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Is Skin Removal Surgery the Best Answer for Loose Skin?

Shutterstock When Matthew Diaz came out of his first of two skin removal surgeries, he was 45 pounds lighter, literally and figuratively. The 24-year-old had been struggling with major excess skin after having weight loss surgery years earlier, but couldn’t afford to have it removed. “I’d lost about 250 pounds from my surgery, by eating better and exercising, and everyone kept telling me how proud they were and how good I looked, but I kept all the excess skin a secret,” Diaz says. “I didn’t want anyone to see it. I was ashamed of it, and I used to carefully layer my clothes so you couldn’t tell. I lived like that for two years.” Then, after Diaz got a message on his blog, where he’d talked about his weight loss, and the follower asked whether he was dealing with excess skin from the surgery, he was inspired to share what his body really looked like underneath in a very public way. He wanted other people who were dealing with the issue to know that they weren’t alone, so he posted a video on his blog exposing his excess skin. The video went viral, and a GoFundMe page was started in his name to raise money for his skin removal surgery.  Soon after, Diaz received $57,000 in donations. He was even able to give a lot of the money back to others who needed help with surgery. Diaz first had a full abdomen body lift, meaning he had skin removed from all the way around his waist, as well as a reshaping of his chest and removal of excess skin on his arms and upper back. His surgeon created a belly button for him, and even removed and reattached his nipples throughout the process. Diaz went through months of extremely uncomfortable recovery, but, he said, “There’s never been a moment I thought ‘I wished I hadn’t done this,’” he says. “I’m comfortable in my skin now.” Getting his excess skin removed was a positive decision for Diaz, and his viral video and the donations he received allowed him to do it. If you’re considering skin removal surgery after weight loss, here’s what you need to know about the process.  Who is it For? Excess skin can affect people who’ve lost large amounts of weight on their own or through bariatric weight loss surgery. It can often make people who’ve worked hard to lose a lot of weight feel like their bodies don’t reflect their lifestyle, says C. Andrew Salzberg, M.D., Chief of Plastic Surgery Division of Mount Sinai Health System, Mount Sinai, New York. It’s not only a cosmetic issue for many people who’ve lost weight, but a medical one too. “[Excess skin] can cause rashes, painful chafing, infections, and can impede movement or exercise,” says Dr. Salzberg. The skin won’t bounce back over time, and there’s no effective, non-invasive way to tighten up the skin, so surgery is usually the only option to remove it, says Christopher Daigle, M.D., bariatric surgeon at Akron General Bariatric Center, Akron, Ohio. Having plastic surgery to get the loose skin removed is for anyone who is healthy enough to undergo major surgery, says Dr. Salzberg. Depending on how much skin is removed and how large the incisions must be, the risks of blood loss, recovery and scaring vary. If patients are seeking skin removal after weight loss surgery, Dr. Daigle advises they consult their bariatric surgeon first. “We’re very supportive of them getting the surgery, but it’s important that we look at their weight loss trajectory and make sure they’ve plateaued,” he says, which can take 12 to 18 months post-surgery. If not, the patient could have excess skin surgery before they’re finished losing weight, and then they’ll just have more excess skin and may need a second surgery to remove it. The Types of Surgery to Remove Excess Skin There are a few different types of plastic surgery procedures that address excess skin after major weight loss. “Each is tailored to the patient and their individual needs,” says Dr. Salzberg. A tummy tuck is the most common, he says, and gets rid of hanging skin on the front of the abdomen. Surgeons make an incision along the bikini line and then another near or above the belly button. They remove this swath of loose skin, cutting around the belly button and leaving that down. They then pull the top incision down to meet the other and stitch up the skin, he says. Another common procedure is called a body lift, and involves cutting away skin all the way around the abdomen. A brachioplasty takes loose skin off of the arms, while a thighplasty removes excess skin from the upper legs. SEE ALSO: From Obese to Beast: Guy Strips Down to Show Extreme Weight Loss Courtesy Image What are the Costs? Unfortunately, most insurers view the procedure as simply cosmetic, though it’s often not, says Dr. Daigle. That’s why many people opt not to have their skin removed, because out-of-pocket costs range from about $5,000-$15,000 for a tummy tuck and $10,000-$20,000 for a full body lift, says Dr. Salzberg. You may be more likely to get insurance approval if you lost the weight due to bariatric surgery, says Dr. Salzberg, because if they approved that surgery, they may have to also cover any complications associated with it as well. It also helps to document any physical aliments the skin is causing, so you can argue that it’s a medical issue. Still, it’s difficult to get coverage. Dr. Daigle believes surgeons like himself need to push for more coverage of this procedure. A study he worked on showed that bariatric patients who had excess skin removed actually fared better and were more successful with continued weight loss than their peers who did not have skin removed after bariatric surgery, likely because they had improved self-esteem, felt more comfortable working out and had improved mobility. There are also metabolic benefits, says Dr. Daigle. For example, tummy tucks have been shown to increase good cholesterol.  