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Brigantine Farmers Market

Brigantine Farmers Market runs 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 12at 15th Street and Revere Boulevard, rain or shine. There will be more than 50 vendors, live entertainment, kids activities and cooking demonstrations. The market is plastic free, so bring your own shopping bag.

The Sons of The American Legion will be hosting their annual barbecue 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at the post. There will be live music and a variety of food including ribs, chicken, crabcakes, shrimp, hot dogs, burgers and sausage and peppers. Take outs available. No admission fee. Rain or shine.

Brigantine Flotilla 85 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct About Boating Safely classes 9 a.m. Saturdays,Aug. 12at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, 265 42nd St. Each class lasts eight hours and includes lunch. Upon passing the test at the end of the class, a NJ Boating Safety certificate will be issued. A $60 prepaid registration is required. To register call 609-926-7607 and leave a message or email For class information see

The Brigantine library hosts an adult board-game program 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays,Aug. 16for ages 18 and older. The monthly event is free, however registration is requested. The branch will provide complimentary pizza and soda. Come and socialize by playing more contemporary board games such as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, King of Tokyo, and Love Letter, as well as traditional board games, like Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. For information call 609-266-0110.

Temple Beth Shalom will hold its annual bazaar 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. There will be a variety of merchandise including books, dishes, pictures, linens, toys and games, jewelry, knick-knacks and more. The event is rain or shine. For information call the office at 609-266-0403.

The Brigantine Community Education and Recreation will present the Tri County Symphonic Band in concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 at the Brigantine North School Auditorium, 301 E. Evans Boulevard. The Tri County Band is one of the most widely respected Symphonic groups in the entire South Jersey area. The band is under the direction of Ron Willoughby. This is a free concert.

The Brigantine library invites all to learn about the solar eclipse 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. Registration is requested. The special program will feature activities to teach about solar eclipses. Everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe are expected to see at least part of the solar eclipse that is occurring on this day. For information call 609-226-0110.

Brigantine CER is sponsoring a seven-day, five-night trip to LondonSept. 7-13. Flight leaves from Philadelphia Airport. Bus transportation to and from the airport is provided. Guests will stay at the Copthome Tara, a four-star hotel in the Kensington section of London. Price includes daily breakfast, two dinners with water and wine or beer, one pub lunch with beer and one additional lunch with beverages. There will be a full-day guided orientation tour of Londons highlights with a visit to the British Museum; a full-day guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Blenheim Palace and a visit to Oxford; a half-day guided tour to Windsor and a visit to Windsor Castle; and a musical theater performance in Londons Theatre District. The price is $2,299 double occupancy. For single occupancy add $425. For a brochure or information, call at 609-264-7350, ext. 1 or stop by the Community Center and pick up a brochure.

Brigantine CER is sponsoring a 10-day trip to IsraelSept. 30-Oct. 9. Thetrip begins in Tel Aviv with a welcome dinner, then goes on to visit the Latrun Area, Jaffa, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Nazareth, Cana, Kibbutz, Mount of Beattitudes, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Bet SheAn, Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea. The price is $4,295 double occupancy, $4,277 triple occupancy and $5,783 single occupancy and includes eight nights accommodations at first-class hotels, 14 meals, eight breakfasts and six three-course dinners. For information call at 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

The seventh annual Brigantine Community Prayer Breakfast is scheduled 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at St. Philip Hall of St. Thomas Church. This year’s keynote speaker will be former five term Congressman and three-time Olympian, Jim Ryun. Cost of the Prayer Breakfast is $20 and includes a buffet breakfast. For tickets call Andy Solari at 609-264-1040.

