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11Iowa Teacher Finishes McDiet Experiment, Loses 61 Pounds In Six Months

Iowa teacher John Cisna made headlines in January when it was revealed he lost 37 pounds in 90 days while only eating McDonald’s. Last week, the Press Citizen gave an update on his story that revealed he ended up losing 61 pounds during his six months on the McDiet.

Cisna’s diet started out as an experiment by his students, who wanted to see if it was possible to become healthier while eating McDonald’s. Though the answer to that question is a resounding “yes” – Cisna lost 61 pounds and his cholesterol dropped 79 points during the experiment – he didn’t get there by binging on Big Macs and fries.

Cisna’s students drew up his daily meals from the McDonald’s menu. His calorie intake was capped at 2,000 calories and their choices had to meet 15 daily nutritional guidelines given by the FDA. A quick look at a sample menu of Cisna’s shows he was eating health-conscious choices like fruit parfaits and salads. He also exercised by taking 45–minute walks four to five times a week.

After a successful first 90 days on the diet, Cisna added a second phase to the experiment. He let students include indulgent choices like burgers and milkshakes in his daily meals, and he matched these high-calorie items by engaging in more vigorous exercise. Though his students found it difficult to meet the FDA’s daily guidelines once the calorie-dense choices were mixed in, Cisna continued to shed pounds.

Now, with the experiment over, Cisna hopes to share his journey with the world through an e-book called “My McDonald’s Diet.” The book will chronicle his weight loss journey and include his daily menus.

In January, Cisna told the Huffington Post that the dietary experiment has had a great impact on students at his school.

"What is cool is when you see one kid say, 'It's not McDonald's that makes you fat. It's your choices that make you fat,'" Cisna said. "That right there is when we knew that the kids understood."

Sources: Press Citizen, Huffington Post


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11Morbidly Obese Woman Gets Separated From Husband And Mom After They Fed Her A 7,000 Calorie-A-Day Diet

A morbidly obese woman was separated from her husband and mother after doctors found out that they were feeding her a 7,000 calorie-a-day diet.

Christina, who is 23 years old and 640 pounds, moved from Mississippi to Houston to lose the weight needed in order to get bypass surgery.

But instead of losing weight, she gained 17 pounds in four weeks.

Christina, who was featured TLC’s Tuesday night episode of “My 600-lb. Life,” suggested her weight gain was a result of water retention.

But Dr. Nowzaradan didn’t buy it.

“It’s not water, for that you’ve got to drink at least 300 gallons,” the doctor said on last night’s episode. “You gained weight because you feel comfortable with your eating.”

Her mother admitted on camera that she is a part of the problem. Christina had been eating a diet consisting of pizza, hamburgers and fries, despite being told to cut back on high-in-fat foods.

“You’re right, you’re absolutely right. We’re the ones enabling her to do this,” her mother said. “We haven’t been able to cook proper food.”

In order to gain those 17 pounds in four weeks, Dr. Nowzaradan estimates that Christina would have been consuming 7,000 calories a day.

The doctor then decided to hospitalize Christina so she could lose the needed weight for surgery. She was able to lose 122 pounds under medical supervision, but then returned home and also returned to her bad eating habits.

She lost only 2 pounds in the next month.

at that point, Christina told Nowzaradan she was only eating one meal a day.

“Christina’s not telling me the truth. She’s done very well but this month her weight loss has come to plateau,” he said. “She has to stick with the program. She needs to stay focused and continue with her diet.”

At her heaviest, Christina weighed 678 pounds at the age of 22. At 17, she was over 400 pounds.

Having struggled with her weight at a young age, Christina distanced herself from her friends and got married to her husband Zach. She did not leave her home for four years.

Now, the young woman says she just wants to go to college and have a “normal marriage.”


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11Teen Girls Eating Cotton Balls Soaked in Juice to Lose Weight (Video)

A bizarre weight loss fad among American teen girls is the “cotton-ball diet,” in which teens soak cotton balls in orange juice or lemonade and then eat the cotton ball, which is supposed to expand in their stomach and make them feel full.

Apparently, many American teen girls actually believe they can survive on this diet and post videos of themselves demonstrating it on YouTube, notes MedicalDaily.com.

Now, doctors and nutritionists are having to warn teen girls not to eat cotton balls, which can cause a blockage in the intestines (video below).

“You’re really kind of playing Russian roulette when you use these types of diets,” Jennifer Lombardi, of the Eating Recovery Center of California, told KCRA.

“The biggest concern is it can cause a blockage in the digestive system, and if that happens to a certain extent, they are going to end up in surgery. Just like with any extreme diet, it is very dangerous because you’re depleting your body of needed nutrients,” added Lombardi.

