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Nov 23

420 pounds in eighth grade, Cajuns guard O’Cyrus Torrence didn’t wait to stand out – Daily Advertiser

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Even in eighth grade, OCyrus Torrence was a hugedeal. At 6-foot-3 and 420 pounds, its hard not to be.

These days a trimmed-down Torrence carries about 332 pounds on a6-5 frame standingout for altogether different reasons. Starting at right guard for the No. 25 Ragin Cajuns, the sophomore already is a bona fide NFL prospect.

But before he becomingone, the big guyfroma small townhad to deal with what he was and decide what he wanted to be.

I had to get usedto the fact I was much biggerand I always felt out of place because I literally didnt fit in, Torrence said.But once I got to high school and started playing football, everything else really worked its way out because football gave me more confidence and helped me lose all the weight.

Now Cajun coaches and teammates too rave about all he does for UL (7-1, 5-1 Sun Belt), which after having Saturdays game against Central Arkansas canceled due to COVID-19 issues inside the program is scheduled to visit UL Monroe this coming Saturday (2 p.m., ESPN3).

Like Coach Looney would say, Hes a freak, starting center Shane Vallot said with reference to late offensive line assistant coach D.J. Looney, who died of a heart attack during a mini-camp workout in August. Hes a big dude. Hes a player.

He got thrown in as a freshman, and I would say he did a helluva job. He went out there, he competed. Hes a fighter. He doesnt give up. And he likes to learn.


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Torrence stepped right in when starting left guard Ken Marks tore up a knee in ULs 2019 season-opener against Mississippi State at the Superdome in New Orleans.

When I went down, I went up to him and I told him, You got this. He had a little nervous look in his eye, Marks said. But after a few plays he was good, and throughout the season he developed even more.

Coach just threw him in the fire, and he didnt bend, he didnt break, Cajuns quarterback Levi Lewis added. Some guys had ups and downs; I didnt see a down in Cybos game the whole season.

Was there ever any doubt?

Evidently not for someone whose nickname is the shortened version of one his mother Demetrice gave him as a kid Cyborg, a fictional superhero.

People didnt pick up on it, and somehow Cybo caught on, since its quicker, he said.

Whatever the name, he has game.

We knew he was a good player whenever he came in, Marks said. Just being coached by Coach (Rob) Sale and Coach Looney, we knew he was going to be all right.

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Shortly after signing with the Cajuns, the Class 2A All-State pick fromSt. Helena College & Career Academy in Greensburg a Louisiana map dot of 700 or so not quite 40 miles northeast of Baton Rouge received a workout manual.

Sale, ULs offensive coordinator/o-line coach, remembers Torrence, who receiveda late recruiting offer from Georgia to go with ones from Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and South Alabama, doing everything to a T.

In the weight room. Running too.

And for a big man, Sale said, running is more important.

Youre big and strong, but can you maintain? Are you in shape to strain?

Offensive guard O'Cyrus Torrence (58) helps lead the Ragin' Cajuns run onto Cajun field for their Nov. 14 win over South Alabama.(Photo: Andre Broussard/Special to The Advertiser)

For Torrence, though, conditioning was no issue. What he did in high school carried over.

The hard work that comes with (playing) football and losing weight went hand-in-hand, he said,and it kept getting better and better from there.

But Torrence still had something to prove before playing his first college game.

Each step that first summer is a test Sale applies to determine just how ready each freshman is. He passed.

One day, practice it just clicked, Torrence said. Thats the best way I could put it.

One day I went to practice, I didnt know as much. I kept missing it during film. Then one day I went out there, I started understanding more of what Coach Sale was doing and what was happening on the field.

Sale noticed.

Soon, the show was on.

Once you start getting into it, after the first scrimmage, Sale said, youre like The guys gonna have a chance to play.

With Marks unavailable, Torrence had to. Sale and head coach Billy Napier didnt hesitate, though.

Obviously you love the kids size, speed, athleticism when youre watching the guy on tape, watching his high school film, Sale said last spring. But the way we structure our June and July (tells a lot).

