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Dec 18

The nine alcoholic drinks to avoid if you want to lose weight and what you should order instead – The Independent

[This article was first published in 2018]

Alcohol consumption can be bad for your health for a variety of reasons, which is why the recommended weekly limit for men and women is 14 units.

But even if youre drinking within the recommended threshold, some alcoholic drinks can be full of more sugar (in syrups, flavouring, mixers and the alcohol itself) making them less of a smart choice if youre conscious about your sugar intake.

Here is a list of some of the most popular high-calorie alcoholic drinks with suggested alternatives.

From Champagne over Chardonnay to martinis over mojitos, scroll down to see what you should be drinking instead.

Swap a Long Island Iced Tea (424 calories) for a Cosmopolitan (100 calories).

A cosmopolitan is made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice or sweetened lime juice.

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With an ingredient list that contains vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, and coke, its no wonder that a typical 420ml glass of Long Island contains a whopping 424 calories.

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A Cosmopolitan has much less alcohol and only a small amount of cranberry juice, meaning a typical 250ml martini glass contains only 100 calories less than a quarter of a Long Island.

Swap a Pina Colada (300 calories) for a Fuzzy Navel (120 calories).

Pina Coladas are the perfect beachside cocktail, but thanks to the added coconut and pineapple mixers, these drinks regularly contain a high calorie count of around 300 calories per 230ml.

A Fuzzy Navel contains just peach schnapps and orange juice, making it an ideal fruity replacement at around 120 calories per 115ml drink.

Swap a Mojito (242 calories) for a Martini (70 calories).

Mojitos are a summertime favourite, but thanks to the sugar syrup a typical 230ml glass can contain as many as 242 calories.

A Martini has no additional mixers, meaning that a 250ml glass only contains a measly 70 calories providing you dont eat the olive, of course.

Swap an Alcopop (253 calories) for a Diet Rum & Coke (115 calories).

Alcopops or coolers often contain heaps of added sugars, and an average 340ml bottle can have up to 253 calories.

For an equally sweet but lower calorie drink, a diet rum and coke can contain as little as 115 calories per 280ml serving, making this an ideal sweet alcoholic swap.

Swap your gin & tonic (170 calories) for a slimline gin & tonic (115 calories).

Swap your gin & tonic (170 calories) for a slimline gin & tonic (115 calories)

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Swap a Mojito (242 calories) for a Martini (70 calories)

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Swap a sweet white wine (160 calories) for a glass of Champagne (89 calories)

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Swap a Pina Colada (300 calories) for a Fuzzy Navel (120 calories)

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Swap a Long Island Iced Tea (424 calories) for a Cosmopolitan (100 calories)

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Swap a vodka tonic (175 calories) for a vodka, soda, and lime (106 calories)

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Swap an Alcopop (253 calories) for a Diet Rum & Coke (115 calories)

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A moscow mule cocktail is made with vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and ice.

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A gin & tonic is one of the UK's favourite drinks, but due to the added sugars of tonic water, a typical 210ml serving can contain about 170 calories.

A similar 210ml serving of gin & slimline tonic contains just 115 calories, saving you an average of 55 calories per glass.

Swap a sweet white wine (160 calories) for a glass of Champagne (89 calories).

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The additional sugar in a sweet white wine means that a 175ml medium glass can average about 160 calories.

Champagne has one of the lowest calorie counts for a carbonated drink, with one 120ml serving containing only 89 calories.

Swap a vodka tonic (175 calories) for a vodka, soda, and lime (106 calories).

As with the gin & tonic, its the soda water that gives the vodka tonic a relatively high calorie count of 175 calories for 280ml.

Vodka, soda, and lime has no extra sugar and a low calories count of just 106 calories for the same measure.

Swap a Margarita (280 calories) for a Moscow Mule (120 calories).

A moscow mule cocktail is made with vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and ice.

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Margaritas are another fashionable cocktail that sadly arent' particularly healthy, with 280 calories per 230ml serving.

Try swapping for an equally classy Moscow Mule, as these contain just 120 calories per 170ml serving.

