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Kim Kardashian Hits 120 Lbs, Talks Atkins Low Carb Diet & Fitness …

Kim Kardashian has earned her way into the Celebrity Weight Loss Winners Hall Of Fame. Setting her goal and starting her low carb diet soon after welcoming her son Saint West into the world, Kardashian just announced that she achieved her goal of losing 70 pounds.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is dishing out the secrets to her weight loss success, which she credits to a combination of the Atkins diet plan and a hard-core fitness regime. Even Kardashian is impressed by her slim-down speed, revealing that she lost her post-pregnancy pounds faster than she expected, reported E News.

“I’m definitely to my goal weight. I’m down more than I expected,” said Kim proudly.

Kim Kardashian shares how she achieved her 70-pound weight loss. [Photo by Raoul Gatchalian/STAR MAX/IPx via AP Images]

When it comes to staying on her diet, Kardashian doesn’t try to hide the fact that she loves sweets. However, her diet plan allowed certain types of sweets and treats, making it easier for her to stick with the weight loss program.

“I think if you just really stay motivated and focused, the Atkins diet was so easy for me because there’s so many sweets and treats that keep you satisfied along the way,” revealed Kim.

Kardashian also found her diet was easier because her husband, Kanye West, doesn’t share her desire to indulge in sweet treats, resulting in a “lifestyle at home” that eliminates any tempting junk food.

“I think with the help of all of that it’s been super easy,” summed up Kim.

“Kanye doesn’t love sweets so that really helps to not have a lot of junk around.”

As for fitness, a little help from her friends (and family) made a big difference. Although there might be days when Kardashian isn’t so motivated to hit the gym, she’s surrounded by sisters and a husband who are always up for a fitness challenge.

“My sisters are really into working out right now,” shared the reality TV star. “So when you have a good support system and you all want to just get it together… Kanye is super into working out. It just makes it easy…”

Kim flaunts her 70-pound weight loss in a slimming frock. [Photo by Andrew Medichini/AP Images]

Now at her 120-pound goal, Kim continues to stay mainly on her low-carb, high protein Atkins diet and fitness regime, noted the Daily Mail.

Kardashian’s food plan consists of three protein-rich meals plus snacks. A sample breakfast features an omelet made with cheese and vegetables. For her mid-morning snack, hummus and peppers or Greek yogurt with berries and almonds keeps the reality TV star going until lunch.

A typical lunch stars protein and vegetables, such as a turkey burger and salad, while a sample dinner might feature chicken sausage and noodles made of zucchini. Each meal emphasizes protein and vegetables as well as healthy fats. Kardashian limits carbohydrates, but sometimes has a small amount of brown rice or potato.

Helping take off the pounds is that focused fitness plan. Kim has been documenting her workouts on Snapchat, noted People.

“Running 4 miles, planks, push ups, 1000 jump ropes abs.”

Kim has been working out with a celebrity fitness personal trainer, Gunnar Peterson. In addition to the mom of North and Saint, Gunnar has helped Khloe and other Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars keep up with their workouts. And it helps that Peterson provides a private workout facility for his celebrity clients, noted Kim.

“Gunnar is amazing! He has a private gym where we just grind, grind, grind!!!” praised the mom of two.

“I put in the work and I definitely see it paying off.”

However, Kardashian believes that working out with others helps her to stay motivated. Consequently, the reality TV star enjoys heading to group classes with her sisters and mom Kris Jenner, including Barry’s Bootcamp, SoulCycle, and Pilates Plus.

The Atkins 40 diet that complements her rigorous workout routine provides Kim with approximately 1,800 calories daily.

[Photo by Raoul Gatchalian/STAR MAX/IPx via AP Images]

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10 Popular Meal Replacement Shakes: Which One’s Right for You?

Here’s how to figure out which meal replacement shakes are best for you | Source: iStock

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 — replacing what could be a high-calorie breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a protein shake packed with vitamins and nutrients is a popular way to get an energy boost while also satisfying hunger. Not only do these shakes allow you to stave off hunger for a few hours, but the protein found in them also allows for the rebuilding of muscles after weight lifting or intense cardio. Poliquin Group states that protein is particularly sought-after for those looking to increase muscle mass and lean tissue while also increasing the number of calories burned while digesting it — a method that can help with weight loss overall.

