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Overnight Diet: Lose Weight While you Sleep

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Overnight Diet

A new diet claims you can lose weight while you are sleeping. Almost sounds too good to be true, especially since you can still enjoy carbs and a glass of wine.

An obesity doctor and the author of, “The Overnight Diet,” Doctor Caroline Apovian insists you can lose up to 2 pounds overnight and up to nine pounds after one week.

She claims that her patients typically lose 9 pounds in the first week, and every week after, without experiencing hunger or cravings. The best thing of all? Two of those pounds are lost while you sleep.

So what’s the secret and how does this Overnight diet work? The diet is specifically designed to protect your muscles and stop them from shrinking while you are reducing your intake of food.

“The poor nutritional make-up of many diets can trigger the body to rob your muscles for energy,” says Dr Apovian. “You lose weight, but your muscles weaken and your metabolic rate slows. This process is called “shrinking muscle syndrome” and it’s the main reason so many diets fail.”

Apovian says her overnight diet is twofold. “On the first day of the week, you are going to power up and drink nutrient-rich smoothies all day and avoid carbohydrates, and that night you are going to lose up to 2 pounds,” she said.

The Overnight diet is this simple, it’s divided into two parts, and one day each week, you drink three smoothies, one for breakfast, one for lunch and one in the evening. These are specially designed smoothies packed with protein to protect your muscles and rich in fiber to aid in digestion and keep you feeling full.

The smoothies have also been designed to reduce the body’s production of insulin. So while you are fast asleep, your body is targeting problem areas in a week-long fat-burning attack.

The first step to finding your ‘daily protein requirement’ is to find your ideal weight according to your height.

As part of her plan, Dr Apovian has simplified things by working out exactly how much lean protein you need to eat to meet your daily protein requirement (DPR) according to your height.

WOMEN:

  • Up to 5ft 5in: 350g
  • 5ft 6-7in: 375g
  • 5ft 8-9in: 400g
  • 5ft 10-11in: 425g
  • 6ft: 450g

MEN:

  • Up to 5ft 7in: 400g
  • 5ft 8in: 425g
  • 5ft 9-10in: 450g
  • 5ft 11in-6ft: 480g
  • 6ft 1-2in: 500g
  • 6ft 3in: 540g
  • 6ft 4-6in: 570g

Once you have found your DPR it stays with you for life. Dr Apovian believes that whether you’re trying to lose weight or merely maintain the weight you’ve lost, you should try to eat this much lean protein every day.

Overnight Diet

For the other six days, you eat healthy. Follow a eating plan built around protein (meat, fish and eggs) to nourish the muscles and feed the body.

  1. Work out your own daily protein requirement (see guide above) and NEVER eat less than that in a day.
  2. Eat as much fruit as you like.
  3. Eat as many non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, leeks, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, swede, tomatoes) and as much salad as you like.
  4. Enjoy two 240ml servings of fat-free or low-fat yoghurt, skimmed milk, cottage cheese, or cheese a day.
  5. You can have two or three small servings of wholegrains a day such as half a wholemeal bagel, 1 thin slice of wholemeal bread, 2 wholemeal or rye crackers, or a 30g portion of oats, oatbran, high-fibre cereal (if it is sugar-free and at least 6g of fibre per 100g), brown rice, wholemeal pasta, quinoa or couscous.
  6. You can have 100g a day of starchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweetcorn, pumpkin, beans, peas or lentils.
  7. For fats, have 4×1 tsp servings a day of avocado, olive oil, low-fat mayo, nuts or seeds.
  8. For water, have 8 glasses a day. You can also drink black coffee, tea and diet drinks, but these do not count as part of your water allowance.

“You don’t have to lift a single barbell,” Dr. Apovian says. “There is nothing in this diet that completely eliminates anything. A glass of wine a night is fine.”

The only catch, “You need eight hours of sleep a night to allow this all to happen,” Apovian explains. “Sleep is a very important part of the diet. My patients have terrible trouble sleeping, and if you sleep six hours or less a night, it creates stress and the hunger hormone ghrelin, that’s made in the stomach, goes up to the brain and says you’re hungry.”
The Overnight Diet is the culmination of decades of work with thousands of successful dieters by Dr Caroline Apovian, one of the world’s leading weight-loss experts and former nutritional consultant to NASA.

The Overnight Diet by Caroline Apovian, M.D.