Kourtney Gordon, of the Fairwinds Eating Disorder Program, told 10 News, "The problem being that taking the non-nutritive foods is you’re not getting the vitamins, the minerals, the calories, the proteins, the fats that our bodies need to survive off of. So you can have a lot of growth and development issues, you can have complications of being malnourished.”

While American teens choose to starve themselves on cotton balls, the numbers for world hunger outside the U.S. are staggering.

According to the United Nation's World Hunger Program, 842 million people do not have enough to eat, poor nutrition causes the deaths of 3.1 million children and 66 million children attend school hungry; with 23 million just in Africa alone.

Sources: World Hunger Program, YouTube, MedicalDaily.com, KCRA, 10 News


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11Women Sue Lingerie Company Over Falsely Advertising Caffeine Shapewear

A class-action lawsuit against Maidenform Brands Inc. claims that the caffeine in its shapewear for women does not get rid of cellulite as it previously claimed.

The company originally promised that its shapewear would tame curves using tiny caffeine capsules imbedded in the fabric. The caffeine was supposed to get rid of fat, somehow.

Two New Yorkers, Christine Caramore and Michelle Martin, filed the suit after wearing the items and not receiving the desired effect. They argue that the product was falsely advertised.

One part of the lawsuit reads: "The Federal Trade Commission calls such claims about as credible as a note from the Tooth Fairy."

The lawsuit also states that the company preyed on women’s insecurities about their body images.

Both women seek class certification, restitution, and statutory, treble damages and punitive damages for consumer fraud, breach of warranty and unjust enrichment.

Maidenform has yet to comment on the suit.

A similar lawsuit was filed in 2012 against Sketchers, when it advertised leg-toning footwear that did nothing of the sort. The company was forced to pay $40 million in settlement money and issue a massive recall for its shoes.

Sources: NY Daily News, Court House News


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11Kim Kardashian Reveals Secret to Post-Baby Weight Loss

New mom Kim Kardashian revealed the secret to her post-baby body in a tweet recently, noting that she had been following the Atkins diet.

The tweet was a response to a fan’s inquiry into how she had lost the baby weight in four months.

The Atkins diet casts out high-carb and processed foods in favor of lean meat, eggs, dairy, fresh fruit and vegetables. The body burns fat faster because carbs aren’t such a plentiful source of fuel.

“She wanted an effective and balanced way to lose the baby weight,” spokesperson for Atkins Nutritional Jennifer Livingston said. “She’d done Atkins before and knew it worked."

The diet worked for Kardashian, who needed a balanced diet to be healthy for her child and keep up her milk production.

According to Livingston, Kardashain has been eating fish, lean cuts of beef, leafy greens, broccoli, spinach, nuts, avocados and olive oil.

On Saturday night, the 32-year-old stepped out to have dinner with a friend, wearing skinny jeans and a loose fitting white top.

Her more daring post-baby outfit included a plunging black gown during Fashion Week in Paris.

Sources: NY Daily News, ABC News


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11'Obie the Dachshund' Loses 50 Pounds in One Year (Pictures)

A dachshund named "Obie" has lost an astounding 50 pounds after more than a year of dieting, a tummy tuck procedure and many long walks.

Obie used to weigh 77 pounds, but is now at a normal weight of 27 pounds.

The 5-year-old pooch and his owner, Nora Vanatta, live in Portland, Ore.

The dachshund has a website that tracks his weight loss and his own Facebook page where Vanatta has posted several pictures (below).

Obie went viral on the web last year when pictures of his huge belly, dragging on the ground, were posted on social media sites, reports the Daily Mail.

According to The Huffington Post, the dog used to belong to an elderly couple that overfed him and gave the canine little exercise. Thankfully, Vanatta adopted Obie and put him on a training schedule to lose weight.

However, Oregon Dachshund Rescue owner Jenell Rangan has accused Vanatta of exploiting Obie on TV shows and the web for "sensationalistic promotional value."

Vanatta did set up a Paypal page for people to donate money to pay for Obie's care and collected thousands of dollars, but insists the money is spent for the dog's benefit.

"I feel tremendously blessed to be involved in his rehabilitation and I am amazed at the outpouring of love and support that I have received," Vanatta wrote on Obie's website. "My hope is that he can be an inspiration to any person or animal trying to lose weight. It is so important to introduce pups and kids to a healthy lifestyle and food choices as early as possible."

Sources: Daily Mail, Facebook, ObieDog.com, The Huffington Post

 Obie could barely move after his owners fed him until he was obese

 Nora Vanatta, pictured, is being accused of exploiting the dog for 'sensationalistic promotional value'

 Obie, pictured, has to wear a harness to stop his belly dragging on the ground

 Obie, aged seven, was taken in by vet Nora Vanetta in Portland, Oregon, to get him back in shape


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11Iowa Woman Swallows a Tapeworm To Lose Weight

A woman from Iowa recently admitted to her doctor that she ordered a tapeworm off the Internet and swallowed it in an effort to lost weight.