Of course, eating protein through solid foods is always the best method to absorb the nutrients, but a busy schedule can have you reaching for a quick snack instead of a home-cooked meal. So, with so many choices available, how do you know which protein shake is best for your diet plan and will also fit in your budget? We’ve laid out the facts for 10 popular shakes so you can decide which meal replacement shake can seamlessly blend with your lifestyle.


1. Shakeology

Beachbody’s Shakeology is getting a lot of hype in the world of meal replacement shakes, as it boasts the inclusion of over 70 ingredients to aid in your body’s digestive health and fat-burning capabilities. Beachbody states that the digestive enzymes added to Shakeology are from natural sources such as papayas and pineapples, and these sources also provide high levels of antioxidants that can help prevent premature aging and degenerative disease.

Thien Joshua Nguyen, a Beachbody coach, talks about how Shakeology also adds whey protein to their shake, which is considered to be the best protein to repair muscles and increase overall muscle growth. In addition to the protein, they add in amino acids that support brain function and can reduce anxiety. Shakeology isn’t just any old meal replacer, as it includes the protein necessary to keep you feeling full with the added benefits of prebiotics for digestive health, antioxidants, and over 30 vitamins and minerals that you may not otherwise consume in a day.

Because whey protein is a by-product of cheese production, Shakeology has also created a vegan formula with plant-based proteins so that those who cannot tolerate milk products can also enjoy their shakes. The Shakeology website shows a variety of flavors in both their vegan and regular formulas. The vegan powders come in either tropical strawberry or chocolate, while their regular formula comes in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and greenberry. Those who have tried Shakeology report loving the flavor and consistency, and many will mix the powder with almond milk for a bit of extra richness.

With all of these benefits, where are the drawbacks? The price on Shakeology is far and away one of the priciest meal replacement shakes on the market — a 30 serving supply will cost you about $130 without shipping, which comes to roughly $4 a meal. They do offer a sampler at just $30 that includes six single-serving packets of Shakeology, which is created for those who want to try all of the flavors before purchasing any of them in bulk. With shipping and handling, this still comes to about $40 for only six packets.

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Diet Doc Releases Affordable Diet Plans

PHOENIX, July 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Although many people are aware of the link between being overweight, disease and longevity, obesity rates continue to rise in the country. Part of the problem may be the presence of fast food restaurants on almost every street corner offering inexpensive and unhealthy menus and family meals, most often containing dyes, chemicals and more sugar, salt and fat than healthier foods.

Many people who do resolve to get healthy by losing excess weight turn to fad diets that promise fast weight loss with many including processed foods that also contain unhealthy preservatives. Other diets may offer lengthy food lists and ingredients that are expensive and difficult to find, leading typical dieters to abandon their weight loss resolutions.

With this in mind, and because Diet Doc is a medical weight loss company who has dedicated decades to scientific, nutritional and medical research, they have been able to redefine their weight loss programs to offer diet plans that get back to basics and help those in any socioeconomic situation to affordably, safely and quickly regain their health by losing excess fat. Diet Doc’s staff is comprised of board certified, specially trained fast weight loss doctors, nurses, nutritionists and coaches who understand that following a diet plan that is rich in essential nutrients and whole, unprocessed foods can become costly, forcing many motivated dieters to desert their goals of ever reaching an attractive and healthy weight. Their reconstructed diet plans are designed to fit more comfortably into almost anyone’s budget. In fact, hundreds of successful patients submit testimonials of, not only their weight loss success, but of the convenience, ease and affordability of Diet Doc’s pricing model.

New patients are encouraged to call Diet Doc or visit https://www.dietdoc.com to complete an initial health questionnaire and schedule a personal, confidential, online doctor consultation. The doctors first review and assess the entire system to uncover and address issues that may be causing weight gain and may recommend one or more of their specially formulated supplements that treat a variety of these causes. And, because the Diet Doc staff works closely with each patient, and because each diet plan is specific to each patient’s personal needs, they are better able to create menus and weight loss aids that work safely to generate the most weight loss for their patients.  Their diet plans combine health and nutritional education with Diet Doc’s pure, prescription hormone diet treatments, exclusive diet pills and powerful fat burners, enabling patients to lose up to 20 pounds per month without between meal hunger, food cravings, headaches or loss of energy.