Brigantine CER is sponsoring a 10-day trip to Apuglia and Rome April 8-17. Participants can expect to see Romanesque and baroque cathedrals and monuments, and in Rome, an open air museum that is home to two millennia of architecture, art and culture; and spend hours exploring ancient wonders, traveling between attractions or hunting for the best gelato. Apuglia is a escape to South Italy for a warm Mediterranean breath.Price is $2,895 double occupancy and $3,590 single occupancy and includes eight nights at first-class accomodations, breakfast daily, four lunches and three dinners. For information call at 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

Brigantine CER is sponsoring a seven-day trip trip to Chicago June 16-22. On the way participants will visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and lunch at historic Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio. In Chicago there will be a guided tour to include Millennium Park, Grant Park, Navy Pier and more, and visit the Art Institute of Chicago, Wrigley Field, take a narrated Chicago River Cruise and a visit Shed Aquarium. The return trip will feature a campus tour of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and a sightseeing cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper in Pittsburgh. Price is $2,025 double occupancy, $1,771 per person triple occupancy, and $2,790 single occupancy and includes six nights hotel accommodations, two breakfasts, one lunch and four dinners including a dinner cruise.For information call 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

Brigantine Community Education and Recreation hosts a Course in Miracles Study Group 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the center. Call 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

Crossroads Youth Group meets 7-8 p.m. every Sunday. Sponsored by the Community Presbyterian Church, the group is open to sixth- through eighth-grade youths in Brigantine. They meet weekly, and the meetings or outings consist of community service, fun and fellowship, spirituality and current issues. It is a positive atmosphere that stresses acceptance and is a true example of how to have fun without drugs or alcohol. Crossroads sponsors a Halloween hayride, an Easter egg hunt and the junior high dances that are held once a month. Open registration is extended each Sunday.

The Brigantine Community Center offers mahjong games 1-4 p.m. Thursdays on the second floor at the Community Center. For information call 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

Weight Watcher Meetings are held every Tuesday morning starting with weigh-in at 9:30 a.m. followed by a meeting at 10 a.m. Come in and learn how to successfully lose weight by following a customized food and activity plan to help you look and feel better and have more energy. Weight Watchers also offers a handy food and activity tracker, thousands of meal ideas and practically every healthy-living tool you can imagine. For information call the CER Office at 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

The thrift shop of the Community Presbyterian Church, 1501 W. Brigantine Ave., is open 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Shop for bargains on gently used clothing for men, women and children, as well as shoes, small appliances, household items and jewelry. New items are received daily. Call the church office at 609-266-7942.

Quizzo is held 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday in the Brigantine Elks Lodge lounge, 400 W. Shore Drive. Prizes are awarded. See

The Running Center is partnering with the Brigantine Fitness Center to present a fitness class for active adults. Treadmilling for Walkers is offered noon Mondays and Wednesdays at the Brigantine Fitness Center. The class is led by Mindy Solkin, owner and head coach of The Running Center. She created the class to give seniors a full-body workout. The one-hour classes are open to members and nonmembers of the fitness center. Registration for one or two days per week is available at The fee is $15 for one class per week, or $25 for two per week. For information call 609-246-6974 or email

The Brigantine Beach Community Center hosts senior bingo 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information call 609-264-7350.

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Aug 11th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

CROWN POINT David Corrie had a good reason for wanting to lose weight.

His 3-year-old son, Luke, requires near constant attention and likely will for the rest of his life. Corrie’s family needs him around, and healthy.

He had an epiphany one day watching a friend care for an older son with autism.

“I said there’s no way I can do this 10 years from now in my current health,” said Corrie, 38, a fifth-grade teacher in Lansing. “At some point, Luke is going to have the strength of a man but still have the mentality of a child.”

Corrie’s son has isodicentric 15, or idic 15, a rare chromosomal abnormality that leaves him unable to talk, with seizures and low muscle tone.

To prevent the seizures, the 3-year-old has to eat a diet high in fat and low in carbs and protein. Corrie always tries whatever supplements his son is prescribed to make sure they don’t have adverse side effects. He decided to do the same thing with Luke’s diet.

The more he researched it, he learned it might be able to help him as well.

Under the so-called ketogenic diet, he eats two calories of fat for every one from carbs or protein, consuming no more than 30 grams of carbs a day. He said the diet essentially “fools the body into thinking you’re starving,” encouraging fat burning.

“I eat a lot of eggs and meat and sausage and low-carb vegetables, bacon, cheese, cashews, avocados,” he said.

He said the diet makes him feel full, cutting down on snacking.

