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While lots of us have put on weight in recent weeks, Alan Titchmarsh has done the opposite. The 71-year-old TV presenter says he has lost a stone since the pandemic started, thanks to hours spent working on his four acres of land without the help of his usual hired gardeners.

So could anyone do it? Roy Taylor, a professor of medicine and metabolism at Newcastle University, says it is entirely possible to lose a stone within four to six weeks if your BMI is higher than the typically healthy range. And, whats more, there is a sure-fire, scientific route to doing so. Heres what the experts say.

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Weight loss was always one of the most searched for topics online, but ever since the lockdown, losing weight at home has become ever so popular, possibly because all of a sudden everyone started to gain weight due to their new, sedentary lifestyle. The good news is that losing weight at home needn't be difficult. You don't need to go full keto for weight loss although, okay, that could help.

To find out which five foods to avoid if you don't want to gain weight at home and five to eat instead for rapid weight loss we spoke to performance nutritionist Simon Jurwik who also happens to be the commercial director at Bulk Powders. In his humble opinion, some simple changes to lifestyle and diet can lead to great results. You don't have to do bodyweight workouts at home or use a running workout although that also might help.

Here are Simon's best tips on lockdown weight loss keeping in shape effectively and safely, with no dramas.

Simon doesn't believe in the idea of inherently 'bad' foods although even he wouldn't recommend chowing down on takeaway every morning. His motto is "everything in moderation". However he adds, "I would say to limit your consumption of the below whilst in lockdown as they are more calorie dense." Makes sense.

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Eat all your five-a-day in one go if you wish

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When it comes to weight loss, Simon vouches for calorie deficit: "You should try and eat a well balanced diet so you get the right amount of nutrients and minerals." Ideally, you would like to eat your five a day, a mix of fruits and vegetables, to make sure your vitamin levels are topped up.

It's easier than you think to add more greens to your meals: have some tomatoes with your breakfast bacon and eggs, have an apple mid-morning, some asparagus and kale with your lunch, a banana in the afternoon and half an avocado with your tea.

That's already more than 'just' five-a-day and it shows just how easy it is to add some extra fibres to your diet. Eating more fibrous can also help you feel fuller for longer, meaning you won't get hungry almost instantly after you had some food.

Simon recommends the following food groups to be included in your diet for effective weight loss:

Drinking more water can certainly help

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As Simon explains, "to avoid weight gain or to lose weight, you need to maintain calories compared to your energy expenditure to avoid weight gain or in a deficit for weight loss."

If this sounds a bit too complicated, here is what it means: you need to eat less than your maintenance calories in order to lose weight. Maintenance calories are what your body needs to function: on average, it is around 2,000 kcal for women and 2,500 kcal for men.

"A good way to do this is tracking your calories so you have a better understanding of how much youre eating." Simon adds "If you dont like specifically calorie tracking, then start monitoring your portion sizes. If you need to lose weight, simply reduce the portion sizes."

Calorie tracking can be made easy with apps like MyFitnessPal which can scan barcodes and do the addition for you, no need to calculate carbs/fat/protein manually.

If you want to lose weight, take in less calories than the ones you spend doing your daily activities. Although an average men burns 2,500 calories, if you spend most of your time at home and don't exercise much, your calorie needs are probably under that 2,500, more closer to 2,000.

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You really should avoid most takeaways. Sorry!

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Is keto diet the key to weight loss?

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Going on a special diet can help, but only if it's controlled and you stick to it. "Ultimately, it comes down to adherence. If you find going lower carb keto diet is easier for you to stick with, then thats a good option. If you prefer intermittent fasting and you find you can stick to it, then thats one to explore" Simon adds.

The keyword here is 'adherence': avoid moving from one fad to the other on a weekly basis. Once you found the diet you can keep to it doesn't have to be an extreme one either just let your body adjust and eventually, you'll see the results.

The most important thing to remember is that once you get healthy, weight loss will come naturally. It's not about chasing after pounds lost; what's more important is to ease yourself into a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable diet. That will make you lose weight and keep it off, too.

Other special diets include the vegan diet, military diet and paleo diet. And loads more. Do we recommend these? Not necessarily but they are there as an option, should you want to try them for weight loss.

