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Oct 15

Weight loss: Woman loses 5st and credits belly fat loss to this simple diet – Express

Weight loss can be a daunting thought for many with not knowing where to start or how to achieve it. Many can become easily unmotivated and need a helping hand by professionals who can make the journey easier. Keyworker Kate Hughes is celebrating an amazing five stone weight loss after explaining that her weight left her feeling sluggish and uncomfortable. She credits a simple diet plan for her transformation.

After being advised by her dentist that there would be serious consequences if she was sedated for emergency treatment, Katie decided that enough was enough and embarked on her weight loss journey.

Weighing 20st, the mother-of-three feared that she would struggle to lose weight in lockdown.

Research has shown that three million Brits have put on more than a stone in weight throughout the pandemic due to spending more time at home.

However, thanks to the simple diet plan she chose to help her, she is now five stone lighter, weighing 15st 5lb.

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She decided to choose the 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan which helps slimmers reach their desired weight by offering nutritious and easy to prepare meals.

On losing weight, the key worker said: I contacted my local 1:1 Diet Consultant, Anthea McCulley, after I returned from a holiday in France I felt really sluggish and uncomfortable in my own skin. I wanted to run around and play with my kids, but I didnt have the energy.

Within the first few weeks on plan I started to feel better and found that I had more energy for my work, where Im often out and about in meetings.

Katie quickly fell into the routine and ditched the unhealthy foods for more healthy alternatives offered on the plan.

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The mum-of-three continued: Even baking cakes with my kids didnt tempt me away from the plan! Seeing the pounds drop off, and how much healthier I felt gave me the motivation to carry on. If I went out for dinner with family, I enjoyed myself but found that I was missing being on plan and went right back to it the following morning.

Lockdown posed real worries for everyone, and I was nervous that I would find it difficult staying on plan, but thankfully I persevered and the easy-to-prepare meals made sure that I was never tempted by unhealthy foods.

What is the 1:1 Diet by Cambridge?

Founded in the 1960s by biochemist Dr Alan Howard and colleague Dr Ian Maclean-Baird, the diet was and still is a popular way to lose weight.

The diet includes preparation, weight loss, stabilisation, and long-term weight management.

The diet plan involves cutting calorie intake and eating meal replacement foods including bars, smoothies, shakes and soups.

Healthline suggests that meal replacement shakes may help you resist the temptation to indulge in unhealthy processed foods.

Katie explains how the diet has worked really well for her and now feels much more happy in her own skin. She also explains how the help of her weight loss consultant helped her to stay motivated.

She said: I am so pleased with my weight loss; I feel so much healthier in myself and am so much more confident in the way I look.

Antheas support was crucial in my weight loss journey, she was always on hand to provide much-needed advice and support, even throughout the recent months of the pandemic! I couldnt have done it without her.

Katie is now training to be a 1:1 Diet Consultant herself, to help others reach their happy, healthy weight.

Before embarking on any dramatic diet or weight loss journey, dieters should consult a doctor to find out what is suitable for them because everybody needs a different amount of calories each day.

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Oct 15

How Often Should You Work Out? For Weight Loss and Muscle Gain – Greatist

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Everyone knows youre supposed to exercise to stay healthy. But how often do you really need to head to kickboxing class, roll out your yoga mat, or get a good home workout in?

There are lots of reasons to work out more that have nothing to do with the way you look. Regular exercise can boost your mood, reduce stress, stave off illness, and contribute to an overall sense of well-being. But if your goal is muscle gain or weight loss, weve got you.

Grab your calendar and listen up: Heres how often you should work out no matter your goals and how to create your optimal fitness routine.

If you want to work out just to maintain your physical health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week.

Moderate aerobic activity (aka moderate intensity cardio) means youre moving fast enough to talk but not to sing that new Tay Swift song. Vigorous aerobic activity means youre breathing hard and fast too fast even to chat.

Split up your minutes however you like you do you. If your goal is to maintain basic health, even brisk walking for 30 minutes 5 days a week (remember to break a sweat!) will get the job done.

Hold up Do you have to work out on the daily?

When it comes to general health, theres no need to bust your butt every day of the week. In fact, theres such a thing as too much exercise. If you dont get enough rest, your muscles wont have time to recover.

That doesnt mean you cant take a stroll, bike to work, or take the stairs instead of the elevator every day, though. Its healthy to move your body consistently.

That depends on how quickly you want to see results. If your first thought is right now, duh, then experts say to hold up a minute : Dropping pounds super fast isnt sustainable or healthy.

According to the CDC, healthy weight loss means losing 1 to 2 pounds per week. Losing weight faster than that can set you up for vitamin deficiencies, fatigue, or other complications.

Basically, to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. So while your diet plays a major role in dropping pounds, exercise can help too.

In general, try to exercise at least 4 or 5 days a week if you want to see weight loss results in both the short and long term.

