Inside WWE legend Big Show’s incredible weight loss

In a profession where most athletes are encouraged to continue to make their physiques bigger, scarier and more outlandish, WWE superstar Big Show’s dramatic weight loss has captured the imagination of many.

Billed for much of his career as the “world’s largest athlete,” Big Show’s weight has been listed as high as 500 pounds at various stages of his career.

And despite working 200 days a year for two decades in a physically rigorous environment, Big Show wasn’t exactly a picture of health. A pretty poor diet contributed to his massive size — which originally stemmed from a tumor that formed on his pituitary gland during childhood — and the 45-year-old, whose real name is Paul Wight, decided enough was enough.

Big Show has charted his new commitment to slimming down and toning up on social media, and he’s been an inspiration to many. But it hasn’t been easy.

“It was definitely a conscious decision. You don’t make the transformation I’ve made without a serious commitment to changing 40 years of improper diet and improper training,” he recently told

Big Show teamed up with Miami-based celebrity trainer Dodd Romero — who has worked with the likes of actor Denzel Washington and baseball star Alex Rodriguez — and devised a plan that included swimming, cycling and weight training.
“Right now my schedule’s pretty light, but if I’m home three days, I train every day. If I’m home 10 days, I train every day,” he said.

“Right now, mostly, everything I count on is high-rep. I’m not trying to build muscle right now, I’m trying to keep my metabolism up, keep my tendons strong, keep my joints good, and cut a lot of fat.

“We’ll get to the muscle-building end of it once I get my body fat down to where I want it to be. … Those who weight-train know what I’m talking about. Lower reps with heavier weight will be more for building muscle. Right now we’re just trying to burn it up and keep it high-energy so the fat doesn’t have a chance to stick and grow.”

Big Show has dropped more than 60 pounds and credits “90 percent” of his weight loss to improving his diet — including the removal of his favorite meals like pizza, ice cream and meatball subs.

“Will I end up ever looking like John Cena or The Rock or Triple H? No,” he said. “But I can take the assets that I have and try to accentuate them.”

A doctor says the rise in veganism is causing hair loss — this is her advice on how to prevent it

Trichologist Anabel Kingsley, daughter of the late "celebrity hair doctor" Philip Kingsley, has spent years studying the hair and scalp.

Currently based at the family's world renowned clinic in Mayfair, London, she recently spoke out about her own experience of hair loss that she suffered following the death of her father in 2016.

Kingsley told Business Insider that she is seeing more and more cases of hair loss at her clinic, particularly among young women. The reasons for this, according to Kingsley? The rise of the fad diet, as well as the sharp increase in popularity of veganism and vegetarianism.

'Hair thinning' is a gradual reduction in volume
There are two types of hair loss, according to Kingsley.

The first is a gradual reduction in volume, otherwise known as "hair thinning." This is more common in older women but can also occur in young women as part of a genetic predisposition to follicle sensitivity.

This means that the hair follicles on your scalp are overly sensitive to normal levels of male hormones. "If you're experiencing thinning it doesn't mean you have more hormones than you should, just that you're more sensitive to them," she said.

"It's hard to say whether more women are losing their hair or just that more are speaking out about it, as it's now less of a taboo subject. With it being in the press more and more, women have the confidence to speak out."

Nutritional deficiency can cause 'reactive hair loss'

It's the second type of hair loss, called telogen effluvium, that Kingsley thinks is on the rise, particularly among women.
Telogen effluvium is a reactive hair loss which leads to excessive shedding, she explained, and can be the result of stress, being unwell, having a fever, or of a nutritional deficiency.

And Kingsley points to the rise of the fad diet and, in particular, the popularity of veganism and vegetarianism for the latter.

"Diets can be helpful if you're incredibly mindful, but often people aren't," she said. "Hair is not an essential tissue, meaning the body can physically survive without it, even if you are really careful it can be hard to get the protein and iron for hair to grow healthily.

