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Athlete of the Week: Nate Brennan – Plant City Observer

Posted: October 15, 2020 at 10:58 pm

Nate Brennan was in for a shock shortly before his senior year started: he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. But Brennan, a three-sport athlete, refused to let his condition take anything away from him. He adjusted his diet, stayed positive and kept moving forward to get back into football shape in time for this season. In addition to football, Brennan is a member of Durants hockey and track and field teams and he has a 4.12 GPA.

Know someone who deserves an Athlete of the Week feature? Email Justin Kline atjkline@plantcityobserver.comby the Friday before the next issue.

What led to your diagnosis?

For about four months, over the summer when quarantine started off, I started losing a lot of weight. Before quarantine, I was 215 pounds. In four months, I went to 165 and was feeling horrible all the time. I was still going to practice and working out, trying to push through it, but it wasnt working out, so I told my parents I wanted to get checked out. I went to the hospital for four days and thats when I was diagnosed. I have type 1 diabetes, so I have to inject insulin because my pancreas doesnt produce it.

You clearly didnt want to let diabetes affect your athletic career. How did you stay motivated and what adjustments did you have to make to your life?

I just have a strong mindset to stay positive all the time, no matter what. I try to always think about the positives. Ive been doing the same things its only little changes in my diet and how I prepare for games. Depending how high or low I am can affect how I play, so I have to make sure Im well-nourished, hydrated and ready to go at all times. The main thing is the carbs. I cant break down the sugars, so my diets gotten better. I used to have a good amount of junk food even though I was working out, but I dont take in as much carbs. Ive leaned out but still maintain mass and size. Im already back up to 205 pounds. The first week out of the hospital, I went in at 168 and I came out at around 182. That was mostly because of water weight. I lost a lot of water weight and I drank a lot, like an unhealthy amount. I drank about two gallons and it would go straight out.

What are some signs people your age who may have diabetes be on the lookout for, assuming they have it but may not know it yet?

How you feel, how your mindset is. If you feel different, like having different thoughts or you feel weird, or if you feel unhealthy, that could be a sign.

Now that were halfway through football season, how do you feel about how things have played out for you and the Cougars?

Every team has gone though the same things we have, so were not set back because of all of that. Everyone has had the same amount of practice. It comes down to mindset and teamwork. I think we had a great summer session. We have 19 seniors and weve all bought in. Most have been here four years. Were a pretty well put-together group.

What are your goals for the rest of the year?

I want to better myself, be a better person. I have type 1 diabetes, so I feel like I have to help others who have T1D. Maybe talk to them. I know this could be hard for younger kids. Im older and I have a pretty good mindset, Id say, and Ive been able to take it on. I want to get bigger, stronger and faster for football and always study hard in school.

Whats your favorite thing about being a Cougar?

Big wins at home are always great. Homecoming games every kid wants to be there, especially now. The students really make us ready to go on Friday nights. Theyre like our voice. They speak for us, I feel.

Do you have a preference between football and hockey and track?

I love them all, but football is number one.

What will you miss most about playing high school sports?

All the friends and memories.

Do you have any college plans?

I do have one offer but am talking to a bunch of different schools. Ive had five or six contact me in the past week or two. Im trying to keep my options open and take thing day by day. Id like to study physical science.

What advice would you give to the next generation of Cougars, the athletes who will join the football and hockey teams after you and your senior teammates graduate?

Just keep working hard, focus on whats important, dont get caught up in other things focus on what you need to do to make yourself the best you can be.

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FAO calls for promoting climate-smart agriculture to deal with pandemic – Tehran Times

Posted: October 15, 2020 at 10:58 pm

TEHRAN - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has called on countries around the world to deal with the widespread effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic through promoting climate-smart and environmentally friendly agricultural practices, such as agro-ecology, that preserve the Earths natural resources.

In this regard, FAO urges all involved stakeholders across the world to link arms to urgently address the nutritional and livelihood gaps that have engulfed the most vulnerable groups of populations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, on the occasion of the World Food Day, October 16.

Recent estimates released by the Organization indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic and its collateral economic consequences may add between 83 to 132 million individuals to the total number of undernourished people in the world in 2020; the nutritional status of the most vulnerable population groups is likely to further deteriorate due to the health and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 response is an opportunity to build back better by making food systems more resilient to shocks and more sustainable through agricultural practices that work with nature, according to a press release published by the FAO office in Iran.

