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Oprah Winfrey focuses on fitness, ‘I can’t accept myself if I’m over 200 lbs’

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey shared her secrets to a healthy body, saying that she might not accept herself if she is overweight at 200 lbs., MSN reported.

According to the website, the television personality had once reached a weight of over 200 lbs but worked on body positivity so she could be comfortable with her weight. This also reportedly inspired her to find the perfect diet program for her.

“For your heart to continue to pump and pump, it needs the least amount of weight possible to do that,” the 63-year-old host and motivational speaker told the New York Times magazine. “For all of you who say that I need to accept myself as I am, I can’t accept myself if I’m more than 200 pounds.”

She explained that this is because of too much work on her cardiovascular system.

Weighing this heavy, she said would cause high blood pressure. In turn, this reportedly places her at risk for diabetes, which Winfrey shared also runs in her family.

Mindful eating

In October 2015, Winfrey bought a ten percent stake in renowned health program #Weight Watchers and tried the program for herself. The television host shared that the program is about personal acceptance, and is also required when looking for a weight loss program. This is reportedly among the reasons why Weight Watchers was effective for her.

‘‘It’s a mechanism to keep myself on track that brings a level of consciousness and awareness to my eating. It actually is, for me, mindful eating, because the points are so ingrained now.’’

Winfrey revealed that she has lost around 40 pounds, because of the diet program she has been with for just over a year.

The television personality further stated that this has been an easier process for her as the program does not deprive the body of meals. She also mentioned that whether she loses or puts on weight in the future, what is most important to her is that she gains control of her own body weight.

Oprah’s health program

Winfrey invested in a health program a few years ago. People reported that she bought a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers for $43.2 million.

The stake also appointed her as one of the company’s board members and gave it the right to use her name, image and brand to promote their services.

Weight Watchers has given me the tools to begin to make the lasting shift that I and so many of us who are struggling with weight have longed for,” Winfrey said in the report in People. “I believe in the program so much I decided to invest in the company and partner in its evolution.” #Oprah Winfrey #Fitness And Health

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Weight loss plan: F45 challenge and diet is causing drastic results

The nine images show Australians who took before and after images – and the results are startling. F45, short for Functional 45, actually combines a number of the latest fitness fads to help devotees achieve maximum fitness.

It uses a mix of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training – designed to build muscle through everyday movements. F45 was founded in 2014, and now has 500 studios in Australia.

Jonathan Hawkins, Fitness Advisor at Discount Supplements, told Epxress.co.uk: ““F45 is the latest craze to sweep the fitness world. It combines high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with healthy eating, to produce quick weight loss results.

“The system is made up of a combination of 15 exercises, performed in two 45-second sets (with two 15-second rest periods) and a timed water break in the middle of the circuit. 

“The exercises are paired with a diet plan, designed to reduce water weight, and keep your sugar cravings at bay. The plan strengths lie in the timings, as the circuits are so fast and so intense, you don’t have time to waste, so it feels like it’s over before you know it.”

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High-fat diet linked to lung cancer risk

(Reuters Health) – People who eat a lot of saturated fat – the “bad” kind of fat that’s abundant in foods like butter and beef – are more likely to develop lung cancer than individuals on low-fat diets, a recent study suggests.

Compared to adults who didn’t get a lot of fat in their diets, people who ate the most total fat and saturated fat were 14 percent more likely to get lung malignancies, the study found. For current and former smokers, the added risk of a high fat diet was 15 percent.

While the best way to lower the risk of lung cancer is to not smoke, “a healthy diet may also help reduce lung cancer risk,” said study co-author Danxia Yu of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Specifically, our findings suggest that increasing polyunsaturated fat intake while reducing saturated fat intake, especially among smokers and recent quitters, may (help prevent) not only cardiovascular disease but also lung cancer,” she said.

The American Heart Association recommends the Dietary Approaches To Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet or a Mediterranean-style diet to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Both diets emphasize cooking with vegetable oils with unsaturated fats, eating nuts, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fish and poultry, and limiting red meat and added sugars and salt.

“Those guidelines are the same for avoiding heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and I would say they are also exactly the same for helping with cancer prevention in general and lung cancer in particular,” said Dr. Nathan Berger, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center who wasn’t involved in the study.

“This doesn’t mean you need to throw away all the steak and butter in your freezer, but cutting back to once a week would be good for you,” Berger said in a phone interview.

For the current study, researchers examined data from 10 previously published studies in the United States, Europe and Asia that looked at how dietary fat intake influences the odds of lung malignancies.

Combined, the smaller studies had more than 1.4 million participants, including 18,822 with cases of lung cancer identified during an average follow-up of more than nine years.

Researchers sorted participants into five categories, from lowest to highest consumption of total and saturated fats. They also sorted participants into five groups ranging from the lowest to highest amounts of dietary unsaturated fats.

Overall, people who ate the most unsaturated fats were 8 percent less likely to develop lung cancer than people who ate the least amounts, researchers report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Substituting five percent of calories from saturated fat with unsaturated fat was associated with a 16 percent lower risk of small cell lung cancer and 17 percent lower odds of another type of lung malignancy known as squamous cell carcinoma.

One limitation of the study is that dietary information was only obtained at one point, the authors note. This makes it impossible to track how changes in eating habits might influence the odds of cancer.

They also didn’t account for two other things that may contribute to cancer – sugar and trans fats, Glen Lawrence, a biochemistry researcher at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York, said by email. Previous research has also found that unsaturated oils may increase the risk of certain cancers, added Lawrence, who wasn’t involved in the current study.

It’s also possible that other bad eating habits, not fat, contribute to the increased risk of lung cancer, said Ursula Schwab of the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio.

“We need antioxidants, vitamins and minerals as well as unsaturated fatty acids,” Schwab, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “A typical Western diet has a low content of these essential nutrients and a high content of saturated fat.”

SOURCE: bit.ly/2wsZteB Journal of Clinical Oncology, online July 25, 2017.

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