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Exercising regularly is not necessary for weight loss but it can certainly help

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In Simon's opinion, it's important to make a distinction between people who already have a certain muscle mass and people who 'just' want to lose weight: "It depends, if youre aiming to maintain a certain amount of muscle mass, you would need to continue exercising and in particular, resistance training, to hold onto the muscle mass you have."

Cardio has long been used for weight loss, let it be running on treadmills, indoor cycling or indoor rowing. But resistance training is also a great way to burn calories as well as doing HIIT workouts. The best resistance training for weight loss are the ones that use compound exercises, like this full body workout or this two-day push-pull workout.

"Similarly, if youve just completed a diet, which incorporated exercising and calorie restriction, youll need to continue completing the same level of exercise to maintain your weight. If you were to just stop, your calorie expenditure would go down and you will likely gain weight" Simon concludes.

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Supplement-wise, Bulk Powders has you covered

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Understandably, Simon knows a lot about topping up your energy levels with supplements: "having the right supplements in the right time can contribute to maintaining/losing weight when incorporated into a balanced diet. For example, if you follow a ketogenic diet, Bulk Powders has several products that are low in carbohydrates such as our Complete Keto Protein Shake, Complete Greens and Electrolyte tablets."

Supplements can come in many shapes and sizes and supplementing your diet doesn't necessarily mean chugging down gallons of protein shakes or weight gainers. Especially if you are following a strict diet, like the vegan diet or the aforementioned keto diet, taking some supplements will be inevitable to support your metabolism.

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If you're on a mission to lose weight but don't have the time or energy for a more intense workout, walking is a great place to start. And with fitness trackers and GPS apps readily available on our phones, it's easier than ever to track your steps, time, or distance whenever you hit the pavement.

So, let's say you walk for an hour during the day: will you lose weight? One study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that subjects who, without making changes to their diet, worked out at a rate equivalent to walking 12 miles per week for eight months saw fat loss. The authors further stated that the controls in this experiment gained weight, but that could be reversed with 30 minutes of daily walking.

Plus, exercise physiologist Tom Holland, MS, CSCS, told POPSUGAR in a previous interview that you can certainly see weight-loss results by walking just 30 minutes per day. He recommends that true beginners start with walking three to four times per week, then increase from there. But, just how effective your workout is depends on a number of factors.

"The intensity at which you walk plays a key role in helping your body burn more calories and improve your cardiorespiratory system," Denise Miklasz, an ACE-certified personal trainer at Northwestern Medicine Crystal Lake Health & Fitness Center, told POPSUGAR.

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If you're walking at a casual stroll, you're probably not going to achieve the weight loss you want. One way to pick up the pace? "You could include 30- to 60-second bursts of faster walking every three to five minutes, followed by a 30-second recovery walk," Miklasz said. You can also try walking with weights or picking a route with hills to add some intervals to your workout.

"An interval-training workout will continue to burn more calories after your workout due to a physiological effect called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. EPOC is sometimes referred to as the 'afterburn effect,'" Miklasz explained.

Even more important is your diet. You know this, but you can't eat whatever you want or as much as you want the second you start exercising. "In order to lose weight you need to create a calorie deficit," Miklasz said. One pound is equal to 3,500 calories, so you'd need to carve out 3,500 calories each week in order to lose one pound, which experts consider a safe and healthy goal. In other words, "you need to either burn an extra 3,500 calories or remove 3,500 calories from your diet," Miklasz explained - or a combination of the two.

"Combining exercise with a healthy diet is more effective than restricting calories alone. Exercise can help you maintain and increase lean body mass, which results in a larger calorie burn per day," Miklasz said. To that point, when you're ready to start building muscle, remember that walking alone won't cut it. She noted, "Ideally, incorporating strength training along with aerobic exercise will increase muscle mass and boost your metabolism." This four-week workout plan for weight loss is a great place to start, and you can check out this beginner weightlifting plan as well.

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In Oxfordshire, things are worse still: research published last year found that 56 per cent of adults there were overweight or obese, while one in five children starts primary school overweight. By the time they leave, that figure becomes one in three.

The mystery man's own plan for introducing a financial motivation came about through a bet he made with an overweight builder who came to work on his home - and subsequently lost two stone. That gave me the the idea that this needs to be copied and followed through, he says.

The benefactor has been described in the local press as a very wealthy in-betweener who spends his time between London and Denchworth. The Telegraph tracked him down this week although agreed not to reveal his identity due to his insistence that he does not wish to take any personal credit should the weight loss challenge prove a success.