The Overnight Diet couldn’t be easier to follow:
• Kick-start each week with a day of delicious smoothies — the 1-DAY POWER UP. This revs up your metabolism overnight so that you keep losing weight and stay motivated.
•The 6-DAY FUEL UP follows. Yes, fuel up! That’s six days with lots of lean protein, low-fat dairy, whole grains — and all-you-can-eat fruit and vegetables.

The Overnight Diet – How to Make Smoothies

How do you make the power-up smoothies for The Overnight Diet? Caroline Apovian, M.D. and nutritionist Diana Cullum-Dugan RD, LD RYT demonstrate how using the Enchanted Blueberry Smoothie recipe. They combine baby spinach, banana, blueberries, frozen mixed berries, greek yogurt, and ice in a blender to make a delicious and nutrition-packed smoothie.

The Overnight Diet Exercises

Diana Cullum-Dugan, RD, LD RYT demonstrates the Quickie Rev-Up exercise moves from The Overnight Diet. These diet moves take only 21 minutes per day, 4 times per week and will help you keep the weight off!

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  1. Trudy Williams

    April 10, 2013 at 2:23 am

    I don’t get ‘diets’ they don’t work. In order to lose a healthy amount of weight and maintain your weight loss you need to live a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, it’s not hard, or expensive (like so many people use as an excuse) eat whole grains, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, lean meat, stay away from processed food, make your own cakes, use unrefined sugar such as agave necter as a sweetener, walk down the road instead of drive, take the stairs, take up a form of exercise you ENJOY. You’ll look better and feel better and in 5 years time you’ll still be reaping the benefits!

    • Alyssa Dylan

      May 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

      I understand what you mean when you say ‘diets don’t work’ Trudy, but it’s more what people typically associate with a diet (deprivation, starvation, etc.) that is a problem than the word itself. Despite calling this “The Overnight Diet”, it is actually a very healthy way to eat long term. There is no deprivation or starvation and your body gets all the nutrients (vitamins, protein, etc.) that it needs. Just living a healthy lifestyle can be overwhelming for people (I’ve been there!), so having a plan to follow is important to get people onto that healthy lifestyle path and soon enough they aren’t looking up the ‘diet’ guidelines anymore they are just being healthy naturally.

  2. Don McNabb

    April 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

    The protein levels on that chart are DANGEROUSLY high. Protein intake should be a part of how heavy you are. For example a miniminal amount is about 1/3 of a gram for every pound, so if you are a 150lb , you should be eating at least 50 grams of protein. Athletes and bodybuilders are know to eat 1:1 ratios or more meaning a 250 Athelete is eating a 250g of protein. The levels listed on that chart are double that and can lead to protein overdose. Also using height is a bad gauge, you can have a short 300lb morbidly obese person and a short 130lb person looking to lose 15 pound on the same protein scale. Large amounts of protein is very bad for your liver and kidneys, since both can only process so much protein at one time. Its also bad for your heart and cholesterol levels.

    Medically, this diet, and like the article says staying with those DPR levels for “life” will eventually kill someone.

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AMCA Breach: 20 Million Victims, 19 Class Actions

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AMCA previously reported that there were only 200,000 victims in the recent breach but the company, but their partner labs said there were more than 20 million.
AMCA previously reported that there were only 200,000 victims in the recent breach but the company, but their partner labs said there were more than 20 million. Photo: cbgrfx123 | Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

More than 20 million and not 200,000 have fallen victim to a massive data breach that has seen medical clients using the services of healthcare billing company, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), to pay for their laboratory tests in different blood testing labs across the U.S. were confirmed by the SEC filings of affected medical institutions amidst the earlier claims of AMCA that there were fewer victims.

The data breach was a result of a cyber attack that aims to phish for financial information from the website of the AMCA. The exposed data belongs to Americans who paid laboratory services at several clinical and blood testing labs and institutions and used the AMCA billing portal.

What happened in the AMCA breach?

Data that were stolen from the victims include their names, phone numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other bank details. The said information was auctioned off by the hacker in several financial hacking forums.

According to DataBreaches.net, the organization who first reported about the incident, AMCA officials, following the notification of the breach confirmed that their system has been compromised and has remained undetected for more than eight months. AMCA corroborated that the breach took place between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019.

Notifications have been sent by several of AMCA’s corporate partners and clients to their customers following the disclosure of the security breach that has seen information from millions of Americans compromised.