To max out results, plan on incorporating both cardiovascular and strength training exercises into your regular routine. Your workouts should have a combo of:

Not digging 4 to 5 days of exercise? Build up gradually!

You dont have to go that hard from the start. Lets say you dont exercise at all right now (no judgment!). In that case, even starting with 2 days a week can lead to steady weight loss. As you get used to hitting the gym or working out at home, you can build up to 4 or 5 days.

Mixing cardio and strength training is key for a healthy weight loss plan.

When you lift weights, you build vital lean muscle mass. If youre thinking, Wait, I dont want to bulk up, hold on just a minute. Building lean muscle mass can actually help you burn fat. It increases your metabolism and helps you burn calories at a higher rate even when youre just lying on the couch watching Netflix.

Cardio, meanwhile, is good for your heart and your whole bod. It can also help you burn calories, boost your mood, and ease stress.

At a glance, your weekly weight loss workout routine could look something like this:

Whether its swimming, biking, running, or hiking, choose a cardio activity that works best for you.

According to the CDC, aim to do either 30 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio at least 5 days a week (150 minutes total per week) or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity 3 days a week (75 minutes total per week).

But thats just for basic health. If you want to lose weight, consider a combo of at least 2 days of moderate activity and 2 days of vigorous activity.

Shoot for 2 to 3 days a week of strength training. For best results, include full-body workouts that use compound exercises (those that work multiple muscles at once). Some ideas:

Dont worry if you dont have any equipment or dont know all the moves your own body weight and anything you remember from high school gym class can help you get fit. Here are some more basic exercises to try:

No matter how stoked you are about your #fitness goals, your bod needs a break now and then. Give your muscles time to recover at least 2 days a week.

To max out your weight loss routine, keep these tips in mind:

If you want to get stronger and build muscle, you need the right balance of cardio and strength training. If you do too much, you risk overtraining and (*gasp*) losing your hard-earned brawn. But if you dont push intensity and put in the time, your muscle gains will be #weak.

Diet is also important when it comes to building muscle. In general, youll want to follow the same practices as you would for weight loss, including:

Heres how to make your workouts work for you.

Your unique schedule will depend on your current fitness level, lifestyle, and needs. Heres what that might look like:

Plan to do cardio 2 or 3 days a week. Focus on short, high intensity sessions (think 25 minutes of HIIT).

To max out muscle gains, youll need to whip out the weights at least 3 days a week. According to a 2016 study, maxing out muscle growth requires at least 2 days per week of strength training.

After a while, your body may get used to the routine. When that happens, your progress can stagnate. To prevent your bod from reaching a muscle-building plateau, either make your routine harder or mix it up by adding weight or changing up the sets/reps.

If youre not sure whats right for you, chat with a personal trainer.

It might sound counterintuitive, but resting up can lead to major gains in your fitness routine. Doing the same exercises day after day can suppress recovery and cause you to actually lose muscle over time.

If you still want to get in some movement on rest days (more power to you), consider devoting them to stretching or gentle yoga. Your bod will thank you.

You may also want to consider splitting up your routine into segments of your body to help your muscle gains. Heres what working out 4 days per week with cardio and strength training might look like:

When your fitness routines in full swing, your butt and legs should get some attention at least 2 days a week.

Here are some exercises to try that target your glutes, quads, and hamstrings:

Your abs, back, shoulders, arms, and chest need some muscle-building action at least 2 days a week too. To work on your biceps, triceps, deltoids, pecs, and abs, consider busting out the following moves:

Both cardio and strength training are key for meeting your weight loss or muscle growth #goals. Whats right for you will depend on your unique body, lifestyle, and needs. If youre not sure where to start, chat with a personal trainer.

If you just want to maintain basic health, aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week.

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Oct 15

Fair Haven Native Exercising for All the Right Reasons – The Two River Times

In college, Jordanna Drazin was unhappy with her physical and mental health. So the Rumson-Fair Haven alum and recent Syracuse graduate started an on-demand and live exercise video platform called Schvitzcription which she hopes will encourage young people to work out.

By Elizabeth Wulfhorst

When Jordanna Drazin was a student at Syracuse University, she was, like many young women and men, struggling with her weight and her mental health. Dieting is a multibillion-dollar business and so ingrained in the culture that, when she began losing weight, everyone assumed she was following a popular weight-loss program or using diet products to achieve results.

People were asking me for advice and they couldnt get over the fact that I did it without cutting my calories or (by) not eating breakfast or intermittent fasting, said Drazin, a 2016 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

So she created an Instagram account to make it clear she was following her instincts and working out to feel good, not to attain a certain body image.

Drazins message of body positivity on her account, The Daily Schvitz By Jordanna (@thedailyschvitz), resonates now more than ever. She calls out the diet culture and those promoting it for making people, especially young women, less healthy as they try to achieve an impossible perfection.