He added that his son has type1 diabetes, which only accounts for one in 10 cases of the condition in the UK. Unlike type 2, it has nothing to do with obesity, but the experience has focused his mind. The Imperial study found that for people with type 1, who also happen to be severely obese, the coronavirus mortality rate is doubled. Obesity is also a risk factor for other underlying conditions heart disease, dementia, kidney disease and asthma that account for around three in four Covid deaths.

The donor said he hoped the nation would now follow Boris Johnson - who is said to have warned dont be a fatty in your fifties after his own scare - in taking their weight more seriously. The Prime Minister has taken on board it is right to be thinner in life, he says. If the country was to copy that we could see people reducing their weight and their health becoming less of an issue.

Prior to his damascene-conversion on the Covid wards, the Prime Minister was a vocal critic of interventionist health policies, particularly with regard to the war on sugar, which he declared the work of the nanny state. But so far the residents of Denchworth have proved surprisingly agreeable to the weight loss scheme, which officially begins on June 1.

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Weight Loss: Rice and chapati are two major foods that are an inseparable part of every Indians daily diet. These staple food items have their own pros and cons. Most of the people remain confused about what to pick when it it about effective weight loss. Well, both roti and rice have almost same amount of calories and carbs. However, their overall nutritional value differ. Also Read - Weight Loss: Consume Jaggery With Warm Water to Detoxify Your Body And Shed Those Extra Kilos

Chapattis contain more protein and fiber than rice and are known to keep you satiated for long. On the other hand, rice can be digested easily as compared to chapattis. This is due to its high starch content. Have we increased the confusion for you? Dont worry. Here we help you pick the right option among these two staple foods. Also Read - Weight Loss: Here is How This Super-Food Can Help You Shed Those Extra Kilos

Keeping the nutritional value of both rice and roti in mind, if we have to choose one, the latter wins. However, if you are suffering from a condition that requires you to avoid sodium, you must not opt for roti as every 120 grams of wheat has 190 mgs of sodium. In case of no such bothering condition, you should go for chapatti. Here is why: Also Read - Weight Loss: Consume Garlic Tea Daily And Bid Adieu to Those Extra Kilos

Chapattis contain more dietary fiber than rice. Having them can prevent overeating and weight gain.

Chapattis are rich in protein, which is inversely linked to belly fat. Apart from making you feel full, protein improves your metabolism and helps in effective calorie burning. It signals body to reduce your appetite.

Intake of chapattis offer you iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. However, rice doesnt have calcium to offer. Also, it has lower levels of potassium than chapattis. Roti can also keep your blood sugar level under control.

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Richard Madden became an absolute sensation among fans after the hunk was spotted in BBC One drama Bodyguard.

And it appears the actor is not at all shy about his good looks after being dubbed a "heartthrob" by crushing fans.

But for Richard, who is now 33, it hasn't always been this way as he described himself as "fat and crushingly shy" when he was a youngster.

However it seems since his school days, the ripped star has been putting in the work over the years to look as good as he does now.

The Game Of Thrones actor confessed he wasn't always considered a hunk at his "fairly tough high school" in the town of Paisley in his native Scotland.

"I was fat and shy.Crushingly shy, going to what was a fairly tough high school. Aggressive, masculine," he previously told The Sun.

Richard admitted he couldn't fit into his jeans at the time, adding: "I was a 38in waist when I was 12. I didn't wear denim until I was 19 because denim is hard to take up. My mum couldn't take my jeans up."

He's previously told Flaunt he'd be a "shy, fat kid living in Scotland with no girlfriend," if it weren't for his acting career.

But fast-forward to 2020, and the award-winning star looks totally different to his teenager self.

The actor now has a very sporty and gym-honed physique, as well as a chiselled torso.

He has turned his life around completely, as he uses running and a clean diet to keep him in tip-top shape.

The star often shares snaps of himself on Instagram after his rather long and sweaty runs, including up mountains and in the rain.

One of his captions read: "This time last year I could barely walk, was on crutches and miserable. Today I ran 22km (half marathon) and am feeling happy and grateful to be where I am doing what I love (and to be back on my feet).#RunningNotRaving"

And he's previously explained he had to lose weight for his acting job, which is likely to have spurred on his incredible weight loss journey.

Despite looking amazing, Richard has criticised the "unrealistic" demands that are put on actors and actresses to lose weight.

