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The 10 Best Songs of 2019

February 16, 2020

The 10 Best Songs of 2019



2019 was a year of upheaval in the pop music world, with new voices rising to the fore through unexpected pathways Lizzo’s career was jolted forward by a Netflix trailer Lil Nas X rode TikTok and Twitter to the top of the charts stars emerged out of Brooklyn (Pop Smoke) Spain (Rosalía) and Nigeria (Burna Boy) expertly wielding social media and huge streaming numbers to captivate audiences across the world.

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And as new voices claimed the spotlight, some of pop’s biggest names from Charli XCX to Dua Lipa, continued to put out irresistible, vital earworms as well. Here are TIME’s best songs of 2019.

10. “Crowded Table,” The Highwomen





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The fact that The Highwomen even exists is impressive the new supergroup brings together four of country music’s most prolific women: Maren Morris a country-pop star with powerful vocals and mainstream hits like “The Middle”; Brandi Carlile, the Grammy-recognized folk artist whose work is marked by wry brilliance Amanda Shires a notable fiddler and country mainstay and Natalie Hemby, the heavy-hitting songwriter who’s been the secret weapon for artists like Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert and Lady Gaga on A Star Is Born that all four found the time to make an album together speaks to their commitment to claiming space for women’s voices in a historically patriarchal industry and that their music as exemplified by the beautiful ballad “Crowded Table” weaves in political statements only adds a layer of richness. “I want a house with a crowded table,” they insist, “and a place by the fire for everyone  let us take on the world while we are young and able and bring us back together when the day is done.” The line works as a mission statement for these four distinct artists: make great music and complicate our definitions of womanhood motherhood and femininity in the process they make that statement over an unabashedly pretty melody going in and out of duets and harmonies with seamless generous sweetness. (Bruner)

9. “Simmer,” Mahalia ft. Burna Boy





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Ever since going viral for a Colors Studios performance in 2017 the British singer Mahalia has enjoyed a steady rise scoring hits including “I Wish I Missed My Ex” and the Ella Mai-assisted “What You Did.” On “Simmer,” she repurposes the burbling bassline of the 1997 dancehall classic “Who Am I” by Beenie Man using it to anchor a love story in which a relationship verges on boiling over. A sultry and irrepressible appearance from the Nigerian singer Burna Boy one of the year’s breakout stars turns the song from a B-side into a global summer anthem. (Chow)

8. “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings,” Caroline Polachek





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Caroline Polachek has long worked on the fringes of the mainstream pop world: she fronted the indie pop band Chairlift for a decade and racked up songwriting credits for Beyoncé, Solange, Charli XCX and Travis Scott but she takes center stage on this year’s Pang, her major label debut album with Sony. The best of the bunch is “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings,” a cheekily named song propelled by handclaps and strutting muted guitars but while the song sounds readymade for a night out it drips with lovesick anxiety: “I cry on the dancefloor, it’s so embarrassing,” Polachek confesses. The music video in which she skips and spins in cowboy boots across a barren hellish landscape perfectly reflects the song’s paradoxically carefree potency. (Chow)

7. “Too Much,” Carly Rae Jepsen





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Carly Rae Jepsen has built a cult following on the power of her brand of pure heart-on-your-sleeve pop her widely-praised third album was even nakedly called Emotion. “Too Much” synthesizes everything that makes the Canadian artist best known for her 2012 earworm “Call Me Maybe,” beloved it’s got relatable on-the-nose lyrics a commitment to catchy, sweet melodies all sung with Jepsen’s intimately breathy vocals most of all “Too Much” feels intensely honest. “When I feel it, then I feel it too much / I will do anything to get the rush,” she sings then turns it around: “Is this too much?” Her ability to swing from wild joy to insecurity all over a shimmering dance tune that’s as infectious as anything she’s produced is a triumph. (Bruner)

6. “Crime Pays,” Freddie Gibbs & Madlib





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Bandana, the widely acclaimed album from rapper Freddie Gibbs and producer Madlib was forged in trying circumstances: Gibbs says he wrote most of the record in an Austrian jail while awaiting his eventual acquittal from sexual assault charges given this initial disconnect between the pair, it’s astonishing how perfectly Gibbs’ gravelly rhymes coalesce with Madlib’s sun-bleached soul production. “Crime Pays,” in particular perfectly toes the line between their aesthetic sensibilities: Madlib unearths a pristine sample from jazz fusion artist Walt Barr that conjures both nostalgia and unlimited possibility while Gibbs confronts the darker realities of chasing the American dream: “Diamonds in my chain, yeah I slang but I’m still a slave / Twisted in the system just a number listed on the page.” (Chow)

