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Can you really lose weight by eating MORE? – The Streetjournal

Posted: October 24, 2020 at 9:54 pm

It sounds too good to be true: a plan that lets you eat more while still losing weight.

No surprise that reverse dieting, as its known, is soaring in popularity on social media with young, attractive women crediting the regime for their toned figures. Even Kim Kardashians personal trainer is a fan.

Alongside envy-inducing selfies are images of the reverse dieters meals plates piled high with cheese-covered chips, burgers, crispy bacon, roast dinners and curries. Not the kind of recipes youd usually find in a slimming programme.

First, you have to shed the pounds by eating less and doing more exercise.

But once youve reached your target, instead of simply abandoning caution, you increase your daily calorie intake by 50 to 100 every week the equivalent of a small slice of bread, or an egg, for up to three months.

According to reverse dieters, this method combats the problem many encounter as soon as you eat normally after a diet, you pile the weight back on.

It sounds too good to be true: a plan that lets you eat more while still losing weight. Pictured: Stock image

Instead, gradually increasing calories helps the body to burn fat faster and actually continue losing weight.

Advocates claim that dieters can end up eating a whole extra meals worth of calories on top of their recommended daily intake.

The theory goes that eating this way gradually increases the amount of fullness hormones in the body, while building extra muscle which use up more calories than body fat. The result is the body is retrained to burn more calories.

As bizarre as this sounds, there is science behind the trend.

Weight, broadly speaking, is determined by a simple equation: calories in versus calories expended.

We all need a certain amount of calories simply to keep our brains, hearts and other organs and tissues working healthily. So even without exercising, we have an energy need. And the bigger our muscles, the more energy we burn while moving.

But when we cut calories to lose weight, the body doesnt just use up, or burn, existing fat stores it also breaks down muscle tissue to use as energy. In fact, a quarter of all weight lost on a low-calorie diet is muscle, according to studies.

A loss of muscle means the total amount of calories the body needs drops drastically, causing us to put on weight faster than we would have before after a diet. To make matters worse, when we diet, the brain sends signals to increase levels of hunger-inducing hormone ghrelin and reduce amounts of leptin, the hormone that tells us were full.

Scientists think this is an evolutionary tool, protecting the body from starvation. Its a perfect storm that makes us eat more than we would normally.

No surprise that reverse dieting, as its known, is soaring in popularity on social media with young, attractive women crediting the regime for their toned figures. Pictured: Stock image

But reverse dieting offers a way around these processes. Gradually increasing calorie intake to gain a small amount of weight, researchers suggest, stabilises hunger hormones, and when combined with a muscle-building exercise programme, the balance of body fat and muscle will be restored, burning calories more efficiently.

University of Colorado researchers are running a trial to see if gradually increasing daily quantity of calories will help formerly obese and overweight participants to keep their weight off for good.

Meanwhile, scientists at George Mason University in Virginia are using gradual increases in muscle-boosting protein to help a group of young, active men maintain weight loss, and are seeing promising results.

Participants have managed to keep the weight off after three months of intervention and theyre back to eating the same calories they were before they dieted, without piling on excess weight, says Dr Elisabeth De Jonge, assistant professor of Nutrition at George Mason, who is running the study.

Dr De Jonge is also testing participants to measure how efficiently their body burns energy and says shes seen improvements. Surely its too good to be true?

According to Dr Giles Yeo, obesity expert at the University of Cambridge, theres a reason most of the success stories involve extremely athletic people. Diet alone is unlikely to speed up calorie-burning. The only factor that could feasibly do this is exercise, he says. Its impossible to know if its the diet plan that makes a difference, or the sheer amount of exercise these people are doing.

So, does increasing muscle mass boost the calories we burn? The answer is yes but only significantly during exercise.

Laryngitis and pharyngitis feel similar, both leaving you with a sore throat.

They describe inflammation in areas of the throat that result in the dreaded scratchy or painful sensation associated with colds and coughs, but there is a fundamental difference between the two.

Laryngitis is inflammation of the voice box or vocals cords at the top of the windpipe, known as the larynx.

In pharyngitis, it is the mucous membranes that line the back of the throat called the pharynx that become inflamed.

Both laryngitis and pharyngitis can be caused by bacterial and viral infections including Covid-19.

Genetics are the driving factor of how many calories each person burns and how quickly they gain or lose weight, says Dr Yeo. Sex and age are important, too.

A 2011 US study found 43 per cent of the difference between participants basal metabolic rates the minimum number of calories required by the body for basic functions could be explained by the size of their organs.

The most counter-productive element of the reverse diet plan, according to Dr Yeo, is that it requires participants to continue counting calories. Long-term calorie-counting dieters are far more likely be overweight some years later than non calorie-counters, according to studies.