Related: Hospitals Only Spend 5% Of Its Budget For Cybersecurity Amidst 82% Of Them Reporting To Have Been Attacked

The list of impacted testing laboratories includes Quest Diagnostics (11.9 million patients), LabCorp (7.7 million patients), BioReference Laboratories (Opko Health subsidiary, 422,600 patients), Carecentrix (500,000 patients), and Sunrise Laboratories (undisclosed number of patients).

However, neither the AMCA nor its five clients have yet to notify ALL impacted citizens by the breach making them vulnerable to a lot of cyber crimes and their financial data could be used by anyone who gets hold of the information against the persons of those who still don’t know that their financial information is floating around the internet.

The companies involved in the breach are facing several lawsuits

Appropriately, the lawsuit came into the direction of AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp regarding the incident. More than 11 class-suite actions have been filed against the three companies for their inability to protect consumer data. The 11 lawsuits were recorded at The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on June 3. Since then, eight more lawsuits were filed against the companies in federal courts from New Jersey, New York, and California.

According to litigation experts, “If many cases are filed in federal court, any of the lawyers on any of those cases can file a motion with the JPML [..] to centralize the various federal cases that have been filed by sending all of them to a single judge for coordinated pre-trial proceedings.”

“Healthcare companies are especially susceptible to data breaches not only because they aggregate a tremendous amount of important and sensitive data, but also because they tend to be less focused on cybersecurity protection than other industries,” said John Yanchunis of Morgan and Morgan, one of the firms who filed lawsuits against Quest Diagnostics.

“These companies, like Quest Diagnostics, know they are at an increased risk and yet have not taken the proper steps to protect their patients’ data. We will fight for justice on behalf of those impacted by this breach,” added Yanchunis.

Lawmakers are demanding an explanation

The U.S. government, led by attorneys general from Connecticut and Illinois has also opened an investigation on the matter. Furthermore, lawmakers and other politicians have sent letters to the responding companies to ask for an explanation of why an eight-month data breach remained undetected and to demand accountability from them.

In Washington, US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) also sent a letter to Quest Laboratories demanding the company explain its vetting process for selecting AMCA as a billing vendor, and what requirements a third-party vendor has to pass. Democratic New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez also sent letters to AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp, seeking official answers on how a breach of this severity went undetected for eight months.

“The months-long leak leaves sensitive personal and financial information vulnerable in the hands of criminal enterprises. Moreover, such breaches force victims to contend with identity theft that may lead to irreparable harm to their credit reports and financial future,” said the letter sent by the NJ senators.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Is Launching A Prequel And A Possible Movie

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Almost fours years after the last The Hunger Games movie (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II) and almost nine years after the first book from the trilogy was released, Suzanne Collins is returning with the famed trilogy — but this time in a form of a prequel.

Scholastic, the publishing company that distributed Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, announced today that it is publishing a prequel novel to the series, currently untitled, which will hit shelves on May 19, 2020.

“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world-building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”

Collins’ original Hunger Games trilogy—The Hunger GamesCatching Fire, and Mockingjay—altogether, sold more than 100 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Moreover, The Hunger Games books appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 260 consecutive weeks (more than five straight years).

After writing the last installment in 2010, Collins teased in 2013 that she was working on a new series, but did not say whether it was related to The Hunger Games.

This time, the novel will be set in the world of Panem, 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy—the morning where Katniss Everdeen volunteered as a tribute on the 74th Hunger Games. Presumably, Katniss Everdeen played by Jeniffer Lawrence will not be involved in the upcoming novel.

Based on the previous novels in the series, 74 years before the main novels, the 13 Districts of Panem already tried to initiate a rebellion against the Capital. In the aftermath of the failed attempt, 12 Districts remained to leave District 13 to rubbles. The Hunger Games was a result and served as a reminder that all the other Districts should obediently comply with the Capital’s rule.

The novel will take place 10 years after the first rebellion and will tell the story of Panem during the “Dark Days following a failed rebellion in Panem “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins told the Associated Press in the announcement. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

On other news, the Lionsgate film studio, who adapted The Hunger Games trilogy into movies, is already looking forward to the next addition to Collins’ franchise given that it received praise and public attention for producing them.