What is Recovery Like? Recovery is very dependent on how invasive your surgery is, but can range anywhere from two weeks to two months. The pain can often be managed with medication, but discomfort is usually the main issue. There are often issues with fluid collection in the area, so drains have to be put in to help keep swelling down, says Dr. Salzberg. “Patients have to be careful about movement and may wear a compression garment to help,” he says. Once the draining process is done, patients can get back to regular movement and exercise, Dr. Salzberg says. Surgery can be outpatient or require a stay; it all depends how intense your operation will be. For Diaz, it took between two and three months after each surgery to feel pretty much back to normal, but his surgeries were very invasive and removed large amounts of skin. He said the worst part for him was the discomfort (he thought he had a tight belt on when he first woke up, and it was difficult to even stand up straight for some time) as well as the dissonance he felt toward his completely new body. “It’s like waking up in a different house and being told I live there now,” Diaz says. But he’s starting to regain sensation in his entire body and feel more at home in his skin. He’s been stared at for his scars, but before that, he says, he was stared at for his excess skin. “The difference now is that I feel more comfortable.” What are the Benefits? Despite the physical and emotional scars the surgery can leave behind, patients are usually very happy with their results. “After this surgery, they can move on to their new life—this is life-salvaging for a lot of people,” says Dr. Salzberg. “This can help them identify with their new body image.” “There’s clearly a psychosocial aspect where people just feel better about themselves and their body image overall,” Dr. Daigle says. “At the end of the day I feel so much stronger and just generally better because I don’t have the literal stuff hanging on me,” says Diaz. He’s back to doing some light cardio and plans to start lifting again when he can, and feels good. While he still has his insecure moments, overall, he’s very happy with the procedure, and he hopes others aren’t ashamed to have it done. He recently got a sunflower tattoo in the middle of his chest to represent a new beginning. “I had had no feeling in the center of my midsection last year, and in this weird serendipitous moment, when I got hit with the tattoo needle it was like my nerves woke up and I could feel it,” says Diaz. “It made me feel grounded in my skin.” 

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6 Things You Should Know About Rule 1 Proteins

When it comes to working out, serious lifters are serious about their protein. Getting the right amount of the highest quality protein is integral to the success of those looking to build more lean muscle. A quick comparison of top-selling proteins shows Rule 1's protein per serving beats the pants off pretty much everyone. Their mission is to offer the best formulated and manufactured protein powders available on the market.  So what makes Rule 1 proteins superior to all others in the crowded sports supplement field? It's actually very simple, and we break it down with some simple facts you should know. //content.jwplatform.com/players/Pz4qf9Mt-E1EucFxD.js6 things you should know about Rule 1 proteins. 1) 100% Whey Protein Isolate and Hydrolysate: The best way to go for optimal muscle-building and recovery support is 100% whey isolate and hydrolysate. These forms ensure the purest formulation of protein, allowing you to get more protein per dose than those inferior concentrated formulations. In addition, Rule 1's formulation delivers less calories, carbohydrates, lactose, fat and cholesterol than those whey products in concentrated form. And when it comes to fast absorption, no other whey protein source digest faster thanks to its hydrolyzed process that exposes the protein to heat, acid or enzymes that break apart the bonds linking amino acids.  2) 87% Protein Ratio: It's all about getting more quality protein per serving, which is why Rule 1's protein ratio of 87% is so pleasing to the palate of muscle-building enthusiasts. Numbers don't lie! If a high protein ratio is important to you, Rule 1 protein is the place to plant your scoop.  3) Zero Gums, Creamers or Fillers: Do you know what's in your protein powder? You may not want to, as many popular brands use unhealthy additives with a hot of negative side effects. Why take the chance of ingesting these harmful ingredients on a daily basis? With Rule 1 protein you can rest assured that none of these artificial additives are included in any of the formulations.  4) Zero Sugar: Many protein powders also contain added sugars, which may decrease or reverse some of the beneficial effects of your protein intake. If you haven’t already heard, sugar is not really good for you and the less you consume the better. Rule 1 uses NO sugar in any of their products... period! 5) 100% Instantized: Whether you're using a blender, shaker cup or basic, spoon-and-glass technique, you'll want to be sure your protein powder has been instantized for easy mixing. Rule 1 has gone above and beyond in its manufacturing process to ensure the particle size has been reduced to the smallest levels for optimal results when mixed with liquid.   6) 10 Amazing Flavors: Looking for some variety when it comes to your protein's flavor? Look no further than Rule 1. With 10 delicious flavors to choose from, you'll easily find a formula to satisfy your taste buds. Experience the mouth-watering spray-dried flavors for deeper, richer flavors that don't fade. Plus don't miss the opportunity to score some amazing prizes in the... Rule 1 Protein Sweepstakes  Six (6) winners will be awarded a $75 credit voucher good for any Rule 1 purchase at www.ruleoneprotein.com. And... One (1) winner will be awarded a VIP trip to the 2017 Olympia weekend, valued at $2,000. Prize includes: Round trip airfare for two (maximum $500.00 per person) Two (2) Olympia Weekend V.I.P. packages Hotel accommodations for two nights Two (2) Rule 1 Swag Bags complete with T-shirts, shakers, product samples, and more V.I.P. treatment at the Rule 1 booth with front of the line access to meet the team   Enter Now for Your Chance to Win! Sweepstakes closes April 30. 