"If you're not eating enough of the correct foods or your body is not absorbing enough of the nutrients, this can result in excessive shredding," she said. "Even if you're only slightly deficient in a nutrient, the body withholds this from the hair first."

She added that her clients seeking specialist help for this type of hair loss often appear fit and healthy in all other respects.

While she has also seen more cases of crash dieting, restrictive eating, and unbalanced vegan and vegetarian diets causing telogen effluvium in men in recent years, they are less likely to be iron and ferritin (stored iron) deficientthan women as they do not menstruate — and these deficiencies are common causes of hair loss.

Vegan and veggie diets don't give the hair what it needs

"I can completely understand my clients' reasons for being vegan or veggie, but it's very difficult with those diets to combine the correct food groups to give the hair what it needs," Kingsley said.

"For example, fish and eggs have all eight essential amino acids (proteins) that you need, while a grain or legume would only have a few of those. If you only get one set from a source of protein you need to get the rest from something else."

Kingsley advises her vegan and vegetarian clients to up their protein intake and look up the different components of each protein to make sure they are getting all the amino acids they need. "We also recommend they take a vegan-friendly protein supplement," she added.

"Your body can make most amino acids on its own, but eight of them (called essential amino acids), it cannot. They therefore have to be consumed daily."

Getting enough iron is key — even in supplement form

For those of us thinking we're getting enough iron from leafy greens, that might not be the case.

It's more difficlut to absorb sufficient iron from plant-based sources (non-heme iron) compared to, for example, red meat (heme iron).

"Iron is really, really important, particularly for women who are menstruating," Kingsley said. "And the iron in dark leafy greens like spinach and kale is actually very difficult for the body to absorb — you might only be getting about 3% of it."

She generally recommends taking iron supplements — the slow releasing type are usually better, she says, as they don't cause as many side effects. However, they must be combined with vitamin C, as without that the body cannot absorb the iron.

"Our vegan supplement called Tricho Complex also contains B12, that's absolutely essential for vegans and vegetarians," Kingsley said.

Finding a B12 source is important for vegans because it's mainly found in animal products.

"The body stores B12 for three years so you might not notice a deficiency straight away, but it will happen if you don't get it from other sources."

Kingsley added that if you've dramatically changed your diet or been unwell and it has sent hairs into the "telegen phase" you won't see excessive hair fall immediately — instead, you'll notice it up to three months later.

"If you feel like you're losing too much hair, you need to think back to what you were doing/eating [a few months earlier]," she said. "Did you have a fever, were you on a juice fast?

"It can be quite comforting for my clients just knowing that there's a a definitive reason why they have been losing hair."

Although Kingsley is not the first to suggest a link between cutting out meat and dairy with hair loss, there is a lack of conclusive research into the field.

An article published in the NCBI, said that "while iron deficiency (ID) is the world's most common nutritional deficiency and a well-known cause of hair loss, it remains unclear what degree of ID may contribute to hair loss."

It added that "vegans and vegetarians are also at higher risk for ID, as their requirements for dietary iron are considered to be 1.8 times higher than for meat consumers. It may also be the result of a reduction of storage iron, measured by serum ferritin.

"Although multiple studies have been conducted, it is unknown if a deficiency of storage iron contributes to hair loss, as conflicting results have been noted," it went on.

6 Warning Signs That Show Your Liver Is Full of Toxins

Aside from skin, the liver is the largest organ in the body and also one of the most important. Our livers filter blood that is then circulated to other organs in our bodies. It is therefore vital that we keep our livers healthy and happy. The problem is, we can't see our livers.

So how can we know if it's healthy or not?
Well, we've listed 6 tell-tale signs that your liver is full of nasty toxins so you can correct it before it's too late!

1: Pain In Your Liver

One of the most obvious signs that your liver is not a happy bunny is a pain in your liver. Due to its large size, the pain can vary from a dull ache to excruciating. Our livers are found in the upper right portion of your abdomen, under your stomach and beneath your diaphragm. Pains in our livers is our body's way of telling us it is struggling.

Remedy: Try reducing alcohol consumption to allow your liver to filter those nasty toxins out.

