Obesity gene doesn't prevent weight loss: you can't lose fat gene but you can lose weight

About weight loss, do you want the bad news or good news first? The bad news, you say? There is an obesity gene and 16% of the population has it. The FTO gene (the fancy name for the fat gene) predisposes you to weight roughly 3 kg more than folks without it. Carrying two copies of the fat gene makes you almost twice as likely to be overweight or obese. But here's the good news. The obesity gene doesn't prevent weight loss--you may own that bad ole' fat gene, but your DNA doesn't own you! (The photo is the author on the left after she lost 100 pounds)  Obesity gene doesn't prevent weight loss: you can't lose fat gene but you can lose weight

Val Kilmer weight loss horrors: what's behind Kilmer's mysterious gaunt body, weight gain?

Val Kilmer has experienced one of the most shocking cases of celebrity weight loss ever. As a buff and sexy hottie in "Willow," "Batman," and "Top Gun" Kilmer literally ballooned to unrecognizable. But then Kilmer was spotted not too long ago looking positively gaunt and sickly thin. Being a very private person, he kept mum about rumors of illness. But the whole story of Kilmer's weight loss was revealed recently and it will horrify you.  Val Kilmer weight loss horrors: what's behind Kilmer's mysterious gaunt body, weight gain?

Miley Cyrus weight gain after scary weight loss allays anorexia, eating disorder fears

Miley Cyrus has sported a lot of looks chief among them being naked, nipple-freeing and too skinny of late. Gone too was Cyrus' Hannah Montana tresses in favor of a shaved head. This scary-skinny attitudinal Miley worried people: did she have anorexia or some other eating disorder? Fans fears were laid to rest as Miley Cyrus appeared on the "TODAY Show" to talk up her post on "The Voice." The singer glowed with healthy weight gain, a rounder face and plump, shapely arms.   Miley Cyrus weight gain after scary weight loss allays anorexia, eating disorder fears

Jordin Sparks weight loss proves 'American Idol' star's 'undiet' wins the prize

Jordin Sparks became the youngest "American Idol" winner at 17 (sixth season) and she's also won some personal battles with the scale. But America's sweetheart didn't do it with diet. Sparks used an "undiet" (kind of like Adele and Rebel Wilson, recent big weight losers) to effect a 50-pound weight loss. Recently appearing at a RIF (Reading is Fundamental) charity gig, Jordin looks as if she may have gained a bit back. But no matter--her happy, healthful glow proves sensible eating habits and body image, plus boatloads of positivity trump jeans size.    Jordin Sparks weight loss proves 'American Idol' star's 'undiet' wins the prize

TV chef Rocco DiSpirito weight loss proves negative calorie diet can "Cook Your Butt Off"

TV chef Rocco DiSpirito of "Now Eat This!" lost 41 pounds and is on a mission to teach people how to lose up to 10 pounds in 10 days. His revolutionary weight loss system is outlined in his book "The Negative Calorie Diet." Chef DiSpirito is also known for his "Cook Your Butt Off" method in which cooking tasks make fat-burning negative calorie foods. His recipes include controversial ketogenic gluten-free, sugarfree and dairy-free meals. Here's more on weight loss with Rocco DiSpirito.    TV chef Rocco DiSpirito weight loss proves negative calorie diet can "Cook Your Butt Off"

Carrie Underwood flaunts maintained weight loss as CMA host with Brad Paisley

Singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the CMA (Country Music Awards) 2016. Underwood has undergone stunning weight loss. And from the article on she and Paisley in Southern Living it looks like Underwood has maintained weight loss. Now, when you read how much weight she lost -- 20 pounds -- you might not be impressed. But you will be when you see the difference even 20 or so pounds can make. How did the American Idol season 4 winner make herself look thinner? There are some fails and wins in her diet secrets.   Carrie Underwood flaunts maintained weight loss as CMA host with Brad Paisley

Tyra Banks weight loss shockers: 'America's Next Top Model' loves big butts, hates diets

When supermodel, author and show creator Tyra Banks talks, people listen. And on the subject of weight loss the first lady of fab has some pretty unorthodox advice: Don't diet (as in don't starve yourself), don't get too thin and cheat once in awhile. And, most amazing of all, love that big butt!  Tyra Banks weight loss shockers: 'America's Next Top Model' loves big butts, hates diets
"Pawn Stars" star Austin "Chumlee" Russell is half the man he used to be thanks to rigorous dieting. The formerly obese Las Vegas pawnbroker from the History Channel has shaved nearly 100 pounds off without surgery. Chumlee revealed his diet secrets and they include a lot of common sense thinking.
His jaw-dropping weight loss means that "Pawn Stars may need to retitle itself the "Biggest Losers." Between Chumlee and fellow cast member Corey Harrison, they've lost a scale-tipping 300 pounds! 

Zika virus scares: Zika found alive in semen after 3 months, plus mosquito borne bug causes microcephaly

 Zika, the dreaded mosquito borne virus is running rampant in the United States. Even the Rio 2016 Olympics are impacted by the virulent infection. And there's more bad news -- Zika has a longer life expectancy than previously thought, reported ABC News on July 22. The virus was found alive in the semen of a man in France 93 days after he first reported symptoms. The previous record was 62 days. Since the incubation could be even longer than three months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are advising infected patients to hold off on having unprotected sex for six months to avoid sexually transmitted cases.  Zika virus found in semen after 3 months: Mosquito borne bug causes microcephaly

Single parents: Help kids deal with absent dads, absent parents, divorce | Examiner.com

Holidays can be double-edged swords. In happy families, holidays are wonderful occasions. In unhappy homes, they can be miserable. You miss absent parents or lost family members more as everywhere people are enjoying their loved ones. Mothers Day and Fathers Day can be hard for kids with deceased or absent fathers or mothers. Coping with deceased parents is similar to and different from coping with divorced or absent parents. Here are ways to help children deal specifically with absent dads or moms.    Single parents: Help kids deal with absent dads, absent parents, divorce | Examiner.com

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