A freshman typically has nine scheme installs in June, nine in July, nine in August preseason camp.

So Cybo had installs three times. And we two-spot everything, Sale said. So a true freshman gets the same amount of reps as the starting right guard would have gotten reps. So you can evaluate.

As Cajun coaches did, they became convinced.

By the time of the first game youve had a good body of work in practice, Sale said.

So you knew once you put him out there (against) Mississippi State you werent just rolling the dice. Because what you do in practice is what youre gonna do in a game. Its not just like, Oh, Im a gamer. No, no, no. It dont work like that.

It all worked out for the Cajuns last season, though.

Truth be told, however, Torrence initially just tried to keep up. It took all he had.

Of course I was nervous, he said, but I practiced for it and I was ready for it.

Then I started realizing my best was good enough.

Other people, they started noticing, Torrence added. I started seeing it too, but I tried to not buy too much into it and (tried) to remember what got me here.

UL wound up rushing for 3,604 yards 257.4 per game and 42 touchdowns as the 11-3 Cajuns won the Sun Belt ConferenceWest Division and the LendingTree Bowl.

Elijah Mitchell ran for 1,147 yards and 16 TDs. Raymond Calais Jr. now with the Los Angeles Rams rushed for 886 and averaged 7.6 yards per carry. Trey Ragas ran for 820 yards, averaging 7.1 per carry, and 11 TDs. Chris Smith, ULs No. 4 running back then, had 334.

It certainly wasnt all Torrences doing, but he was a huge part.

I wouldnt mind running inside zone behind him myself, UL strength and conditioning coach Mark Hocke joked. I might be able to get a yard or two behind him.

Offensive guard O'Cyrus Torrence (58, top) helps push the pile during UL's Nov. 7 win over Arkansas State at Cajun Field.(Photo: Andre Broussard/Special to The Advertiser)

By seasons end, Torrence was a 2019 Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American.

ULs line that year also featured NFL Draft picks Robert Hunt (Miami) and Kevin Dotson (Pittsburgh). But Hunt missed the seasons second half with an injury, so Max Mitchell wentfrom left tackle to right. Dotson started at left guard, and when he left Torrence seamlessly movedthere.

Cybo, hes a stud, Sale said.

Some people are better with the right hand down and on the right side than the left side. Cybos ambidextrous. He can both play guards, and he looks dang-good doing it.

Moving Torrence to the right reunited him with Max Mitchell, who now protects southpaw QB Lewis blindside.

We just work well with each other, Mitchell said.

Thats a large man beside me as well, so its pretty nice to move some people and being able to rely on him to take my inside gap, you know?

Ragas sure knows.

Its just like running behind Dotson, he said of Torrence at right guard. Its the same to me.

Which says a lot. Dotson was drafted in the fourth round, Hunt in the second.

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He humbly harbors hope of turning pro too, and its easy to understand why.

The sky is the limit for him, Max Mitchell said.

Hes handled his diet well. Hes strong. Hes athletic. The kid has all the football instinct in the world. He could definitely go, I think, first round by the end of this career here.

Torrence, however, didnt rest on freshman-season laurels.

I havent seen letup in his work ethic, Hocke said in the offseason.

Torrance has helped Senior Bowl invitee Elijah Mitchell rush for 563 yards over seven games this season. Ragas has 522 in eight, Smith another 290 on about half as many carries as the other two.

When UL beat Georgia State in September, Torrence was one of three Cajun captains.

Hes been one of the bright spots, Napier said.

Hes a guy who has the right mindset. Hes very intelligent. Hes very mature. Hes got great perspective on life. Hes a really good practice player. Hes one of the more disciplined kids we have, and hes becoming a leader.

Thats one of the things were challenging him to do, is to be more vocal, Napier added, because hes one of the guys that does it the right way and really sets an example.

Credibility is a byproduct of his hard work.

Sale and the late Looney, as Hocke sees it, toiled to develop him but built from a solid base.

Really the biggest person, reason, for his success is OCyrus himself, the strength coach said.

And it has little to do with those pounds hes accustomed to carrying.

