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Intel Core i7-8700K Review: A 6-Core Chip That Punches Far Above Its Weight

Today, Intel is unveiling its new Coffee Lake line of desktop CPU cores and its first mainstream desktop response to AMD’s Ryzen architecture since that platform launched in March. That’s not to say we haven’t seen some significant shifts in Intel’s desktop parts–in fact, even before today’s launch, we’ve seen more price drops and feature improvements from Intel in 2017 than at any point since at least 2011. As we’ve previously discussed, the Core i7-8700K isn’t a new CPU architecture. It’s still based on the same Kaby Lake processors that…

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Cheat days may actually help dieters lose weight, study finds

Taking cheat days, or breaks, while dieting may actually help aid weight loss, according to a new study from Australian researchers. The small study looked at two groups of obese men who participated in a four-month diet requiring them to restrict calorie intake by one-third. One group of dieters maintained the diet for two weeks, then broke from the strict diet for two weeks, and continued to go on and off the diet in two-week cycles. During the two-week cycle off the strict diet, these dieters ate calories consistent to…

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Ketogenic diet could help us live longer, but could also lead to weight gain

The ketogenic diet is based on the basic idea that the body will always burn glucose (which breaks down from the carbohydrates) before it burns ketones (which are the breakdown of fat). By replacing most of the carbs in our diet with fat, proponents say it can fast-track weight loss, curb appetite, treat various health ailments and increase athletic performance.  The diet originated in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy, but became trendy in the fitness industry among those trying to shed and shred. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim…

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Redefining our set body weight may be the way to lose weight for good

“I’ve been on every diet known to man,” says Lynne Ryan, a nurse and diabetes specialist who has had a life-long struggle with her weight. Ryan, 61, has tried low-carb, low-fat, the ‘dry sherry diet’, the boiled egg diet, Weight Watchers, “everything”. After 30 years of dieting, Lynne Ryan successfully tried the Interval Weight Loss approach. Photo: Jessica Hromas “While I managed to lose weight, I always put it back on and then a few more kilos,” says Ryan. Her experience is common among the 63 per cent of Australian adults…

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Gemma Arterton's 'emergency' exemplifies our weight problem

Even the most beautiful women in the world are made to feel faulty. The body-shaming that is common to Hollywood and reflective of a big issue we all face, is a sure-fire way to make our weight issues worse. In a podcast titled “It’s a Man’s World”, British actor Gemma Arterton revealed the “traumatic” time a producer deemed her weight an “emergency” during a film shoot. British actor Gemma Arterton has described the body-shaming she experienced in Hollywood.  Photo: Supplied “There was one film that I was on and we…

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The Sweet Spot: My Boyfriend’s Gaining Weight. I Feel Shallow for Caring.

The Sweet Spot By STEVE ALMOND and CHERYL STRAYED This column is an edited excerpt from the “Dear Sugars” podcast, an advice program hosted by Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed. The audio contains an extended conversation and more letters; submissions are welcome at If you’re reading this on desktop, click the play button below to listen. Mobile readers can find “Dear Sugars” on the Podcasts app (iPhone and iPad) or Radio Public (Android and tablet). Dear Sugars, I’ve been with my boyfriend for more than two years. At 31,…

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Walking the fine line between healthy weight advice and fat shaming

Being overweight increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, muscle and joint problems, and some cancers (including endometrial, breast and colon). And currently almost two in three Australian adults are overweight or obese. The increased risk for health problems starts when you are only very slightly overweight and increases as the excess weight increases. The risks associated with a poor diet and high BMI are the top two disease burdens in Australia, ahead of smoking. So reducing overweight and obesity is a government health priority. It’s…

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