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How a Keralite lost 46kg in 10 months in the UAE – Gulf News

Posted: November 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Mohamed Mufeed before (left) and after Image Credit: Supplied

When Mohamed Mufeed finally went to the doctor in 2018, he recalls, it was because he had trouble sitting properly. At five-feet-four-inches and a generous 105kg, he was suffering the beginnings of a fatty liver. I used to eat 7-8 times a day, says the Keralite of his earlier diet. And of these meals, many were of the junk variety. When the doctor called for weight-loss even a 20kg suggestion at the time didnt seem so dramatic; at his height, Mufeed should have weighed between 53 and 64kg.

Its not that Musfeed didnt know that he needed to shed the kilos nor was it a lack of drive he was stuck in a yo-yo dieters nightmare.

Plus, hed always been overweight and rather fond of food. It didnt help that his father owns a restaurant either; it meant he always had access to the dishes he craved.

It look Mufeed three months of diet (eating very little) and exercise for him to lose 6kg. Since he couldnt really tell the difference in self, except he was exhausted having not consumed enough nutrition, he quit the gym. But just when it seemed like he was about to hit another dieter'sloop, he spoke to some trainers and ferociously googled, trying to find a few way to bring change.

A different meal plan

He began a calorie-deficit diet, keeping meticulous count of each item of food he was consuming and what he could realistically burn off. Mufeed also turned his habits around, choosing vegetables and proteins as his mainstay. If hed feel the need for sugar, hed have a bit of a substitute: dates, honey, fruits. The fast-food cravings didnt go away, but hed found a new way to manage them. So whenever I craved anything, I thought by Thursday night Ill eat anything Im craving. So keeping that in my mind I used to work out maybe 2 times in a week, he explains.

The workouts he engaged in were a two-hour extravaganza of cardio and High Intensity Interval Training and weights. Within 3 months I started seeing a change in my body, he says.

No scales, please

He did not, however, stand on a scale. He says this decision actually kept him on track. You know, because when we check the weight, we will next minute be like oh [I only lost] this much we will lose confidence, he explains. Instead he let the elasticity of his jeans waist bands tell him what he suspected the weight was coming off.

And so motivated, he continued on this journey; in another 7-8 months, he was down to the 60s. Then he decided to skip weight training too many supplements needed, he says and continue with the cardio. My body is the kind of body where if I dont work out gradually the fat starts coming back. Im still doing the cardio, weights not so much, he says.

Since this success a 9-month project back in 2018, from January to September- where he lost 46kg hes kept the weight off while working in a restaurant. He says it only works if you find a plan that suits your body and if hes anything to go by, thats true.

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A karate kick and love saved this man’s life after depression almost killed him – Daily Post

Posted: November 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Sam Owens was just a teenager when a karate kick to the head saved his life after a brain scan revealed he had a tumour.

But the the following six years would see him suffer a stroke, lose some of his eyesight and independence while battling a string of debilitating medical conditions - plunging him into a deep depression.

His weight rocketed to 24 stone and he was left feeling "borderline suicidal" by what life had thrown at him ever since he was kicked to the head during a karate tournament at the age of 17.

But fast forward to now and the 23-year-old from Conwy has turned his life around after finding love and friendship, shedding an incredible 10 stone along the way.

Sam said: "In November last year, I weighed 24 stone. I used to eat pizzas late at night and always ordered lots of takeaways.

"The doctor told me I had a high risk of diabetes so I decided I needed to start losing weight.

"But in February, I suffered a stroke, which caused me to lose my peripheral vision and because of that I lost my driving licence, which was devastating.

"I fell into a deep depression and just thought what's the point?"

Sam was already living with an inoperable brain tumour that was only diagnosed by a scan after the karate injury in 2013.

Although the kick saved his life, the tumour caused him to suffer with memory loss, migraines and long-term pain condition, fibromyalgia and led to him losing his close circle of friends.

Sam recalled: "My friends would call and ask me to do things, but I didn't have the energy and they started to think I was just being lazy and was using my conditions as an excuse.

"It got to the point where I started to believe that too.

"I'd tried to go to university and then became a fully qualified security worker, but one day of excursion would floor me for the rest of the week and that was getting me down.

