The Best Way To Make Weight Loss Stick Is With A Support System

Gordon Gauss wanted to lose weight to ensure that he would be around to see his two-year-old son grow up, but from his past struggles with weight loss he knew something about his methods had to change. When Gauss made the commitment to lose weight in January of 2018, he was at 437 pounds. Throughout his life, Gauss’s number on the scales has risen and fallen. According to Gauss, he weighed about 220 pounds when he graduated high school, and by the end of his first year at college he had gained about 50 pounds more. With the ups and downs of college, Gauss began experiencing depressing. By 2010, when Gauss was 26, he weighed about 385 pounds. At this point, Gauss felt he needed to make a change. By following a calories in and calories out diet, Gauss got himself down to 290 pounds. However, he lost motivation to go to the gym and track meals as his depression kicked in. Gauss gained the weight back and then some, but in that time he also gained a loving wife and wonderful son. That brought him to his predicament at the beginning of 2018, when he couldn’t get up and down stairs easily or walk from room to room. That January also marked the 10 year anniversary of his father-in-law’s death by heart attack, making Gauss realize he had to lose weight for his son. In this iteration of his weight loss journey, Gauss knew he couldn’t lose weight on his own.  He joined the 66% of Americans who are on a diet. Gauss then sought the help of a trainer to help in the gym, a mental health professional to help manage his depression, and inspiration from his wife and son. In about 10 months, Gauss has lost 165 pounds. He says that his energy levels have drastically changed and that he even ran a 10k recently. These improvements would not have been possible without his support system. According to a report recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, intensive weight-loss interventions were found the be the most successful method of losing weight. The report did exclude surgical interventions from its study and instead focused on methods that could be derived from a primary care facility. The study showed that when a “village” of professionals offered a variety of services to a person trying to lose weight, they were the most successful. This village could include dietitians, exercise physiologists, behavorial therapists, and life coaches. Having a support system that includes these professionals as well as trusted family and friends will not only enhance weight loss, but also...

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New iPhone Release Brings Russian Line Standing Scheme

Take a deep breath. Can you smell it? That’s the smell of rampant consumerism and the smell will only get stronger as we approach the holidays. It was a holiday for Apple recently when they became the first company on earth to be valued at over $1 trillion. Shortly after that, they had their release day (another holiday-like event in the Apple camp), where they unveiled shiny new products that people around the world and back were tripping over each other to shell out thousands of dollars for. Topping Apple’s newly minted trillion-dollar valuation is the projected amount of consumer debt by the end of the year: a record-breaking $4 trillion. While people are stacking up trillions in debt, they’re still finding a way get their paws on the new iPhone. How far are they willing to go, you ask? Let’s head to Russia. Days before the September 28 release of Apple’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, people were lining up outside of central Moscow’s Apple store. While only 22% of businesses are satisfied with their conversion rates, Apple is leaning back and letting people line up for days on end. The weather had been miserable in Moscow, too, complete with cold winds and whipping rain. Nonetheless, these Apple enthusiasts were braving the elements to make Apple’s valuation spike even higher. Or were they? In the elements, awaiting the release, the first eight people in line in Moscow were actually professional queue-standers. That is a thing. The first person in line was attempting to sell the spot for 450,000 roubles, about $7,500. Hoping for real Apple enthusiasts to buy the prime line spaces, spots one through eight all haggled to no avail. They tore up their tickets and left the queue empty-handed. While most companies are out there worrying about effective customer engagement and keeping their reputation held to the highest degree, Apple has people selling their spots in line for a product they know millions of others will want. Talk about market dominance. The ninth person in line is named Valery. He didn’t leave the line. When the doors opened and they called for ticket numbers, the ninth in line was the first one to enter the store. To great fanfare and spectacle, as Apple does, Valery triumphantly entered the store. But, there was a problem. After milling around the place, it was apparent that he wasn’t going to buy an iPhone. He had actually paid for his spot in line for about $762 in hopes that he’d be able to turn a profit, just like the eight in front of him had hoped. Instead of leaving...

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As Bat Species Become Endangered, Pennsylvanian Forest Industry Plows On
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As Bat Species Become Endangered, Pennsylvanian Forest Industry Plows On

Officials with the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) and the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group have recently announced that the local forest industry in Pennsylvania will not need to make changes despite other concerns over bat endangerment. There are proposals to list the northern long-eared bat, tri-colored bat, and little brown bat on Pennsylvania’s list of endangered and threatened species in efforts to prevent extinction. The proposals are being brought to the Board of Game Commissioners in January. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, white-nose syndrome has decimated these three species in the state. The same fungus has killed millions of bats in the United States and Canada. On September 7 2018, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was going to award $1 million in grants to help fight white nose syndrome. The bat-killing disease was first found in Vermont and neighboring areas of New York in 2007, and has since spread to at least 36 states and seven provinces in Canada. Despite the damage this fungus is causing the bat population, the ANF will continue to permit activities, such as harvesting lumber. According to Collin Shepard, acting public affairs officer for the ANF, there will not be any additional regulations if the endangered species proposals go through unless sites are identified as potential habitats for bats. Shepard noted that the northern long-eared bat was already listed as a federal threatened species in spring of 2015. At that time, the ANF implemented several conservation measures under its 2007 forest plan. This plan details that sites where the species are most sensitive are protected. This means that areas where bats hibernate, such as caves, are protected most heavily as well as trees during the time of year when mother bats have babies. Since 1900, the United States has milled over 3 trillion board feet of lumber, affecting forests and animal populations across the country. While the ANF plans to keep adding to this amount of milled lumber, the organization has some exceptions. When they track a bat to a particular tree, they will take measures to protect that site from lumber...

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