While majoring in communications, she completed an internship at Equinox, an American fitness company headquartered in New York. There she realized exercising and following a healthy lifestyle was a passion. When the pandemic hit and everyone went into lockdown, Drazins message of exercise for mental and physical health became even more important. She started holding workout classes outside for friends, then online via Zoom. She quickly realized scheduled classes werent sustainable since everyone had different schedules while working or taking classes virtually from home.

Thats when she decided to invest in her idea of an on-demand library of workout videos called Schvitzcription. She uploads new videos every week and currently has about 110 subscribers. She has nearly 6,000 followers on Instagram.

Its just been an awesome way to keep busy during my quarantine and help everyone enjoy fitness the way that its meant to be enjoyed, as something pleasurable rather than torture, she said.

She credits her communications and advertising classes at Syracuse for helping her with the social media aspect of her new business. She is also studying to become a certified group fitness instructor which she expects to happen before the end of the year. She said she uses her background in dance, what she learned during her internship and the fitness tips she picked up along her own journey to create videos that are fun and accessible for everyone. For Drazin, the thought of spending 30 mindless minutes on an exercise machine just to burn calories doesnt have nearly the overall health and well-being impact of 30 minutes being mindful of your bodys movement in a class that is designed to get the heart rate up and improve your mood.

Schvitzcription offers a range of videos from five-minute quickie workouts to low intensity workouts for sculpting and toning to 45-minute high intensity interval workouts.

Drazin chose the name for her account and workout platform after realizing she was disheartened by the post-workout photos people were posting on social media. One thing that rubbed me the wrong way about many of the health influencers I was following at the time is that they were always posting pictures glowing after their workouts, hair and makeup perfectly intact, Drazin said. When I left workouts I always looked like a sweaty mess, drenched and red in the face! I wanted to normalize this and emphasize that sweat is something to be proud of and embrace because it shows you worked hard. Schvitz is the Yiddish word for sweat and Im Jewish, so I would constantly be saying Im schvitzing! after a hard workout, she explained.

Drazin wants her subscribers schvitzing, but she doesnt want them spending a lot of money to do it. The Schvitzcription on-demand library is available for $10 a month or $100 for a year; live classes are $5 a class, or $45 for a pack of 10. I really wanted to make it as affordable as possible, Drazin said, because my main demographic really is college students, and I never want price to get in the way of someone feeling good about themselves.

I wanted it to be accessible for everyone to be able to feel their best, even if money is tight, she said.

Her goal with Schvitzcription is for people to feel their best and for me to help them get there, Drazin said. She wants to inspire others and make them realize they dont need to beat up their body in order to have a successful workout. I would love to have thousands of subscribers and be able to maintain it as a full-time job, she said. But for now, Drazin is happy anytime someone reaches out to tell her shes helping them.

Drazins approach to eating is similar to her approached to fitness. She never counted calories or followed a low carb or keto diet, but instead focused on reminding herself that all foods are accessible. Freshman and sophomore year I was struggling with binge eating, she said, something she feels is prevalent on college campuses. She said it took time for her to get past the notion of denying yourself food out of fear of gaining weight. Once you realize that that idea is sort of garbage, and its a societal construct, you know, you realize slowly that you can eat something and its not going to instantly make you gain weight or you can not eat something and youre not going to lose the weight in five seconds. It took a lot of awareness and a lot of practice and a lot of effort and mindfulness.

She knows in the time of instant gratification this message is difficult to embrace, but said once you practice it, it gets easier. But its certainly not an overnight fix, she acknowledged. She no longer categorizes food as good or bad and does not subscribe to the all or nothing mindset. In a recent Instagram post accompanying a photo of highly appealing chocolate chip pancakes, she said diet culture and food restricting ends up being way more unhealthy for you in the long run than some delicious pancakes.

If Drazin were to offer one piece of advice to those wanting to start exercising or losing weight, she said it is to remember that health is not about looking a certain way, its about feeling your best.

Dont be intimidated by all these people that claim health and fitness is one certain look. It is more about doing something that is going to make you feel good in your own body.

The article originally appeared in the October 15 21, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.

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Oct 15

How to lose those last few kilos the healthy way – Who

1. Cut the alcohol

It's not rocket science most alcoholic drinks are fuelled by sugar. Alcohol is also adiuretic, which means when you drink, you're letting go of all the good liquids and water quicker, which can result in dehydration (and kind of explains the hangovers).

One of the easiest ways to cut-back on your daily calorie intake is to take a break from alcohol. Or, if you're setting the bar too high (no judgement here), try to at least make smarter drinking decisions: steer clear of high-sugar drinks and opt for soda water with spirits.

2. Rapid Loss meal replacement shakes

Rather than a restrictive diet, Rapid Loss Meal Replacement Shakesare a weight loss tool that's based on the concept of burning more calories through exercise, activity and metabolism, than you consume, in food and fluid intake.

