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Weight loss: This Morning host Holly Willoughby stays in shape with simple trick – Express

Posted: July 6, 2020 at 3:45 pm

Holly told Prima Magazine: I try not to focus too much on my appearance. As long as Im being healthy, thats good enough for me.

She will mostly stay quiet on her diet and exercise plan to stop it being fixated on.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, she said: It's a personal thing for me, and I think people get obsessive with it.

"Everybody knows what leads to a healthy lifestyle, but it's not up to me to give you a blow-by-blow account of what I've eaten that day. It's not helpful, and it's not what's important.


However, there are a few details known about how the mother-of-three stays trim.

While appearing on ITV's Lorraine, she explained having more time for herself helped her tone up.

"The children are a little bit older, so I've got a little bit more time for myself," Holly said.

"I'm always one of those people that if you feel happy and healthy that's all that matters."

Her former pilates instructor also confirmed she used to use the exercise to stay trim.

Pilates workouts focus on building strength and toning up the body.

The instructor said Holly would do exercises that focused on strengthening and toning her core.

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Weight Loss Stomach Pump Market Growth By Manufacturers, Type And Application, Forecast To 2026 – 3rd Watch News

Posted: July 6, 2020 at 3:45 pm

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Gregg Wallace reveals secrets to weight loss – The List

Posted: July 6, 2020 at 3:45 pm

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Gregg Wallace has transformed his lifestyle amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The 55-year-old host of 'MasterChef' has managed to lost four stone in recent months and Greg has revealed the secret to his dramatic weight loss.

He said: "I have changed my habits for life.

"I've lost four stone and there is no way right now I would eat a fry-up. I couldn't tuck into a vindaloo like I used to, I just wouldn't want it.

"If I am going to eat pizza I make it myself. I still like a glass of wine or beer.

"But can you remember when you had your first puff of a cigarette, or first drink?

"If we can convince ourselves beer, wine and tobacco taste OK, it's far easier to convince your body that the apple, banana and glass of water are nice.

"In the end you don't feel like you want the bad stuff."

Gregg also revealed he has a "fantastic working relationship" with his 'MasterChef' co-host John Torode.

He told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "We have a fantastic working relationship, spend a lot of time with each other over a year, then give ourselves a lot of space when we aren't working together.

"I don't know if anyone has written a pamphlet on what makes a successful TV couple, but no one would argue with the success of me and John on 'MasterChef'."

Gregg previously claimed he feels he has "knocked 10 years off" after shedding four stone.

He said: "I'd never suggest a diet that was going to leave you hungry. It's about filling yourself up with good food with good ingredients and exercise.

"I know I look good now compared to those days when I had a beer belly, but I also feel incredible. I feel like I have knocked at least 10 years off."

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Amazing Slimming World weight loss transformations in June – Plymouth Live

Posted: July 6, 2020 at 3:45 pm

As we're coming out of lockdown, many of us are looking for ways to get fitter and shed some of pounds.

Whilst staying indoors and working from home, it was easy to grab yummy snacks from the fridge and order pizza and Indian takeaways, as there were no other options to eating out.

Plus, gyms, leisure centres and weight loss groups have been closed and a lot of classes and groups have been moved online, also adding to the difficulties of losing weight.

But despite this, some determined weight loss superstars have utilised their spare time to learn new recipes and cook from scratch, take up a new hobby or start exercising outdoors.

Some have even joined up to an online weight loss group for the first time.

So if you need some motivation, have a look at some of the incredible transformations below.

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A mother of five from Plymouth has shed a whopping six and a half stone, which has had a drastic effect on her mental health.

Just over a year ago, Jemma Jones was a "complete recluse" and tried to "hide" herself under baggy clothing, making every effort to avoid being seen by friends or family.

The 32-year-old said that she struggled with suicidal feelings as she was not happy with how she looked or felt about herself.

In January 2019, Jemma decided to start her health journey and joined Slimming World, in order to help her pass on healthy habits to her children.

She said: "I have five children and having them makes me all the more determined to succeed, along with teaching them nutritional values so they hopefully wont suffer with obesity."

Before joining the weight loss group, Jemma would gorge on take-aways and junk food and did not partake in any exercise, but now she sticks to plan and eats in moderation, but is not restricted to the food choices she makes.

She said: "If I can do it, anyone can. If you can dream it, you can do it.

"Its not just a diet, its a lifestyle and for me its a matter of self care.

"I eat everything in moderation. I dont do work outs as such but I am more able to walk a good distance and move around more freely."

Jemma attends Lauren Fidler's group every week in Mount Gould, and said that being around others who are on similar journeys as her keeps her motivated and inspired.

She said: "The best thing is hearing other people's success stories and believing in myself through the inspiration of others.

"I feel like I can achieve a goal that I set out and am slowly gaining more confidence and self belief."

Jemma has now overcome depression and credits it to her weight loss.

She added: "I've turned my life completely around, with a lot of determination I can honestly say I'm the happiest I've ever been.

"A year ago I was a complete recluse and tried to hide myself under baggy clothes hoping not to be seen, now I can wear a figure hugging dress and feel fabulous.

"I'm no longer the suicidal recluse i once was, I'm confident and happy.

"Group really does keep me going each week and offers me a lifeline during the lockdown."

