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Jul 3

Every Projected NBA Playoff Team’s Biggest X-Factor – Bleacher Report

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The NBA is now less than a month away from resuming its truncated 2019-20 season.

Due to this long layoff, the quality of play will likely be worse than what we're used to in the regular season, let alone the levels that teams usually reach in May and June.

While the postseason is normally star-driven, we may see a more egalitarian, role-player-dependent playoffs in Orlando. Top players contracting the coronavirus while in the bubble could make each team's lesser starters and top bench players that much more important.

Here, we're looking at each projected playoff team's biggest X-factorthe player who could either help his team surpass expectations or be an integral contributor to their disappointment.

To project which teams are in and out, we'll turn toGreg Swartz's playoff projections from June 12.

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Kemba Walker may seem too good to be considered an X-factor, especially given the presence of Marcus Smart, another obvious choice for this label. But whereas a bad Smart performance would make winning more difficult, a bad Walker series will sink the Celtics.

Any All-Star performing below expectations will adversely impact his team, but Walker is more likely than most stars to do that in the postseason. Players of his size rarely succeed in the playoffsjust ask ringless Chris Paul and ringless John Stockton. Walker is not an all-timer like those two, so you can imagine how hard it will be for him to run an offense against lockdown defenders.

And that isn'tjust theory, either. Walker has cratered in the playoffs, including when he shot 36.6 percent from the field (and 3-of-16 in Game 7) against the Miami Heat in 2016.

Thankfully, Walker's new teammates are far more accomplished. Jayson Tatum looks more like a future superstar every day, and Jaylen Brown isn't far behind him. But with trigger-happy Smart and Brad Wanamaker as Walker's chief backups, the Celtics cannot afford to see their prized point guard falter under the bright lights.

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One could make a compelling case for Taurean Prince here. He was in the midst of a career-worst campaign when the season was suspended, and perhaps a four-month hiatus was the best medicine for such a slump.

But while Prince will merely help raise the Nets' floor even at his best, Caris LeVert could increase the team's ceiling. That distinction makes all the difference in the postseason.

As is sadly the norm, LeVert has struggled to stay on the floor this year, missing 25 games. However, he showed marked improvement when healthy, averaging career highs in points per 36 minutes and three-point efficiency while maintaining previous improvements as a versatile defender and distributor.Though there've been plenty of stops and starts, LeVert could still become a Khris Middleton-style wing in a best-case scenario.

Even if LeVert plays the best basketball of his career in the bubble, Brooklyn will get blown off the court in the first round. But if he at least shows up in a major way in Orlando, then the Nets have reason to be even more encouraged for next season, when Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving hopefully return to full strength.

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Tim Hardaway's 2019-20 regular season was a confirmation of Luka Doncic's superstar trajectory, but at the highest levels of the sport, he won't be able to lean on the Slovenian star in the same way.

After years of being a low-efficiency, shoot-first gunner on middling-to-bad teams, Hardaway has seemingly found a home for himself. The 28-year-old has shined in a limiting but more defined role with the Mavericks, recording a sterling 53.7 effective field goal percentage in 82 total games with the team and posting an 8.0 net rating this year, easily a career-best mark.

However, Hardaway has a shooting slash line of31.5/23.2/64.0 in 15 career postseason games. He has improved drastically as a player since then, so we shouldn't necessarily expect efficiency that low again. But some players seem to consistently falter time and again when the pressure is on (see Bledsoe, Eric).

Is Hardaway destined to be one of those eternal postseason disappointments, or can he transcend previous struggles to become a stalwart role player on a team seemingly destined for future greatness?

We'll get our first peek at the answer this summer.

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Michael Porter Jr. has been called the Nuggets' X-factor for months on end now, but based on head coach Mike Malone's rotation patterns, Porter is more likely to sit on the bench all postseason than be a key figure in Denver's playoff run.

Gary Harris, on the other hand, doesn't have the cover of inexperience to make up for his subpar 2019-20 campaign. The shooting guard has been trending downward for several years but hit a nadir this season, posting his worst shooting splits since his rookie season.

While Harris would be considered a lost cause in another situation, there are plenty of reasons to buy low on his potential.

First, the 25-year old has won the trust of those around him, with Malone, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray all offering vociferous defensesof him. In addition, something may have clicked late in the year, as Harris shot 53.2 percent from the field and 57.7 percent from three in Denver's last 10 games.

If that wasn't just a hot streak and indicates a return to form for Harris, then Nuggets fans can go wild with postseason dreams.

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The Rockets are placing a lot on Robert Covington's plate.

In certain situations, he'll need to lock down the opponent's best perimeter scorer, while in others, he'll serve as a rim protector and need to contest finishes from the likes of LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard.In addition, on every offensive possession, Covington needs to be a competent enough stand-still shooter to let Russell Westbrook or James Harden have free rein over the paint.

In some respects, his responsibilities are straightforward. Seen another way, however, they're constricting and pressure-inducing, especially considering Covington has only played 14 games with Houston.

On top of all this, Covington's one postseason appearance with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2017-18 went terribly. Though his role on that team was different than it now is with the Rockets, he still shot a horrid 32.5 percent from the field and recorded a negative net rating for a team that won a series.

Given their top-line talent, the Rockets are likely to at least make it to the second round even if Covington forgets how to shoot again. But if he doesn't show up in later postseason rounds, then the Rockets' chances to progress further are dead on arrival.

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Victor Oladipo was starting to round into form when the season was suspended. Over his final seven games, he averaged 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three. Those aren't eye-popping statistics, but Oladipo was clearly on an upward trajectory.

However, while four extra months of rest and recovery would seem like a godsend for a player in his position, caution should still be heeded.

First, Malcolm Brogdon recently disclosed his positive coronavirus test. While he currently plans to play out the rest of the season, the former Rookie of the Year could either change his mind or may have limited playing time, which would increase Oladipo's role exponentially. In addition, Oladipo still isn't sure whether he'll participate, per ESPN'sAdrian Wojnarowski,due to the stop-and-start nature of this season and his rehab schedule.

The Pacers were an entrenched playoff team before Oladipo's return, so it isn't as though their fate this year hangs on his decision and subsequent performance. But the events of this strange period could inform how he and they move forward over the next few years.

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On paper, the Clippers own a nearly perfect roster. Sure, they have one rotation player taller than 6'8", but when it comes to a balance of talent and modern team-building, no other team is better.

As a result of the Clippers' excellent combination of stars and depth, you could contend that if Marcus Morris Sr. decides to ball-stop or take ill-advised jumpers in a critical moment, head coach Doc Rivers will just bench him for Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley or anybody else waiting in the wings.

However, Los Angeles made a move for Morris at the trade deadline for a reason. He gives the team another excellent shooter and solidifies its defensive front against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers in a potential postseason matchup.

Morris has admittedly struggled with the Clippers.In 12 games with his new club, the forward has averaged just 9.5 points while shooting 38.6 percent from the field and posting his worst turnover percentage in four years. If that continues, he'll likely be marginalized in the postseason.

But if he rediscovers the magic that made him such a valuable role player for the Boston Celtics, then the Clippers might become the title favorite.

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Avery Bradley's withdrawal from the bubble is quietly very important. The 29-year-old's spacing and guard defense helped provide a high defensive floor for the Lakers, and now he's gone for the most crucial portion of the year.

Obviously, Los Angeles' title chances don't rise and fall with Bradley. But with so many great point guards in the NBA, the Texas product would have been especially integral, and he needs to be replaced.

If Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo or Quinn Cook becomes necessary to another Los Angeles title, the team is in trouble, and despite his history with the Cavaliers, the newly acquired JR Smith doesn't exactly have the strongestpostseason track record. So it must beDanny Green.

Green hasn't defended point guards much this year, but he's got a great recent history against the league's best. Stephen Curry shot just 28.6 percent from the field with Green on him in last year's Finals, while James Harden has matched that putrid percentage this regular season.

