allowing a small meal (usually about 500kcal) to be consumed on fasting days. Research has shown that ADF can lead to considerable weight loss in 8-12 weeks, but a big problem with ADF is that adherence tends to wane. Longer-term studies have shown that calorie intake on fasting days creeps up over time, which reduces the calorie deficit achieved and slows the rate of weight loss.

Randomised controlled trials (the gold standard of clinical research) show that ADF doesnt lead to more weight loss or improvements in health compared with traditional dieting when calorie intake is the same in both groups. Despite this, it is likely that ADF will result in a greater reduction in calorie intake compared with traditional methods of dieting, which should lead to greater weight loss, initially. But its doubtful that many people will adhere to ADF in the long term.

Time-restricted eating (TRE) involves complete fasting for long periods (16-20 hours) and consuming all calories within restricted hours, often referred to as feeding windows.

The most common version of TRE uses a ratio between fasting and eating of 16:8 (16 hours of fasting and eight hours during which it is permissible to eat). Many people achieve this ratio by skipping breakfast thereby delaying their first meal until midday and consuming all food between midday and 8 pm.

Research has shown that calorie intake over a 24-hour period is reduced when people skip breakfast. But the number of calories expended through physical activity is also reduced, which will partially or completely negate the calorie deficit achieved by skipping breakfast. So skipping breakfast is unlikely to lead to meaningful weight loss. Skipping breakfast also reduces the effectiveness of insulin to regulate blood glucose levels after lunch, indicating a negative effect on insulin sensitivity.

But an alternative approach to TRE has shown promise. A recent study found that fasting from 2 pm improved insulin sensitivity in a group of pre-diabetic males. This could be due to an enhanced natural ability to regulate blood glucose levels effectively in the morning, due to daily variations in metabolism. So, restricting food intake to a morning feeding window and fasting in the evening may be a healthier version of TRE.

As with any diet, success will be dictated mostly by adherence. When it comes to weight loss, ADF is likely to lead to the most rapid success, but sustaining weight loss in the long term may be aided by the less intense 5:2 approach.

There is some evidence that adherence could be greater in TRE, as completely restricting food intake may be easier for some people than severely restricting it. In this sense, research suggests that skipping dinner may be better for health than skipping breakfast.

Its important to note that most research suggests that intermittent fasting is no better than traditional methods of dieting. But intermittent fasting regimens that have prolonged periods of fasting, such as TRE with shorter feeding windows and 5:2 with two consecutive very-low-calorie days, may provide additional health benefits.

David Clayton, Lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Nottingham Trent University

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Nov 5

Combine cardio and strength training to boost weight loss: 5 best exercises to burn fat and flatten your tummy – Times Now

Combine cardio and strength training to boost weight loss: 5 best exercises to burn fat and flatten your tummy  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images

New Delhi: The benefits of daily exercise go beyond a trimmer waistline. It improves your heart health, lowers your risk of diabetes, helps you build muscles and strong bones. It increases your energy levels, keeps you sharp, and makes you feel happier. If you want to burn fat and build lean muscle more quickly, a healthy diet along with a combination of cardio and strength training can help accelerate your weight loss goals. So, are you ready to kick-start your flat belly journey?

Here are some of the best strength and cardio exercises that you can add to your fitness routine to burn belly fat and lose inches like never before.


Burpees are effective workouts for weight loss as it involves training various muscle groups, including your chest, core and legs. It is a full-body exercise that can help you burn a lot of calories. The dynamic combination of squats, jumps, and pushups can help you burn fat from your overall body.

Jump rope

Turns out, jumping rope is a great calorie-burner. It is also a great exercise for the heart. Jumping rope also helps improve coordination and cognitive function. It helps strengthen the upper and lower body and makes your body burn a lot of calories in a short time. According to Multazim Shaikh, a fitness trainer and nutritionist with FamFits, you can burn about 1,300 calories per hour with a jump rope.

Cardio kickboxing

Cardio kickboxing is a high-energy workout that combines martial arts techniques with fast-paced cardio. It helps you burn fat, build lean muscle. This challenging workout can help you build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility. Muscle and Fitness Magazine reported that kickboxing can help you burn more than 800 calories per hour, as you tone up your entire body and rev up your metabolism with this fun, high-power cardio workout.


Pushups are a great exercise to build upper body strength and increase muscle mass in your arms. It helps to stabilise the core and increase metabolism to burn more fat. It can also boost your heart health.


Another great strength training exercise, lunges are a popular workout among those trying to sculpt and tone their bodies. It is an effective workout for strengthening legs and buttocks. Lunges target large muscle groups of your lower body, which improves your metabolism and boost weight loss. It is an effective workout for strengthening legs and buttocks.

The bottom line is, a well-rounded exercise routinecombined with a healthy diet and other lifestyle changes can help you lose weight and keep it off. However, starting and sticking with a fitness plan can be challenging especially for beginners, so look for ways to help you stay active and make better food choices every day.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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Nov 4

5 Fat-Causing Ingredients You Should Stop Eating ASAP, According To Nutritionists – SheFinds

Losing weight can be an intimidating process, but eliminating high calorie and fat-causing foods from your diet is one efficient way of making this process more manageable.