5. “Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa





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On her 2017 debut album, Britain’s Dua Lipa established herself as a honey-voiced rising star of mainstream pop. On “Don’t Start Now,” the debut single off her sophomore project she proves she has something to add to the conversation and that something is a propulsive, infectious disco sensibility. Made with juicy synths bubbly percussion and bouncy vocal twists it’s a tune that celebrates independence and promises joy in the process Lipa made her name on the cheeky breakup empowerment hit “New Rules”; “Don’t Start Now” follows in that breezy forward-thinking tradition. “Though it took some time to survive you” she sings, “I’m better on the other side.” It’s the sound of a new pop era. (Bruner)

4. “Juice,” Lizzo





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Lizzo’s “Juice” is a funk-soul self-love dance anthem built to inspire confidence that’s no fluke her long-gestating career as a singer songwriter and flutist has taken off this year thanks to her commitment to the goal of making listeners find assurance in her feel-good, fun-loving lyrics and danceable beats she kicks things off by turning a fairy tale trope into an affirmation: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, don’t say it ’cause I know I’m cute,” and ends the song with a bold giggle with a retro-sounding melody that resonates across generational tastes, the song has already become a dancefloor mainstay. “Juice” sounds like it was perfected in a test kitchen equal parts joy, cheeky lyricism and timeless appeal. (Bruner)

3. “Welcome to the Party,” Pop Smoke





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While mainstream rap is still dominated by trap the crawling subgenre from Atlanta artists have also been looking north and taking elements from drill, Chicago’s much faster and frenetic style. “Welcome to the Party,” which was inescapable in Brooklyn this summer and fall manically races forward, with the 20-year-old rapper’s syllables spilling out in terrifying, clipped bursts Pop Smoke growls both his threats and boasts in unruly unpredictable clusters but even more jarring is producer 808Melo’s bassline, which seems to bubble out of the deepest recesses of the American psyche. (Chow)

2. “Con Altura,” Rosalía x J Balvin





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“Con Altura” is a record-breaking collaboration between 2 Spanish-speaking artists with distinct backgrounds but powerful influences: Spain's Rosalía is making a name for herself with flamenco-inflected alt-pop on works like her Grammy-nominated, poetically inspired second album El Mal Querer, while J Balvin reigns as one of Latin America’s reggaeton kings and one of the most popular artists on the planet thanks to his international chart-toppers like “Mi Gente” and “I Like It.” Together on “Con Altura,” they found a sweet spot that mixes a number of musical traditions from dembow to hip-hop to reggaeton, while still flexing their individual powers. Over spare, specific percussion, Rosalía’s voice rings out with lilting sing-song precision Balvin provides a balancing stable counterpoint the combination is potent and haunting hinting at the diversity of Latin music and the creative future it is inevitably heading toward. (Bruner)

1. “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X





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“Old Town Road” contains many opposing truths it’s both underdog and behemoth eye-rollingly trivial and slyly progressive radio-ready hit and oddball meme this summer it was both a distraction and the thing you couldn’t escape. And it was this shapeshifting ability that made “Old Town Road” the ideal cultural artifact for 2019, in its endlessly iterative and argumentative nature. Whether people went online to criticize it, dance to it or remix it, everyone interacted with it some way, continuously pouring fuel as it set record after record. And as Lil Nas X added to the fire by releasing a stream of remixes, the song became less a single record and more a fluid canvas for transgression. Each new version ruptured a new boundary or norm—whether it was Billy Ray Cyrus singing about his Maserati or BTS member RM delivering bilingual wordplay. Once scorned as outsider—both to Nashville and the music industry at large—Lil Nas himself became the gatekeeper, and then opened the door as wide as possible for everyone else. (Chow)

A conservative newspaper slammed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for getting a $300 haircut, but that's actually a pretty good deal for DC

February 15, 2020

A conservative newspaper slammed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for getting a $300 haircut, but that's actually a pretty good deal for DC



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A conservative newspaper lambasted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday after she reportedly spent $300 on a haircut, while proliferating socialist ideals.