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Dec 18

Is slow the best speed for fatty liver weight loss? – Lewiston Sun Journal

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had fatty liver for the past 10 years. To reverse it, I am trying to lose weight. Now I am 116 kilograms. I have heard that if someone has fatty liver and wants to lose weight, they should not lose more than 1.5 kg per week. This week, I lost 3 kg. What is your advice? A.A.ANSWER: The advice against too much weight loss too quickly was based on an observation that some people rebounded their weight after losing it. Newer studies have not confirmed that. In fact, people with large amounts of weight loss (more than 2 kg in the first four weeks) have been shown to have a better chance of keeping the weight off. If you are losing weight due to healthier diet and exercise, I would advise continuing those behaviors and not worrying about losing too much too quickly.Any kind of weight loss can temporarily increase the risk of gallstones. Having some sources of healthy fat in the diet (such as nuts or avocados) will decrease this risk.Early on in the first few weeks of weight loss, especially in people using a higher fat diet, much of the apparent weight loss is by loss of water associated with glycogen stores.DEAR DR. ROACH: What is an epiretinal membrane? My doctor says I have this but it is not bad enough to be treated. I am 86 years old, and my vision is blurry. How would this be treated? T.V.ANSWER: An epiretinal membrane, also called a macular pucker, is a thin layer that forms over the retina at the back of the eye. It is semi-translucent, and as such can cause loss of vision or visual distortion. They are common and occur more frequently in older individuals. Most of the time, they do not require treatment. They can form for no particular reason, and these are usually asymptomatic. However, an epiretinal membrane can form after certain eye conditions, especially retinal detachment. Its possible for it to attach to and pull the retina, causing distortions in the vision. It may also decrease vision when it is thicker and interfering with the function of the retina.The only treatment is surgery. The decision to perform surgery is made by how much the vision is affected. Although surgery is relatively safe and usually effective, there are possible complications. Most eye doctors do not rush to surgery, except in less-common cases where there is swelling in the most critical part of the retina (called the macula) for central vision. People whose epiretinal membrane gets worse, or who have the kind that can pull the retina out of shape, may also require surgery.DR. ROACH WRITES: A recent column on pneumonia vaccines contained an error: I said that the 13-valent conjugate vaccine, Prevnar, was a 2-dose series. It is a single dose. Many people get both the 23-valent polysaccharide vaccine, Pneumovax, as well as the 13-valent Prevnar, but my column misstated this. I appreciate my sharp-eyed colleagues who wrote in to correct this.* * *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 [emailprotected] or send mail to 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803.

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Dec 18

Should you do Pilates or yoga? Which is best for weight loss, burning calories, and toning your muscles – Business Insider India

Both Pilates and yoga are exercises that focus on mind-body connection and offer similar health benefits, including improved strength and flexibility. But their approaches and goals differ.

Here's what you need to know about the differences between Pilates and yoga and which is best for you.

Yoga originated thousands of years ago in India and is a mind-body exercise. Many different styles of yoga exist, from hatha yoga to hot yoga, but all involve moving through different physical postures. Yoga incorporates different breathing techniques, such as moving with one breath per movement. Some types of yoga include meditation.

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A 2015 study found that hatha yoga participants saw improvements in muscle strength and flexibility after 12 weeks. A small 2014 study also found that women who practiced Pilates for 12 weeks improved their muscle strength and torso flexibility.

Faster-paced versions of yoga, like vinyasa, elevate your heart rate more than slower, restorative types of yoga or Pilates. "Pilates doesn't tend to have that very vigorous type of format," Pojednic says.

A small 2017 study found that practicing yoga every day for a month reduced participants' blood pressure, a key indicator of heart health.

Because yoga often includes specific balancing exercises, such as poses where you stand on one leg, it might be more helpful for balance. "In yoga, you're actually practicing the balancing, and in Pilates, you're toning the muscles that will be helpful for balance," Pojednic says.

If you're trying to lose weight, how many calories you burn while exercising matters. The calories you burn during yoga and Pilates will depend on the type you practice.

A 2013 review found that yoga programs often help people lose weight. A small 2020 study of obese young women with elevated blood pressure found mat Pilates also reduced body fat.

A 2019 study compared women who practiced yoga and women who practiced Pilates. The study found both types of exercise improved self-reported measures of well-being and psychological distress, but the yoga group saw greater improvement.

Yoga and Pilates can be "well suited to all different types of bodies and all different types of abilities," Pojednic says. You might think you need to be flexible and strong or have a dancer's body, but you don't, she says.

"If somebody gets a little bit more excited about strength training, they probably will like Pilates a little bit better," Pojednic says. "If somebody enjoys fluid, full-body motion, I think that they would gravitate a little bit more toward yoga."

