7 Outstanding Weight Loss Tips

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness | Posted on 16-11-2012-05-2008

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If you have been struggling to lose weight for longer than you’d care to admit, then you are not alone. At the same time, you have probably been misinformed, and that’s not your fault. It can be frustrating. You do everything you think you’re supposed to, but you just can’t get rid of those extra pounds. The following tips will help you with your weight loss efforts.

1. Exercise – As much as a lot of people would like to avoid it, exercise is one of the biggest boosts to losing weight. Not only will it burn calories when you’re doing it, it will also increase your metabolism and improve your overall health. Don’t worry, you don’t have to run a marathon to reap the beneficial effects of exercise. Just get moving and you will soon notice a difference.

2. Portion control – Give some thought to how much food you are putting on your plate. It’s all too common to mindlessly pile as much on our plates as the plate will hold. But we only need enough to fill our stomachs, which is usually much less.

3. Mind power – Keeping your mind sharp, refreshed and relaxed will help you cope with things that would otherwise derail whatever weight loss plan you’re on. Things such as meditation and yoga are a good way to do this.

4. Look at labels – When you are shopping for food, look at the nutrition labels. These will help you to select the foods that are lower in saturated fat, calories and refined sugar; and higher in protein, fiber and healthier fats. By doing this, you will have healthier food at home when you get hungry.

5. Grazing – The idea of eating three large meals a day is out of date when it comes to losing weight. The problem is that it gives you too much time between meals to get hungry, and the hungrier you are, the greater the chance that you will consume more calories when you finally eat. If you want to lose weight, then eat several smaller meals throughout the day. You will not only feel fuller longer, but you will also have a steady supply of fuel to get you through the day.

6. Eat, eat, eat – This is similar to the idea of grazing, but it is even more basic. It simply means that you should eat when you’re hungry. Of course you still have to give some thought to what you’re eating, but other than that, go ahead and eat when you’re hungry.

7. Drink water – Be careful here! It was a long-held belief that you had to drink at least eight glasses of water if you wanted to lose weight. However, there is now plenty of evidence that this is not true. But you should still drink plenty of water, just don’t think it will cause you to lose weight. Not only is water good for your health, but it also has no calories, and that’s a good thing for weight loss.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Lose Weight On Hips – Its A Package Deal

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness | Posted on 15-11-2012-05-2008

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I know you have been told this hundreds of times but if you want to lose weight on hips you must lose weight all over. You cannot just spot reduce. There are quite a few lower body exercises that you can do to tone and strengthen your butt, hips, and thighs, you just can’t do one or the other. Losing weight is a package deal.

The bigger the package the longer your journey will take so the sooner you get started the better. Before you even start to worry about one specific area the best thing you can do is learn to strengthen your core.

Your core is just that, the middle of your body, abs, ribcage, and lower back. The muscles in these areas are what hold you erect and help keep you balanced. When they get weak, you will find you lose your balance more often than not and may even start falling more frequently. Or losing the strength in your core can lead to instability in your lower back and cause you to have pain or worse yet a herniated disc. If you have ever had a herniated disc you know that it is no fun whatsoever. They take forever to heal and will flare up at a moment’s notice. Usually when you least expect it.

I do not know how it happens but some people can have a herniated disc or even more than one and not have any pain. I suppose it has to do with where the herniation is and if it is pressing on a nerve.

When you lose weight on hips, thighs, and buttocks you will help the herniation heal and decrease the level of pain you feel. In fact, if you were to lose just 10% of your total body fat you could increase your mobility and decrease your pain by about 30%. Every ten percent body fat lost takes approximately 100 pounds of pressure off your lower back and legs. Save those knees and that lower back. Lose the weight.

Do yourself a favor too, while losing the weight, find a good chiropractor. They can make things feel a lot better while you are in transition from being fat to becoming unfat. If the chiropractor you find is also a slash physical therapist, you can even have them show you exercises to begin your work outs with and progress into more intense strengthening exercises.

Do you have kids? Can you get outside to play with them? If you can, then do. It will be good for them and good for you. If you play with your kids it will not seem like a work out but you will be surprised how children’s games can be an excellent source of exercise for all concerned.