A Plymouth teaching assistant has reached her goal weight during lockdown, despite obstacles in her way.

Tamsin Fleming has been at home on maternity leave with her two young children and was concerned about having "access to food all day long", but has found ways to keep herself on track.

The 30-year-old has been working her way through a vegetarian Slimming World recipe book, which not only keeps her busy, but has introduced tasty meals to her family.

Tamsin was pregnant for the majority of her Slimming World journey and has lost almost two stone.

She said: "I am astounded by how much Slimming World has helped me overcome my food obstacles and help me achieve what I set out to do.

"I was pregnant most of my Slimming World journey and this proved a lot better than I thought.

I gained 11.5lb in 9 months and lost 11lb my first week back!

"If I hadn't have stayed with the group, I would have gained a huge amount more and felt awful.

"Staying on plan, weighing in each week and pre-planning meals meant that I could still be in control of my eating whilst juggling what life had in store."

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The mum-of-two said she consulted her midwife to check that she was allowed to continue sticking to her plan.

She said: "My midwife was happy for me to keep on plan as I wasn't losing weight rapidly and I was keeping healthy.

"Since having our daughter, I have tried to stick to healthy food and pre-plan weekly meals to help me keep on track.

"I have also joined the virtual SW group, allowing me to chat regularly with other members and my supportive consultant Tracy."

Tamsin admits it "hasn't been easy", but she has been "picked back up" by members on the virtual classes when she needs a boost.

She said: "They have helped me keep positive through the lockdown and pick myself back up when I have a gain. It hasn't been easy, especially through the lockdown and having two little children, but their support has been essential.

"Though there have been ups and downs, I still feel it was the best thing to do and couldn't be happier with my overall weight loss. It has also made me feel better since giving birth.

"I haven't had to try and lose a huge amount of weight whilst managing with a newborn, it would have added to the stress been detrimental to me. The number on the scales is smaller than it was, but also those non-scale victories have been important to me.

"I am able to walk more, have had to buy smaller jeans, can fit in dresses I haven't worn in years. Sometimes the visual things help you get yourself back on track too."

Tamsin now makes time to batch cook healthy food, instead of grabbing convenience snacks, which has also helped keep the weight off.

She said: "Before I started Slimming World, it was very easy to reach for snacks and convenience foods for dinners, but now I make the time around the children, to batch cook healthy food so we always have something to take out of the freezer.

"Always having fruit and vegetables to hand too has been helpful. I try and walk to work whenever I can, but since being on maternity and in lockdown, daily walks to feed the ducks with our daughters is as much as we can do!

"I would advise anyone to join Slimming World if they want to truly lose weight and maintain it. I am still shocked to see how my weight has dropped over the last year, and with being pregnant!

"It shows me that it really works and it was a worthwhile decision."

A retired Plymouth servicewoman has lost an incredible 2st 4.5lbs during lockdown, whilst self-isolating in South Wales with her father.

Nicola Thomas-Botwood moved to Wales to be with her father to care for him during the peak of the pandemic, which added extra difficulties to her weight loss.

But she set herself a target and smashed it, taking daily walks in the welsh mountains.

The 48-year-old even landed herself the gold body magic award and found the support from her friends and fellow members at Slimming World virtually, helped her reach her goal, even though she was in a different country.

She has even started running, which she found difficult in the beginning.

"Losing weight in lockdown was about thankfully having three things," she said.

"A daily routine, access to a local fruit and vegetable shop and living in a rural area with great walks, right from my doorstep.

"Staying on target meant giving myself new challenges such as body magic and then successfully starting to run distance, which I had never done in my life."

Nicola has now moved back home with her husband, which meant further challenges.

"Coming out of lockdown after I had reached my final target and moving back to live with my husband was challenging," she said.

"I had to adapt my routine, try to relax eating to not lose more weight and find new fitness challenges."

Nicola said she feels more positive about her health for the first time in years.

She said: "The best thing about my weight loss is the positive effect it has had on my health and stamina.

"After injury and illness leading to medical retirement, it is amazing ten years later to be this way.

"Thanks to Slimming World and all the support of my amazing group and husband, I have a real positive attitude to food and my shape."

A Plymouth mum feels better than ever after losing weight, which was prompted by an "idiot" who told her he did not date "fatties".

Karen Mayhew said she was aware that she had gained some weight, but she was given a "kick up the bum" after a man asked her what she weighed.

The 43-year-old instantly knew the man was an "idiot", but found that the comments gave her the motivation she needed to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Now Karen, a mother-of-one, has lost a whopping 1st 9lbs and is well on her way to achieving her goal of 10st.

"I knew Id put on weight, but when a man told me he didnt date fatties after asking my weight, it gave me a kick up the bum," she said.

"I know he was a completely idiot but strangely it helped."

Karen then decided that she wanted to "lose weight, feel healthier and gain confidence", so took to Plymouth Gossip Girls to ask the best advice and tried-and-tested methods to shed some pounds.

Many people suggested joining Slimming World and dozens of people recommended Samantha Ball's group, who runs the Honicknowle meetings.

"I'm very happy now", she said.

"I'm determined and confident.

"I can now fit into some of my favourite clothes that I couldn't previously.

"I'm a clothes size smaller and I can now exercise for 30-40 minutes easily."