“I’ve been hungry my whole life,” he said. “People always say if you eat now you’re going to spoil your appetite for dinner. That was not the case for me.”

Starting at 311 pounds, Corrie is now down to around 255. He hopes to eventually get to 220.

Besides the changes on the scale, Corrie says he is less grumpy and has lowered his high blood sugar and liver enzyme levels. And he has already noticed the difference in his ability to care for his son.

“I can get to him faster,” he said. “My endurance level to carry him around is greater.”

He has done some cardio and strength training along the way, but figures the diet is about 80 percent responsible for his weight loss.

“It’s improved my health massively,” he said.

Corrie has been soliciting sponsors for his weight-loss journey, already raising more than $14,000 that will go toward home modifications for his son. Corrie and his wife hope to build a “Luke-proof room,” an addition off the kitchen where he can safely play while his parents watch him through the glass. A contractor, E&K of Chicago, has agreed to donate construction and materials to make the addition a reality.

Corrie’s wife, Angela, has been impressed by the improvements her husband has made in his life.

“It’s a big change,” she said. “He has been diligent to stay on it in a way I couldn’t. The weight just melts off him.”

“We’re really involved with our church. We go to a lot of potlucks, and he’s been really good,” she added. “We need him around for lots of years.”

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Aug 11th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

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Models, athletes and celebrities swear by the ketogenic “keto” diet to help shed those unwanted pounds. The keto diet encourages eating more cheese, butter and bacon; it’s a low-carb, high-fat diet akin to the Atkins Diet created in 1972 by cardiologist Robert C. Atkins. The latest fad diet has amassed a following of devoted supporters, including Tim Tebow, LeBron James and Kim Kardashian, but does it really work?

Carol Johnston, professor and associate director of the nutrition program in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University, explains why the low-carb, high-fat diet is so popular, how it works, and what dieters should be eating to lose weight.

Question: Does the science behind the keto diet make sense? Would nearly eliminating carbs while increasing fat consumption help a person to lose weight?

Answer: The short answer is yes. There is mounting evidence that suggests calorie restricted, low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets are effective for weight loss, and the keto diet is an extreme version of this. Low-carb diets can be more satiating, allowing dieters to feel full longer, eat less, and thus experience greater weight loss success. However, calorie restricted, high-carb diets are also effective for weight loss.

Overwhelmingly, the most important factor in weight loss success is diet adherence. In research trials, most individuals who lose weight regain most of it within a year, regardless of which diet they were on. The downside of many of the fad diets you see today is the lack of emphasis on long-term lifestyle changes, which is necessary for long-term weight loss success.

Q: In your opinion, why is this diet so popular?

A: The keto diet is popular because it is easy to follow and on the surface seems effective. In the first few days after starting the keto diet, a person can experience a significant loss of water weight. When carb intake is restricted for a few days, glycogen stores in the muscle are reduced. Glycogen is responsible for water retention, so when its levels fall, so do our water levels. To the average person, the diet appears to be working. The number on the scale is going down. But, since most of this weight lost is water weight, it will return when the person consumes carbs again. While most people rely on scales to monitor weight loss and think any weight loss is good, the goal is actually to lose fat, which isn’t always reflected on the scale. Additionally, the elevated levels of satietyfeeling fullmay help people stick to the diet longer and experience greater weight loss success.

Q: Is the keto diet healthy?

A: Keto diets have safely been used as an effective therapy for epilepsy for years. There are some risks associated with an extremely low-carb, high-fat diet, including elevated blood triglycerides (linked to elevated cardiovascular risk), increased urinary uric acid (which may lead to the formation of kidney stones), and lethargy. Adults on a low-carb diet are also at risk for adverse impacts to their bone health.

Q: We’re always hearing about the evils of carbohydrates when it comes to losing weight. How important are carbs to our health and what role do they play in weight loss?

A: Carbs play a critical role in our health. We get energy either by burning glucose from carbs, or by burning fat. The keto diet focuses on the latter. Though carb-restricting diets are popular, carbs are actually less likely to convert into body fat than dietary fat.

