New Diet Craze Offers Five Days Of feasting For Two Days Of Famine

Forget abandoning carbohydrates or detoxing. The new dieting craze sweeping Britain and taking off in the United States lets people eat whatever they like – but only five days a week.

“The Fast Diet”, also known as the 5:2 diet, is the brainchild of TV medical journalist Michael Mosley and journalist Mimi Spencer and allows people to eat what they want for five days but only eat 600 calories a day on the other two.

Their book, “The Fast Diet”, has topped bestselling book lists in Britain and the United States this year and been reprinted more than a dozen times.

Mosley said the diet is based on work by British and U.S. scientists who found intermittent fasting helped people lose more fat, increase insulin sensitivity and cut cholesterol which should mean reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes.

He tried this eating regime for a BBC television science programme called “Eat, Fast, Live Longer” last August after finding out his cholesterol level was too high and his blood sugar in the diabetic range. He was stunned by the results.

“I started doing intermittent fasting a year ago, lost 8 kgs (18 pounds) of fat over 3 months and my blood results went back to normal,” Mosley told Reuters.

Mosley said he had been amazed at the way the diet had taken off with a list of websites set up by followers of the 5:2 diet or variations of the eating regime to share their experiences.

Following the success of “The Fast Diet”, Spencer joined forces with dietitian Sarah Schenker to bring out “The Fast Diet Recipe Book” in April which has topped amazon.co.uk’s food and drink list with 150 recipes containing under 300 calories.

Eating a 600 calorie daily diet – about a quarter of a normal healthy adult’s intake – could consist of two eggs for breakfast, grilled chicken and lettuce for lunch, and fish with rice noodles for dinner with nothing to drink but water, black coffee or tea.

One day at a time

Mosley put the diet’s success down to the fact it is psychologically attractive and leads to steady drop in weight with an average weekly loss of 1 pound (0.46kg) for women and slightly more for men.

“The problem with standard diets is that you feel like you are constantly having to exercise restraint and that means you are thinking about food all the time, which becomes self-defeating,” said Mosley.

“On this regime you are only really on a diet two days a week. It is also extremely flexible and simple.”

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) initially expressed doubts about the diet and its long-term effects, saying side effects could include sleeping difficulties, bad breath, irritability, anxiety, and daytime sleepiness.

But as the popularity of the 5:2 diet has grown and become one of the most searched diets on the Internet, the NHS has started to look again at the diet and its effects.

On its website last month the NHS said the British Dietetic Association (BDA) reviewed a 2011 study by researchers at the UK’s University Hospital of South Manchester that suggested intermittent fasting could help lower the risk of certain obesity-related cancers such as breast cancer.

“The increasing popularity of the 5:2 diet should lead to further research of this kind,” the BDA said in a statement.

Schenker, a sports and media dietitian who works with football clubs and food companies, said it was a shame that the NHS had criticized the eating regime that had proved such a success with so many people.

“We are in the midst of an obesity crisis and you need to balance up which is worse – intermittent fasting of staying obese?” Schenker told Reuters.

Despite concerns raised by the NHS, the 5:2 diet has been widely praised by those who follow it.

Deb Thomas, 50, a management coach from London, said she has followed the diet for six months and dropped a couple of dress sizes. This has also inspired her husband to join her in fasting two days a week.

“It is such an easy diet to follow that fits into my way of life,” Thomas said. “You have a tough day of not eating but you know the next day you can eat normally again, and that keeps you going.”

American Singer, Keri Hilson Prepares Fufu At Home

American RnB singer, Keri Hilson has once again demonstrated her love for Nigeria.

The 30 year old singer who was born in Georgia town of the United States of America on Sunday prepared Fufu, a Nigerian dish and took to Instagram (an online photo-shraing platform) to share pictures with her fans.

Keri, whose instagram handle is dreamincolor posted a picture of herself stirring a pot of fufu and another showing the food served.