No doubt you can watch him compete on a Saturday and see how special he is physically, how tough he is physically, Hocke said. But I think that all starts between the ears, right?

The way hes wired, the way he thinks; thats what makes him different from just about anybody and everybody, Hocke added. And thats why I think hes going to continue to have success.

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Right guard O'Cyrus Torrence sits in his stance during UL's win over UAB at Legion Field in Birmingham.(Photo: Brad Kemp/

From seat of the Sale, who calls coaching guys like Ol Cybo why you do it, Torrence would have forced himself into freshman-season playing time even if Marks hadnt gotten hurt.

The injury simply accelerated things.


He just never looked back, Sale said.

Nor does Torrence ever sit still.

Starting center Vallot bragged in the summer about how the youngster would regularly text him about reviewing the weekly game plan.

Thebeautiful thing about Big Cybo is he wants to learn, sixth-year senior offensive lineman Cole Prudhomme said. He wants you to pour information, and hes just listening.

You tell him one thing, hell either get there right away or hell mess up one time then hell learn from that mistake. Hes so easy to coach and I think thats just amazing.

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Nov 20

To Your Good Health: The weight loss battle continues – Agri News

I am looking for advice on diet pills. I have tried everything. I eat well, go to the gym and walk, but my meniscus problem limits my walking speed. Since menopause, I have gained 30 pounds. I am sure there is something out there that will kick-start my metabolism. I am so depressed, and my doctor has no sympathy.

Difficulty losing excess weight is one of the greatest public health problems in industrial countries, and Im not going to solve it here, but Ill try to discuss principles of drug treatment for weight.

One critical issue is to look at any medications you are taking: Many can cause weight gain, and some, like beta blockers, often used for high blood pressure, are unrecognized by many doctors. Stopping medicines that predispose to weight gain is critical.

Depression itself is a predisposing factor to weight gain. Some people lose weight with depression, but my experience is that weight gain is much more common. Many anti-depression medicines cause weight gain. One, bupropion, commonly causes weight loss.

Among medicines specifically for weight loss, most work either by decreasing fat absorption or by reducing appetite. They dont really increase metabolism, with the exception of phentermine, which does increase resting energy expenditure somewhat and may be useful in preventing weight regain in people who have lost weight, for whom metabolism does often slow down.

Orlistat called Xenical by prescription, Alli over-the-counter prevents the body from absorbing some of the fat in the diet. The fat is then excreted through stool. This may cause many people to have gastrointestinal side effects, which are diminished when on a low-fat diet. Orlistat caused people to lose about 7 pounds more than placebo.

There are several drugs that work on appetite. Liraglutide is a diabetes medicine that has been found to be helpful in overweight people even without diabetes. Metformin is another diabetes medicine that is sometimes used for weight loss, although it does not have a Food and Drug Administration indication for this. Both of these diabetes drugs often have gastrointestinal side effects. Lorcaserin, or Belviq, is about as effective as orlistat, but with fewer side effects; headache was the most common.

Some weight loss experts use combination drugs, including phentermine/topiramate, or Qsymia, and bupropion/naltrexone, or Contrave. These have more significant risks. I dont prescribe these drugs, but I do refer my patients who are interested in medication treatment to a weight loss expert. Look for a doctor who is board certified in obesity management.

Its important to remember that medications are not a cure for being overweight. Once the medicines stop, weight is expected to rise, unless a person makes significant changes in diet and exercise.

I am a female, 16 years old. My white blood cell count is 16.6. I am suffering from so much weakness and pain in my legs, arms and shoulder area. I also have a cough and cold. Is it dangerous? What should I do for it?

I dont have enough information to help much. A white blood cell count that high suggests an infection.

At your age, those symptoms are most likely a viral infection, but acute mononucleosis and even pneumonia are possible, so you need to see your doctor.

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@ 2020 North America Synd., Inc.

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Nov 17

A Formerly Anonymous Portland Writer Has Written a New York Times Op-ed Titled Leave Fat Kids Alone – Willamette Week

Portland-based author and activist Aubrey Gordon has penned an op-ed for The New York Times about fat shaming and growing up during a "war on childhood obesity."