He doesn't equal Andre Iguodala, Dennis Rodman or Robert Horry as a high-level postseason role player. But between his 2009 UNC squad and the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Lakers, Green has only played for title contenders.

In the right scenario, this year might see his most important contributions yet.

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Andre Iguodala may be washed. He certainly wasn't good in 14 regular-season games for Miami, as 4.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game will tell you. But to count the 36-year-old out now is to ignore recent history.

Iguodala's regular-season stats have been declining for years. He hasn't averaged 10 points per game since the 2012-13 campaign and hasn't played 30 minutes per night since the 2013-14 season.

The postseason, on the other hand, has been a different story. The wing has recorded a positive playoff box plus/minus every spring since 2008 and was a standout individual defender as recently as last year.

In addition, an extra eight months of rest could be sublime for Iguodala's aging limbs and joints. If those aforementioned 14 games and the eight seeding matchups in Orlando are a tune-up period, he very well could become a premier perimeter defender once the playoffs begin.

This may be a send-off postseason for Iguodala. But if he goes out swarming Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pascal Siakam or Jayson Tatum as part of a top-flight perimeter defense alongside Jimmy Butler, then it may be a sweet memory for Heat fans.

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There's no more obvious pick here.The Kentucky product is a shining example of what Draymond Green famously called an "82-game player."

While a solid point guard in the regular season, to the point that he made the All-Defensive first team in 2018-19 and was a borderline All-Star this year, Bledsoe has faltered spectacularly in each of the last two postseasons. He was memorably punked by Terry Rozier and the Boston Celtics in 2018 and shot just 35.7 percent from the field in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and Eastern Conference Finals last year.

Thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks somehow continue to improve and were approaching a 70-win pace before the 2019-20 campaign was suspended. Unfortunately for Bledsoe, however, they may need him more than ever in these playoffs.

With player health serving as an even more volatile proposition than usual this year and Giannis' jumper still eminently questionable, the point guard will likely be called upon at some point. Will he be able to rise to the occasion and complete a Hollywood-style redemption arc? Will the memories of previous failures continue to loom large?

The answer could determine whether Milwaukee wins a title. By extension, it could also determine whether the Bucks are able to keep Giannis for the next half-decade.

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Given the omnipresence of pace-and-space schemes in the NBA, the fact that Steven Adams remains integral to a playoff team's success is surprising. But let's see how long that continues.

In some respects, Adams is adapting. He has posted the best assist percentage and box plus-minus of his career by a wide margin this year, and he remains a master of esoterica like screening and shot alteration. The Kiwi has even earned the respect of Chris Paul, who recently statedon the All the Smokepodcast (h/t Forbes' Nick Crain),"[Adams is] going to do whatever the team needs him to do."

Even if all that is true about Adams, it doesn't mean he'll be a postseason asset.

For all those intangible pluses, the Kiwi is still a rather traditional center. He's made just 59.0 percent of his free throws this season, second-worst among qualified players, and remains at risk of being torched in pick-and-rolls by the likes of Russell Westbrook and Donovan Mitchell.

Adams has been a solid perimeter defender this year, but his potential shortcomings could force head coach Billy Donovan to play Nerlens Noel over him or even use Danilo Gallinari at center.

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The gap between the Magic's 2019-20 floor and ceiling is fairly minimal. At best, they'll lose a competitive series to a top-two seed. At worst, they'll get swept by a much more talented team. But as long as the team stays healthy, it'll still be able to form personnel opinions based on this six-week sojourn.

As has been discussed ad nauseam, Orlando's frontcourt is overstuffed, and this season, Aaron Gordon has suffered the most.

The big man has recorded his worst effective field-goal percentage since his rookie year and posted a negative net rating. However, he did improve after Jonathan Isaac suffered a knee injury, averaging 15.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 46.0 percent from the field in the 29 ensuing games.

Will the long layoff and increased spacing help Gordon keep up that pace, finally turning him into Blake Griffin-lite? If that's the case, Orlando should either sell high and trade him for young players and picks or commit to building around him and Isaac while shopping Nikola Vucevic instead.

These stakes aren't super high, but they'll inform the direction of the Magic franchise for the foreseeable future.

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The 76ers might be winners of the NBA's hiatus.

In the grind of a season, it's hard to find time to work out on-court issues. However, three-plus months away from the court have given Philly a chance to solve serious questions.

If the team starts turning it around, then no Sixer stands to benefit more than Al Horford.

Horford's contract with Philly last summer was considered a smart move at the time. Instead, the 34-year-old has acted his age, looking a step slow on defense and spending most of his time standing at the three-point line on offense. In his own way, Horford has complained about this. But just before the season halted, head coach Brett Brown may have stumbled upon the solution: bringing the big man off the bench.

Given his $109 million contract, it's bad optics to move Horford to the bench. But he'd dominate other second units in a tailor-made role while a shooter like Furkan Korkmaz or Glenn Robinson III would settle the starting lineup.

Talent-wise, the ceiling in Philly could still lead to a title. The team just needs to continue tweaking its rotations until it finds the combination that can capture the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

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Congratulations on recovering from a gruesome injury, Jusuf Nurkic.

Your reward? An entire organization has spent the better part of a year spinning its wheels, waiting for you to return from that injury. Now that you're ostensibly healthy, you must be the savior who helps carry this team back to the playoffs.

The fact that injuries to Nurkic and Zach Collins have been used as cover for a lackluster 2019-20 season in Portland heaps significant pressure on their respective returns. This is especially true for Nurkic, who was in the midst of a career year in 2018-19 before he suffered a compound leg fracture.

Hassan Whiteside has filled in for Nurkic this year (to varying degrees of success), but it appears Blazers players will be onTeam Nurkicwhen the time comes.

Currently 3.5 games out of the eighth seed and in position to force a play-in series, Portland could make the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year. But with one of the most difficult schedules of any bubble team and the potential reintegration of a big man coming off a major leg injury, it will be a challenge.

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The Raptors have been training in Florida for over a week, and it looks like at least one of their players has stumbled on the Fountain of Youth while in the Sunshine State.

Even in his younger years, Marc Gasol was never this slim. In fact, he wasinfamously out of shape. And while you can argue that losing such a drastic amount of weight this quickly at age 35 will detract from what made Gasol effective in the first place, anybody who believes that hasn't watched a second of his career.

The Spaniard's game has only ever relied on power and girth in tangential ways, and he's a three-time All-Star because of a high basketball IQ and surprising agility as a perimeter defender. Losing weight will obviously not affect decision-making, and it can only heighten his ability to switch on defense.

It's hard to say how this affects the Raptors' championship aspirations. They have a clear offensive hierarchy, and Gasol was a stout defender this year even before the weight loss.

But it certainly can't hurt to have a former Defensive Player of the Year in peak physical condition.

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As if Mike Conley's integration into the Utah Jazz lineup wasn't complicated enough, he now hasa new set of obstacles to take on in the bubble.

On one hand, the point guard will take on a bigger role out of necessity after Bojan Bogdanovic's season-ending wrist surgery. On the other hand is the elephant in the room: Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert's relationship.

The organization is saying the right things, but it's not like the two were ever a seamless fit. The paint-bound Gobert was always an offensive impediment to Mitchell, a Dwyane Wade-style guard who thrives as a slasher and finisher around the rim.

Now, what does Conley have to do with any of this? Well, he's the team's point guard and elder statesman, meaning he's ostensibly in charge of the Jazz's fate.

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Jul 3

VICE – I Tried to Get Hench Over Lockdown – VICE UK

When my editor asks if I want to get hench over lockdown, I'm already three beers and half a bottle of red wine deep. I type in a tipsy-confident haze: "I've been neglecting my gains for about a year (lol), so I'd like to try." Hitting send sobers me up: I immediately realise I've fucked it.