Formulated by Accredited Food Technologists, the shakes are high in fibre and packed with protein, helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer and rule out the temptation to overeat. They are also formulated with energy-boosting Guarana extract and B Vitamins, Iron and Magnesium tohelp reduce fatigue and tiredness. Plus, they also come withVitamin C to help with the production of natural collagen for beautiful skin. (Win.)

The shakes come in six different flavours and can be used in recipes, meaning you'll never get bored of them. Rather, you'll actually love having them as a part of your diet and will achieve your weight-loss goals a whole lot faster.

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Counting Chocolate and Salted Caramel among her favourite flavours, Rapid Loss customer Veronica lost 5.6 kilograms in just six weeks from using the meal replacement shakes.

"Over the six weeks I watched and took measurements, my waistline has returned," she said. "Im looking slimmer, is amazing with what and where the weight has gone from.

"Besides [losing] weight, I have noticed that my energy levels have increased; I am becoming more active, which is great to see, and another benefit of the program. Starting to rebuild my strength also."

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3. Change-up your approach to exercise

If you're one of the lucky ones who loves to get physical every day, good for you. For the rest of us, squeezing in a workout each day can feel like a chore. While exercising may never be your favourite thing to do, a change in perspective could see you enjoying it a lot more.

On the night before you workout, pinpoint the exact time you are going to exercise. When you make workouts a part of your regular routine, rather than something you hope to get around to, you'll be more likely to do it.

Find a physical activity youactuallylike if you can't stand walking, look to group classes that will help to motivate and challenge you. Also remember that if you aren't having success in your chosen activity straight away, don't get down on yourself. Fitness levels develop overtime and each day is one step closer to reaching your goals.

Lastly, stop looking to exercise as a solution to weight-loss and see it for the gift it is: a regular hit of endorphins.

4. Get kitchen adventurous

FACT: good-for-you meals don't have to be boring or bland. Thanks to social media, there's now plenty of opportunities to find recipes that tick both the healthy and delicious boxes.

Not a cook? There's plenty of simple recipes that cater to beginners. Look up your meal favourites and Google substitution ingredients that will make meals lower in calories.

To kick start your weight-loss journey, try eliminating refined carbohydrates and replacing them with lower-in-calorie-but-just-as-nutritional carbohydrates from fruits and veggies. Easy dishes such as spaghetti Bolognese and homemade pizzas can be made using veggies such as zucchini and cauliflower.

Who knows? You may end up loving the kitchen!

5. Prepare for the snack attack

No matter how good our weight-loss intentions are at 9am, come 3pm, we can be feeling a lot less motivated. Rather than hit the vending machine or chocolate cabinet, rule out any temptation by preparing delicious treats and having them on standby.

Be realistic with yourself and listen to your cravings. If you are tempted by chocolate in the evenings, a standby banana won't cut it. Rapid Loss offers a bunch of tasty snack recipes that will satisfy you without ruining your diet, such aslow-calorie peanut butter protein balls, which are made withRapid Loss Chocolate Shake rather than real chocolate, making them 100 per cent guilt free.

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Oct 15

What brides should eat before THESE 5 wedding events to stay healthy and fit? – PINKVILLA

Before the D-Day, there are several other events you have to go through. So, heres what brides should eat before each wedding event to keep themselves healthy, fit and hydrated.

Before the wedding, every bride-to-be needs to take extra care of their diet plan to stay fit, healthy and active. They should consult a dietician to have a strict guideline for their foods. But they have to be extra cautious for the important days of the wedding and the diet chart may also change slightly depending on the occasion.

For example, for your wedding dress shopping or fitting, you dont want to feel bloated, so you need to consume foods that are helpful to reduce bloating.

These are the foods to eat before the important wedding events:

Wedding dress shopping

While going for your wedding dress shopping, avoid any processed or ordered foods as they are high in sodium content which causes bloating. Rather, simply stick to homecooked foods. But remember, you cant have too much cereals as the fibre content also causes bloating. So, eat low-fat Greek yoghurt with berries to have the right proportion of lean proteins and fibres. Probiotics with healthy bacteria will improve the digestion process.

Wedding dress fitting

You have to have the right weight and shape to get the perfect fitting for your wedding attire. But to lose weight quickly, its always advisable to avoid any crash diets as they cut down on most of the healthy foods. So, just have a balanced meal with lean proteins, healthy fats and good carbohydrates. You can include fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, chicken, fish, avocado, low-fat dairy, quinoa, oatmeal, etc. in your diet. Include green tea also to stay refreshed.

Engagement photoshoot

The aim would be to have an energised, healthy and naturally glowing skin. So, include nutrient-rich foods that are packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals and healthy fats. Fruits and vegetables are always on the top of this list. You can have oranges, bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe that have gallons of Vitamin C. Foods like salmon, sardines, walnuts, flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are good for the skin and increase your water intake.