"But everything changed after I had my stroke when I met my cousin's partner, Elise from Lebanon and she became like a personal therapist to me.

"She was an amazing cook and introduced me to new foods.

"She made me take a step back and realise I could change and lose weight, she made me want to better myself mentally and physically.

"Through her I've made so many fantastic new friends and even met my girlfriend, Nouhad who lives in Brussels."

Now Sam is much more positive about his future and is looking forward to new adventures.

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The NHS Choices website lists the following helplines and support networks for people to talk to:

He said: "Nouhad has helped my confidence, mental health and physical health in a way I never thought possible from an individual.

"I think the world of her and look forward to our relationship growing closer and stronger in time."

He added: "My new friends always message me asking if I want to go to the gym or catch up over a coffee, which has made a big difference to my life to the point where I'm now pushing people to do those things.

"My tumour is slow growing and I used to see it as a time bomb, but I don't think that way any more.

"I cast it away as much as I can and now have a much more positive outlook.

"My friends and family, especially my mum, Sarah and sister, Jo have helped me more than I can ever thank them for and now I'm looking forward to the future."

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy: Controversy and Trends – Medscape

Posted: November 9, 2019 at 8:42 pm

Abstract and Introduction Abstract

In recent years, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has received significant media attention, and the rate of testosterone use has increased notably. A reported association between testosterone use and increased occurrence of myocardial infarction and stroke prompted the FDA to issue a safety bulletin in 2014. Clinical hypogonadism is the only FDA-approved indication for TRT in men; it is not approved to treat age-related low testosterone. Although it is not indicated, TRT is often recommended to improve sexual function, bone density, body composition, muscle strength, mood, behavior, and cognition. The literature on the effectiveness of TRT for various conditions is largely mixed; therefore, current data on appropriate and potentially inappropriate use are important for pharmacists to keep abreast of and discuss with patients.

Recently, the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has received a lot of media attention. Although its use is growing, there is much debate regarding TRT's risks and benefits.[1] From 2008 to 2012 in the United States, spending on TRT increased from $1 billion to $2 billion, and from 2003 to 2013 there was a fourfold increase in the rate of TRT in men aged 18 to 45 years.[2] In 2013 and early 2014, two studies reported an association between TRT and increased occurrence of myocardial infarction and stroke, prompting the FDA to issue a safety bulletin on January 31, 2014.[3] This article will discuss appropriate TRT use, available formulations and cost, side effects, trends, and the pharmacist's role in patient education, including counseling points.

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Do they work? The latest fad diets and how they stand up – Starts at 60

Posted: November 9, 2019 at 5:48 am

Sharing many similarities to the Atkins diet, this eating plan is all about minimising carbs and upping fats. After the first few days, your body enters ketosis, a state where the body uses fat for energy, which leads to rapid weight loss. Its important to note, however, ketosis may cause some side effects, such as nausea, headache and mental fatigue.

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Mum loses half her body weight after being fat shamed by son – Yahoo Lifestyle Australia

Posted: November 9, 2019 at 5:48 am

A mum has lost almost half of her body weight after being fat shamed by her son and realising she had to make dramatic changes to her relationship with food.

Schauna Harshman revealed she always felt like she was the fat and ugly friend growing up through school, and once she fell pregnant she continued to pile on the weight.

The 35-year-old from North Dakota, US, gained 26 kg during her first pregnany and by the time she had her third child was tipping the scales at 133kg wearing a size 28 in clothes.

I got pregnant at 18 and used that as an excuse to eat and drink whatever I wanted. I gained more than four stone during my first pregnancy. From there I just kept gaining weight with each child, Schauna said, adding her diet largely consisted of fried food, processed meals, fast food, and pasta.

I was making quick and easy processed meals. I was very uneducated about nutrition as Id grown up eating meat and potatoes, with a lot of canned foods. I never ate anything fresh or homemade, so I carried that on as a mother.

When her middle son Chase was three years old, he started mocking Schauna by calling her fat, which she admits felt like rock bottom for her and pushed her to see that she needed to improve her lifestyle.