Karen said her heaviest weight, which is what she weighed when she first stepped foot into Samantha's group, was 12st 13lb.

She now weighs 11st 4lb and has hopes to reach a 10st target.

"I still have treats but now I understand how bad some can be, I find myself choosing better options," she said.

Before Karen's diet consisted of sweets, chocolate, paninis, lots of bread, takeaways, crisps, cheese, wine as well as Malibu and full-fat coke.

Now, Karen has switched her diet to include more fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs pasta and sugar free drinks.

Her 12-year-old son also eats the same meals as her and it has helped introduce healthier eating habits.

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Shaun Sandell said he felt "ashamed and embarrassed" of how he looked after struggling with his weight for the last 13 years when he went to university.

At the beginning of the lockdown, the 32-year-old weighed 19st 10lbs and had a BMI of 37.8 and after seeing "countless news articles about how excess weight can lead to complications in the event of contracting coronavirus", he knew it was time to improve his health.

"I have a young family, a one-year-old and a four-year-old," he said.

"I became increasingly concerned about the impact that it may have on all of our lives.

"I was ashamed and embarrassed, but always put on a brave face and a bucket load of bravado. But in all honesty I was always very conscious of my size."

Shaun, from Southway, said he also enjoys holidaying with his family in Florida and did not want to worry about weight restrictions.

He said: "We love to holiday in Florida, and there are some rides where restraints can sometimes feel a little 'close'.

"I want to continue enjoying these."

When deciding to lose weight, Shaun called on his wife who has a degree in nutrition.

He said: "I made the decision to finally do something about my weight, but chose not to go down the Weight Watchers, Slimming World route and went solo.

"Well, my wife has a degree in nutrition, so she gave me some vital pointers. In a time where much of our liberties and privileges became much more restrictive, I made the decision to become much more active.

"I set myself a challenge of walking every day. I would walk seven to eight miles, pushing my youngest in the pushchair. I also started running, trying to hit 5 miles on a daily basis.

"Surprisingly, I found it remarkably easy and I completely changed my diet."

Shaun said he completely cut out chips and potatoes which he was eating with every meal and limited his bread intake to one or two slices maximum per week.

"The running and walking soon got easier and all of a sudden clothes started to become too big," he said.

"Now we find ourselves 13 weeks on from the start of lockdown and I now weigh 15st 9lbs, having hit 4 stone in weight loss in just 13 weeks."

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Colson Smith hailed as ‘inspirational’ as he shows off huge weight loss results – Entertainment Daily

Posted: July 6, 2020 at 3:45 pm

Soap star Colson Smith looks phenomenal as he poses in the grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

The Coronation Street star, 21, has lost an incredible amount of weight since lockdown began.

Read more: Gemma Collins fans' beg for her weight loss secrets as she wows in new clip

Taking to social media, he shared a joyful snap of him posing on a rock waterside.

He joked that this is just days before he gets a longed-for haircut - as hair salons are allowed to reopen from today.

Taking to Instagram, he shared the stunning photo with his some 157,000 followers.

He wrote: "T-minus five days till a hair cut for me. Keep staying safe."

Dressed in a black hoodie and matching trousers, he looks considerably slimmer than at the start of this year.

And his fans are certainly noticing the shocking difference as well.

Read more: Piers Morgan celebrates as he's allowed back in beloved coffee shop

Users rushed to congratulate Colson on his new look and all the hard work he's been putting in.

One even hailed him as inspirational: "You look great. Very inspirational."

Colson with Jack this year on Corrie (Credit: ITV)

Another user posted: "Ive been watching old school corrrie on YouTube and all I can say your weight journey is amazing."

And a third user wrote: "You look amazing. Wish I had your motivation x."

A fourth asked: "Amazing effort on weight loss. How did you do it?"

Colson has played Coronation Street character Craig Tinker since 2011.

Read more: Corrie viewers in tears as Nick cries to Peter over Oliver

As Corrie filming halted during lockdown, he amped up his weight loss efforts.

And while he has shown glimpses into his intense workouts on Instagram - he has yet to fully divulge his weight loss secrets.

However, he let on earlier this year it was initially kicked off by a bout of food poisoning.

Colson Smith with his co-star Jack P. Shepherd in 2018 (Credit:

Indulging in some dodgy shrimp on holiday, he ended up losing a stone and a half.

He said on his podcast Sofa Cinema Club: "I was in Ko Lanta. I was sat on the beach and the waiter came over and was like, 'What would you like?' And I said, 'I'll have the prawns to start please.'

"I had avoided seafood but I was sat on the beach and I was like, 'How can you not have seafood on the beach?'

"Well, anyway. I'm not doing that again. I've lost about a stone and a half."

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It's 3 p.m., and Joe Thomas needs to eat. He's driving with his family but is getting hungry. Is it really hunger? He doesn't know. Throughout his entire NFL career as an offensive tackle with the Cleveland Browns, Thomas was conditioned to eat every two hours, because his job literally depended on it.

Thomas finds a McDonald's on the GPS. It will be quick -- just a bit of fuel between lunch and dinner. He orders two double cheeseburgers, two McChickens, a double quarter-pounder with cheese, one large order of fries and a large Dr. Pepper.

"Or another sugary drink," he said recently. "Just to add 500 calories, the easy way."