Bachelorette party

You have to eat healthy and stay hydrated to stay up late for the party. Also, you have to detox yourself after the party. Most importantly, drink water throughout the day as much as possible and have a balanced meal with good protein. You can also have water with lemon at night after the party to flush things out the next day. In breakfast, have an omelette, avocado and other fruits and veggies.

Wedding day

This is the most important day and you have to feel bloat-free, comfortable and healthy. So, have enough nutrient-rich foods and a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated. Have lean and grilled protein, brown rice and veggies, etc. for optimal health. And stick to your normal homemade breakfast. Always carry a bottle of water and healthy snacks with you.

Also Read:7 Important to dos to keep in mind for the week of your wedding

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Oct 15

Ex-CEO of Dallas supplement company linked to sickness and death gets 5 years in prison – The Dallas Morning News

They wanted to lose weight and get stronger to boost their military careers. But after taking USPLabs' dietary supplements with ingredients made in Chinese labs they became severely sickened and ended up in hospital emergency rooms, according to court testimony.

One woman said she needed a liver transplant. Another had her gallbladder removed. Other soldiers died after taking the supplements.

On Tuesday evening, Jacobo Geissler, former chief executive of the now-defunct Dallas company, was sentenced to five years in prison. It was the maximum punishment for his role in importing a dangerous synthetic drug and falsely labeling it as a natural extract in his products.

Geissler, 44, pleaded guilty in February 2019 -- on the eve of trial -- to one count of conspiring to introduce misbranded food into interstate commerce with an intent to defraud or mislead. He and USPLabs were among eight defendants in the case that began with a 2015 indictment.

But he was most responsible for the illegal scheme, U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay said during Tuesdays sentencing hearing, which lasted all day.

USPLabs case was one of the nations biggest supplement fraud cases. The booming $46 billion supplement industry came under government scrutiny in 2015 during a major crackdown over safety concerns, and USPLabs was one of the top targets. Federal regulators that year took action against over 100 other supplement makers and marketers.

Unlike pharmaceuticals, most dietary supplements do not need FDA approval before they hit the market. A Pew report from earlier this year said that supplements were the cause of more than 15,000 reports of health problems sent to the FDA between 2004 and 2013, including almost 4,000 hospitalizations.

Lindsay said Geissler put profit over the safety of the public.

The judge also cited government evidence showing that Geissler was committing fraud with his dietary supplement company while he was still on probation for an earlier conviction related to peddling illegal steroids sourced from China.

Theres a similarity between the two [cases], said Lindsay, who also fined Geissler $250,000.

Patrick R. Runkle, a trial attorney with the Justice Departments consumer protection branch, said that when a co-defendant wrote Geissler to say his product had likely contributed to a soldiers death, Geisslers main concern was keeping such statements out of email.

He said Geisslers strategy was simple: put products into the marketplace and hope bad things didnt happen; and if they did, try to make enough money to be able to deal with any potential consequences.

The Dallas company claimed it sold dietary supplements derived from natural ingredients like geraniums. But they actually contained DMAA, a dangerous synthetic stimulant made from chemicals in Chinese factories, according to prosecutors. Geissler directed his Chinese supplier to use fraudulent paperwork to ship the powders his company bought, the judge said.

The companys executives marketed their products as safe even though in private they talked about the dangers, court records show. The products flew off the shelves and netted the owners over $230 million, the feds say.

Lindsay allowed Geissler to begin serving his sentence in January. A total of seven defendants have pleaded guilty in the case. The government dismissed charges against an eighth defendant who agreed to enter a diversion program.

USPLabs' top-selling supplements with DMAA -- OxyElite Pro and Jack3d -- factored heavily in Tuesdays sentencing hearing. Supplement retailer GNC marketed such products to servicemen and women on U.S. military bases, according to testimony.

Danielle Black, a 31-year-old Army flight medic who served two deployments in Afghanistan, testified that she took OxyElite Pro in 2013 to try to lose weight. She quickly became sick, with nausea, vomiting, fatigue, abdominal pain and severe jaundice.

I looked like a Simpsons character, she said.

Her urine turned a dark Coca-Cola color. Doctors had to remove her gallbladder, she said. They later told her the supplement was to blame for her illness, said Black, who added that she still has lingering health issues.

Cynthia Novida told Lindsay that after taking OxyElite Pro in 2013 to lose weight, she had to have a liver transplant. Associated health problems, she said, ruined her naval career by forcing her to retire early. Novida, 52, said she left the Navy in 2016 as a chief petty officer after serving for 24 years.

The symptoms she described after taking the USPLabs supplement were similar to Blacks. She said she slept all day, couldnt hold down food and her eyes turned a bright yellow color.

My career was done, she said, in tears.