Lots of people began lockdown promising to get a new "quarantine bod", but they had a get-out: they could just... not. I don't have the same escape route it is now my job to get hench. There'll be no quitting gym memberships and setting off to the boozer with the refund, no faking injuries to get out of it, and no half measures.

This isn't about getting a "beach body" or losing weight it's about putting myself through hell for a laugh, trying to build as much muscle as I can, while dropping as much body fat as I can, in a limited timeframe, using only the stuff I have available: a modest set of weights, and gravity.

On the first day of the challenge, I wake up, note the chocolate peanut butter protein powder I bought at quarter to midnight and consider the phrase "you are what you eat". Beer is probably my favourite food. I rarely eat meat, but I also regularly wilt spinach in a lot of butter, a la James Martin on Saturday Kitchen.

I haven't been to the gym in ten months and I haven't been for a run in roughly four years. I don't have an office commute, as I work from home. The gig economy doesn't allow time for fitness. But when my new scales arrive and I see that both my BMI and body fat percentage pop up in the "mildly obese" area, I realise I should probably start to making some time not least because of the long-term health risks (type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, liver and kidney disease, to name a few) associated with that phrase.

Having photos taken at the start of the challenge is horrible. Nothing on my photographer, Chris he's class I've just never liked being in front of a camera. With each click of the lens I feel layers being zapped from the thick skin I've grown, exposing my self-consciousness. We make a point of taking unflattering photos using a flash and white backgrounds, to bring out my pasty chubbiness and the Dairy Milk residue coating my teeth.

As soon as Chris leaves, I have an urge to exercise. I do five press-ups and then groan face-first into my yoga mat.

203 pounds, 33.4 percent body fat

I've put my weight on here, but it's not the focus putting on muscle often leads to weight gain, so I'm not so bothered about that. What I'm focusing on is body fat percentage, because I've read that any man can have a six pack if his body fat is somewhere near 15 percent, and I want to see what I look like with abs.

There are some things you inexplicably remember in life. You won't think about them every day, but you will remember them forever. For me, one of these things happened on the 23rd of August, 2018: Kim Kardashian announced that she does 1,000 squats per day. I remember this because yesterday I did 200 squats, and I can barely walk. Going to the toilet is a real issue. I imagine Kim forcing herself to the bathroom like Bambi on ice, grimacing every time she wipes. I have a lot of respect for her.

The next evening I decide to give the Brutal HIIT Ladder Workout a go to see roughly where my fitness is at. Ten minutes in, my blood feels like cider vinegar. I limp to the end of the session and lie on the floor for somewhere between ten minutes and an hour. While on the floor, an email pings up on my phone: "We've scheduled you weekly Zoom meetings with Zack George, the fittest man in the UK, starting on Monday. Hes going to send workouts for you to follow."

Having access to someone like Zack for free is a luxury, but you can't buy willpower. So while he's going to email me workouts to help me get responsibly fit, he isnt going to watch my workouts or check my fridge and I already know I'll ignore him every single time he suggests sprints or running. Either way, a call with him means Ill at least be less in the dark about this working-out-stuff next week.

For now, Im left to my own devices. Tweets about Fitness Blender and Joe Wicks fill my feed as everyone else also seems to be at the Dry January stage of lockdown. I follow a load of fitness accounts, then discover a person who becomes my new demigod: Jeff Cavaliere from ATHLEAN-X (more on him later). I click a video titled "Brutal Triceps Workout (SORE IN 6 MINUTES!)" and note the common theme of "brutal" in the headlines, wondering if this brief foray into fitness will turn me into a lifelong masochist.

I watch each video before I do them, because I often have no idea how to physically do any of the movements (dumbbell reverse fly????), which means they take twice as long. I also have to figure out which videos are home-workout-friendly. The couch proves surprisingly useful for dips, incline press-ups and other moves I've never heard of before.

The six minutes pass and I ache like hell. I down a lumpy chalky protein shake that tastes like the guilt-inducing advent calendar chocolates you eat a day early. Im wondering if Im allowed rest days. Im also regretting not drinking my beer supplies before starting, because I know I cant have one, which is miserable, but not as miserable as not having one.

204 pounds, 30.5 percent body fat

I meet my personal trainer, Zack George, on Zoom. I ask about pain at one point and he says: "If youre struggling to walk in the morning, well do a light session that day." Which is reassuring. I notice how ripped he is and become both jealous and concerned.

"I don't think youll build much mass, its hard," says Zack. Most people take months to do that in an actual gym. Perhaps if you were genetically gifted"

I am not genetically gifted, and I quickly lose interest in whats being said, resurfacing when he says, "You will be able to improve how you look in a month." I get my first workout:

50 reps of each exercise for time:Press upsSquatsDumbbell snatches 10kgLeg Raised CrunchesKettlebell SwingsBurpees

In total, Ill end up gritting my teeth through 75 Zack-intensity workouts across five weeks, plus the 21 I set myself.

Not long after, the UK's quarantine properly begins and I move into my girlfriend's family home. It's my first visit, and I quickly realise I cant maintain my relationship while eating like a bodybuilder, scoffing tuna and brown rice, and refusing to drink beer. I cant smell of sweat all the time and make weird straining noises in the wee hours of the morning. I also dont have access to a shower or kitchen for 14 days, as it seems safer to quarantine in the lounge, so protein shakes are made in the downstairs toilet, where I wash my armpits. I'm also unsure how to turn any of the radiators off, which makes for a challenging climate: I can wholly recommend never doing HIIT in a "hot yoga" environment.

My first morning at the house, I have a mild anxiety attack. This is because I thought I could work out in front of my girlfriend, but I cant. Ten burpees in, I feel myself jiggle while she kindly holds a camera for my Instagram stories and I inexplicably stop and sulk face-down on the bed for about 20 minutes.

While sulking, I realise this is about much more than hench. Its about me accepting that I dont like my body and confronting that I do, in fact, want to change how I look. Not because I look bad, but because there must be a reason I won't have my photo taken, or why I have a mild meltdown within 30 seconds of exercising in front of someone I want to like me. As the camera rolls, I'm already thinking about the "after" photos for this challenge. Even though I want to put in even more effort to get there, I can't look past the immediate difficulties of how much harder I'll have to work. I'm only human.

201 pounds, 26.4 percent body fat

I wake up to the best Christmas present I've never received: an actual bicep. I feel it when I cup my chest before looking in the mirror. Its hard. Later, when I bend over to suck in oxygen mid-workout, my stomach seems to hang in a more vertical-oval shape than the rounded-square blob Im used to. I feel great. Then I try to do a run and my back gives out. So the day becomes a rest day, which I am allowed once a week. I spend it feeling my little bicep child between watching workout videos.

I have a real itch to be active, but settle for exercise of the mind. Hench literature is my life now, and I am transfixed. After a couple more hours, in which I've absorbed endless pearls of wisdom "on a minute-for-minute basis, the burpee is one of the most effective exercises for burning calories" my girlfriend interrupts.

"Youre staring intently at that prawn, and youre NODDING AT HIM." She is referring to ATHLEAN-X demigod Jeff Cavaliere, and his "5 Dumbest Forms of Cardio (DONT LOOK STUPID!)" video, in which he takes a dump on running, my nemesis.

"He has 5.3 percent body fat you cannot just call him a prawn!" I hiss.

Toward the end of the week, I ache to the extent that its difficult to get dressed, but I've learned to exercise through it (I cant explain how, it just sort of happens, like I imagine "learning to walk" does). The idea of doing exercise becomes part of the shopping basket of my day, not a bulky extra item that keeps trying to fall out.

199 pounds, 23.4 percent body fat

Ive lost more than 10 percent of my body fat. My arms have visible "resting" muscles, in the right shadow. There is the faintest line running vertically down the middle of my stomach. When I place my hands on my hips, there is no cushioning. But I am desperate to have my chat with Zack later this week I need him like a cub needs its mother.