2: Swollen Ankles And Legs

When we fall over, we often see a bruise or cuts and scrapes there afterward. Your liver is no different. If it is trying to heal itself, scar tissues will form which limits the filtering abilities of this tireless organ. If a liver is unable to filter effectively, often portal hypertension will occur which causes blood pressure in the portal veins to increase. As a result, your legs and ankles will begin to store excess fluid.

Remedy: Try eating a cleaner, high-fiber diet to help cleanse your liver.

3: Weight Gain

Weight gain can be caused by any number of issues, primarily a poor diet. However, it can also be a sign that your liver is struggling. When the liver is unable to filter all the toxins, it will get rid of them by storing them in fat cells.

Remedy: Ensure that you are consuming a balanced diet with fewer processed foods.

4: Allergies

It is important to get tested for allergies before jumping to conclusions. Nonetheless, if your liver becomes overloaded with toxins, it will have no choice but to let them enter the bloodstream where they shouldn't be. Your body will, in turn, try to rid itself of these terrible toxins, leading to allergic reactions.

Remedy: Drink plenty of water to flush out your system.

5: Yellow Skin And Eyes

Unless you were born with yellow skin, this should be considered an immediate signal that your liver is unhealthy. This yellowish pallor is known as jaundice and appears when the liver is no longer able to filter out bilirubin from dead red blood cells, you begin to appear yellow thanks to bilirubin's yellowish pigment.

Remedy: If you're a smoker then make it your goal to give up.

6: Chronic Fatigue

If your liver has been working overtime to filter out unhealthy toxins, then sooner or later it will begin to flag. When this happens, you will experience flu-like symptoms or extreme tiredness for months at a time. A liver's job, among other things, is also to turn glucose into glycogen which your body can use for energy. If your liver is overworked and unable to make glycogen, then your body will be lacking energy.

Remedy: Try ensuring you get at least 8 hours of sleep a night as our livers often need time to recover too.

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9 Amazing Uses Of Aspirin That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!

Salicylic acid has been used to relieve pain and soothe an inflammation since the 5th century, as well as in the treatment of heart diseases and prevention of blood clots.

Nowadays, it is the main ingredient of aspirin, but you surely do not know all the amazing uses of these ills.

Here are the top 9 uses of aspirin:

-It helps in the case of insect bites and stings

To relieve the inflammation and itching in the case of stings or insect bites, rub this pill over them. However, you should visit your doctor in case you are allergic to bee stings.

-It dries up pimples

Even after the adolescence phase in life, people can get pimples occasionally, but they can be efficiently dried using aspirin. All you need to do is to crush the pill and moisten it with a little of water.

Then, apply this paste on the area and leave it to act for a few minutes. Then, rinse it off with soap and water. The redness will be relieved and the pimple will gradually disappear

-It rejuvenates the skin

The salicylic acid in aspirin treats redness, swellings, and acne, and also removes the dead skin cells and excessive oils. Just crush five aspirin pills and mix them with ¼ cup of water and a teaspoon of honey.

Apply the mixture on the skin and leave it to act for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. The regular use of this mask will treat all skin issues and significantly rejuvenate the skin.

-It treats hard calluses

You should crush 5 aspirin pills, and mix them with some lemon juice and half a teaspoon of honey. Apply the paste on the hard calluses on your feet and wrap the foot in a warm towel. Secure it with plastic wrap. After 10 minutes, remove the wrap, and the effects will surprise you!

-It treats dandruff

Crush 2 aspirin pills and make a fine powder. Add this powder to your shampoo and after a couple of minutes, you can wash with it as usually. This will effectively treat and prevent dandruff.

-It eliminates perspiration stains

This simple trick will help you get rid of the perspiration stains on your clothes: just crush a couple of aspirin pills and add them to half a cup of water. Then, soak the stained part in the mixture and leave it thus for a few hours.