Researchers say the regimes lead to obsessional thoughts about food, risking eating disorders and bingeing.

Professor Roy Taylor, a diabetes expert at the University of Newcastle, has pioneered a short-term, ultra-low 600 to 800-calorie-a-day diet as a treatment for type 2 diabetes that recently received NHS backing.

He agrees that persistent calorie-counting is not the answer, and says that when helping patients return to normal eating, they looked at their entire lifestyle rather than simply what their diet is.

We tackled a host of different factors, from underlying psychological problems and finding exercise people enjoy to ensuring the support of a spouse or loved one, he says. Reintroducing food groups is slow and steady, and variety is crucial to avoid deficiencies.

Studies have shown weight-loss interventions that focus on healthy behaviour, rather than nutritional properties of food, are far more effective for keeping off weight.

Two years after Prof Taylors intervention, a third of his participants have regained the weight they lost.

It is, as Dr Yeo explains, evidence of the harsh reality of dieting. The depressing fact is that only a small number of people manage to lose weight and keep it off, he says.

For those that do, it takes an upheaval of lifestyle. Simply manipulating what you eat just wont work.

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Khabib vs. Gaethje: U.F.C. 254 Live Results – The New York Times

Posted: October 24, 2020 at 9:54 pm

Heres what you need to know:

Oct. 24, 2020, 5:18 p.m. ET

Nurmagomedov announced his U.F.C. retirement in the octagon after defending his lightweight title.

Oct. 24, 2020, 4:55 p.m. ET

Nurmagomedov beat Gaethje with a choke in Round 2.

Oct. 24, 2020, 4:50 p.m. ET

Round 1: Nurmagomedov pressed forward to pressure Gaethje.

Oct. 24, 2020, 4:31 p.m. ET

Whittaker took a unanimous decision to stay in line for another title shot.

Oct. 24, 2020, 3:54 p.m. ET

Volkov dropped Harris with a simple front kick.

Oct. 24, 2020, 3:25 p.m. ET

Hawes quickly overwhelmed Malkoun.

Oct. 24, 2020, 3:10 p.m. ET

Lauren Murphy won and then campaigned for a flyweight title fight.

Oct. 24, 2020, 2:34 p.m. ET

Ankalaev backed up a past victory with a rematch knockout.

Oct. 24, 2020, 2:11 p.m. ET

Tuivasa dropped Struve with an uppercut at the end of Round 1.

Oct. 24, 2020, 1:27 p.m. ET

Shavkkat Rakhmonov won his U.F.C. debut with a choke.

Oct. 24, 2020, 11:32 a.m. ET

Saturdays fight comes at a key time for Nurmagomedov.

Oct. 24, 2020, 5:18 p.m. ET

By Morgan Campbell

Three days before headlining U.F.C. 254 in Abu Dhabi, the main attraction, Khabib Nurmagomedov, told reporters he planned to retire as the undefeated, undisputed U.F.C. lightweight champion.

He seemed to mean hed make that move eventually.

It turns out he intended to do it immediately.

He needed less than two rounds on Saturday night to dispatch a hard-punching American challenger, Justin Gaethje, in the main event of a fight card that the U.F.C. expected to threaten pay-per-view records in terms of viewership.

Nurmagomedovs win unified the U.F.C.s lightweight title, solidified his place as the organizations top fighter, and was his first win after the death of his father and trainer, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

After his victory, Nurmagomedov took the microphone during a post-fight interview and said he was leaving the sport.

No way Im going to come here without my father, he said.

Nurmagomedovs emphatic win over Gaethje was the in-competition high-point of a tumultuous 2020 for mixed martial arts.

He started the year slated to face Tony Ferguson in April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but the card was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and the U.F.C. moved it eventually to Jacksonville, Fla. With Nurmagomedov unable to return to the United States from Russia because of pandemic travel restrictions, Gaethje replaced him as Fergusons opponent, then pounded out a bloody, one-sided, five-round technical knockout win.

Then in July, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died of Covid-19 complications.

Still, Nurmagomedov agreed to face Gaethje in a tantalizing matchup of styles. Nurmagomedov is a relentless wrestler who is also adept with punches and kicks, while Gaethjes high-impact striking earned him the nickname The Highlight.

After a cautious first minute in their fight, Nurmagomedov applied pressure, absorbing heavy blows from Gaethje as the price of wading close enough to grab his opponent. Gaethje retreated, but also unloaded with full power, hoping to give himself space to operate. Near the end of the first round, Nurmagomedov dragged Gaethje to the ground.

