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Q: I need to lose weight, but I dont have time to get to the gym. Is it possible to get weight off without the gym or a crazy diet? I need something to fit into our family schedule and lifestyle.

A: Losing weight is more than going to the gym or eating foods that your kids wont like. Healthy eating is more than eliminating fast foods and soft drinks from your diet. If you want to lose weight, be healthier and decrease the cravings then there are four things that help immensely.

Drink water. You dont have to drink only water, but you do need to eliminate soft drinks and southern sweetened tea, which typically contains two to three cups of sugar per gallon. If eliminating those seems impossible, have 64 to 100 ounces of water and small servings of tea or soda at meals. Drinking mostly water through the day keeps your body hydrated and helps your kidneys filter waste from your body more efficiently.

Minimize the amount of processed foods youre eating. This isnt just fast food but foods that come from highly processed sources including frozen meals, boxed pasta products and breads, cookies and crackers.

Eat more vegetables in place of the processed foods. Select fresh or frozen vegetables and have a couple of different ones at each meal. It requires setting aside time to plan, prepare and cook. Some days it wont happen because our time is so rushed, but try to make it happen four or five days a week. Once youre in the habit, which takes two to three weeks and youll have a system in place, which makes it less time-consuming.

Use a Crock Pot to get meats prepared ahead of time. Then you only need to get veggies ready, which takes only a few minutes with a microwave. Cook meats ahead of time on Sunday and store for the next couple of days.

The benefits are weight loss, better health from better nutrition, and cooking can be a family or couples time. Connect with your family and enjoy meals together. God bless and keep training.

Daryl Laws is a certified personal trainer and owner of Body Unlimited Inc., 325 Holly Hill Lane, Burlington, NC 27215. Contact him at 336-538-0012 or or on Facebook at

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Oct 15th, 2019 | Filed under Weight Loss

Andy Ruiz Jr showed off his significant weight loss on Instagram, this as he prepares to rematch Anthony Joshua.

In June 2019, the boxer achieved a shocking victory over Anthony Joshua. He knocked out the former undefeated champion in the seventh round and claimed the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in the process.

The Mexican kingpin came into the fight on late notice and weighed 268 pounds. Now that he has time to prepare, Andy Ruiz Jr has been shedding the pounds to bolster his chances of winning for a second time. During an interview with Sporting News, he discussed his target weight,

Thats the goal right now to be at 255, 257,

I want to get a little bit down where Im comfortable. At that weight, when I fought at 267, I was a little heavier but I did that on purpose because I wanted to be strong.

Andy Ruiz Jr wants to achieve the perfect balance of losing weight for maximum efficiency but keeping muscle mass for maximum power. He believes the fight will be anything but easy and is putting in the hours at the gym to ensure he is fully prepared.

I have a lot of respect for Anthony, outside the ring he is a very good man, he said during an interview with ESPN Deportes.

But inside [the ring] there are no friends, there is no respect or anything.

It will not be an easy fight. I think it will be a hard fight, but nothing is easy in life, so we are training very hard. We will be prepared for whatever he brings.

I will arrive in better condition. lighter, faster and more powerful. They will believe that in December they will win.

People will always talk like this, but I have faith that were going to win and shut up more mouths.

The boxers will rematch on December 7th in Saudi Arabia. Were you taken back by Andy Ruiz Jrs dramatic weight loss? Let us know in the comments below!

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Oct 15th, 2019 | Filed under Weight Loss

David Becker - Getty Images The Voice coach and talk show host talks about how she slimmed down, and why it was all about boosting her health, not her looks. And she still eats real food!

One reason we all love Kelly Clarksonbesides, ya know, that fabulous voice: her grace and honesty in the face of unending discussions (including body-shaming comments) about her weight. The Voice coach and host of a new talk show, Clarkson promotes body positivity and always comes across as comfortable in her own skin, and she has talked openly about her 37-pound weight loss. So, how did she do it?

No, she told Extra in a red carpet interviewI literally havent worked out at all! Clarkson said, I think people think Im working out and Im like, Dont think Im going to come play some sport! In fact, she said on Twitter that she hates working out. Im sweaty, red, and not any thinner. people say its good for your heart.... but people also say red wine is good for your heart. I mean, Im just stating facts here people. Who am I to ignore science?!