Richard said being told to shed weight for jobs "doesn't just happen to women".

In a 2019 interview with Vogue, he explained: "We're projecting a very unrealistic body image.

"I find myself with actor friends, after we've done a kind of barely eating, working out twice a day, no-carbing thing for these scenes, looking at each other going, 'We're just feeding this same s**t that we're against.'

"I've done numerous jobs where you're told to lose weight and get to the gym."

He also touched on having his "fat rolls pinched" and having to wear costumes "so tight they feel like a corset".

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The U.S. is currently facing a shortage of ventilators. Here's how they work and why they are so important in fighting COVID-19. USA TODAY

The parents and two brothers of Silvia Deyanira Melendez, 24,areall in therapy after losing their daughter and sister to COVID-19 on March 28.

"I dont have the wordsto say howbeautiful and nice to the family she was,"her father, Marcos Melendez, said Friday.

She weighed more than 300pounds with a body mass index of 60,double the BMIconsidered obese.Thismost likely contributed heavily to her Type 2 diabetes, hypertensionand a heart condition that required open heart surgery two years ago.

The chronic conditions that increase the risk of serious illness and death ofCOVID-19 are by now well known: diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and being older than 65.Obesity is less well known or understood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention groups "severe obesity," defined as having a BMI of 40 or higher, with the other known "risk factors for serious illness" for COVID-19.

CDC data show the percentage of adultsconsidered obese increased from 30% to 42% between the 1999-2000 period and 2017-2018. Nine percent hadsevere obesity, up from 5% in1999-2000.

"Before we had COVID, we had an obesity epidemic going on in the U.S. and we've had this for some time," said Dr. Robert Fildes, a pediatric kidney physician.

6. Body fat percentage     • When to get tested: Every few months Body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, is the standard doctors use to diagnose obesity or if a person is overweight. BMI, however, has limitations. It does not distinguish fat from muscle and does not take into account how much of the weight is actually fat. Too much body fat can increase the risk of health issues such as high cholesterol, heart disease, and even depression. Excessive abdominal fat may increase the risk of type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, and coronary artery disease. Men store more fat around the stomach, which is more dangerous than storing it on the hips and thighs as women generally do. Visceral fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, diabetes, colon cancer, and sleep apnea. A more comprehensive body fat calculator takes into account age, gender, weight, height, as well as skinfold measurements of the thighs, triceps, and suprailium (above the upper bone of the hip). The healthy range for men is between 2% and 24%, depending on age and level of physical activity. ALSO READ: The Biggest Worries About Childrens Health(Photo: turk_stock_photographer / iStock via Getty Images)

The editors of the medical journal Obesity last month said coronavirus createda "dual pandemic threat" and urged health care providers to "take up the cause" of fighting obesity with their patients.

A growing number of studies and data onCOVID-19 deaths confirmthe link. The extra weight on people in the 40-plus BMI range who contract COVID-19increases the chance they will require hospitalization, most likely in the intensive care unit. It also hampers the ability of physicians to treat them, especially with ventilators, doctors say.

A study by French researchers in the journal Obesity showed a high frequency of obesity among patients admitted tointensive care with coronavirus.The severity of the disease increased along with BMI.

Along with making mechanical ventilation harder, being severely overweight can make it harder to breath, reducing the patient's own ventilation, said Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, a Kentucky physician and founder of the patient advocacy group Health Watch USA.

It also reduces the amount of oxygen per breath, so patients have less of a reserve when they get sick.

Marcos Melendez said he was heartened when his daughter seemed to be improving in the hospital, where her mother also was being treated for COVID-19. Melendez had to communicate with both of them by video chatdue toto the risks in the hospital and because he and his sons were quarantined at home.

"The coronavirus was making big damage in her lungs and after that, the virus went to her heart," Melendez said. "She was responding good with oxygen and then the virus started attacking her heart. It went the other way in a big way."

Dr. Jeanette Brown is a pulmonoglist at University of Utah Health and a clinical professor.(Photo: University of Utah Health)

Dr. Jeanette Brown, a University of Utah Health pulmonologist who treated Melendez, said the young woman's size prevented Brown and the ICUstaff from placing her on her stomach, which is the safest position for patients with breathing tubes hooked up to ventilators. Brown did not identify the patient by name, but Marcos Melendez confirmed it was his daughter.