In the second, Gaethje landed a hard kick to Nurmagomedovs thigh. When he tried another, Nurmagomedov grabbed his foot and mauled Gaethje. He wrapped himself around the challenger and eventually knotted his legs around Gaethjes neck, locking him in a triangle choke that he couldnt escape. Gaethje submitted barely two minutes into the round.

The win earned Nurmagomedov a cash bonus for the best performance of the night, and afterward he laid his gloves on the canvas and explained that he and his mother agreed he should retire.

I promised her it was going to be my last fight, he said. I have to follow this.

Dana White, the U.F.C. president, told a post-fight news conference that he didnt begrudge Nurmagomedov his retirement.

What hes been through, were all lucky we got to see him fight tonight, said White, who also revealed that Nurmagomedov competed with broken bones in his foot. Hes one of the toughest people on the planet.

Of course, other U.F.C. retirements have proved temporary.

The longtime light-heavyweight champion Randy Couture once retired in the octagon, only to return. And after the May 9 event in Jacksonville, the bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo announced his own retirement, but has said he would fight again for the right amount of money.

Nurmagomedov is in line for big paydays if he keeps fighting.

Earlier this month, he expressed interest in a superfight with the U.F.C. welterweight legend Georges St-Pierre, who is currently retired.

And in January, after Conor McGregor defeated Donald Cerrone, the U.F.C. president Dana White spoke openly of pairing him with Nurmagomedov in a repeat of their high-grossing grudge match, which ended with a melee in the stands. White said a fight of that size could land at the O2 Arena in London, or AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

McGregor is currently scheduled to meet Dustin Poirier in January, and Nurmagomedov said neither man could change his mind about retiring.

Dustin and Conor are going to fight in January. I choked out both of them, Nurmagomedov said. Im not interested.

Oct. 24, 2020, 4:55 p.m. ET

By Morgan Campbell

Gaethje landed a hard kick to Nurmagomedovs leg, forcing the champ to stumble.

When Gaethje threw another, Nurmagomedov grabbed Gaethjes leg, dumped him on the ground, then wrapped himself like a vine around him.

Nurmagomedov knotted his legs around Gaethjes neck and squeezed. In jiu-jitsu, its called a triangle choke, and Gaethje could not escape. He submitted less than two minutes into the round.

Nurmagomedov kept his championship and ran his record up to 29-0.

In the octagon after the bout, Nurmagomedov unexpectedly announced his retirement, saying he decided with his mother not to stay in the fight business after the death of his father.

Choke Submission

Khabib Nurmagomedov


Justin Gaethje

Oct. 24, 2020, 4:50 p.m. ET

By Morgan Campbell

It was a cagey opening. The first minute saw exactly one offensive move a left kick from Gaethje that missed.

From there, the fight heated up. Nurmagomedov pressed forward, landing jabs and right hands, looking to goad Gaethje into a wrestling match.

Gaethje retreated but threw heavy blows, landing enough to give himself breathing room. Just before the end of the round, Nurmagomedov managed to drag Gaethje to the ground.

Oct. 24, 2020, 4:31 p.m. ET

By Morgan Campbell

Early in the first round between Robert Whittaker, the U.F.C.s No. 1 contender at middleweight, and Jared Cannonier, the No. 2, each mans strategy became clear. Cannonier, a hard-hitting former heavyweight, looked to limit Whittakers mobility by attacking his lower body, and spent the opening minutes landing a series of kicks to the spot where the knee joint meets the muscles of the upper leg.

Whittaker soon sported a red welt above his right knee, but he stuck to his game plan, landing jabs to Cannoniers face and throwing kicks toward the upper body in head.

After two fairly close rounds, Whittaker, a 29-year-old from Sydney, Australia, achieved his breakthrough. He landed a jab and a right hand to Cannoniers face, then a kick to his head. The impact sent Cannonier scrambling across the canvas, and opened a gash on his forehead. He survived the salvo, and even landed a right hook that nearly dropped Whittaker, but the Australian had already opened too large a lead, and prevailed by unanimous decision.

Whittaker improves to 22-5, and stays at the front of the line of contenders waiting to face middleweight champ Israel Adesanya, who is nicknamed The Last Stylebender and defeated Whittaker for the U.F.C. belt last October.


Khabib Nurmagomedov


Justin Gaethje

Unanimous Decision

Robert Whittaker


Jared Cannonier

Oct. 24, 2020, 3:54 p.m. ET

By Morgan Campbell

As heavyweight contender Walt Harris entered his bout with Alexander Volkov, announcers on the U.F.C. 254 broadcast team raved about his renewed commitment to fitness. After his last bout, a knockout loss to Alistair Overeem, Harris bought a road bike and started cycling. As a result, he lost 30 pounds, showed up looking leaner, and started the second round looking fresh.