The Washington Times, citing hair salon sources, said Ocasio-Cortez visited Last Tangle Salon, 3.2 miles from Capitol Hill, in September, "and shelled out $80 for a haircut and $180 for lowlights."

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"The self-declared socialist, who regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway, spent nearly $300 on her hairdo at a pricey salon she frequents in downtown Washington," the newspaper wrote.


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The article went on to quote Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, who said: "She preaches socialism while living the life of the privileged," adding that it "is a bad look to spend hundreds of dollars to get your hair done to make a video decrying income inequality."

The Washington Times' total assumed Ocasio-Cortez would leave a 20% tip ($52,) although it did note that Ocasio-Cortez's stylist did not respond to a request for comment on how much she tipped.

Despite the protestations of the paper, $80 for a haircut and $180 for hair coloring is perfectly normal for central Washington, DC, commentators jumping to Ocasio-Cortez's defense said. It's far below what any public figure scrutinized daily on TV spends.

Business Insider conducted a simple survey of salons near to Last Tangle Salon and to Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez's place of work, and discovered that spending $300 for a cut and color is par for the course in the nation's capital.



Here are a handful of the prices we found:

  • The same cut and color would have cost Ocasio-Cortez $336 at Ian McCabe studio, 3.5 miles from Capitol Hill and near Last Tangle Studio, with a ladies cut (from $95,) half-head coloring ($185,) and 20% tip ($56.
  • At Jasmine Lynette Aesthetic, 1.6 miles from Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez would have paid $288 for a woman's haircut ($80,) a partial coloring treatment ($160,) and a 20% tip ($48.)
  • At Michael Anthony Salon, Ocasio-Cortez could expect to pay a maximum $341 for a haircut ( $79 to $115) and partial coloring ($139 to $169.) Plus a 20% tip ($56.80.)
  • At Norah Critzos, a salon three miles from Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez could have forked out up to $360 for a cut ($65 to $130) and lowlights ($170,) plus a 20% tip ($60.)
  • At Bubbles, in Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez could have got the same package for $160 with a women's cut and blow dry (from $58) and partial coloring (from $75) plus a 20% tip ($27.)

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The average cost across all six salons for the same cut and color Ocasio-Cortez reportedly asked for is $297.


The Washington Times, quoting a staff member at Last Tangle Salon, said: "AOC was extremely nice and even took several selfies with patrons."

Many internet users were quick to come to Ocasio-Cortez's aid, noting what Business Insider found, that $300 for a haircut is not that much, given that public appearances are her job.

Author and columnist Jessica Valenti wrote on Twitter: "This is not an expensive haircut/color for a public figure who is frequently on TV."

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Author and opinion columnist at the Washington Post, Helaine Olen, tweeted: "Leaving all other issues aside, $80 for a woman's haircut is a bargain in NYC. What are people expecting #AOC to do? Go to a salon's free hair model night?"

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a story from Citizens for Ethics on Thursday which cited State Department contracts showing vice president Mike Pence's visit to Trump Doonbeg golf course in Ireland cost the taxpayer $600,000.

"I wonder if Republicans care about corruption as much as they care about a woman's cut & color," she wrote.

Rosenthal: Carlos Correa rips Bellinger, passionately defends Altuve and says the Astros deserve their 2017 title

February 15, 2020

Rosenthal: Carlos Correa rips Bellinger, passionately defends Altuve and says the Astros deserve their 2017 title



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  • Carlos Correa is firing back after several days of rival players ripping into the Houston Astros for the perceived consequences of the team’s sign-stealing scandal in 2017.

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    In an interview with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic Correa that was the most honest and candid of the Astros in their statements on the scandal ripped into Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger for his criticism of the team and defended teammate Jose Altuve from those who said his MVP award is illegitimate.


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    Bellinger had ripped the Astros for their weak apologies questioned whether the Astros used buzzers in 2019 and cast doubt on the legitimacy of Houston’s 2017 title. In response, Correa called Bellinger uninformed for his comments.