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It wasn't easy playing 10,000 consecutive snaps or fending off football's most explosive pass-rushers. But it was just as hard for Thomas to maintain a 300-plus-pound frame. He had to consume an insatiable amount of food. Here's a potential day in the life:

Think breakfast: four pieces of bacon, four sausage links, eight eggs, three pancakes and oatmeal with peanut butter, followed by a midmorning protein shake.

Lunch? Perhaps pasta, meatballs, cookies "and maybe a salad, great, whatever" from the team cafeteria.

For dinner, Thomas could devour an entire Detroit-style pizza himself, and then follow it with a sleeve of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies and a bowl of ice cream. And finally, he would slurp down another protein shake before getting into bed.

"If I went two hours without eating, I literally would have cut your arm off and started eating it," the former offensive lineman said. "I felt if I missed a meal after two hours, I was going to lose weight, and I was going to get in trouble. That was the mindset I had. We got weighed in on Mondays, and if I lost 5 pounds, my coach was going to give me hell."

Eating in excess isn't as glamorous as it sounds. In fact, laborious might be the better word. Throughout his career, Thomas woke up in the middle of the night and "crushed Tums." He relied on pain medications and anti-inflammatories, and he had constant heartburn.

Then Thomas retired in 2018. "When you start eating and exercising like a normal human being," Thomas said, "the health benefits are amazing." He not only threw away the over-the-counter meds, but his skin cleared up, his yoga practice improved and he felt less bloated. Within six months, 60 pounds melted off from his 325-pound playing weight. By September 2019, TMZ picked up Thomas' transformation, headlining an article: "Ex-NFL Fat Guy ... LOOKS LIKE A CHISELED GREEK GOD."

"I just had a great laugh," Thomas said. "Isn't that the typical lineman life? Eleven years in the NFL, and all I'm known as now is ex-NFL fat guy."

Thomas is the latest example of an offensive lineman who, after retiring, recommitted to a normalized, healthy lifestyle after overeating and over-medicating during his NFL career. His journey might seem dramatic, but it's not uncommon.

Longtime San Francisco 49ers tackle Joe Staley, who played in the most recent Super Bowl, has already donated five garbage bags of clothing and bought all new belts since his waist slimmed from 40 to 36 inches and he lost 50 pounds. Former Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda dropped 60 pounds in three months by going from 6,000 calories per day to 2,000. Nick Hardwick, Jeff Saturday, Alan Faneca and Matt Birk are all former big guys who now look like shells of themselves, which generated tabloid-like attention. The list continues on and on.

So how'd they pull it off? We interviewed nine retired offensive linemen about the lengths they went to in bulking up and their secrets to slimming down after hanging up their cleats. The players were candid about body image insecurities, outrageous diets, struggles with eating disorders and the short- and long-term health ramifications of maintaining their playing weights for so many years.

Former offensive tackle Jordan Gross started 167 games over 11 seasons for the Carolina Panthers. He was a Pro Bowler three times, made the All-Rookie team in 2003 and started at right tackle for the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Then he retired in 2014 and lost 70 pounds within six months.

"Fans know me more for losing weight than they do for anything I did in my entire career," Gross said.

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Although that kind of weight loss can be inspiring, it also points to the unhealthy relationship with food many offensive linemen develop, usually dating back to college. Faneca, a first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998 who went on to 201 career starts with three teams, recalls his position coach at LSU chastising the entire offensive line once for "looking like a bunch of stuffed sausages," challenging them to lose a pound a day. Later, he was told he had to gain more.

Thomas puts it bluntly: "You're training yourself to have an eating disorder the way you view food when you're in the NFL, and to try to deprogram that is a real challenge." Body image and self-esteem issues can fester, as these athletes are told their worth can essentially be measured in calories and pounds.

"I always had this insecurity of being big when it came to dating life, talking to women and going out being a 300-pound man," said former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons center/guard Joe Hawley. "I didn't want to be that big, but I had to because I loved football and that was my job."

A lot of the weight is artificial to begin with. As Gross points out, "not many people are naturally that big," but bulking up was essential to playing at the highest level and making millions of dollars. Gross, for example, ingested an enormous amount of protein each day while playing, including six pieces of bacon, six scrambled eggs, two 50-gram protein shakes, four hard-boiled eggs and two chicken breasts -- all before 2 p.m. in the afternoon.

It's a somewhat new phenomenon, according to Dr. Archie Roberts, a 1965 draft pick of the Jets who went on to become a cardiac surgeon. In 2001, Roberts co-founded the Living Heart Foundation, which annually conducts health screenings for retired football players. "In the 1990s, there was a push that suggested to some people that putting on more weight might make it a more effective and exciting game," Roberts said. "Because the bigger offensive linemen could hold off the defensive rush for a longer time so that the quarterback could throw the ball down the field, leading to more spectacular passing plays."

Playing weights began ballooning across the league, especially on the line. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the average weight of starting offensive linemen was 254.3 pounds in 1970. It jumped to 276.9 by 1990, but the largest increase in poundage would come in the following 10 years. A decade later, the average O-line starter checked in at 309.4 pounds. Today the number stands at 315, more than 60 pounds heavier than 50 years ago.