In the new essay, titled "Leave Fat Kids Alone," Gordon recounts personal experiences with pediatricians and family members who began making disparaging comments about her body as early as the fourth grade. She also digs into the history of campaigns against childhood obesity.

"It wasn't a campaign against foods with little nutritional value, or against the unchecked poverty that called for such low-cost, shelf-stable foods," writes Gordon. "It was a campaign against a body typespecifically, children's body types."

A recent episode of Maintenance Phase does a deep dive into misguided U.S. childhood health programs. Gordon's New York Times op-ed covers some of that ground too, discussing "B.M.I. report cards" and a recent Georgia health campaign that erected billboards around the state with slogans like "WARNING: My fat may be funny to you but it's killing me. Stop childhood obesity."

"Rather than motivating fat people to lose weight, weight stigma had led to more isolation, more avoidance and less support," writes Gordon. "Weight stigma kick-starts what for many will become lifelong cycles of shame. And it sends a clear, heartbreaking message to fat children: The world would be a better place without you in it."

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Nov 11

How to Lose Weight with Fasting – BOXROX

Fasting involves constraining the times you consume your meals and is a widespread approach to lose weight. In most cases, by limiting when you eat, you naturally consume less calories than you otherwise would, thus entering a caloric deficit and losing weight.

Before we dig into how to lose weight with fasting, we first have to understand the principles of losing weight.

The single, most important factor when it comes to changing your weight is calorie balance; the ratio between calories consumed and calories expended at any given time.

The amount of energy in an item of food or drink is measured in calories. Our bodies need energy to keep us alive and our organs functioning normally. When we eat and drink, we put energy into our bodies. Our bodies use up that energy through everyday movement, which includes everything from breathing to running.

To lose weight, you need to use more energy than you consume, and continue this over a period of time.

The principle of course applies to maintaining weight and gaining weight as well.

A negative calorie balance will always result in weight loss. While other aspects such as dehydration and unhealthy weight loss (losing weight too fast by drastically cutting your energy sources for example) affect weight, these arent sustainable or healthy, you still need to meet your basic demand of micronutrients.

Fasting is one good way to reduce the calories you consume.

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that involves regular periods of no food consumption. There are many strategies to implement intermittent fasting, the most popular methods include:

Studies looking into how to lose weight with fasting generally find that study subjects tend to consume less calories than they usually would, while hunger levels remain stable or decrease with intermittent fasting.

Most people will naturally eat fewer calories after skipping whole meals. While you might eat more than usual during your periods of eating, its unusual for people to completely compensate for the calories theyd have otherwise consumed if not fasting.

For example, imagine your usual lunch is 700cal and your dinner 1,000cal. On an intermittent fasting diet you might skip that lunch. While you might then consume 1,300cal for dinner, youre unlikely to hit the 1,700cal youd normally consume in one day. This will help you enter a negative calorie balance.

In addition, many people pay closer attention to what they eat when on a diet, generally making healthier food choices.

Entering a fasting diet forces you to cut on snacks, which is the easiest way to consume less calories without having to make huge alterations to your lifestyle. To start with, simple changes are the most effective, as were more likely to stick with them.

People on an intermittent fasting diet have found that they can lose weight by following a diet that forces them to cut out on excesses.

Some data suggests that fasting can affect hormones such as ghrelin (which stimulates appetite and promotes fat storage) and leptin (which helps regulate energy balance by inhibiting hunger, which in turn diminishes fat storage).

A 2016 study found that, while ghrelin levels increased during an eight-week alternate day fasting protocol, there was no increase in subjective hunger by the end of the study. Despite the metabolic changes, ghrelin sensitivity decreased and therefore no compensatory increase in hunger emerged.

With these metabolic changes you might feel fuller faster and hungry less often, or your perception of hunger might change as your sensitivity to hunger-related hormones changes. This could translate to fewer calories consumed and, as a result, weight loss.

A 2016 study looking into the effects of intermittent fasting in athletes found that, when combined with resistance training, the 16/8 intermittent fasting method could improve some health-related biomarkers, decrease fat mass, and maintain muscle mass in resistance-trained males.