Schauna weighed 133kg at her heaviest before her son 'shamed' her. Photo: Australscope

One day, my middle son was making fun of me, calling me fat and laughing about it. I was fed up of my weight but to hear my son, who loves me, make fun of me that way, Id had enough. That was my rock bottom she said.

I was angry and emotional. Of course, he had no idea the impact it had on me as he was only three. I remember locking myself in the bathroom and crying. Asking myself how I was going to fix the problem.

I told him that its not funny to call people fat and laugh about it. He could see I was really upset and he felt sad when he saw I was crying.

She had lap band surgery and started Keto. Photo: Australscope

She began researching weight loss surgeries and she decided to have a lap band inserted a band placed around the top of the stomach to create a smaller stomach. In March 2013 she went ahead with surgery and has been amazed at the results since.

I set up a consultation with a bariatric surgeon and we went over the options. I had to do a visit with a personal trainer to learn how working out is important, she said, explaining how she started going to the gym one month after having the surgery.

I also had to prove that I could lose some weight before my surgery, which I did! I was 107kg when I went for surgery, she added.

After the surgery and through working out at the gym she managed to lose a huge 30kg before also addressing her overall diet and turning to Keto to lose the last little bit.

By focusing on low-carb foods and counting her macros, Schauna is now a healthy 71kg and a size 12.

She's now lost over 60kg and is a size 12. I Photo: Australscope

Through keto I learned that its about maintaining a lifestyle rather than constantly shedding, so I switched to macro counting, which is what Im currently doing and I feel amazing, she said, deciding to start sharing her journey on Instagram@lowcarb.godess.

My friends and family are so proud of me and Im so thankful for their support. Its given me a real drive to keep going and to show people that you can do anything you put your mind to.

Im a mum of three so Im constantly running around after my sons, I work full time and still manage to track my food, eat homemade meals and work out every day. Anyone who sees that I can do it can know that they can too.

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Lynn slimmer says her life has been saved after shedding six-and-half stone – Lynn News

Posted: November 9, 2019 at 5:48 am

A slimmer who lost six-and-half stone in less than two years is looking forward to inspiring others when she takes on the role of consultant at a Lynn group this month.

Ahead of World Diabetes Day on Thursday, November 14, Charlotte Doughty, of Lynn, is also celebrating the fact that by losing weight, she has reduced her risk of type 2 diabetes.

She has grown up with a family history of diabetes with her dad and grandmother both suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Charlotte achieved her weight loss having joined Slimming World, which supports patients who have type 2 diabetes to lose weight and manage their glucose control.

Charlotte joined her local group at Gaywood Library in 2017. She said: I was diagnosed firstly with gestational diabetes when pregnant with my second child in 2001, then again with pre-diabetes in early 2015 at the age of 38 while pregnant once again. The doctor told me my weight was seriously impacting my health, and I needed to take control of my weight to help manage the condition.

"Unfortunately my unborn baby was later diagnosed with Edwards Syndrome, a genetic disorder, and sadly passed away in the womb at 37 weeks.

"I was told by health professionals that my weight along with my age may have played a factor in my babys condition. Due to my grief and self-loathing that I may have caused my babys condition, my eating escalated further and despite the warnings from my GP, I continued to eat fast food and drink pints of lager.

"It became a vicious circle of feeling depressed about my weight by turning to food and alcohol. Being overweight seriously began to impact on so many aspects of my life. I always felt like I was lacking energy and motivation."

With support from her partner, Ian, and the group, Charlotte followed Slimming Worlds Food Optimising eating plan and started cooking healthy meals from scratch.

She said: People think slimming means going hungry, yet its not like that at all with this healthy eating plan. I love food and I never once felt like I was on a diet. In fact, people are always surprised at how much food I have on my plate and cant believe Im losing weight eating so much delicious food and without ever feeling hungry."

Charlotte has gone from a dress size 24 to a size 12. Shes also more active nowadays and regularly attends the local Parkrun at the Walks.

Thanks to the changes Ive made my health has improved dramatically and I am no longer pre-diabetic. My blood sugar reading is now in the normal range and I show no symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

"Slimming World has literally saved my life as I was only heading one way. I want to go on to inspire and support others to do the same, Ive got my life back and I couldnt be happier."