Both Pilates and yoga are beneficial, and their variety means you can probably find one style you enjoy.

"I think the most important thing is to try them both and figure out which one you like better, and then keep going back to that," Pojednic says. "Finding the thing that really makes you happy, I think, is the key here, more so than getting into the nitty-gritty about which one is going to help you balance better or burn more calories."

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Dec 17

New Survey Finds 71 Million Americans Have Gained Weight Throughout the Pandemic – PRNewswire

BOSTON, Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Released today, a new survey reveals that 71 million Americans1 have gained weight throughout the pandemic. The survey was commissioned by Gelesis, a biotechnology company using a naturally derived superabsorbent hydrogel to treat excess weight and metabolic disorders.

The pandemic has been the catalyst for significant change in American lives, especially for those actively trying to lose weight. It has posed physical health issues and emotional ones as well with 71% of Americans admitting that their weight impacts how they feel about their identity, particularly among women and parents. However, as a new year approaches, the survey also found that, months into the pandemic, Americans are more determined than ever to lose weight and maintain healthy habits.

The survey highlights the challenges of the weight loss process itself, and the heightened insecurities and barriers for people who are on the quest to shed pounds. The survey found 63% of Americans surveyed agree that healthy lifestyle habits are harder to keep in the midst of COVID-19, over half (52%) of Americans surveyed have been feeling down about the way they look during the pandemic, and nearly 3 in 5 Americans are on a mission to lose weight. In fact:

"While our survey has found Americans have been motivated to develop healthier habits amidst the pandemic, it has also brought to light how many Americans who want to lose weight continue to struggle," said Elaine Chiquette, PharmD, Gelesis' Chief Scientific Officer. "In a year when we've all already given up so much, our data shows that people would give up even more if it meant being able to lose weight by the end of the year and they remain hopeful about losing weight and feeling healthy in 2021."

Women and moms bear the brunt of weight gain woesWeight gain is a universal issue, but during the pandemic, its side effects have hit women and moms in particular harder than men.

Weight gain and its mental loadAdding to these challenges, mental stress and fatigue with weight gain are also taking a toll. Close to half (47%) of Americans who gained weight admit their self-esteem has decreased since March. Others find themselves feeling less motivated (50%), more stressed (41%), sad (36%) or anxious (33%) more often. Over two-fifths (41%) also report not being able to fit into their favorite clothes. The pandemic has highlighted a profound shift in lifestyles and mental outlook:63% of people found it harder to keep healthy lifestyle habits during the pandemic, 46% have not been feeling like their normal selves and 41% felt unable to take charge of their life. The impact of these dispositions is such that half of the people who have gained weight do not feel good about their health (50%) or their appearance (53%), since the pandemic began.

The pandemic's silver lining? The good news is that Americans were driven to make healthy lifestyle changes during the pandemic, even while many reported they were harder to keep (63%).

A brighter 2021While in the immediate, Americans are worried about gaining weight during the upcoming holiday (53%) women more likely (59%) than men (47%) wellness goals are top of mind for millions of Americans as they look ahead to the new year. Sixty percent of respondents want to feel healthier and 51% hope to lose weight in 2021.

"We have found that in 2021 the hopes of Americans outweigh their worries, and millions are ready to kick off the new year and make changes, including losing weight," said Chiquette.

Survey MethodologyGelesis partnered with Kelton Global, an independent, third-party research firm, to conduct an online survey among 1,012 adults in the United States during the period of October 26-November 3, 2020, with an overall margin of error of +/- 3.1%. Kelton set specific interactive quotas based on basic demographic information to ensure the sample is a reliable snapshot of the U.S. population. They use current U.S. Census figures to determine the quotas which ensures the sample mirrors the general population and affords the opportunity to project the data onto the entire U.S. adult population.

About UsIn April 2019, Gelesis received FDA clearance for its lead product candidate, Plenity, as an aid for weight management in overweight and obese adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25-40 kg/m, when used in conjunction with diet and exercise. Plenity is contraindicated in patients who are pregnant or are allergic to cellulose, citric acid, sodium stearyl fumarate, gelatin, or titanium dioxide. The most common side effects were diarrhea, distended abdomen, infrequent bowel movements, and flatulence. Plenity is currently available in limited release in the U.S.

