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Michigan State’s first-year coach Mel Tucker can’t escape the weight of expectations – The Detroit News

Posted: June 2, 2020 at 5:48 am


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Its been a while since theres been a new face prowling the sidelines at Spartan Stadium.

For 13 seasons, Mark Dantonio led Michigan States football program, and in the process, he took the Spartans to a level of success it hadnt seen in decades. Along the way, he became the programs winningest coach, won three Big Ten championships, took the Spartans back to the Rose Bowl after a quarter-century absence and saw his run reach its peak in 2015 with a berth in the College Football Playoff.

There was only one regular season that ended with a losing record (3-9 in 2016) and only one other time were the Spartans sub-.500, finishing 6-7 after losing the Alamo Bowl in 2009. It was an unprecedented run.

Mel Tucker(Photo: Al Goldis, AP)

Where did it start, though?

In 2007, Dantonio took over a program that had been flailing in the wind under John L. Smith and, before him, Bobby Williams. Michigan State went 7-6 that year, losing some tight games before taking on Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl.

It was the start of an amazing run, one that leads to the question of what is to be expected from Mel Tucker, Dantonios replacement? A head coach with only one season at Colorado, Tucker has a wealth of experience at the NFL level and with some of college footballs best programs.

But, he faces his share of challenges at Michigan State. The roster needs work the quarterback position is up in the air and the defense has plenty of holes to fill, and Dantonios success has raised expectations. Just being good isnt enough. Michigan State fans expect to play for championships now, a task made tougher considering Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan are on the schedule every season.

Tucker has already created some momentum, scoring some early recruiting victories, even during a pandemic while infusing some energy in the program.

How will he fare in that first season, though? That is tougher to guess. By the end of the season, well know, and we thought it would be a good idea to look at the other 13 coaches in the Big Ten, see how they did in year one and what it became from that point forward.

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan (First season: 2015, 10-3)

The former Wolverines quarterback was hired to bring his alma mater back to a championship level following seven seasons of mediocrity under Rich Rodriquez and Brady Hoke. The first season provided plenty of hope even with the last-second loss to MSU and a one-sided loss to Ohio State but its been more of the same since. While the Wolverines have plenty of talent, that championship continues to remain out of reach.

Ryan Day, Ohio State (First season: 2019, 13-1)

It cant be easy to replace a national-championship level coach and one of the best in the history of the game, but things couldnt have gone much better for Day as he took over last season for Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes went undefeated in the regular season, won the Big Ten title game and, if not for a controversial call in the national semifinals, could have been playing for another national title. With recruiting continuing to roll, it doesnt look like there will be a drop-off anytime soon for Day.

James Franklin, Penn State (First season: 2014, 7-6)

Franklins first season began with the Nittany Lions still under sanction from the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but early in the year, the sanctions were lifted. Franklin and his team took advantage by becoming bowl eligible, despite a 2-6 record in conference, and closed with a win in the Pinstripe Bowl. Penn State has gone on to win 11 games three different times and earned a Big Ten championship in 2016.

Tom Allen, Indiana (First season: 2017, 5-7)

Turning around a program like Indianas is no simple task, and doing it in one of the toughest divisions in the nation only adds to the difficulty. Allen had some close calls in year one, losing four games by one possession, and managed to win five games. The Hoosiers repeated that in 2018 before breaking through to become bowl eligible last season, though they still came up short against division foes Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State.

Mike Locksley, Maryland (First season: 2019, 3-9)

The other first-year coach in the division last season, Locksley had a far tougher job than Day did at Ohio State. He was taking over a program that had endured a tumultuous few years that included the off-season death of player Jordan McNair and plenty of coaching uncertainty as D.J. Durkin was replaced by Matt Canada on an interim basis. Maryland won just three games last season, but he has the Terps recruiting at a higher level than usual and has created optimism around the program heading into his second season.

Greg Schiano, Rutgers (First season: 2020)

The only other first-year coach in 2020 isnt exactly a first-year coach considering Schiano led the Scarlet Knights from 2001-2011, taking the team to six bowl games and enduring just one losing season in the final seven. He won only 12 games in his first four seasons during his first stint with the Scarlet Knights and this turnaround project will be just as tough considering Rutgers won only eight games in more than three seasons under Chris Ash.

Paul Chryst, Wisconsin (First season: 2015, 10-3)

The former Badgers offensive coordinator got his feet wet as a head coach for three seasons at Pittsburgh before returning in 2015 to take over one of the most consistent programs in the country. Chryst won 10 games that first season and has won at least 10 in four of his five seasons for a team that hasnt finished below .500 since 2001. Since that first year, Chryst has taken the Badgers to three conference title games as well as three New Years Six bowl games, including the Cotton, Orange and Rose bowl.