Carbs are important for our brain and muscle health. Our brains rely entirely on glucose for energy productionthey can’t get it from fatmaking the consumption of some carbs necessary. Our muscles can use either glucose or fat for energy, but during high-intensity exercise, they prefer glucose.

When we eat more carbs than we need, they convert to body fat, which contributes to obesity. In general, average Americansthose with a relatively sedentary lifestyleconsume more carbs and calories than they actually need. Athletes, on the other hand, need to keep their carb intake elevated to support their energy output. Balance between energy intake and output is key to maintaining a healthy weight.

Q: For people who are trying to lose weightwhat foods should they avoid? What foods should they include in their diet?

A: Energy-dense foods should be avoided (gravies, dressings, sauces, sweets, pastries, cakes, cookies, sugary drinks, etc.) and low-energy, nutrient-rich foods should be prominent in the diet (unprocessed plant foods, low fat dairy and lean, unprocessed meats).

Q: What should people know about the effectiveness or safety of fad diets like Atkins, keto, liquid diets, paleo, calorie restriction, etc.?

A: Any diet that restricts calories will typically result in weight loss if a person sticks with it. What is important when following a calorie-restricted diet (about 500 less calories per day) is that it has healthful attributesa diet composed of plant-based, unprocessed foods with low fat contentsuch as the Mediterranean diet. (Note, 500 calories equates to two 12-ounce sodas and a large chocolate chip cookie!)

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Aug 11th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM) stock was up over 17% in Mondays after-hours trading session, to end at $4.49, after the company announced a loss of $6.8 million in its second quarter. Revenues came in at $93,000 less than what was expected. However, on a per-share basis, the St. Paul, MN-based, medical device company lost (-$0.91) which beat street estimates by $0.02.

Importantly, implantations of the companys lead revenue generator, the vBloc, was up over 83% from the same quarter last year. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company placed 50 units, primarily from the vBloc Now program, a 72% increase compared to 29 units for the same period in 2016. As of June 30, 2017, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaling $11.2 million and it had no debt.

EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM) is a developer of medical devices that cater to the weight-loss market. The company developed the FDA-approved vBloc neurometabolic therapy. The vBloc therapy is delivered by a pacemaker-like device called the Maestro Rechargeable System. This device is designed to help patients feel full and eat less by intermittently blocking hunger signals on the vagus nerve thereby allowing patients to safely lose weight by helping patients feel less hungry, reduce the amount of food eaten at a meal, and feel full longer in between meals. The vBloc Therapy is a non-anatomy altering or restricting, and is reversible. therapy that allows patients to safely lose weight by helping patients feel less hungry, reduce the amount of food eaten at a meal, and feel full longer in between meals.

Bariosurge Inc. was recently acquired by EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM) which gave the company an additional revenue stream originating from the weight-loss market. Bariosurge is the developer of the Gastric Vest System. The Gastric Vest is being developed as a minimally invasive, laparoscopically implanted medical device for weight loss in morbidly obese patients. The device wraps around the stomach, emulating the effect of conventional weight-loss surgery, and is intended to reduce the size of the stomach without permanently changing ones anatomy.

EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM) continues to address the primary cause of drag on the stock price a lack of coverage by major insurance companies. It is important to remember that the stock blasted over 700% on the news that the company had two new facilities agree to be used for device implantation. It appears the market will reward the company for any advancement of its device into the medical mainstream.

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Aug 9th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

ONTARIO, Calif., Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For those looking to quickly, safely lose weight and improve their health markets, Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center ( offers the KE Diet as part of its innovative Jump Start to Health program. This medically supervised intervention has already helped patients achieve tremendous results; more information about the program is available by calling 844-695-4331.

“Burning fat is key to losing weight and reversing lifestyle diseases like hypertension and type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Tanya Scurry, founder and medical director of Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center, “and the KE Diet has proven to be the best and safest way to turbocharge the fat-burning process. That’s why it’s an important element of our Jump Start to Health program. At Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center, we’re helping people embrace a better way of life.”

