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๐‡๐š๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ฒ - ๐š๐ฌ๐ค ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฌ๐›๐š๐ง๐

He’s got three movies out — yes, three! They include the latest “Hobbs & Shaw,” to be released later this month.

But it’s not just his professional life that’s thriving — the 47-year-old married longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian in Hawaii on Sunday.

He announced the news in an Instagram post, featuring the couple with their arms above their heads and giant smiles plastered on their faces.

Pink and blue clouds are scattered above an ocean backdrop, and the caption is simple: “We do. August 18th, 2019. Hawaii. Pลmaikaสปi (blessed).”

OK, swoon.

Johnson and Hashian have been together for a while. They have two daughters together, Jasmine, 3, and Tiana, 1. And it’s clear the couple is in love.

In honor of their recent celebration, here are a bunch of times the Rock has gushed about the love of his life (his words, not ours).

In 2015, when they were expecting their first child

Johnson opened up about his romance with Hashian on “Oprah’s Master Class.”

“I’ve been so lucky and fortunate to have been blessed with a lot of things,” he said. “I have love of my life Lauren, who I’ve had for eight years now. I wake up every day so grateful and so thankful that you have someone like that. Someone who you can walk through this world with.”

A 2015 interview with Esquire

“We do these stories and we talk so much about the business end, the success end, but then Lauren isn’t mentioned and my daughter isn’t mentioned. I always like making sure we find the balance and my home life is in there and Lauren Hashian is in there and my daughter is in there,” he said.

When he won People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2016

He told the magazine she was “going to freak” when she found out.

“First of all, she teases me about everything. Everything,” he said. “Nothing is off-limits in our house. And it’s the beauty of it. And I tease her with everything.”

After the birth of Tia in 2018

“Mama @laurenhashianofficial has her hands full nursing/feeding Baby Tia, so I’m feedin’ mama her dinner. My pleasure,” he wrote on Instagram. “So much respect to her and all mamas out there holding it down and running things.”

On Mother’s Day in 2019

“I find the greatest peace and gratitude in knowing our baby girls here, Jazzy & Tia have this incredible woman’s motherly love,” he wrote, with a photo of Hashian and their two daughters.

A few weeks ago, while promoting ‘Hobbs and Shaw’

“She’ll always be the life anchor who makes this whole thing happen and shine. A pleasure to rock the @hobbsandshaw world premiere w/ my much better half & beautiful smoke show @laurenhashianofficial,” he wrote on Instagram.

Medi Weightloss Menu to Lose 14 Pounds

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Lose Weight Fast Without Being Hungry

You’re probably like most people and do not have the genetic makeup to be thin. You may be seeking information about weight loss and healthy living because you or someone in your family has diabetes.

What prompted this article was that a friend of mine was planning a vacation that might lead to her being in a swimsuit at some point in time.

Naturally, she wanted to look her best. When I spoke to her, she told me she had just lost 10 pounds in less than two weeks. Of course, I asked what she’d been doing. She started telling me that she was on this diet that was only 500 calories a day. What? I was shocked!!

You are probably being very judgmental right now, and thinking she was nuts and that I should have referred her to a helpline. But I didn’t, and a few days later she was down 14 pounds total and looked healthier and happier than ever. Like most people would be, once I got over my shock, I was very curious about how she was able to lose weight that fast. She started telling me that she’d talked to her brother-in-law (because he was a doctor) about appetite suppressants and very-low-calorie-type diets.

So I tried a 500 calorie-per-day diet myself. This article contains the exact menu I used for 14 days. (I planned six days, then repeated.). I will admit I added an apple or orange on several occasions when I felt weak, which I would suggest to anyone. Never let any diet or weight-loss plan make you feel less than your best.


Dinner includes a serving of broccoli.

Who Can Lose Weight This Fast?

If your BMI is 20 or less, you will not lose much weight with this kind of low-calorie plan. If you are already at a BMI of about 20 and considering a diet that is 500 calories per day, please look for articles about eating disorders. You can starve and damage your system if you try such a drastic diet at a BMI of 20 or below; at this BMI, you should be getting your recommended daily calories. But most of us (95% of the US population) have a BMI of 21 or above and so don’t have to worry. If you have a BMI of over 25, you can lose one or more pounds a day with this 500-calorie-per-day menu.

How Long Can I Manage This Type of Diet?

This extreme low-calorie diet should be followed for no fewer than four days but no more than 40 days. After 40 days, your system will adjust and stop losing weight. But the diet can be repeated in a month or so if you have more to lose. Like a fast or cleanse diet, this diet is not to be followed for long periods.

Words of Caution

Please do your own research, but you will discover that if you eat low-calorie natural foods that are high in water content and fiber, they will keep you feeling full all day. They are also full of vitamins and great nutrition. If you are going to restrict your calories this much, make sure the calories you do eat are the best foods you can give your body.

Final Note:

If you are truly happy at the weight you are, you should enjoy it, and know that you are blessed to be in that contented minority. But if not, I hope this article has given you some information to reflect on, and an alternative to weekly meetings or online programs.

Printable menu with a shopping list

Printable menu with a shopping list

Your First 6 Days Pre-Planned

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When
Day 1
Amount
Cal.
Total
Day 2
Amount
Cal.
Total
Breakfast
Orange (navel) – 69 calories
1
69
69
Orange (navel) – 69 calories
1
69
69
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Coffee
1
0
69
Coffee
1
0
69
Lunch
Chicken Breast (3.5 oz) – 87 calories
1
87
156
93/7 Lean Ground Beef (3.5 oz) – 150
1
150
219
ย 
Broccoli (3.5 oz) – 34 calories
2
68
224
Cauliflower (3.5 oz) – 22 calories
2
44
263
ย 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
244
0
263
Snack
Apple (medium) – 72 calories
1
72
316
Strawberries, (half bag) – 45 calories
1
45
308
Dinner
Tea
1
0
316
Tea
1
0
308
ย 
Tilapia (3.5 oz) – 94 calories
1
94
410
Shrimp (3.5 oz) – 110 calories
1
110
418
ย 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
430
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
438
ย 
Spinach, raw (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
2
40
470
Asparagus (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
2
40
478
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ย  ย  ย 
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When
Day 3
Amount
Cal.
Total
Day 4
Amount
Cal.
Total
Breakfast
Apple (medium) – 72 calories
1
72
72
Strawberries, (half bag) – 45 calories
1
45
45
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Coffee
1
0
72
Coffee
1
0
45
Lunch
Chicken Breast (3.5 oz) – 87 calories
1
87
159
Cube Steak (3.5 oz) – 160 calories
1
160
205
ย 
Broccoli (3.5 oz) – 34 calories
2
68
227
Lettuce, all varieties (3.5 oz) – 10 cal.
3
30
235
ย 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
247
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
255
Snack
Strawberries, (half bag) – 45 calories
1
45
292
Apple (medium) – 72 calories
1
72
327
Dinner
Tea
1
0
292
Tea
1
0
327
ย 
Tilapia (3.5 oz) – 94 calories
1
94
386
Chicken Breast (3.5 oz) – 87 calories
1
87
414
ย 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
406
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
434
ย 
Cauliflower (3.5 oz) – 22 calories
2
44
450
Celery (3.5 oz) – 15 cal
2
30
464
ย 
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ย  ย  ย 
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When
Day 5
Amount
Cal.
Total
Day 6
Amount
Cal.
Total
Breakfast
Orange (navel) – 69 calories
1
69
69
Strawberries, (half bag) – 45 calories
1
45
45
ย 
Coffee
1
0
69
Coffee
1
0
45
Lunch
Chicken Breast (3.5 oz) – 87 calories
1
87
156
Top Round Steak (3.5 oz) – 166 calories
1
166
211
ย 
Cauliflower (3.5 oz) – 22 calories
2
44
200
Tomato (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
2
40
251
ย 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
220
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
271
Snack
Apple (medium) – 72 calories
1
72
292
Orange (navel) – 69 calories
1
69
340
Dinner
Tea
1
0
292
Tea
1
0
340
ย 
Shrimp (3.5 oz) – 110 calories
1
110
402
Tilapia (3.5 oz) – 94 calories
1
94
434
ย 
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
422
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
1
20
454
ย 
Spinach, raw (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
2
40
462
Asparagus (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
2
40
494