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (First season: 1999, 1-10)

It takes a deep dive into the record books to recall the first season for Ferentz, who is about to begin his 22nd season leading the Hawkeyes. He won just one game that season against Northern Illinois when Northern Illinois wasnt any good and followed that with three more wins in 2000. From there, though, there have been few complaints as Iowa has missed a bowl game only twice and finished under .500 just one time in 2007.

Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern (First season: 2006, 4-8)

The longest-serving coach in the conference behind Ferentz, Fitzgerald took over the Wildcats at the age of 32 after the sudden death of coach Randy Walker. Fitzgerald had served as linebackers coach the previous four seasons and Northwestern won only four games in his first season at the helm. However, he quickly showed his value, winning six games in 2007 before nine wins in 2008 led to a string of five straight bowl appearances.

P.J. Fleck, Minnesota (First season: 2017, 5-7)

After taking Western Michigan to 13 wins and a Cotton Bowl berth in 2016, Fleck took over the Golden Gophers after previous coach Tracy Claeys had been let go after supporting a player-led boycott over the suspension of 10 teammates in a sexual assault case. It was no easy task and Fleck won only five games that first season, a four-game drop-off from Claeys last season. However, it didnt take long to turn the tide and Fleck led the Gophers to 11 wins in 2019 and within a game from winning the West.

Jeff Brohm, Purdue (First season: 2017, 7-6)

After four years of losing under Darrell Hazell, Brohm created plenty of buzz in his first season, taking a team many expected to finish at the bottom of the division standings and leading them to a bowl game. The Boilermakers lost three conference games by a single possession and closed the regular season with back-to-back wins over Iowa and Indiana to become bowl eligible. They defeated Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl, however, theyve failed to play in a bowl game since.

Lovie Smith, Illinois (First season: 2016, 3-9)

Smiths hire in 2016 surprised many considering Smith had spent the bulk of his coaching career in the NFL. But the move was made in hopes of jump-starting a program that has won more than seven games only twice in the last 20 years. There were plenty of roster challenges and the Fighting Illini won only three games in Smiths first season, following that with only two victories in 2017. But light has started to appear at the end of the tunnel as Illinois became bowl eligible last season for the first time since 2014.

Scott Frost, Nebraska (First season: 2018, 4-8)

The hiring of the former Cornhuskers quarterback came with as much hype as when Michigan hired Harbaugh. However, the results have been slow to come for the coach that led UCF to a perfect season in 2017. The Huskers lost their first six games in Frosts first season and managed only five wins last season, even as many were picking them to win the Big Ten West.

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Michigan State's first-year coach Mel Tucker can't escape the weight of expectations - The Detroit News

The Added Benefits of Healthy Eating 3w Market News Reports – 3rd Watch News

Posted: June 2, 2020 at 5:48 am

It is true, what you eat can and often does reflect on your body either good or bad. The better you eat, the better it can be for all of your body parts, including your hair, skin, nails, bones, and overall general healthy appearance.

Healthy eating habits are essential, and we all know that. Even if you ask the daily junk-food-eaters about this, they will also nod their heads in agreement. Surprisingly, we all know about the benefits but can become helpless with the unusual demands of our taste buds and old habits.

So, keeping all the distractions aside, lets understand how good eating habits benefit our overall health and body.

Weight loss

One of the first and the foremost reasons that will make you accept better eating habits may be to reach your weight loss goals. When you start eating healthy food that can include low carbs, green veggies, salads, and juices, your body begins to use the stored fat for its functioning. Thus, such a healthy diet helps you to lose the extra bodyweight more quickly. Further, if you are following a specialized diet, skipping breakfast may not be the best idea, as it can throw off your blood sugar, and even increases your fat storage. A good rule of thumb may be to include 4-5 servings of fruit in your diet each day. Even though some fruit can have moderate calories, they can also add high-level nutrients.

Controls mood

Believe it or not, when you eat healthy food, everything goes inside your body in a stabilized state; no extra carb or protein shakes may be needed, just a pure and well-balanced diet. And, as food has its direct connection with your mind and body, it does its work by cheering up you from inside. Multiple pieces of research have shown that green leafy vegetables in breakfast can help you to stay happy and healthy by increasing your folate levels. Notably, low folate levels may be a cause of depression.