But this wasnt a bike race, and after winning the first round with efficient punching, Volkov finished the bout with a front kick to the stomach a technique as straightforward as it sounds. He stepped forward with his left foot, raised his right knee then kicked with full force to the center of Harriss belly. Harris groaned on impact, and hit the ground so quickly that broadcasters wondered whether Volkov connected with a low blow.

A replay confirmed the blow was legal, and Volkov celebrated his 32nd birthday with his 32nd professional win.


Robert Whittaker


Jared Cannonier

Oct. 24, 2020, 3:47 p.m. ET

By Morgan Campbell

Jared Cannonier debuted in the U.F.C. as a heavyweight, facing Shawn Jordan in January 2015. But at 6 feet tall, Cannonier was among the smaller fighters in the weight class, and the size disadvantage helped doom him against the taller, bulkier Jordan, who won via first-round knockout.

Since then, Cannonier has downsized twice first to light heavyweight, with its 205-pound weight limit, and then to middleweight, capped at 185 pounds. And his profile has risen as his waistline has shrunk.

As a heavyweight U.F.C. rookie, Cannonier lost in an undercard fight. Tonight as a middleweight, he faces former champ Robert Whittaker in the co-main event. The winner will likely face the current champion, Israel Adesanya.


Alexander Volkov


Walt Harris


Alexander Volkov


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Signs of Dehydration in Babies: Remedies and When to Worry – Healthline

Posted: October 24, 2020 at 9:54 pm

Babies are on a purely liquid diet for the first few months of life, whether you breastfeed or bottle-feed. Even after that, your baby or toddler may seem perpetually attached to their sippy cup! So, it may be surprising that babies can sometimes get dehydrated, just like adults.

Dehydration means that your baby has lost too much water and isnt able to drink enough fluid (milk) to replace it right away. Their small size makes it easier for babies and toddlers to lose water and get dehydrated. In serious cases, dehydration can be dangerous for babies if left untreated.

Heres what to know about dehydration in newborns, babies, and toddlers.

Signs and symptoms of dehydration can vary depending on how much water loss your baby has. They may also be different in newborns, babies, and toddlers.

Common signs of dehydration in newborns include:

Common signs of dehydration in babies and toddlers include:

Newborns often have a few hiccups when they first learn how to get milk. They may also have difficulty swallowing and digesting milk. Problems with latching on and getting milk are so common that in fact, these are a couple reasons why babies lose weight in their first week of life.

So some of the causes of dehydration in newborns are:

Older babies and toddlers have pretty similar causes of dehydration. Theyre most likely to get dehydrated when theyre feeling unwell. The flu, stomach viruses, and food intolerance or allergies can all lead to a temporary bout of dehydration.

Causes of dehydration in babies and toddlers include:

Treatments and remedies for your little ones dehydration depend on the cause and on how old your baby is.

If your newborn isnt yet latching on properly, keep trying to breastfeed at regular intervals. Let your baby try to latch on and then take a break when they get tired. Try to breastfeed again after 15 minutes or so. Theyll get the hang of it soon!

If your newborn is unable to breastfeed or youre not yet making enough milk, try different ways to deliver the milk. Pump breast milk or make baby formula. Use a bottle, sterile dropper, or a teeny baby spoon to gently feed your baby milk.

Spitting up and even vomiting is normal for babies as they get used to digesting milk. If youre formula feeding, try a different formula to see if your baby likes it better. You might be able to help your baby spit-up less with these tips.

If your baby or toddler sweats at night or when they sleep, dress them in breathable clothing, choose lighter bedding, and turn down the thermostat, to keep them from overheating at night.

If your baby or toddler has a fever, you might try sponging them down in lukewarm water. Also consider these tips to help bring the fever down.

You can trick your toddler into getting more liquid by letting them suck on an iced treat. Make your own sugar-free kind by freezing pured fruit and juice.

You can also let them eat their water. If your baby or toddler is fussy about drinking water or milk, give them juicy fruit and vegetables like watermelon, plums, or cucumbers.

Babies and toddlers can get dehydrated quickly because of their small size. Newborns have such tiny stomachs that they cant hold much milk at a time. Call your doctor if you notice any symptoms of dehydration. It can get serious fast.

Let your doctor know right away if your newborn baby isnt able to suck from the breast or a bottle or if theyre not able to hold any milk down and are spitting up and vomiting a lot. They may have an underlying health condition thats stopping them from drinking milk normally.

Your doctor may recommend meeting with a breastfeeding or lactation specialist. They can help your baby latch on and drink properly.