Placing patients in this position allows doctors to reduce the amount of oxygen needed from the ventilator by allowingpatientsto use the less-damaged part of the lungs.

When Melendez was on her stomach, her ability to take in oxygen worsened.

Sorather than spending up to 17 hours in that position, "we had to flip to her back and try not to lose the airway," Brown said. "She wasnt even able to tolerate that more a few minutes."

Silvia Deyanira Melendez died about 24 hours later when her heart failed.

"As a provider, you want to help people, but when they are severely obese, the deck is already stacked against you," Brown said.

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Depending on a patient's size, an ultrasound's view is more limited because of the excess tissue. Some of the most obese patients may not even be able to have a CAT scan because the machines have weight limits, Brown said.

"Literally, if they are large enough, you lose some of the tools in your tool box," she said.

Fildes, who recently retired from his nephrology practice in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, worked with children who had diabetes that would turn into renal disease if they didn't comply with their dietary and glucose guidelines.

Fildes said some of his teenaged patients weighed 300 to 400 pounds and some developed high blood pressure as young as 11.

The risk of having a high BMI isso serious that Dr. Talal Munasifi said he and most other plastic surgeons won't perform an elective, cosmetic procedure on patients with BMIs of 35 or higher unless they lose weight. Many surgery centers won't perform even needed medical procedures on people whose BMIs are 40 or higher, he said.

Dr. Talal Munasifi is a Northern Virginia plastic surgeon and clinical professor at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital.(Photo: Joshua Mitchell, Urban Health Media Project)

"Once you go over 35,the complication rate gets high," said Munasifi, also a clinical professor at MedStar Georgetown University hospital. The most likely complications are infection and delayed wound healing.

An estimated 75,000 people die a year from infections they developed in health care facilities, according to a 2014 CDC study.

Excess fat cellscreate other problems, too. They are believed to release inflammatory signals that cause the immune system to overreact to coronavirus, creating something known as cytokine release syndome, according to new research.

Brown, who is Mexican American, said obesity and its risks are a familiar topic, personally and professionally. She'sbeen especially worried about her parents, whom she described as obese, during the pandemic because they have Type 2diabetes.

"The unfortunate thing is we tend to have many of the co-morbidities," Brown said of the Latino population.

She said her parents are eating more carefully now, especially since her father realized he was still eating bread when he had tortillas.

Marcos Melendez said a couple of his friends died recently of COVID-19, and obesity was their only risk factor. He is Peruvian-American and his wifeis from Costa Rica. Their daughter's loss has made everyone in the familyimprove their diets and exercise.

"We need to take care of it all," he said.

Since Silvia Melendez's death, the family drinksprotein shakes in the morning, doesn't drink sodasand stops eating at 6 p.m., with only water until bedtime. They are "walking and doing a lot of things" recreationally, he said.

Silvia Melendez's mother, also named Silvia, hasdiabetes and high blood pressure like her daughter. She has continued the diet she started before her hospitalization and has already lost 30 pounds.

After losing his daughter, Melendez couldn't imagine losing his wife.

"I was really scared about her, too," Melendez said. "That virus is very dangerous. It goes after the weakest thing in your body, especially if you are overweight."

O'Donnell, USA TODAY's health policy reporter, is on social media as @JayneODonnell and email at jodonnell@usatoday.com

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Weight loss doesn't happen overnight, regular exercise and proper diet plan over a period of time play an integral role to achieve the desired result. However, there are few ingredients and beverages which can expedite the process of losing weight. One such beverage is white tea, which is lesser-known, however, loaded with numerous medicinal properties which can help in weight loss. In this week weight loss tip, we will discuss, how drinking white tea can help you shed some kilos.Weight Loss Tip of the Week: How to Use Matcha Tea to Lose Weight.

White tea can be called as the cousin of green tea and black tea, as it is also derived from the same camellia sinensis plant. But what makes white tea different, is that it has undergone very less processing. By this, white tea is more nutrient-dense compared to green and black tea. Now let us see how white tea can help in weight loss.Weight Loss Tip of the Week: How to Use Snow Mountain Garlic (Kashmiri Lahsun) to Lose Weight.

In the first place, replacing your regular sugar and milk tea with white tea reduce your total calorie count significantly. White tea is low in calories and you can have it any time of the day to freshen up your mind. Apart from being a zero-calorie drink, white tea is rich in antioxidants which can help reduce weight. German scientists in their recent study have also proven that white tea burn away fat cells. White tea also contains caffeine, which speeds up metabolism, this, in turn, can also help in weight loss.