Boosts immune system

Healthy eating has always maintained its link with a robust immune system. When you eat healthily and feed your body the vital nutrients it needs, conclusively, it gains the strength to fight with diseases and makes you more potent and healthier. A smart diet, with its high-value nutrients, not only gives you a better immune system but also allows your body to work on the repair of your skin cells. That means, more glow and younger-looking skin!

Boosts energy

Are you the one who feels sleepy all day long? If it is yes, you may check your eating habits. A healthy diet might be all you need to boost your energy levels. If your body is not getting enough proper fuel, it could gradually lead to a higher risk of depression, obesity, stroke, and even cancer. Excess of anything is bad, and it goes the same with the bad eating habits.

So, switch to healthy eating habits, and feel more energetic and productive all day long!

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Hiking the Liberty Cap Trail in Colorado National Monument – 5280 | The Denver Magazine

Posted: June 2, 2020 at 5:48 am

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Chronicling the pleasuresand painof an overnight backpacking trip along the Liberty Cap Trail, a trek that offers gorgeous canyon and valley views and none of the crowds.

Trailhead: Upper Liberty CapDistance: 11 miles, out and backElevation Loss/Gain: 650 feetSolitude-O-Meter: 1

3 p.m. My husband and I stop by the visitor center to get our required-but-free backcountry camping permit and ask for trail recommendations. When the ranger mentions bear sightings on Ute Canyon Trail, we opt for the 11-mile out-and-back Liberty Cap Trail; were not keen on close encounters of the ursine kind.

9:30 a.m. The next morning, en route to the Upper Liberty Cap trailhead, a bighorn sheep struts across the horizon on a rock wall like he owns the place. He kind of does.

10 a.m. We heave on packs loaded with a gallon of water eachsince there are no water sources on Liberty Capsign the logbook, and head down a meandering path through pion and juniper.

10:04 a.m. We stop to complain about the weight of our packs.

11:30 a.m. After gradually descending about three miles through meadows of Indian ricegrass, we find a spot to set up camp.

12:30 p.m. Unburdened by our packs, we practically dance the remaining 2.5 miles to the edge of the mesa above Liberty Cap.

1:30 p.m. We pick our way down a trail better suited to bighorns than humans to get a closer look at the rocky dome that is Liberty Cap. Rungs once led up the 50-foot-tall mound but have been removed. We try scaling it anywayand quickly decide we are insane.

3 p.m. A sock change and a snack refresh us before we set off to explore more. Our wanderings reveal novel vantages on the canyons we thought wed already seen from every possible angle.

6:30 p.m. We make it back to the tent in time to watch the sunset light up the Book Cliffs in pinkand yellow sepia tones no Instagram filter could ever imitate.

7:30 p.m. Dinner made and bear canister hung, we settle in for the night. I can see my breath in the glow of my headlamp; its supposed to drop to near freezing tonight. Weve got three uphill miles to retrace tomorrow, so I click off the light and listen to an orchestra of frogs and bats. Planes flicker like night lights overhead. Most of them are headed west. In the morning, so are we.

Kasey Cordell is 5280's Editorial Projects Director.

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Identical twins compared vegan diet with meat-eating and exercise – Insider – INSIDER

Posted: June 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

The Turner Twins have climbed a mountain and trekked to the most inaccessible points on every continent, all in the name of research, charitable causes, and exploration. For their latest adventure, brothers Hugo and Ross Turner trekked into even more fraught territory comparing the effects of a vegan diet to an omnivorous diet on two genetically identical people.

The Turners decided to study the two eating styles side-by-side over a 12-week fitness training regime from January to March this year. They were inspired by the growing popularity (and sometimes controversy) of vegan diets for athletes, following documentaries like "The Game Changers," according to Ross.

"We wanted to take bias and opinion out of it and take down to the genetic level. We can get science involved because we're twins and genetically identical, so we can compare ourselves in extreme environments," Ross told Insider.

The pair monitored how they felt during the course of the experiment, and were followed by researchers from King's College, who tracked basic health metrics like weight, cholesterol, and muscle mass.

Both twins did endurance training at the gym 5 to 6 times a week, using a program designed by Ross, a personal trainer. They also ate an almost identical number of calories in meals prepared by the Mindful Chef delivery service.

By the end, they noticed some big differences in terms of muscle gains, fat loss, and digestive health.

Prior to giving up animal products for the experiment, Hugo weighed in at about 185 pounds and 13% body fat. After about a month on the vegan diet, he said he had dropped nearly 9 pounds. By the end of the experiment, he measured in at 181 pounds. Nearly all the weight lost was fat mass, with his overall body fat composition dipping by a full percentage point to 12%. His cholesterol levels also dropped.