Iran also called on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to move forward to collective policies and response programs for member countries in the region to place food and agriculture at the center of the COVID-19 socio-economic response, at the 35th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East.

The countrys ad interim envoy to FAO, Shahin Ghoraishizadeh, shared the main adaptive strategies implemented by the Government to tackle challenges posed by COVID-19 to food and agriculture activities of the country.

According to Ghoraishizadeh, in [this] region, the spread of COVID-19 has affected the vulnerability of millions of small producers and agricultural workers and intensified challenges for this large part of the population.

Iran hopes FAO, through this conference, provides a starting point to move forward collective policies and response programs for member countries in the region; to place food and agriculture at the center of the COVID-19 socio-economic response strategies, Ghoraishizadeh said in his concluding remarks.

Hunger increases worldwide

A report jointly prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO shows that currently around 690 million people or 8.9 percent of the world population are hungry. Compared to the previous figures, this number is up by 10 million people in one year and by nearly 60 million in five years.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 also indicates that the number of people affected by severe food insecurity has experienced a similar upward trend over the last five years. In 2019, close to 750 millionor nearly one in ten people in the worldwere exposed to severe levels of food insecurity.

The figures reveal that about 2 billion people in the world did not have regular access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food in 2019.

Considering the widespread impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is estimated that the pandemic may add between 83 and 132 million people to the total number of undernourished in the world in 2020 depending on the economic growth scenario.Also, the nutritional status of the most vulnerable population groups is likely to deteriorate further due to the health and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.

While the burden of malnutrition in all its forms remains a challenge for the world, current estimates reveal that in 2019, 21.3 percent (144 million) of children under 5 years of age were stunted, 6.9 percent (47 million) wasted, and 5.6 percent (38.3 million) overweight.

The report states that healthy diets are unaffordable to many people, especially the poor, in every region of the world. The most conservative estimate shows they are unaffordable for more than 3 billion people in the world. Healthy diets are estimated to be, on average, five times more expensive than diets that meet only dietary energy needs through a starchy staple.

Under current food consumption patterns, diet-related health costs linked to mortality and non-communicable diseases are projected to exceed USD 1.3 trillion per year by 2030.

On the other hand, the diet-related social cost of greenhouse gas emissions associated with current dietary patterns is estimated to be more than USD 1.7 trillion per year by 2030.

Irans undernourishment prevalence

According to the report, Iran experienced a relative reduction in the prevalence of undernourishment in its total population, dropping from 5.2 percent in the period of 2004-2006 to 4.7 percent in the period of 2017-2019. However, despite this improvement, the net number of people experiencing undernourishment increased from 3.6 to 3.9 million.


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Vault Health Expands its Mens Telehealth Service to 37 New U.S. States – News Anyway

Posted: October 15, 2020 at 10:57 pm

After Becoming First Provider of Rapid At-Home Covid-19 Testing, Vaults Testosterone Treatments and Specialized Healthcare for Men is Now Available Nearly Nationwide

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2020 NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2020 Vault Health, a mens telemedicine startup offering direct-to-consumer prescription treatments, supplements, and testosterone replacement therapy, has expanded its service to 37 U.S. states.

Previously only available in three states, Vaults rapid expansion comes on the heels of its $30 million Series A funding round in March.

Perhaps best known for providing the first FDA-approved rapid at-home saliva test kit for Covid-19, the mens healthcare company specializes in personalized treatment plans that are designed to help men improve their sexual, physical, and mental health.

Low testosterone affects one in every four men over the age of 30. This can cause an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, irritability, low energy, loss of lean muscle mass, erectile dysfunction, decreased sex drive, osteoporosis or fracture, brain fog, and more.

Through Vaults telehealth service, men are able to easily connect with medical professionals via video calls and get personalized treatment plans, which may or may not be testosterone-based, or other shipped directly to them, taking the inconvenience and apprehension out of healthcare by discreetly treating men where they are.

CEO Jason Feldman, former Head of Amazon Prime Video Direct, co-founded the healthcare startup last year. Feldman got the idea for Vault when he noticed how many of his male friends seemed embarrassed about certain medical conditions and were reluctant to seek medical attention for them, or simply didnt know they could do something about it.