    “The problem I have is when players go out there and they don’t know the facts they are not informed about the situation and they just go out there and go on camera and just talk,” Correa said. “With me, that doesn’t seem right it doesn’t seem right at all so when he (Bellinger) talks about that we cheated for three years he either doesn’t know how to read is really bad at reading comprehension or is just not informed at all the commissioner’s report clearly says that all those activities were conducted in 2017. 2018 nothing happened. 2019 nothing happened it was just talented players playing the game of baseball with passion and winning ballgames.”


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    Correa claimed that the Astros were unaware of the “Codebreaker” scheme devised by the front office that was reportedly used in 2018 and went on to assert that the Astros had not deployed their trash can banging scheme after the 2017 season the Houston shortstop then defended Altuve, disputing Bellinger’s claims that the Astros second baseman had robbed Aaron Judge of the 2017 AL MVP award.

    “Cody, you don’t know the facts,” Correa said. “Nobody wants to talk about this but I’m going to talk about this. Jose Altuve was the one guy that didn’t use the trash can the few times that the trash can was banged was without his consent and he would go inside the clubhouse and inside the dugout to whoever was banging the trash can and he would get pissed he would get mad. He might say ‘I don’t want this I can’t hit like this don’t you do that to me.’ He played the game clean.


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    “The bangs that are on Twitter or whatever, that shows it Altuve played clean the whole year when you look at Altuve’s numbers on the road, he hit .400 on the road (.381 actually, compared to .311 at home). He didn’t cheat nobody of the MVP. He earned that MVP. He’s a six-time all-star, three-time batting champion, MVP five-time Silver Slugger. He’s been doing this for a long time.”

    There is actually some data to back Correa’s assertion. According to the work of Astros fan Tony Adams, Altuve got a trash can bang on just 24 of the 866 recorded pitches he saw a rate of 2.8 percent that was the second-lowest rate among all recorded Houston hitters, with only Tony Kemp, who said he opted out of the scheme coming in lower there were, however, bangs in Altuve at bats as late as Sept. 20 and he was still benefiting from players in front of and behind him in the lineup knowing pitches, wearing out pitchers and getting on base.


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    Correa concluded his remarks toward Bellinger bluntly: “You should get informed you should be informed before you talk about other players if you don’t know the facts, then you have got to shut the f–k up.”

    There is much more in the interview worth reading Correa denied that the team used buzzers in 2019, and offered up a new explanation for Altuve urging his teammates not to rip his jersey off after his series-clinching home run in the ALCS. Correa also analyzed the 2017 World Series to argue that the Astros’ title was legitimate and argued that the signs used by the Dodgers in that series were like “morse code” and too difficult to steal.

    Correa is not likely to get the benefit of the doubt here from anyone but it is by far the most impassioned and detailed defense offered by anyone associated with the organization yet that alone makes it worth taking note of even if nobody believes a word of it.


    Before You Go: Carlos Correa Says Jose Altuve 'Never Cheated,' Explains Astros Buzzer Video

    Carlos Correa Says Jose Altuve 'Never Cheated,' Explains Astros Buzzer Video

    February 15, 2020

    Carlos Correa Says Jose Altuve 'Never Cheated,' Explains Astros Buzzer Video



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  • Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is once again sticking up for his team as the fallout from their cheating scandal continues to reverberate throughout Major League Baseball.

    In an interview with The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal published Saturday Correa explained why Jose Altuve "never cheated" and was telling teammates not to rip his jersey after hitting a walk-off homer against New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 of the 2019 American League Championship Series:

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    "Earlier in the year, he hit a walk-off at Minute Maid Park; I ripped off his shirt with Tony Kemp. There are pictures of that. There are videos of that. You can go look at it. I ripped off his shirt, and his wife told my wife 'Why is Carlos ripping Altuve's shirt? I don't like that.'


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    "So when he is running from third base to home plate, I'm the guy up front the first one waiting for him. He's like 'Don't take my shirt off.' The second reason he doesn't want me to talk about this but I'm going to say it is because he's got an unfinished tattoo on his collarbone that honestly looked terrible it was a bad tattoo and he didn't want nobody to see it he didn't want to show it at all. ...

    "But Altuve has never cheated. He hit that home run off (Aroldis) Chapman fair and square. He was not wearing buzzers. That's a story that a fake account on Twitter broke and then people just got on that wagon and started talking about the buzzers. Like, no nobody thought about buzzers. Nobody was using buzzers."