Run, jump, play tag, hide and seek, any of those games we all used to play with our brothers and sisters and all the neighbor kids out in the front yard when we were young. Who says you have to stop playing just because you get older? Find that inner child again and let them help you lose weight on hips.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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Why Lie To Yourself If You Have Difficulty Losing Weight

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Fitness | Posted on 14-11-2012-05-2008

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Many people have had difficulty losing weight, nothing is more frustrating to get your motivation up, find the perfect diet and exercise program for you and then… nothing. Some people actually do have a metabolic issue that makes it virtually impossible to lose weight, but not many. For most of us the harsh reality is that we’re just not being as good as we think we are. The cool thing is that there are a few simple things you can do that will help keep you ‘honest’ in your weight loss journey.

For one thing, it’s amazingly easy to ‘lie’ to ourselves about what we’ve eaten in any given day. There have been times when I would have sworn I was good, until a friend (I use that term loosely!) will remind me of that pastry I had at lunch or all the cream and sugar I put in my coffee. Ooops. I didn’t mean to lie to myself, it just happened. Most of us are like that to one degree or another.

To keep yourself on track one very simple but effective thing you can do is to keep a food journal. For a week or two, write down every single thing that you eat or drink. You have to be honest and you have to include everything even that second glass of soda at lunch and the two pats of margarine you put on your toast… everything.

If you do that for few weeks, you’ll quickly be able to spot the times of the day and the areas in your diet where you might have a bit of trouble. Once you pinpoint the reasons you have difficulty losing weight you can make changes that will help you achieve your goals much more quickly.

The same principle can apply to when you work out. Again, it’s easy to think that you’re working harder than you really think. If you keep a workout journal it’s harder to convince yourself that you’ve done something you really haven’t done. Not only can you track the number of times you go to the gym but you can also track how long you spent on the treadmill (or doing cardio in general), how many exercises you did for your upper body, how many you did for your lower body, etc.

You can also keep track of how much weight you lifted for each exercise. Ideally, you should be increasing your weights over a period of time. It’s important to keep your body challenged and not let it get into a rut. By changing up the weights you lift as well as the exercises you do, you’ll keep your body ‘guessing’ which will help you get better results in less time.

Most of the major muscle groups (chest, upper back, lower back, abs, butt, quadriceps, hamstrings) will have more than one exercise you can do. By mixing up the exercises you do for each group you are keeping your toning efforts in high gear. Another benefit is that the different exercises will target each muscle group in a slightly different way which can also lessen a lot of the repetitive types of injuries to your body.

I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but usually when someone has difficulty losing weight it’s really more about the way they’re doing things than about any metabolic issue with their body.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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The Truth About The Hospital Three Day Diet

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 12-11-2012-05-2008

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If you have tried your share of diets over the years then you know how difficult it can be to lose weight, and keep it off once you lose it. There are all kinds of diets out there, and some work better than others. What it really comes down to is how well a diet will work for you. If you are ready to see results then the hospital three day diet (it gets its name because it was reportedly developed by a hospital to help cardiac patients who had to lose weight prior to undergoing surgery) may be just the weight loss solution you have been looking for.

The hospital three day diet has recently seen a surge in popularity. This is most likely due to the claims that you can lose up to ten pounds in three days. While the best method of weight loss is to lose one to two pounds per week, losing several pounds right away can be a great way to get motivated from the start.

When you are doing the hospital three day diet you have to stick to plan exactly. Food swaps are not allowed, but it’s only for three days so it shouldn’t be a major problem. You will also have to drink a lot of water. While some versions of the hospital diet say it’s acceptable to drink diet soda in place of some of the water, it’s better to stick to water where water is recommended. Diet soft drinks may not contain calories, but they do contain ingredients that can interfere with how the hospital three day diet works.

There is a pre-planned menu for three meals per day. Then you stick to the plan for three days, then eat however you wish (within reason) once the plan is done. If you would like to lose more weight, then you can do the hospital three day diet again. However, you shouldn’t do it for more than three days in a row as you will only be taking in about 1,000 calories per day.

So, why does that matter? Why can’t you just eat 1,000 per day for the rest of your life and lose all the weight you want? Those are fair questions, but to be blunt, 1,000 calories isn’t enough. In fact, the World Health Organization says that you should get at least 1,200 per day. Anything less than that can cause serious health risks. Furthermore, taking in too few calories on a long term basis can actually lead to gaining weight. This is because the body will go into starvation mode and start storing more of the calories you take in, and it stores calories as fat.

The hospital three day diet has a very limited selection of foods, is very low calorie and shouldn’t be used too many days in a row. It can make somebody wonder whether it was really developed by a hospital or not. But what really matters is whether or not you lose weight, so it’s definitely worth trying.

