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Can you guess what these are? The Lucky Duckling, Lucky Fin and Lucky Lottery. Hint: they are not names of books, nor are they names of rock bands -- they are actually names of TRUSTS that lottery winners used to claim their winnings. Why? In Ohio, lottery winners often use trusts to claim their winnings. It’s a great way to maintain their anonymity. But, you don’t have to be a lucky lottery winner to establish a trust. You just need to be savvy enough to know that trusts are a great way to protect your assets. A trust is actually it’s very own entity — like a business. When you put your assets into a trust, you can designate exactly what happens to them. It’s a great way to make sure that your loved ones (who may not be as financially savvy as you) are protected, and that your assets are protected in the event that you need nursing home care.
If each new year brings with it a new diet plan that promises the world to those who follow it, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of fasting. If you’ve missed the hype, fasting is quite a bit simpler than other nutrition trends like the keto diet or Weight Watchers program. Instead of counting calories or limiting sugars, you just don’t eat. Supporters argue that by putting your body into a “fasting state,” you can shed pounds and damaged internal tissue, increase your energy, promote cellular repair, lower bad cholesterol, and even protect against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Chances are you have a friend or loved one who’s tried out some form of fasting and discovered dramatic benefits. But before everyone starts skipping meals, it’s important to examine the research. Writer Julia Belluz at Vox splits the fasting trend into four categories. The first, “intermittent fasting,” cuts out or drastically limits your calorie intake intermittently. For example, thousands of people follow the popular “5:2 diet,” during which you eat normally on weekdays but consume less than 500 calories on Saturday and Sunday. Second is “time-restricted feeding,” where you only eat during a four- to six-hour window each day — followers usually skip breakfast or dinner. The third category is “periodic fasts.”With this diet, extreme fasters abstain from food for several days, opting for calorie-free fluids instead. Finally, there is the “fasting mimicking diet,” which involves intaking highly limited, plant-based calories for several days each month. People who use this technique like it because they believe they get the benefits of fasting without missing out on key nutrients.
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The underlying philosophy behind fasting for weight loss is pretty self-evident — if you don’t eat for periods at a time, you’re bound to burn off some weight. But proponents
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