She credits a book, The Plant Paradox by Steven R. Gundry, M.D. It's basically about how we cook our food, non-GMO, no pesticides, eating really organic," she said. Clarkson read the book for medical reasons, she told Extra: I did it for this autoimmune disease that I had and I had a thyroid issue, and now all my levels are back up. Im not on medicine anymore because of this book. It wasnt about the weight, Clarkson told Today: For me it was that I'm not on my medicine anymore."

Rumors flew around earlier this year about how she actually slimmed down. But Clarkson smacked down the false claims Twitter: Other fake news thats going around about me is that Ive been taking weird pills 4 weight loss or doing weird fad diets. All of this is not true. I aint got time 4 all that. I eat the same stuff I always have. Its all just made w/different flours/sugars/ingredients.

Its the same stuff you eatI just use different ingredients, she told Hoda Kotb on Today. Even like fried chickenI use cassava flour, tapioca, or almond flour, and you use non-hormone chicken.and honestly, Im going to be real with you: Its really expensive to do.

From the time she first appeared on American Idol people have been focused on her weight, but over the years she seems to have figured out how to brush it off. "Too skinny, too fat, too blondeso much blah, she told the Daily Mail in 2017. This is who I am and I'm happy. Happy looks different on everyone."

That same year, Clarkson told Redbook: If you gauge your life on what other people think, youre going to be in a constant state of panic trying to please everyone. People should just concentrate on their own lives and their own health and their own happiness, and whatever that looks like for you, be happy with it."

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A new man! Joe Giudice looks almost unrecognizable after he was released from ICE custody and sent on his way to Italy to await the verdict on his deportation appeal. Its clear that during his prison stay, the 47-year-old was hitting the gym and getting in shape.

Now that Joe is able to roam free overseas, daughter Gia Giudice has been sharing tons of pics of her slimmed-down dad. The 18-year-old posted a photo of Joe and his brother, Pete, on the streets of Italy to Instagram with the caption So happy [youre] together right now enjoy, see you in a few weeks daddy. Fans couldnt help but praise Joe in the comments for his epic weight loss transformation.

He looks so good, oh my gosh! Cant wait for you all to reunited, wrote one user while another echoed, He looks sooo healthy and happy. A third person chimed in, writing, Looks like a new man.

One day before Gia posted a rare full-body photo of her dad, she gave us a taste of his new look in a FaceTime screengrab. In just the headshot, fans could see that he had slimmed down a ton and was in high spirits. One of the happiest moments of my life, Gia captioned the pic. Love you so much daddy, so happy youre free. See you so soon, she added.

In Touch previously reported that Joe was sentenced to 41 months in prison for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud. Since Joe is not an American citizen, he is eligible to be deported back to his home country of Italy after completing his sentence. Joe was transferred to ICE custody after he was released from prison back in March. He has remained in custody ever since and was even denied bond last month.

Although Joe is not allowed to await his verdict back in New Jersey, he was granted release from ICE custody as long as he returned to Italy. On Friday, October 11, Joe boarded a plane back to his home country. Scroll through the gallery below and check out Joes epic weight loss transformation.

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Children born to women who had gastric bypass surgery before becoming pregnant have a 30% lower risk of major birth defects than children born to women who had severe obesity at the start of their pregnancy, say researchers.

The findings, according to the researchers from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, and rebro University, Sweden, indicate that weight-loss and improved blood sugar control could reduce the risk of major birth defects and should lessen long-standing concerns that weight-loss surgery could increase this risk.

"Overall, this is a very interesting study as we found that an intervention like bariatric surgery leading to weight loss may influence the prevalence of major birth defects. We can say to mothers that there is no increased risk of birth defects. On the contrary, our study suggests a decreased risk. However, the results from our study have to be confirmed in other settings and by other researchers," Dr. Olof Stephansson, obstetrician and senior researcher at the Department of Medicine (Solna), Karolinska Institutet, and one of the study's main authors, told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW).

According to Dr. Stephansson, major birth defects is a composite outcome of many organ systems, and the most common are heart defects.

"However, the composite outcome includes birth defects from the central nervous system, respiratory, orofacial, digestive, urinary systems, abdominal wall defects, genital organs, and others. We also performed a sub-analysis excluding chromosomal abnormalities from the study with no difference in results," he told MEAWW.