The KE Diet is administered during the first 10 days of the Jump Start to Health program. Patients receive a complete education on the diet during their intake and throughout the program. Under local anesthesia, a small naso-gastric tube is inserted to continuously deliver a specially formulated feeding solution rich in protein and fat. An obesity medicine physician closely monitors the patient throughout the diet, with no less than three follow-up appointments. Lab tests before and during the KE Diet ensure patient safety by checking electrolyte levels, ketones and other important markers.

Originally developed in Italy, the KE Diet has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose significant amounts of weight in a short time. At Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center, a 56-year-old male with hypertension, high cholesterol and an increased amount of abdominal fat shed 22 pounds in only ten days.

The KE Diet works by forcing the body to burn fat rather than carbohydrates for energy. The feeding solution has zero carbs, which acts as a “hard reset” for the body. While carbs are an important part of a balanced diet, the standard American diet of today suffers from an excess of this macronutrient. Simple, highly palatable carbs are especially a problem. Many preventable health issues are a direct result of excess fat and obesity caused by carb-rich diets. The 12-week Jump Start to Health program offers the tools and resources to learn healthier food choices and eating habits.

To qualify for the KE Diet, patients must have a body mass index (BMI) over 30, or over 27 with a medical condition related to obesity sleep apnea, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. Patients of normal weight but high body fat percentages (over 25 percent for men, 32 percent for women) may also participate.

Once the KE Diet portion of the Jump Start to Health program concludes, patients work with a registered dietitian to develop a personalized meal plan to sustain their progress and set them on a path for a lifetime of better health. Patients also receive a personal fitness assessment by a personal trainer. The goal, according to Dr. Scurry, is to be successful in fat loss, not just weight loss.

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Under the leadership of Dr. Tanya Scurry, the goal of Body & Mind Weight Loss Center is to provide a helping hand to those struggling with obesity, to provide an ear to listen to their pain, to lift them up in encouragement and support, and to provide a safe place for them to heal.


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Aug 8th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Guy Sebastian had eight weeks to get into shape for his Mens Health Australia cover. Picture: Jason Ierace

The ketogenic diet has gained popularity in recent years, with some claiming this way of eating can have incredible benefits to long-term health.

Former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian says its the diet that helped him get shredded in eight weeks for his Mens Health Australia cover.

But what is a ketogenic diet, and does the evidence truly stack up to back up the claims? This is what you need to know, according to accredited practising dietitian Chloe McLeod.

Guy Sebastian and his wife Jules. Picture: Jason IeraceSource:Supplied

What is a ketogenic diet?

A ketogenic diet is a diet very low in carbohydrates and very high in fat. The reduction in the consumption of carbohydrates places the body in a state of ketosis, which is a metabolic state where fat provides most of the fuel the body requires to function.

What constitutes a diet thats low-carb and high-fat?

A standard ketogenic diet is usually comprised of approximately 20 per cent protein, 75 per cent fat, and 5 per cent carbohydrates, where approximately 10-50g of carbohydrates are consumed each day. When compared to a general healthy diet, the distribution is far more even, with approximately 20-30 per cent protein, 20-30 per cent fat and 30-40 per cent carbohydrates.

Who should do it?

Ketogenic diets are reportedly useful for weight management. When reducing carbohydrates, it is normal to see the number on the scales go down, due to the body losing water as a result of carbohydrate stores being used up. Fat and protein are also very satiating, meaning that it is possible you will feel fuller. This means potentially fewer calories are consumed, so weight loss is as a result of reduced calorie consumption, rather than the low-carb diet. That said there is some research which indicates that low carbohydrate diets can assist with weight loss, particularly in severely obese individuals.

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The cons?

Some of the claims of the efficacy of a ketogenic diet are overstated, particularly in relation to weight loss, increased lean mass and increased longevity. More high quality research is needed to support these claims.

Also, following this diet can be really difficult, particularly in the long-term. Fruit, grains, beans and legumes, starchy vegetables, most dairy, along with most processed foods need to be removed from the diet. This usually means that day to day eating needs to be highly structured and planned, and eating out and social arrangements can become much more difficult.

This lifestyle also means significantly less fibre and prebiotic foods going into the diet, which can have a negative impact on many aspects of health particularly in gut health. New research has shown a high-fat diet can change the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut, with potentially wide ranging effects on health, not to mention, an increased risk of constipation.