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White tea not only can help in weight loss, but most importantly it can also strengthen up body's immune system. The presence of polyphenols and catechins antioxidants in white tea fight free radicals and thereby improve the body's immunity. It is advisable to drink white tea, three times a day supported with a proper diet for optimal result.

(This article is written for an informative purpose and should not be substituted for medical advice. Kindly consult your doctor before trying any tips.)

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The charismatic CEO of a Fortune 500 company stepped up to the podium of a packed auditorium. He chronicled his rise from the mailroom to the boardroom. He confessed to living in constant fear that his secret would be revealed.

That secret: He never learned to read.

A page of print is as inaccessible to me as it was to that man.

He never learned to read. I read too well.

How is it possible to read too well?

I visually correct the spelling and the grammar. I rearrange the sentences. I improve on the choice of words. I psychoanalyze the author.

None of this is intentional. I do it in spite of myself.

I get bogged down. I start reading the same sentence over and over.

I count how many pages like the one I am stuck on there are between it and the end of the book. I am overwhelmed. I am exhausted.

I have to put my head down on the desk and take a nap.

By the time I was 7, I had been labeled a slow reader. A good reader, but a slow one.

I reached my mid-20s living a lie. Those who knew me best thought I had read thousands of books. It was more like dozens. I felt like such a fraud. And I was missing all that wonderful reading.

I enrolled in Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics, the world-famous "speed-reading" course that promised not to sacrifice comprehension or retention.

The Evelyn Wood course is about the solidity of focus.

The what of what?

We learn in school to read each word separately. Evelyn Wood calls this "hard focus."

When we view a landscape painting, we don't think "tree," "bush," "flower," "rock," "stream." Instead, we instinctively take in the whole scene at the same time. Evelyn Wood calls this "soft focus."

The object is to read the page the way we "read" the painting.

The tool for achieving this is the human hand. Turn it over with the palm up and the fingers extended. Zigzag it rapidly down the page, forcing the eye to follow the fingertips.

Then practice, practice, practice.

I gladly accepted that advice, but ironically, the more I practiced, the more my hard focus intensified.

The biggest misconception about the Evelyn Wood course is that it is "skimming." It is anything but.

The instructor is careful to remind the student to follow his fingertips beyond the bottom line of print on each page.

Evelyn says that everything the eye perceives, the brain retains. It may have to be retrieved from a deeper tier of the subconscious, but it is in there somewhere.

Was there something in my subconscious that was blocking me from the blessings of Evelyn Wood?

People use hypnosis to stop smoking and lose weight. Could the power of suggestion unleash my inner Evelyn?

I consulted a professional hypnotist. He deemed my idea feasible and relished the prospect of expanding his services in a new direction.

But it didn't work.

A subsequent effort by a different hypnotist was just as unsuccessful. It seems that I am a poor subject for hypnosis.

Am I doomed to a future of hard focus?

I devote a high percentage of my waking hours to reading, but my return on investment is meager. I am reduced to reading newspaper columns, magazine articles and book reviews (instead of the real thing). Even this is a strain.

I sometimes pick a topic for my column that forces me to read a book. The only way I can get through it is to read it out loud. Reading a book out loud is the antithesis of soft focus. Evelyn would be shocked.

Barbara Presnell's Jan. 31 column inspired me to write this column. After a dalliance with technology, she is rediscovering the joy of "devouring" books. She is regaining what I have yet to experience.

I'll eventually figure this out.

I'm only 69.

Next week I may try again to get past page 37 of Atlas Shrugged.

Barney W. Hill recommends to his fellow readers George F. Will's recent column, "What we lost when everyone stopped binge reading books."

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May 23rd, 2020 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

By John William

Between 2013 and 2016, the total number of adults who tried to lose weight was 49.1%. From weight loss supplements to taking admission in a fitness program, people try everything to achieve slim bodies.

Its now common knowledge that skipping meals is an unhealthy weight loss practice and receives heavy criticism from nutritionists and health experts. Though diet challenges are far from healthy, it is not advisable. But we have come up with great ideas such as choosing the right food and changing lifestyle to help you lose excess fats safely without losing the muscle mass.

With thisshort and easy-to-follow guide, weight loss is no big task for you.