Foods That Are Recommended

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93/7 Lean Ground Beef (3.5 oz) – 150
Lettuce, all varieties (3.5 oz) – 10 cal.
Apple (medium) – 72 calories
Lime- 20 calories
Asparagus (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
Lobster (3.5 oz) – 98 calories
Beet Greens (1 cup raw)-8 calories
Melba Toast (5 gram) – 20 calories
Broccoli (3.5 oz) – 34 calories
Onions (medium yellow, raw)- 64 calories
Cabbage (1 cup shredded) – 17 calories
Orange (California) – 59 calories
Cabbage (3.5 oz) – 24 calories
Pink Grapefruit (1/2 large) – 53 calories
Cauliflower (3.5 oz) – 22 calories
Red Radishes (3.5 oz) – 12 calories
Celery (3.5 oz) – 15 cal
Seafood (avg. 98 calories)
Chicken Breast (3.5 oz) – 87 calories
Shrimp (3.5 oz) – 110 calories
Cod (3.5 oz) โ€“ 83 calories
Sirloin Tip Side Steaks (3.5 oz) – 130
Crab Meat (3.5 oz) – 100 calories
Spinach, cooked (3.5 oz) – 31 calories
Cube Steak (3.5 oz) – 160 calories
Spinach, frozen (3.5 oz) – 23 calories
Cucumber (3.5 oz) – 12 calories
Spinach, raw (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
Fennel (1 cup,sliced)- 27 calories
Strawberries, 20 medium – 80 calories
Flounder (3.5 oz) – 90 calories
Tilapia (3.5 oz) – 94 calories
Grissini Breadstick (3 g) – 12 calories
Tomato (3.5 oz) – 20 calories
Haddock (3.5 oz) – 88 calories
Top Round Steak (3.5 oz) – 166 calories
Halibut (3.5 oz) – 110 calories
Veal (avg 114 calories)
Lemon- 24 calories
Veal, sirloin (3.5 oz) – 110 calories

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Meal Plan for 7 Day Keto Kickstart

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So you have found the Ketogenic Diet. You have figured out your macros and you are itching to get started. Here is a 7 Day Keto kickstart Diet meal plan for one week of eating. If you are just getting started with a keto diet use this basic plan to help get going.

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I just started MONTH five of a ketogenic diet(45 lbs lost). *Update- I am now entering month 11 of my own Ketogenic Diet journey and I am now down 80 pounds! 260 down to 180!

Iโ€™m by no means an expert. I am now 46 years old and I have spent my entire life trying to lose weight. Ironically I have also spent years learning about nutrition and exercise. I thought I knew stuff. I really didnโ€™t.

Figuring out macronutrients just comes naturally to me as I have done it so much over my life. By following a keto diet this is the first time I have seen any real success in losing the unwanted pounds. This despite years of working out and being active.

I have had a very successful go of it so far, and I feel that a lot of you who are trying to get started with a ketogenic diet may get overwhelmed and confused with all of the numbers and information that is coming at you. Hence this ketogenic diet meal plan. It is what I am doing to keep things simple. I am a guy. I need simple.

For me, I think that success with a keto diet is found with having some base meals and adding some variety later on if needed. Hell, I eat the same thing pretty much every day. Not too exciting but losing 45 pounds in 4 months IS exciting, so I am sticking with it. If it isnโ€™t broke, donโ€™t fix it.

7 Day Keto Diet Grocery List

The daily meals will be bacon and eggs, chicken with vegetables, and beef with vegetables. This is base meals and will provide good macros for some people. For others who need more food(fat), you can just add a keto-friendly snack or 2 to get your macros up to where they need to be. This is what I need to do.

  1. A dozen eggs.
  2. Package bacon.
  3. Butter. (real butter)
  4. A pack of boneless SKIN ON chicken thighs
  5. 1 onion.
  6. 1 bell pepper (green, red, yellow, thatโ€™s your choice.)
  7. Two bulbs of garlic. (Optional, but very heart-healthy.)
  8. A big bag of mixed frozen vegetables, at least 12 cups worth. If you are not sure what to get, just pick something else thatโ€™s keto-friendly like frozen broccoli.)
  9.  a bag of almonds, a jar of almond butter (very expensive โ€“ cheapest I can find is 10$ for 750g at Costco).
  10. A package of beef. You want to find some kind of beef that you can imagine cutting/dividing into 6 equal portions of about 5.5 ounces each(a bit bigger than a deck of cards.)

I Am Actually Cooking. Wellโ€ฆSome

I am not much for cooking but I am doing better. A ketogenic diet meal plan does work better when you have food ready to go. It takes the guesswork out of things and we need to keep this as simple as possible in order to have success with the keto diet.

  1. Put the 12 thighs into the oven with all the cloves from a bulb of garlic. You should separate the cloves, but you donโ€™t need to skin them. The heat from the oven will do that nicely, and you can peel them when you eat it.
  2. While the thighs are cooking, hard boil the eggs. Then set them aside to cool.
  3. Take a skillet, put some butter in it, and then fry up the bacon. (Note: Some might argue that the butter isnโ€™t needed. In my experience, you can either grease up that pan somehow, or your first strips of bacon will come out burnt.)
  4. Dice up half the onion, save the other half for next week.
  5. Cut up the pepper
  6. You might need to take the chicken out at this point. If itโ€™s done, pull it out, and let it cool.
  7. In the skillet (I love to use the bacon grease as a base) sautรฉ the pepper and half onion, and another bulbโ€™s worth of garlic cloves. (leave the skin on, just like before.)
  8. Add the beef and brown it.

