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Shields man has recipe for home diet plan

Fifty Gazette readers are being offered the chance to try out a South Tyneside fitness guru’s latest project.

Joe Sexton, who runs the School of Weight Loss, has launched his new ‘Fat Loss Feast’ diet.

The programme is specifically aimed at those who have very little spare time to make healthy meals due to their busy lifestyles.

The father-of-one from South Shields, said: “The new diet is designed for people who are super busy and have little time to cook.

“It’s perfect for parents or people who find it impossible to cook a healthy meal after a long day at work.

“All of the meals are super tasty as we think boring and bland diet food will only lead to you start eating junk again.”

Those taking part will be added to a ‘secret’ Facebook group and they will then have access to meal plans, recipes and workout videos which they can do in their own homes..

Each individual will also take their weight and size measurements before embarking on the challenge.

Joe states that rather than a traditional diet, he’s hoping this will become more of a lifestyle for people to follow.

The 26-year-old said: “this diet is all alone, so people won;t even have to leave the house to lose weight.

“The aim is to not only feel amazing at the end of the four weeks, but to have also have dropped weight, lost inches and fit into your favourite clothes again.

A four week plan will usually cost £12.99.

However, the first 50 Gazette readers to email Joe will be able to take part for free.

To get involved email [email protected]

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South Africans urged to stick to a healthy diet amid increasing food prices

CAPE TOWN – The Heart and Stroke Foundation has urged South Africans to stay away from unhealthy food choices amid increasing food prices.

The foundation says escalating food costs will influence what consumers buy to eat.

Many will opt for cheaper, possibly less healthy diets.

An NGO, the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa), has found low-income households prioritise buying staple non-perishable foods above perishable nutritional foods. 

Dietician Gabriel Eksteen says people should try to find a balance where they can.

“We know in the long-term that healthy lifestyles are a substantial cost benefit to cost savings and medical savings. It’s a difficult decision to make in the short-term, if you can’t make ends meet.”

LISTEN: Are the food price increases justified?

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In Pictures | 7 fruits that can help you lose weight

To eat or not to eat? Losing weight and eating less are not synonymous. Nutritionist have struggled to make everyone understand that, but in vain.

However, fruits can be a plausible solution to this dilemma. With high content of pectin and fibre, most fruits, in fact, help in burning excess lipid and increasing the rate of metabolism. Speaking of vitamins and minerals, there are only a few that can match up to the nutrient content of fruits.

But you must know— if you juice it, you lose it. Fruit juices are nice and refreshing. But the proper way to have fruits is to have the whole of it. That way you do not lose its nutritious fibre.

To make the situation easier for you, here is a list of fruits which you can gorge on as much as you like without worrying about gaining weight.

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Stay Lean, Live Longer

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Keeping trim throughout your life could help you live longer, while being obese might do the opposite, two new studies show.

In the first study, U.S. scientists found that slim people had the lowest risk of dying over a 15-year period — 12 percent for women and 20 percent for men. Meanwhile, obese men and women had the highest risk — 20 percent for women and 24 percent for men.

“People who maintain the leanest body shape have the lowest risk of dying prematurely,” said lead researcher Dr. Mingyang Song, a research fellow in the departments of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston.

Weight management should start early and last throughout life, Song said. “By the time you reach middle age, it’s difficult to lose weight,” he said. “Obesity should be prevented by managing weight in childhood and adolescence.”

Preventing obesity may also prevent its consequences, which include diabetes and heart disease, Song said, though the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link between weight and life span.

For the study, Song and colleagues collected U.S. data on more than 80,000 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study and more than 36,000 men who were enrolled in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

Participants were asked to recall their body shape at ages 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40. They also provided their weight at 50. They were followed from age 60 over an average of 15 to 16 years. In addition, participants completed questionnaires on lifestyle and health every two years and on diet every four years.

In a second study in the same journal, international researchers found that gaining weight over time was linked with higher risks of premature death.