Unlike most diet plans, Diet Doc offers their patients in-home treatment, eliminating the need for costly and time consuming doctor and weight loss clinic visits and embarrassing group meetings and weigh-ins. Diet Doc patients can easily and effortlessly consult with their doctors and nurses, work with their nutritionist and reach out to their coach, all available on an unlimited basis, and always eager to guide and support each patient. The staff consistently monitors each patients’ progress via scheduled weekly consultations. And, for even more savings and convenience, all prescription weight loss aids can be reordered via the telephone or internet for direct and immediate delivery to each patient’s front door.

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Federal Government Says Florida Cannot Deny Kosher Meals to Observant Jewish Prisoners

A typical lunch served at the State Correctional Institution at Coal Township, Pa. / AP

July 14, 2016 11:13 am

The federal government said in a hearing Tuesday that the state of Florida cannot deny observant Jewish prisoners kosher meals.

The hearing was part of U.S. v. Florida Department of Corrections (DOC), the first case being litigated by the federal government against a state prison system under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The hearing took place in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Miami, Florida.

The Florida DOC has argued that providing kosher meals to observant Jewish inmates would be too expensive, but the federal government ordered Florida to stop denying access to kosher meals last year. According to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which filed an amicus brief in March urging Florida to provide the meals, the estimated cost amounts to 0.02% of the state’s annual budget.

“Many states also ensure that the kosher diet is no more desirable than the regular diet, thus eliminating the incentive to make insincere claims. This is not hard to do. Because many foods are not kosher, kosher diets typically have less meat and necessarily have less variety,” according to the amicus brief. “Wyoming thus warns inmates that, ‘[d]ue to the strict preparation guidelines and limited kosher product availability, the variety of menus and items available for the Kosher Religious Diet Program may be more restricted than those available to others in the general inmate population.’”

When asked for comment, the Florida Department of Corrections said its religious meal program, which began in 2012, includes nine thousand inmates who are served with meals that “comply with the tenets of their faith.”

Diana Verm of the Becket Fund told the Washington Free Beacon that Florida has lost individual lawsuits like this before, and that their reasoning is unclear, especially considering that 35 states and the federal prison system already provide kosher meals. She also said that if the public is worried about keeping individuals from reoffending, this is a good step to take, as prisoners are less likely to reoffend when given the opportunity to fully practice their religion behind bars.

“Every American should care about prisoners’ religious liberty,” Verm said. “If the government can provide religious freedom for one, they can for everyone. If they can take away one right, they can take away them all.”

When eating disorders pushed them near death, they found hope in Denver

After collapsing in the street across from her Kansas City, Mo., home, 43-year-old Hallie Smith showed up at a hospital emergency room bleeding badly from a gash above her eye. But she heard a more dire diagnosis when the attending physician examined her gaunt physique: You’re going to die within 30 days if you don’t get help.

At that point, she was an emaciated 5-foot-7, growing weaker and missing work to the point she lost her job as an exercise instructor. People warned her she had gotten dangerously thin. She looked in the mirror and saw a fat person.

The trip to the ER provided a wake-up call to Smith, who had never been treated for anorexia nervosa, the psychiatric disorder she traces to the trauma of watching her mother, tall and beautiful, gain considerable weight after going on medication for bipolar disorder and eventually commit suicide.

When nearby eating disorder treatment centers balked at accepting Smith in such precarious condition — or voiced concerns about insurance coverage — she was pointed to Colorado for specialized medical stabilization she regards as life-saving.

“I was dying, and I didn’t know it,” Smith says. “I was caught between a rock and a hard place — but really, between a rock and death.”

She spent about three weeks occupying one of the 15 beds at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health Medical Center, the first and only facility in the country that offers medical stabilization for people with eating disorders. Like others in the unit, she aimed to transition to an inpatient or residential program that treats the psychiatric roots of her illness once the physical problems were resolved.