This means that fasting could not only help you reduce body fat, but can also aid in maintaining muscle mass.

The more physical activity we do, the more energy we use. While fasting can help you reduce the calories you consume, exercising will help you burn them. This can help you enter a negative calorie balance, just make sure you always eat enough to meet your basic energy demands.

In essence, to lose weight you can either:

For most people the best approach is to combine diet changes with increased physical activity, the NHS recommends.

Fasting is a popular approach to weight loss as it restricts your eating times and, consequently, gets you to eat less calories. Intermittent fasting has been proven to be not only effective but also sustainable for weight loss.

Yet one approach does not fit all in the quest to achieve body weight control, and the best diet for weight loss is one that is sustainable and one you can stick to in the long run. If intermittent fasting makes it easier for you to stick to a healthy diet, it can have obvious positive effects on your long-term health and weight maintenance.

All content within this article is provided for general information only and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Always consult a dietitian before making big changes to your diet.

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Nov 11

How you can Lose Weight During the Holidays – ABC 4

As you saw in the cooking segment from PUR Life Medical, patients are not restricted by meticulous diets and still get to enjoy wonderful tasting food. Dr. Roberts from PUR LIFE Medical joinedGood Things Utah to talk about how PUR LIFE Medical is different than any other weight loss program.

Their program is like nothing else youve ever seen. Theres no counting calories or extreme diets. PUR Life Medical approaches weight loss from a scientific standpoint by first identifying any health condition patients may have that make weight loss difficult or even impossible. Every day Dr. Roberts has patients come in who are doing everything right, exercising, eating clean, and getting enough sleep, yet they still cant lose weight. So, they find out why by gathering as much information as possible.

One of the tools PUR Life Medical uses is a device called the Menla Scan. It uses 4 scientifically substantiated tests to scan the body for potential problems. It takes about 10 minutes to scan someone and produces about 23 pages of data points. These 23 pages of data points are analyzed and then those findings used in conjunction with your health history helps to determine the best weight loss plan to resolve underlying problems, restore optimal health and help you lose the weight you want to lose.

Right now is the very, very best time of the year to begin a weight loss program. When youre successful losing weight during the holidays, you know you can lose or maintain your weight any time of the year and you dont have to live a life without ever eating Thanksgiving pie.

So many people have tried every diet, every fad to ever come along. Many have given up. Its those women and men that Pur Life Medical and Dr. Roberts really want to help. Call Pur Life Medical at 801.810.CARE and schedule an appointment, bring a spouse, a family member, or a friend but bring someone.

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Nov 11

Do you have a thyroid condition? Here are 5 weight loss tips for people with hypothyroidism – Times Now

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New Delhi: Losing weight or maintaining weight loss can be challenging for you if you have a condition like hypothyroidism and indulge in too many calories or do not exercise regularly. At this unprecedented time, theres a good chance that youll pile on the pounds if you dont take care of your diet or maintain a fitness routine. Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid disease, is when your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones that help regulate your metabolism, control growth or cell repair. Hence, people with hypothyroidism experience hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, especially around the belly - among several other symptoms.

Experts said most people with hypothyroidism tend to gain weight because their metabolism has slowed. With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on lives, its even more important to make lifestyle changes that will help you maintain a healthy weight, which is important for overall health and well-being. Here are a few things you can do to trim down and avoid gaining belly fat.

Tips to jump-start your weight loss with hypothyroidism

Making simple lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, getting enough sleep, managing stress can support your thyroid hormone metabolism, helping you lose or maintain a healthy weight.

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 11

Is Canned Tuna Healthy? Nutrition, Benefits, and Downsides – Healthline

Canned tuna is a staple in many kitchens. It is protein-packed, inexpensive, and can last for several years in your pantry.

Despite these benefits, you may be wondering whether canned tuna is actually healthy and how much is safe to eat.

This article discusses the nutritional content of canned tuna, as well as the potential benefits and downsides of eating it.