With that in mind, make sure to take a close look at what you are eating and what kind of nutrients you are getting from your diet. Some foods that are considered weight loss friendly are actually the opposite, causing more cravings and eventually weight gain.

With that in mind, keep reading for the 5 fat-causing ingredients you should cut out of your diet asap for more effective weight loss.

Potatoes are fine in moderation, but you definitely want to limit how often you are adding these starchy foods into your diet.

According to Harvard Health, theres good reason to stay away from potatoeseven if theyre not fries or chips. Walter Willett, who chairs the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, wrote about these starches inEat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating.

He explains, Nutritionists and diet books alike often call potatoes a perfect food. But while eating potatoes on a daily basis may be fine for lean people who exercise a lot or who do regular manual labor, for everyone else potatoes should be an occasional food consumed in modest amounts, not a daily vegetable. The venerable baked potato increases levels of blood sugar and insulin more quickly and to higher levels than an equal amount of calories from pure table sugar.

Processed meats are another good ingredient to limit in your diet.

According to Dr. Oz, Not only are those meats packed with sodium, but processed meats (including lunch meats, corned beef, jerky, canned meat, even salted fish and meat-based sauces) could be causing weight gain.

The article continues, Onestudy that examined over 8,000 diets and incidents of diabetesfound that subjects who consumed any processed meats were thirty-eight percent more likely to develop diabetes. Swap these foods for organic meats or free-range proteins whenever possible, and consider processed foods a special exception in your diet, not the norm.

Choosing white flour over whole grain flour can be a problem for your diet.

White flour contains refined grains, which you digest more quickly and can lead to more cravings throughout the day. This makes eating in moderation difficult.

Plus, according to Livestrong, Choosing whole flours over refined versions may also make a difference in belly fat, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2008. Researchers told one group of dieters to make all of their grains whole and another group to completely avoid whole grains. Although both groups lost weight, the whole-grain group lost more fat from the abdomen.

Canned soups show up in quite a few recipes, especially now that the weather is getting colder.

However, picking any canned soup can lead to problems if you are trying to lose weight.

The Scientific American explains, Eating a lot of salt can cause your body to retain more water, which can show up on the scale as extra pounds. But were not just talking about water weight here. High salt diets appear to be linked to higher body fatin particular, the kind of fat that accumulates around your middle.

With that in mind, make sure you pick out a low sodium canned soup option next time youre in the grocery store.

There is nothing wrong with eating nuts and nut butters in moderation, but if you are turning to these foods for weight loss friendly snacking, you might want to reconsider.

Healthline explains, Nuts and nut butters are a perfect choice if youre looking to gain weight.Just one small handful of almonds contains over 7 grams of protein and 18 grams of healthy fats.

These foods are high in calories, which can make weight loss difficult if you do not keep them in moderation.

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Nov 1

Weight loss: From having a well-earned belly to fitting into size XS, secrets behind Avika Gor’s weight loss transformation – Times of India

Avika looks completely unrecognizable in her latest photos. For Avika, there was one particular night which made her make the big change. In a very candid, emotional post, the actress said that she didn't like the way she looked and found it difficult to believe she was overweight, despite not having any health issues. A social media post reads:

"I still remember one night last year, when I looked at myself in the mirror & I broke down. I didn't like what I saw. Big arms, legs, a well-earned belly. I had let go too much. If it were due to an illness (Thyroid, PCOD, etc), it would be okay because that would be out of my control."

Although Avika is a proficient dancer and has a busy schedule, she realized the problems a bad lifestyle led her to have. Avika admitted that she had been negligent about her health, and it costed her heavily.

"...But, it happened because I ate anything & everything, and I didn't work out at all. Our bodies deserve to be treated well, but I didn't respect it.

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Nov 1

Liberty Park drive-thru trick-or-treating was spooktactular – Clarksville Now

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) The City of Clarksvilles annual Halloween walk-thru celebration, Fright on Franklin, was a new experience this year due to the ongoing pandemic as it became a drive-thru trick-or-treating event at Liberty Park.

There was no doubt the community enjoyed the fun as vehicles, each one of course with any number of children, lined up throughout the park to collect treats from close to 40 vendors and sponsors of the event. At one point traffic was backed up on Cumberland Drive outside the park, as well as on Riverside Drive reportedly to Commerce Street waiting to get treats.

No figures were immediately available on how many vehicles passed through the Trick-or-Treat line.

The Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department organized the event again this year with the health and safety of citizens being a top priority. A contest was held for the best decorated Halloween booth with Once Upon a Child taking 1st place, 101st Adult Dentistry won 2nd place, and Fat Shack took 3rd place.

Liberty Park drive-thru trick-or-treating was spooktactular - Clarksville Now

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