She will take over as consultant at Slimming World's group which meets at Providence House, Providence Street, Lynn, group on November 23.

The sessions run every Saturday morning at 8.30am and 10.30am. For further information please contact Charlotte on 07840 769842.

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Mind the scam: How to shop safely on Singles’ Day? – Gadget

Posted: November 9, 2019 at 5:47 am

Great athleticism doesnt just happen from the neck down and great minds dont only rely on everything above the shoulders. There is clear and growing proof that the relationship between our minds and bodies are key for reaching our real potential.

This applies to professionalgamingas well. The image of the overweight, out of breathgameris outdated. Todays competitivegamershave to operate at the best of their abilities, which means they must focus equally on their mental and physical wellbeing.

I am a firm believer in the Latin phrase Mens sana in corpore sano, which translates as a healthy mind in a healthy body, says Dimitri Detrony Hadjipaschali, a Counter-Strike progamerplaying for esports group Bravado. In short, this suggests that physical exercise is important for your psychological well-being. With that said, I know that getting into an active routine can be challenging, but whether or not one enjoys it it should certainly be a part of your lifestyle!

Bravado, sponsored by Alienware and Intel, is South Africas leading esports group. It emphasises players being at their physical and mental best. This has led to a collaboration with Professor Peet du Toit, who specializes in Exercise- and Neuroscience research at the University of Pretoria. His work makes it clear that the mind-body relationship is one of the most critical components for success.

The combination of brain flexibility, brain fitness, health-related fitness and skill-related fitness is what creates top performance. Exercise plays an important role in brain health and neuroplasticity. But a healthy body also follows a balanced brain. If you focus on both, you get incredible results.

The rise of Neuro-Agility

Prof du Toit promotes Neuro-Agility, a new innovation in neuroscience that can help develop the super learning powers people require. Neuro-Agility focuses on the six drivers that optimize brain health and performance and its impact on seven neurological components of learning, thinking and cognitive processes. These two dimensions will have an impact on performance of individuals and determine their competitive advantage.

One would thinkgamingdoesnt qualify. Games have a reputation for making our brains lazy and slow. But Prof du Toit disagrees with this, citing academic research that reveals the benefits ofgaming:

Strategy video games have shown promise in improving cognitive control, reasoning, and higher-order cognitive skills, and stave off dementia and Alzheimers disease as long as possible.Gamingmay also be a viable treatment for depression and mild cognitive impairment. However, cognitive training should come second to physical activity programs when it comes to improving cognition, brain function and structure.

This last point is very important and why Bravado has asked Prof du Toit to use his insights to improve the performance of its esports athletes. This is accomplished through several ways which can be subdivided into different areas: brain fitness, stress coping skills, sleep, movement, mindset, hydration, body weight, resting heart rate, wellness, pain, performance, energy levels and brain foods.

Using a program designed around these factors, Bravadosgamershave access to numerous exercises that help engage their minds and improve mental elasticity. This not only includes boosting brain flexibility and promoting positive information channels a crucial factor for brain health but also balancing brain waves and promoting the use of both brain hemispheres.

Most people are homolaterally fit, which means they mostly only use one hemisphere of their brain, Prof du Toit explained. We are capable of being bilaterally fit using both hemispheres. There are ways to train for this, as well as to improve focus, concentration and shifting mental gears.

The big brains of Bravado

In the cutthroat world of professionalgaming, split seconds can determine victory or defeat. By using the research and products developed by Prof du Toit and his team, Bravado will gain an edge over the competition.

Having a balanced lifestyle which includes physical and social activity alongside yourgamingcertainly does improve your gameplay, said Dimitri. Needless to say, it also improves your general health, which is always good! Being physically active aids your overall mindset and state of mind. This is especially the case if you are making a career out of esports or even playing semi-professionally. Exercise improves your personal skill, boosts your confidence as well as your ambition and drive.

Bravado members are being assessed for their individual Neuro Agility (NAP) and Body Agility (BAP) Profiles. These are the benchmarks from which they then improve their performance, using the Limitless You Neurolink Peak Performance Program (LYNPPP). The program includes brain and body agility activities, many of which can be done in the comfort of ones bedroom, as well as nutritional products thatwill, among many benefits, optimize performance, enhance cognitive ability, reduce stress, reduce inflammation, increased energy levels, give resistance to fatigue and impact productivity. Enhanced cognitive ability will result in increased receptiveness, perceptiveness, mental alertness, memory, attention, focussing and energy levels.