Tuna has many varieties. However, overall it is an excellent source of protein that is low in fat and calories.

Whether canned tuna is packed in oil or water can affect its nutritional content. Canned tuna packed in oil tends to be higher in calories and fat than canned tuna packed in water (1, 2).

The following table compares key nutritional information between 1 ounce (about 28 grams) of three different types of tuna: fresh, canned in oil, and canned in water (1, 2, 3).

Overall, canned tuna tends to be higher in sodium than fresh. However, the number of calories and amounts of total fat and saturated fat depend on whether the tuna is packed in oil or water.

Nutrient content can vary between brands based on how tuna is packed, so it is best to check the label.

Canned tuna packed in water may be higher in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) (4).

DHA is a type of omega-3 fatty acid that is particularly important for brain and eye health (5, 6).

Additionally, both fresh and canned tuna are good sources of several essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, selenium, and iodine (1, 2, 3).

Both water-packed and oil-packed tuna are good sources of protein and low in saturated fat. However, canned tuna packed in oil tends to be higher in calories and total fat.

There are many benefits of eating canned tuna.

In particular, it is an inexpensive source of protein.

It also keeps for a long time. Some brands can last for 25 years in your pantry.

If you are looking to lose weight, canned tuna is a good option because it is low in calories yet high in protein.

Diets that are high in protein have been associated with benefits for weight loss, including increased feelings of fullness and reduced cravings (7, 8).

Despite being low in fat, tuna is still considered a good source of omega-3 fatty acids (1, 2, 9).

Omega-3s are essential dietary fats that are beneficial for heart, eye, and brain health. Fish is considered an important source of these healthy fats in the diet, though you can also get omega-3s from plant foods (10, 11).

As a result, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans currently recommends that adults consume 8 ounces (227 grams) of seafood per week (12).

Eating canned tuna is an easy way to increase the omega-3s in your diet.

The types and amounts of fats can vary depending on the type of canned tuna you choose, so read the labels if you want to compare brands (1, 2, 12).

In addition to healthy fats, canned tuna is also a good source of several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin D and selenium (1, 2).

Finally, despite being canned, many brands of canned tuna are minimally processed, containing only tuna, water or oil, and salt. Some brands may also add seasonings or broth for extra flavor.

Canned tuna is an inexpensive, low calorie source of protein and other important nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids. Some brands can last for 25 years in your pantry.

The two main concerns when it comes to tuna are mercury content and sustainability.

There are also some potential downsides to canned tuna specifically, including fat and sodium content and the safety of the can itself.

Mercury is a heavy metal that is often present in fish due to water contamination.

Research has shown that high exposure to mercury can cause serious health problems in humans, including impairments to the central nervous system (13, 14).

Because tuna eat other small fish that may already be contaminated with mercury, this metal may collect and concentrate in tuna. Thus, tuna tends to be higher in mercury than other types of fish like salmon or tilapia (15).

The amount of mercury present depends on the type of tuna.

In general, larger varieties of tuna, like bigeye and albacore, tend to be higher in mercury. On the other hand, smaller tuna fish, like light tuna and skipjack, are lower in mercury (15).

As canned tuna typically contains younger and smaller types of tuna, including light and skipjack, it is typically lower in mercury than frozen or fresh tuna filets (15, 16).

Studies have shown that people who consume high mercury fish at least once a week have elevated mercury levels and are more likely to experience fatigue (17, 18).

People should limit their intake of canned tuna made from albacore to one 4-ounce (113-gram) serving per week. This is because it is higher in mercury (19).

Instead, try eating low mercury fish like light and skipjack tuna.

Importantly, research has shown mercury exposure is particularly toxic to a developing childs nervous system. For this reason, caregivers should limit the canned tuna they feed infants and young children (20, 21).

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), children aged 210 can have up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of low mercury fish, including light and skipjack canned tuna, two to three times per week (22).

Health authorities have not traditionally recommended fish intake in infants during the first year of life.

However, some research suggests that earlier exposure is associated with a reduced risk of asthma and eczema (23, 24).