In fact, according to Vault Healths recent survey of 1,500 men ages 35-60 in the US, 61% of men said they dont like going to the doctor while a staggering 41% said theyd rather watch paint dry than go to the doctor. Additionally, the survey found that 40% admitted that they are often too embarrassed to ask their doctor questions about their health that are sensitive or personal in nature.

While theres a wealth of womens healthcare specialists and resources out there, the options for men are much more limited. Now that Vault is serving nearly three-quarters of the nation, we want men to know were here for them. We understand them. And we can help them, says Feldman.

Leading mens integrative healthcare expert Dr. Myles Spar, MD serves as Vaults Chief Medical Officer. According to Dr. Spar, many doctors tend to treat the symptoms of low testosterone, instead of the cause, while Vault takes a different approach by focusing on the root of the problem.

We focus on what matters to the patient not whats the matter with the patient and offer a strategy to optimize health so that he can achieve his goals, says Dr. Spar, who is also an author, teacher, TEDx speaker, and a frequent contributor to Mens Journal and the Dr. Oz. show.

Vaults various treatments are bundled together into kits that are tailored to address specific types of concerns. These include a Body Kit that helps users maintain a healthy weight and energy level, a Sex Kit that improves sexual health and performance, and a Brain Kit that enhance users sleep quality and memory, among others.

Treatment plans are offered on a subscription basis with prices starting at $75 per month, which includes ongoing healthcare visits and continuous access to Vault medical professionals to ensure men are achieving their desired results.

While Vault has expanded service to 37 states, its testosterone-based treatments are available on a state-by-state basis. The states Vault Health is able to provide testosterone-based treatments in are indicated with an asterisk: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas*, Colorado, *District of Columbia, *Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, *Illinois, Iowa, Maine, *Maryland, Michigan, *Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, *New Hampshire, New Mexico, *New York, *North Carolina, *Ohio, Oklahoma, *Oregon, *Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, *Tennessee, *Texas, *Utah, Virginia, *Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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About Vault HealthVault Health is a performance-based healthcare service designed to help men take control of their health through specialized in-home treatments for a better body, better sex, and better brain health. Through extensive education, professional medical evaluation, and personalized treatment plans, Vault offers a comprehensive approach that overcomes traditional shortcomings in existing mens healthcare offerings to help more men achieve optimal overall health. For more info, visit

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24 Ways to Increase Penis Sensitivity: Tips, Techniques, and More – Healthline

Posted: October 15, 2020 at 10:57 pm

For many folks, sexual satisfaction is all about the feels, so if you or your penis-having partner are experiencing decreased sensitivity down there, it could really mess with your ability to get off.

There are a few things that can cause a decrease in penile sensation, from the way a person masturbates to lifestyle habits and hormone imbalances. The good news: There are ways to get back that lovin feeling.

To be clear, theres a big difference between less sensation and numbness.

Having less sensation which is what were focusing on in this article means you dont feel as much sensation in your peen as you did before.

A numb penis is a whole other ball of wax and refers to not being able to feel any normal sensation when your penis is touched.

Yep, how you pleasure yourself might be affecting your penile sensation.

The way you masturbate can lead to decreased sensitivity. Some people call this death grip syndrome.

The gist is that people who masturbate using a very specific technique or tight grip can become desensitized to other types of pleasure over time.

When this happens, coming or even getting any pleasure without the exact move or pressure becomes difficult.

If youre feeling all the feels just fine when you masturbate but find that partner sex is where the sensation is lacking, there are a couple potential reasons.

A thinner or smaller-than-average penis, or even too much lube (natural wetness or synthetic), can mean less friction and ultimately sensation during intercourse.

Just switching up your technique should do the trick and help you recondition your sensitivity.

If death grip is the issue, depending on how youre used to masturbating, this might mean loosening your grip, stroking at a slower pace, or both.

You could also mix things up with a sex toy made for penis play, like the Super Sucker UR3 Masturbator, which you can buy online, or TENGA Zero Flip Hole Masturbator, which is also available online. And dont forget the lube!

If intercourse is the issue, some positions make for a tighter fit and therefore more friction.

Heres a little secret: Tweaking any position so your partner can keep their legs tight together during sex should work.