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How To Enter: Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (EST) on March 20, 2017, visit www.muscleandfitness.com/giveaways and follow the Rule 1 Sweepstakes directions. Each entry must contain answers to the questions posed to qualify for the drawing. All entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on April 30, 2017. Only one internet entry per person and per e-mail address per week will be accepted. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. Subsequent attempts made by the same individual to submit multiple internet entries by using multiple e-mail addresses or otherwise will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the entry. Authorized account holder is defined as the person assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses. All materials submitted become the property of Nutrivo, LLC/Rule 1 ("Sponsor") and will not be returned. 2. Winner Selection / Random Drawing: Winners will be selected in a random drawing to be held on or about May 1, 2017, from among all eligible entries that are complete. The random drawing will be conducted by representatives from Sponsor whose decisions are final and binding in all respects relating to this Sweepstakes. Odds of winning a Prize depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. 3. Prizes: Six (6) winners—one from each week of entries—will be awarded a $75 credit voucher good for any Rule 1 purchase at www.ruleoneprotein.com. ·       One (1) grand prize winner will receive a VIP trip to the 2017 Olympia weekend, valued at $2,000 , including: o   Round trip airfare for two (maximum $500.00 per person) o   Two (2) Olympia Weekend V.I.P. packages o   Hotel accommodations for two nights o   Two (2) Rule 1 Swag Bags complete with T-shirts, shakers, product samples, and more o   V.I.P. treatment at the Rule 1 booth with front of the line access to meet the team  The total prize value of this sweepstakes is $2,450.   4. Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years or older. Employees of Sponsor, American Media, Inc., or each of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies, and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible. Void in Puerto Rico, Canada, and where prohibited or restricted by law. No substitution or transfer of Prize is permitted. All federal, state and local taxes and any expenses relating to the acceptance and use of a Prize are the sole responsibility of each Winner. All federal, state and local laws apply. 5. Potential Winners must submit an Affidavit of Eligibility / Release of Liability / Prize Acceptance Form within seven (7) business days of attempted notification. If any Prize or affidavit or release is returned to Sponsor as undeliverable or if Sponsor does not receive a response from any potential Winner within seven (7) business days of attempted notification, such Winner may be disqualified and such Prize will be awarded to an alternate Winner. Non-compliance shall result in disqualification and award of Prize to an alternate Winner. By accepting Prize, Winners consent that Sponsor or American Media, Inc. may use the Winners' names, photographs, or other likenesses, the Winners' hometown and biographical information, statements concerning the contest entry, or Sponsors' products without compensation for purposes of advertising, promotion, and merchandising, and grant all rights to edit or modify and to publish and copyright it. Winners must also make themselves available to travel at Sponsor's expense for promotional purposes. By accepting Prize, Winners agree to hold Sponsor, American Media, Inc., and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, and assigns, harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of Prize. Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participating in this Sweepstakes. By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules, and understand that the Sweepstakes results are final in all respects. By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to hold Sponsor American Media, Inc., and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, and assigns, harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of Prize. Entrant is responsible for all online charges incurred by Internet Service Provider. 6. Neither Sponsor, American Media, Inc., any telephone network, nor service providers are responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures or any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any Web site or on-line service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, illegible, incomplete damaged, postage-due, mutilated or misdirected entries or entries not properly forwarded to Sponsor or American Media, Inc. Entry materials that have been tampered with or altered are void. If the judges determine, in their sole discretion, that there is any suspected or actual electronic tampering with the Sweepstakes or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Sweepstakes, the judges reserve the right to void the entries at issue and conduct a random drawing to award the Prize using all eligible entries received as of the termination date. If the Sweepstakes is terminated due to tampering or technical difficulties prior to its expiration date, notice will be posted at www.muscleandfitness.com. Any attempt to deliberately damage the content or operation of this Sweepstakes is unlawful and subject to legal action. NOTE: Internet entry must be made by the entrant, only at the authorized website address of www.muscleandfitness.com. Entries made by any other individual or entity and/or originating at any other Internet website or e-mail address, including but not limited to commercial contest subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and as such ruled ineligible for this contest. 