However, there are currently no recommendations for canned tuna intake in infants. Therefore, it is best to ask your pediatrician how much canned tuna you can safely introduce to your baby and at what age.

The FDA recommends that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding avoid fish high in mercury.

Intake of albacore canned tuna should be no more than 4 ounces (113 grams) per week (22).

However, the FDA says it is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women to eat low mercury fish, such as canned tuna made from light or skipjack tuna (22).

It recommends two to three 4-ounce (113-gram) servings per week (22).

Because tuna is so popular, there is a growing concern that certain types are being overfished.

Western Pacific blue-eye tuna and Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna may be particularly vulnerable to overfishing (25).

Overfishing is a concern because it affects the ecosystems of oceans and can reduce the food supply for populations that depend on these fish as their primary source of protein (25, 26).

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international nonprofit organization that provides independent certification to seafood products harvested with sustainable fishing practices.

For a more sustainable option, look for canned tuna products with the MSC certification on the label.

Canned tuna is often higher in salt than fresh tuna. If your healthcare provider has recommended reducing your salt intake, you may want to choose brands that are lower in salt.

Additionally, if you are trying to lose weight, you may want to choose tuna packed in water rather than oil to avoid consuming excess calories.

As for the can itself, some cans contain bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical used in the lining of cans to help prevent the metal from corroding or breaking (27).

While the effects of BPA are controversial, some people are concerned that regular exposure could negatively affect human health and increase the risk of certain diseases (27, 28).

Due to these potential effects, you may want to choose BPA-free cans. However, scientists need to do more research on BPA and its effects on humans.

Finally, always inspect your cans for any signs of spoilage or contamination, such as sharp dents, cracking, leaking, or bulging.

If your cans have any of these signs or the contents have an off smell or color, it is best to throw them out to avoid potential foodborne illness (29, 30).

Look for low mercury varieties like light or skipjack tuna, BPA-free packaging, and certification for sustainable fishing practices.

Canned tuna is a nutritious and inexpensive source of protein.

Because cans of tuna last for several years, they are excellent for stocking your pantry with easy lunches and snacks.

Opt for varieties that are sustainable and low in mercury. To do this, choose products made with light or skipjack tuna and make sure they have an MSC certification on the label.

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Nov 11

Trial finds limiting calories more important than the time of day you eat – New Atlas

Preliminary results from a trial investigating whether time-restricted eating influences weight loss suggest limiting your caloric intake may be more important than what time you eat. The research, not yet published or peer-reviewed, will be presented at the upcoming American Heart Associations virtual Scientific Sessions meeting.

Time-restricted eating (TRE) is a popular dietary trend where one limits their caloric intake to a short window of time across a given 24-hour period. Generally, TRE methods allow for eating windows anywhere from four to eight hours a day.

Over the last few years researchers have started rigorously testing some of these TRE strategies to find out whether they can actually help a person lose weight or improve their metabolic health. So far the results have been relatively discordant, with a variety of different trial protocols delivering vastly different findings.

Just this year, for example, one University of Illinois at Chicago trial found both four-hour and six-hour TRE strategies can effectively enhance weight loss, while a UC San Francisco trial testing eight-hour eating windows concluded TRE is not useful for losing weight.

One limitation seen in both of those prior trials faced was a lack of any dietary recommendation in the trial protocol. This meant the participants could eat as much they wanted, as long as it was within the suggested time window being trialed.

The University of Illinois at Chicago trial found both of its TRE cohorts lost weight compared to a control group, but they also seemed to naturally reduce their overall food intake by around 550 calories. This raises the question of whether the weight loss was simply due to a reduced caloric intake.

We have wondered for a long time if when one eats during the day affects the way the body uses and stores energy, says study author on the new trial Nisa Maruthur, from Johns Hopkins University. Most prior studies have not controlled the number of calories, so it wasnt clear if people who ate earlier just ate fewer calories. In this study, the only thing we changed was the time of day of eating.

This new study set out to investigate one specific question does TRE enhance weight loss when compared to someone eating exactly the same number of calories across the whole day?