Plus, if anal sex is what youre both into, the anus is by nature a tighter squeeze. Just be sure to use a lot of lube if you take it to the backside.

And speaking of a lot of lube: If an abundance of wetness is making sex feel a bit like a Slip N Slide, a quick wipe with some tissue should fix it.

Certain lifestyle habits can be to blame for your peens lessened sensitivity.

Do you bicycle a lot? Do you masturbate frequently? These things can cause the sensitivity in your peen to tank if you do them often.

When it comes to masturbation, how often you do it matters if youre doing it a lot, according to research that has linked hyperstimulation to decreased penile sensitivity.

As for bicycling, bicycle seats put pressure on the perineum the space between your balls and anus. It presses on blood vessels and nerves that provide feeling to the penis.

Sitting in a hard or uncomfortable chair for long periods can do the same.

Masturbation is healthy, but if the frequency of your handy treats is causing a problem, taking a break for a week or two can help get your penis feeling back to itself.

If you sit or bicycle for long periods, take regular breaks. Consider swapping out your bike seat or usual chair for something more comfortable.

Testosterone is the male sex hormone responsible for libido, not to mention a bunch of other functions.

If your testosterone (T) level drops, you might feel less responsive to sexual stimulation and have trouble getting aroused.

T levels decrease as you age. Damage to your danglers aka testicles can also affect T, as well as certain conditions, substances, and cancer treatment.

Your doctor can diagnose low T with a simple blood test and treat it using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Lifestyle changes, like regular exercise, maintaining a moderate weight, and getting more sleep can also help.

Certain medical conditions and medications can affect sensation in the penis.

Diabetes and multiple sclerosis (MS) are just a couple conditions that can damage nerves and affect sensation in different body parts, including the penis.

Medications used to treat Parkinsons disease can also reduce penile sensation as a side effect.

Ensuring that any underlying condition is well managed might help bring the feels back.

If medications the culprit, your doctor may be able to adjust your dose or change your medication.

Sexual pleasure isnt just about your D. Your brain plays a big role, too.

If youre dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, or any other mental health issue, getting in the mood can be near impossible. And even if you really want to get down to business, your penis may not be as receptive.

It really depends on whats going on mentally.

Taking some time to unwind before sexy time can help if youre feeling stressed or anxious.

A hot bath or shower can help your mind and muscles relax. The warm water also increases circulation, which can help increase sensitivity and make your skin more responsive to touch.

If youre regularly struggling with feelings of anxiety or depression, or having trouble coping with stress, reach out for help.

Talk to a friend or loved one, see a healthcare provider, or find a local mental health provider through the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Not to be punny, but try to not beat yourself silly over this.

We get how frustrating it must be to not be able to enjoy the sensation you want or expect during sexual activity.

Here are some things to keep in mind if youre struggling.

Chances are your lessened penile sensation can be improved.

As weve already covered, changes in technique, getting in the right frame of mind, or some lifestyle tweaks may be all thats needed to get your penis feeling right again.

A healthcare provider can help with any underlying medical or mental health issues and recommend the right treatments.

Were not just talking about choking your chicken either! Stressing about this and putting pressure on yourself will only make things worse in the pleasure department.

Give yourself time to relax and get in the mood before play, and permission to stop and try another time if youre not feeling it.

Penis health and sexual health are just as important as other aspects of your health.

If theres something going on with your penis or your ability to enjoy sexual activity, a professional can help.

You cant control everything, but there are things you can do to help keep your penis healthy:

If its your partner whos struggling with lessened sensitivity down there, dont worry. Chances are theres a good reason for it, and its probably not what you think.

Here are some things to keep in mind if its getting to you.

Your first instinct may be to blame yourself if your partner isnt enjoying sex. Try to not do this.

Sounds harsh, but: Not your penis, not your problem.

As a loving partner, of course you want them to feel good. But unless youve damaged their penis by taking a hammer to it, their lessened penile sensitivity isnt your fault, so dont make it about you.

Seriously, its not your penis!

Not trying to dismiss your feelings or anything, but as frustrated as you may be that your partner isnt feeling it even when you pull out your best moves, its probably a lot more frustrating for them.