Novida said she still feels tired at times and that her doctors also linked her symptoms to the supplement.

Both women said they settled their legal claims with USPLabs.

When the supplements were first linked to an outbreak of liver injuries in 2013, the company rushed to sell its remaining inventory before substituting DMAA with different ingredients, prosecutors said.

Dana Pittard, a retired Army general and a former Fort Bliss commander, testified Tuesday that DMAA in USPLabs' products was found to have contributed to the deaths of three of his soldiers at the El Paso base in 2011 and 2012.

After the first two, we were very, very concerned, Pittard said.

He said he learned DMAA was banned in Canada and Australia, and he asked GNC to remove the USPlabs products from the shelves at his base. The Defense Department ended up getting the workout supplement banned from all of its military installations, he said. By 2013, the FDA was investigating the products, he said.

The FDA says DMAA, known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, is an amphetamine derivative that was marketed for sports performance and weight loss in dietary supplements. Taking DMAA can raise blood pressure and lead to heart attacks, the FDA says. Its now illegal to market products with DMAA as dietary supplements.

Michael Sparling had taken Jack3d to build muscle, Pittard said. The 22-year-old Army private collapsed in 2011 while exercising with his unit at Fort Bliss. He died the same day of a heart attack.

Leanne Sparling, his mother, testified Tuesday about getting the terrifying news by phone after her son had collapsed. She said Geissler brought it upon himself with his greed and selfishness. She said he obviously hasnt learned his lesson because hes a repeat offender.

Geissler, who is now barred from the supplement industry, told Lindsay he acknowledged his victims' pain and grief.

The last thing I wanted to do was harm anyone, he said. Im not the same person who committed these reckless offenses.

Michael Gibson, his defense lawyer, told the judge that his clients company has so far paid out $22 million in settlements to victims who brought legal claims over its products.

Runkle told the judge that Geisslers net worth is $13 million.

Geissler still faces a ruling, which Lindsay said he will issue later, on how much restitution he will owe.

Jonathan Doyle, another defendant in the case, testified for the government that Geissler was not around while he and other USPLabs executives worked hard to shutter the company under the terms of a plea agreement. Instead, Geissler was pitching a new supplement that he claimed would alleviate hangovers, he said.

Doyle, who was president of USPLabs, also said Tuesday that both he and Geissler lied under oath during a 2010 deposition in a lawsuit over their products. The questions they were asked related to whether the DMAA in their products was naturally sourced or synthetically produced, he said.

Doyle has also pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced later this week.

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Oct 15

Why there’s zero reason to lose faith in Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Vols – atozsportsnashville.com

Saturdays loss to Georgia was a tough one to swallow for Tennessee Vols fans.

Tennessee recovered a fumble in the end-zone on Georgias opening drive. And the Vols led 21-17 at halftime.

For a couple of hours, it really felt like UT was going to pull off the upset in Athens and give Jeremy Pruitt the biggest win of his career.

But everything fell apart in the second half. The offensive line looked overmatched. Jarrett Guarantano looked like the JG weve all come to know over the last few years. And the defense was on the field way too much.

It was a disastrous second half that made it clear that Tennessee is not ready to compete for SEC championships.

But while its obvious the Vols still have a long way to go before theyre going to be a threat to win the SEC East, I still dont think theres any reason to doubt Pruitt and the job hes doing at Tennessee.

Pruitt is trying to build something sustainable in Knoxville. Hes not taking shortcuts (you know, like Butch Jones did).

Its kind of like a diet. You can crash diet and lose weight fast. Only to quickly regain the weight you lost and then some. Or you can change your lifestyle completely and achieve sustainable weight loss. It takes longer, but the results last.

Thats what Pruitt is doing at UT.

Its similar to what Dabo Swinney did at Clemson.

It took Swinney a while to get over the hump. In his third year, he went 6-7. Then for the next couple of years, Swinney averaged 10 or 11 wins a year. But he could never win the big one.

In 2013, for example, Clemson was cruising on their way to an undefeated season. They hosted No. 5 Florida State on a Saturday night and got absolutely dominated. The Tigers lost 51-14 in front of their home crowd, ending their national title hopes.

This was the narrative surrounding Swinney until 2015 when the Tigers finally reached the championship game. In 2016, Clemson finally won it all.

It took Swinney eight seasons to finally breakthrough. And since then, Clemson has been among the elite programs in college football.

And thats because Swinney didnt take shortcuts. He built a program that is going to have continued success because it was built the right way.

Thats what Pruitt is doing in Tennessee.

I think we saw last year after the losses to Georgia State and BYU that a Pruitt-led Vols team isnt going to lay down. Theyre not going to give up.

If anything, the loss to Georgia on Saturday will make Tennessee a better team.

I know its frustrating for fans to watch UT miss out on winning the big game. But would you rather see an upset win every now and then, or a program thats goes through some growing pains but ultimately has staying power in the SEC?

