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7 things that can stand in the way of weight loss

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Certain habits can hinder your attempts to lose weight - and keep it away.
If you've changed your eating habits to focus on healthier foods and taken your workout seriously, you can expect to lose weight. However, the reality is that despite what you may have believed, weight loss is more complicated than calorie consumption versus calorie consumption. If you are trying to lose weight, check these habits that may interfere with your efforts.
1. You save on protein.
If you normally eat a muffin or avocado toast for breakfast, you may need to increase your protein intake. Research has shown that a high-protein breakfast can help alleviate hunger, so you may be less tempted to have a morning snack.
Protein is also important at lunch and dinner. If you routinely eat salads or sip gazpacho without accompanying protein - such as boiled egg, yogurt, beans, meat, poultry, or fish - over time, this can lead to a decrease in muscle tissue, which means that your metabolism will slow down and mak…

Do not wear a mask during exercise, says the WHO

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The World Health Organization says that wearing a mask during quarantine or bike rides can be harmful.
Health officials recommend wearing face masks outdoors and in crowded indoor areas to curb the spread of the novel corona virus. However, the important preventive measure during training is to keep a physical distance of at least one meter from others.
"People should NOT wear masks while exercising because masks can affect their ability to breathe comfortably," says WHO in its series of coronavirus mythbusters.
Exercise, especially running or jogging, increases heart and respiratory rate, and a mask can prevent enough oxygen from getting into a person's lungs. The lungs then work harder to get oxygen, which can cause drowsiness and dizziness.
In early May, there were reports of a jogger in Wuhan who ended up in a hospital after walking with a mask. One of the man's lungs had collapsed and needed surgery.
The hospital that later treated him advised against wearing masks d…

How much protein do you really need a day?

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Certainly, everyone needs protein, as the body breaks it down to its amino acids, and then uses it to build other proteins such as enzymes, or proteins that make up collagen, just as you need proteins to build new structural muscles. How much protein does the body need in order to meet all these requirements?The problem with consuming too much protein is not to affect certain organs, such as the kidneys, but to refrain from eating other nutrients. If you only eat meat, for example, you may not actually eat any amount of carbohydrates, although you need it to nourish the brain and muscles with easily accessible glucose molecules, and you also need fat for use in cellular membranes and in the preservation of hair and skin. If you refrain from eating these many other nutrients in order to consume protein, then you are among those who eat a lot of it. But what about the rest of the people who usually eat a mixture of all the nutrients? How much are we supposed to eat?The answer depends larg…

This App Is Helping People From Marginalized Communities Find Therapists With Compatible Backgrounds

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Socioeconomic status, cultural mistrust, and racial differences are a few factors inhibiting people from marginalized communities from receiving therapy, but Eric Coly, CEO and founder of the Ayana Therapy app, is changing that. "The premise of the concept is based on my wanting to help a friend of mine that was not able to access a counselor. It was not for a lack of trying, it was more because there seems to have been a scarcity of Black women counselors," Coly told POPSUGAR. In tandem with that, Coly said he faced debilitating depression and was inspired to create a product that was "self-healing in a rather cathartic way," which ended up propelling his passion for the app. "And then it morphed into realizing that after I did my research, it was indeed a quick need for such a product," he said.
The name Ayana means "mirror" in Bengali, which Coly said represents the familiarity people will find within the app from language to one's backgro…

Daily U.S. Coronavirus Infections Reach Two-Month High, Returning to Levels at Peak of Outbreak

(BEIJING) — New coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged to their highest level in two months and are now back to where they were at the peak of the outbreak.The U.S. on Tuesday reported 34,700 new cases of the virus, according to a tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University that was published Wednesday. There have been only two previous days that the U.S. has reported more cases: April 9 and April 24, when a record 36,400 cases were logged.Read more:America Is Done With COVID-19. COVID-19 Isn’t Done With America New cases in the U.S. have been surging for more than a week after trending down for more than six weeks. While early hot spots like New York and New Jersey have seen cases steadily decrease, the virus has been hitting the south and west. Several states on Tuesday set single-day records, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas.Cases were also surging in other parts of the world. India reported a record daily increase of nearly 16,000 new cases. Mexico, wh…

Autoimmune lung disease: Early recognition and treatment helps

A man who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) five years ago sees his rheumatologist for a follow-up visit. Fortunately, his arthritis is well controlled through medication. He can walk and do all his daily activities without pain. But over the past six months, he’s been feeling short of breath when climbing stairs. He has an annoying dry cough, too. COVID-19? That’s ruled out quickly. But a CT scan of his chest reveals early fibrosis (scarring) of the lungs, most likely related to rheumatoid arthritis. “I can finally walk normally, and now I can’t breathe when I walk!” says the frustrated patient, whose next step is a full evaluation by a pulmonologist.What is autoimmune lung disease?This man’s experience offers one example of an uncommon but potentially life-altering complication associated with rheumatic or autoimmune diseases, including:rheumatic arthritis, an inflammatory disease that primarily affects the jointssystemic sclerosis (scleroderma), a fibrosing disorder that…

Cherries and Weight Loss: 5 Surprising Reasons This Fruit is a Summer Superstar

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Life may not be a bowl of cherries, but a bowl of cherries may do wonderful things for your life. We’re here to tell you why this summer fruit is the cherry on top of your healthy diet. When it comes to these sweet little red gems, you’ll be shocked that something so delicious can be so good for you. Our health and wellness experts have done some research on the benefits of cherries and how they can help you reach your weight loss goals. Superfood Saturday: Why You Should Eat More CherriesRead More Here are five reasons to add cherries to your SmartCarb shopping list:1. Cherries put out the fire.Cherries can help you keep the pounds at bay during your weight loss journey by reducing a damaging process in your body called inflammation. Research shows that obesity can cause inflammation. It’s a chemical reaction triggered by your immune system that, in response to an injury, can help it heal. The problem is that when it becomes chronic, inflammation can cause significant damage to your a…