That said, if your partners lack of sensation results in a marathon shag sesh that causes chafing to your nether regions, of course you have the right to take a break or stop. Its your body, after all. Just be mindful of how you say it.

EVERYONE should be asking what their partner needs when it comes to sex and relationships. Its the key to making both great.

Do they need a little time to relax before action moves to the peen? Do they need more foreplay that focuses on other pleasure spots to help them get in the mood? Do they want to just stop altogether? Dont be afraid to ask.

If youve lost some of that lovin feeling down below, your lifestyle and pleasure routine solo or partnered may provide some clues. If not, your doctor or other healthcare provider can help.

In the meantime, be patient and kind with yourself, and consider some of your other pleasure zones for satisfaction.

Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a Canada-based freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. When shes not holed up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddle board.

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Eat these foods for breakfast to boost metabolism and lose weight fast – Express

Posted: October 13, 2020 at 6:59 pm

Therefore eating porridge in the morning can also help you feel full for a long time.

The expert explained: Eating wholegrains which are rich in fibre - such as oatmeal will also keep you feeling fuller for longer. Oatmeal is made with slow-release carbohydrates, this means that it will not increase your blood sugar levels as much as consuming refined carbs.

Therefore, your insulin levels dont spike as high. This is beneficial because insulin plays a position in letting your body know when and where to store fat, thus having lower blood sugar levels may help you burn fat.

Oats are also rich in something called beta-glucan, a type of fibre that can balance blood sugar levels, which works to prevent spikes and crashes that may drive up your appetite.

Studies have shown that eating eggs in the morning can increase feelings of fullness and reduce food intake later in the day, compared to bread.

Fresh fruit

Fresh fruit can satisfy those with a sweet tooth as most fruits like bananas are sweet and tasty.

David said: Fresh fruit is an excellent way to start your day and it also helps to boost your metabolism. Fruits like berries, mangos, pineapple, apples, pears and bananas are just a few of the fruits to include in your breakfast to help boost your metabolism.

Fruits are high in fibre which can also help to prevent cravings and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

One medium sized banana has just over 100 calories, which may seem like a lot for a piece of fruit but this also equates to 12 percent of your daily fibre needs.

Fibre helps slow the emptying of the stomach to curb cravings and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Bananas are also a great source of resistant starch, a type of starch that your stomach and small intestine dont digest very well. Research suggests that resistant starch may help reduce calorie intake and reduce belly fat.


Whilst smoothies may be high in sugar, which can actually lead to weight gain, swapping high sugar fruits for vegetables can help slimmers lose weight and pack in extra nutrients that they otherwise may not have got into their diet.

David went on: Smoothies are a fast and easy way to get all the nutrients needed for the day ahead. Creating yummy smoothies with fruits and vegetables is a really easy way to pack in your five-a-day without even realising.

However, many of us add fruit juice to our smoothies which can often contain high sugar levels, so instead swap your sugary fruit juice for coconut water or low-fat yogurt. If you want to experiment with some new smoothie recipes, fitness and nutrition app Freeletics has some fantastic and easy recipes.

Water with lemon and honey

Water is key for anyone on a weight loss journey and is essential to keep hydration levels high.

Having it hot in the morning can help break down fat molecules, making them easier to be burnt through exercise.

David said: Honey lemon and water is a great drink to have in the morning to boost your metabolism. Honey and lemon will help to detox your body, cleaning it out for the day ahead. Having it pre-breakfast on an empty stomach will be even more beneficial."

Those with a high metabolism burn more calories throughout the day, causing weight to be lost a lot quicker than those with a slow metabolism.

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Burn belly fat and get in shape fast by adding these workouts to your routine – TheHealthSite

Posted: October 13, 2020 at 6:59 pm

Worried about your expanding waistline amidst the lockdown? It is actually a thing to worry about as belly fat has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, some cancers, and a host of other health problems. Several factors may play a role in widening your waistline including an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, hormones, age, or genetic factors. Exercise alone is not enough to fight belly fat, you should eat clean to maintain a healthy weight. Also Read - Do these exercises before bed to burn away belly fat

Youre eating healthy and sticking to your workouts, but still cant get rid of belly fat? Youre probably doing the wrong workout. Its time to ramp up your workouts to eliminate that stubborn visceral fat. Also Read - Get rid of excess belly fat: It increases your risk of early death

If youre doing only cardio exercises, it wont have much impact on your waist. When it comes to burning abdominal fat, you need a combination of weights and cardiovascular training, according to fitness experts. Also Read - Struggling to lose belly fat? Remove these 5 foods from your diet

Strength training increases muscle mass, which helps your body to burn more fat. Muscle burns more calories than fat. So, having more muscle means you burn more calories throughout the day. For losing belly fat, experts recommend 250 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 125 minutes of high-intensity exercise a week.