My post-breakfast snack is a smoothie containing: pea protein powder, faba bean isolate, flaxseed powder, kale, brown rice and more. You know when you mix paints and they become that browny-greeny-grey, like the colour they made cigarette packets to put people off smoking? It looked and tasted exactly like that. But I don't care. I am oozing health.

Everything is just sort of falling into place. Ive learned the fitness world has many acronyms and that optimisation is everything, like Kevins small talk in The Office. One specific thing I have discovered is that the EMOM workout works for me. Its an acronym for Every Minute On The Minute so say you do ten burpees in 39 seconds, you then rest for 21, and it's on to the next thing. It suits me, because the harder you work, the more you rest.

At the end of the week, I leave my girlfriends house. I feel like Ive grown a lot there, but I mainly feel bad that the weeks Ive spent with her have been ruined by my challenge. I hope she thinks Im hotter or something now. Perhaps Ill buy a Connell-esque silver necklace to accentuate my gains, or Ill just keep working out so that we can both eat a load of junk food whenever I see her next. Either way, the train ride home makes me realise how successful people often come across as arseholes, and it gives me pause for thought.

197 pounds, 23.1 percent body fat

Im staring out of the window and everything seems beautiful. I look at the kebab shops neon sign and feel a warm breeze through the window. It feels like I'm on holiday. This is mainly because Im having a beer and theres a pizza in the oven. Now that my lockdown challenge is over, I'm thinking about what I have achieved and how it's probably relatively insignificant a 5/10 effort compared to what you'd see if this feature was published in one of those fitness magazines with sinewy tattooed cover stars.

I've noticed some things about my body since trying to become hench. For example, it turns out that when you grow a little family of biceps, pecs and lats, they tend to stick around. The muscle fibres retain information and remember how to contract. Weeks on, I can still tense my pecs on cue, and my arms feel firm when I cross them. Im not working out as often perhaps twice a week, if I have time but more than I did beforehand, and actually, the results are still there.

By the end of the challenge, Ive lost a third of my body fat a pretty radical change. Even as a celebratory pizza and beers bloat my very faint abs into non-existence, the muscles beneath them have actually developed considerably. I stand straighter and correct my posture when sitting at my desk. I feel stronger, my back doesnt hurt nearly as much and my neck doesnt need clicking three times a day. My leg muscles, which were always a bit abnormally apparent, are even more apparent. Theres a new bit of definition where my thigh meets the inside of my knee, which looks strange, but Im into it.

Aside from the physical changes, there are other things I've realised. One is that many aspects of this challenge would suit a single person far more. In fact, other than helping you keep a grasp on reality, this challenge is entirely suited to not being in a relationship. It takes a chunk out of your life: it replaces quality time with cardio and crunches, a few drinks and dessert with an extra pint of water. You don't see Lady and the Tramp locking lips over a protein cookie, do you?

The challenge did make me feel confident enough to post my first ever selfie, but I wasnt prepared to temporarily ruin my life to look good and then revert back to normal. Under these circumstances, where everything is already strange, keeping some sense of normality was more important than ever.

My relationship with exercise has definitely changed. I wouldnt go as far as to say I love it, or that I want to count each millimetre of fat my body dissolves, but I do now spot a 20-minute gap in my day and think: 'I could spend that moving about, with or without heavy things in my hands.' I think the fact I've formed a much better relationship with fitness than I ever had before is the real gain.

Over the past five weeks, I've been mindful of my feelings towards my body. Sometimes I got slightly neurotic about how I look, but then I remembered that "getting hench" was a ridiculous goal from the get-go. What I'm proudest of is seeing a difference in my appearance within a specific timeframe. I gained muscle and it made me feel good, though it hasn't made me feel like a better human being. It's a novel achievement, a bit like climbing a mountain, in that Id recommend doing it if youre curious and fit enough I got some aches and pains and a nice view at the end but I'm glad to have descended back to normality.

I dont imagine I'll keep up Zack's punishing regime beyond lockdown. But I remember him saying hes been training his entire life, and he lumps the word consistency into conversations about five times an hour. He is 29. In the world of gains, I am about four weeks old.

According to science, habits are made in 66 days, and Im now halfway to that. Even if I drop myself down to a few workouts a week, Ill be a machine, relative to my former self. And come the height of summer, who knows maybe Ill enjoy looking at my reflection in the window of the pub. So thats the plan: just try to keep at it, at my own pace, responsibly. Heres to trying.

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I hope Harvey dies before I do because he wont be able to cope without me, says heartbroken Katie Price – The Sun

WHILE her partying and rollercoaster love life have been played out in the public eye for more than 20 years, Katie Prices dedication to her disabled son is a side of her that we rarely get to see.

It is her love for Harvey that keeps the star going and she admits there were dark times when she would have ended her life if it were not for him.


This week, Katie was terrified when the partially sighted 18-year-old complained of chest pains and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

Autistic Harvey, who weighs more than 27st due to an excessive appetite caused by the genetic condition Prader-Willi Syndrome, is now home again after being diagnosed with a chest infection.

But speaking to The Sun, Katie has revealed doctors have told her Harvey is at serious risk of dying from a heart attack if he does not lose weight.

And, in a brutally stark statement, the fearful mum says she hopes Harvey will die before she does, because he simply will not be able to cope without her.


Katie, 42, says: When Harvey went into hospital, I feared the worst. I always do.

The doctors have told me hes at high risk of having a heart attack.

Hes 27st, wears 5XL clothes and he gets out of breath walking up the stairs. So of course I panicked.

I cant see him living past 50 unless we sort his weight and his breathing out.

I know its horrible to say, but I wish hed go before me because he wouldnt cope without me.

Hed be so heartbroken and wouldnt understand where Id gone.

The mum-of-five went into rehab clinic The Priory in January after admitting self-medicating with alcohol and cocaine.

In her darkest days, it was only the thought of Harvey that kept her going.


Katie also mum to daughters Princess Tiaamii, 13, and Bunny, five, and sons Junior, 15, and six-year-old Jett says: I could have gone off and hanged myself, which I wanted to do, but I didnt because I have kids.

I know its a harsh comment but its the truth.

If I ever died, my other kids, obviously, would be heartbroken but Harvey would not understand where Id gone.

And I just think no one would look after him the way I do, and he wouldnt understand why Im not there.

The thought kills me. I hate it. I dont know whats going to happen in the future.

Speaking about her eldest sons hospital dash last week, Katie says she had known something was wrong as Harvey was not himself but it wasnt until he complained about needles in his chest that she called an ambulance.

She says: I know hes getting bigger and Id noticed in the past month his breathing had changed.


It was at Princesss birthday party, just after shed done her cake and Harvey wasnt feeling himself and had a lie down. And then he was getting worse and worse and I thought, Oh s**t.

Sometimes hell fake things, like if he doesnt want to go to school, hell say Harvey feels wobbly, or hes got a sore throat.

But I know him well enough to know if hes trying to pull a fast one or not.

He said he was getting pains, and he can deteriorate quickly, so I just used my common sense, stayed calm and called the ambulance.

Harvey was diagnosed with fluid on his lungs and a chest infection, and discharged that night.

But Katie says that dealing with her eldest childs complex medical needs is getting harder and harder.


As well as being on the autistic spectrum and having a severe genetic condition, he was born with the brain disorder septo-optic dysplasia, which has left him partially sighted.

His father, former footballer Dwight Yorke, has always refused to help and has been absent from Harveys life but Katie says she is happy to be both Harveys mum and his dad.

She adds: I love him, and I would never change him, but its constant. Its exhausting.

He knows hes got to lose weight but its the Prader-Willi he just wants to eat.

Hell steal food, and hes on steroids that make him big.


We try everything, but cutting down food is hard.

Im not trying to give him a lot of food look at my other kids, theyre not big and fat like Harvey.

I dont want him to be in 5XL clothes, or to not be able to go on proper walks without being out of breath.

