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Staggering Weight Loss Transformation -Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs

Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs And Reveals Staggering Weight Loss Transformation

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A woman who used to consume 2,500 calories in one meal alone has lost more than seven stone after removing bread, pizza and nachos from her diet.

Before losing weight, Kristina Guice, 25, from Tucson in Arizona, USA, would overload on carbs daily and weighed close to 18 stone (250lbs).

After switching schools in her childhood, she struggled to find friends and began burying her feelings beneath carbohydrate-rich foods.

Two years ago, Kristina decided to overhaul her lifestyle and slim down before starting her Masters degree in Forensic Linguistics.

She downloaded a calorie counting app and, after drastically shrinking her carb consumption, lost over seven stone (102lb).

She hit her lowest weight of 10 stone 8lbs last month after adding exercise to the mix and is now loving life having graduated from Hofstra University, New York.

Kristina said that growing up, food provided her with “comfort”, and by the time she left high school she was 60lbs heavier than when she’d started.

“I started off being the ‘chubby kid’ when I was six, when we moved states I went from being active with lots of friends, to more lazy and inactive,” she explained.

“Being the ‘new kid’ I couldn’t socialise as much, so I had a lot of time to myself where I was just comfort eating.

“I once did a calorie count of one Taco Bell order, it was over 2,500 calories. I would have two taco supremes, two chicken chalupas, a chicken quesadilla, a seven layer burrito and an extra-large Mountain Dew.

“I didn’t enjoy being overweight through high school or college, it all just clicked and I knew I needed to make a change.

“I realised that while I loved bread, I didn’t love being fat.”

The 25-year-old downloaded a food diary app and cut out carbs from her diet.

“I was done with them, no bread, pasta, chips, rice and that’s what I did for two and a half years,” she explained.

“At first it was tough, I missed pizzas, nachos and bread, but keto uses substitute carbs which are quite nice.

“I started making pizza crust out of cauliflower dough and other changes, then suddenly I stopped wanting them so much.

“Now the idea of eating bread is so boring, it’s just a waste, it doesn’t appeal to me anymore.”

Since embarking on her weight loss journey, Kristina has lost almost seven stone.

Where previously she would eat a large bowl of Corn Pops for breakfast and snack on tortilla chips mid-morning, she now has iced coffee with hardboiled eggs.

Her carb-filled lunches of supreme pizza have been replaced with healthy, low-carb wraps and her calorie-laden evening meals swapped for chicken thighs with salad.

If she has dessert, it will be sugar-free jelly with homemade whipped cream.

“I feel really proud that I did it,” she said. “Looking back at pictures of myself now is like seeing a different person.”

Original Article Source: Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs And Reveals Staggering Weight Loss Transformation

Cut the Calories Without Cutting the Flavor

Cut calories without cutting flavor

Oven Fried Fish and Chips
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Approximately two-thirds of adults in this country are overweight or obese. This extra weight may pose life-threatening health risks including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. For an overweight person, losing even 5 percent of their weight can be meaningful. While the idea of losing weight may feel overwhelming, beginning the journey means starting with small steps.

An important place to start is with healthy eating. Often times, go-to food favorites are high in fat, sugar, starch and sodium. Eating large portions of such foods can hinder weight loss and lead to obesity and related health risks. Reducing portions can help cut calories, and there are ways of adjusting favorite recipes to add healthy ingredients without skimping on flavor.

For example, try the Oven-Fried Fish & Chips recipe below for a lighter take on a popular dish. To cut the calories in half and reduce the fat, this recipe calls for coating the delicate fish in a crispy cornflake crust before baking it along with sliced potatoes.

When trying to lose weight, physical activity is also an important factor. Consider finding ways to work small changes into your daily routine; taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking on the far side of the lot are great ways to get started.

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Oven-Fried Fish & Chips

Prep time: 25 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Servings: 4

Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

Canola or olive oil cooking spray

1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges

4 teaspoons canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning, divided

2 cups cornflakes

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large egg whites, beaten

1 pound cod or haddock, cut into 4 portions

PREPARATION

  1. Position racks in upper and lower third of oven; preheat to 425°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Set a wire rack on another large baking sheet; coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes in a colander. Thoroughly rinse with cold water, then pat dry completely with paper towels. Toss the potatoes, oil and 3/4 teaspoon Cajun (or Creole) seasoning in a large bowl. Spread on the baking sheet without the rack. Bake on the lower oven rack, turning every 10 minutes, until tender and golden, 30 to 35 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, coarsely grind cornflakes in a food processor or blender or crush in a sealable plastic bag. Transfer to a shallow dish. Place flour, the remaining 3/4 teaspoon Cajun (or Creole) seasoning and salt in another shallow dish and egg whites in a third shallow dish. Dredge fish in the flour mixture, dip it in egg white and then coat all sides with the ground cornflakes. Place on the prepared wire rack. Coat both sides of the breaded fish with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the fish on the upper oven rack until opaque in the center and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes.

NUTRITION

325 calories/per serving

Carbs 45g

Fat 5g

Saturated Fat 0g

Monounsaturated Fat 3g

Protein 24g

Cholesterol 43mg

Fiber 3g

Sodium 331mg

Potassium 955mg

Recipe from EatingWell.com © Meredith corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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Pregnancy: Do not take BELVIQ if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as weight loss offers no potential benefit during pregnancy and BELVIQ may harm your unborn baby.