1Watch Your Calorie Intake

Weight losshas a direct relationship with your calorie consumption. While a significantreduction in calorie intake is not realistic, health experts suggest cuttingout some calories from diet daily. If an adult cut 500 calories a day, he/shemight reduce one to two pounds at the end of the week. It looks like theeasiest way to cut calories is to skip a meal, but it leads to a significantdrop in blood sugar which is dangerous.

2Plan A Healthy Breakfast Routine

One thing that most people do to kick-start their weight loss journey is skipping the first meal of the day. Evidence suggests that skipping breakfast is bad for health and makes people hungrier. So, if youve skipped your breakfast, chances are higher for you to overeat at lunchtime. However, if you are really concerned about your meals, then make a bowl of whole-grain cereals in low-fat dairy mixed with fresh strawberries and cranberries. Moreover, you can learn some amazing breakfast recipes and encourage yourself to eat a healthy breakfast.

3Get More Steps In Your Day

Increasingyour step count is the most natural way to lose weight. If you are someone whodoesnt want to start a weight loss journey with intensive workouts, then gofor a walk daily. Go on a walk with a neighbor or walk to the mart to shop foryour groceries, a 15 to 30-minute walk is essential for weight loss andimproving your mental and physical health.

4Stop Weighing Yourself Daily

Our weightcan fluctuate daily depending on a number of factors including frequency ofbowel movement, hormonal changes, and fluid balance. A slight drop in weightmight encourage you, but the opposite makes sense as well. For this reason,people aiming to lose weight should not check their weight daily as it cancause anxiety, and you might end up binge-eating.

5Control your Stress

Most of thetime, its the stress that makes weight-loss tough for people. For some people,stress can cause weight loss, but for most people, it can cause weight gain.For example, when students are overly stressed due to the overwhelming burdenof assignments and exams, they eat high-fat calorie-rich foods such as fries,hamburger, chocolates, and cold drinks. By managing your stress, it is expectedthat you can reduce your cravings. Add some de-stressing exercises in yourroutine like yoga. If it doesnt work, visit a behavioral specialist.

6Go For Fiber & Protein-RichDiets

Instead ofskipping meals, put a full stop on your cravings with healthy and tummy-fillingmeals. Prepare protein- and fiber-rich meals as they can help you feel moresatisfied while being on a weight loss journey. Make sure that you evenlydistribute your fiber and protein intake evenly throughout the day.

7Go For Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks

Not all snacks are bad for you. Replace sodium-rich meals and carbs with healthy snacks to help you keep your resolutions like popcorn, nutrition bars, nuts, and dark chocolate. You can also prepare your own low-calorie easy-to-make snacks for munching during your favorite show at Netflix. Some examples include celery sticks with cheese dip, roasted salted chickpeas, yogurt banana dessert, hummus, oatmeal with walnuts and almonds, and homemade dry fruit trail mix.

8Shut The Kitchen Door

Set a timewhen you stop eating, preferably after your dinner so you wont go for a midnightsnack. A more favorable strategy is to make changes in your kitchen. For example,post sticky-notes on your refrigerator to remind yourself about yourresolution. This small activity will help you achieve a healthy mindset.Moreover, replace unhealthy foods such as chips, soda cans, candies, beverages,and ice cream with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, lean protein, poultry eggs,and Greek yogurt.

9Learn About Portion Control

Portion control isnt really about eating a tiny portion of food. Instead, it is about differentiating between foods that you can consume plentifully and foods that you need to keep an eye on. To control your portion size, take a small plate, take veggies first, drink water before your meal, and eat slowly.

10Change Your Lifestyle

Perhaps themost critical factor responsible for your obesity is your sedentary lifestyle. Includingregular exercise will boost your metabolism and support your weight loss. Ifyoure interested in fast weight loss, then try aerobic exercises for 1 to 1.5hours. Regular cardio also improves heart health and could reduce your risk ofdiabetes. Try outdoor physical activities or some kind of sport.

Now, ifyouve finally decided to lose weight, make sure that you dont act desperately.Good things take time but remember nutrient-dense meals and healthy snackscombined with an active lifestyle can help you achieve your target only if youshow consistency with your efforts.

John William is a Business Development Officer at Crowd Writer. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness or nutritional program to determine if it is right for your needs. This publication offers health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have read in this article. The use of any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.

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May 22nd, 2020 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely
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