Gelesis' proprietary approach inspired to structurally mimic vegetables is designed to act mechanically in the GI pathway to potentially alter the course of certain chronic diseases. In addition to Plenity, Gelesis is developing additional investigational candidates such as Gelesis200, a hydrogel optimized for weight loss and glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. This biomimetic hydrogel based on the Gelesis platform technology are also being advanced in other GI inflammatory conditions, such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and functional constipation. For more information, visit gelesis.com or myplenity.com, or connect with us on Twitter @GelesisInc.

1 Extrapolated from 246,324,983 Americans aged 18+. See "Survey Methodology" for additional details.

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Dec 17

Struggling To Lose Weight? Try These Low-Calorie Smoothies For 2 Weeks & End The Year On A High – MensXP.com

So you want to feel healthier and you want it before NYE. Done. Heres the good news!

80% Nutrition + 10% Workout + 10% Genetics = 100% You

The fitness of your body largely depends on what you eat which is why a few tweaks in your diet and lifestyle can show positive results. Nutrients present in some superfoods added to these low-calorie smoothies can fill you up real nice, allowing you to cut the junk out of your diet. Now, thats a powerful strategy!

These plant-based protein smoothiescan help in revving up your metabolism, healing the digestive system, toning your muscles and turning off the genes that contribute to fat storage.

All you have to do is blend the ingredients and drink up.

cup of unsweetened almond milk

cup of tea (brewed and chilled)

scoop of plant-based vanilla protein powder

frozen banana

teaspoon ground cinnamon

tablespoon unsalted natural almond butter

Add water to blend (optional)

cup of apple juice without sugar

cup of water

scoop of plant-based protein powder

pear, chopped

cup of baby spinach

frozen banana

ripe avocado

banana

2 blocks of dark chocolate

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

cup of chopped walnuts

cup of chocolate plant-based protein powder

6 ice cubes

Add water to blend (optional)

cup of unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop of vanilla plant-based protein powder

cup of frozen blueberries

tablespoon of natural unsalted almond butter

Add water to blend (optional)

cup of unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate plant-based protein powder

1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder

frozen banana

tablespoon of natural unsalted peanut butter

Add water to blend (optional)

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These plant-based protein smoothies are also popular as "zero belly smoothies". They are a part of Zero Belly Diet, a book and a diet plan created by David Zinczenko. This diet plan claims to target stubborn belly fat and promotes highly-nutritious power foods that can alleviate fat storage, boost your metabolism and tone up the muscles.

When combined with a few lifestyle changes, zero belly smoothies can show better results.

Take a brisk walk before breakfast as morning light regulates your bodys circadian clock and improves cardiovascular health.

Load your breakfast with fibre.

Choose red fruits over the green. The higher levels of flavonoidscompounds that give the fruit its red colourcalm the action of fat-storage genes.

Fill up on avocados as its highly nutritious and keeps you full for longer.

Add plant protein to your smoothies and eat eggs, whole foods and healthy fats.

Start your day by drinking citrus-infused (lemons, oranges or grapefruits) water to flush out the toxins.

While rapid weight loss is not the best strategy (as its not a sustainable practice), sometimes you have exciting deadlines to fuel your fitness goals like a cousins wedding or New Years Eve party.

So try these delicious blends once, feel the change and end your year on a positive note!

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Dec 14

Weight loss: I followed 16 hours of daily fasting and walked every day – Times of India

I check and track down my progress every week to see how well I am doing.

My husband is also a great source of motivation. To keep my enthusiasm high, he would skip dinner with me sometimes!

I also put on some of my clothes which I couldn't even fit into earlier. This encourages me to keep working on myself and move forward every week.

How do you ensure you dont lose focus? To be very honest, I lost focus a lot many times. I always felt low on confidence and when I couldnt really see a difference in the number initially, it pained me. Plus, PCOS battle made it more difficult.

However, each time I failed, I learnt a lesson. Over the course of 1.5 years, I learnt to chase progress, and not just the number on the scale.

Whats the most difficult part of being overweight? Quite a lot. Simple tasks become difficult, you encounter so many challenges on a daily basis. Plus, being body shamed impacts your self-esteem and confidence levels. I was seldom mocked at, and referred to as the fattest woman in the room. Hormonal imbalances, mood swings and the pressure you face from society, it makes things so difficult.