Hawley typically played between 295 and 300 pounds, but during his fifth year in the league, he adopted the paleo diet and ate clean. He lost 10 to 15 pounds and played the following season at 285. "It was hard to keep weight on eating clean like that, but I felt so much better," Hawley said. "I had so much energy; I wasn't as lethargic."

Then, he re-signed in Tampa Bay.

"Because I was getting pushed around a little bit playing on the offensive line that way, they told me I needed to gain weight," Hawley said. "So I went to a more unhealthy diet, which made me feel, well, not as good. But it's what I had to do to play."

"Being skinny as a lineman wouldn't be helpful, because you would have to create more force to stop those big guys," Thomas said. "Inertia becomes an issue. I'm a big, fat guy, you're running at me, you don't have to create as much force because I'm just heavier, fatter and have more mass."

Although that mass helps on the field, health complications can follow. In May, USA Today ran an entire column wondering if offensive linemen were more susceptible to severe complications from COVID-19 because of their size. Roberts warns that massive weight gain can also lead to obesity. "Which then affects their heart, lungs, kidney and their minds," Roberts said. "It's not proven, but it also may be associated with Alzheimer's disease and possibly traumatic brain injury."

Once playing careers wind down, many players must assess whether it's worth it to carry the extra pounds. Many have decided to downsize.

Faneca, the longtime Steelers guard, remembers the day he hit a milestone of losing 30 pounds. He was playing on the floor with his daughter and he got up without having to "do the old-man grunt." "I just stood up, no problem," Faneca said. "And I was like, 'Wow, this is nice.'"

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Thomas said when he was 300 pounds, his body would ache if he had to stand for a few minutes. Gross said he hated the sweating. "I would just sweat profusely all the time," he lamented. "My wife would have hypothermia from me having the room so cold all the time."

Hardwick, a center with the then-San Diego Chargers who maxed out at 308, said his initial motivation to lose weight was to relieve pressure from his body. (According to the April issue of the Harvard Medical School newsletter, each additional pound you carry places about 4 pounds of stress on the knee joints.)

"But then there's this material aspect to it," Hardwick said. "You want to be able to wear cooler clothes, and go into stores and start shopping off the rack. And that's alluring for a while. Then that wears off, and you settle in, and people stop freaking out every time they see you. And you just become comfortable once again in your own skin."

Staley, albeit sheepishly, admits he likes the fact that his muscles are getting defined.

"As an offensive lineman, you're always known as this big, humongous, unathletic blob," Staley said. "Offensive linemen get casted in a movie, and they're always 500 pounds. Then you get the opportunity to be healthy again, and all of the effort you used to put into football, you put into that. It gives you a focus once you retire. It's a little bit vain, but I'm starting to see abs that I've always wanted. And it's kind of exciting."

There are two types of offensive linemen: those who must artificially add the pounds on, and those who are naturally big.

"I'm the latter," said Damien Woody, a longtime NFL lineman and current ESPN analyst. "I could literally breathe and inhale and gain 5 pounds." During a summer growth spurt after his sophomore year of high school, Woody grew 6 inches and gained 70 pounds. By the time he got to Boston College, he already weighed 300. "It was never a problem for me to put weight on," he said.

The other group? Gaining weight can become an all-consuming sport, which often begins in the collegiate years. Consider Hardwick, who wrestled in the 171-pound weight class in high school. He enrolled at Purdue on a ROTC scholarship, got a tryout for the football team and ballooned to 295 by slathering 2 pounds of ground beef on multiple tortillas at dinner. Hardwick also downed a 600- or 700-calorie protein shake before bed and set his alarm to drink a similar one at 3 a.m.

At this year's NFL combine, Ben Bartch was a topic of conversation after talking about his go-to smoothie: seven scrambled eggs, "a big tub" of cottage cheese, grits, peanut butter, a banana and Gatorade. A daily dose of that concoction added 59 pounds to Bartch's 6-foot-6 frame, helping him morph from a third-string Division III tight end at St. John's (Minnesota) to a fourth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars as an offensive lineman.

"I would just throw it all in and then plug my nose," Bartch said. "In the dark. I would gag sometimes. That's what you have to do sometimes."

Chris Bober, a former New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs lineman, showed up at the University of Nebraska-Omaha at 225 pounds, which was too small. He ate everything he could get his hands on, which was difficult as a college student "who was pretty broke." It was especially challenging over the summers, when he inherently burned calories at his construction job. If Bober went to Subway, he wouldn't just buy one foot-long sub -- he'd get two. At Taco John's, his order was a 12-pack of tacos and a pound of potato oles, which adds up to a nearly 5,000-calorie lunch.

When Thomas was at Wisconsin, any player trying to gain weight could grab a 10-ounce to-go carton of heavy whipping cream with added sugars and whey protein after a workout. He surmises the dairy-forward drink went for about 1,000 calories a pop -- and he chased it with a 50-gram protein shake on his way to class.

Like Hardwick, Staley -- who went from 215 pounds to 295 at Central Michigan, as he transitioned from tight end to the offensive line -- used to set an alarm for himself every day at 2 a.m. "I had these premade weight-gainer shakes; they were probably 2,000 calories each," Staley said. "I'd wake myself up in the middle of the night, down that, go back to bed."