I dont want that, I come from a fit, healthy family.

People dont appreciate how big he is until they see him.

He cant fit in some cars, and on an aeroplane the seatbelts dont fit him.

He loves rollercoasters but he cant go on them because the seats dont fit down on him.

Katie is now filming a BBC documentary about living with her son in lockdown called Harvey And Me.

It will follow their everyday life and the struggles she encounters as a single mum to her disabled son.

It is bloody difficult, she says.

Its a constant worry, and I worry about the other kids too.

I think people will be shocked when they see what living with Harvey is really like.


Im both his mum and his carer and I dont even ask for sympathy, but it is hard work.

Little things p**s him off. If you have to skip the ads on YouTube when hes trying to watch Peppa Pig, or a door bangs in the house, or the wind bangs the window, hell start headbutting the walls.

Ill have to get a plasterer in after lockdown as hes been punching the walls in my new house and its covered in holes.

He can switch just like that.

Normally, Harvey lives in a residential school during the week, but during lockdown it has just been him and Katie together at home.

Her two youngest children Bunny and Jett have been living with Katies ex-husband Kieran Hayler during the week, while Princess and Junior live with their father, pop singer Peter Andre, down the road from Katie in Sussex.

Katie has loved spending one-to-one time with Harvey but has been struggling with the home schooling.

She admits she is no teacher and jokes: Im about Harveys level.

Katie adds: Obviously his education is different to other childrens, but I dont care because doctors said he wouldnt walk, talk or see and he does it all.

Hes cleverer than people think. Hes amazing at drawing and knows his times tables.


Living with Harvey is a bundle of massive love and banter and he makes me laugh.

And while she is abused every day by online trolls who brand her a sl*g for her string of divorces, her former husbands have been very supportive since she left The Priory.

Katie says: Theyve been good, actually. Theres no drama with Kieran and Pete now. Its so nice and refreshing.

The new house is between their houses, and its so nice.

This week, Katie gave evidence by video link to a Commons committee looking into online abuse, and said the disgusting, despicable taunts directed at Harvey was part of the reason she sought treatment at The Priory.

Under her Harveys Law campaign, Katie wants to make online abuse a criminal offence, with the names of trolls placed on a register that employers can check.


Talking about the daily online abuse about her son, she says: Harveys not aware of it, but I am and I wont stand for it.

Its disgusting what he gets called.

I get trolled daily too, but he doesnt deserve the abuse he gets.

Im excited to get this law going because everyone agrees it should be a law.

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By Sam Carlisle

MY daughter, Elvi, is in the same class as Harvey Price at school.

He is a friendly giant, incredibly loving and has a real passion for art and frogs. Harveys fantastic piano-playing is the highlight of the Christmas concerts.

Whatever Katie does in her private life, her love for her son is palpable.

The fact she has raised him for 18 years without any financial or emotional support from his errant father, Dwight Yorke, shows great strength.

Every parent of a complex-needs child worries about who will look after them if anything happens to us.

So while it is shocking to hear Katie say she wants Harvey to die before her, I can understand what she means.

Like Elvi, who also has a rare genetic disorder, Harvey has challenging behaviour and there has to be someone with him all the time.

Before lockdown, both of them attended the residential unit at the school.

For me, allowing Elvi, 18, to stay overnight was an incredibly tough decision. I felt I had failed her at home.

But the reality was that she only slept three hours a night at home, never making up that sleep in the daytime.

That was night after night when I had to be up with her.

It was relentless and exhausting.

We realised residential care was the right decision.

The staff at the school are incredibly caring and great at coming up with a programme of events for the kids that would be beyond shattered parents.

Elvi loved her nights there.

So, with lockdown, Harvey and Elvi not only lost their lessons and the routine that is so important to them, they also lost their fun nights at school.

I dont think either of them understand why they cant see their friends.

As parents, we lost the respite that enables us to work, spend time with our other children and be the best we can be when our gorgeous kids come home.

Harvey and Elvis wonderful teacher has provided daily online activities for her class much easier than Elvis younger brothers maths.

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Global trade impact of the Coronavirus Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Market Poised for Steady Growth in the Future 2018 to 2028 – Owned

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Shantae and the Seven Sirens Nintendo Switch Review – A Wish Granted – The Koalition

This year, WayForward is celebrating their 30th anniversary with the release of the latest entry in their flagship Shantae series titled Shantae and the Seven Sirens. I quickly fell in love with the Shantae series after playing Pirates Curse and Half-Genie Hero on my Nintendo Switch, and I couldnt wait for the chance to play the next offering in the series. I recently completed Seven Sirens and wanted to share my thoughts on the game and how it compares to the previous titles. This review will focus on the Nintendo Switch version, and the experience may vary on other platforms.

The protagonist is a half-genie, half-human named Shantae. This game opens with Shantae and her friends on a vacation getaway to Paradise Island. Shantae was invited to partake in the islands Half-Genie Festival with other Half-Genies like herself. But when the festivities got underway, the lights went dark, and when they came back to, she was left alone on the stage. Its up to Shantae to find her missing Half-Genie friends.

She runs into her old nemesis, Risky Boots, and immediately suspects that she is behind the disappearances. Risky is certainly up to no good, but theres more to it than meets the eye. Theres a legend about creatures known as Sirens that live deep beneath the island and have been terrorizing the land for a long time. Shantae has to fight these Sirens and rescue the Half-Genies. It all leads up to the final battle to determine the fate of Paradise Island. There were some twists and turns, but its more fun if you play the game to find out.

No time for vacationing after Harmony and her friends mysteriously vanished at the Half-Genie Festival.

With Seven Sirens comes the return of the familiar Metroidvania style the series is famous for, after Half-Genie Heros departure of it in favor of a more linear experience. Its very much like Pirates Curse in that youll need to revisit different zones once youve properly equipped yourself with the powers necessary to advance in the map or acquire items. The mode of travel is different this time around. In Shantae and the Pirates Curse, you needed to go to Riskys ship to sail to different locations. In Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, you needed to visit Sky and ride on her bird Wrench to your desired location. In this game, you use warp rooms, which have platforms you jump on that teleport you to specific spots. As you advance through the map, youll unlock more warp rooms above and below Paradise Island. There is no Scuttle Town in this game, but there are three towns instead, including Arena Town, Tree Town, and Armor Town.

I like the controls overall and the new ways that magic was implemented into the game. Most of the basic controls still apply. You can whip your hair at enemies (while upgrading them to be faster and more damaging) or you can cycle through an assortment of magic weapons such as fireballs, pike balls, rockets, and scimitars. You can buy these power-ups in shops using the in-game gem currency. But there are new ways in which transformations are implemented. Shantae and the Seven Sirensintroduces Fusion Magic, which are powers you inherit from your half-genie comrades. There are two kinds of this magic: Fusion Forms, which allow you to transform with a dedicated button, and Fusion Dances, where you can dance to activate a special power. For example, you can Fusion Form into a Newt, which allows you to zip through the air and climb walls. There is also the Seer Dance, which when performed will make hidden objects appear on the screen.

There are up to nine different ways to transform, including the Quake Dance.

It may sound complex, but I enjoyed how much quicker its made the gameplay experience. If I need to drill through the dirt I dont need to dance; as long as I acquired the Drill Coin, I just need to move in the direction I want to drill and Shantae will instantly transform as needed. Speaking of power-ups, another new addition comes in the form of monster cards. These are cards that appear at random as you defeat different enemies in the game. They all have different perks, such as boosts in the attack, defense, speed, magic meters, etc. There are rare cards in the game that can only be acquired through villagers by trading in nuggets, which can be found hidden throughout the map.

My only gripe here is some of these rare cards are practically worthless relative to when they can be acquired in the story. There are also heart squids you can find and trade to the Squidsmith for extra heart holders (basically extends your life meter; think of heart containers from Legend of Zelda), as well as hidden statues and treasure chests. Your magic is the key to unlocking the secrets of Paradise Island.