Serotonin Syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)-like reactions: Before using BELVIQ, tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, especially medicines that treat depression, migraines, mental problems, or the common cold. These medicines may cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken with BELVIQ. Call your doctor right away if you experience agitation, hallucinations, confusion, or other changes in mental status; coordination problems; uncontrolled muscle spasms; muscle twitching; restlessness; racing or fast heartbeat; high or low blood pressure; sweating; fever; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; or stiff muscles.

Valvular heart disease: Some people taking medicines like BELVIQ have had heart valve problems. Call your doctor right away if you experience trouble breathing; swelling of the arms, legs, ankles, or feet; dizziness, fatigue, or weakness that will not go away; or fast or irregular heartbeat. Before taking BELVIQ, tell your doctor if you have or have had heart problems.

Changes in attention or memory: BELVIQ may slow your thinking. You should not drive a car or operate heavy equipment until you know how BELVIQ affects you.

Mental problems: Taking too much BELVIQ may cause hallucinations, a feeling of being high or in a very good mood, or feelings of standing outside your body.

Depression or thoughts of suicide: Call your doctor right away if you notice any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings, or if you have depression or thoughts of suicide.

Low blood sugar: Weight loss can cause low blood sugar in people taking medicines for type 2 diabetes, such as insulin or sulfonylureas. Blood sugar levels should be checked before and while taking BELVIQ. Changes to diabetes medication may be needed if low blood sugar develops.

Painful erections: If you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours while on BELVIQ, stop taking BELVIQ and call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Slow heartbeat: BELVIQ may cause your heart to beat slower.

Decreases in blood cell count: BELVIQ may cause your red and white blood cell counts to decrease.

Increase in prolactin: BELVIQ may increase the amount of a hormone called prolactin. Tell your doctor if your breasts begin to make milk or a milky fluid, or if you are a male and your breasts increase in size.

Most common side effects in patients without diabetes: Headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation.

Most common side effects in patients with diabetes: Low blood sugar, headache, back pain, cough, and fatigue.

Nursing: BELVIQ should not be taken while breastfeeding.

Drug interactions: Before taking BELVIQ, tell your doctor if you take medicines for depression, migraines, or other medical conditions, such as: triptans; medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders, including tricyclics, lithium, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or antipsychotics; cabergoline; linezolid (an antibiotic); tramadol; dextromethorphan (an over-the-counter (OTC) common cold/cough medicine); OTC supplements such as tryptophan or St. John’s Wort; or erectile dysfunction medicines.

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Original Article Source: The Paper of Montgomery County : Weight loss tips: Cut calories without cutting flavor

Does Sex Actually Burn Calories?

How Many Calories Does Sex Actually Burn?

Have you ever used the excuse “but I had sex today” to get out of going to the gym?

Yeah, me too.

And we’re not alone. It seems like everyone cites sex as a good form of exercise, including our favorite characters in movies and TV shows.

In one episode of “Sex and the City,” Miranda complains about her new relationship (and awesome sex life) throwing off her workout routine. Carrie simply shrugs and tells her friend if she’s having sex, she doesn’t need to go to spin class.

OK, so sex burns calories. Between the raised heart rate and sweating that goes on, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out.

But can sex really be considered a workout? More importantly, can you eat four slices of pizza and burn them off with some quality time between the sheets? Asking for a friend.

Unless you’re getting really, really crazy and making it last for three hours… probably not. Sorry.

According to a study conducted out of the University of Montreal, during the average 25-minute sex session, men burn about 100 calories and women burn about 69 calories.

Womp womp. Four slices of cheese pizza come out to 1,000 calories, so there’s your answer to that question.

Sadly, running on the treadmill is indeed a more effective method of burning calories. In the study, men burned twice as many calories running on a treadmill than they did while having sex.

Still, sex could help you burn off that post-dinner piece of chocolate, or that bag of SkinnyPop.

Feeling discouraged? Let’s back up here. If you do want to make sex a calorie-torching exercise, you can — you just have to make it last longer.

For example, consider starting things off with a long, steamy makeout session. Remember how much fun that was in seventh grade?

Kissing doesn’t burn a crazy amount of calories, but it’s something — a 150-pound woman burns around 68 calories during an hour of kissing.

Jaiya Kinzbach, a Los Angeles-based sexologist told Woman’s Day,

If the kissing is vigorous and involves some petting, it could be even closer to 90 calories burned in an hour.

Kiss in unusual positions. Have the guy on his back and do “plank pose” or a push-up on top of him, coming down to kiss him and then pushing back up. Push-ups burn 171 calories in 30 minutes.

That sounds like a lot of work if you ask me, but to each their own.

If you’re thinking you should probably ditch the boring, old missionary position in favor of positions that burn more calories, think again. According to Fitness magazine, missionary is a good way to go.

Trainer Stacy Berman explains,

It depends on how enthusiastic you are about it, but missionary can be great for the core muscles. If your partner is thrusting toward you, you want to have an equal and opposite thrust back, and that requires a lot of core strength. It actually will start burning.

You can also use this sex calculator to figure out how many calories you’re burning based on gender, body type, position, style and duration of sex.

Long story short, the exact amount of calories you burn during sex depends on a lot of factors.

And unfortunately, you probably still have to go to the gym.