Getting The Keto Meals Together

  1. Wash/rinse out 12 containers.
  2. In 6 of them, put 2 chicken thighs each. Share the garlic between them, and evenly divide the fat juice.
  3. In the other 6 evenly spoon out the beef/pepper/onion mix.
  4. Take the veggie blend, evenly pour it across the 12 containers, right on top of the meat.
  5. Put them all in your fridge. If you have minimal fridge space you could just put some in there, and then rest in your freezer. Just pull another out when you pull from the fridge.
  6. Pull out six plastic bags and put 2 hard-boiled eggs in each.
  7. Evenly divide your remaining bacon by 6.
  8. Now brown bag it, and put it in your fridge.

The Macronutrients of the Ketogenic Diet Meal Plan

Right now you have 6 dayโ€™s worth of ketogenic meals in your fridge

  • 6 bags with 2 hard-boiled eggs and bacon
  • 6 containers of thighs/veggies
  • 6 containers Beef/Veggies

Okay, so this is only 6 days. Make extra for day 7 OR you can try to get creative and plan your own meals. Ruled.me has some awesome keto recipes if you are feeling brave.

*I messed up. The macros of each โ€œmealโ€ above are too high in protein and too low in fat so reduce the amount of meat in each meal by about half AND add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to each meal(or some cheese). Please forgive me!!

For this basic ketogenic diet meal plan I am going to use the following macronutrient profile that I helped someone set up for themselves:

Total calories- 1570

  • Net carbs  โ€“ 20g per day
  • Protein      โ€“ 80 g per day
  • Fat              โ€“ 130 g per day

Now divide each of those by 3(for 3 meals per day) and you get:

  • โ‰ˆ7 net carbs per meal
  • โ‰ˆ26 grams of protein per meal
  • โ‰ˆ44 grams fat per meal

Omg, so much math! If you halve the protein in each meal you will be pretty close to these totals PER MEAL! 

Personally, I need more protein and fat each day and so will some of you. So I add in some snacks, cheese, or keto fudge during the day to get my macros up where they need to be. I also drink homemade Bulletproof coffee which for me is:

  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil/MCT Oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp full-fat coconut milk(in a can)

This adds about 25g of fat to my day.

The nuts and almond butter are there in case you find yourself having cravings. Between staying on top of your water intake and small snacks of these you really shouldnโ€™t be overly hungry. If you got hungry on Day One between breakfast and lunch, or lunch and supper while youโ€™re still at workโ€”then portion out some nuts (15 of them ).

You may also want to consider adding these fat boosting strategies:

  • Full fat cream, butter, coconut oil, MCT oil in your coffee.
  • Put a tablespoon of mayonnaise on the chicken while itโ€™s baking.
  • Top the vegetables with some cheese before reheating.

Salt and Electrolytes With The Ketogenic Diet

Itโ€™s also worth pointing out that you may want to consider taking a multi-vitamin with the ketogenic diet meal plan. It is very low on Vitamins B1, D, E, and K. Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, and Potassium are also very low, but we need to manage those as part of our electrolyte strategy anyways on keto.

Do not omit essential electrolytes: Sodium (Na+), Chloride (Cl-), Potassium (K+), Magnesium (Mg++), Calcium (Ca++), Phosphate (HPO4โ€“), Bicarbonate (HCO3-). Lack of electrolytes or more pointedly the bodies primary electrolyte sodium (aka Salt) is responsible for lethargy, brain fog and keto flu symptoms on high fats diets.

You should be aiming for at least 8 cups of water a day. I have a 600ml bottle and I empty it at least 10 times a day. That is a lot of water and yes I am going to the bathroom a lot. Carbs hold water, so with minimal carbs, this will speed up the flushing of water. So even more bathroom breaks.

Also, do not discount the importance of sleep! It plays a huge part in every aspect of your life.

But How Do I Keep Track All of This?!

The โ€œeasiestโ€ way to actually track your eating(and thus your macros)  for your ketogenic diet meal plan is to set up a free account with MyFitnessPal. This app is both web-based and/or you can use it with your phone. I cannot stress the importance of tracking what you eat. Doing this has made all the difference in the world for me and is a huge part of my keto diet success.

Once you get your account set up you just enter the food you eat and the app calculates your total consumption for each macro and your total calories. There is also a โ€œbar code scannerโ€ as part of the app. You use your phone to โ€œscanโ€ the bar code of the food you are eating and it enters it into your daily eating plan. Genius!

15 Things to Remember if You Love a Person with Crohnโ€™s Disease

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15 Things to Remember if You Love a Person with Crohnโ€™s Disease

Many otherwise intelligent individuals have the rather insensitive view that Crohnโ€™s Disease is simply a nice medical term for an illness that people have because they lack self-control. To them, everyone has bowel troubles, some more than others, and that all it takes is watching what one eats and drinks in order to have a normal intestinal operation. They also become frustrated with Crohnโ€™s sufferers, thinking that they exaggerate their symptoms and just need to take a few antacids or anti-diarrhea pills.

Crohnโ€™s is classified as an autoimmune disease, in which the body is actually producing antibodies that act against itself, much like the more commonly known Lupus.

Just getting the fact out that it really is a serious disease and not just a โ€œconditionโ€ is truly important because misinformation makes it hard to develop empathy for a friend or partner with this disease. That said, here are 15 things that Crohnโ€™s sufferers will endure that require understanding, patience, and support.

1. They canโ€™t participate in a lot of sports and other social activities as young people

Imagine you are a 16-year old girl who would love to go out with her friends for the evening. Maybe they want to drive around, stop at a few other friendsโ€™ homes, and stop at a fast-food place for burgers and fries. For the teen with Crohnโ€™s, this means not eating all day in order to avoid embarrassing diarrhea accidents, and certainly not participating in the fast-food stop.

Suppose you are a teen boy wearing an excretion bag โ€“ how do you shower with your classmates after PE class? Parents and other adults need to be happy to make comforting accommodations for these teens, and that includes the PE teacher-jock who may not have a tendency for a lot of empathy. Wise parents have meetings with school personnel and make certain that all reasonable accommodations have been made, including a quick exit from class without permission.

2. They canโ€™t consume alcohol

So, when everyone is having a grand time at happy hour and putting pressure for the Crohnโ€™s sufferer to have a beer, they wonder why they wonโ€™t drink. Are they anti-social; are they a recovering alcoholic? A sufferer with a pretty solid self-image may be able to explain the disease a bit. Good friends and partners understand and make an extra effort to make the sufferer feel comfortable, even in an environment of drinking.

3. They get depressed because the disease seems to control so much of their daily lives

As Bethany Townsend, famous model and make-up artist claims, she left her career for years because of her โ€œbagโ€ and only recently was able to put on a bikini and post it on Facebook with the support and encouragement of her husband. Because of the overwhelming support she then received from Facebook fans she is back modeling and over her depression.