Even more striking were his energy levels Hugo said he felt significantly more alert during his lunchtime gym sessions, compared with his typical routine.

"On a vegan diet my mental focus was much better, I didn't have the mid afternoon energy dips, and felt a bit more charged," he told Insider.

He said one explanation could be how the vegan diet changing his snacking habits. Since biscuits and chips aren't vegan, he'd switched to mainly fruit and nuts.

Hugo noticed one exception to his higher energy levels his libido, which he said dropped off sharply."I just lost it, I really don't know what happened," he said, noting that his experience may not be true for everyone. The twins did not conduct blood tests during the experiment, but said they would do so if they tried something similar in the future. They could measure testosterone, for example, to see if it explains some of the changes.

An example of one of the meals the Hugo Turner ate in the 12 week vegan diet experiment, a buckwheat and mushroom pizza. Mindful Chef

Ross has always been the slightly bigger of the brothers, and this was exacerbated by the experiment. From starting around 13% body fat, he put on 10 pounds of muscle in addition to just over 4 pounds of fat. That brought his overall body fat percentage up slightly to 15% and his final weigh-in to 189 pounds.

His cholesterol levels stayed consistent throughout the 12 week duration.

Ross said the meal plan for this experiment was slightly more varied than his typical diet, and extremely balanced in terms of macronutrients, with array of chicken, fish, red meat, veggies, dairy, and grains.

Prior to this, a typical day of eating for the twins would include toast or porridge for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and some version of chicken, veggies, or pasta for dinner.

For Hugo, the dietary change was even more significant, since his usual animal-based protein was swapped out for things like tofu, tempeh (fermented soybeans), and jackfruit.

"Eating a vegan diet, you almost have to overcompensate with variety, so I was eating foods i wasn't really used to," Hugo said.

As a result, his gut microbiome the populations of beneficial bacteria that live in the human digestive system also changed in some interesting ways, based on fecal samples analyzed by Atlas Biomed before and after the experiment.

The changes potentially improved Hugo's resilience to some forms of chronic illness, according to the analysis, lowering his risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. That supports previous research suggesting plant-based diets could reduce the risk of those conditions by improving the microbiome.

But to their surprise, both brothers saw a decrease in their microbial diversity, or the number of different bacteria species present in the gut. That's generally linked to less resilience against some types of chronic illness such as Crohn's Disease.

Although Ross' microbiome changed slightly, it remained much more consistent than his brother's.

It's not clear why those changes occurred, although the Turners hypothesized that the abrupt change to a vegan diet, and the relatively short duration of the experiment, might have been factors.

One caveat of the experiment, the Turners note, is that 12 weeks isn't a long time for a typical dietary study if they could do it over, the brothers said they're prefer to trial the diets for 6 months to a year for better data.

But the brothers said they've learned a lot, and plan to incorporate more plant-based eating in their lifestyle. The brothers are known for their endurance expeditions, and want to test how vegan eating might benefits them on their treks.

"You lose about half a kilo of weight a day on an endurance trip, more than that if you're carrying extra weight, so welike to be lean and mean nothing in between on the trip," Hugo said.

He added that being forced to find vegan alternatives also greatly expanded his world of food options.

"One thing to come out of this is we don't eat nearly enough variety of foods. Often, we kind of just disguise the same foods in different forms. Butvariety is the spice of life," Hugo said.

Ross said that there tends to be a reluctance for meat eaters to try vegan foods, and he hopes this experiment will encourage dedicated omnivores to branch out, since many plant-based substitutes like vegan burgers are similar in taste and texture to the classics.

If you're curious about trying veganism, he added, you don't to go "cold tofu" and jump in all at once. Based on his experience, Hugo recommends starting with your snacking habits, and swapping out between-meal treats with vegan options.

The twins concluded that their optimal diet is a mix of plant- and animal-based foods.

"Having a vegan diet has benefits and so does eating meat, I don't think either outshone the other here," he said. "We'll be doing a mix of both, having non-meat days and adding morevegan foods into our diet, eating better-quality meat and less of it.We've taken away the best of both worlds."

