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Don’t Let Diet Companies Trick You Into Feeling Bad About Your Post-Isolation Body

a close up of a logo: No one: Them: Let’s flatten the curve of your stomach!

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No one: Them: Let’s flatten the curve of your stomach!

Some states were barely one week deep into lockdown when “quarantine 15” jokes arrived on the socials. Maybe the meme fairies were just trying to make a lighthearted joke while the world burned, but the punch line threw shade we really didn’t need. The possibility that we could look different after an uncontrollable virus took over the world was hilarious, apparently. El oh el, amirite?

And it should surprise exactly no one that the weight-loss industry immediately jumped on quarantine as a marketing tool. A random sampling of seven diet companies’ Instagram posts between March 12 and July 14 found that at least 20 percent—and up to 80 percent—

of the brands’ content used threats of stay-at-home weight gain to sell us their products.

If you’re thinking, Who cares?! Businesses want to make money

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is it facing a food crisis?

A national campaign to curb mounting food waste in China is feeding speculation that the supply outlook is worse than the government admits and fuelling warnings food could become another front in the worsening US-China rivalry.

Officials have repeatedly said 'all-is-well' and promise a bumper 2020 grain crop there are growing concerns about a food shortfall

Officials have repeatedly said ‘all-is-well’ and promise a bumper 2020 grain crop there are growing concerns about a food shortfall

President Xi Jinping started the “Operation Empty Plate” drive in mid-August to address what he called “shocking and distressing” waste, prompting a nationwide push to comply reminiscent of the Mao era.

The aggressive campaign has spooked many on social media, who are asking whether it indicates deeper problems.

China is among the world’s biggest food producers and consumers, with nearly 1.4 billion mouths to feed.

But heavy flooding this year in the Yangtze River basin — the source of most of China’s rice — has destroyed huge swathes of farmland, while coronavirus

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VEGAN food bank opens up to help those who prefer a plant-based diet

 A vegan-only food bank has opened to help out plant-based eaters going without food.

The food bank – one of the first of its kind in the UK – is based in Bath, Somerset, and has even received National Lottery funding to assist it. 

It will only accept donations such as lentils, couscous and dairy-free milk but will provide care packages to non-vegans who are in trouble.

a screenshot of text: The Bath Vegan Food Bank in Bath, Somerset, doesn't provide non-vegan products, but you don't have to be a vegan to use the food bank

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The Bath Vegan Food Bank in Bath, Somerset, doesn’t provide non-vegan products, but you don’t have to be a vegan to use the food bank

The charitable enterprise was set up by vegan Helen Wright, to help people struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

She had heard about vegans struggling to get plant-based products from normal food banks. 

It currently helps 16 families a week, giving out food parcels with beans, lentils, fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy-free milk, and

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Tanya Zuckerbrot and an Instagram Crusade Against the F-Factor Diet

Much of this summer, an influencer named Emily Gellis Lande has been on a campaign, posting on Instagram dozens of times a day about the dangers of a diet called F-Factor.

Ms. Gellis, 34, has never been on the diet. She relays anonymous stories from women who say that after beginning the diet they experience long-lasting rashes, intense cramps, even indications of metal poisoning, and that the diet encourages disordered eating.

The stories are anonymous, she said, because the women are afraid to criticize Tanya Zuckerbrot, the Instagram-famous registered dietitian who created the diet.

Ms. Zuckerbrot, 48, has built a substantial business around the diet, with clients who have paid as much as $25,000 for her help in getting on the high-fiber diet. She has a product line of powders and bars and books that lay out her systems.

And she has extreme wealth that she puts on ample display.

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My husband’s fasting diet makes him a hangry monster.

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Dear Prudence,

My husband is awesome—smart, funny, and until recently exactly the person I’d most want to be stuck social distancing with for the long haul. Last year, before our wedding, he lost a significant amount of weight through a combination of intermittent fasting and exercise. He never consulted a doctor about this diet, but it seemed to work for him. Lately, however, we are all under a bit more stress. He works in a reopening industry, and the days are long trying to keep everything together. I notice that he doesn’t eat in the morning or

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How I Learned to Manage My Eczema by Changing My Diet

My eczema is my body telling me that my habits need a tuneup.