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The Calorie Reduction Diet

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 10-11-2012-05-2008

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There are so many diets out there, it isn’t even funny, and new ones are being thrust upon an unsuspecting and weight-conscious public all the time. No matter what their claims are, no matter how they package it, the ones that work all have the same thing in common. In fact, it’s the only way to lose weight. What is it? You have to burn more calories than you take in. That’s why so many weight loss programs revolve around a calorie reduction diet.

Our weight goes up when we take in more energy (in the form of calories found in our food) than we use up. Early in our history, this body mechanism served to keep us alive. Our ancestors couldn’t always be sure when they would eat next, so their bodies stored extra calories as fat. This was fine back then, but it leads to obesity in modern cultures where food is plentiful.

If you need to lose weight, then there are only two things you can do. You have to burn more energy in the form of exercise, or you have to eat a reduced calorie diet. The first step is to determine exactly how many calories you need per day. There are plenty of online calorie calculators that can help you determine what your caloric intake should be. If you are seeing a doctor to help lose weight then follow any and all of their recommendations.

Everybody is different, so you need to do what’s best for you. That being said, you should try to avoid a diet that restricts you to fewer than 1200 calories per day. That is the amount the World Health Organization says adults should consume. Besides if you go too low on a calorie reduction diet, then your body will get the message that you are starving, and store a higher percentage of your calories as fat. That means you could actually gain weight by eating less!

A good rule of thumb is to lose no more than one to two pounds per week. This may seem slow, and flies in the face of fad diets that promise big weight loss in a few days, but it is a much better way to lose weight. Losing weight slowly and steadily will prevent your body from going into starvation mode, and it will also prevent you from feeling deprived.

There is another aspect of a calorie reduction diet that you have to be aware of: eating boosts metabolism. That’s right! You can boost how many calories you burn by eating enough. Your brain gets the signal that there is new energy to burn, and it starts up the fat burning furnace to help you use up the energy you are taking in. It may help to think of it as the reverse of starvation mode.

Other than that, a calorie reduction diet comes down to common sense. Make healthy food choices–fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains–and keep your portions under control. Doing those things will give you your best chance at weight loss success.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Is The 12 Day Grapefruit Diet The Answer

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 09-11-2012-05-2008

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There has been a diet plan that has been around since the 1930’s. That makes it anything but a fad diet. What we are talking about is the 12 day grapefruit diet. Grapefruit has a lot of benefits for dieters. It’s fat free, low calorie, high in fiber and is packed with vitamin C.

The grapefruit diet itself is incredibly simple to follow. All you do is eat one-half of a grapefruit before each meal. There also appears to be enzymes in the fruit that keeps your appetite in check, meaning you will eat fewer calories overall. Grapefruit is also believed to speed up metabolism which helps to burn more calories. So, not only will you take in fewer calories, but you will also burn more off. Both of these things are key to losing weight. In fact, some tests have shown that it’s possible to lose ten pounds in two weeks by changing to the 12 day grapefruit diet.

So what’s the catch? Even though it has been around for as long as it has, the 12 day grapefruit diet is still classified along with fad diets. That’s because it relies on making only one change and doesn’t incorporate other necessary elements of weight loss.

You can do the diet, but that doesn’t give you a free pass to stuff your face with all kinds of junk food. You still need to watch what you eat, trying to eat a variety of healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. If you really want to shed pounds, you also need to exercise. That doesn’t mean you have to jog 10 miles a day, or hit the gym for 3 hours. Instead, find activities you enjoy and try to get moving for 20 to 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week.

At the same time, you should be changing your habits. Changing how you prepare food can have a big impact. Opt for grilling, steaming and baking instead of frying food. Eat 5 or 6 smaller meals throughout the day instead of 3 larger meals. Another good rule of thumb is to eat food in as close to its natural state as possible.

But does all of this mean the 12 day grapefruit diet is bad? Not at all. While you should still make all of the changes we just discussed, the grapefruit diet can help you lose weight quickly. It isn’t practical to think you could stick to such a diet, but it could give you a great start. Losing a few pounds in a week or two can be very motivating and will give you a better chance of weight loss success.

Finally, combining all of these things is the way to drop those extra pounds. Do the 12 day grapefruit diet, exercise, eat right, and make other habit changes and you will lose all the weight you need, lose it for good, and you won’t drive yourself crazy in the process.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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5 Healthy Weight Loss Tips

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Fitness | Posted on 08-11-2012-05-2008

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It often seems as though you can’t turn around without seeing new diet pill of magic weight loss formula that promises to make it easier than ever to lose weight. No matter what their wild claims may suggest, it is possible (not to mention practical) to shed those excess pounds with a common sense approach. Every weight loss program covers at least a few of the basics. The only difference is in how they package those basics. Here are five basic steps to help you lose weight quickly and easily.

1. Calories Count – This is a critical part of any weight loss program. The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in. Furthermore, you can potentially consume more calories in five minutes than you can burn off in the same amount of time. A simple formula to remember is that 3,500 calories equals one pound. That means if you can reduce how many calories you take in by 500 per day, you will lose one pound per week. By keeping track of your calories you will be more aware of how much you are eating, and be able to control your intake more easily.

2. Portion Control – While counting calories has its benefits, there are times when it simply isn’t practical. But that should never be an excuse to pig out and put your weight loss plan on hold. So, what should you do? The answer is to take smaller helpings of food. Slow down, and your brain will get the signal you are full, so you won’t ever feel like you’re depriving yourself. And no matter how you were brought up, it’s okay to leave some food on your plate.

3. Eat Healthy Foods – Counting calories and watching portions are only part of the bigger picture. to lose weight, you need to choose foods that are healthier for you. As long as you are limiting your calories, it’s smart to make sure those calories are of a higher quality. Junk food that’s laden with fat and sugar are empty calories, they don’t offer any nutrition. Your best bet is to stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, low fat dairy and healthy fats (in moderation).

4. Stay Hydrated – Even though recent studies show that drinking eight glasses of water a day doesn’t help you lose weight, you still need to drink plenty of water. There are other beverages you can drink, but water is the best choice; it has no calories, is necessary to good health, and helps to flush out your system.

5. Maintain Good Health – Most people try to lose weight to get healthy, but you also need to stay healthy as you are losing weight. We sometimes have a tendency to overdo things. You could lose weight quicker if you are obsessed with it, but then other aspects of your health will suffer. The best way to go about weight loss is to do so with a balanced approach.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Doctors Quick Weight Loss Diet – Medifast Weight Loss

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 06-11-2012-05-2008

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One doctors quick weight loss diet that I found is called Medifast. Touted as one of the best kept weight loss secrets around today, Medifast can help improve your overall health by assisting you in your weight loss efforts with excellent nutrition and a great support staff.

Medifast was developed by a doctor and is an awesome weight loss program. Because it was developed by a doctor, other doctor’s trust it and therefore have recommended Medifast to their patients more than any other doctors quick weight loss diet since 1980.

If you want to lose weight quickly and not be hungry in the process, this is good because Medifast has been formulated with something called the High Fullness Index. You can lose anywhere form 2 to 5 pounds a week while on the plan and learn how to cook and live healthier all the while.

The meals you get while on the Medifast plan are high protein, low fat, with lots of fiber, and fortified with essential vitamins and minerals. You can rest assured that you are receiving all the nutrition your body needs and still lose all the weight you want and need to. while also adhering to the low glycemic index recommendations the Medifast meals are perfect for people with Type II diabetes.

People without diabetes benefit also because the low glycemic index recommendations are not just for people with diabetes, and if you follow this or any diet that adheres to these recommendations you can stop the insulin dumping that can happen and maybe even curb some of those cravings you have for sweets.

Medifast meals include: shakes, bars, brownies, soft serve ice cream, pudding, soups, beverages, breakfast items like oatmeal, pancakes, and scrambled eggs, and snack foods like pretzels and cheese puffs.

With your choice of 4-week meal packages, 2-week meal packages, diabetic and gluten-free meal packages or enhanced meal packages, and a support system that is second to none when it comes to offering hope to people who thought all was lost, Medifast offers the variety you need and want and treats each customer with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Medifast meals are developed by dedicated individuals who are committed to creating high quality, superior products at fair market pricing. Research teams continue to expand product lines and strive to maintain the exceptional quality of the products developed by Medifast.

Support comes in the forms of several different programs such as, discussion groups, blogs videos, along with free guides and tools to help make sure you succeed. You can also have access to your own personal coach to help teach you how to change your lifestyle and form new habits. One on one counseling is also available.

You can also choose to work with a personal medical practitioner throughout your weight loss journey with Medifast so you can get support from someone you trust who knows you and your history. You owe it to yourself to choose Medifast as your next and maybe last doctors quick weight loss diet plan.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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3 Tips For Choosing A Weight Loss Program

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 04-11-2012-05-2008

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Statistics make it very clear that the population, as a whole, is getting heavier and heavier. The problem with this is that it comes with a lot of bad consequences on our health. Perhaps that’s why so many people are trying to lose weight. One of the most common ways for doing this is to find a weight loss program that sounds interesting. If you are looking for a weight loss program, then you are aware of how many different ones are out there. In fact, there are so many that it can get downright confusing, but that should never be an excuse for not losing weight. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you choose the best weight loss program for you.

1. Research. There is no way around it, this is going to take some time. As mentioned, there are a lot of different programs out there, and they often contradict one another. However, one of the main things you are likely interested in is results. After all, it doesn’t matter how good a program is supposed to be if it doesn’t work for you. The first thing you can do is read how each particular program has worked for those who have tried it. Pay extra attention to any claims of the diet not working, and why it didn’t work for that person. It can still work for you, but you will have more realistic expectations once you begin.

Next, look for any endorsements from organizations and professionals. Of course you will give extra importance to people and groups you have already heard of and trust. At the same time, watch out for endorsements from people you have never heard of and don’t know if you can trust them. Either way, it is up to you to do your due diligence to see if the people are qualified to make an assessment of any weight loss program.

Furthermore, part of that research has to include talking to your health care provider. They will be aware of any potential problems you may run into, and they will also be able to add recommendations of their own.

2. Cost. The truth is that we all have different budgets, and that may prevent us from doing certain diet programs. For example, some plans include having ready-made food delivered to your home. While they may work, they also cost a lot of money. If you have the money to spare and you would like to do this type of plan, no problem. However, if you can’t really afford it, but try it anyway, you will start to feel angry if you don’t see immediate results, and that won’t help you to lose weight.

Not to worry, though. The effectiveness of a weight loss program isn’t measured by how much it costs. So, keep looking and you will find a plan that fits into your budget.

3. Think logically. Sellers of diet programs are experts at getting you worked up emotionally, but don’t fall for that trap. That’s why it’s so important to do the previous steps; they will help you to look at various weight loss programs logically. And, that means you are more likely to choose the one that’s the best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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4 Tips For Effective Weight Loss

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 29-10-2012-05-2008

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Are you fed up with continuously seeing no measurable or long-lasting results whenever you try to lose weight? Or maybe you are sick and tired of throwing your money away on the latest fad diets, only to be let down again. Stop! That’s right, stop whatever you’re doing, you are going to want to hear this. Don’t even think about trying another diet plan or weight loss program until you read this article. Why? Because these four tips will put you on the fast track to lose weight safely and keep it off.

Each of the tips is based on science. That means they have always been around and are not fads. It’s just that a lot of people selling the latest weight loss programs don’t always like to share them, so it’s not your fault if you haven’t been able to effectively lose weight.

1. The Magic of Muscle – In short, the more lean muscle you have as you are trying to lose weight, the better. The amount of calories you are able to burn off is related, in part, to how much muscle mass you have. On top of that, more muscle allows you to exercise more effectively, and have more endurance. The fact that muscle is more attractive than fat doesn’t hurt either.

One of the best ways to build muscle mass is through strength training. You can still engage in aerobic exercise, and should, but nothing beats lifting weights and resistance training to add muscle to your body. This is important because muscle also requires more calories to stay fed, which is good, and brings us to the next point…

2. Stoke the Furnace – What we are talking about here is metabolism; that is the rate at which your body burns calories. As we have already seen, muscle tissue is excellent for burning calories and boosting your metabolism. However, there is something else you can do to keep your metabolism whirring along.

Eating smaller meals throughout the day, as opposed to three larger meals, will keep your body working at burning calories. It also has the added benefit of keeping your hunger from getting out of control.

3. Fast Feet – We’ll keep this tip short and sweet. A great way to lose weight is to take brisk walks on a regular basis. It’s not only easy enough to do, but it will also help you to lose weight safely and keep it off.

4. Cut Calories – This may be the biggest “secret” that fad diets try to conceal, but it gets right to the heart of the matter. The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in. So far we have looked at burning calories, but now it’s time to switch to reducing how many you take in. The good news is that you don’t have to religiously count every calorie that goes into your mouth. All you have to do is make better food choices, and make a conscious effort to eat reasonable portions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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