Another reason why youre not losing your belly fat may be because your workout isnt challenging enough. To fight that stubborn fat, you need a high-intensity workout regimen. A study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that a high-intensity workout regimen helps people burn more belly fat than a low-intensity plan. In fact, those who followed low-intensity exercises experienced no significant changes in their belly.

To maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet, reduce stress, and exercise at least four times a week, and stay active on your off days. If youre struggling to lose weight, try adding these workouts to your regular gym routine.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is one of the best workouts for burning belly fat. HIIT combined with conventional training reduces total and visceral fat to a greater extent than regular gym training alone, suggested a study published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness in 2016.

This is because high-intensity workouts put more stress on your body, which increases metabolism and fat burning after exercise. After intense training, the body uses more energy to recover from stress and repair damaged tissues.

A fast metabolism can make it easier to lose the visceral fat and one way to boost your metabolic rate is to put on more muscle. That you can achieve through strength training. Weightlifting can improve muscle growth and help burn more fat faster. Compound exercises, such as deadlifts, squats, leg presses and pushups, are more effective for fat loss as they work nearly every muscle group, especially larger muscles.

Sprint intervals are other belly-fat-burning exercises that you can add to your routine. This training method is effective at reducing visceral and subcutaneous fat as well as intrahepatic fat that is linked to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Compared to jogging and other workouts, sprint interval training is more intense, physically demanding, and recruits a larger number of fast-twitch muscle fibers. Thus, it results in faster metabolism and better fat burning.

Start adding hill sprints, ladder workouts, and downhill running to your routine to get a flat belly. Experts suggest beginning with five minutes of sprinting three times per week and gradually working your way up to 20 minutes.

Take away: Exercise alone cant undo the harm caused by bad eating. In addition, stress can contribute to fat storage in the abdominal area. So, it is important to eat clean and limit stress to get the most out of these belly-fat-burning workouts.

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Diet App MyNetDiary Heads into the Holiday Season with New Diet Plans and Recipes – PRNewswire

Posted: October 13, 2020 at 6:59 pm

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Top-rated weight loss and nutrition app MyNetDiary is currently launching several advances for Fall 2020. New offerings include keto-, low-carb-focused and Mediterranean diets and functionality, along with hundreds of Premium Recipes. Users of different lifestyles can choose from a variety of diets based on their preferences and further customize diet and tracking options from measuring carb and protein intake to calorie distribution and macronutrient targets. For each diet, the app provides premium features, including personalized guidance and feedback, access to diet libraries, extensive nutritional information and advice developed by registered dietitians. For time-pressured people, the new premium recipes are fast and easy with the majority clocking in at about 20 minutes of preparation and cooking time. As a response to current diet trends, MyNetDiary will also be rolling out vegetarian, vegan, low-fat and intermittent fasting plans and recipes later this fall.

With the holiday season on the horizon, many users, including an uptick in younger consumers, are turning to tech to track their way to fitness, getting into shape for fall and beyond. MyNetDiary has seen an increase in app engagement during COVID-19, as stress, emotional eating and working from home highlight the need for customizable, DIY weight-loss and weight-management solutions.

"The coronavirus has been reshaping how consumers eat, shop, pursue physical fitness and seek out expert nutritional advice," says MyNetDiary CEO and founder Sergey Oreshko. "Our goal from day one was to build the most comprehensive diet app. It's more important than ever to empower our users with the ability to customize their diet plans and provide them with the knowledge and support they need to look and feel their best."

Launched in 2007, MyNetDiary is one of the original online and mobile (iOS, Android) calorie and exercise trackers with over 11.5 million members worldwide. Focus on easy customization, data-backed advice, an interactive community and delicious recipes helps members turn good intentions into long-lasting, positive change. The app covers all aspects of following a diet, from planning to tracking and results analysis. By offering healthy and scientifically-proven approaches to weight loss, MyNetDiary's average active member loses 1.4 pounds a week.