“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a recent statement to the Associated Press. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”S

Lionsgate turned Collins’ Hunger Games novels into a series of four films, dividing the last novel, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, into a two-part finale. Over the course of the four movies, it earned almost $3 billion dollars an the worldwide box office with the last movie earning $653.4 million.

Collins helped with the movies as an executive producer and a co-screenwriter on the first 2012 movie but distanced herself after she finalized Mockingjay in 2010.

Lionsgate is also known to have produced Twilight, which is one of their platinum franchises along with Collins’ trilogy. The studio earlier licensed The Hunger Games to theme parks and live concert tours being built around the movie franchise.

Additionally, it starred Jenniffer Lawrence who played the main character as Katniss Everdeen in all of the four movies, which helped catapult her acting career in 2012.

Scholastic acquired world English rights to the prequel novel and it will publish in print, digital and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand next year. The deal was negotiated by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio for Suzanne Collins and David Levithan, VP, Publisher, and Editorial Director, for Scholastic.

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Global Ice Melting At Rates Faster Than Expected

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The global ice, or the size and number of glaciers located across cold spots around the world, is a clear indicator of the effects of global warming. With human’s excessive and consistent use of o-zone depleting resources such as fossil fuels — the rate of global ice is melting will only keep accelerating.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that based on data they have gathered since the1900s, glaciers around the globe are shrinking and melting at an alarming rate.

Arctic sea ice has been in constant general low over the years following the increasing trend of greenhouse gas. Additionally, as the frozen ground across the Arctic melts, it releases a massive amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Scientists say that this effect could make global ice melt accelerate even faster.

A separate study found that parts of the Canadian Arctic are experiencing a rate of permafrost thaw six times the long-term average.

Meanwhile, melted ice is especially notable both in and around Greenland — home to the second largest ice sheet on the planet.

“Communities in #Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting, and fishing. Extreme events, here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of surface melt call for increased predictive capacity in the Arctic,” Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher at the Danish Meteorological Institute said in a tweet.

Olsen was referring to Greenland losing 2 billion metric tons of ice. “The high melt is unusual so early in the season but not unprecedented,” Greenland Ice said in a tweet.

Experts are calling the lost ice “not normal” considering that it equates to almost half of Greenland. Roughly 45 percent of the ice sheet surface has been melting. Usually, less than 10 percent of the ice sheet surface is melting at this time of year. According to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Wednesday set a daily record for the widest melt area on that date, with 275,000 square miles.

“I’m losing the ability to communicate the magnitude [of change],” Jeremy Mathis, a longtime Arctic researcher and a current board director at the National Academies of Sciences told Mashable. “I’m running out of adjectives to describe the scope of change we’re seeing.”

On other parts of the globe, a city in western Alaska is experiencing drastic changes to its land formations as the state’s ice and permafrost are starting to thaw away.

“Springtime in Alaska isn’t what it used to be. This is the 3rd time past 21 years we can say” warmest spring of record.” 1998 was the warmest to date, exceeded in 2016 and now 2016 exceeded in 2019. Trend +4.0F (+2.2C) since the 1970s.” Rick Thoman said in a tweet.

The continued ice and permafrost melting in Iceland are causing significant damages in terms of requiring towns and villages like Newtok in western Alaska to relocate to avoid dangers.

“It’s a real challenge because in the US there isn’t the precedence to deal with this and there isn’t the political framework to deal with it either,” said Susan Natali, a scientist and Arctic expert at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. “The numbers needing relocation will grow, the costs are going up and people’s lives and cultural practices will be impacted.

“Every year there’s a new temperature record, it’s getting worse and worse and you feel like a broken record saying it. This should be the number one urgent conversation happening right now because it’s not just going to be Alaska, it’s going to be other communities all over the US,” Natali added.

The problem does not only persist in Greenland, the Arctic or Alaska. Global ice is melting all across the globe. “The famed snows of Kilimanjaro have melted more than 80 percent since 1912. Glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya in India are retreating so fast that researchers believe that most central and eastern Himalayan glaciers could virtually disappear by 2035 […] From the Arctic to Peru, from Switzerland to the equatorial glaciers of Man Jaya in Indonesia, massive ice fields, monstrous glaciers, and sea ice are disappearing, fast,” the National Geographic reported.

This week, the Pope has talked to oil executives in the Vatican to find solutions in the growing problem of global warming. He called for a “radical energy transition” from conventional fossil fuels and develop greener energy alternatives.

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