Most of Crohnโ€™s sufferers do not give up public and promising careers, but they do have periods of depression. Making an effort to really understand how the simple things you take for granted can be big hurdles for your loved one will go a long way.

4. They skip meals in order to avoid having to go to the bathroom

Weight is a rather sensitive topic for people with Chrohnโ€™s. Oftentimes itโ€™s easier for them to say theyโ€™ve been sticking to some brand new diet plan for weight loss than admitting they donโ€™t want to have lunch with you because they might afterward get stuck in the bathroom for hours. Skipping meals is one big concern for medical professionals dealing with Crohnโ€™s patients because the potential for severe weight loss and even anemia are always present.

A current study involving 3700 patients from over 40 countries is underway to research the efficacy of some new medications that will reduce the levels of the culprit antibodies and thus the onset of acute and severe diarrhea is currently underway and does show some promise.

5. They can suffer embarrassingly severe diarrhea, especially in public places

They have to look for the nearest restroom when they are out, and this can be irritating to social acquaintances and partners who just donโ€™t have the empathy they should. Being seated in a restaurant for the Crohnโ€™s sufferer is a โ€œhugeโ€ consideration, and others need to be supportive and kind about it, even if it means a bit longer wait for a table.

6. Being overly tired is a symptom of the disease, not an โ€œavoidanceโ€ tactic as some have decided to believe

Normal daily activities of school and work can be exhausting, and this is a real physical symptom. Friends, family members, and partners need to cease complaining or showing irritation when the individual needs a nap or simply does not have the energy to engage in physically-demanding activities after a long day. Plan those activities on weekends when there are no other physical and mental demands on the sufferer.

7. They cannot have the social lives that others do


Teens avoid sleepovers, swim parties, and overnight trips with friends; adults may avoid such things as camping trips or picnics and barbeques, or adventurous trips to faraway lands where restrooms might not be immediately available.

8. They carry extra toilet paper, wear โ€œDepends,โ€ and always have an extra set of clothing with them

Again, thatโ€™s something they are really embarrassed to admit. Understanding these behaviors is critical for friends and partners who truly want to make life as comfortable as possible for a Crohnโ€™s sufferer. Instead of showing irritation because a road trip may involve more than the average number of restroom stops along the way, the empathetic fellow traveler will take it all in stride, be cheerful and accommodating. Should an accident occur, it is important to know whether the โ€œvictimโ€ wants help or wants to deal with the problem on his/her own.

9. They are self-conscious about the clothing they wear so that bags donโ€™t show

If you love this person, make extra efforts to complement their dress and appearance.

10. They donโ€™t sleep well

There is discomfort a lot of the time, and this is not an exaggeration. Think of times when you have a bad bout of stomach gas with cramps and diarrhea. People with Crohnโ€™s have to deal with this most of the time, even in the middle of the night. Stop complaining about being awakened, and give them a reassuring hug instead. Here are more tips about getting a night of better sleep if you have Crohnโ€™s.

11. They avoid going out to eat

This can be a โ€œbummerโ€ when friends who are couples invite you to go out to dinner. If your loved oneโ€™s symptoms are acute, this is not going to be an option. If they are not acute, and the outing is planned, be certain that the restaurant chosen has mild foods that your loved can tolerate more easily. Several studies currently being conducted by the Crohnโ€™s and Colitis Foundation are attempting to develop means by which normal microbe activity can be stimulated in the gastrointestinal tract that may ultimately allow those with the disease eat more normally. This would be a huge breakthrough!

12. They plan when they will eat certain foods because they know how they will be affected and will need to be physically in a โ€œsafeโ€ place

Donโ€™t try to โ€œforceโ€ your loved one to eat anything or anywhere if they are not truly comfortable with the food and/or the environment. You certainly donโ€™t have to change your eating habits because of their disease, but neither should they ever have to change theirs to please yours. Certainly there a lot of great foods both for you and your loved one to digest normally.

13. Airline bookings may seem like a minor deal to you, but to the Crohnโ€™s sufferer, they are not

Be mindful that seating has to be close to the bathroom, and, if there is an accident because the bathroom is occupied at a moment of crisis, be reassuring and comforting. They are embarrassed enough without your expression of embarrassment too.

14. They understand that there is no cure and that researchers are looking at multiple causes

Those include but not limited to genetics, previous infections, immune system failures, and environmental factors such as junk food and too many antibiotics earlier in life. Understand that they are keeping apprised of any research that is ongoing and any new promising treatments and that they will certainly take it up with their doctor. Instead of resenting, the time spent on reading up on these potential treatments and the conversation that they may want to have about them, be a good listener, be encouraging and be positive.

15. They have fears that may seem abnormal to you

Just walking the dog can cause anxiety, if the walk will be pretty long; they fear that they may embarrass themselves or you. Imagine the anxiety of going to your bossโ€™s home for dinner or a barbeque; imagine the anxiety of going to a childโ€™s soccer or basketball game, sitting up in the stands and not being able to get down through the crowd to reach a restroom in time. You have to validate these fears and be willing to compromise. You canโ€™t truly understand the fears because you donโ€™t have the disease, but you must be willing to validate them with both words and behaviors.

The Ultimate Ketogenic Diet Food List (What to Eat on The Keto Diet)

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The Ultimate Ketogenic Diet Food List (What to Eat on The Keto Diet)

Trying a new diet can be frustrating, difficult, and can even cause irritability. It can be extremely frustrating trying to figure out what to buy at the grocery store or how to prepare it in your home. It can also be very difficult trying to find proper foods when dining at restaurants or friends and family members.

Yet, a proper diet can be a very positive change in your daily health. Over time, a diet filled with appropriate nutrition from all food groups should become part of your daily lifestyle.

A ketogenic diet is a great source for those who need to produce more ketones. During this diet, keep in mind that youโ€™ll want to be in taking more fatty foods. Because ketosis works through changing your metabolism by using fat as an energy source, youโ€™ll want to be storing more fat than you might have previously. While this can be a daunting thought to overcome, having an appropriate food list should help you establish the ultimate ketogenic diet.

Fats & Oils

It may sound silly to say that you need to eat fat to lose weight or be healthier. However, the fatty foods that you should be choosing will be filled with healthy nutrients.

Fats can be very important to our diet. However, eating the wrong fats can also be very detrimental. Fats should be the majority of your daily intake on a ketogenic diet, so be sure to know that you are eating the right kind of fatty foods.

Saturated fats like the contents of potato chips, processed pretzels, cookies, crackers, and other snacks do not fit into the fat category of a ketogenic diet. You need to be looking for foods that are saturated and monosaturated fats.

Saturated and monosaturated fats are foods constituted of butter, avocado, macadamia nuts, tuna/fish, and shellfish.

Similarly, you need to be stocking up on Omega 3โ€™s. Omega 3 is a nutrient that is necessary for creating the right diet. Usually fish carry many Omega 3โ€™s that you need. If you arenโ€™t a big fan of fish, try going to a local supplement store. Omega 3 supplements can be bought in capsule form if you are not a fan of fish. It will help give your body what it needs for a balanced diet.

