In 2012, Xopher (as he’s known among the dance game community) was told by a doctor that if he didn’t lose weight, he’d be needing a heart transplant. So began an intensive and life-saving exercise program built around the arcade game series Dance Dance Revolution. Growing up in central Arkansas, Xopher has struggled with obesity most of his adult life. But in the year 2000 he got very into DDR when a local arcade installed a DDR 3rd Mix machine. “I would play as often as I could”, Xopher tells Kotaku, “but the closest machine was 30 minutes from my house and I could only go there with friends. We would gather up in the car of the only friend who had one, and make road trips to the arcade.” It was a fun time, but as the popularity of the game began to wane a couple of years later, Xopher also left town to go to college, and while he kept playing DDR on his travels (for six years he played the same machine at a local cinema), his obesity was … [Read more...] about Dance Dance Revolution Helps Man Lose 125 Pounds
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We all know that to lose weight you need to exercise more and eat less – but the question is, how? Research suggests there are dozens of tricks when it comes to shedding the pounds. From acupuncture helping you to lose an extra 10lb in three months, to why carrot juice should be part of any slimmer’s daily diet, try some of these tips to get you back in shape in time for summer… 1. Take a calcium supplement. You’ll lose 2.6% more fat than people who don’t. Calcium provides small increases in the body’s core temperature. This boosts metabolism, prompting our bodies to burn more fat. 2. Red meat can help you lose weight. It contains a lot of proteins that help you maintain muscle mass – and muscle burns four times as many calories as fat. 3. People who have acupuncture once a week lose an extra 4.5 kg (10lb) in three months. Applying needles at pressure points is thought to trigger electrical pulses that suppress appetite. 4. Sprinkle … [Read more...] about 50 fantastic weight loss tips to get you in shape for summer
There's nothing quite like booking a holiday to give yourself something exciting to look forward to - but having to part with so much cash can be quite the downer. Especially if you've got kids and you face those price hikes that come with the school holiday dates . Luckily, the travel money specialists at FairFx have shared some easy tricks and tips for holidaymakers looking to save a few extra pennies. In fact, you could stand to save more than a few pennies - we're talking thousands of pounds. FairFX looked at costs associated with a family travelling in the peak school holidays to top destinations and added up example savings, which totalled £1,939. But with handy hacks you could cut these costs down quite significantly, from car hire extras to the benefits of being flexible with dates. Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of FairFX, commented: "Holidays are an expensive purchase, but savvy holidaymakers can save big if they plan ahead. "Just a few small changes can go a long way … [Read more...] about Money experts share easy tricks that could save you up to £2000 on holidays
We are all unique. Put a thousand people on the same weight-loss diet, and you’ll see a range of outcomes. Some people will lose a lot, some will lose a little, and a few unlucky folks will even gain weight. Science still can’t tell us why some people lose weight more easily than others. Maybe we each have our own ideal diet, and we just have to find it. Maybe the people who gain weight on the Mediterranean diet just need to give keto a try, and vice versa. In truth, few diets are successful long-term, but we all keep looking: “Maybe I just need to find the diet that’s right for me.” Perhaps the key to who’s who lies in our DNA. Scientists are constantly finding links between genetics and nutrition. For example, Inuit people from Greenland have genes that may help their bodies process their culture’s traditional high-fat diet. Meanwhile, many of us have a variant of a gene called FTO that makes us more likely to be overweight. Studies have … [Read more...] about Can a DNA Test Really Help You Lose Weight?
Midway through her first-round match at the Australian Open this year, world No. 10 CoCo Vandeweghe refused to return to the court until someone brought her a banana. “I’m waiting for the banana. How are they not on court? I mean, c’mon, that’s not my fault,” Vandeweghe told chair umpire Fergus Murphy. “Let’s play!” an annoyed Murphy said into his microphone, clearly fed up with Vandeweghe. “Well now they’re here,” said Vandeweghe, noticing that a fresh batch of fruit had finally appeared courtside. “Mind if I take a bite?” “No, you don’t have time now,” Murphy warned, but a defiant Vandeweghe had already started eating one of the bananas. “Code violation: delay of game. Warning, Miss Vandeweghe.” Vandeweghe was roundly mocked in the press for holding up the match this way. “CoCo goes bananas,” read one ESPN headline. People couldn’t understand how a … [Read more...] about The Banana Has What It Takes To Defeat Gatorade