Be patient. Tennessee is still on the right path.

Featured image via Tennessee Athletic Communications

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Why there's zero reason to lose faith in Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Vols - atozsportsnashville.com


Oct 15

‘Physically I feel great, I have so much energy and my confidence has soared’ – Sunday World

I've always had extra pounds that I wanted to get rid of and I managed to get down to my goal weight for my wedding - but after I got married the weight slowly began to creep up on me. Before I knew it I was carrying an extra 3 stone and I was in a complete rut.

he turning point for me was when I went on holiday with my friends in July 2016 and I remember just feeling so self-conscious the entire time. I just wanted to cover every inch of my body, I was miserable. Feeling like an alien in your own body is completely draining, That was my trigger point.

I joined Slimming World in January 2017 and when I finally walked through the doors of my local Slimming World in Carraroe, Co. Sligo my Consultant Charlotte, could not have been more welcoming.

I was 14 stone when I stood on the scales and when I went home that night I cried. While I was despondent, when I heard about plan I knew it would work for me. Even though I'm a vegetarian there was an abundance of recipes I could tweak to make the meals my own.

In my first week I quickly realised why staying in group was so important. I had a small loss and I was so disappointed. When I actually took a step back in group I realised all the things I was doing wrong. I wasn't weighing and measuring certain foods and I wasn't eating enough fruit and vegetables.

As I got to grips with the plan, I soon realised I could enjoy my life, eat loads and stil lose weight.

I got to my target in August 2018 and with that I learned the importance of good nutrition and the benefits of adopting a healthier lifestyle. This wasn't a quick fix - I finally learned how to eat properly while living my life to the fullest too.

Physically I felt great, I could finally shop the brands I wanted and had so much energy - but it was my confidence that really soared. Now I have no problem meeting strangers or speaking in public. I no longer have to worry about hiding myself in photos or worrying abo ut not finding a special outfit for an occasion.

Stepping through those doors three years ago was life-changing. Not only am I helping people, I've also set up my own business. I am now a Consultant in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.

I started last year in July 2019 and it has been a dream come through. When Covid-19 hit we adapted and went online, but now our group is reopening with a few changes to keep everyone safe and reassured. Our group is full of fantastic, supportive members. It's a wonderful place to start your weightloss journey. If I have any advice it's take the leap now - you won't regret it.

Stock up on lots of fruit and vegetables and put them in plain sight so they will be the first thing you reach for. If you find you're not using them all, at the end of the week, make sure that you're making a big batch soup so there's no waste.

If you are vegetarian take normal recipes and adapt them. For the Chicken Pasta Bake recipe you can swap out chicken for Quorn.

Find out what your trigger foods are early on. For me it's bread and wine. And then find healthier alternatives. Make sure that you're bringing some form of exercise into your day too, it will keep your mind focused.

Break exercise down into small bite-sized bursts. If you're dropping the kids off to school try walking in stead of taking the car. Build up your movement until it becomes part of your routine.

Journalling can also be really helpful, write down what you are eating and map our your meals for the weeks ahead.

Before: 14 Stone

Starting Weight: 14st

Current Weight: 11st

Total weight loss: 3st

Consultant: Charlotte Downey

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'Physically I feel great, I have so much energy and my confidence has soared' - Sunday World


Oct 15

Wishaw nurse living life to the full after shedding nearly four and a half stones – Daily Record

A Wishaw mum is living life to the full in her career as a student nurse after shedding almost four-and-a-half stones.

Danielle ONeill said she was fortunate enough to be on placement and see for herself the physical effects of obesity.

I knew I had to lose weight, said Danielle.

I hated how I looked and felt but seeing my future if I didnt do something really gave me the push I needed.

Mentally before losing weight I lived with severe anxiety for almost five years which only my family knew about as I became good at covering it up. I really didnt like myself purely because of my weight.

Danielle made the decision to join her local Slimming World group in Wishaw back in the summer of 2019.

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She found out she could eat all the foods she loved simply by changing how she cooked them and quickly realised that by following the unique Food Optimising plan she wouldnt need to starve or miss out enjoying meals like home cooked chicken chow mein and lasagne, which the whole family loved.

Facing her biggest challenge, Danielle continued to attend the group virtually in Wishaw throughout lockdown while she also embarked on a 20-week placement working in a ward which treated Covid-19 patients which was offered through her university course.

Most of all since losing weight, Danielle has now found she is unstoppable, no longer feeling the need to avoid parks or adventure play dates with her young children.

She added: I can hold a conversation without feeling the need to mention how overweight I am. I feel confident I can educate people who I care for.

But most importantly my days are not filled with panic and anxiety attacks or binge eating. Im a better mum because I have regained control of my life.

Danielle attends Angela Harris group in St Thomas Parish Centre, Wishaw, on Thursday evenings.