Anorexia, which has the highest mortality rate — up to 30 percent — among psychiatric disorders, as well as bulimia and other malnutrition-related eating disorders can trigger a unique set of life-threatening physical complications. Malnourished patients also remain at high risk from “refeeding syndrome,” which can wreak havoc on metabolism with sometimes fatal consequences once they begin eating again.

“You can be a robustly healthy schizophrenic,” says Dr. Philip Mehler, founder and executive medical director of ACUTE. “But you can’t be a severe anorexic or bulimic and not have a litany of medical complications. I was struck by the paucity of medical resources for people with eating disorders.”

As eating disorders became more prevalent in the 1980s and ‘90s, Mehler began seeing more and more patients show up at Denver Health close to death. In 2008, he launched the ACUTE Center with two beds to deal with those cases, ultimately forming a multi-disciplinary team that includes dieticians, psychologists and psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and physical and occupational therapists.

Patients live on the same floor, but their care remains very individualized, in part because people with eating disorders tend to compare and compete. Doctors might discuss calorie intake or trends of weight gain or loss, but they avoid talking in terms of specific weights.

“A typical doctor might see one or two cases like this in 30 years,” Mehler says. “Ours see hundreds every year. To do this well, you have to see a lot of it. It’s clear that in certain things, volume does equal quality. There are very few people who understand this from the medical side.”

The ACUTE Center took off, growing from two beds to four to its current 15, with plans to expand to possibly 20 to 30 beds in the next two years.

Dr. Margherita Mascolo, ACUTE’s medical director, calls the fifth-floor facility “an ICU for the medical complications of eating disorders.” Because it’s attached to Denver Health, patients can have quick access to expertise and equipment to deal with a broad range of medical complications.

“We’re a 500-bed safety-net hospital,” she says. “Anything is available.”

Still, the center faces barriers to serving patients. Mehler says some medical facilities insist on treating eating disorder patients themselves rather than referring them to a specialized center. Education and outreach have become a key part of ACUTE’s mission.

More than 90 percent of patients come from outside Colorado and some other candidates may be constricted by travel. Insurance plans may also have travel restrictions, though ACUTE more recently has cultivated strong relationships with major health care providers. The center’s services generally fall under an insurer’s medical benefits, leaving mental health coverage to pick up the more traditional inpatient or residential treatment once a patient has been stabilized.

Margherita Mascolo, MD, is the lead physician the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health Medical Center, June 23, 2016. The program is for people who have severe medical complications resulting from anorexia and bulimia.

“There are treatment centers all over the country, but once patients hit a certain threshold, they’re too sick for behavioral health or psychiatric programs,” says Rachael Harriman, ACUTE’s administrative director. “When they need to be medically hospitalized to deal with the effects of malnutrition or starvation, that’s where we step in.”

Criteria for admission vary on a case-by-case basis, but generally low weight — below 70 percent of ideal body weight — can be a strong indicator, and the center has seen patients as low as 45 percent. Extreme behaviors, such as purging or abusing laxatives, also can trigger medical complications even if low weight isn’t a factor.

“The biggest barrier,” Harriman says, “is to get people to know we’re here.”

Three weeks into treatment, Smith busied herself with books, her computer and practicing her French language skills. She doesn’t remember her first week in the unit — something she attributes to “starvation brain” that affected her short-term memory. She adjusted to the strict rules, including the initial round-the-clock presence of a certified nursing assistant to guard against some patients’ tendency to purge.

The physical weakness from her anorexia scared her the most, she says. When she taught her exercise classes, she had plenty of energy. But that dissipated, and along with it her core strength and concentration. With so much lost muscle mass, patients often are at risk of falling and breaking bones weakened by conditions like osteoporosis.

“It’s this force inside of you that is stronger than you are,” Smith says, describing her eating disorder. “It starts out with trauma, and it’s how you cope with anxiety and it becomes like your best friend. It makes you feel powerful and strong, even though you’re getting weaker. It’s a total paradoxical disease.

“I’m still not cured, but I’m getting healthier.”

Last week, she progressed to another inpatient program.