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Edible Flakes Market 2019-2023 | Adoption of Healthy Diet to Boost Growth | Technavio – Business Wire

Posted: June 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio has been monitoring the edible flakes market and it is poised to grow by USD 8.3 billion during 2019-2023, progressing at a CAGR of about 8% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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The market is moderately fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Bagrrys India Ltd., Dr. August Oetker KG, General Mills Inc., Kellogg Co., Marico Ltd., Natures Path Foods Inc., Nestl SA, PepsiCo Inc., Post Holdings Inc., and The Hain Celestial Group Inc. are some of the major market participants. Although the adoption of healthy diet will offer immense growth opportunities, the intense competition will challenge the growth of the market participants. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

The adoption of healthy diet has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market. However, intense competition might hamper market growth.

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These 3 workout and diet weight loss tips for men are so easy but they actually WORK – T3

Posted: June 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

With the T-shirt weather already present in May, many people are very keen to lose belly fat fast after putting on some extra weight during the first couple of months of lockdown. It is not difficult to lose weight fast at home, some easy tweaks in your lifestyle and boom! The barrel has disappeared from around your waist. Who knows, you may even reveal that six pack abs you have been hiding under that flab for a while...

Doing 3-move abs workouts are optional but other types of exercising might come handy in your journey to lose belly fat. Most dietary and fitness experts agree that the best way to lose weight is to keep a calorie deficit, meaning you take in less calories than what you expend throughout the day. Going on a special diet like the ketogenic diet or following a structured eating pattern (e.g. intermittent fasting) can help keeping the calories at bay, although it is not essential to adhere to a strict diet.

Below are three top tips that can help you shed belly fat faster.

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Although strength training has long been associated with muscle building, recent studies show that it's almost as effective in burning fat as doing cardio exercises. Muscle building requires a lot of work from your muscles no surprises there and a more muscular body burns more calories even in its resting state than a non-muscular variety.

Resistance training come in many shapes and sizes, and despite what you might think, even heavy lifting can be easily performed in your home gym, should you have the right type of equipment. You don't need barbells, kettlebells or even dumbbells to have a fat burning home workout session.

You can use your own body as weight and do beginner calisthenics workouts or get a couple of resistance bands and add even more err resistance to your workouts. Suspension training sets, like the excellent TRX HOME2, can provide a full body workout and it can also provide one of the best core workouts too.

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Protein is the magic ingredient in your diet. Being one of the three macronutrients your body needs to function well, protein can aid muscle repair and recovery as well as help weight loss too. It also takes longer to digest protein than most carbs and therefore it will make you feel fuller for longer. Adding some fibre to your meals can also slow down digestion and make you feel more sated too.

You should supply your body with protein from a variety of sources: lean meat, nuts/nut butter, fish, dairy products, tofu and green vegetables are all excellent sources of protein.

If you down feel like chowing down on a piece of salmon on the street just to get your protein fix, you can drink protein shakes which are made by mixing protein powder and water (or milk/milk substitute). You can use a protein shake blender if you want those flavours to mixed properly.

Even more convenient way to consume protein is to have a protein bar or jerky as a snack: these are pre-packaged, flavoursome and most usually low in fat and carbs (sugar) as well.

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No, you shouldn't drink more alcohol, if anything, you should rid alcohol from your diet for quick weight loss results. However, drinking the right type of drinks can help boost metabolism and improve overall health too.

Drinking coffee, especially black coffee, has a range of health benefits and the caffeine in coffee can help speed up metabolism too. Nutritionists also recommend drinking green tea for the same reasons as coffee. Both should be drank in moderation, however, and not all the time, if you would like to avoid negative side effects.

Another type of drink you would like to drink more is water. Water is essential for our bodies to function well and most people drink way less than needed. It is recommended to drink at least two litres of water a day for optimum bodily performance.

Drinks to avoid include sugary fizzy drinks, fruit juices and alcohol.

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Dogs need a balanced diet, too – here’s how to get it right – The Guardian

Posted: June 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Like us, our dogs should be eating the right foods for their bodies. Also like us, while they might enjoy eating hot chips for every meal, thats going to have a negative impact on their wellbeing.

What dogs tell us they want is not always what they need. We shouldnt allow those puppy-dog eyes at the dinner table to sway our feeding decisions, but instead look at some key indicators more closely related to their health.

Dr Lee Danks, a technical services veterinarian at Black Hawk, says there are some common misconceptions when it comes to our understanding of the way our dogs eat. The first is that food equals love, he says.

We might imagine that sharing our meals with our dogs helps them feel happy and secure, but we often forget that it can send mixed messages when they cant distinguish this from their everyday meal of dog food, particularly when human foods are given irregularly, when the food is varied, and the precious resource of food is intertwined with another resource: social interaction. We often dont account for the extra calories too, and that can have long-term health implications.