If you have a newborn or a baby younger than 3 months, call your doctor immediately if they have a rectal temperature of 100.4F (38C) or higher. If your baby or toddler is projectile vomiting, always call your doctor.

For serious dehydration, your little one may need treatment in a hospital. Theyll be given fluid with a bottle or a tube that goes from their nose into their stomach. They might also get fluid from a tube that goes into a vein (IV).

Your doctor might recommend an electrolyte solution like Pedialyte for your older baby. This kind of formula has extra salts and other nutrients that babies and toddlers need when they lose too much water.

Your doctor will also check their health, including their breathing, blood pressure, pulse, and temperature to make sure the dehydration hasnt caused any side effects.

You wont always be able to prevent your baby or toddler from getting a little dehydrated. It happens, just like diarrhea and projectile vomit happen! But you can help prevent your little ones dehydration from getting too serious.

Remember your newborn has a stomach the size of a grape that slowly grows a bit bigger. This means that they can only drink a few teaspoons of milk at a time and need lots of regular feedings. Your newborn will need about nine feedings in a 24-hour period.

It can be difficult to stay on top of all the feedings and everything else at first. Keep track of how much milk your little one is getting with a feeding schedule.

Equally important is what comes out the other end. How much your baby poops or wets their diaper is a good sign of how much water is going in. Keep count of how often you have to change your babys diaper.

Also check what your babys poop looks like. Very watery or explosive poops might mean your baby has diarrhea and is losing water. Dry, hard poops might mean your baby is a bit dehydrated. Both kinds of poops mean its time to give your little one an extra feed or more.

Babies and toddlers can sometimes get a little dehydrated because of their small size. This can happen when they lose water too quickly from vomiting or diarrhea. Dehydration can also happen when babies arent getting enough liquids through normal feeding.

Serious dehydration can happen quickly and is dangerous for babies and toddlers. Call your doctor right away if your baby has a high fever or if they have any symptoms of dehydration.

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Follow this diet to keep blood pressure in check – Times of India

Posted: October 24, 2020 at 9:53 pm

Are you also consuming foods and drinks rich in flavanol? If yes, there are chances that you may suffer from lower blood pressure. According to a new study, people who consume a diet having flavanol-rich foods and drinks such as tea, apple and berry juice, could have lower blood pressure. The findings published in the journal 'Scientific Reports' studied the diet of more than 25,000 people in the UK and compared the food they ate with their blood pressure. In contrast to most other studies investigating links between nutrition and health, the researchers measured flavanol intake objectively using nutritional biomarkers -- indicators of dietary intake, metabolism or nutritional status present in our blood. The difference in blood pressure between those with the lowest 10 per cent and the highest 10 per cent of flavonol intake was between two and four millimetres of mercury (mmHg). This is comparable to meaningful changes in blood pressure observed in those following a Mediterranean diet or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. The effect was more pronounced in participants with hypertension.

Previous studies in large populations have always relied on self-reported data to draw conclusions but this is the first study to objectively investigate the association between a specific bioactive compound and health.

"We are delighted to see that in our study, there was also a meaningful and significant association between flavanol consumption and lower blood pressure," said study author Gunter Kuhnle from the University of Reading, US.

"What this study gives us is an objective finding of the association between flavanols -- found in tea and some fruits -- and blood pressure," Kuhnle added.

The research confirms the results from previous dietary intervention studies and shows that similar results could be achieved with a habitual diet rich in flavanols. In British diet, the main sources are tea, cocoa, apples and berries.

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This Guy Tried Henry Cavill’s Superman Diet and Training Routine –

Posted: October 24, 2020 at 9:53 pm

Having already made videos in which he followed the workouts and diets of Aquaman's Jason Momoa and Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot, for his most recent video, YouTuber Will Tennyson turned his attention to Man of Steel star Henry Cavill, and spent a day recreating the workouts and nutrition plan that the actor used when getting in shape to play Superman.

He starts the day off with a fasted workout, and while it only lasts 9 minutes, it packs in a lot of focus on strength and power with its CrossFit football exercises. The circuit consists of 3 reps of back squats at 225 pounds, 6 pullups, and 9 pushups, performed as many times as possible in the 9 minutes.

"That was way harder than I thought," says Tennyson. "I didn't think the pullups were going to be as hard as they were. Pushups and squats were easy, but my arms feel like they're going to fall off... It wrecked me by the end, it definitely shows your weak links."

After the workout it's time for a breakfast of steak and eggs with a protein shake with oats, totalling 930 calories. This is followed by a 938-calorie "snack": a mix of cottage cheese, protein powder, grapes, barley and sunflower seeds.

