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Support structures manufactured for utilities and highways have seen choppy demand due to uneven government spending. Investors clearly see a risk that growth will decelerate, but UPS stock is priced as if that deceleration is guaranteed. And while she does have some help from her team, Kate is known for choosing and doing much of her anti-aging herself including for her own wedding day! International markets remain largely untapped. Several studies cited above showed that people who stuck to their Medifast plan lost more weight than people who followed food-based plans. The study failed to demonstrate anti-aging effects. Make your workouts half as long and half as intense while your body adjusts to getting fewer calories.

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Over the last year, smaller manufacturers Marine Products Corp. But Brunswick now is spinning that business off , returning to be a boating pure-play. Cyclical risk is worth noting, and there are questions as to whether millennials will have the same fervor for boating as their parents. Few investors like the pharmaceutical space at this point — or even healthcare as a whole. But amidst that negativity, Pfizer Inc.

It trades at just 12x EPS, a multiple that suggests profits will stay basically flat in perpetuity. To top it off, PFE offers a 3. Obviously, there are risks here. Drug pricing continues to be subject to political scrutiny though the spotlight seems to have dimmed of late.

Revenue growth has flattened out of late. VMI offers a diversified portfolio — and across the board, business has been relatively weak of late. The irrigation business has been hit by years of declining farm income.

Support structures manufactured for utilities and highways have seen choppy demand due to uneven government spending. Yet that should start to change. Irrigation demand almost has to return at some point. And a possible infrastructure plan from the Trump Administration would benefit Valmont as well. Despite uneven demand, EPS has been growing steadily, and should do so in as well.

And yet VMI trades at an attractive 16x multiple — a multiple that suggests Valmont is closer to the top of the cycle than the bottom. That seems unlikely to be the case, and as earnings grow and the multiple expands, VMI has a clear path to upside. Mall retailing, in particular, has been a very tough space over the past few years. AMZN and other online retailers. Traffic continues to decline, which pressures sales and has led to intense competition on price, hurting margins.

But American Eagle has survived rather well so far, keeping comps positive and earnings stable. And yet this stock, too, trades at around 12x EPS, backing out its net cash. And American Eagle has an ace in the hole: And the e-commerce growth in that business, and for American Eagle as a whole, suggests an ability to dodge the intense pressure on mall-based retailers.

The stock already is recovering from a post-earnings sell-off last week, and should continue to do so. Medifast Direct -- In the direct to consumer channel, customers order Medifast product directly through the Company's website, www. Take Shape for Life -- The channel offers the personal support of a health coach that is often a person who h as achieved success on the Medifast program and has turned their success into a business opportunity generating incremental revenue for the company through relationship marketing.

Private Physicians -- Health practitioners carry inventories of Medifast products and resell them to their patients. Medifast Weight Control Centers -- A medically supervised and structured model for customers who prefer more accountability and personalized counseling on the program. The Take Shape for Life unit is the fastest growing sales channel, accounting for 58 percent of total revenue for the first half of , up from 33 percent in We continue to see the benefits of a physician-lead network of coaches that are able to support their clients in their weight-loss efforts.

In today's environment where trust and personal recommendations are becoming a more important component in consumer purchasing decisions, the Take Shape for Life model of one-on-one communication continues to excel. Take Shape for Life customers who have utilized the Medifast products and programs and successfully have addressed their body weight and health issues are increasingly choosing to become active health coaches.

In contrast, the direct marketing sales channel, which is fueled primarily by consumer advertising, witnessed an eight percent year-over-year decline in revenue, as compared to the first six months of This distribution model now accounts for only 31 percent of sales, down from 56 percent in In fact, one could infer from available data found in the compensation plan table that the only way a health coach can earn significant income is through recruiting to advance to higher payout levels-the classic recruitment con of a multilevel pyramid scheme.

In June , the Fraud Discovery Institute published a detailed, page report by Robert FitzPatrick of Pyramid Scheme Alert , a consumer information website dedicated to identifying and differentiating legitimate from shady business opportunities. David Phillips David Phillips has more than 25 years' experience on Wall Street, first as a financial consultant and then as an equity analyst for several investment banking firms. When this happens, we cannot feel full -- a dangerous outcome for those trying to lose weight.

However, very low levels of leptin, which occur on a low calorie and low carbohydrate diet, give the body the opposite message: In carb cycling, when leptin begins to recede to the point of drastically increasing hunger and slowing the metabolism, a high-carb day is in place to help reset it. This way, we stay leptin-sensitive.

Carbs boost serotonin production, so eating carbs boosts mood. Low serotonin, as would occur as a result of a low-carb diet, is associated with increased cravings for sugar and chocolate. Many diets fail because low serotonin makes dieters feel depressed. Carb cycling regulates serotonin levels and as a result, curbs cravings.

From a psychological perspective, carb cycling as a protocol is easier to sustain than other diets because serotonin never drops off completely. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone, meaning it breaks down molecules to be used as fuel.

However, there is plenty of research to show that eating protein can help maintain muscle even in a catabolic state. Eating a meal containing carbohydrates essentially shuts off cortisol production; this is why many bodybuilders will eat a meal containing carbs and protein immediately upon waking.

By carb cycling, excess cortisol production and muscle catabolism is avoided. At just about the time that cortisol production begins to become excessively catabolic following no- and low-carb days, a high-carb day is in place to reset this hormone to avoid muscle loss. Video of the Day. Foods to Avoid on a Low-Carb Diet.

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