    Correa also responded to Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger's saying Houston stole the World Series from the L.A. and Altuve cheated to win the American League MVP over Aaron Judge in 2017:

    "Cody you don't know the facts. Nobody wants to talk about this but I'm going to talk about this. Jose Altuve was the one guy that didn't use the trash can. ...

    "(Bellinger) said that they all lost respect for us but that's not how life works. ...


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    "But like I said before what doesn't sit well with me is when you say false statements if you don't know the facts if you are not informed. This is America you can say whatever you want but Cody Bellinger's job is to look for information. Get informed know the facts, for sure before he stands in front of cameras to talk about other players you should get informed. You should be informed before you talk about other players if you don't know the facts, then you have got to shut the f--k up."

    In the wake of Houston's press conference Thursday, in which owner Jim Crane said the sign-stealing had no impact on games Bellinger sounded off on the situation.

    "Those guys were cheating for three years," the reigning National League MVP told reporters. "I think what people don't realize is Altuve stole an MVP from Judge in 2017 everyone knows they stole the ring from us. But it's over."

    Bellinger added he "would say everyone in The Show in the big leagues lost respect for those guys."


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    The Astros reported to spring training this week, marking the first time their team has been together since AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were fired for their roles in the cheating scandal and the organization was fined $5 million and forced to forfeit its top two draft picks in 2020 and 2021.

    The response from players throughout MLB to Houston's press conference and seeming lack of remorse for cheating has been highly critical.

    In an interview with The Athletic's C. Trent Rosecrans, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer called Bregman and the Astros "hypocritical" in reference to trash-talking and bragging while the team was cheating.

    Philadelphia Phillies reliever David Robertson who was on the Yankees team that lost to the Astros in the 2017 ALCS, called the Astros' actions "a disgrace."

    Houston will hold its first official team workout Monday at its spring training complex in West Palm Beach, Florida its first spring training game is next Saturday against the Washington Nationals.

    What Is The Keto Diet?

    February 15, 2020

    What Is The Keto Diet?




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  • “Ketogenic” is a term for a Low-Carb diet like the Atkins diet the idea is for you to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates you cut back most on the carbs that are easy to digest, like sugar, soda, pastries and white bread.

    How It Works




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    When you eat less than 50 grams of carbs a day your body eventually runs out of fuel blood sugar it can use quickly. This typically takes three to four days. Then you will start to break down protein and fat for energy which can make you lose weight this is called Ketosis it's important to note that the Ketogenic diet is a short term diet that's focussed on weight loss rather than the pursuit of health benefits. 

    Who Uses It?




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    People use a Ketogenic diet most often to lose weight, but it can help manage certain medical conditions like epilepsy too it also may help people with heart disease, certain brain diseases and even acne but there needs to be more research in those areas talk with your doctor first to find out if it’s safe for you to try a Ketogenic diet, especially if you have type 1 diabetes.

    Weight Loss




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    A Ketogenic diet may help you lose more weight in the first 3 to 6 months than some other diets. This may be because it takes more calories to change fat into energy than it does to change carbs into energy it’s also possible that a high-fat, high-protein diet satisfies you more so you eat less but that hasn’t been proved yet.

    Cancer




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    Insulin is a hormone that lets your body use or store sugar as fuel Ketogenic diets make you burn through this fuel quickly so you don’t need to store it this means your body needs and makes less insulin those lower levels may help protect you against some kinds of cancer or even slow the growth of cancer cells. 

    Heart Disease




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    It seems strange that a diet that calls for more fat can raise “good” cholesterol and lower “bad” cholesterol but Ketogenic diets are linked to just that. It may be because the lower levels of insulin that result from these diets can stop your body from making more cholesterol that means you are less likely to have high blood pressure, hardened arteries, heart failure and other heart conditions it's unclear however how long these effects last.

    Acne



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    Carbohydrates have been linked to this skin condition, so cutting down on them may help and the drop in insulin that a Ketogenic diet can trigger may also help stop acne breakouts Insulin can cause your body to make other hormones that bring on outbreaks. Still more research is needed to determine exactly how much effect if any the diet actually has on acne. 

    Diabetes




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    Low-Carb diets seem to help keep your blood sugar lower and more predictable than other diets but when your body burns fat for energy it makes compounds called Ketones if you have diabetes, particularly type 1 too many Ketones in your blood can make you sick so it’s very important to work with your doctor on any changes in your diet.