NAP, BAP and LYNPPP were born and are grounded in applied neuroscience, said Prof du Toit. These arent just more instruments with an added neuroscience flavour. It is a predictive analysis that serves as a framework for professionals and individuals in talent development and performance improvement. It can identify potential, select talent, develop talent, improve engagement, promote brain health, minimize risk for human error, improve happiness and liftgamingperformance.

Any serious esports competitor will agree that you have to look after both your mind and body to be at your best. Top players dont just game but participate in a range of activities that promote their physical health, stimulate their minds and strengthen their social connections. Such habits, combined with a good diet and focused improvement through something such as LYNPPP, are what create champions.

If we want to be the best, we have to outlearn, outthink, outtrainand out-create our competition, said Andreas Hadjipaschali, CEO of BravadoGaming. The collaboration with Prof. du Toit and LYNPPP will help create that edge for Bravado.

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Parker Jewish Institute helps communities age in place – ROP Common – The Island Now

Posted: November 9, 2019 at 5:47 am

In its continued mission to foster aging in place, Parker Jewish Institute is enhancing its relationships with Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs).

Supported by government funding, UJA-Federation of New York and other partners, including Parker, these communities typically encompass a sizable population of adults, ages 60 and older. These adults want to enjoy healthy, active, safe and independent lives in their neighborhood.

NORCs may be based in a single building or housing complex, or an age-integrated neighborhood, including those with single-family homes.

Parker works with NORCs in the region, including NORC WOW (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community With Out Walls), a program of Common point Queens NORC Supportive Services Programs, with offices in the Sam Field Center in Little Neck, where participants have access to Case Management Services, which include social work and nursing services.

With this partnership, Parker provides a myriad of services for older adults living in Floral Park, New Hyde Park, and Bellerose.

These offerings include in-home nurse visits, the monitoring of chronic health conditions and medications, immunizations and health screenings. Other services comprise health-care system advocacy, health and diet consultations, home safety assessments and caregiver education and support.

We are proud to partner with NORCs, in particular with Commonpoint Queens NORC Supportive Services Program, which is located right in our backyard, Parkers Assistant Vice President of Corporate Outreach Lina Scacco said. In these areas, senior residents can readily access the kind of services they may need to live independently for as long as possible. And through our relationships with NORCs, we can share information about additional Parker services, as well as other health care resources, they might find valuable -either for themselves or a family member, while at the same time help residents remain safely in their home.

Working with Licensed Social Workers and Registered Nurses, NORC WOW residents benefit from home visits, counseling and family support; long-term planning; information about Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Part D, and related matters; and assistance with securing and understanding entitlements.

And there are additional advantages, including monthly luncheons, exercise and wellness classes, community seminars, intergenerational programs, volunteer options and assistance with maintenance referrals.

Many of these offerings, through Case Management Social Work Services, offered through the Commonpoint Queens NORCs, provide the welcomed opportunity to socialize.

Combining Social Work and Registered Nursing Services not only enhances the overall wellbeing of NORC members but gives peace of mind to the many independent residents that reside in those communities. They provide an extra level of support and resource that typically they may not have been aware of, as some of these residents are homebound and isolated. Its a partnership that promotes collaboration, teamwork and a stronger sense of community for all.

By partnering with NORCs, Parker helps older adults not only maintain their independence but also improve their quality of life. And by participating in the program, older adults avoid unnecessary hospital and nursing homestays.

Participants and their families also gain access to information about Parkers extensive community-based resources, including Social Adult Day Care, Home Health Care, Medical House Calls, Palliative Care and Hospice.

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Adrienne Bailon Houghton Reveals Her Main Motivation to Lose Weight Was to Start a Family – PEOPLE Great Ideas

Posted: November 9, 2019 at 5:45 am

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From weight-loss plan to Hong Kongs first ever sanda medallist – South China Morning Post

Posted: November 9, 2019 at 5:45 am

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