Although Staley worked with his college strength coach to make sure he was putting on "good weight" -- gaining muscle without unnecessary body fat -- the unnatural eating habits took a toll. "I was bloated for four years straight," Staley said. "You know when you overeat after a really nice dinner at an Italian restaurant, you just eat all these courses and leave feeling gross? That's how I felt the entire time in college."

Staley no longer fit into the clothes he arrived at Central Michigan with but couldn't afford to buy new ones, so he was constantly borrowing from teammates. Most offensive linemen admit they pretty much lived in team-issued sweats. "I'm lucky, in the late 1990s, early 2000s, everything baggy was in style," Gross said. "So from 250 to 300, it wasn't a massive wardrobe change. The waist got big, but elastic drawstrings were my best friend."

The habits continue in the NFL. Many older players credit the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, which banned training camp two-a-days, as a turning point. Before then, it felt like their college days. "If I was doing two-a-days, in the summer in South Carolina, going up against Julius Peppers, I was for sure burning 10,000 calories," Gross said.

So at the end of each day in training camp at Wofford College, Gross counted to 15 one-thousands on the soft-serve machine, then blended that with four cups of whole milk, plus three homemade chocolate cookies (which Gross believes were about 850 calories each) and Hershey's chocolate syrup. "That's all inflammatory foods, like sugar and dairy," he said, "I'm not going to say it's horrible; it was pretty awesome to eat that stuff. But you're putting so much demand on your digestive system. I always had gas. I always had to use the bathroom. I was bloated because I was so full all the time."

There's a common refrain among offensive linemen: If you don't lose weight in your first year out of the league, you're probably not going to lose it.

Four years after retiring, Woody weighed 388 pounds and agreed to appear on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Instead of heavy lifting and concentrating on explosive bursts, Woody was asked to do longer cardio and train for endurance. "It was totally different from what I had learned to do and had trained to do my entire life," Woody said. "And it was hard. Like, man, it was really tough."

Woody lost 100 pounds on the show -- then gained it all back.

So he just accepted his weight, until this past year, when the 42-year-old renovated his basement into an exercise room. "I wanted to lose weight the right way," Woody said. "In a sustainable way."

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Woody lured in his wife and kids to join his mission. On Sunday nights, they meal prep. And every day Woody goes down to the basement to stay active. His prefers the Peloton bike -- "I hit that hard," he said -- but also uses the row machine, and does "all different types of exercises so I don't get bored." While he still lifts weights, he focuses on lighter options and higher reps. "I'm not putting any weight on my back anymore; I'm not lifting excessive weight to potentially hurt myself," Woody said. "Because that's not the point anymore."

On June 14, Woody tweeted that he was down 50 pounds since March 23 "and my joints are already jumping for joy."

It isn't easy. And for many years, players have felt like they're on their own in their weight-loss journey.

"The NFL doesn't give you any guidance on how to do it," Bober said. "They're just like, 'OK, see ya!' You need to take it upon yourself to figure it out. And as I've gotten older and older, I've noticed it does become more and more difficult to manage if you haven't lost it right away."

Shortly after the last CBA in 2011, the NFL Players Association launched "The Trust," which interim executive director Kelly Mehrtens describes as a VIP concierge service of benefits players can take advantage of as they transition outside of the league. As part of a holistic approach, the Trust invites players to Exos (where they can train, get physical therapy and undergo a nutrition consultation), offers them YMCA memberships and arranges physicals and consultations with specialists at hospitals across the country.

The Trust, Mehrtens explains, is all about figuring out why certain guys transition to their post-playing lives more successfully than others, and how they could help bridge the gap. "These are earned benefits," Mehrtens said. "So we want to make sure guys take advantage of something they've already earned."

Dr. Roberts' Living Heart Foundation, a partner of the NFLPA, does health screenings for former players three times per year. Anyone with a BMI of 35 or over is invited to join a six-month program called The Biggest Loser (although this one isn't televised). So far, roughly 50 players have gone through it. Most are in their 40s, with the oldest participant 80 years old. "It just shows it's never too late to find motivation to reach your goals," lead trainer Erik Beshore said.

Beshore said most who enrolled in The Biggest Loser program are diabetic or pre-diabetic. However, after six months, as they commit to sustainable lifestyle changes, many have gone off their insulin, eliminated their blood pressure medication, gotten better sleep and reported overall better moods.

"It's amazing how many of them can lose the weight all these years later," Roberts said. "But in terms of if they can reverse the damage that may have occurred in the interim period form when they played football at large size to years later, it's hard to quantitate because we don't have long-term data yet."

To slim down, Staley cut out most carbs, besides vegetables. He purged his house of his favorite vice, chips and salsa, and now snacks on raw broccoli and Bitchin' Sauce -- an almond-based vegan dip. Staley said he now eats with purpose and moderation. "In the NFL, I always ate when I was hungry and whatever was available," he said. "If it was salmon, great. If it was frozen pizza, I'd eat that too."

Hawley, who retired in 2018, donated most of his material possessions to charity and has been living out of a van and Airbnb's across the country. He said it was all about reconditioning his brain to eat only until he feels full, and not eating until he can't eat anymore. Intermittent fasting has been a huge tool for the 6-foot-3 Hawley, who is down 60 pounds to 240. He rarely eats breakfast and tries to do one 24-hour fast per week -- eating dinner at 6 or 7 p.m., and then not eating at all until 6 or 7 p.m. the following night. Sometimes he even challenges himself to a 36-hour fast.