ACUTE treats patients 17 and older, with nearly one-third of those admitted being over 35, reinforcing the truth that eating disorders can be chronic conditions and not just a young girl’s disease. About 15 percent of patients are men, who tend not to seek treatment as early but develop serious complications more quickly.

Just down the hall from Smith, 20-year-old Dante Rana, who arrived about a week earlier from North Carolina, battled the debilitating effects of another eating disorder that falls under a new classification called ARFID — Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.

Rana, who worked part-time at a movie theater, wasn’t intentionally rejecting food. But he would forget to eat, or simply skip meals. He didn’t realize he had a problem until last September, when he and his doctor realized the medication he took for depression wasn’t working and he had dropped a concerning amount of weight in just a few months.

After stops at two different eating disorder clinics couldn’t halt the decline, the second one referred him to ACUTE.

Dante Rana is a patient at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health Medical Center, June 23, 2016. The program is for people who have severe medical complications resulting from anorexia and bulimia.

“I was a very different case,” he says. “I didn’t have anxiety based around food. I’m just indifferent about it. That can change with structure and with a program about getting into the habit of eating, getting a meal plan. I know I can reach a place where I’ll be able to eat on my own.”

When he arrived in Denver, his heart was laboring because it had been weakened by malnutrition. Resting, it pounded at 100 beats per minute, well above the normal rate of between 60 and 90. Just walking to the restroom would cause it to spike to 140.

He wears a monitor that relays his heart rate to the nurses’ station. Three times a day he can walk two laps around the fifth-floor hallway. Twice during the week and three times on weekends he can be wheeled outside for some fresh air.

“I don’t know how long I’ll be here,” Rana says. “I’m in no rush to leave. I’m here to get better.”

On average, patients stay from two to three weeks, though each case is different. Generally, the medical staff looks at criteria like calorie intake of at least 2,000 per day, minimum weight requirements, stable lab results, an absence of cardiac issues and evidence that the gastrointestinal tract has recovered. Additionally, patients must be physically strong enough to participate in normal life activities.

“This is the necessary first step so they can engage at treatment and hit the ground running,” medical director Mascolo says.

Betty Lyttle, 46, traveled from Orange County, Calif., in 2014 to find help at ACUTE that eventually helped her continue the recovery in other programs both in Denver and back home. Her obsession with weight loss happened gradually from the time she was in college, starting with diet and exercise as a coping mechanism and escalating to include severe laxative abuse.

Her eating disorder, a type of anorexia nervosa that includes purging, became like a voice in her head that drowned out everything.

Over time, her behaviors worsened — she added alcohol abuse to the list — until her husband, Billy, led an intervention to get his wife into treatment. He called all over the country, but was told Betty was too much of a risk in traditional programs because of her dwindling body mass index and her laxative abuse. Finally, one of those programs directed him to ACUTE.

During her 17-day stay, Betty says, “something clicked.” She overcame multiple challenges, including refeeding syndrome, gastrointestinal blockages and osteoporosis, and after further treatment at traditional eating disorder facilities her life has gotten back on track. She still believes her time in Denver saved her life.

“It sounds corny,” she says, “but as soon as the doors closed behind me, the voice in my head was gone.”


Most common eating disorders (involving malnutrition)

  • Anorexia nervosa: Individuals often see themselves as overweight, even when they are dangerously underweight. Symptoms include extremely restricted eating ( although anorexia also includes a purging subtype), emaciation, relentless pursuit of thinness, fear of gaining weight and distorted body image. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. While many young women and men with this disorder die from complications associated with starvation, others die of suicide.
  • Bulimia nervosa: People with bulimia nervosa have recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food and feeling a lack of control. Those episodes are followed by compensating behavior such as forced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, excessive exercise, or a combination of these behaviors. Unlike anorexia nervosa, people with bulimia nervosa usually maintain what is considered a healthy or relatively normal weight.
  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: ARFID is a relatively new diagnostic category of eating disorder that includes an eating or feeding disturbance marked by persistent failure to meet appropriate nutritional and/or energy needs. It leads to some combination of significant weight loss, nutritional deficiency, dependence on enteral feeding or oral supplements and problems with psychosocial functioning. It is not associated with body weight or image.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health

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