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Dec 14

Lena Dunham’s Refreshing Post About The Pressure To Lose Weight In The Pandemic Is A Must-Read – Grazia

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During the first few weeks of lockdown, it felt like all we had was time. Time to spend finally reading that untouched stack of books, time to try new recipes and, most importantly, time to get back into a healthy routine consisting of more exercise, less alcohol and a fridge thatd make mum proud.

But as the weeks went on, the at-home workout videos that wed been avidly bookmarking on Instagram started to look less appealing and the motivation to optimise every hour waned. Cooking Ottolenghi recipes morphed into baking banana bread and a delivery of pet nat wine became more common than that of the local health food store.

Though many of us are silently struggling to continue to self-motivate with yoga mats on our living room floor gyms are still closed in London, where Im writing this from, and were now battling the pitch black and subzero temperatures for any outdoor activity before 8am the feeling that we shouldve all come out of lockdown with pandemic glow-ups still persists.

Thankfully, theres Lena Dunham. The director, writer and actress posted a lengthy message on Instagram yesterday addressing the stress and added thoughts shes had about weight loss and her body since the pandemic began.

Oh hey, just self-isolating with my pod, AKA my pot belly and my sunglasses, she began the post, alongside a photo of herself sitting with a bikini on. You know Ive been thinking a lot about my pot belly in quarantine especially as I notice an unusual amount of articles with titles like How I Lost The Weight and Diet Is Everything. Are there more of them or do I just have more time to notice?

Dunham went on to say that pressures she previously felt able to shrug off surrounding weight and body image are hitting a little differently right now. Somehow, headlines that used to roll off my flesh rolls sting in a new way not because I think thats the body Im meant to have, but because it feels like its adding yet another item to the epic to-do list we are all creating for ourselves in COVID you know the one: Now that I cant be in the world, maybe Ill finally take up karate build my own furniture grow geraniums.

For most people, pandemic life has not proven to be a break from the world or themselves. And so the list grows, the items remain unchecked, and the suggestion of a revamped clean eating plan in my newsfeed somehow feels like a personal assault, she continued. Growing up chubby, fat, thicc, whatever you wanna call it, I always felt my body was a sign that read Im lazy and I have done less.

Over the years, as my body guided me through my career and illness and disability, I started to appreciate what it was capable of, Dunham wrote, referencing her endometriosis diagnosis and subsequent hysterectomy. But somehow, this pandemic time has brought back some of those old feelings of self-loathing and I think it all comes back to that damned to-do list, the one that started when we went into lockdown.

Should I be revamping my fridge with veggies and showing off before/after pics, emerging from quarantine with a revenge body? And why, after all these years spent fostering self love, do I still feel like weight loss is an item for my to-do [list]? When I could be adding learn Spanish? or fall in love with a firefighter?.

Dunham finished her post by asking her following of 2.1 million to reflect on their own relationship with their bodies during lockdown: Im so curious what has this period brought up for you as youve sat with the body you were given, no matter where self isolation has taken it? Please share with me in the comments Ill be reading faithfully from right here in this bikini top.

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Dec 14

The best way to lose weight and rid the body of toxins naturally | Entertainment | December 13, 2020 – Explica

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It is increasingly common to hear about the detox water, a preparation based on the vital liquid but enriched with vegetables that have a diuretic effect and help to rid the body of substances that harm it.

This time we bring you a recipe for one detox water which among other ingredients contains parsley, ginger and lemon, and is also very easy to make. Remember that this recipe is for a single day, so you will have to calculate more if you will make several doses or prepare it every day.

Ingredients (For a single day)

1.5 liters of water 2 lemons or limes cucumber A piece of fresh ginger 1 sprig of spearmint or parsley (or both)

Preparation and how to consume it:

Wash the vegetables very well, including the lemon, because we will use all the vegetables with their peel. Cut the cucumber thinly slices, and one of the lemons or limes chop into quarters and the other into thin slices. Now we will infuse the ingredients by heating the water until it begins to smoke and is about to boil. Now we will add the rest of the ingredients: ginger, mint and slices of cucumber and one of the lemons. The other lemon is squeezed over the water and we also add the cochas with the rest of the pulp. Now we let it cool overnight in the fridge and it will be ready to consume throughout the day. You can consume it every day without problem.