Hawley has connected with other ex-big guys, such as Hardwick, whom he met at "Bridge to Success," a NFL-run transition program for retired players.

"But it's not as big of a community as I would like," Hawley said. "I'm actually working on creating an online community for guys. That's one thing I've been missing. I went through my whole life being part of a locker room with a team, and then you get into the real world at 30, and nobody really knows what that experience is like."

Hardwick said he's working on an e-book with a blueprint of his diet plan for people who want to lose weight quickly and keep it off.

Many players interviewed for this story said while they do feel better and like the way they look, rapid weight loss has led to unsightly stretch marks and excess, saggy skin (which one player, wishing to stay anonymous, said he had cosmetically removed). Hardwick and Gross also warn of something that happened to them: They got so obsessed with losing the weight that it went too far.

Hardwick remembers weighing himself after a hot yoga class in January 2015. The scale read 202 pounds. "Great," he thought to himself. "Another 3 pounds, and it will be 199." But then he got a glance of his profile in the mirror, and he didn't recognize himself.

"If the apocalypse came, there was no way I could defend me or my family," he said. Hardwick went home and started binge eating to overcorrect. He has hovered between 220 and 230 since, which he thinks is a healthy weight for him.

Gross experimented for a while. He was vegetarian for a year and then tried the paleo diet. "You don't have any wiggle room when you're playing -- you just have to eat to keep the weight on," he said. "So I thought it was exciting to try different things." Once Gross got down to 250, he noticed an immense pain relief in his feet and ankles, which were swollen his last few years in the league -- but due to weight, not injury.

When Gross began his transformation, he went to Old Navy and bought three pairs of shorts and two polo shirts. He didn't know where his weight loss would lead him, and he didn't want to waste money. Gross got all the way down to 225, but restricting himself to under 2,500 calories a day didn't feel like a sustainable lifestyle. "That was too much," he said. As he gets ready to turn 40 this summer, Gross eats about 3,200 calories a day and is back to lifting weights. He now happily hovers around 240 pounds.

As for Thomas? As his career wound down, he began consulting with Katy Meassick, the Browns' nutritionist, who began educating him on healthier habits. They came up with a post-retirement plan, which Thomas describes as "low-carb or keto diet, with intermittent fasting." He added swimming and biking as cardio, along with yoga.

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Thomas, too, had to recondition his brain to stop eating when he was full. Throughout his football career, he had taught his subconscious to go beyond that point and keep stuffing his face with family-size McDonald's orders and sugary drinks. It's a new kind of discipline. Now every Monday, Thomas and his wife, Annie, will try to fast for 24 hours. Because of his previous line of work, it's not such a hard transition.

"As an offensive lineman, you just do the grunt work forever and you do the crap nobody wants to do -- our position is the Mushroom Club. We're used to being s--- on a truck in a dark room, and everyone expects us to go out and perform for no glory whatsoever," Thomas said.

"And you almost miss that misery. It's almost a weird thing to say, but getting into the fasting world and trying to discipline yourself and do something that is hard, in a weird, sick way, [that's something] I think a lot of offensive linemen get."

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Daughter reunited with mother after tragic MND loss – Third Force News

Posted: July 6, 2020 at 3:43 pm

Daughter reunited with mother shielding due to MND after her partner died of same illness

6th July 2020 by Robert Armour

An Edinburgh woman, who lost her partner to Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in November 2018, has been reunited with her mother, who is now facing the same rare terminal illness in a nursing home in north-east England.

Vikki Williams, 49, originally from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, is currently furloughed from her role at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh. She was formerly the primary carer for her partner, the late Paul Smith, who was a truck driver and martial arts instructor until he was diagnosed with MND in December 2016.

MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. This may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.

Vikki said: My partner Paul was diagnosed with MND in December 2016. He was a former Truck Driver and Martial Arts Instructor, so he led an extremely fit and active lifestyle. In just under two years his condition deteriorated to the point he couldnt speak, couldnt walk, and he relied on a ventilator to breathe.

She has since deteriorated quickly. Every week I would drive from Edinburgh to Barrow-in-Furness because she needed more people around her for company and care, and I wanted to support her and my sister any way I could. I only passed my driving test in May 2018, after receiving a grant from MND Scotland for lessons. Paul could no longer drive, and it turned out to be essential for Paul to get to appointments and for me to see my mum.

When lockdown happened, I was furloughed at work and I came to Barrow-in-Furness to stay in my Mums house, so I could be as close to her as I can. She had been placed into a new nursing home which I hadnt visited, and I was told that I couldnt visit due to Coronavirus.

Right now, she cant use her hands, feed herself, or weight bare. The staff at the nursing home have been incredible, particularly a lady called Donna, who is usually their activities person. With everything going on, shes made extra efforts to set-up FaceTime calls with me and my sister, so we can speak to our mum and see her. She is currently using a letter board to speak, so we cant hear her voice anymore. Its heartbreaking.

After three months, Vikkis mother was moved to a local hospital and Vikki was told that they would make an exception for the family to visit.