-It restores hair color

Especially if your hair is colored in light colors, the chlorinated water can greatly damage it. However, you can restore its shine and volume if you dissolve 6-8 aspirin pills in a glass of warm water and rub the solution on the hair. You should leave it to act for around 10-15 minutes.

-It cleans the grease from the cookware

Prepare a cleaning paste by mixing a few crushed aspirins and a bit of water. Then, rub the cookware with it, and the results are impressive!

-Aspirin will help the plants last longer

Add a crushed aspirin pill in the base water of your plants, and it will postpone their withering, and they will last longer.


5 Belly-Blasting Exercises You Can Do Sitting Down

Working in an office has its benefits. A nice view, comfortable chair and no strain on the legs. But despite those benefits, sitting down for most of the day has its health risks. Your body is built to be moving throughout the day. In fact, Harvard Medical School examined 47 studies that examined the effects of sitting and they found that people who spent most of the day sitting down had a greater chance of dying from all causes. These effects increased even more for those who also did not exercise. In addition, a 2016 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine estimated that prolonged sitting is linked to 430,000 all-cause deaths in over 54 countries. You don’t have to be part of the statistics; there are various types of belly exercises that you can do in your chair, according to the Daily Health Post.

Knee Pull Ups: The Daily Health Post states that this exercise is great for your core and lower abs, which will help fight stomach fat. To perform this exercise, you need to start by sitting tall on your chair and placing your feet on the ground at hip’s width apart. Keeping your back straight, lift your right knee towards your chest. Then bring your arms towards your shin; this will give you a larger stretch with your lower abs.

Double Knee Lift: This exercise will also work out your abdominal muscles. Start by sitting in your chair with both knees touching. If you can, place your arms and hands on the armrests of the chair. If the chair does not have armrests, hold the seat of the chair. While keeping your back straight, lift both knees to your chest. Then lower your feet to the ground, but ensure that they do not touch it.

Oblique Pull Ups: This is a modified double knee lift exercise, according to the Daily Health Post. Just like the double knee lift, begin in a sitting position with your hands and arms on the armrests if you can. Begin to lean to one side of the chair so part of your buttock is off the chair while lifting both knees to your chest. Repeat this with the other side of your buttocks.

Floor Reaches: This exercise will help reduce fat in your hips and sides. It is relatively simple to perform. Start by sitting tall in your chair and place your feet on the ground. Straighten your arms out at shoulder height. Then begin to twist your torso and lean forward to touch your left toes with your right fingers. Always make sure that your arms remain still when you do this. Do the exact same motion with your other arm.

Pull Up: This is one of the most beneficial exercises you can do in your chair. It will work your core, back, shoulders and arms, says the Daily Health Post. Not to mention it will help your waistline get thinner as well. To do this exercise, you will need a chair that does not have any wheels on it. Once you have that chair, place it against the wall for stability. Put your arms on the armrests and push yourself up off the chair and use your abs to lift up your knees. Hold this position for as long as you can and begin to slowly come back down.

So there you have it; just because you sit in a chair all day does not mean that you cannot exercise your body. The more you sit in your chair, the greater the chances of you putting on weight. These belly exercises along with a proper diet will help prevent your health from suffering at the hands of your chair.

This Is Where Fat Goes When You Lose Weight, According To Scientists

Australian scientists conducted a study to find out where fat goes when you lose weight.

As part of their research they asked 150 health professionals for their theories as to how it disappears, and most answered incorrectly.

They say it doesn't get converted into energy or muscle, and explained their theory in a recent article for The Conversation.

With the rise of the wellness movement, countless people are focused on burning calories and getting lean.

But have you ever thought about exactly how fat disappears from your body?

As part of a study on the topic, scientists from the University of New South Wales posed a simple question to health professionals: When somebody loses weight, where does the fat go?

Of the 150 doctors, dietitians, and personal trainers they surveyed, they said only three respondents answered the question correctly.

Writing for The Conversation, assistant scientist Ruben Meerman and Andrew Brown, professor and head of biotechnology and biomolecular sciences at UNSW, explained the results of the research — and, like the health professionals questioned, you might be surprised at what the scientists found.