In herbal medicine, it’s believed that the skin is a messaging system for the rest of the body. When something is wrong, your body sends a signal via your skin to let you know.

For me, this signal started with my hands.

I was on spring break in my first year of college, and my hands suddenly broke out in itchy, red bumps. They spread from my knuckles down to my fingers and wrists.

My hands swelled so much that it became painful to bend my fingers. I didn’t know what was happening, and there was nothing I could do to stop it.

With some research, a trip to the doctor, and a diagnosis later, I found out I had developed severe dyshidrotic eczema, or pompholyx.

My body was trying to tell me something. Urgently.

I struggled

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What is the 80/20 diet? Jenna Dewan shares postpartum diet plan

Everything in moderation. That’s Jenna Dewan’s philosophy when it comes to food.

“I try to eat healthy, make good choices and do my green smoothies 80% of the time,” Dewan, 39, revealed in an interview with People. “And then I give myself 20% of the time to splurge and eat what I want to eat and have my nachos and French fries and enjoy a little bit, have a glass of wine.”

With the 80/20 diet, no food is off-limits, but that doesn’t mean you can eat as many calories as you want, according Kristin Kirkpatrick, a dietician at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Look at your 20% like a cheat snack,” Kirkpatrick told TODAY Health. “I have some patients that will have a glass of wine at dinner. It’s a piece of cheese or a few pieces of chocolate. It’s not an entire pizza.”

Though Dewan and actress

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What you need to know about the Reverse Diet and if it actually works

There has to be a name for the panic that sets in after you realize you might have to rejoin civilization soon.

Months have gone by and you’ve still got your Charles Manson beard, or your Cornel West afro, or your Carrie locks or maybe even your Elvis Moody blue-era-beer belly.

That’s alright, you’ve got a little more time left and right now a new trend called the Reverse Diet is making the rounds.

Is it any good? Maybe, but only for a little.

Essentially, the diet is an answer to lose-weight-quick regimens known for being unmaintainable. As you know, shedding pounds is often much more difficult than keeping them off.

Recently, while covering the correlation between obesity and severe manifestations of COVID-19, Ladders covered an important hormone called leptin.

Leptin is composed of fat cells, and when we lose weight too quickly it alerts the body so it can

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Mediterranean Diet Might Lower Your Odds for Parkinson’s | Health News

By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter


THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — People who eat healthfully may be less likely to develop a constellation of symptoms that can precede Parkinson’s disease, a large new study suggests.

Researchers found that people who closely adhered to a Mediterranean-style diet were about one-third less likely to develop at least three “prodromal” features suggestive of Parkinson’s disease, compared to those who stuck with meat and potatoes.

Prodromal refers to certain symptoms that can arise years before the more obvious movement problems that mark Parkinson’s. They include constipation, depression, body pain, diminished sense of smell, daytime drowsiness, difficulty seeing colors and a tendency to “act out” dreams.

Individually, some of those issues are quite common, said James Beck, chief scientific officer for the nonprofit Parkinson’s Foundation. And it’s unclear, he added, how often combinations of those symptoms foretell Parkinson’s, specifically.

That said, multiple symptoms

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Significant weight loss has same metabolic effects on diabetics from surgery or diet alone, study finds

Gastric bypass surgery has been reportedly considered one of the most effective ways to treat type 2 diabetes in obese people. But a recent study questioned if the procedure truly has a unique metabolic effect in diabetics, or if is weight loss after the surgery that really causes the beneficial effects in people.

“It has been presumed that gastric bypass surgery has therapeutic, metabolic effects that result in better glucose control and even remission of diabetes beyond the effects expected from weight loss alone,” principal investigator Dr. Samuel Klein, director of Washington University’s Center for Human Nutrition, stated in the news release provided to Fox News.


However, Klein’s team of researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found in their recent study that it is not necessarily the surgery itself that drives

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