Its been hard being so close and yet so far away, but last week they decided to make a special exception for us to see our mum. It was amazing to see her and very emotional. We had to use a letter board to chat, but hopefully our visit will give her as much a boost as it did for us. We were told that she will have to isolate again for two weeks before she returns to the care home.

Despite all the distress, Vikki is thankful for all the support she has received from MND Scotland.

The last few years has been incredibly difficult, but Ive received so much support along the way. Our MND nurse was incredible and MND Scotland was a huge support with grants towards driving lessons, and an amazing last holiday for Paul and I to Graceland, Nashville and New Orleans. The charity also helped us re-carpet our new accessible flat, which was just a shell when we moved in. MND Scotland was also a massive support to me through counselling sessions, and massage therapies for Paul and myself.

I have a lot to thank MND Scotland for and thats why I will always keep raising awareness of MND and funds for a cure and to help other people affected by MND. Throughout June and July, the charity is asking supporters to have a Wee Cup of Tea for MND over the phone or video call, and I have also took part in their virtual Fun Run Relay on Sunday 21st June, which was Global MND Awareness Day.

Craig Stockton, Chief Executive of MND Scotland, said: Id like to thank Vikki for her bravery in opening up about what must be an incredibly painful and emotional situation. Vikkis story underscores the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic is having on the lives of people who are already struggling with terminal illnesses like MND.

Nobody should have to see a loved one face motor neurone disease, and its heartbreaking that Vikki is having to go through this again, on top of the stress and anxiety that the pandemic is naturally bringing to many people across the country.

MND Scotland will be here to support Vikki going forward.

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Fish: Which Ones To Eat & Which Ones To Avoid During Pregnancy – BabyGaga

Posted: July 6, 2020 at 3:41 pm

Fish can be very nutritious, but not every type is safe to eat during pregnancy. Here's what expectant women should know about consuming fish.

Having a healthy diet is very important, especially for pregnant women. Furthermore, those who add more vegetables and fish to their diet while pregnant have a much lower risk of developing high blood pressure. Additionally, a child might have less of a risk of having symptoms of ADHD if their moms eat fish when they are in the womb. But some fish are unhealthy for pregnant women and unborn babies. They can put them at risk for some serious health issues. Here is everything that a person needs to know about eating fish while pregnant.

Smoked seafood might be very tasty, but it is something that women should not consume if they are expecting a baby. According to, that is because this kind of fish can sometimes end up having something called listeria in it.

But even though they should not be eaten alone, there are some conditions under which they might be safer for pregnant women. For example, they can be eaten if they are a part of a meal that has been cooked. There are plenty of tasty cooked meals that include smoked salmon, including casserole.

Expectant mothers should always exercise some caution when they are eating foods like fish. They really need to be careful if they choose to eat fish that has been recreationally caught. According to, this is the case because the water that they were caught in could have some impact on whether or not that fish is safe for them to eat. They shouldnt eat much of it if they are unable to obtain information on the water in which it was caught. In fact, perhaps they should avoid eating it altogether, just to be safe.

While there are plenty of fish that a pregnant woman can safely eat without worrying about whether or not she or her baby will be affected, there are actually a lot of fish that can be really dangerous for expectant moms to consume as well.

Some of the fish that fall into this category are sharks, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. For those that do not know, tilefish are creatures that one might find if they go fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, pregnant women should also avoid orange roughy fish and marlin. That is because all of those fish are very high in mercury, which is dangerous for pregnant women.

Salmon is usually fine for women to eat when pregnant (unless it is smoked). In addition, it can actually come with a lot of benefits.

So, those who love to eat it do not necessarily have to cut it out of their diet when they learn that they are expecting. But, they need to be particularly picky about the kind of salmon they are consuming. Pregnant women should choose to eat wild salmon since salmon that is not wild can still have some harmful things in it. Expectant moms should be very careful when it comes to eating salmon, but it can be very safe and healthy for them.

Even some of the fish that are typically considered safe to eat should still not be eaten in large amounts, at least by pregnant women. Some of those fish include ones like carp, halibut, sablefish, sheepshead, snapper, rockfish, bluefish, buffalofish, Chilean sea bass, mahi-mahi, and grouper.

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While expectant mothers can eat them without putting themselves or their babies in much danger, they should not eat a lot of any of them. Pregnant women should limit themselves to eating one serving of them a week, which amounts to approximately 4 ounces. Eating too much of them could be harmful.

According to, expectant mothers should not choose to eat fish that is not cooked. Some of the fish people love to eat that are often uncooked include sushi, sashimi, and oysters. Even though unborn babies do get some benefits if their moms eat fish, eating fish that is not cooked is not a great idea for pregnant women. That is because fish like that can contain bacteria or even a virus. Pregnancy can already be a very risky time in a womans life. Eating fish like this only makes it that much riskier.

While any uncooked fish is unsafe for pregnant women, raw shellfish can be particularly dangerous. In fact, this kind of fish is actually a dangerous thing for many people, so even non-pregnant people should exercise some caution if they choose to eat it.

However, fish not the only food that a person needs to worry about if they are pregnant. There are plenty of other foods that can be dangerous for them as well, including pate, unpasteurized milk, and certain kinds of cheese. But, it is important to remember that some fish is beneficial. For example, babies might be smarter if their moms consume fish during pregnancy.

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