Tennyson waits a few hours and then tucks into his pre-workout mealchicken curry with rice and an applebefore hitting the gym again for a chest and back workout. This comprises 4 sets of 5 incline dumbbell press, 4 sets of 5 flat dumbbell press, 4 sets of 5 weighted pullups, and 4 sets of 5 barbell rows.

After downing a 300-calorie post-workout shake, Tennyson eats his second lunch of the day, another chicken curry with potatoes (568 calories), and a snack of yogurt, protein powder and nuts (673 calories). "I don't think that protein shake was necessary at all," he says.

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There are still two more meals to get through, though; bison with pasta (763 calories) and one final protein shake with a scoop of greens powder (186 calories). At the end of the day, Tennyson has consumed 5,146 calories, including 493 grams of protein and 492 grams of carbs.

"I actually think a lot of the meals today are not necessary," he says. "You don't need supplements to build muscle, if you want to build muscle off whole foods only, that's totally doable."

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The wisdom behind the new dietary guidelines | University of Minnesota – UMN News

Posted: October 24, 2020 at 9:53 pm

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) develop the Dietary Guidelines for Americans that recommend what to eat and drink and how much for individualsthink the Food Pyramid and MyPlate.

To craft the upcoming 2020-25 guidelinesdue out in Decemberthe USDA and HHS will review the scientific report they commissioned from the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, made up of 20 experts from across the U.S., as well as public commentson that report.

One of the committee experts is School of Public Health associate professor Jamie Stang, who brings a careers worth of research into nutrition and maternal and child health focusing on obesity during pregnancy. Stang talks about whats different about the scientific report this time around, whats controversial, and what the committee members learned that surprised them.

What are the controversial things?

JS: The first is sugar intake. Past guidelines recommended including 10 percent or less of daily calories from sugar in your diet. Were recommending 6 percent or less. You can replace those calories with nutrient rich foods instead, which would help you meet requirements for other food groups. There are only three or four food sources that provide 70-80 percent of the sugars in our diet; the highest percentages come from desserts and sugar-sweetened drinks. Im sure well get lots of public comments about this.

What else is controversial?

JS: Im not sure this is a controversial recommendation, but I think it will surprise people. And thats alcohol intake. The data we examined showed that even one drink a day for both genders is the limit of what you want to consume. And because some alcohol is consumed with mixers, they add sugars and additional calories. The committee has in the past looked at alcohol consumption, but this time it considered alcohol intake from a more holistic perspective how it contributes to death from many causes (all-cause mortality) rather than from just a single cause, such as heart or liver disease. When you look at alcohol more broadly, you get a different picture.

What were new areas of exploration for the committee?

JS: This is the first time that the report has included separate guidelines for what to consume during pregnancy and lactation. We looked not just at nutrients, but at how food and dietary habits relate to a large variety of outcomes, such as gestational weight gain, hypertension, gestational diabetes, and postpartum weight retention. Our exploration is not totally comprehensive because we cant cover everything with a single committee, but its a really good start.

Did you find groups of people who need particular help?

JS: We did. The group that needs the most helpand this is not a surprise for us here in Minnesota because we do so much work in this areais adolescents, especially females. Theyre low in dairy, low in fruits, low in vegetables, low in fiber and quite a few teen females are low in protein. They need a lot of attention.

What do you want to delve into for the 2025 scientific report?

JS: Next time around, wed like to see more exploration around the context of how people eat. We can look at all the data, but translating it into messages like the dietary guidelines that we expect people and programs to use really requires understanding the context. For example, we dont know why adolescent girls have so many nutrient deficits or why childrens healthy eating habits drop off significantly at 20 months. We need to shift the nutrition conversation awayfrom single nutrients or single foods toward how people live and how they have to adapt.

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Austin doctors take on new dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers –

Posted: October 24, 2020 at 9:53 pm

AUSTIN (KXAN) Every five years, a committee of nutrition experts and doctors gives science-based advice to The U.S Department of Agriculture on dietary guidelines that eventually shape school lunch programs and benefits to help food-insecure families.

For the first time since 1980, the committee focused on dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers under two years old.

What a baby eats when they are six months of age, and beyond breast milk, really makes a difference, said Dr. Steven Abrams, the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on nutrition. He is not on the federal committee but agrees with the recommendations.

The committee found a growing body of evidence made it increasingly clear that proper nutrition during the earliest stages of life was critical to support healthy growth and development during childhood.

One suggestion was that babies and toddlers eat meat as well as poultry, seafood and eggs for iron, zinc and choline needs.

Iron is very important and meat is a great source of iron for babies, Dr. Abrams said. He says iron is critical for a babys brain which rapidly develops, and is especially needed during early infancy into childhood.