You also need to avoid hydrogenated fats. In hydrogenated fats, youโ€™ll have oils like vegetable oilโ€“this is bad. If you need to use oil, try using coconut oil or spray the pan lightly rather than saturating your food. The less oil you use, the better the fatty elements you can get from it.

While organic and grass-fed sources are preferred, here are some great options for building fatty and oil intakes in your ketogenic diet.

Beef tallow
Butter
Olive oil
Macadamia nuts
Chicken fat
Avocado

Protein
Proteins are also essential to a ketogenic diet. While proteins should take significantly less space in your diet than fats and oils, you need proteins to be able to create enough energy.

Protein will cause you to be less hungry. It will also increase energy and motivational levels, reoccurring symptoms of creation of ketones through ketosis.

When going for proteins, looking for grass-fed or organic options is a healthier choice. You should also look for products like free-range eggs. These options are both better for the animal and for your health.

Options for protein:

Fish
Red Meat
Poultry
Pork
Whole Eggs
Bacon
Shellfish
Fish are a great source of protein. If you catch the fish yourself or visit a local fish market, you are likely to get even more benefits due to the natural nature of the fish.

Vegetables
While many people arenโ€™t a fan of the green and mushy, veggies are an essential source for your diet. Grown right from the earth, they provide many nutrients that proteins and fatty acids cannot. For healthy vegetables, look for veggies that are grown mostly above ground; Leafy greens are best. You should also be looking for organic vegetables that are grown without pesticides.

If youโ€™d like to try for an added bonus, try growing your own fresh vegetables from home. By growing your own veggies, youโ€™ll know exactly where they came from, what has been used to grow them, and where and how theyโ€™ve been grown.

While veggies are very healthy, be careful to watch for vegetables that are high in sugar. the best type of veggies for a ketogenic diet are those that are dark and leafy.

Also, keep in mind that a diet with low carbohydrates cannot allow for plentiful intake of nutrient-rich veggies. However, your carb intake will be high enough that you can include copious amounts of nutrient (including potassium) rich vegetables to offer the body sufficient nutrition.

Veggies that you can get the most nutrients from include kale and spinach, among others:

Asparagus
Broccoli
Celery
Avocado
Garlic
Onions
Mushrooms
Romaine Lettuce (note Iceberg lettuce does not have the nutritional value needed)

Dairy Products
Dairy products can also be a source of protein and a source of Vitamin D. However, dairy should be raw and purchased in full fat, not in low fat.

Here are some options:

Heavy whipping cream
Cheeses (both hard and soft)
Sour Cream
While dairy products should not be taking up very much of your ketogenic diet at all, they certainly should be a part of your nutritional need. Therefore, itโ€™s important to stock up on nutrients from dairy now and then.

Seeds and Nuts
Nuts can be a great source of protein and nutrients. They are excellent to snack on and will curb cravings. For the ultimate nutritional value, nuts are best when roasted. When roasted, the nut becomes free of all pesticides and things that are anti-nutritional while being grown. This gives the nut as most nutritional value as can possibly be obtained.

However, be careful to avoid peanuts. Peanuts are considered a legume which is not often a recommended option for those on a ketogenic diet. If you are on a ketogenic diet for medical reasons, check with your doctor before opting for a choice of peanuts.

You should also look for nuts that are unsalted. Often times, sunflower seeds and cashews will already come pre-salted. Check the box or container to be sure that you are only getting the nutโ€“not processed sodium with it.

What nuts and seeds should you eat? Here is a comprehensive list:

Macadamias
Walnuts
Almonds
Cashews
Pistachio
Seed flours
Sunflower seeds
Remember that nuts are very high in Omega-6 fatty acids, so youโ€™ll want to limit your intake. If consuming nuts every day, more than a handful will not be beneficial to your diet. However, eating and baking done in moderation will give you many nutrients that will provide you with protein and Omega-6s.

Beverages
If you are not familiar with ketosis or the ketogenic diet, know that one of the most popular symptoms that occurs almost instantly is dehydration. A ketogenic diet has a natural diuretic effect. While symptoms of dehydration will lessen over time, it should be noted that beverages will become an important element in your diet.

While on a ketogenic diet, always keep a bottle of water with you. Whether you are at work, at the gym, going to class, or meeting family members, bring hydration. It may help to invest in a nice water bottle. A water bottle with a preferable pattern or cooling system may help you to hydrate more often.

If youโ€™ve had urinary infections or problems or bladder infections in the past, you will need to be more aware than others on a ketogenic diet. because of previous health conditions, you will want to drink twice the amount of what you believe you need. Water is the best beverage to keep hydrated. Itโ€™s natural, free of any anti-nutrients, and benefits your body in every way that it needs to. In order to meet dehydration needs, drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Remember that our bodies are 2/3rd made up of water. Itโ€™s an essential element. However, keep in mind that too much water can also cause detrimental health effects like water poisoning. Check with your medical professional to know how much water you should be in taking for your ketogenic needs and bodily weight.

Other beverages you can try include:

Coffee
Herbal teas
Flavor packets
If you get tired of regular water, you can try flavor packets like crystallite. Yet, be careful because these flavor packets often contain carbohydrates which is detrimental to a ketogenic diet.

Conclusion
A ketogenic diet doesnโ€™t need to be painful. In fact, it can be beneficial to your lifestyle if done properly. In many cases, a ketogenic diet will give you all of the nutrients that you need and then some. Be sure to follow this comprehensive list if you are on a ketogenic diet to be sure that you receive all of the proper nutrients you need while in ketosis.

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20 Inspiring Gastric Bypass Before-and-After Transformations

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No one ever said weight loss was easy. Some women whittle their waists by going on a strict diet, while others transform their figures with rigorous workouts.

But for some ladies, a weight-loss surgery like gastric bypass can be a crucial step to living a healthier lifestyle.

Gastric bypass involves creating a small pouch from the stomach and connecting the pouch directly to the small intestine, according to Mayo Clinic.

After the procedure, swallowed food will go into this pouch and then directly into the small intestine, bypassing most of the stomach and the first section of the small intestine. Along with helping people shed extra weight, gastric bypass can also help improve a person’s overall quality of life.

Many folks who’ve had this surgery have taken to Instagram to share their gastric bypass journeys and a supportive community has formed. It’s clear that these folks are eager to show the world what gastric bypass means to them. One woman, Brandy, told FirstForWomen.com about her personal experience with gastric bypass. “After reaching an insane 350 pounds, I decided I had to do something different, something permanent,” she says. “Surgery has been an incredible tool for me. However, Iโ€™ve made complete life changes to go along with it. I follow my nutritionist’s plan โ€” high lean protein, low fat, no sugar โ€” and my personal trainer’s workout routines very strictly. I work out five days a week โ€” gym, outdoor, or kickboxing.”