Adding anything that isnt complete and balanced, such as table scraps, can throw your pets diet out of whack. Photograph: Justin Paget/Getty Images.

While meal sharing does build social bonds, just as it does when we have a lovely dinner party with our friends, its also going to do them more harm than good if were not completely aware of the impact, Danks says. Given the opportunity, dogs will often overeat, and its our responsibility to protect them from that.

We may think, my dog is following me about, therefore they want food, but this is a learned behaviour. Begging is something that we train into our animals. Understanding what they actually need is a different story.

An early indicator is palatability, Danks says. In other words, how appealing the food is to the dog, including its taste and texture. There are a few reasons why your dog might suddenly go off their food.

It could be that their preferences have changed. Sometimes food is not being stored properly, which can change the food to lose some of its flavour.

A few days without a meal can affect a dogs wellbeing, and they start to break down their own body tissue. If a fresh bag doesnt do the trick, it might be worth trying a new product.

Other reasons might be revealed through a home health check. Danks says if body weight travels up or down , it can be a reminder to look at what they are eating, and how much theyre getting. If muscle drops away, we wonder if they are getting the amino acids and proteins, or ingredients like meat, that drive maintenance of lean muscle mass.

Danks also says to watch out for something he calls pick-up-ability.

The sample you get every day while walking your dog is a poo, he says. We can start asking ourselves, when we pick it up, does it leave a mark on the pavement? That tells you if theres a bit too much moisture in there. If you consistently have a puddle in one extreme or a dehydrated pebble on the other, then maybe what youre feeding should be changed.

It might seem boring to us, but feeding one high-quality product will give your dogs all the food they need. That means all 37 essential nutrients are being provided with every meal, as long as you feed according to the guides on the packs.

The first challenge for the pet food manufacturer is that it is safe and balanced. And the second challenge is: does it taste good? If were expecting dogs to enjoy it for years and years of their life, it needs to be something they want to go back to.

Dogs eat according to a whole range of sensory experiences, starting with smell. For a kibble, Danks says, manufacturers such as Black Hawk coat the surface of the product with the natural ingredients that drive dogs to want to eat that food: usually fats and proteins. That mix gives the product a unique flavour profile, which creates aromas that are appealing to a dogs very sensitive nose, and makes them want to eat the nutritious food inside.

The vast majority of wet foods are also complete and balanced, he says. What youre looking for on the pack is an Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) statement. If youre a conscientious manufacturer with a good formulation team behind you, you should be able to weave some magic and create a lovely combination of great ingredients to fulfil the AAFCO nutrient requirements. If you look on our packs, you will see that statement.

If you do decide to shift your dogs diet to one thats more balanced or tailored, Danks says its best to have a transition period.

If you eat bananas for the next five weeks, then suddenly shift to burgers, your gastrointestinal system is going to go haywire, he explains. Its not going to cope.

A rule of thumb is: if youre feeding a chicken-based diet, stick to a chicken-based diet. If you have a nutrition profile or ingredient list thats vastly different, thats where the transition process comes in. Day by day, increase the proportion of new versus old food to be gentle on their guts. That slow transition usually takes five to seven days, but can potentially take up to a couple of months for extremely sensitive individuals.

Moving to a premium product such as Black Hawk makes the process easier. When youre taking a step up in digestibility, its less of an issue.

Danks recommends we take a careful and considered look at the range on the shelves to find the best product for our dogs. People want to feed their pets better, and we can be more discerning, he says. We dont always have to accept the status quo if our dogs physicality is telling a different story. Its all about reaching for the product that reflects how much we care.

Black Hawks natural, holistic pet food range makes sure your dog gets everything they need, and nothing they dont. Read more about their commitment to the well-being of your pet and real food recipes here.

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Lockdown weight loss: Eat MORE of these five foods and BLACKLIST these five other ones – T3

Posted: June 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Weight loss was always one of the most searched for topics online, but ever since the lockdown, losing weight at home has become ever so popular, possibly because all of a sudden everyone started to gain weight due to their new, sedentary lifestyle. The good news is that losing weight at home needn't be difficult. You don't need to go full keto for weight loss although, okay, that could help.

To find out which five foods to avoid if you don't want to gain weight at home and five to eat instead for rapid weight loss we spoke to performance nutritionist Simon Jurwik who also happens to be the commercial director at Bulk Powders. In his humble opinion, some simple changes to lifestyle and diet can lead to great results. You don't have to do bodyweight workouts at home or use a running workout although that also might help.