 

“Making fufu is a reaaal workout! gotta put your back into it!” She said.

The star has since been trending on Twitter, a mini-blogging platform online.

Keri Hilson has visited Nigeria twice and has publicly declared her admiration for Nigerian music including D’banj’s ‘Oliver Twist’ and Flavour’s song, ‘Ashawo.’

 

Food Will Get Boko Haram’s Attention – Analyst

“If we need to hold our sovereignty together, please let us approach amnesty from the agricultural perspective.”

These are the words of public affairs analyst, Mr. Shedrack Madlion who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily; arguing in favour of amnesty for Boko Haram.

“The Boko Haram is as a result of young men not being busy, ” he said while advocating for a government funded initiative which will engage the youths who have nothing to do.

He added that if an agricultural programme is instituted to engage Over 60 million youths in the north, peace will be restored in 3 months.

Speaking about the security situation in the Northern part of the country, which security agents say is under control; Mr. Madlion said it is a lie.

He stated that security men in Nigeria are ‘human beings like us’ but they are overstretched as a result of the situation in the country.

“If anybody is telling you that there has been any improvement, tell him it is not true… We have some states in Nigeria where banks close by 1 O’clock or 2 O’clock.”

He also said  that it is not true that investors are coming into the country stating that no investor would invest in a distressed society.

“Who comes to invest in a place where in every three hours there is bomb taking off in some places?” He asked.

“87.6% of rural Nigerians in the north do nothing than agriculture.”

He stated that Boko Haram was birthed as a result of the youths not being busy.

BOKO HARAM: Without Amnesty, Nigeria Would Import Food – Analyst Warns

A public affairs analyst, Mr. Shedrack Madlion has warned that the Federal Government of Nigeria has no choice but to embrace amnesty initiated by the Sultan of Sokoto and other leaders from Northern Nigeria or face the option of importing food from other countries of the world.

Mr. Madlion, a businessman based in northern Nigeria, who was analysing the on-going controversy surrounding amnesty from an economic point of view, lamented the situation entrepreneurs are facing in the distressed part of the nation.

He added that the daily routine of the average entrepreneur in the north, for the past three years, includes: wake up in the morning to report themselves to EFCC, or go to court, or be with their lawyers who will help them reschedule their debts to the banks.

“The amnesty programme, at the moment, seems to be only solution for us to bring back the economy of Northern Nigeria that has totally nose-dived.” Madlion said, while speaking on Sunrise Daily.

He disclosed that farmers in Plateau, Kaduna and Sokoto states no longer go to farm for fear of what will happen to them and added that granting amnesty to the terrorist group will bring about increase in food production.

He said that if we don’t have peace, there would be a need to review the federal budget as Nigeria would be forced to import yam from Jamaica and enhance rice imports from Thailand and Cambodia.

He disclosed that N1 billion worth of rice is consumed in Nigeria every six hours.

“If giving amnesty will be the only way we can bring back the bubbling economy of Northern Nigeria, then let it be.”

“If anybody has any other suggestion towards amnesty, first of all I will ask him to stop the clock from ticking. The banks should no longer calculate interest for us anymore, our landlord should no longer check when the rent will expire… nobody should come to the office or farm to ask for tax … above all, they should provide me food I’ll be eating pending the time when they come with up with a solution.” He said.

 

 

 

African Nations Increase Farm Spending, Winning Poverty Battle

President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger.

The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture.

All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said.

The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but also their potential in a region where strong economic policies are attracting increased investment.

A recent World Bank report said Africa’s agricultural sector could become a $1 trillion industry by 2030 if farmers modernized their practices and had better access to financing, new technology, irrigation and fertilizers.

“Despite record improvements by select African countries, Africa overall is still far from realizing its agricultural potential,” said the ONE Campaign report, which assessed progress by 19 African countries and donors that send them aid.

“For African governments, donors and the private sector alike, 2013 is the year to deliver on these building blocks that impact farming and expand economic opportunities for farmers,” the report said.