For more information contact Angela on 07879 617698.

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Oct 15

Gallbladder and Alcohol Consumption: What to Know – Healthline

Your gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located in the upper right part of your abdomen. Along with your liver and pancreas, your gallbladder is a part of your biliary system.

Your biliary system focuses on the production, storage, and release of bile, a liquid thats important for the digestion of fats. Your gallbladders specific function is to store bile until it needs to be released into your small intestine.

You probably know that consuming alcohol can affect your liver. But have you ever wondered whether alcohol can also impact your gallbladder?

Lets look at whats known about alcohols effect on your gallbladder, what else can cause gallbladder issues, and how to keep your gallbladder healthy.

Alcohol consumption is a known risk factor for many health conditions. However, research has indicated that moderate alcohol consumption may actually help prevent gallstones.

Gallstones are deposits of a substance, often cholesterol, that harden and accumulate in your gallbladder. Theyre common, affecting 10 to 15 percent of people in the United States.

A 2019 analysis published in the journal Gut and Liver reviewed the results of 24 studies on alcohol use and gallstone risk. The researchers found that alcohol consumption was associated with a decreased risk of gallstones.

How exactly alcohol reduces gallstone risk is unknown. One theory is that alcohol consumption increases the rate at which the gallbladder empties. This would reduce the amount of bile that lingers in the gallbladder, lowering the risk of stone formation.

However, research hasnt supported this finding. Instead, researchers have observed no difference in gallbladder emptying between drinkers and nondrinkers or have found that alcohol actually slows gallbladder emptying.

Other ideas about how alcohol lowers gallstone risk are related to cholesterol, which many gallstones are made up of. For example, its possible that alcohol consumption may lead to lower cholesterol levels in bile.

We mentioned moderate alcohol consumption above, but what exactly does that mean?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines moderate alcohol consumption as:

The amount thats considered one drink varies based on the type of alcohol youre consuming. A standard drink is defined as:

While moderate alcohol consumption may lower your risk of gallstones, drinking too much alcohol can have a negative impact on your health in several ways.

Excessive drinking can be associated with things like binge drinking, heavy drinking, and alcohol use disorder.

Binge drinking and heavy drinking may seem similar, but they have different definitions:

Engaging in frequent binge drinking or heavy drinking can increase your risk of developing alcohol use disorder. Excessive alcohol consumption is also associated with an increased risk of:

If you believe that you or a loved one has a dependence on alcohol, there are many resources you can turn to for help and support. These include:

Lets take a closer look at some of the most common gallbladder issues and what can put you at risk for each of them.

Gallstones are hard objects that can develop in your gallbladder. Theyre often made up of either cholesterol or bilirubin and can vary in size and number. Its believed that gallstones form when your bile contains too much of either of these substances.

Many times, gallstones cause no symptoms. However, when they block the ducts of your biliary system, they can cause pain in the upper right part of your abdomen. This pain often occurs after a meal.

There are many risk factors for developing gallstones. Some are out of your control, while others are related to underlying conditions or lifestyle habits.

You may be at a higher risk of developing gallstones if you:

The presence of gallstones can sometimes lead to complications within your biliary system, particularly when they block the flow of bile. Well discuss some of these conditions below.

Cholecystitis is a condition where your gallbladder becomes inflamed. This most often happens when a gallstone blocks one of your biliary ducts, causing bile to back up in your gallbladder. It can also happen due to growths like polyps or tumors.

Pain due to cholecystitis is often more severe and prolonged than it is with gallstones. Other symptoms can include fever, nausea, and vomiting.

This condition is sometimes also called acalculous gallbladder disease. This is when gallbladder inflammation occurs without gallstones being present. The symptoms are similar to those of cholecystitis.

Gallbladder disease without stones is often seen in people who have experienced severe physical trauma or burns or who have an autoimmune condition like lupus. Having heart or abdominal surgery can also be a risk factor for this disease.

Choledocholithiasis occurs when a gallstone blocks your common bile duct, the tube that transports bile from your liver to your small intestine. A blockage in this area can cause bile to accumulate in your liver.

Choledocholithiasis causes pain in the upper right part of your abdomen. Other symptoms can include:

Polyps are growths that can occur in your gallbladder. Most gallbladder polyps are benign (noncancerous). In rare cases, they can be malignant (cancerous). Little is known about the risk factors for developing gallbladder polyps.

A gallbladder polyp may not cause any symptoms. However, if it blocks a duct, it can cause symptoms like pain, nausea, and vomiting.

You can take several steps to help keep your gallbladder healthy and functioning well:

Research has found that moderate alcohol consumption may help reduce the risk of gallstones, although researchers arent sure how this occurs.

While drinking in moderation may lower the risk of gallstones, excess alcohol consumption can increase your risk of many health conditions.

If you believe that you or a loved one misuses alcohol, there are many resources available to help.

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