She adds that she allows herself to indulge from time to time, but it’s not the same as it was pre-surgery. “Most things one would want to indulge in have a tendency to make me extremely sick, which is part of the surgery โ€” part that Iโ€™m very thankful for, to be honest,” she says. “This keeps me in check and makes me want to avoid the things I would once go way overboard with. Getting this surgery and making all of the changes has by far been one of the best decisions Iโ€™ve ever made for myself. None of it has been easy, all of it has been beyond worth it.”

If you think you might be a candidate for gastric bypass, talk with your doctor about your options.

Scroll down to see some of the most inspiring gastric bypass before-and-after photos.

Instagram user @bluebonnetsandbacon reflects on the jaw-dropping difference in these before-and-after photos: “Forever thankful for the girl on the left and how hard she tried, how brave she was in reaching for help & for the strength it took to change her life to save her life.”
After shedding more than 100 pounds, Instagram user @fatdragon2fitunicorn takes a moment to remind herself how far she’s come since her weight loss surgery.

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HOW I LOST 50 POUNDS IN 2 MONTHS

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It’s never too late to make a positive change and get the body you’ve always wanted. Losing 50 pounds in two months can be extremely dangerous, but that doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish this weight loss goal in a period of just a few months. This article will teach you how to safely lose weight fast by changing your lifestyle, and most importantly, your attitude, toward your body and toward food. Read on to learn how.

Forget diet and exercise—the hardest part of losing weight is actually making the decision to do it. You’ve probably told yourself you’re going to lose weight in the past but never followed through; that’s because you didn’t really mean it. Vowing to make a change means being willing to give up what you want now (unhealthy foods) for something even better (the body you’ve always wanted). Once you have made an honest promise to yourself to make a change, the weight will take care of itself.

Weigh yourself. If you don’t already know how much you weigh, then step on the scale and find out. It’s important to know how much you weighed at the start of your journey so that you can better track your progress.

  • Use a digital scale for the most accurate results.
  • It’s best to weigh yourself in the morning before you have eaten anything, and with little or no clothing on.
  • You may also find it helpful to take measurements so that you can track inches lost, especially if you plan on gaining muscle (remember that muscle weighs more than fat). Use a tape measure to measure the circumference of your arms, legs, chest, waist, and/or hips. Where you measure is up to you, and will depend on your specific weight loss goals and problem areas.

Reduce your caloric intake. When it comes to losing weight, diet is the most important factor. The less food you eat, the more weight you will lose; it’s as simple as that. It’s important that you’re eating enough to sustain yourself, though. Starving yourself will only lead you to have more cravings, binge eat, and eventually fall back into old habits.

  • Many medical experts believe that most adults, regardless of their current weight, will lose weight if they eat about 1,200 calories per day. It may take some trial and error to find your magic number, so be sure to pay attention to how much you’re eating in relation to the number on the scale so that you can make the necessary adjustments.
  • Start keeping track of the calories in everything you eat, including the things you would normally overlook like salad dressings, cooking sauces, cooking oils, and beverages. Read the nutrition labels on everything you buy and measure out your portion sizes. You can also use online nutritional references like Calorie King and My Fitness Pal to find the calorie content of vegetables, fruit, meat, and other foods that aren’t labeled.

Exercise 4-5 days per week. Cardiovascular exercises that increase your heart rate can help burn calories and temporarily speed up your metabolism in the several hours following exercise so that you lose weight more quickly.[1] Keep in mind, though, that exercise alone will not make you lose weight. You absolutely must change your eating habits in order to lose weight.

  • Aerobic exercises like jogging, biking, walking, swimming, dancing, and kickboxing are all great for burning calories while improving your overall health. If you are new to exercising, then start off slow and ease yourself into a regular workout routine. It’s important to find an exercise that you genuinely enjoy so that you will actually do it every day.
  • Aim to get at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 days a week. If you don’t have time to exercise every day, then find ways to incorporate more movement into your daily routine by making simple changes like taking the stairs rather than the elevator.
  • Building muscle through resistance training can also help you lose weight. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns, even at rest. Keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat, though, so you may want to hold off on resistance training until you have already lost some weight.

Drink eight glasses of water each day. Staying properly hydrated is crucial to maintaining your overall health, but it has also been proven to aid in weight loss. This is perhaps due to the fact that water helps keep your stomach full in between meals and prevent mindless snacking.

Keep a diet journal. Studies have found that people who keep track of what they eat by writing it down lose more weight, and keep it off, than those who don’t. That’s because writing down what you eat holds you more accountable to the decisions you make and helps you notice patterns in your diet so that you can determine what works and what doesn’t.

  • Be sure to include the calories in everything you consume. That includes the calories in beverages, oils, dressings, sauces, spices, and garnishes.
  • Drinking water before a meal has been shown to aid in weight loss by reducing the number of calories consumed during the meal. Try drinking one or two glasses of water 20 minutes before each meal to feel fuller faster.
  • If you don’t like the “taste” of plain water (even though there’s no taste) then infuse your water with lemon juice, lime juice, fruit, or mint leaves to add some flavor.

Allow yourself a cheat day. No matter how committed you are to dieting, it’s inevitable to have a slip-up every now and then. For many people, social events like birthday parties or picnics make it difficult to eat healthily–remind yourself that it’s okay to indulge every once in a while. Giving up your social life for a diet will make you feel miserable and you’ll be tempted to quit before reaching your goals.

Cook your meals at home. Even with the best intentions, eating out can ruin your diet quickly. Cooking meals at home makes it easier to choose healthy options and control your serving sizes. Plus, you’ll be saving lots of money by eating at home!

  • When you do eat out, you can cut down on calories by asking for sauces and dressings on the side.
  • Use cooking sprays rather than olive oil or butter when cooking at home. If you do use olive oil to cook, be sure to measure out how much you are using as one tablespoon contains more than 100 calories.
  • Pack a healthy lunch and bring it with you to work or school, and be sure to include healthy snacks like carrots, celery, and apples to keep you satisfied in between meals.

16:8 Intermittent Fasting: A Beginner’s Guide

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16:8 Intermittent Fasting: A Beginner’s Guide intermittent fasting of the most popular styles of fasting. Proponents claim an easy convenient, sustainable way to lose weight, improve the overall health

Fasting has been practiced for thousands of years and is a staple across many different religions and cultures around the globe.

Today, new varieties of fasting put a new twist on the ancient practice.

16/8 intermittent fasting is one of the most popular styles of fasting. Proponents claim that itโ€™s an easy, convenient and sustainable way to lose weight and improve overall health.

This article reviews 16/8 intermittent fasting, how it works and whether itโ€™s right for you.

What Is 16/8 Intermittent Fasting?

16/8 intermittent fasting involves limiting consumption of foods and calorie-containing beverages to a set window of eight hours per day and abstaining from food for the remaining 16 hours.

This cycle can be repeated as frequently as you like โ€” from just once or twice per week to every day, depending on your personal preference.

16/8 intermittent fasting has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, especially among those looking to lose weight and burn fat.