How to do it safely (if at all)

If someone needs to follow, or wants to try out a ketogenic diet, it is recommended to work with a dietitian who is skilled in this area to help ensure all nutrition needs are covered. Its also a good idea to have a chat with your GP, and get some blood tests done first to check key vitals before commencing.

Low carbohydrate, ketogenic diets may have some positive health benefits, but it is important to not view it as a cure-all as for most of us, it wont be.

This article originally appeared on Body and Soul.

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Aug 8th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely


The late-night spoons of ready-made frosting were the best. The preteen thrill of sneaking downstairs to the fridge and plunging a spoon into an open can of sweet and creamy vanilla sludge made the treat all the sweeter as it melted over my tongue and then slid down my throat.

My parents caught onto my clandestine snacking. My pediatrician had already warned my parents to rein in my eating habits and my growing belly. Dadwho overindulged without shame in the light of dayteased me about it. Mom had even made me wear a snap-on modesty apron below my bikini top to hide the pooch.

So with the typical ambivalence of a tween girl, I felt both exposed and defiant. I plotted my next secret rebellion: lifting sugar packets from the table at restaurants when no one was looking, excusing myself to go to the restroom and, once safely hidden in a stall, pouring the crystals down my gullet. The seediness of the location made it feel all the more right.

My love affair with sugar was deep, unruly and destructive. Over the years, as my weight fluctuated, the affair would lure me into unhealthy and frequent transactions with the Carrot Cake Man of Philadelphia (his bakery was just down the street from my home!) and convince me that it was totally healthy to eat a massive slice of Mississippi mud pie in one sitting, as long as it was vegan. Even co-editing a book with the words Choosing Health and Wellness in its title and a chapter on Recognizing and Preventing Diabetes couldnt break up the affair. Sugar has the power to make hypocrites of us all.

Eventually I developed a pretty healthy lifestyle in order to control another health condition that I could not ignore: high blood pressure. I avoided most dairy items and fried foods, as well as sodas and sugary drinks. I even ran in the park a couple of days a week.

Then came a series of life-altering breakups. The first happened to my marriage, an upheaval that robbed me of sleep, sending me to the doctor in search of relief. She required me to go through a complete, standard physical exam, and then called me with the news that finally forced me to separate with sugar, too: I was within a hairs breadth of becoming diabetic.

The evidence was the results from an A1C test, one of several that reflect ones blood sugar level. A normal reading is below 5.7. A reading of 5.7 to 6.4 is considered prediabetic, which means that, like more than 1 in 3 Americans, you have a high risk of developing diabetes. Above that, you are diabetic. My reading was 6.3.

Shock is an inadequate word for what I was feeling. I had never had a prediabetic result that I could remember. Sure, I knew that African Americans are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, the most common type, in which the body doesnt use insulin properly to move glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into the bodys cells. (With the rarer Type 1 diabetes, insulin is not produced at all and must be injected.) I knew that I had high blood pressure, another risk factor, though it was being managed. I even knew I had relatives with Type 2 diabetesyet another risk factor. So why had the doctors diagnosis blindsided me?

It was because I had gotten the message from doctors and health organizations that people get diabetes when they indulge in an unhealthy lifestyle. Any black woman who consumes health information is likely to know that we have been singled out as the group with the highest rate of overweight or obesity in the U.S., exceptional for the wrong reason in a society where thin is in.

The diagnosis made me feel like the 11-year-old in the apron bikini pouring sugar down her throat all over again. Having a grandmother and an uncle who had developed diabetes in midlife was reason enough, said my doctor, interrupting my reverie. She advised me to cut back on sugar and food with high glycemic loads that could cause my blood sugar to spike quickly, such as complex carbohydrates (also known as starchy foods). I was to replace them in smaller portions with fiber-rich, low-glycemicload foods that are digested more slowly, and then come back in a month to see if I should be put on medication to avoid developing full-blown diabetes.

As I left her office, the specter of amputated limbs, blindness and painful neuropathyall complications of diabeteshaunted me. Oh no, I thought. That will not be me.