Collect gems and spend them at the town shops to add magic weapons to your arsenal.

In terms of difficulty, the game isnt that hard once you get the hang of the controls and figure out how to stock up on items. Its still challenging and can be even more so if youre a completionist who doesnt believe in using guides (there are some hidden items that I dont know how I would have found if not for guides and YouTube videos). I appreciate that WayForward showed some mercy and didnt have a stupidly difficult timing jump thing with spikes like it did in the final levels of the previous two games. Seriously. I needed to exploit a glitch just to get up that tower in Pirates Curse. It was ridiculous, but thats on me.

Boss battles in Seven Sirens felt fairly simple to me, similar to past Shantae games. The key is to always take advantage of the powers you had most recently acquired. Its sort of like Mega Man in a sense. I want to add that the final boss battle felt the most epic of all the Shantae games that Ive played, at least from a visual standpoint. For me thats saying something, considering I got chills while battling Tinkerbrain in HGH.

Gorgeous animated cutscenes appear as you face new obstacles such as the Sirens.

Also want to mention that there is a New Game Plus mode, where you play as Shantae in her hula costume, and get a higher magic meter but less defense. Im still in the middle of playing it and its noticeably more challenging. My experience is that the increased magic meter does not offset the amount of damage I can get, so I consider the margin for error to be smaller. Its given me an excuse to play the game all over again with a higher level of difficulty. Bring it on!

Half-Genie Hero had a couple of DLC packs that allowed you to play effectively new modes as other characters, such as Sky, Bolo, Rottytops, and even Risky Boots. I enjoyed those modes and it was a little disappointing that those characters are non-playable in this game. The awesome, anime-inspired intro (which Ill get into in a second) seemed to tease the possibility of playing as those characters but that simply wasnt the case. Its something I hope that will be considered for the sixth installment of Shantae in the future.

When I was at PAX East earlier this year, I was able to play a demo of the game in what I now recognize is the Water Lily stage. What stood out to me then was that the game played similarly to Pirates Curse but the sprites still resembled Half-Genie Hero. Now that Ive had a chance to play the game in full, Ive been able to greater appreciate its visual aspects. Yes, they recycled some assets from HGH, but I prefer it to the pixelated look from Pirates Curse. I kind of liked the 3D-ish look of the levels in HGH so I missed seeing that here in Seven Sirens, but I dont mind sacrificing that for the sake of getting it back to its Metroidvania roots.

Solve puzzles and make new discoveries as you travel through the depths of the sunken city.

Ive always enjoyed the banter when Shantae speaks with other characters. There didnt seem to be as much of it in HGH (I need to emphasize that the previous game was a big departure from what the Shantae series was known for, which is why I keep bringing it up). Im glad the dialogue ramped back up with this one. Squid Baron is such a delightful dork, what a treat he is.

I was quite satisfied with how the game looked. Its a platformer so nothing too fancy needed, though I did appreciate the hand-drawn art of the background in those deep-water levels. The GUI was sleek and easy to navigate. Seven Sirens continues the Shantae tradition of cute and sexy character designs the series has always been known for. Im not exactly sure why this games ESRB rating went down from Teen to Everyone 10+, because as far as fantasy violence and suggestive themes are concerned, I saw no difference.

Youll need your Fusion Magic to defeat the lovely but deadly Water Lily Siren.

Another thing I loved was the addition of animated cutscenes.Beautiful stuff. Im a big fan of the cutscenes and hope we see more of them in the future. That includes the games introduction video, which was animated by Studio Trigger. What a tease! A Shantae animated series is something I didnt know I needed in my life.

(While were on that topic, hey Matt Bozon and WayForward! Cant you guys work something out with Netflix? Just need Cristina Vee on board and were Ret-2-Go! Make it happen! Okay let me get back on track)

Everyone waiting patiently for Shantae to be playable in Smash (j/k). The gangs all here on another adventure.

Let me get sound effects out of the way here. Nothing significant to report, its the same as usual. This game had a whopping nine different voice actors, more than double the previous game. I adore Vees work as Shantae (she voices two other characters in the game as well). Its the little details that I get a kick out of, like the sound of satisfaction when Shantae eats or drinks something, or when she yells out the name of her power. Too cute! Please never change.

What was significant, perhaps more than anything was the change with its soundtrack. There was a changing of the guard when long-time WayForward music composer Jake Kaufman announced that he left the company back in 2014. He had composed every Shantae game up to that point, and HGH was his final project in the series. Music is an art form that has the ability to move you through sound, and Kaufman was masterful at it with his video game soundtracks. The musical experience throughout Pirates Curse and Half-Genie Hero was remarkable, and the first thing I remembered about playing those games more than anything else. The File Select theme for Pirates Curse had no business being the absolute banger that it was. So imagine my disappointment when I discovered that this new installment to the Shantae series would no longer feature its super talented, long time composer.

You can use up to three monster cards at a time to enhance your abilities.

Kaufman set the bar high, so I had to set my expectations low and keep my mind open. Still, I was afraid, but I have to say WayForward somehow knocked it out of the park yet again. The soundtrack is made by a group headlined by Japanese composer and chiptune enthusiast Professor Sakamoto. I enjoyed its very distinctly 8-bit theme to the soundtrack (with the Beach Travel Easttrack being one of the more robust examples of this). Yet the music at times still managed to invoke those Arabian tones that have long been synonymous with Shantae soundtracks.

Ive read other peoples reactions to the game music and its definitely polarizing. Some consider it flat and bland; others love it. Im of the mind that, yes, this is very much not Jake Kaufmans work, but these tracks are still rock solid. They set the tone just right for every location in the game.The Seven Sirens soundtrack is available on Spotify and Apple Music. I have a Spotify subscription and there are a handful of tracks from the game that I go back to for a pick-me-up. I love it.

The new composition team proves to be worthy successors and Im so glad that such a vital component to the spirit of Shantae wasnt compromised. Thank you WayForward for not letting me down there.

If you like action, comedy, puzzles, and a healthy dose of fan service, Shantaes got you covered.

This game can be enjoyed by anyone, and prior knowledge of the series isnt required, but it helps to appreciate the context behind some of the character interactions. The game is fun on its own, but the backstory adds to it. I learned that from the first time I played a Shantae game and had the jokes go over my head. Shantae and the Pirates Curse was my introduction to the Shantae series. It was an experience that utterly wowed me and one that cant be duplicated because it was the first. That having been said, Seven Sirens incorporated many of the things that drew me into the franchise while introducing fresh new concepts that kept the game from feeling stale. It had just about everything that I could want from it: endearing characters and humor; great music and eye candy; a story with plot twists; lots of action and a large map to explore; familiar comforts with new delights.

If I had to nitpick, Id say that Seven Sirens didnt strike me as quite as challenging as it could have been.Shantae herself is pretty badass once youve gotten all the powers and loaded up on potions and monster cards. I would have liked for the map to have been just a little bit bigger and the game a little bit longer to beat. Its partially why I felt compelled to play it over with New Game Plus mode.

Shantae is the main hero but it would have been awesome if there was a chance to switch between characters, similar to the Friends to the End DLC in Half-Genie Hero. The Half-Genies give their powers to Shantae throughout the game but it would have been neat to be able to control them instead. Maybe alternate similar to Friends to the End, or going further back, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game for NES where you could pause and switch turtles. As the player I wouldve felt more drawn in to these newer characters. Theres so much potential with this series and the game left me wanting more, for better or worse. Thats about all I can think of in terms of room for improvement.

It was an absolute joy to play this game from start to finish. Shantae games deliver on the fun every time. I gravitate to video games that make me smile and laugh as I play, and this one did its job.I wanted more Shantae in my life, and after waiting patiently for the games release, WayForward finally granted my wish with Shantae and the Seven Sirens.