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Dec 12

Lockdown weight loss: " I had a cup of turmeric water before breakfast" – Times of India

My breakfast: Before having breakfast, I had a cup of turmeric water, which is usually raw turmeric boiled in water. It also helped me beat acne issues and give me clear skin.

After this, I used to have my main meal, which was yoghurt/milk with granola with a fruit apple or banana. I used to switch it up with toasted multigrain bread with some sauteed vegetables.

P.S.- I baked my own granola at home so I knew it was all healthy.

My lunch: I used to take my lunch at around 1 in the afternoon. I feel it's really important to time your meals well. I usually ate one of two multigrain chapatis with homemade subzi.

I preferred having seasonal veggies and avoided potatoes and rice. With my meals, I always had some curd of lassi and one serving of salad/kachumber.

Sometime after my lunch, I would drink a cup of green tea, which helped with digestion. And, one thing I always do after having my food is to sit in 'vajrasana', which smoothes digestion and improves body posture.

My dinner: Now this was the only meal I really skipped. By skipped, I mean I usually had some dry fruits with black coffee or chana salad during evening snack time. And, if I was ever hungry, I just ate something like a bowl of dalia before 6 pm and this was very rare.

Pre-workout meal: I begin my workouts in the morning empty stomach, but sometimes, I just have one cup of black coffee.

Post-workout meal: One glass of warm water with a little bit of lemon juice, followed by breakfast.

I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): Well, I am a big foodie and love eating everything-from aloo puri, pizza, burgers. Maggi was my comfort food. But now, I avoid having them altogether. Sometimes, I can't believe that I have gone without having these for so long. I only make exceptions on festivals, but then I compensate by working out twice as hard.

My workout: My workout included 30 minutes of cardio, which I later switched it up with morning walk, which was a nice warmup move. Later, I used to follow it up with 30 minutes of abs and legs moves.

On days I felt tired, I used to do yoga or pilates.

Also, I love dancing, so I try to dance every day for 20-30 minutes every evening.

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Oats and vermicelli pulao or jhalmuri.

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Dec 12

Ross Mathews’ Weight Loss and Fitness Journey In His Own Words – GoodHousekeeping.com

Ross Mathews has earned a reputation for being brutally honest (and funny!) in his role as a television host, and so it comes as no surprise that he's getting real about losing weight during the pandemic. The frequent E! Network correspondent is celebrating a milestone on a new health journey that he's kicked off in 2020: Ross has lost 50 pounds after first deciding to take charge of his health.

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On Instagram, the 41-year-old personality explained he's now about 50 pounds slimmer from his heaviest weight ever, while 5 months into a brand new routine one that was actually inspired by a personal tragedy. "Breaking the pattern. 50lbs down today from my height in early June when I decided to reclaim my health after my mom died," Ross told fans in November.

Ross has been sharing snippets on Instagram of his year in quarantine, mostly inside cozy homes while socially distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, while occasionally filming new projects (like 25 Words or Less!). But friends and fans first noticed his trim figure in playful snapshots: "You look happy and gorgeous," Carnie Wilson, of the musical group Wilson Phillips, shared on Ross' Insta shot of a vibrant new outfit.

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This isn't the first time that Ross has directly opened up about his weight, as he appeared on Celebrity Fit Club in 2007 after entertaining audiences as the "intern" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the early 2000s.

"I will always be a work in progress," he continued on Instagram. "I may mess up again. I dunno. All I know is that I'm very grateful. And very happy. On we go"

In a revealing interview with NBC's Today, Ross explained how he managed to optimize his diet and introduce more exercise into his routine and how his drive for change stemmed from his mother's passing earlier this year. Below, how Ross has tackled weight loss and exercise amid a year of many challenges, in his own words.

On Instagram, Ross has shared more of his devastation following the death of his 69-year-old mother, Gaye, to breast cancer in May. "I can't imagine a world without her. Will colors be less vibrant? Flavors dulled?" he quipped in an emotional public tribute. "She was my audience of one, my head cheerleader, my VIP. And now she's gone, taken before any of us were ready."

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But Ross also said that it was his goal to tackle life with gusto, just as his mother had. "I hope no, I know that her spirit lives within me and I will spend the rest of my life trying to be as good as she was, as kind as she was, and authentic as she was. I am who I am because of how she loved me. We should all be so lucky."

