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You don't need to spend money on diet programs like Nutrisystem or Weight Watchers

By Mike Thayer

Why spend money on diet programs like Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, when you can do pretty much all that they offer yourself and far cheaper?

Those weight loss programs, while they do offer some measure of success in losing weight, remember that they're in the diet business to make money. 

Think about it, diet programs like Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, etc., are about adding something to your diet.  They want you to include them in your daily regimen and that means spending money with them. 

You don't need to do that to lose weight.

A good weight loss plan is about the elimination of some foods, not the addition of them.  Y0u shouldn't have to spend extra money to lose weight.  

Don't buy a bunch of overpriced meals, eliminate a few things from your regular grocery list instead.   Scratch off the egg waffles and syrup from your list.  Don't purchase a bunch of protein bars you wouldn't normally buy, pick up an extra carton of eggs instead.   Don't take money out of your wallet/purse to buy any of those diet shakes that really don't hold you between meals, pick up some lunch meat instead.

"But Mike," you say, "I don't cook, I need those packaged meals to stay on a diet."

No you don't.  If you can convince yourself that buying a bunch of over-priced cardboard boxes is a good weight loss plan, then you can convince yourself that making a few simple adjustments at the grocery store and in the kitchen is an even BETTER weight loss plan.

Forget the Lean Cuisine, ditch the Slim Fast, focus on making a smarter grocery list.   You'll not only lose weight, you'll spend far less money doing it.

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YouTube is killing off its unskippable 30-second ads

YouTube will stop serving unskippable 30-second ads to users in 2018, Google announced on Friday.

The company will instead push its other unskippable ad formats, including the 6-second ad unit it launched in April and its 20-second ads. (We first spotted the story on Campaign.)

A Google spokesperson told Business Insider: "We’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers."

According to YouTube, more than half of its video views come from mobile users, where a 30-second ad can negatively affect consumers with a smaller data plan.

The video sharing website also faces competition from Facebook, which began testing mid-roll ads, allowing advertisers to insert ads after users have watched 20 seconds of a video, earlier this year.


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Ryan Boyle moves back to QB for Iowa Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY, Ia. — The one-season experiment with Ryan Boyle at wide receiver has ended for the Iowa football team.

Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said Thursday that Boyle has asked to move back to quarterback for spring practices next month.

“So we’ve made that move — not that we’ve done anything, football-wise. He’s out throwing the ball,” Ferentz said of Boyle.


Hawkeye coaches work to develop offense

IOWA CITY — There aren’t a lot of Xs to put with the Os just yet.

With staff positions now filled, Iowa football coaches sat down late last week and tossed around a few ideas.

Part of it entails a review of what worked and what didn’t during the Hawkeyes’ 8-5 season last fall. Part entails plans for the future, just what Iowa is capable of given the talent it will put on the field next fall and what wrinkles new offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz plans to install.


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Iowa unions brace for bargaining bill impact

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: And here we go, unions are starting to whine now about the inevitable drop in numbers, with the media aiding and abetting in the whining..... Here's a thought, employees are now free to leave the union, which means they really didn't want to belong in the first place.

DES MOINES — If Wisconsin is any guide, Iowa’s public-sector unions are facing a precipitous decline in membership, even as their leaders vow to survive the effects of the overhaul of Iowa’s 43-year-old collective bargaining law, which Gov. Terry Branstad signed Friday.

In the five years after Act 10 was approved in Wisconsin, membership in two of the three councils of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union dropped by 70 percent, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The union representing teachers in Milwaukee lost 30 percent of its members.


Zuckerberg's Letter And Will Facebook Make Minority Report's 'Precrime' A Reality?

This past Thursday Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released his letter called “Building Global Community” in which he outlines his vision for creating a better world through Facebook. The document covers an incredible breadth of topics, but in light of Facebook’s activities around China, it also offers a frightening 1984-like vision of what the future may hold for dissidents and those who hold views outside of the government-approved mainstream.


Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, linked to 1993 World Trade Center attack, has died | Fox News

Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind firebrand Islamist cleric behind the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, has died in federal prison, Fox News has learned. He was 78.

Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian radical who maintained a global following even while imprisoned for more than two decades, died Saturday morning at Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina, where he was serving a life sentence.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that Abdel-Rahman died at approximately 5:40 a.m. Saturday of natural causes after a long health battle with diabetes and coronary artery disease.