The researchers recruited 41 overweight adults with diabetes or prediabetes, and all were provided the same healthy pre-prepared meals. Half the cohort were directed to eat 80 percent of their daily caloric allowance before 1 pm, while the other half were allowed a broad 12-hour window to eat across the entire day.

The results surprised Maruthur and her team, with both groups in the trial losing similar amounts of weight and showing similar metabolic outcomes.

We thought that the time-restricted group would lose more weight, says Maruthur. Yet that didnt happen. We did not see any difference in weight loss for those who ate most of their calories earlier versus later in the day. We did not see any effects on blood pressure either.

The research is yet to be peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal, so some of the specific trial details are still unclear, such as whether the TRE group presented with any metabolic improvements after the 12-week experiment. It is also important to note that both groups in the trial were given healthy pre-prepared meals, unlike other TRE trials where participants were simply directed to continue with their regular eating.

One thing that this study does seem to suggest, however, is that the weight loss improvements seen in some TRE trials could be primarily a result of lowered caloric intake. One trial last year testing the benefits of a 10-hour daily eating window suggested the simple-to-follow nature of TRE seems to organically lead to individuals eating less. So TRE may be a useful dietary strategy but only through helping one eat less food, and not necessarily because restricting eating to a specific time of day is better.

The new research will be presented at the American Heart Associations upcoming virtual 2020 Scientific Sessions meeting between November 13 and November 17.

Source: American Heart Association

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Nov 11

Trying to reduce oil intake? FSSAI gives some tips and tricks to create a healthy diet with reduced fat – Times Now

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New Delhi: Cooking oils are essential for a healthy body and can enhance your diet in multiple ways. Perhaps, oils are the basis for a variety of dishes, adding flavour and taste to your recipes. But too much of any oil can add extra calories to your diet, putting you at risk of several health problems, and not just unhealthy weight gain. Thats because cooking oils - whether its from animal, vegetable, nut or seed - have high-fat content and its imperative that you cook your food with minimal oil while also ensuring that you opt for healthier options like olive oil and avocado oil, etc. Swapping saturated fats with unsaturated fats can lower your risk of high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, among many others. Consuming good fats in moderation can also help you lose weight.

Perhaps, making healthier food choices doesnt mean you need to give up your favourite foods or eliminate oil from your diet. There are a number of ways to make your recipes healthier and tastier without adding excessive amounts of oil, fat, or salt. Wondering how to create healthy, delicious meals with minimum or no oil? Read on to learn how you can reduce oil consumption without compromising your taste buds.

Below are a few tips recommended by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to help you create a healthy diet while keeping oil and fats to a minimum:

Tip 1: Bake, grill or steam your food instead of frying it. This will also make your recipes look and taste great while retaining the nutrients.

Tip 2: Opt for snacks that are baked, roasted or steamed rather than fried or processed snacks, which are high in calories and trans fats linked to various health problems. Eating fried and processed foods on a regular basis will increase your risk of weight gain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.

Tip 3: The FSSAIs recommendations also ask to measure oil using a teaspoon each time when cooking. This will help you ensure that youre sticking to a fixed and appropriate quantity of oil while cooking or preparing meals.

Tip 4: It is recommended that you use a combination of healthy oils to ensure you get all essential nutrients - such as sunflower oil, ricebran oil, flaxseed oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, mustard oil, coconut oil, etc. These oils contain less amounts of saturated fats, but are loaded with essential fatty acids that improve your health in multiple ways.

Tip 5: One way to reduce your oil intake is to get clever in the kitchen - for instance, try roasting your favourite papad instead of frying it. Roasting is a very easy cooking method that improves the texture of and deepens the flavour profile of your food.

The FSSAI also suggests that you should buy and use only a fixed quantity of oil, and then gradually reducing the quantity you buy each time. Setting limits and sticking to them is a wise strategy to prevent consuming too much of anything. Most of your favourite recipes can be modified so they offer lower fat content, which is beneficial for your weight and overall health.

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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Lindsey Vonn Admits Pressure To Lose Weight Derailed Skiing Career: ‘That Cost Me World Cup Wins’ – Yahoo Entertainment

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