Unsure of what to do in this situation, her doctor contacted the Iowa Department of Public Health. The unidentified woman was prescribed anti-worm medication.

Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the medical director of the IDPH, issued an email statement to state public health workers warning them that tapeworms are being sold online as weight loss tools. 

“Ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare deaths,” Quinlisk wrote. “Those desiring to lose weight are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods — consuming fewer calories and increasing physical activity.”

Tapeworms are parasitic flatworms that live in the digestive track of humans and animals. Exposure to a pork tapeworm can cause larval cysts in the brain, muscles, and just about anywhere else in the body.

In February 2010, there were reports of people in Hong Kong swallowing the eggs of parasitic Ascaris worms, which can grow up to 15 inches in length, in order to drop pounds, according to Today.

A century ago salesmen peddled tapeworm eggs in pill form as a weight loss aid, according to Quinlisk.

Sources: Today.com, Des Moines Register


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11Dubai Offers to Reward Citizens WIth Gold if They Lose Weight

Dubai has launched a campaign to reward citizens for losing weight by giving them gold.

The campaign takes place at the same time as Ramadan, an Islamic holiday during which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during hours of daylight for a month, according to XIN MSN News. 

The name of the campaign is "Your Weight in Gold." The campaign promises that participants will receive one gram of gold for each 2.2. pounds of weight lost. Participants are disqualified from the program if they fail to lose more than 4.6 pounds by August 16, according to MSN Now.

Three participants with the greatest weight loss will win about $5,500, in the form of a gold coin.

Speculations about Dubai’s motives for the campaign include beliefs that Dubai is trying to discourage its citizens from overeating and indulging in food after dusk and that the city is trying to fight obesity.

Participants are required to promise not to attempt to drop pounds in unhealthy ways. 

Scales have been installed in public parks for citizens to use to weigh themselves.

Sources: MSN Now, XIN MSN

 


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11America’s Top 10 Fittest Cities

This infographic from Business Insider maps out the fittest cities in America, both in general and in terms of which type of exercise each one sees to the greatest extent.

The data used is as modern as it gets: cities have been ranked based information gathered through “the population's use of Facebook fitness apps, gym check-ins, and health-related status updates.”

Overall, it seems as though weather is by no means an exercise deterrent, though with summer nearly in full swing, there’s a lot more sunshine to take advantage of, and a lot more daylight to use for getting in some good workouts!

America’s Top 10 Fittest Cities:

1. Virginia Beach, Va.

2. Colorado Springs, Colo.

3. Austin, Texas

4. San Antonio, Texas

5. Livingston, N.J.

6. Portland, Ore.

7. El Paso, Texas

8. Oklahoma City, Okla.

9. Tacoma, Wash.

10. Albuquerque, N.M.

Exercise-Specific Cities:

1. Dance: Oakland, Calif.

2. Yoga: Austin, Texas

3. Running: Oklahoma City, Okla.

4. Swimming: Tucson, Ariz.

5. Crossfit: El Paso, Texas

6. Health Club Use: Wichita, Kan.

7. Marathon Running: San Diego, Calif.

8. Biking: Minneapolis, Minn.

9. Triathlons: Grand Rapids, Mich.

10. Most Weight Loss: Livingston, N.J.

11. Most Adventurous: Chicago, Ill.

Source: Business Insider

 

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11'Miracle Patch' is Sewn Into Tongue, Patients Lose 30 Pounds a Month (Video)

Beverly Hills, California plastic surgeon Dr. Nikolas Chugay has developed a plastic "miracle patch," which is sewn onto the tongue and makes it very difficult to eat (video below).

After the tongue patch surgery, eating solid food is so painful that the patient must follow a liquid diet of 800 calories a day.

According to Dr. Chugay's website, the diet "fulfills nutritional needs" and "maximizes weight loss results."

The unusual procedure, which has yet to be approved by the FDA, can supposedly help people lose up to thirty pounds a month.

Some people have trouble sleeping and moving their tongue after the patch is sewn in, reports Time magazine.

The patch can only be worn for one month because the tongue's tissue grows back, and the patch could become part of the tongue, if not removed.

The patch is made from marlex, a plastic that is normally used to repair hernias.

The procedure costs $2,000 at Dr. Chugay's clinic, where 60 women have had it done since 2009.

The procedure is even more popular in Venezuela, where it only costs $150 and women flock to get patched.

Source: Time and DrChugay.com


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