    Epilepsy



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    Ketogenic diets have helped control seizures caused by this condition since the 1920s. But again it’s important to work with your doctor to figure out what’s right for you or your child. 

    Other Nervous System Disorders




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    These affect your brain and spine, as well as the nerves that link them together. Epilepsy is one but others might be helped by a Ketogenic diet as well, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and sleep disorders. Scientists aren’t sure why, but it might be that the Ketones your body makes when it breaks down fat for energy help protect your brain cells from damage.

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome



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    This is when a woman’s ovaries get larger than they should be and small fluid-filled sacs form around the eggs. High levels of insulin can cause it Ketogenic diets which lower both the amount of insulin you make and the amount you need, may help treat it along with other lifestyle changes like exercise and weight loss.

    Exercise




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    A Ketogenic diet may help endurance athletes runners and cyclists for example when they train. Over time it helps your muscle-to-fat ratio and raises the amount of oxygen your body is able to use when it’s working hard but while it might help in training it might not work as well as other diets for peak performance.

    Side Effects



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    The more common ones aren’t usually serious: You may have constipation, mild low blood sugar or indigestion. Much less often Low-Carb diets can lead to kidney stones or high levels of acid in your body (acidosis). Other side effects can include the "Keto Flu," which might include headache, weakness, and irritability; bad breath and fatugue.

    Diet With Care




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    When your body burns its stores of fat, it can be hard on your kidneys and starting a Ketogenic diet or going back to a normal diet afterward can be tricky if you are obese because of other health issues you’re likely to have, like diabetes a heart condition or high blood pressure if you have any of these conditions make diet changes slowly and only with the guidance of your doctor.


    Before You Go: 7 Dangers of Going Keto

    5 ways the keto diet has changed not just my weight but my overall health

    February 15, 2020

    5 ways the keto diet has changed not just my weight but my overall health



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  • I have followed the Ketogenic diet on and off for over four years but decided about a year ago to recommit fully as I tried to shed a significant amount of weight and get down to a healthy size.
    Now roughly nine months later I weigh 125 pounds less than when I started and I'm much happier and healthier than I was ever before.

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    This change is largely due to adhering strictly to Keto but it's helped more than just the number on the scale.

    Here are five ways the Keto diet has changed not just my weight but my overall health.  

    1. It curbed my addiction to sugar.



    It's safe to say I was addicted to sugar. In fact I still am I don't think you ever get over an addiction, you just learn behaviors to help you conquer the harmful behaviors it encourages.

    Before I started losing weight and fully committed to Keto I would find myself bingeing on candy and loads of other sugary sweets pastries and cakes, cookies, etc. several times per week which always made me feel worse put my health further in danger and packed on the pounds.

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    Since Keto is an extremely low carbohydrate diet in which you are supposed to eat no more than 20 grams of net carbs per day that means sugar is out the window.

    Cutting myself off cold turkey was incredibly difficult at first but the longer I went without all the unhealthy junk I was eating before, the less I found myself wanting it I did find some great keto-friendly dessert recipes once I felt more in control of my cravings, and those have more than made up for the lack of actual sugar in my diet.

    It feels great not to be controlled by sugar anymore.

    2. It helped me develop a healthy relationship with food.



    While many would consider Keto a fad diet or feel it's not sustainable long-term I can truly say that Low Carb eating will be a long-term thing for me not only has it worked wonders for helping me shed the pounds it's also diversified my food intake and therefore my palette by encouraging me to get in the kitchen and try out new recipes using ingredients I would never tried before.

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    Sure I always liked vegetables and was no stranger to chicken thighs and steaks, but eating a high fat, moderate protein Low Carb diet meant I had to plan my meals a little more strategically and creatively especially if I didn't want to get bored.

    This gave me a true love of cooking, and in spending so much time preparing my daily food intake I learned to think about and appreciate what I was putting into my body on a daily basis and the ways it was nourishing me. These days it's less about shoveling it in mindlessly and more about making meals that will keep me full strong and healthy.

    3. It helped me get fit.



    There are plenty of people who successfully follow a Keto diet without working out but I knew that if I wanted to truly increase my health and boost my weight loss I needed to get my body moving. Since I work from home as a writer and editor I spend a lot of my time sitting at a desk. Sure I walk the dog twice a day but the word “exercise” hadn't been part of my vocabulary for a while.