While core functions such as calorie counting, daily analysis and tips from a top-level team of registered dietitians are available for free, Premium membership, which can be activated for $8.99 per month or $59.99 per year, features wearable tracker integrations along with personalized popular diets and hundreds of recipes.

MyNetDiary's food catalogue offers a complete and up-to-date nutrition database, with over 1,000 foods added or updated daily. MyNetDiary also maintains a growing library of articles written by their team of registered dieticians, featuring diet-specific advice and guidance.

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I Figured Out My Daily Net Carbs And Did A 16:8 Intermittent Fasting Diet To Lose 96 Lbs. – Women’s Health

Posted: October 13, 2020 at 6:59 pm

My name is Glori Boyd (@losing_glori), and I'm 37 years old. I have lived in northwest Georgia my whole life, and I currently work as a deputy tax commissioner. I do 16:8 intermittent fasting, eat within my net carbs, and walk 10,000 steps a day. I've now lost 96 pounds.

I have always struggled with my weight, even in my elementary school days. I remember having to wear sweatpants with elastic waists because my mother couldnt find jeans or cute little girl pants that fit me.

I continued to have issues with my weight into my adolescent and teen years and beyond. I made fun of myself and made light of my weight to my friends before they had a chance to poke fun at me. And even in my adult life, my weight has gone up and down. Whenever I lost weight, it always went right back up, and even higher than before. At 27 years old, I found myself at the heaviest I had ever been, at 324 pounds.

The thing was, I had no problems with my health despite my weight issues. That was the case until I was about 28. At that point, I was married and had a son who was almost 4, and my husband and I decided we wanted to try for one more child. But I discovered that I dealt with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which can cause weight gain and also lead to fertility issues.

My husband and I tried for a year and a half to have another child with no luck.

I didn't listen to the doctor's orders at the time. But through a lot of prayers, tears, and patience, I finally conceived twins in 2012. While pregnant, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

Thankfully, I listened to my doctors orders that time around and was able to overcome it with diet changes at their guidance. I lost 50 pounds while pregnant with the twins, and they were born healthy. However, trying to get back to my normal lifestyle with two newborns and a 5 year-old, I gained all my weight back, plus some.

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My husband was to preach a weekend revival, and I was to host a womens conference. The three plane rides to get there, countless hours of layovers, and the four-hour car ride to the mission field were excruciating. At that point, I weighed 294 pounds. My body just couldnt go anymore. My feet and legs were swollen and numb and I was out of breath. When we returned, my legs, up to my knees, felt numb for days. I knew I had to make a change.

While in Kenya, I lost my first 11 pounds due to the difference in what I was eating there and all of the physical activity we were doing. This jump-started my motivation, and I just kept going on this journey.

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When I returned home from Kenya, I kicked my weight loss efforts into high gear. I started to eat a low-carb diet with lots of green, fresh veggies, plenty of protein, and I drank lots and lots of water. I started an Instagram account for accountability, and I began to learn about lots of new eating methods and tweaks like intermittent fasting (IF).

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The 16:8 fasting schedule works best for me. I fast for 16 hours (7 p.m. to 11 a.m.), only drinking water during my fasting period and the occasional black coffee. I eat during an eight-hour window (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and I try to maintain a 1,500 calorie goal.

I also calculated a healthy amount of net carbs for my lifestyle and goals, and I do my best not to exceed 70 to 80 net carbs per day. I still treat myself to pizza, cake, chips, pasta, bread, and fries occasionally. I do not deprive myself from the foods I loveI am just more mindful of my choices and portion control.

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Dessert: I enjoy Halo Top ice cream. I also love sugar-free Cool Whip with sugar-free chocolate morsels. Fiber One bars never fail me when Im having a sweet tooth craving either.

I have not started a regular workout routine yet, but I try to walk 10,000 steps per day. When I move more, I can definitely see huge differences in my results and how I feel.

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These three changes made the biggest difference in my weight loss results.