In previous studies, obesity and poor blood sugar control have been linked to an increased risk of health complications for both mothers and their infants. Other studies, say the researchers, have suggested that weight-loss surgery may increase the risk of various nutrient deficiencies, including iron and folate, which are important for fetal development. There have been concerns dating back to the 1980s that bariatric surgery could increase the risk of major birth defects.

"This study shows that weight-loss and improved blood sugar control in the mother can result in a lower risk of birth defects in the child. It should help reduce fears that bariatric surgery increases the risk of birth defects in the event of future pregnancy, assuming that surgery patients take their recommended nutritional supplements," says Professor Martin Neovius, who is also a researcher at the Department of Medicine in Solna, and one of the study's main authors.

The study was financed by the US National Institutes of Health, the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare. The findings have been published in JAMA.

In recent years, weight-loss surgery has increased significantly, and about 1.5% of all babies born in Sweden today are delivered by mothers who have had bariatric surgery.

The researchers examined data on more than 33,000 births in Sweden between 2007 and 2014. Of these, 2,921 were children born to mothers who underwent a gastric bypass, and 30,753 were children born to women who weighed about the same as the gastric bypass women did before their surgeries.

The risk of major defects was 3.4% in children born to women who have had gastric bypass surgery, which is in line with the risk of major defects in children born to normal-weight women (3.5%). For women who at their first prenatal checkup had a body-mass index comparable to that of the gastric bypass patients' pre-surgery weight, the risk of major birth defects was 4.9%.

"Major birth defects were recorded in 3.4% of infants born to mothers with gastric bypass surgery versus 4.9% of controls," says the study.

Major heart defects accounted for 60% of birth defects among post-surgery-born infants. "This is what you also find in population controls that the most common major defect is in the cardiovascular system. That said, the study finds that the overall prevalence of major birth defects is decreased, which also accounts for cardiac major heart defects being the most common defects," says Dr. Stephansson.

The women in the surgery group lost an average of 40 kg and weighed around 82 kg at their first prenatal checkup. Their use of diabetes medication decreased from 9.7% to 1.5%.

In this study, after bariatric surgery, women lost weight and diabetes drug use decreased. If the observed association is true, a mechanism could be that surgery induced improvements in glucose metabolism, and potentially other beneficial physiologic changes, led to a reduction of major birth defect risk to a level similar to that of the general population (3.5%), says the study.

Dr. Stephansson says that while bariatric surgery has many positive effects on pregnancy, it is still important that these women receive special antenatal care. This includes additional ultrasounds to monitor fetal growth and detailed nutritional counseling that include administration of supplements necessary after weight-loss surgery," he adds.

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Many celebrities who have competed on Dancing With the Stars over the years have noticed their waistlines shrinking in addition to their dance skills improving during their time on the show, and Sean Spicer is the latest star to lose more than a few pounds while working on his routines.

"Im down 17 pounds from the show's start," he told USA Today. "Im seeing it on the scale. Every week, they're taking in my outfits, especially the pants. I can see it in my face. Its not just a show, its a weight-loss program. Id love to go down another 10 or 15 pounds. If I get to the full goal, maybe well talk. But this is the lowest I have weighed since I got off active (Navy Reserves) duty in 2011."

The former White House press secretary is partnered with Lindsay Arnold and the two have remained in the competition despite low scores thanks to fan voting. On Monday, Donald Trump urged viewers to vote for his former employee, tweeting, "Vote for good guy @seanspicer tonight on Dancing With The Stars. He has always been there for us!"

"Theres no question thats a huge part of it, people on the political side," Spicer mused when asked about whether the vast majority of his votes are coming from Trump supporters. "But theres a good chunk of people who enjoy my approach. The other night we were out, and I had people coming up to me saying, 'Ive loved watching you, you look like youre having a great time.' Hopefully, theyll watch me progress. Theres a lot of people who sit at the bar and watch everyone else on the dance floor. Thats who I have been. I'm never going to be the natural. But people watching know I am working as hard as I can, and going to have a blast doing it."

Spicer's casting on the show was initially met with criticism from fans as well as DWTS' host, Tom Bergeron.