Desserts (yes, all desserts) and energy bars were replaced with homemade dried-fruit-and-nut trail mix and vegan fruit smoothies. As my palate adjusted to less sweetness, I stepped down to healthier fresh fruit, which, in moderation, is now the only type of dessert I haveexcept my once-yearly vegan birthday cupcake. Juicing, which concentrates sugar, is out. I dont miss it. Whole fruits and vegetables are better, and tasty when your palate is no longer stunned by sugar.

Proper portion control with complex carbs rather than simple carbs was the bigger challenge, because they were the real trigger foods for me. Remember the old saying, You cant just eat one potato chip; you have to finish the whole bag? That was me with white rice, regular pasta, noodles, potatoes and any kind of chips. I switched to smaller portions of the whole-grain versions, which made me feel full a lot sooner anyway.

Meanwhile, I had cranked up the twice-weekly running habit with a lifelong dream in my sights: to run the New York City Marathon.

Little more than a month later, I came back to the doctor. After a brief examination, during which she noted that I had lost more than 5 pounds, she said that nonetheless she would put me on medication to prevent diabetes. Most people cant move the needle in such a short time, she explained. Test my blood sugar first, I insisted.

When the results came back, it was time for the doctor to be shocked. My A1C was within normal range, and it has been ever since. Within six months, I would lose another 20 pounds. Within two years (and newly divorced), I ran the Chicago Marathon and, a year later, the New York City Marathon.

Five years since my prediabetes diagnosis, I still have normal blood sugar readings, a continued passion for running, and a clear understanding that I simply have to work harder than others to stay healthy and avoid diabetes. Its simply in my makeup, as it is for many other black people.

Getting past the feeling of being shamed came with having a frank conversation with my physician that went beyond lose weight to here are your numbers and the steps tailored to your life and physiology that you can take to improve them.

That customized approach is key. Theres not one diet that is appropriate for every person with diabetes, or prediabetes, explains William T. Cefalu, M.D., chief scientific, medical and mission officer at the American Diabetes Association. It needs to be a flexible nutrition plan, and it needs to be tailored to the individuals needs, their activityand, basically, what works for that patient. For some, medication is also necessary, he added.

As I had been, 90 percent of prediabetic people are unaware of their condition. With so many people at risk, I recommend that anyone reading this educate him- or herself at or Theres no shame in itonly the risk of having a tawdry rendezvous with better health.

Sheryl Huggins Salomon is senior editor-at-large at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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Aug 6th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Amy Childs has caused a stir on social media after posting about a weight loss supplement, with some fans accusing her of putting pressure on new mums and how they look.

The reality TV star posted a before and after picture of herself on Instagram, showing off the results she’s achieved with the product in an ‘after’ bikini shot since welcoming her daughter Polly.

‘I never expected to lose this much weight. I feel like @skinnycoffeeclub has changed my lifestyle for the better.’

‘Any new mums will understand how hard it can be to look after yourself as well as caring for your new baby, so when I found Skinny Coffee Club day night coffee I was delighted as it fits in perfectly with my daily routine and requires minimal effort.’

‘For anyone looking on losing weight safely but quickly then I would definitely recommend joining the @skinnycoffeeclub program.’

While many fans commented on Amy’s picture to congratulate her on her amazing post-baby body, some criticised the mum for putting pressure on other mums to lose weight.

One wrote: ‘Yay! More pressure on new mum’s to lose weight. Well done Amy, you must be so proud,’ whilst a second commented: ‘You look amazing @amychilds1990. But some mums don’t have that confidence, I used be size 8 now a 14. It’s just ignorance!’

A third agreed: ‘Nobody just takes this and loses weight like you have in your picture, this must have been achieved by a few other things e.g diet, exercise and maybe a few procedures. Young girls these days don’t need more pressure put on them.’

It’s not the first time fans slam Amy for promoting weight loss products on social media. Mere days after giving birth, the mum-of-one took to Instagram to post about the meal supplements that she later admitted wasn’t taking.

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At the time critics pointed out that it was irresponsible to promote the products as new mums shouldn’t breastfeed while drinking the shakes, which prompted Amy to take down the post and apologise to fans.