    As I began eating better I also started using the gym membership I would been paying for and not using for months and soon fell in love with it.

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    While initially I couldn't do more than 10 minutes on the indoor bicycle and felt like my legs were turning to jelly after five minutes on the elliptical the more weight I lost eating Keto and the more I used my diet to fuel my body the more energy I had and the stronger I got. These days I regularly run on the treadmill for an hour and even do weekly spin classes it feels great.

    4. It extremely reduced my risk for obesity-related illness.



    The old-school idea that fat makes you fat has been debunked numerous times by now but many people still believe it I'm not one of them I know that sugar is toxic and is behind many of the health issues faced by millions people around the world from high blood pressure and diabetes to obesity and heart disease.

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    By cutting sugar pretty much out of my diet completely and losing enough weight to take me out of the obese BMI, I have slashed my chances of developing many of these health issues considerably.

    5. It boosted my confidence.



    This is perhaps the most noticeable change of all while losing weight via the Keto diet has made me feel less self-conscious about wearing certain styles of clothing the real confidence boost has come from sticking to my goal and working hard towards achieving it.

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    With every milestone I hit I feel more and more confident in my ability to make big things happen, and while I know there are a million and one ways to achieve what I have so far and what I want to in future I'm truly glad I have had Keto to help me on my journey.

    Before You Go: 7 Dangers of Going Keto

    7 Dangers of Going Keto

    February 15, 2020

    7 Dangers of Going Keto



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  • The ketogenic diet also known as the "Keto Diet" or just "Keto" has become the latest big thing in weight-loss plans, touted recently by celebs like Jenna Jameson, Mama June and Halle Berry. The diet involves cutting way back on carbohydrates, to 50 grams a day or less to help the body achieve a state of Ketosis in which it has to burn fat rather than sugar for energy.

    Doctors say that the Keto diet can be helpful in treating epilepsy it’s unclear exactly why, but something about a Ketogenic state seems to reduce the frequency of seizures. Animal studies have also suggested that the diet may have anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting benefits as well.

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    But as a general weight-loss plan Keto is more controversial. Some health experts warn against it entirely, citing unpleasant side effects, health risks and the diet’s unsustainable nature even many Keto diet proponents admit that if the diet’s not done “the right way,” it can be the opposite of healthy.

    Here are a few things you should know about the Ketogenic diet before you try it as a way to lose weight. Yes you might drop pounds, but you should also watch out for the following side effects or complications.

    1. The "Keto Flu"


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    “Some people report that when they start ketosis, they just feel sick,” says Kristen Kizer, RD, a nutritionist at Houston Methodist Medical Center. “There can sometimes be vomit gastrointestinal distress a lot of fatigue and lethargy.” This so-called Keto Flu usually passes after a few days she adds.

    Josh Axe a doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist estimates that about 25% of people who try a Keto diet experience these symptoms with fatigue being the most common. “That happens because your body runs out of sugar to burn for energy, and it has to start using fat,” he says. “That transition alone is enough to make your body feel tired for a few days.”

    You might be able to minimize the effects of Keto flu by drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of sleep. Axe that sells Keto-related supplements on his website also recommends incorporating natural energy sources to battle fatigue, like matcha green tea, organic coffee or adaptogenic herbs.

    2. Diarrhea



    If you find yourself running to the bathroom more often while on a ketogenic diet a quick internet search will show you that you are not alone. (Yes people are tweeting about keto diarrhea this might be due to the gallbladder the organ that produces bile to help break down fat in the diet feeling “overwhelmed,” says Axe.

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    Diarrhea can also be due to a lack of fiber in the Keto diet, says Kizer which can happen when someone cuts way back on carbs like whole-grain bread and pasta and doesn’t supplement with other fiber-rich foods, like vegetables it can also be caused by an intolerance to dairy or artificial sweeteners things you might be eating more of since switching to a high-fat, low-carb lifestyle.

    3. Reduced athletic performance


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    Some athletes swear by the ketogenic diet not just for weight loss but for improved performance in their sport as well. But Edward Weiss, PhD, associate professor of nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University doesn’t buy it. “I hear cyclists say all the time that they are faster and better now that they are on the Keto diet and my first question is 'Well, how much weight did you lose?'” he says.