In their analysis of 230 previously published studies that included more than 30 million people and nearly 4 million deaths, they found that among people who never smoked, the leanest lived the longest.

“A BMI [body mass index] in the range of 20 to 23 may be optimal for reducing premature mortality in adulthood,” said lead researcher Dagfinn Aune, from the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, in England.

Don’t Listen To Warren Buffet (When It Comes To Diet Tips)

Don’t listen to Warren Buffet.

Well, maybe consider his wealth management strategies, but please, for the love of your long-term health, ignore anything this man has to say about your diet.

On Monday, the 85-year old Chairman of Berkshire-Hathaway, a principle investor in Coca-Cola, shared that his happiness from drinking soda outweighs his enjoyment from consuming fruits and vegetables.

“I elect to get my 2600 or 2700 calories per day from foods that makes me feel good,” said the renowned tycoon at his company’s annual meeting. Buffet’s comments were echoed by his 92 year-old vice chairman, Charles Munger. Munger suggested that people are making a “ghastly error” in avoiding cola as a significant and helpful source of hydration. God help us. Munger went on to say, “people have to drink eight or more glasses of water per day, and adding flavour to some of those drinks is a benefit.”

No Charles Munger, that is not in fact correct. Refined sugar, colouring and artificial flavouring agents have been implicated in the perpetuation of chronic disease such as diabetes and cancer. Nice try though.

At 85, Buffet’s genetic jackpot is akin to a trust fund recipient frivolously spending through their inheritance. They may look like they are worth a Billion bucks, but it doesn’t mean they earned it. Buffet’s recent comments are not the first time he has acknowledged his love of junk food. In response to a Forbes article in 2015, blogger Molly Fitzpatrick tried her hand at what she coined, Buffet’s 6-year-old diet. While her account was amusing, her own physiological limitations were clearly noted.

A similar experiment was documented in Eric Schlosser’s New York Times bestseller, Fast Food Nation. (Spoiler alert, the average person simply cannot eat like Warren Buffet).

My practices focus on entrepreneurs and go-getters. They come to see me because they universally understand that their ability to perform, to achieve and to lead, is proportional to the quality of their health. The unfair advantage of these people is not a genetic predisposition; it is a deliberate and consistent investment in their health, their body and their life.

Recently, a friend, and owner of a high-end clothing store in Toronto, was telling me about the spending practices of her clients. She was perplexed by my surprise that a significant proportion of her cliental divide their purchases among various credit cards and bank accounts. In some cases she noted that they return a few days later to ‘complete their outfit’ once their credit card cycle had renewed. Surprise was an understatement, I was shocked, but I shouldn’t have been.

Routinely I see new clients who have been managing their lifestyle choices through medication. Metformin for diabetes, Uloric for gout and statins to control their high cholesterol.

They don’t consider themselves unhealthy; in fact many of these patients come in because they are looking to optimize their energy or libido. There is a blissful ignorance about the connection between how they want to feel and the choices they are making. They are expecting superhuman performance, while holding onto their Kryptonite.

At the end of the day, we all control what we eat and how we live. If the consequences of this mindset were really that insular, I couldn’t care less about Buffet’s preponderance for a Coca-Cola cleanse. The reality however, is that just as irresponsible investment structures can lead to systemic economic collapse, lifestyle choices, temporarily spared through pharmacological support, are simply delaying the inevitable bankruptcy of our entire healthcare infrastructure.

I respect Buffet’s intelligence, strategic vision and financial acumen, but I implore him to end his diatribe related to diet and soda. Perhaps if his net worth were more closely aligned the preventative health, we would hear him espousing a different dietary discourse.

“There is nothing wrong with a ‘know nothing’ investor who realizes it. The problem is when you are a ‘know nothing’ investor but you think you know something.” Warren Buffet

You may choose to follow Buffet’s investment and nutritional advice, but in an attempt to manage your expectations, I think it goes without saying, that his results on both fronts are not typical.