For families uncomfortable introducing meat into a babys diet, Dr. Abrams suggests iron drops, but they are not the best form of iron, he says. Parents can look for iron fortified cereals in the baby food aisle, as well.

The committee recommends that children younger than two years old consume no added sugars. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services will review the advice and issue final guidelines by the end of the year.

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Diet Talk Will Happen Whether We Like It or Not Here’s How to Deal – Yahoo Lifestyle

Posted: October 24, 2020 at 9:53 pm

Recently, Ive had one friend gush about his low-carb diet, another about his calorie-counting app, and another about the new weight loss program shes following. There have also been several instances of people discussing others bodies and eating habits as if they were any of their business.

I dont know if its the pandemic, some sort of post-summer weight gain panic, or just that my resurgent social life (thanks to looser restrictions in England) has reminded me of how pervasive diet talk really is, but boy did I not miss this.

When these topics come up, I enter into a white-hot rage that I have to work hard to curb, and I often come out with a cutting comment. As someone who struggled with disordered eating habits for close to a decade, and who has only recently made peace with food and weight gain, I want these diet culture subscribers to know how harmful this kind of talk (and its associated behaviors) can be.

The truth is, though, however uncomfortable it may make me, its not my place to reprimand them. Theyre on their own journey and Im not their therapist, or their dietitian, or their mother, and the way I react only makes things uncomfortable it doesnt help anyone.

Theyre on their own journey and Im not their therapist, or their dietitian, or their mother, and the way I react only makes things uncomfortable it doesnt help anyone.

Unfortunately, diet talk isnt going anywhere any time soon. As much as weve made progress in the past few years with magazines banning the term bikini body, nutrition professionals moving away from recommending weight loss for its own sake, and more and more people beginning to grasp the inextricable links between diet culture and white supremacy many (if not most) of us still actively pursue weight loss, as well as following whatever restrictive diet is the flavor of the month, and judging other peoples bodies and habits unprompted.

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As long as diet talk crops up around us, well have to find ways to make our peace with it which isnt a one-size-fits-all. I spoke to eating disorder therapist Shira Rosenbluth LCSW, certified eating disorder registered dietitian Casey Bonano and non-diet registered dietitian Kirsten Ackerman to help you balance your diet talk boundaries with compassion for others who dont have the same history with food as you do.

Diet talk is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, namely people discussing their specific and often restrictive diets, a topic of conversation that is extremely common among friends, family or colleagues. Less obvious forms of diet talk may be talking negatively about your or other peoples food or bodies, discussing calories, describing foods as good or bad, and describing yourself as being good or bad based on what you are eating, Bonano says.

Diet talk can often lead both the talker and the talkee to feel that their body is wrong, or that the food they eat is wrong. For people with disordered eating habits or diagnosed eating disorders, this kind of talk can quickly become distressing.

Diet talk makes me feel deeply uncomfortable, says Chloe Faulkner, who struggles with an eating disorder. I feel angry that this is how the world works, and that the majority of those discussing diet have struggled their whole life on one fad or another.

As for Rachel Charlene Lewis, a writer and editor based in North Carolina, diet talk makes her feel anxious. I hate the idea that people are thinking about me and my body and what it looks like and how big or small it is, she says. [Diet talk] also just forces to the surface a wide range of body negative thoughts, and the idea that food is bad, bodies are bad, and we need to change our bodies to be worthy.

Faulkner and Lewis are among many women I spoke to who feel uncomfortable when diet talk comes up, but many people dont even realize that theyre doing it or that their words can be harmful. Unfortunately diet talk is considered so normal, people typically do not pick up on it until they are on the journey of changing their relationship with food, Bonano says.

I hate the idea that people are thinking about me and my body and what it looks like and how big or small it is.

When youre on a journey to heal your relationship with food and move away from dieting, you may, like me, have a strong negative reaction to diet talk in your circles. That said, as long as we as a society are entrenched in diet culture, diet talk will inevitably happen and you cant possibly fight it every time it does.

Its really important to consider how much energy you have in the moment and to remember that you dont have to tackle and dismantle diet culture at all times, Rosenbluth says. That can really cause you to burn out and feel exhausted!

But just because you may sometimes have to let diet talk happen without trying to correct it doesnt mean you are condemned to live in discomfort forever. I promise you can get to a place where diet talk no longer impacts you, your mood, or your behaviors, Bonano says. You will get to a place where it just rolls right off you without sticking.

When youre in recovery, or youve become aware of all the ways diet culture is harmful, it can make you pretty angry. It is easy to take out this anger on others who are engaging in diet talk, Ackerman says. In time, you realize that taking diet talk as a personal attack can be a waste of your energy. You realize that it is not the fault of the dieter or the person speaking diet talk.