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I also looked to my faith to help me on this journey, since my journey started while doing mission work. I started researching scriptures to help me, and my favorite is found in Corinthians 10:31, Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

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I have energy that I didnt have before. I play with my kids and I go on walks with my husband. I used to worry if Id fit on amusement park rides, and I dont have that fear anymore. There is so much freedom in living a healthy lifestyle and getting your weight under control.

At first, the thought of how much weight you need to lose may be daunting, but just take it one day at a time, one step at a time, and one pound at a time. Set small goals for yourself along the way. You will look back on your journey and be amazed at what you have accomplished. I speak from experience: I am so proud of my journey, both the struggles and the triumphs.

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Why there’s zero reason to lose faith in Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Vols –

Posted: October 13, 2020 at 6:59 pm

Saturdays loss to Georgia was a tough one to swallow for Tennessee Vols fans.

Tennessee recovered a fumble in the end-zone on Georgias opening drive. And the Vols led 21-17 at halftime.

For a couple of hours, it really felt like UT was going to pull off the upset in Athens and give Jeremy Pruitt the biggest win of his career.

But everything fell apart in the second half. The offensive line looked overmatched. Jarrett Guarantano looked like the JG weve all come to know over the last few years. And the defense was on the field way too much.

It was a disastrous second half that made it clear that Tennessee is not ready to compete for SEC championships.

But while its obvious the Vols still have a long way to go before theyre going to be a threat to win the SEC East, I still dont think theres any reason to doubt Pruitt and the job hes doing at Tennessee.

Pruitt is trying to build something sustainable in Knoxville. Hes not taking shortcuts (you know, like Butch Jones did).

Its kind of like a diet. You can crash diet and lose weight fast. Only to quickly regain the weight you lost and then some. Or you can change your lifestyle completely and achieve sustainable weight loss. It takes longer, but the results last.

Thats what Pruitt is doing at UT.

Its similar to what Dabo Swinney did at Clemson.

It took Swinney a while to get over the hump. In his third year, he went 6-7. Then for the next couple of years, Swinney averaged 10 or 11 wins a year. But he could never win the big one.

In 2013, for example, Clemson was cruising on their way to an undefeated season. They hosted No. 5 Florida State on a Saturday night and got absolutely dominated. The Tigers lost 51-14 in front of their home crowd, ending their national title hopes.

This was the narrative surrounding Swinney until 2015 when the Tigers finally reached the championship game. In 2016, Clemson finally won it all.

It took Swinney eight seasons to finally breakthrough. And since then, Clemson has been among the elite programs in college football.

And thats because Swinney didnt take shortcuts. He built a program that is going to have continued success because it was built the right way.

Thats what Pruitt is doing in Tennessee.

I think we saw last year after the losses to Georgia State and BYU that a Pruitt-led Vols team isnt going to lay down. Theyre not going to give up.

If anything, the loss to Georgia on Saturday will make Tennessee a better team.

I know its frustrating for fans to watch UT miss out on winning the big game. But would you rather see an upset win every now and then, or a program thats goes through some growing pains but ultimately has staying power in the SEC?

Be patient. Tennessee is still on the right path.

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Feeding America hosts drive-thru food distribution in Manitowoc –

Posted: October 13, 2020 at 6:59 pm

MANITOWOC, Wisc., (WFRV) Feeding America is helping folks who find themselves in a food emergency, many of them for the first time, because of the pandemic.

Local 5 News was there as they distributed food Monday with a drive-thru set up. The non-profit worked with the Department of Agriculture and Valley Cooperative Association to get the boxes of food handed out safely and with as little contact as possible. Volunteers weathered the rain to make sure those who waited for food drove away with a healthy supply of the staples for good nutrition.

Each box contained a variety of nutritious items from chicken to dairy to vegetables and cheese.

With the pandemic, with the loss of jobs, theres been a tremendous need in our community, explained volunteer Deena Larsen who works with Grow It Forward. Weve been serving anywhere from 800 to 1,000 households.

Feeding America has multiple drive up food distribution events scheduled for Northeast Wisconsin including a distribution scheduled for Wednesday at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Its all part of the Partnership for a Healthier America project.

As a hunger-relief organization, its important that we not only provide food to the community we serve, but that we also provide healthy food that allows for a well-balanced diet, says Patti Habeck, President of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. We are showing a commitment to the health of our communities by increasing our distribution of healthy foods and reducing the amount of unhealthy foods that come through our food bank.

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