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The 5:2 Diet 101: Introduction to Every Lazy Man’s Favorite Diet Plan

FEAST AND FAST. When you need to lose weight but aren’t ready to give up on chocolate cake or cheeseburgers just yet, the 5:2 plan might be the best path to a new and leaner you



The hardest part of any diet plan is summoning the willpower to stick with it. Sure, red rice and poached chicken with a side of steamed baby vegetables is packed with nutrients while low in calories, but it’s not as satisfying as a plate of fried rice and deep-fried chicken with a side of vegetable tempura. Still, some approaches will allow you to enjoy the latter (moderately, of course) while still gaining the benefits of a diet consisting mainly of the former. One of the more popular (and currently re-trending) members of this category of dieting is the 5:2 diet.



Five for Feasting

The 5:2 diet is basically a form of intermittent fasting. For five consecutive days a week you eat what you want, and for the other two you basically starve yourselves. Of course, the proper way to go about this is not simply “5 days of feasting and then 2 days of fasting.”

For one, the “eat what you want” part doesn’t mean that you can do fast-food takeaway for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At least not if you still expect real results. The 5 of 5:2 are days where you eat normally—as in what you would normally eat if you weren’t fasting. If you want to be a bit more technical about it (and for optimum results) it’s best to follow the recommended daily calorie intake of 2,500 calories for men and 2,000 for women.

Then, during the two “fasting” days, you cut your calorie intake to a quarter of the recommended daily levels—so, that’s around 600 calories (rounded down) for men and 500 calories for women. There is, however, no restriction on what you can eat during the 2 of 5:2. This is why you might come across references that classify this method as an eating pattern instead of an actual diet.

A word of caution: It’s important to note here that you should pick two non-consecutive days. In other words, there should at least be one non-fasting day between each fasting day; and this is because the way intermittent fasting works.



Two for Fasting

The big question surrounding 5:2 and similar methods is: Why not just cut calories across the board? Now, there is a strong argument to be made for general calorie control and other healthy lifestyles for the long run. For more immediate weight loss goals, however, fasting—intermittent fasting, to be exact—is often seen as more effective since it forces your body to go into “repair” mode while cutting calories all at once might push it into “starvation” mode.

When the body thinks that it’s starving, it will start storing calories as fat in anticipation of long periods of time with no food. The stress caused by brief fasting, however, will merely force your body to allocate more energy for cellular repairs, which uses up your energy stores.



To 5:2 or not to 5:2

As with many popular diets, what the 5:2 method lacks is absolute scientific proof that it works as advertised. (Please keep in mind that “proper” scientific research entails years—or decades—of study.) So, what we have are mostly anecdotal evidence and personal stories. And not all of those stories are in favor of the 5:2 pattern.

All that being said, this method can work; and there are plenty of common threads from the many 5:2 success stories that we can distill it to the following key points:

• Expectations from following the 5:2 diet needs to be realistic: This is primarily a weight-loss tool and might not necessarily lead to other health benefits.
• The 5:2 diet should be approached as a short-term undertaking to reach certain weight loss goals. Long-term intermittent fasting might be unsustainable.
• Obviously, this diet should not be attempted by children, pregnant women, sufferers of Type 1 diabetes and those still recovering from surgery.
• The effects of fasting might come as a shock, especially during early stages. Lower energy levels should be expected, and daily activities might be affected.
• As mentioned earlier, willpower will be a major issue, especially as it is extremely easy to overeat after fasting periods.



“For more immediate weight loss goals, however, fasting is often seen as more effective”



Nothing can really replace healthy eating habits, proper exercise and generally leading a healthy lifestyle. Properly carried out, however, the 5:2 diet can be your ticket to shaving kilos without abandoning all your favorite dishes—which, when you think about it, is why most attempts at dieting fail in the first place. Still, giving up on chocolate cake or cheeseburgers isn’t such a bad idea.



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