For Ackerman, itll be easier for you to deal with diet talk if you can separate the diet talker from diet culture as a whole each of us has to learn to navigate our unique relationship with food within a disordered culture, and we dont get to decide what that journey looks like for anyone but ourselves.

Changing the subject is the easiest way to respond to diet talk without causing any extra discomfort. There are two ways to do this: First is to introduce a new subject or steer the conversation away from the topics that dont sit well with you. If I feel like the topic cant be changed, I try moving it to a conversation that focuses more on health than looks since its the latter that I find uncomfortable and harmful, says Anmol Irfan, who often has to field unwanted comments on her body or weight.

The second way to change the subject is to state your discomfort and ask the people youre with if you can talk about something else. With close friends and family, I say it makes me uncomfortable and that Id rather not hear about their new abs/diet/weight loss goals, Lewis says. The experts agree that setting a boundary like this can get your message across in a productive way and bring the conversation back onto safer ground.

If you have tried to change the subject or expressed your discomfort to someone and they continue to engage in diet talk, its probably a good idea to leave the conversation if youre able to. You can respond to diet talk in a healthy way by removing yourself from the situation, Ackerman says.

Unfortunately, of course, you cant always physically leave the room, in which case you might find it useful to just disengage. My immediate reaction is to be quiet, Faulkner says. I listen as a means of being polite but Ill not pass comment or state anything about my own diet or health. Ideally, I would like to leave the conversation altogether but in certain circumstances, its not always possible without seeming rude.

In some cases, if youre ready and have the energy (and you think the person is open), educating friends and family on why this kind of talk is unhelpful can be empowering, Rosenbluth says. Tell them about your relationship with food and how youve come to understand that dieting and body-shaming are harmful try to keep it personal to you and remember the people youre talking to arent necessarily coming from the same place as you. Be patient with them and remember you can always change the subject if it gets too much.

When youre on the way to freeing yourself from diet culture, it can be hard to understand why anyone would still choose to subscribe to it, despite the fact that the overwhelming evidence on dieting is that it more often than not leads to weight cycling, according to Rosenbluth.

Think about all the time, effort and unlearning it took for you to give up on dieting, or aspiring to the perfect body. Chances are you wouldnt have listened to anyone who told you to just eat the damn cupcake when you were in the thick of diet culture yourself try extending that understanding to those around you. My first recommendation is to try not to convert anyone, Bonano says. Some individuals are not in the same place or on the same journey and that is OK. If people are not ready for this information you will [] end up wasting a lot of your energy.

Becoming defensive, argumentative, or combative generally does not go well, Bonano continues. Letting go of dieting is very counter to our culture and there is a big learning curve. You can always ask if the person is interested in hearing your perspective, offer to explain what your journey has been like, or offer to provide resources about the topic.

Bottom line: You cant convert anyone, but you can both protect your energy and offer your perspective on diet talk with compassion and understanding.

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Natural teas can help manage high blood pressure.


Lifestyle-related diseases have become more rampant now as we mostly stay home and our physical movement has drastically dropped down. Hypertension or high blow pressure was always a cause of concern across the globe. With Coronavirus pandemic dawning on us, it needs our attention now more than ever. Hypertension refers to a condition when the force of blood against the artery walls is higher than normal. If unattended or uncontrolled, this situation can spiral into serious illnesses like a heart attack or stroke. Diet change is still considered an effective mode of treatment. We are suggesting here some natural teas that have proven to have positive effects in managing high blood pressure.

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Garlic is a staple spice in cuisines all over the world. The compound 'allicin' found in garlic is known to keep blood pressure in control. 'Healing Foods' book by DK Publishing House, says, "Garlic is rich in sulphur, which stimulates nitric oxide production in vessels. This, in turn, improves the elasticity of vessels and helps manage blood pressure level. Here's how you can make garlic tea at home.

Citrusy, aromatic lemongrass tea is just the drink you need to refresh yourself. Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood shares, "Lemongrass provides us with loads of potassium that boosts the production of urine in our body, which further improves blood circulation and suppresses high blood pressure." Here's how to make lemongrass tea at home.

Moringa tea that is made with dehydrated and ground leaves of moringa (or drumstick) tree. Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja points out, "Moringa is a highly nutrient-rich plant. It is a powerhouse of vitamins, iron, calcium and essential amino acids." Moringa contains a compound called 'quercetin', which is known to reduce high blood pressure level. Also, its anti-oxidative quality is considered good for BP patients to curb inflammation. Click here for moringa tea recipe.

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