    In a recent study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness Weiss and his colleagues found that participants performed worse on high-intensity cycling and running tasks after four days on a ketogenic diet compared to those who’d spent four days on a high-carb diet weiss says that the body is in a more acidic state when it’s in Ketosis which may limit its ability to perform at peak levels.

    “Just losing a few pounds is enough to give you a huge advantage on the bike but I’m very concerned that people are attributing the benefits of weight loss to something specific in the ketogenic diet,” Weiss continues. “In reality the benefits of weight loss could be at least partially canceled out by reductions in performance.”

    4. Ketoacidosis



    If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes you shouldn’t follow the Keto diet unless you have your doctor’s permission and close supervision says Kizer. “Ketosis can actually be helpful for people who have hyperglycemia issues, but you have to be very mindful of your blood sugar and check your glucose levels several times a day,” she says.

    That’s because for people with diabetes, ketosis can trigger a dangerous condition called ketoacidosis. This occurs when the body stores up too many ketones acids produced as a byproduct of burning fatand the blood becomes too acidic which can damage the liver, kidneys, and brain. Left untreated it can be fatal.

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    Ketoacidosis has also been reported in people without diabetes who were following Low-Carb diets although this complication is quite rare. Symptoms of Ketoacidosis include a dry mouth, frequent urination, nausea, bad breath, and breathing difficulties; if you experience these while following the keto diet, check in with a doctor right away.

    5. Weight regain


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    Because the Keto diet is so restrictive, health experts say it’s not an appropriate plan to follow long-term. Even Axe says it’s best done for 30 to 90 days, followed by a more sustainable diet plan but the problem with that says Kizer is that most people will regain a lot of the weight they lost as soon as they go back on carbs.

    “It’s an issue with any fad diet, but it seems to be extra common with ketosis,” says Kizer. “When people tell me they want to try it because their friends lost weight I always tell them, 'Just watch I almost guarantee that they will gain it all back.’”

    These types of back-and-forth weight fluctuations can contribute to disordered eating, Kizer says or can worsen an already unhealthy relationship with food. “I think the Keto diet appeals to people who have issues with portion control and with binge eating,” she says. "And in many cases what they really need is a lifestyle coach or a professional counselor to help them get to the bottom of those issues."

    6. Less muscle mass, decreased metabolism


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    Another consequence of keto-related weight changes can be a loss of muscle mass, says Kizer specially if you’re eating much more fat than protein. “You will lose weight, but it might actually be a lot of muscle,” she says, “and because muscle burns more calories than fat that will affect your metabolism.”

    When a person goes off the Ketogenic diet and regains much of their original weight it’s often not in the same proportions, says Kizer: Instead of regaining lean muscle, you’re likely to regain fat. “Now you are back to your starting weight, but you no longer have the muscle mass to burn the calories that you did before,” she says. “That can have lasting effects on your resting metabolic rate and on your weight long-term.”

    7. Increased risk of heart disease and diabetes



    Axe says that when done right, the keto diet includes lots of vegetables and lean sources of animal protein. In other words it’s not an excuse to eat butter and bacon although some people might try to do just that.

    That’s why many health experts are concerned about people on the Ketogenic diet, especially those who try it without the guidance of a doctor or nutritionist doctors say that high-fat diets like this one may raise cholesterol levels and some studies suggest that they increase the risk of diabetes some have even called it a “cardiologist’s nightmare.”

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    Just this week, a 25,000-person study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Munich suggested that people on the lowest-carb diets had the highest risk of dying from cancer, cardiovascular conditions and all other causes. Another study published this month in the Lancet, also found that people who followed diets that were low in carbs and high in animal proteins typical of the Keto Diet had a higher risk of early death compared to those who consumed carbs in moderation. The opposite was true, however, for Low-Carb dieters who opted for plant-based proteins over meat and dairy.

    “Whether you are in the Paleo camp or the Keto camp or the Vegan camp everyone agrees that we want to have a nutrient-rich diet,” Axe says: “Lots of vegetables, herbs, spices and plant-based sources of fat and protein, too.”

    “If you are not doing that, you’re promoting disease in the body it’s that simple,” Axe says. And yes, that’s true even if you still lose weight in the beginning. “If you’re just going to eat butter and bacon,” he adds, “I would rather you not do the Keto diet at all.”

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