If youre ready to dance through the danger, you can pick up Shantae and the Seven Sirens today for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, or Apple Arcade. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this game. Thanks for reading and happy gaming!

Gain a new transformation when you get a Fusion Coin from your rescued ally.

Do battle with the Queen of the Seven Seas.

You can quickly travel across the map using warp rooms.

Belly dances unlock special powers.

This review was written based on a digital review copy of Shantae and the Seven Sirens for the Nintendo Switch provided by WayForward.

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Global Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system Market Insights and Forecast to 2026 – Jewish Life News

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The Tom Brady diet: Benefits, risks, and meal plan – Medical News Today

The Tom Brady diet, or TB12 Method, is a holistic diet that combines anti-inflammatory, alkaline, and Mediterranean foods.

The TB12 Method originates from the diet and lifestyle of American football quarterback, Thomas Brady Jr.

In this article, we look at what the diet is, explore the benefits and risks, and provide a simple meal plan.

The TB12 Method is primarily a plant-based diet that consists of anti-inflammatory and alkaline foods.

Though anecdotal evidence suggests that it is effective for weight loss and sports performance, the diet is complex and may be unsustainable in the long term.

The Tom Brady diet is a blend of other dietary regimens, such as anti-inflammatory, alkaline, and Mediterranean. It consists of 20% lean meat or wild-caught fish, while the remaining 80% comprises mainly fruit and vegetables, as well as whole grains and legumes.

These foods should be:

The Tom Brady diet is strict, with an exhaustive list of foods to avoid. In general, people consider these foods, which include sugary products and processed meats, to be acidic or inflammatory.

While the TB12 Method instructs people to avoid certain foods, it also provides additional guidance, such as:

A person should avoid eating within 3 hours of going to bed. Research suggests that eating later at night may increase body fat.

Other studies have also shown that eating meals or snacks before bedtime may increase weight gain.

The diet instructs people not to pair foods high in carbohydrates with foods high in protein. Additionally, a person should eat fruit on its own as a snack.

As with any diet, water intake is important, so the TB12 Method encourages a person to drink lots of water throughout the day. However, they should not drink it with or around meals.

There is a lack of research that focuses explicitly on the Tom Brady diet. However, studies that examine the other diets that comprise this regimen can provide some insight into its potential benefits.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the Tom Brady diet may help with weight loss and sports performance. This is likely because of the strict rules around certain types of foods.

On this diet, a person will likely consume fewer calories than they use, so weight loss is likely.

The diet is rich in fiber from fruit, vegetables, and legumes. Research highlights that a high fiber diet can help a person feel fuller for longer. As a result, a person may be less likely to snack when following this dietary regimen.

The Tom Brady diet recommends a low consumption of meat and processed food but a high intake of produce and whole grains. This ratio is similar to that of the Mediterranean diet, which research shows can improve cardiovascular health.

There are no studies that examine the risks of this specific diet. However, some general limitations may be:

As the diet is restrictive, it may mean that someone puts on weight again if they cease to follow it. When a person restricts calories too severely, it can lead to changes in hormones, metabolism, and cognitive functions. This, in turn, makes it difficult to establish the behaviors necessary to maintain a moderate weight.

As this diet recommends the intake of organic foods, it may be more expensive than other diet plans.

Although research is limited, organic produce may have some minor health benefits in comparison with nonorganic foods.

As with any changes in diet and lifestyle, a person should discuss these with a doctor or dietitian.

The Tom Brady diet encourages a 20% intake of meat or fish, with the remaining 80% consisting of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes.

Under this diet, a person should eat lean meat, such as chicken, turkey, and steak. Ideally, meat should be grass-fed and organic, with no added hormones.

A person may eat fish as a replacement, or as an alternative, to meat. Fish should be fresh and wild-caught.

These play a key part in the Tom Brady diet and should be organic and GMO-free. They should also be local, which means that a person should only eat in-season fruits and vegetables. However, under this diet, a person should avoid nightshade fruits and vegetables, such as white potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants.

Fruits and vegetables should mainly be alkaline. These include:

The TB12 Method recommends gluten-free whole grains, such as buckwheat, maize, rice, and quinoa.

These serve as a healthful snack for someone on this diet. One 2017 study found that a person can have a diet higher in nutrients with fewer empty calories if they consume nuts instead of high calorie snacks.

Legumes are a type of seed or plant, and they include lentils, chickpeas, and peas.

The Tom Brady diet recommends that people consume nutritional supplements, such as whey protein powder, protein bars, multivitamins, and probiotics.

The TB12 Method encourages adding electrolytes to water.

The Tom Brady diet suggests that people avoid the following foods:

The main components of this diet are organic, natural foods. As such, people on this diet should avoid processed foods.

Nightshades refer to a family of fruit and vegetables from the Solanaceae plant, and they include eggplants, potatoes, peppers, and tomatoes.

This diet recommends that people avoid them due to the belief that they have potential inflammatory properties. However, as of yet, no scientific research supports this. Some studies suggest that certain nightshade foods, such as tomatoes, may in fact have anti-inflammatory properties.

These refer to artificial fats. Research around trans fats shows that they can increase cholesterol, which may lead to cardiovascular problems. Frozen pizza, cakes, cookies, and fried foods are products that may include trans fats.

Products that typically contain gluten include bread, pasta, cereal, and soy sauce. Evidence suggests that a gluten-free diet may be useful if someone is allergic or intolerant. However, research states that there is little benefit in cutting gluten out of a persons diet otherwise.

Although this diet recommends the intake of whey protein that derives from dairy, overall, it discourages the consumption of dairy products.

The Tom Brady diet is caffeine-free, so it does not endorse coffee or energy drinks. It also recommends no alcohol, as this can lead to inflammation, particularly in the gut.

The Tom Brady diet encourages the intake of organic, local foods alongside plenty of water. Although there is no research that focuses specifically on this diet, some parts of the regimen may lead to weight loss and improved cardiovascular health.

There are no obvious risks to this diet. However, as it is quite restrictive, someone may find it difficult to commit to the TB12 Method over the long term. They could also put weight back on if they discontinue the diet.

A person who wishes to follow the Tom Brady diet should aim for a 20% intake of meat and fish and an 80% intake of mostly fruit and vegetables. They also should avoid processed foods, nightshade fruits and vegetables, trans fats, alcohol, and caffeine.

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Debating Diets: What is the vegan diet? – Baylor College of Medicine News

Thinking about starting a new diet? While the amount of information available can be overwhelming, its possible to find a diet that is safe, suitable and effective for your lifestyle.

Dr. Yana Finkelshteyn, assistant professor with Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, discusses what you need to know about the MIND diet.

A: The vegan diet is a diet that excludes food that comes from animal sources including meat, dairy, seafood and eggs. Veganism is often a lifestyle choice based on ethical and political principles of animal rights and environmental preservation. Others come toveganism due to the health benefits of the diet.

A: Strictvegans will avoid all foods containing meat, dairy or egg derivatives. There are raw vegans that eatprimarily raw unprocessed vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts. Many vegans prefer organic to conventionally raised vegetables and fruits, and some vegans do not consume honey.

A: Whole grains, starchy vegetables, legumes, greens, fruits, berries, seeds, nuts, plant oils, nut butters,tofu, tempeh and many other plant-derived foods are included in the vegan diet.

A: There is a benefit for weight management for those following a whole-foods plant-based vegan diet. There are many processed foods that are vegan, but these are calorie-dense and high in added sugar or fat. If these are kept to a minimum, the vegan diet isbeneficial for weight loss. A vegan diet reduces the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and some cancers as compared to an omnivore diet.

A: One is that foods must becombined in a very specific way to get a complete protein. The truth is that most people eating a variety of natural plant foods will get more than the adequate amount of protein. A second misconception is that it is automatically a healthy diet. As mentioned, processed vegan, while possibly less harmful than processed meats, are not necessarily healthy. There are also vegan foods high in added salt and sugar. When it comes to any diet, natural may be best.