While other diets often set strict rules and regulations, 16/8 intermittent fasting is easy to follow and can provide real results with minimal effort.

Itโ€™s generally considered less restrictive and more flexible than many other diet plans and can easily fit into just about any lifestyle.

In addition to enhancing weight loss, 16/8 intermittent fasting is also believed to improve blood sugar control, boost brain function and enhance longevity.

How to Get Started

16/8 intermittent fasting is simple, safe and sustainable.

To get started, begin by picking an eight-hour window and limit your food intake to that time span.

Many people prefer to eat between noon and 8 p.m., as this means youโ€™ll only need to fast overnight and skip breakfast but can still eat a balanced lunch and dinner, along with a few snacks throughout the day.

Others opt to eat between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., which allows plenty of time for a healthy breakfast around 9 a.m., a normal lunch around noon and a light early dinner or snack around 4 p.m. before starting your fast.

However, you can experiment and pick the time frame that best fits your schedule.

Regardless of when you eat, itโ€™s recommended that you eat several small meals and snacks spaced evenly throughout the day to help stabilize blood sugar levels and keep hunger under control.

Additionally, to maximize the potential health benefits of your diet, itโ€™s important to stick to nutritious whole foods and beverages during your eating periods.

Filling up on nutrient-rich foods can help round out your diet and allow you to reap the rewards that this regimen has to offer.

Try balancing each meal with a good variety of healthy whole foods, such as:

  • Fruits: Apples, bananas, berries, oranges, peaches, pears, etc.
  • Veggies: Broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, leafy greens, tomatoes, etc.
  • Whole grains: Quinoa, rice, oats, barley, buckwheat, etc.
  • Healthy fats: Olive oil, avocados, and coconut oil
  • Sources of protein: Meat, poultry, fish, legumes, eggs, nuts, seeds, etc.

Drinking calorie-free beverages like water and unsweetened tea and coffee, even while fasting, can also help control your appetite while keeping you hydrated.

On the other hand, binging or overdoing it on junk food can negate the positive effects associated with 16/8 intermittent fasting and may end up doing more harm than good to your health.

Benefits of 16/8 Intermittent Fasting

16/8 intermittent fasting is a popular diet because itโ€™s easy to follow, flexible and sustainable in the long term.

Itโ€™s also convenient, as it can cut down on the amount of time and money you need to spend on cooking and preparing food each week.

In terms of health, 16/8 intermittent fasting has been associated with a long list of benefits, including:

  • Increased weight loss: Not only does restrict your intake to a few hours per day help cut calories over the course of the day, but studies also show that fasting could boost metabolism and increase weight loss.
  • Improved blood sugar control: Intermittent fasting has been found to reduce fasting insulin levels by up to 31% and lower blood sugar by 3โ€“6%, potentially decreasing your risk of diabetes.
  • Enhanced longevity: Though evidence in humans is limited, some animal studies have found that intermittent fasting may extend longevity.

Drawbacks of 16/8 Intermittent Fasting

16/8 intermittent fasting may be associated with many health benefits, but it does come with some drawbacks and may not be right for everyone.

Restricting your intake to just eight hours per day can cause some people to eat more than usual during eating periods in an attempt to make up for hours spent fasting.

This may lead to weight gain, digestive problems and the development of unhealthy eating habits.

16/8 intermittent fasting may also cause short-term negative side effects when youโ€™re first getting started, such as hunger, weakness, and fatigue โ€” though these often subside once you get into a routine.

Additionally, some research suggests that intermittent fasting may affect men and women differently, with animal studies reporting that it could interfere with fertility and reproduction in females.

However, more human studies are needed to evaluate the effects that intermittent fasting may have on reproductive health.

In any case, be sure to start gradually and consider stopping or consulting your doctor if you have any concerns or experience negative symptoms.

Is 16/8 Intermittent Fasting Right for You?

16/8 intermittent fasting can be a sustainable, safe and easy way to improve your health when paired with a nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle.

However, it shouldnโ€™t be viewed as a substitute for a balanced, well-rounded diet rich in whole foods. Not to mention, you can still be healthy even if intermittent fasting doesnโ€™t work for you.

Though 16/8 intermittent fasting is generally considered safe for most healthy adults, you should talk to your doctor before giving it a try, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

This is key if youโ€™re taking any medications or have diabetes, low blood pressure or a history of disordered eating.

Intermittent fasting is also not recommended for women who are trying to conceive or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you have any concerns or experience any adverse side effects while fasting, be sure to consult your doctor.

Supergirl Season 5: Trailer Teases Lena Luthor Fight

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Supergirl Season 5 is happening! Here are all the details we have so far.

National City’s Girl of Steel will return for Supergirl season 5, undoubtedly facing off against a new alien menace seeking to conquer the planet. The news was confirmed by The CW earlier this year.

One of the biggest narratives going into this season is that Supergirl will have a new costume. Find out more about that here!

Season 5 began production in Vancouver earlier this month, and Melissa Benoist herself took to Instagram to share the news.

Here’s everything else we know about Supergirl Season 5 so farโ€ฆ

Supergirl Season 5 Trailer
The Supergirl season 5 trailer arrived at SDCC 2019! Watch it below:

Supergirl Season 5 Cast

Jon Cryer will return as Lex Luthor, as revealed at SDCC 2019! “The character I played died, which is really sad because I don’t know if you know anything about comics, but if a character is dead, they’re dead,” Cryer said during the Supergirl panel. We don’t know how Luthor will return just yet, but we’ll keep you updated!

Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) has joined the cast as Andrea Rojas, also known as the hero Arcata, a character first introduced to Superman comics in 2000. She is described as “a polished businesswoman and heir to a Central American tech empire [who is] now making a hostile advance into the world of media. Unapologetic and unafraid to make waves, she also holds a mystical secret.” Rojas will become the head of CatCo this season.

Staz Nair (Game of Thrones) has been cast as William Dey, “a hardened reporter” who’s “a cynic and a sellout who looks down on Karaโ€™s earnest idealism. Deyโ€™s not interested in making friends, he just wants to get the story โ€” but his ties to the criminal underworld could prove problematic.โ€

Meghan Rath (Being Human) is set to play a female Brainiac 5.

Jeremy Jordanโ€™s Winn Schott is also returning! The news, arriving via ET and confirmed by Jordan himself, reveals that he is set to reprise the role of Winn in three episodes, which will air in the second half of the season (thus, sometime in 2020).

Unfortunately, another series regular is leaving the show: Mehcad Brooks, Supergirl’s Jimmy Olsen, will exit in the first half of the season, according to EW.

This news comes a few days after Andrea Brooks’s promotion from recurring player to series regular for her role as Eve Teschmacher, which was revealed via TV Line.

Melissa Benoist will be back as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, of course, along with series regulars Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, David Harewood as J’onn J’onzz, and Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor. Jesse Rath as Brainy, April Parker Jones as Colonel Haley, and Nicole Maines as Nia are also back, with Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen becoming a series regular in Season 5.