Here are Simon's best tips on lockdown weight loss keeping in shape effectively and safely, with no dramas.

Simon doesn't believe in the idea of inherently 'bad' foods although even he wouldn't recommend chowing down on takeaway every morning. His motto is "everything in moderation". However he adds, "I would say to limit your consumption of the below whilst in lockdown as they are more calorie dense." Makes sense.

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Eat all your five-a-day in one go if you wish

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When it comes to weight loss, Simon vouches for calorie deficit: "You should try and eat a well balanced diet so you get the right amount of nutrients and minerals." Ideally, you would like to eat your five a day, a mix of fruits and vegetables, to make sure your vitamin levels are topped up.

It's easier than you think to add more greens to your meals: have some tomatoes with your breakfast bacon and eggs, have an apple mid-morning, some asparagus and kale with your lunch, a banana in the afternoon and half an avocado with your tea.

That's already more than 'just' five-a-day and it shows just how easy it is to add some extra fibres to your diet. Eating more fibrous can also help you feel fuller for longer, meaning you won't get hungry almost instantly after you had some food.

Simon recommends the following food groups to be included in your diet for effective weight loss:

Drinking more water can certainly help

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As Simon explains, "to avoid weight gain or to lose weight, you need to maintain calories compared to your energy expenditure to avoid weight gain or in a deficit for weight loss."

If this sounds a bit too complicated, here is what it means: you need to eat less than your maintenance calories in order to lose weight. Maintenance calories are what your body needs to function: on average, it is around 2,000 kcal for women and 2,500 kcal for men.

"A good way to do this is tracking your calories so you have a better understanding of how much youre eating." Simon adds "If you dont like specifically calorie tracking, then start monitoring your portion sizes. If you need to lose weight, simply reduce the portion sizes."

Calorie tracking can be made easy with apps like MyFitnessPal which can scan barcodes and do the addition for you, no need to calculate carbs/fat/protein manually.

If you want to lose weight, take in less calories than the ones you spend doing your daily activities. Although an average men burns 2,500 calories, if you spend most of your time at home and don't exercise much, your calorie needs are probably under that 2,500, more closer to 2,000.

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You really should avoid most takeaways. Sorry!

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Is keto diet the key to weight loss?

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Going on a special diet can help, but only if it's controlled and you stick to it. "Ultimately, it comes down to adherence. If you find going lower carb keto diet is easier for you to stick with, then thats a good option. If you prefer intermittent fasting and you find you can stick to it, then thats one to explore" Simon adds.

The keyword here is 'adherence': avoid moving from one fad to the other on a weekly basis. Once you found the diet you can keep to it doesn't have to be an extreme one either just let your body adjust and eventually, you'll see the results.

The most important thing to remember is that once you get healthy, weight loss will come naturally. It's not about chasing after pounds lost; what's more important is to ease yourself into a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable diet. That will make you lose weight and keep it off, too.

Other special diets include the vegan diet, military diet and paleo diet. And loads more. Do we recommend these? Not necessarily but they are there as an option, should you want to try them for weight loss.

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Exercising regularly is not necessary for weight loss but it can certainly help

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In Simon's opinion, it's important to make a distinction between people who already have a certain muscle mass and people who 'just' want to lose weight: "It depends, if youre aiming to maintain a certain amount of muscle mass, you would need to continue exercising and in particular, resistance training, to hold onto the muscle mass you have."

Cardio has long been used for weight loss, let it be running on treadmills, indoor cycling or indoor rowing. But resistance training is also a great way to burn calories as well as doing HIIT workouts. The best resistance training for weight loss are the ones that use compound exercises, like this full body workout or this two-day push-pull workout.

"Similarly, if youve just completed a diet, which incorporated exercising and calorie restriction, youll need to continue completing the same level of exercise to maintain your weight. If you were to just stop, your calorie expenditure would go down and you will likely gain weight" Simon concludes.

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Supplement-wise, Bulk Powders has you covered

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Understandably, Simon knows a lot about topping up your energy levels with supplements: "having the right supplements in the right time can contribute to maintaining/losing weight when incorporated into a balanced diet. For example, if you follow a ketogenic diet, Bulk Powders has several products that are low in carbohydrates such as our Complete Keto Protein Shake, Complete Greens and Electrolyte tablets."

Supplements can come in many shapes and sizes and supplementing your diet doesn't necessarily mean chugging down gallons of protein shakes or weight gainers. Especially if you are following a strict diet, like the vegan diet or the aforementioned keto diet, taking some supplements will be inevitable to support your metabolism.