A: Anyone can follow a vegan diet with some caveats. Most strict vegans do need to supplement vitamin B12 which isfoundprimarily in animal derived foods and soil bacteria.

The vegan diet does contain iron-rich foods such as whole grains,beans, greens andavocados. Pairing these with foods naturally high in vitamin C aids iron absorption, and cast-iron cookware can add elemental iron. A junk food vegan diet may result in deficiencies in iron and even protein.

The vegan diet is also relatively low in Omega 3 essential fatty acids. To increase these levels, vegans can includeseaweed and algae, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, edamame and other plant-derived foods containing Omega 3 fatty acids in their diet.

A: There are many vegan athletes and even vegan bodybuilders. Because the vegan diet is naturally high in low-calorie density foods, it may be harder to gain weight on a vegan diet for those that need to gain weight, such as those with a severe illness or who recently had surgery. Pregnant women can continue a vegan diet throughout pregnancy while supplementing with prenatal vitamins and possibly iron as long asthey include a wide variety of natural foods in their diet.

A: Many that are switching to a vegan diet report weight loss and increased energy. Blood pressure and cholesterol can decrease considerably. High fiber intake can ease gastrointestinal issues such as constipation. However, some report increased gas and bloating, particularly if increasing intake of legumes and certain vegetables.

To be done in a healthy way, the vegan diet must include a variety of plant-derived foods. For many, there is a learning curve in terms of food preparation and even shopping. It can take extra time and research to prepare vegan recipes and this can be a barrier to some in adhering to the diet.

The vegan diet can be economical. Rice, beans, lentils and greens are inexpensive staples in a vegan diet. Because there is little vegan fast food, it does often require more cooking at home.

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‘I Did Keto For A Year Then Switched To A Higher-Carb DietAnd I Lost 135 Pounds In Less Than 2 Years’ – Women’s Health

My name is Katie Hopkins, and I am 24 years old. I am from Tallahassee, Florida, and I am an operations consultant for the state. I did keto for a year and then switched to a more standard way of eating and lost 135 pounds in less than two years.

I grew up being a super active person. I played sports all year round and never really had to worry about what I ate or how I was going to get my exercise for the day. But once I got to college and no longer had the daily exercise from sports, I started to put on weight.

I kept the same eating habits even though I was not doing anything to burn those calories anymore. And before I started my weight loss journey, my biggest issues were with portion control and not being able to truly commit to losing weight.

From 2013 to 2018, I gained about 100 pounds. At my heaviest weight was 333 pounds, and I was 22 at the time.

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I moved to be closer to family, but I also moved because I felt like I was stuck in a rut where I was. I felt like the change of scenery would really give me the push I needed to start my weight loss journey. I knew I needed to take control of my health, and this was the perfect way to do so.

I was tired of feeling tired all the time, wishing I looked different, and always feeling defeated. Once I made the move to Tallahassee, I had a complete mindset reset and said to myself, This is the time you actually do this. No quitting, no excuses. The only one keeping you from your goals is you.

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At the beginning of my weight loss journey, I chose to follow the keto diet. I chose it because I had seen so many success stories and people losing huge amounts of weight. I felt like it was the best choice for me at the time because it gave me a way to really focus on what I was putting into my body, and most of the foods that are keto-friendly, I already really liked.

I turned to YouTube for most of my keto info. I followed keto YouTubers for food ideas, reviews, and just support in general. I lost my first 100 pounds on keto.

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I felt like I got as much as I could out of keto and I was ready for a new challenge and way of eating. I now eat a higher-carb diet, as opposed to keto, which is high-fat and low-carb. I enjoy eating this way now because I dont feel quite as limited, especially going out to eat, as I did on keto. I have so many more healthy foods I can eat now.

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While eating had always been a bit of a struggle for me, exercise was not. Now, I exercise a lot more. Now that I have control over my eating, exercise has become a bigger focus for me. I love it because it relieves stress, and I love pushing myself to get stronger and faster.

A typical week of exercise for me consists of two to three days of strength training and one to two days of running or another type of cardio. I also really enjoy lifting weights at the gym and improving my strength.

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Running used to be something I hated, but I have really come to love it. It makes me push myself hard. There is no better feeling for me than beating my fastest time or longest distance.

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These three changes helped me see the most noticeable results in my weight loss.

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I know the feeling of thinking it will never happen for you. I always thought I would always be bigger and that losing weight would never happen for me. But that kind of mindset is what kept me from even starting. Once I decided that no matter what, I was going to change my life, everything changed. It was like something finally clicked in my head.

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Losing weight has changed my life so much. I have learned to love myself again. Before, I felt like my weight defined me. I truly feel like losing weight has allowed me to become my true self. I am more confident than ever before, and I now have complete control over my health and happiness.

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Rebel Wilson Is Reportedly Using the Mayr Method to Lose Weight, But Is It Healthy? –

If you've been following Rebel Wilson on Instagram, you probably know that she's declared 2020 her "Year of Health." The actress has been hitting the gym six to seven days a week and sharing lots of updates on Instagram.

As for her diet, according to People, Wilson is using the Mayr Method, a restrictive program that claims to achieve weight loss by improving gut health. In June, People reported that it was after Wilson and friends visited VivaMayr, an Austrian luxury medical detox and wellness center, that she learned about the Mayr Method and now aims to weigh 165 lbs.

Although People's source said Wilson has achieved "amazing results" with the Mayr Method, is it actually healthy? We spoke with a dietitian for answers.

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The Mayr Method is based on the "Mayr Cure," created by Austrian physician Franz Xaver Mayr, M.D. (also known as F.X. Mayr) 100 years ago. Mayr created the program based on his belief that people are poisoning their digestive systems with the foods they consume and how they eat them.

"There are four pillars of treatment involved with this diet, and they include exercise, nutrition, medicine, and awareness," says Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D.N., a registered dietitian in the New York City area. "The modern take on it is offered at VivaMayr, a luxury wellness facility."

According to VivaMayr's website, the facility: "combines modern complementary medicine with traditional diagnostics and therapies according to F.X. Mayr." It goes on to say that "once we have treated your condition, proper nutrition combined with exercise and improved mental awareness become the building blocks of your new life." VivaMayr also has a book, called The Viva Mayr Diet, which promises common wellness buzzwords like a bikini body, flatter stomach, glowing skin, and springy step.

The nutrition portion of the program focuses on gut health. "The diet is centered around stopping snacking, reducing intake of gluten and dairy, and chewing foods for a longer amount of time," Gorin explains. "The eating plan is focused on high-alkaline whole foods."

The Mayr Method kicks off with a sugar and caffeine detox and advises very specific eating practices like chewing each bite of food 40-60 times. "You are also supposed to focus on mindfulness while you eat, which means no reading, talking, or playing with your smartphone," Gorin says.

Gorin says there isn't enough information available outside of visiting VivaMayr to assess whether or not you should give it a try. "But what I will say is that I've seen clients do best when they focus on the health benefits of eating well and weight management and not primarily goals such as getting a 'bikini body,'" she says.

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Although Gorin praises the diet's focus on mindfulness, she's not sold on the alkaline aspect of the program. "A healthy body does a terrific job of managing the pH levels of your blood on its own," she says. "That doesn't change with the pH levels of the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. However, foods that are typically considered alkaline tend to be healthier and less processed such as many fruits and vegetables, nuts, and legumes."

You'd have to visit a VivaMayr center or buy The Viva Mayr Diet in order to experience this programbut there's not enough research to know if it's effective or even healthy.

Ultimately, Gorin says a whole-foods, plant-based diet is best for long-term weight loss. "It's sustainable, helps you to feel energized, and doesn't completely restrict any foods you love," she says. "Mindful eating and mindfulness-related activities such as yoga and meditation are also helpful in becoming more in touch with hunger levels, feelings, and so on."

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