"A few months ago, during a lunch with DWTS' new executive producer, I offered suggestions for season 28. Chief among them was my hope that DWTS, in its return from an unprecedented year-long hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from any party affiliation," Bergeron tweeted on Aug. 21. "I left that lunch convinced we were in agreement."

"Subsequently (and rather obviously), a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, 'go a different direction,'" he continued, adding that it is the "prerogative" of the producers to cast whoever they choose. "We can all agree to disagree. As we do now, but ultimately it's their call. I'll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions."

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TLC/YouTubeDarcey and Tom are featured on the third season of the hit reality series "90 Day Fianc," which airs Sundays at 8/7c. Read on for details on their relationship.

Darcey Silva and her boyfriend Tom Brooks are one of the couples on 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days. Previously, Silva was on the series with her ex-fiance Jesse Meester. She since moved on and was hoping to get engaged to her overseas brit Brooks. On the show this season, Silva has let her emotions get the best of her and Brooks has had his doubts about the relationship. This leads people to wonder if the couple is still together outside of the show. Did they break up?

Fans will have to wait and see but we do have some possible spoilers on this front. Scroll down below for the details.

But, one thing that has been revealed since filming is Brooks weight loss.

Silva stated on 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days that Brooks looked different in person than he did in his photos. She said that Brooks wasnt like a gym boy, but she was still attracted to him.

Since filming, Brooks appears to have dropped weight, as hes revealed in selfies on his Instagram account, which is now set to private.

When Brooks isnt filming or traveling with Silva, one may wonder what he does for a living. According to Reality TV World, Brooks is a distributor for a sports fitness brand in the United Kingdom.

As for Brooks living arrangements, on the show, he didnt want to bring Silva to his home and he told the cameras that he didnt have any plans to move. He revealed, Im not really at the stage of thinking where Im going to settle down, get married, have kids, and move to her country or have her move here. Im at the point where Im meeting someone Ive been really good friends with and Im going to see where it goes.

Reality TV World has reported that before Silva made her Instagram profile private, she posted a photo with the caption, Darcey will come back and do it better! Feeling free and will never regret taking a risk! Silva also posted a video in which she said, I will close my heart! I will not be played for a fool! I deserve the best.

In addition, Silva deleted a bunch of photos of herself with Brooks. This leads us to think that the two are NOT still together. Plus, Brooks was photographed with a blonde woman at a Versace event and the photo was posted on the Instagram account Frauded By TLC. The caption for the photo read, He was allegedly recently seen spotted at a cafe in Milan with this definitely-not-Darcey beauty and there was most definitely ass-grabbing involved. Allegedly, there is another girl whom Tom was cheating on with this girl.

TV Season Spoilers has reported that Silva may be filming for a third time on 90 Day Fiance, with a new man. The rumored new boyfriend is said to work at a rooftop bar called Westlife and it was a Reddit user named Meeamii who made the claim about a third boyfriend for Silva.

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When it came to changing her lifestyle habits, Jo Jones said that she's had a series of "starts and stops" over her 38 years. But the Milwaukee, WI, resident finally wanted to stick with these changes after a diagnosis from her doctor. "The thing that really got me into gear this time is I was diagnosed with high blood pressure," she explained. "And everyone in my family eventually dies from heart attacks from high blood pressure."

Jo decided right away to download the Lose It! app an app we highlighted in another weight-loss transformation to track the calories she was eating. The very first week of tracking, her calorie count totaled around 25,200. Now, she eats around 11,000 per week. "I didn't realize it, but I was eating about 14,000 calories more than I should have weekly. So, after that, I realized, 'Ah, yes, OK. I found the problem,'" Jo told POPSUGAR.

Through a well-balanced, monitored diet and working out, Jo has lost 66 pounds so far since November 2018. In a month or two shy of a year, Jo went from 225 pounds to around 159. But that's not all: she also became a runner. What began with slow walks on the treadmill, turned into one mile, a 5K, and a 10K. In late September, Jo actually competed in her very first half-marathon. Next on her list, coming up soon, is a full marathon (26.2 miles). Throughout her journey to get to where she is, she's learned a lot about what her body can accomplish. Ahead, check out a breakdown of Jo's eating habits, fitness routine, and some nonscale victories (because it's not just about the numbers).