This year marks a decade since African governments committed to allocate 10 percent of national spending to boost agricultural production, reversing decades of under investment in the sector. The so-called Maputo commitments expire this year, giving world leaders the opportunity to lay out a bold new plan with targets, the report said.

According to ONE’s analysis, at least four of the 19 African countries analyzed – Ethiopia, Cape Verde, Malawi and Niger – met or exceeded the target of 10 percent total expenditure on agriculture. Senegal and Sierra Leone are close to the target.

Meanwhile, the laggards are Nigeria, Liberia and Ghana, which spend less than 2 percent of their budgets on agriculture.

The report also called on industrialized nations – the United States, France, Britain, Canada, Japan, Germany and Russia – to make good on their various funding promises to help African nations increase agricultural production.

The G8, which meets in June this year, has repeatedly promised to support Africa-led initiatives, yet G8 agriculture investment plans have only secured about half of their required financing, and many donors contribute only a small fraction of their agriculture aid to poor countries, the report said.

The report shows that European Union institutions, Canada and Germany increased their share of foreign assistance to agriculture, while Britain, Japan and France cut theirs.

We’re sorry for increasing the price of bread – Bakers

The President of the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers, Lagos State Chapter, Jacob Adejorin, on Monday, appealed to the public over the hike in the price of bread.

Mr. Adejorin said in Lagos that the increase is unavoidable because bakers can no longer run the business at a loss.

“It is not our desire to make life uncomfortable for members of the public. We have seriously considered them before increasing the price of our products,” he said.

He said that ingredients used in the production of bread have become too expensive for bakers.

The master baker said that a bag of wheat is now being sold for N7, 100 as against the previous price of N5, 750; while a bag of sugar is now N9, 000 from N5, 000.

“Many of our members have gone out of business. Some of them have been forced to return to their villages, while others have taken to other businesses,” he said.

Bread vendors said a loaf of Val-U bread and UTC bread, which used to cost N180 no sells for N220 while loaves that used to cost N100 and N120 now cost N120 and N150 respectively, and the N150 loaf now sells for N200.

World food prices fall in May: UN’s FAO

World food prices dropped in May for a second month in a row, hit by steep falls in dairy products, sugar and other commodities, and are likely to fall further in the coming months, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday.

Food prices grabbed attention of the world leaders after their spike to record highs in February 2011 helped fuel the protests known as the Arab Spring in the Middle East and North Africa. Food prices have fallen since.

Improvement in the security of food supplies amid the economic downturn was high on the agenda of a summit of leaders of the G8 industrial powers last month.

The FAO Food Price Index, which measures monthly price changes for a food basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, averaged 204 points in May, down from 213 points in April, the FAO said in its monthly index update.

“We were expecting a decline in May, the surprise is the extent of it, which showed that markets for oils and fats, dairy products and sugar all had to make sharp downward adjustments,” Abdolreza Abbassian, FAO’s senior economist and grain analyst, told Reuters.

In May, an improved outlook for crops in some major producing countries, a strengthening U.S. dollar, which hits competitiveness of dollar-denominated commodities, and growing concerns about Europe’s debt crisis pushed prices down.

“We’re in a situation where supplies have improved and we’ve had quite a big spillover from other markets which were all down,” Abbassian said.

The steep price drop in May meant that even if further declines were seen in June, they would probably be less marked, he added.

The index was driven down by a 12 percent fall in dairy prices, a 9 percent drop in sugar and a 7 percent decline in oils and fats.

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Food Security:The country is under siege – Madlion

Sunrise Daily the weekly breakfast show with the trio of Chamberlain Usoh, Maupe Ogun and Sulai Aledeh had Shedrack Madlion; a farmer came in to talk on food security with the crew.

Still on food security; Shedrack Madlion said the whole country is under siege after Chamberlain asked Madlion if Nigerians should be worried concerning food security going by the events that has been reshaping the future of the country.