When using supplements to lose weight, our product Cutting Edge, contains Glucomannan which contributes to weight loss in the context of a calorie restricted diet.

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Lockdown weight loss: Eat MORE of these five foods and BLACKLIST these five other ones - T3

5 reasons to add blueberries to your diet – Arab News

Posted: June 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

DUBAI: Protests were held across the US this week demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the other black Americans who have been victims of police brutality. Many celebrities joined in on these protests in major cities such as Los Angeles or New York, including French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, pop star Ariana Grande, model Emily Ratajkowski and rapper J. Cole.

Meanwhile, other stars have taken to their social media platforms to demand justice and draw attention to various organizations which help low-income protesters pay bail or donation pages that directly benefit the family members of the victims.

Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively shared a joint statement on Instagram on Sunday night, revealing that they donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund, a civil and human rights legal organization that provides legal assistance to low-income African Americans.

The couple, who share two children together, wrote We've never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we're pulled over in the car. We dont know what its like to experience that life day in and day out. We cant imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. Were ashamed that in the past weve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is."

The couples statement continued, We want to educate ourselves about other peoples experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it especially our own complicity.

Lively and Reynolds arent the only celebrities to donate a hefty sum amid the George Floyd protests sweeping the US. Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen pledged to donate $200,000 towards the bail-outs of protesters across the nation.

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How to Start the Keto Diet –

Posted: June 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

American Fork, Utah, United States, June 1 2020 Published via (Wiredrelease) There is plenty of information out there about the keto diet. Proponents sing its praises while others claim that it is a dangerous fad diet. Heres what you need to know about how to start the keto diet for yourself.

How it Works

The basic premise of the keto diet is to replace carbohydrates as your bodys primary energy source. The goal is to teach your body to use fat for energy instead. This way, your body will draw from its own fat resources in order to fuel itself instead of relying on carbohydrates and continuing to store away fat for the future.

Some keto diets are more extreme than others, but it is safest to keep some level of carbs in your diet. The standard ketogenic diet has very low carbs but allows quite a lot of fat in the diet in order to fuel your body.

This is a safer choice for most modern people who are accustomed to always having a lot of calories to fuel their energy throughout the day. Your body wont have to sacrifice any fuel, it will just have to learn to use fat instead of carbs. Here are the percentages of the standard ketogenic diet:

75% fat20% protein5% carbsFoods to Eat

One of the most attractive features of the keto diet is the number of things that you are allowed to eat. When most of us think about dieting, we think of dramatically restricting ourselves in regards to what we enjoy. Some of us even come to think of dieting as a time in our lives when food is not a major source of pleasure. However, the keto diet allows all kinds of delicious foods:

Eggs, Meat, and poultryNuts, olive oil, and avocadoCream, butter, and plain Greek yogurt

There are many more varieties that you can try, but in general you are trying to avoid sources of carbs and sugar. In general, meat is always a safe source of delicious energy on the keto diet. Many Americans will notice little deviation from their standard diet, especially in main dishes which are so often meat-based as it is.

Foods to Avoid

Its no fun to avoid foods that we enjoy eating, but in order for any diet to be successful, there has to be some change from the things that you would choose to eat if there were not restrictions. Unlike some other diets that allows some deviation and cheating as a part of the plan, the keto diet can be seriously affected by cheating.

The effectiveness of the keto diet depends on Ketosis taking place. Ketosis can only take place if your diet contains a very small amount of carbs. For most people, more than 50 carbs a day can take them out of Ketosis. Therefore, you should do your absolute best not to cheat on your keto diet if you can avoid it.

With so many indulgent foods that you are allowed to eat, you should be able to fill your tummy with an alternative that will help you get through it. That said, here are some of the foods that you need to avoid.

Bread, pasta, and grains like rice, oats, and wheatSugar, sugary products, and sugary drinksStarchy fruits like apples, peaches, and bananasStarchy vegetables like yams, corn, and potatoes

One of the hardest things about the keto diet is learning that what is healthy is not necessarily good for the keto diet. You may have gotten accustomed to thinking of things like apples and orange juice as healthy, but on a keto diet, they can break Ketosis.

Try the Keto Diet for Yourself

Whatever youve heard about Keto, the fact is that this diet is taking hold of America in a serious way. This diet is scientifically based and many people have found a lot of success with it. If youve been wondering how to start a keto diet, stop wondering and give it a try. Its easier to incorporate into your lifestyle than you may think.

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