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(CNN) When I first studied nutritional science, all calories were considered equal when it came to weight loss. The time of day you ate didnt matter as long as you were eating the appropriate amount of calories for your goals.

But as our understanding of nutrition has evolved, weve learned that eating earlier in the day can be more favorable for shedding pounds, while eating later can interfere with weight loss and for more than one reason.

For one, eating during the evening often goes hand in hand with mindless nibbling. Think of how many times you may have reached for a handful of pretzels, chips or M&Ms while watching TV or Netflix at night. Evenings can also be filled with unstructured time, which means eating may fill a void; if youre bored, its easy to indulge in high-fat, sugary foods when you dont have to focus on other tasks such as work or errands.

To be clear, over-consuming calories at any time of day will result in weight gain. But many nutritionists, myself included, have noticed that clients fare better when theyre consuming most of their calories earlier in the day. That way, by the time evening rolls around, theyre more satiated and may be less likely to overindulge in a box of chips or cookies, a few too many spoons of ice cream or a few glasses of wine.

And then theres the fact that more research has shown how our bodies respond to front-loading calories during our waking hours versus consuming them later on.

It has to do with the complex science of circadian rhythms physical, mental and behavioral changes in the body that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle. These rhythms are driven by a master biological clock in the brain that is primarily influenced by light and tells other peripheral clocks in the muscles and organs what time of day it is.

Because circadian rhythms affect how calories, carbohydrates and fats are metabolized over a 24-hour period, they can help explain why eating late at night decreases the rate at which we lose weight, as a 2013 study found.

The study involved 420 overweight and obese participants who were divided into two groups: early eaters and late eaters. The early eaters ate lunch before 3 p.m., and the late eaters consumed lunch after 3 p.m. The late lunch group also ate lower-calorie breakfasts, or skipped breakfast more often than early eaters.

At the end of the 20-week study period, the late eaters lost less weight compared with the earlier eaters (17 vs. 22 pounds on average, respectively) and lost their weight more slowly, despite the fact that both groups ate approximately 1,400 calories per day and consumed similar amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrates.

The research suggests that the calories we burn from digesting, absorbing and metabolizing the nutrients in the food we eat known as diet-induced thermogenesis are influenced by our circadian system, and are lower at 8 p.m. than at 8 a.m.

To put this into practice, especially if you are trying to lose weight, try to front-load your calories as much as possible. Dont skip breakfast, and consider having what you would typically eat for dinner during lunchtime. Think grilled fish or chicken with veggies and quinoa. Then, at dinner, eat half of what you would typically consume, or consider cutting carbs to help downsize your meal.

Night-shift workers can also benefit from eating in sync with their circadian rhythms. They may modify meal timing by eating their heaviest meal when they wake up, about 3 or 4 p.m., and eating a light breakfast at the end of their workday, at 7 or 8 a.m.

And if nighttime nibbling is a problem for you, heres a tip thats worked well with my clients: Close the kitchen at a specific time each evening. You can use your smartphone to set an alarm to remind yourself when its time. Then, situate yourself where you cant see the fridge, and keep yourself busy with other activities that will take your mind off food, like calling a friend, reading a magazine or book, polishing your nails or taking a bath.

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New diet plans seem to be released all the time so knowing which one will work best can be a challenge. Taking advice from those who have already lost weight can be a good way to get diet tips. The Reddit user, "Kree", used social media to share her weight loss transformation of 6st 9lb. She explained a keto diet plan helped her shape up - what did she eat?

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Posting pictures of her before and after losing weight, the dieter revealed she is 5ft 7lb and 30-years-old.

Kree managed to slim down from a staggering 20st 2lb to a much healthier 13st 7lb.

What diet plan did she follow?

Opening up in the post, she explained her weight loss was down to following a version of the keto diet.

The diet plan involves eating foods high in fat, low in carbs and with a moderate protein content.

Keto-Friendly foods include meats, fish, nuts, avocados and eggs.

The Reddit user explained exactly what she ate to help her slim down in just 11 months.

She said: For everyone asking - I count carbs in my head and stay under 20g net carbs a day.

"Don't eat things that grow under the ground. Try to stick with products with less than 5g carbs per 100g of product.

Kree also revealed her lifestyle change was mostly a result of diet although she did try to move more.

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