"The most common misconception by far was that fat is converted to energy," the scientists wrote. "The problem with this theory is that it violates the law of conservation of matter, which all chemical reactions obey."

Other respondents believed fat was converted into muscle, which, they explained, "is impossible."

Another theory was that it leaves the body through the colon, which is also incorrect, according to the duo.

So what's the answer?

"[F]at is converted to carbon dioxide and water," they wrote. "You exhale the carbon dioxide and the water mixes into your circulation until it’s lost as urine or sweat.

"If you lose 10kg of fat, precisely 8.4kg comes out through your lungs and the remaining 1.6kg turns into water. In other words, nearly all the weight we lose is exhaled."

They added that while this may surprise people, "almost everything we eat comes back out via the lungs.

"Every carbohydrate you digest and nearly all the fats are converted to carbon dioxide and water."

The same goes for alcohol and protein, apart from a small amount from the latter that is turned into urea and other solids, and excreted as urine.

The scientists pointed out that the only food that arrives at your colon undigested is "dietary fiber," such as sweetcorn. The rest is absorbed into the bloodstream and organs.

"After that, it’s not going anywhere until you’ve vaporised it," they wrote.


4 Home Remedies To Get Rid of Blackheads and Acne Overnight Treatment

Blackheads are a kind of acne, a common skin problem that involves lesions frequently referred to as pimples, spots, zits, whiteheads or blackheads.

Blackheads are a specific kind of dark acne lesion, so-called because they contain oxidized melanin, the pigment made by skin cells called melanocytes.

Blackheads usually occur on the face, particularly the nose and can also appear on the chest, back, neck, arms and shoulders.

There are 6 types of acne that are:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Papules
  • Cysts
  • Nodular
  • Pustules

What Cause Acne and Blackheads?

The cause of acne is not clear but expert says that acne is cause by rise in hormonal level like androgen(the male sex hormone) when human(girl or boys) become adolescence. This large androgen level makes your skin oil glands to grow and produce more oil which cause bacteria to grow.

Other cause of acne is infection in oil glands in skin. As you known that our skin contains large number of small pores which are responsible for skin breathing and sweating. These pores contains oil glands below your skin.

If these skin glands become infected due to bacteria or any other reason, the outside skin swells and develop pimples.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads?

Below is the 4 best home remedies to get rid of blackheads.

Before that you must start treatment by keeping oil and dirt out of your skin and infected area. Complete treatment takes about 2-6 weeks depending on your severity level. There are so many costly face packs and medicines are available in market but here we are focus on cheap home treatment to get rid of blackheads that not only remove acne or pimples but also make your skin fresh and healthy.

Garlic Clove 

Garlic is a good agent for treating acne or pimples problems. It also helps in healing quickly.

Method: Rub garlic clove after cut it into two part or by making a paste on your skin for 4-6 minutes and wash it off using lukewarm water. Repeat this process several times a day regularly to get complete rid of acne or pimples.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is good for treating acne problems. Lemon juice helps in clean your dirt near your skin pores. Highly acidic property of lemon juice also balance pH level of skin.

Method: Rub lemon slice directly on you pimples for few hours and wash it off with cool water. OR make a 50-50 solution of rose water and lemon juice and apply. Do this thrice a week.

Egg Oil 

Egg yolk oil is one of the rich sources of omega 3 fatty acid which help in reduce inflammation and remove blackheads.

Method: Apply egg oil on your affected area and massage gently for approx 3 minutes and leave it off for 40-50 minutes. Wash it off with face wash. Do this regularly twice a day to get complete rid of acne.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is best known for its burn healing power. Aloe Vera have so many skin benefits and use for making many cosmetic products. It helps in healing, fight against infection and helps in remove scarring.

Method: If you have Aloe Vera plant, cut a leave and remove gel using spoon and apply on your skin or on pimples for approx 5 minutes. Do this regularly for and feel difference in a week. Read aloe vera face masks for acne, pimples and oily skin.