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Aug 5th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

AN EVESHAM mum who battled her weight for a number of years and fought depression hopes to share her story with others.

Natalie Moxey will launch her own Slimming World group at the De Montfort School next Saturday from 9.30am.

The mum of two has fought back from weighing more than 18 stone and having to wear size 22 clothes.

Natalie had always battled with her weight, stretching back as far as her teen years but her weight gain spiralled out of control over the past five years.

After tying the knot with her childhood sweetheart Tom in August 2011, the happy couple dreamed of starting a family.

But after the joy of falling pregnant in March 2012, Natalie and Tom suffered the heartbreak of a miscarriage on Mothers Day.

Following the tragic loss, the couple struggled to conceive and Natalie was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormone-related condition caused by small cysts or follicles on the ovaries.

Despite the setback, Natalie fell pregnant in 2013 but endured an awful first 12 weeks where she suffered bleeding and cramping.

Little David arrived safely in December 2013 after a pregnancy beset by severe pelvic pain which made it difficult for Natalie to walk and ended with an emergency c-section after complications during his birth.

The couple discovered a second baby, Jack was on the way six months after Davids birth but again Natalie endured a difficult pregnancy with pelvic pain so bad she ended in up in a wheelchair.

Despite Jacks safe and healthy arrival, Natalie was haunted by the demons of the previous years which led to a crippling depression.

I was eating my feelings, with no care of concern for myself. Getting through the day was my only aim, she said.

To me, food was an instant high but really it was just compounding my depression. I had no control.

The 31-year-old saw her weight rocket and regularly dined on sugary cereals, crisps, chocolate and ready meals and would often eat takeaways, sometimes up to five times a week.

During the day, I wasnt that bad, but at night Id just sit and eat and eat, she said.

The caring mum tackled various weight loss methods but said her life began to change when she first attended a Slimming World group last January.

She discovered she could still eat tasty meals and chocolate and even the odd glass or two of wine.

Before I could barely walk but now I run regular 5ks and enjoy exercising at local fitness groups, she said.

I can chase around after my boys without having to worry about not keeping up, or getting stuck on a slide!

Call Natalie on 07791674678 on the group.

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Aug 5th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

For Sumangal Agarwal, life hit a full stop when his weighing scale showed the century mark. It was only after seeing Virat Kohli’s transformation, that Sumangal finally got the motivation to shed all that extra weight. Inspired by celebrities on television, Sumangal accepted the challenge in his own zeal. Read on to find out how Sumangal lost 27 kilos!

Name: Sumangal Agarwal Highest weight recorded: 102 kgs Weight lost: 27 kgs

The turning point: I was very unhappy with my body and appearance and always wanted to have a good physique like celebrities appearing on television. I started doing my research and read several interviews and fitness guidelines. The real motivation came to me when I heard about Virat Kohli’s transformation after listening to his interviews.

Breakfast: Lukewarm lemon water after waking up Morning snacks: Black coffee without sugar Lunch: 50gm of Roasted chickpeas or Punjabi Chhole Evening snacks: Green tea with almonds and walnuts Dinner: Sprouts or sometimes slept hungry I had 1-2 cheat meals in a week, though I tried to avoid it as much as I could.

(TOI Health does not endorse crash dieting or vigorous dieting in any way. Individual results may vary. Please be cautious.) My workout: During the first two months, I was stuck to light cardio at home. But after losing 10-12 kilograms, I added weight training as well as high intensity cardio. I do exercises with dumbbells for around 90 minutes and have pretty much got my biceps and shoulders in good shape.

Fitness secrets I unveiled: Anybody can workout for 2 hours in the gym but to control what’s in your plate for the remaining 22 hours makes a real champion.

How do I stay motivated? My real motivation is when people who body shamed me, come to me for suggestions.

How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? Losing focus is also related to motivation. I never forget how I cried every night when I saw the needle (on the weighing scale) only moving upwards. I fear going back to that time again.

What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? Gravity plays its role more on us. Right from getting up in the morning to doing push ups during a workout, it just keeps on getting tougher.

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Aug 3rd, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely