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Dennis 'Densland' Okoemu, B.A, History and International Studies (in view), University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. He's a writer, publisher, editor, stage performer, public speaker, part time actor, blogger, so many to mention but a few. For more details, checkup his Instagram page @denslandcope Or his facebook page Dennis Itua Okoemu Don't forget to follow😘💯✔

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8 THINGS: Best Foods to Eat for Weight Loss

 

​If you’re trying to drop pounds, you probably already know the foods you eat are important. The best foods to eat for weight loss can boost your efforts and give you a little bit of an edge. Of course the foundation for successful weight loss is eating well and exercising, but if you want to power up your efforts, check out this cheat sheet of foods that do a little of the work for you. Research shows that these 8 top weight-loss foods are some of the best you can eat to help you lose weight.

1. Mushrooms

Research reports that when people ate mushroom-based entrees, they felt just as satisfied as when they’d eaten those same dishes made with beef—though they’d taken in a fraction of the calories and fat. 

2. Eggs

In one study, dieters who ate eggs for breakfast felt full for longer and lost more than twice as much weight as those who got the same amount of calories from a bagel for breakfast. Think beyond breakfast, too: eggs boost a salad’s staying power and make for a satisfying snack. 

3. Apples

For a mere 95 calories, a medium apple contains 4 grams of fiber. And recent research, published in the

Journal of Nutrition , suggests that boosting your fiber intake may help you to prevent weight gain—or even encourage weight loss.

4. Low-Calorie Desserts

OK, so this isn’t exactly a “health food,” but we welcome the news that it may be easier to stick to your diet if it includes a little sweet treat. According to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , banning sugary foods could lead to overeating. One reason may be that removing access to sweet foods stimulates the release of a molecule in your brain called corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), produced when you’re afraid, anxious or stressed, says Pietro Cottone, Ph.D., lead study author. And increased stress levels may lower your motivation to eat more nutritious foods, making it more likely that you’ll binge on junk food.

5. Soup

Research published in the journal Appetite has shown that people who start a meal with vegetable soup eat 20 percent fewer calories over the course of their meal. 

6. Oatmeal

Eating a breakfast made with “slow-release” carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, three hours before you exercise may help you burn more fat, suggests a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition . Here’s why: in the study, eating “slow-release” carbohydrates didn’t spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbohydrates, such as white toast. In turn, insulin levels didn’t spike as high and because insulin plays a role in signaling your body to store fat, having lower levels may help you burn fat.

7. Hot Chile Peppers

In one study, consuming a little hot pepper (in tomato juice or in capsules) 30 minutes before a meal helped study participants feel less hungry and eat about 10 percent less. 

8. Almonds

Chew more to curb hunger. That’s what researchers concluded in a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in which they asked participants to chew a 2-ounce serving of almonds 10, 25 or 40 times. Participants got maximum satisfaction—they felt fuller longer—from the nuts when they chewed 40 times. Chewing more may cause a greater release of fat from the almonds, which triggers hormones that curb hunger, speculates Rick Mattes, Ph.D., R.D., professor of foods and nutrition at Purdue University, study author and an EatingWell advisor. 

 

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iPhone X Review Roundup: Early But Really Nice

 

Apple’s iPhone X review embargo lifted today, and opinions from various sites have started to come in. The consensus, generally speaking, is that the iPhone X is a major revamp that hits far more often than it misses, though there’s an important caveat here: Apple appears to have seeded the iPhone X with less than 24 hours between unit reception and review NDA lift. That’s an insanely short period of time for any device, particularly a genre-redefining phone.

Everyone seems to love the display. “At a glance, the iPhone X looks so good one of our video editors kept saying it looked fake,” The Verge declares . It describes the display as looking “like a live 3D render instead of an actual working phone.”

Opinions on the “notch”–the cut-out at the top used for Face ID–continue to bifurcate. CNN reports still being annoyed by it, and The Verge claims landscape mode is still very messy, with content also clipped at the corners thanks to the screen’s rounded bezels. This is one area where Android and Apple both seem to have trouble; robust app support for the various bezel shapes, edge displays, and now Apple’s notch seems to lag years behind when hardware manufacturers want to roll these features out. Wired, on the other hand, says that while the notch isn’t great, “ you get used to it. ” Apps that haven’t been specifically updated for the iPhone X display in what The Verge refers to as “software bezel” mode, as shown below:

Reports on Face ID are also a bit split. Wired had some initial trouble with it, CNN isn’t giving an opinion yet, and The Verge states: “The good news is that Face ID mostly works great. The bad news is that sometimes it doesn’t, and you will definitely have to adjust the way you think about using your phone to get it to a place where it mostly works great.”

So… good, maybe?

The camera is always a major feature of any smartphone launch, but the iPhone X reviews are so compressed, most salient details are missing. The Verge writes that the iPhone X camera is very similar to the iPhone 8 (not counting its cutting-edge support for sentient poop emoji), while Wired writes that the iPhone X is a “major upgrade,” but appears to compare against an iPhone 7. Generally speaking, camera technology improves year-on-year more than in different models of phone with a similar camera, and Apple clearly spent its major budget working on getting Face ID working as opposed to on outfitting the iPhone X with a radically different back camera solution. CNN doesn’t mention the back-facing camera at all.

A Tight Review Embargo Does No One Any Favors

If this review roundup seems a little brief compared with the significance of the device, it’s because most of the review coverage out today is pretty sparse. If you want to read about a giant poop emoji, well, Wired leads with it. No, I’m not sure why. Everyone else has given the phone a lick and a promise, generally noting that while it does a lot of things pretty well, the tight review timeline plus the newness of the phone’s display make it harder to truly evaluate. There are no dramatic issues with Face ID, though it’s still possible that Apple relaxed its standards to speed manufacturing without fundamentally compromising quality.

If you’ve ever (or often) picked up an iPhone and wondered what the fuss was about, the various reviews waxing on about Apple’s reinvention of ideas like the Home Button (now you use gestures) or the glorious nature of OLED screens is going to strike you as a bit myopic. “Android devices have had some of these things for literal years,” you might be tempted to shout. And you’d have a point, in many cases. Right now, the iPhone X appears to be an exceptionally well-made handset, with a number of technological firsts in an Apple device, but it’s also designed to look towards a future that takes greater advantage of AR technology, eschews buttons, and fields apps that adjust to screen dimensions more capably than what we have today. The problem with this is you don’t know which innovations will catch with customers and which will not until you try. Apple is throwing a lot of mud at the proverbial wall with the iPhone X, but we’ll have to see what sticks.

With that said, all of these reviews are more positive on the iPhone X than the iPhone 8. If you were choosing which Apple phone to buy based solely on reviews, even at this early stage, the iPhone X comes off much better.

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ACCESSORIES THAT WILL MAKE EVERY OUTFIT WAY BETTER

 

If you follow a slew of fashion girls on Instagram, chances are, you’ve likely already seen most of the season’s biggest trends (think: plaid boyfriend blazers, sparkly boots, and puff-sleeved blouses) in your feed a dozen times over. Now, don’t get us wrong: We, too, love cool, of-the-moment silhouettes and the endless style inspiration from the IG pros that wear them. But every now and again we could use a break from the same ol’ fashions (and filters). That’s why, when we come across a fresh face with an aesthetic that stands out in a sea of cookie-cutter #OOTDs, our hearts skip a beat.

 

Case in point: Lifestyle blogger Sunita V., whose trademark look is built on classic, comfortable staples and versatile accessories, like PANDORA Jewelry’s stunning gems, rather than anything tooover-the-top. When it comes to style, the New York City transplant says, “I’ve always done my own thing. It’s all about what feels the most me.” Which is why her sense of style is ridiculously refreshing. Not only does and dress — to the beat of her own drum, but she looks damn good while doing so (as her nearly 150K followers can attest).

Ahead, Sunita tells us all about how her easy, non-cliché outfits come together, her secret to adding just the right amount of flair to every look, and why individuality is the key to winning style. Talk about sartorial empowerment.

Okay, so tell us, what does personal style mean to you? 
“I see style as a way to reflect my attitude and express how I truly feel, so I always dress based on my mood. I wear whatever feels good in the moment. Usually that’s something eclectic and vibrant — like brightly colored pieces or a mix of textures.”

What types of pieces do you typically gravitate towards?
“I used to be into more form-fitting clothing. But now, after a period of personal growth, I gravitate towards clothing that is free-flowing. It’s all about comfort from top to bottom — booties over sky-high heels, any day.”
         

When you’re putting together an outfit, what’s the first piece of the puzzle? 
“It always starts with my hair. For me, a bad hair day just throws everything off.”

What do you add to your look when you want to take it up a notch?
“Jewelry is always the last thing I add to any outfit; it’s the perfect finishing touch and gives an extra oomph to every look, without being the whole look.”

Tell us about your go-to jewelry pieces.
“I love a bold, chunky statement piece, but I also appreciate the allure of pieces that are more subtle, as long as they have a bit of flair — whether that be within the design or something like a special stone. PANDORA Jewelry’s designs are intricate and beautiful but not too over-the-top, so I can wear them with so much more — for day or night and for a variety of different occasions.”

What’s your trick for making your jewels stand out? 
“This season, I’m all about mixing different metals and styles, and stacking and layering different pieces together. It gives an outfit some dimension and really has the power to complete a look.”

What do you consider when you’re pairing jewelry with an outfit? 
“For me, it’s important that everything looks and feels balanced. In terms of clothing, I don’t want to overdo it because then the jewelry gets lost. I also don’t want to over-accessorize with jewelry because then that becomes the sole focus.”

Every outfit in your Instagram feed is totally your own — as in, you aren’t one to wear what every other blogger is wearing. Why is that?
“I went through a period where I’d wear things that weren’t really me just because they were on-trend, and I didn’t look or feel like myself. Since then, I’ve always done my own thing. It’s all about what feels the most me. Of course, I am inspired by other people’s outfits, but I make sure to wear things in my own unique way.”

How does living in New York City inspire your approach to style and self-expression?
“Seeing people celebrate their individuality is endlessly inspiring. It’s the reason I wanted to live here. There’s no set template for what you have to look like or what you have to wear — you can just be you.”

What do you think your style says about you?
“I feel like my clothes say, ‘I’m comfortable with who I am.’ I wear what makes me feel good, and I think that comes through.”

What do you hope people take away from your philosophy?
“I want to encourage people to express their individuality through clothing and jewelry — and to have fun with it. It’s a beautiful thing — and so refreshing — to see someone with a unique style totally owning their look.”

What’s your best style advice? 
“Don’t feel pressure to follow trends and keep up with anything around you. Just do you.”

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5 THINGS: How To Look Sharp In The Summer And Still Beat The Heat

It’s hot out and you wish you could be in nothing but your underwear, but you have to be around people and look professional. 

These are the essential things you should know when picking out your summer wardrobe.

Pick The Right Fabrics

Fabrics are the most important aspect to consider when you want to look hawt when it’s hot. You want the fabrics you wear to be made of natural fibers, constructed with breathable weaves, and feel lightweight. 
Natural fibers wick away sweat and tend to dry faster; breathable weaves allow air to flow to your skin and cool you off; and lightweight materials keep you from being too insulated. No matter what you’re wearing, you’ll want it to be made of these fabrics:

  • Cotton (poplin, seersucker, madras)
  • Linen
  • Wool (100% lightweight or tropical weaves)

Avoid heavier versions of cotton, like twill and oxford weaves, and skip the silks and synthetics, like polyester. These heavy fabrics will cling to your skin and trap sweat, making you feel warmer and less comfortable.

Pants should be 100% cotton chinos or dress pants made with tropical wool or lightweight cotton weaves, not denim jeans. Jackets and blazers should be unlined or half-lined to promote breathability. When in doubt, weigh clothing items against each other—the lighter the better. And hold fabrics up to the light. If you can see through it a little you’re in good shape.

Go With Lighter Colors



Lighter colors reflect light, which means less heat being absorbed into your body. Darker colors absorb light and heat you up. You don’t have to be decked out in all white to beat the heat—light blues, yellows, pinks, etc. do the trick—but you don’t want to be decked out in all black either. Think of it like this—you’ll probably be cooler wearing a 100% cotton long-sleeve white shirt than black synthetic t-shirt.

Wear Looser Clothing

Tight clothes cling to you and don’t allow your sweat to do its job. You need to give your skin some breathing room by wearing looser clothing. Air flow is key. 
You don’t have to wear clothing that’s a size up or anything, just choose apparel that facilitates that much-needed air flow and doesn’t constrict. Skinny jeans, tights, and sweatpants are not a good idea.

Dresses and skirts are a great option as well since they perfectly balance air flow and comfort. Even so, you’re better off with looser styles over fitted ones. That form-fitting black cocktail dress may look great on you, but it’s going to slowly cook you alive.

Choose the Right Shoes

For men, Antonia Centeno at Real Men Real Style recommends loafers with holes (for the breathability), moccasins or boat shoes (because you can wear these without socks), or Italian leather shoes (since the leather is usually thinner than western-style leather shoes). Whatever you pick, let those puppies breathe as much as you can.
 For women, any open-toe dress shoe will do the trick, but flats with lightweight no-show socks (or no socks at all) work great too.

Manage Your Sweat

Sweat—that’s really what this is all about. No matter how breathable and lightweight your clothing is, you’re going to sweat. And that’s good because your loose clothing will allow airflow to cool you off some. 
That said, you’re still going to sweat a lot and you need to control it as best you can.

When you’re wearing a short-sleeve or long-sleeve button up, wear an undershirt with it. Preferably a 100% cotton undershirt (v-neck t-shirt or wife beater is ideal). It might be a bit warmer to do that, but the cotton will wick the sweat and keep your nice outer shirt from looking like a damp kitchen rag. 
Also, always carry a handkerchief in your coat pocket or purse for wiping sweat away from your forehead and neck. If you use your shirt sleeve, you’ll just make yourself look even more sweaty.

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FEATURED ARTICLE: NOVA Prophets – Osarose Aifuwa Timothy

The longer they rule, the less benefit the people derive. Nigeria now needs a ‘mind revolution,’ a revolution that calls forth a return to decency, probity, transparency of process and fairness in outcome.

This can be achieved not by subterfuge, divide and rule and turning Nigeria in a field of discord or a street of broken institutions. It is accomplished by honouring the principles of dugged democratic good governance and dugged economic justice. It is done by persuading the oppressors that we are better off as one instead of better off tearing at one another’s throats at the foot of the enemy.



I have come to a painful conclusion that the whole Nigerian state needs to be overhauled. We need a bloody revolution, not some peaceful revolution. As long as these thieving politicians are living, we will never have change. This crosses all tribal groups. We all know this “inconvenient truth.” Nigeria needs to be purged of these elements and some of its likeminds.

I feel the youth are no different frprophets

arents generation. I actually think they will be a lot worse. Instead of the youth in college saying that they want to be a doctor or an engineer, they say that they want to be a politician. And we all know the reason why they choose this path of work. It is in order so they can loot public funds.



A revolution is needed. Nigeria should not celebrate independence again, because we very much dependent in deceit. We have more impoverished people now, than 20 years ago.

A mobilising force for a better Nigeria is on-going across the country, message the author on WhatsApp to be a part of this project for a better Nigeria 07030251176 and 08163183980

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These Strong Women Are Making “Friendweight Training” a Thing

Even people who “enjoy” exercise know it’s not nearly as fun as hanging out with friends. It’s why Swedish personal trainers Linn Löwes, 29, and Madelen Ros, 25, who met through a mutual friend five years ago, began working out together in the first place. (They immediately bonded over their passion for fitness.)

In a recent Instagram post published on the trainers’ shared fitness account, @DoubleDedication  where their grueling workout videos have been receiving tens of thousands of views since Linn launched in in 2015, Linn and Madelen took the partner thing one step further: They coined the term “friendweight training,” lifting a partner in the absence of equipment.

Like resistance training, which boosts your bone and muscle strength, metabolism, self-efficacy, and self-esteem, “friendweight training is a great alternative when you don’t have weights available,” says certified strength and conditioning specialist Aubrey Watts, a National Strength and Conditioning Association strength coach. “It imposes a new demand on the body, which provides different results than your normal routine.”

Although you can’t exactly up-size your friend the way you’d grab a heavier dumbbell as you get progressively stronger, friendweight training still benefits both partners in different ways: 
The person lifting with added resistance has to work harder than he or she would doing basic bodyweight movements, and the person being lifted has to stabilize his or her body to be lifted safely, which fires up the core.

Because the inability to stabilize could result in injury, Watts suggests partnering with someone at a similar(-ly-high!) fitness level. After all, a newbie’s improper form can make a move less effective and more dangerous — one reason why you should always master the basics under a trainer’s supervision before trying an out-of-the-box move with a partner or by yourself.
Luckily, neither Linn nor Madelene has sustained serious injuries from friendweight training — just a bruise here and there when their exercises, which can take many tries to master for Instagram, don’t go exactly as planned.

“Some [moves] turn out awesome, and some end up catastrophic, but always with a lot of laughter,” Linn says.

Still, Linn and Madelene take fitness pretty seriously — and know the body adjusts to the weight you’re used to lifting, making simple friendweight training feel easier the more you do it. It’s why the women also incorporate resistance bags, sandbags, medicine balls, and machines like the stair master (or actual stairs) into their workouts.

After all, no one’s saying friendweight training is for everyone. “Do what makes you feel best,” Madelene says. (And if that means lifting a glass of wine to your lips instead of lifting an actual human? Bottom’s up!)

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