Supergirl Season 5 Release Date

Supergirl Season 5 will premiere on Oct. 6, in a new timeslot: Supergirl will share Sundays with Batwoman, which will air at 8 pm, moving Kara and friends to the 9 pm hour.

Supergirl Season 5 Story
What Supergirl season 5 will have in store for its heroes is anybody’s guess at the moment, but we do know that, at the very least, the show will feature some sort of lead up to and deal with the aftershocks of this year’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event, which promises to shake the Arrowverse to its very core.

Supergirl has a very famous history with DC’s very first Crisis. After all, she did die in the pages of that game-changing crossover comic. Might Kara suffer the same fate on TV? We know The CW might not be able to help itself when it comes to reproducing that iconic image from Crisis on Infinite Earths of Superman cradling a dead Supergirl in his armsโ€ฆ

Supergirl Season 5 Villain Leviathan

Supergirl seems poised to face off against the powerful, secret organization known as Leviathan in Season 5. In the Season 4 finale, they were revealed to be controlling Lex Luthor. Furthermore, Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks) was approached by an old lady who told her: “Leviathan is everywhere. Leviathan is everyone. And Leviathan is coming.”

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about Supergirl Season 5. In the meantime, check out our primer on what exactly Crisis on Infinite Earths means for the Arrowverse!

Read and download the Den of Geek SDCC 2019 Special Edition Magazine right here!

16:8 Intermittent Fasting: A Beginner’s Guide

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16:8 Intermittent Fasting: A Beginner’s Guide intermittent fasting of the most popular styles of fasting. Proponents claim an easy convenient, sustainable way to lose weight, improve the overall health

Fasting has been practiced for thousands of years and is a staple across many different religions and cultures around the globe.

Today, new varieties of fasting put a new twist on the ancient practice.

16/8 intermittent fasting is one of the most popular styles of fasting. Proponents claim that itโ€™s an easy, convenient and sustainable way to lose weight and improve overall health.

This article reviews 16/8 intermittent fasting, how it works and whether itโ€™s right for you.

What Is 16/8 Intermittent Fasting?

16/8 intermittent fasting involves limiting consumption of foods and calorie-containing beverages to a set window of eight hours per day and abstaining from food for the remaining 16 hours.

This cycle can be repeated as frequently as you like โ€” from just once or twice per week to every day, depending on your personal preference.

16/8 intermittent fasting has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, especially among those looking to lose weight and burn fat.

While other diets often set strict rules and regulations, 16/8 intermittent fasting is easy to follow and can provide real results with minimal effort.

Itโ€™s generally considered less restrictive and more flexible than many other diet plans and can easily fit into just about any lifestyle.

In addition to enhancing weight loss, 16/8 intermittent fasting is also believed to improve blood sugar control, boost brain function and enhance longevity.

How to Get Started

16/8 intermittent fasting is simple, safe and sustainable.

To get started, begin by picking an eight-hour window and limit your food intake to that time span.

Many people prefer to eat between noon and 8 p.m., as this means youโ€™ll only need to fast overnight and skip breakfast but can still eat a balanced lunch and dinner, along with a few snacks throughout the day.

Others opt to eat between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., which allows plenty of time for a healthy breakfast around 9 a.m., a normal lunch around noon and a light early dinner or snack around 4 p.m. before starting your fast.

However, you can experiment and pick the time frame that best fits your schedule.

Regardless of when you eat, itโ€™s recommended that you eat several small meals and snacks spaced evenly throughout the day to help stabilize blood sugar levels and keep hunger under control.

Additionally, to maximize the potential health benefits of your diet, itโ€™s important to stick to nutritious whole foods and beverages during your eating periods.

Filling up on nutrient-rich foods can help round out your diet and allow you to reap the rewards that this regimen has to offer.

Try balancing each meal with a good variety of healthy whole foods, such as:

  • Fruits: Apples, bananas, berries, oranges, peaches, pears, etc.
  • Veggies: Broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, leafy greens, tomatoes, etc.
  • Whole grains: Quinoa, rice, oats, barley, buckwheat, etc.
  • Healthy fats: Olive oil, avocados, and coconut oil
  • Sources of protein: Meat, poultry, fish, legumes, eggs, nuts, seeds, etc.

Drinking calorie-free beverages like water and unsweetened tea and coffee, even while fasting, can also help control your appetite while keeping you hydrated.

On the other hand, binging or overdoing it on junk food can negate the positive effects associated with 16/8 intermittent fasting and may end up doing more harm than good to your health.

Benefits of 16/8 Intermittent Fasting

16/8 intermittent fasting is a popular diet because itโ€™s easy to follow, flexible and sustainable in the long term.

Itโ€™s also convenient, as it can cut down on the amount of time and money you need to spend on cooking and preparing food each week.

In terms of health, 16/8 intermittent fasting has been associated with a long list of benefits, including:

  • Increased weight loss: Not only does restrict your intake to a few hours per day help cut calories over the course of the day, but studies also show that fasting could boost metabolism and increase weight loss.
  • Improved blood sugar control: Intermittent fasting has been found to reduce fasting insulin levels by up to 31% and lower blood sugar by 3โ€“6%, potentially decreasing your risk of diabetes.
  • Enhanced longevity: Though evidence in humans is limited, some animal studies have found that intermittent fasting may extend longevity.

Drawbacks of 16/8 Intermittent Fasting

16/8 intermittent fasting may be associated with many health benefits, but it does come with some drawbacks and may not be right for everyone.

Restricting your intake to just eight hours per day can cause some people to eat more than usual during eating periods in an attempt to make up for hours spent fasting.

This may lead to weight gain, digestive problems and the development of unhealthy eating habits.

16/8 intermittent fasting may also cause short-term negative side effects when youโ€™re first getting started, such as hunger, weakness, and fatigue โ€” though these often subside once you get into a routine.

Additionally, some research suggests that intermittent fasting may affect men and women differently, with animal studies reporting that it could interfere with fertility and reproduction in females.

However, more human studies are needed to evaluate the effects that intermittent fasting may have on reproductive health.

In any case, be sure to start gradually and consider stopping or consulting your doctor if you have any concerns or experience negative symptoms.

Is 16/8 Intermittent Fasting Right for You?

16/8 intermittent fasting can be a sustainable, safe and easy way to improve your health when paired with a nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle.

However, it shouldnโ€™t be viewed as a substitute for a balanced, well-rounded diet rich in whole foods. Not to mention, you can still be healthy even if intermittent fasting doesnโ€™t work for you.

Though 16/8 intermittent fasting is generally considered safe for most healthy adults, you should talk to your doctor before giving it a try, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

This is key if youโ€™re taking any medications or have diabetes, low blood pressure or a history of disordered eating.

Intermittent fasting is also not recommended for women who are trying to conceive or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you have any concerns or experience any adverse side effects while fasting, be sure to consult your doctor.