Speaking with NBC's Today, Ross admitted that his mother's death prompted him to reevaluate his own health after the pain it caused. "My mom and I were so close, just beyond close, and all my life, I've lost weight and gained weight, done unhealthy things to my body," he said. "And I decided, you know, this is the one thing I can control and what I can gain in this time when we're losing so much Because I think if you lose a parent, and you don't pay attention, you're missing out on a gift. And so I paid attention to what it means to have your health."

I feel like everyone during this COVID thing has been focused on what we've been losing, Ross told Today. You know, I've lost time from my family. I've lost time from my job. I've lost this and everyone feels like they've lost a year. And I just thought: How can I gain something during this time?

Ross adds that he couldn't justify weight gain during the pandemic in his own life after losing his mother in May. I refuse to do that. I want to come out of this in a better position than when I entered it. The reason? Because I can," he said. "I have a choice. I have the power to choose that. Not to be totally a cheese-fest, but I think any other choice that I made would be disrespectful to what my mother's death taught me.

Believe it or not, Ross has had to face the loss of a parent to cancer before this year, back in 2004, when his father died due to the disease. It's reportedly why Ross quit smoking cigarettes after college, and the loss first challenged him to think more about his own health and the reason why he signed up for Celebrity Fit Club in the first place.

"I was 230 pounds at the end of college. I got it down 16 pounds by making decisions like eating a bag of baked Lays as opposed to a bag of Cheetos. But I didn't attack the real issue," Ross told People magazine back in 2007, revealing why he began openly discussing his health. "My father had passed away. It made me take inventory of my life, to say, it's now or never."

Believe it or not, Ross doesn't credit any particular diet to his weight loss this year he's made holistic health choices across the board after taking time to learn about proper nutrition. It's a shift in his diet that he plans to maintain forever, rather than a short-term diet. "I didn't do a real diet," he told Today. "I just started learning about food, talking to people, dabbling in this and that and then I started making my 'Rosscipes'. I've done it just eating as healthy and health-fully as I can, while not feeling like I'm giving up anything.

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Because he doesn't follow any one particular diet, Ross is practicing moderation (a key component of intuitive eating!) and adapting some of his favorite recipes to be a bit lighter. "As I am learning how to eat healthy, I don't want to give up what I love," he said in a recipe video, shared on Instagram in September, as what he likes to call a 'Rosscipe.' "I met with a nutritionist when I decided it was time to get healthy It's the middle of a pandemic, and I'm grieving, as I've lost my mom. I said, 'I'm not going to cut out alcohol, honey. Not going to happen.'"

He's gone on to share recipes for things like lighter chicken tacos, better-for-you lasagna, and bountiful taco salads on his profile, sharing some of the tips and tricks he's incorporating into his life (all without cutting out entire food groups!).

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In 2007, after his appearance on Celebrity Fit Club, Ross made his opinions about fitness and gym routines quite clear: "Exercise sucks. It will never not [suck]," he told People magazine at the time. "The reason it feels good when you're done, is that you're done."

His feelings about the gym haven't really changed since then, but one thing is for certain Ross is staying active as possible these days to change his health. And it's an activity that's free(!) and doesn't require you to head to the gym. "I just moved to New York City, so I'm walking tons, which helps," he told Today. "There's nothing scarier than the gym. I'd rather watch those awful Halloween movies over and over again. Yeah, the gym is not for me."

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"Snacking at night is my downfall," Ross told Today. I'll be pretty good during the day, and then it's like, a bag of Doritos at night, because I'm sorry, but when you're watching 90 Day Fianc, you gotta eat something!"

He changed his snacking habits by adjusting meal times and reaching for items that were less of a drag on his diet. "It was about cutting out snacking or, if I did, I would snack on like, a pickle or something. I was looking for the crunch," he explained. "It was about replacing some things and really just knowing that if nothing changed, nothing changed. That if I didn't make some changes, I would be stuck in the same unhealthy place that I was."

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For Ross, working on his health was much more than achieving a slim waistline which is why he began therapy in 2020. I promise you I will mess up along the way, but the thing that is different this time is that I talked to a therapist throughout this process, he told Today. I really wanted to understand why I could lose it but not maintain it, because losing is not the problem, gaining it is not the problem maintaining is the problem."

Ross believes that the therapist has helped him make a more sustainable commitment to his health now than ever before. "I think you have to get down to the root of that and all weight-related issues are not really about the food, I don't think. I think it's about why you're overeating? What are you pushing down by shoving food in?

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