7. Opt-In: Any information entrants provide to the Sponsor or American Media, Inc. will be used to communicate with entrant in relation to these Sweepstakes. Sponsor or American Media, Inc. may also share this information with third parties who are participating in this program. Sponsor, American Media, Inc., or third parties may contact entrants at a future date about services the Sponsor or American Media, Inc. believes entrants will find of interest. 8. For the name of the Winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:  M&F/Rule 1 Giveaway; 4 New York Plaza, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10004. Requests must be received by May 31, 2017.  Residents of Vermont may omit return postage.   9. 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Nikki Griggs’ Amazing Transformation and Workout

Left: Courtesy of Nikki Griggs; Right: Jaquayan Photography Sometimes tragedy sets us down a dark path from which we’re challenged to bounce back. In 2007, Nikki Griggs unexpectedly lost the love of her life to sudden cardiac arrest—at just 27 years old. “While grieving, I felt that I had lost all control of my life. I was drinking, smoking, and neglecting my health on every front,” she says. In 2010, weighing 151 lbs at 5'4", “I realized that I needed to start living again, not just existing,” Griggs says. In a little over a year she dropped 30 pounds and is now a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist. Accentuate the positive When she first started to get back in shape, Griggs set a goal of completing a 5K race. Her workouts at the time were split between running, jogging, and light weight training about three days a week. “I started out doing more cardio than strength training, but that began to change when I noticed that the stronger I was, the better and faster I ran, with less aches and pains.” She now hits the gym five to six days a week, for an average of two hours each visit. Eat right for your goals At first, Griggs was discouraged because she was running and working out but not seeing much change on the scale. She then decided to heavily alter her diet. “After doing some research, I threw out all processed and packaged food. That’s when I began seeing results,” says Griggs. She now eats five to six clean meals throughout the day. “I also switch up my diet regularly to avoid food aversions, but I don’t really track calories. I pay more attention to my daily macros,” she says. SEE ALSO: The Transformation Meal Plan Chris Hayden Train for peak physique At the start of her fitness transformation, Griggs was running either a 5K or 10K every month. But soon she wanted a different challenge, so she signed up for her first NPC bikini competition in 2013. Since then, she’s entered 13 shows, with top-three placings in all but four of them. “I truly fell in love with the sport and the process of sculpting my ideal physique. I recently won a first place and an overall title in the figure division,” says Griggs. Be a goal digger Her advice to other women is, “Be a goal digger. Set SMART [Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound] goals, and as you achieve them, set more.” She also recommends starting slowly. “If you are just starting out on your fitness journey, don’t try to change your entire life overnight. Start out with one or two goals, like eliminating sugary drinks from your diet and walking 30 minutes a day for three days. Once that is no longer a challenge, build upon that.” How she does it: A typical shoulder workout Warmup: DB External Rotation 3x12 DB Military Press 4x10 Cable/DB Front Raise 4x12 Cable/DB Lateral Raise 4x12 Rear-delt DB Flye 4x12 Barbell Upright Row 4x10 SEE ALSO: The 12 Weeks to a Competition Body Workout Plan

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Win a Free Trip to This Year’s Mr. Olympia

Boy, do we have a prize for you! You could win a trip to this year's Mr. Olympia, which takes place Sept. 14–17 in Las Vegas. The winning package includes reserved VIP seating, early entry to the Olympia Weekend Expo, early entry to Meet the Olympians, hotel, airfare, and more! What more could any bodybuilding fan look for? Enter Now for the Chance to Win! Email * First Name * Last Name * Address * City * State * - Select -AlabamaAlaskaAmerican SamoaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaGuamHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarshall IslandsMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaNorthern Marianas IslandsOhioOklahomaOregonPalauPennsylvaniaPuerto RicoRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirgin IslandsVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming Zip * Phone Number Age 21 and over OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE NECESSARY1. How To Enter: Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (EST) on March 24, 2017, visit www.muscleandfitness.com/giveaways and follow the Mr. Olympia Sweepstakes directions. Each entry must contain answers to the questions posed to qualify for the drawing. All entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on April 24, 2017. Only one internet entry per person and per e-mail address per week will be accepted. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. Subsequent attempts made by the same individual to submit multiple internet entries by using multiple e-mail addresses or otherwise will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the entry. Authorized account holder is defined as the person assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses. All materials submitted become the property of Nutrivo, LLC/Rule 1 ("Sponsor") and will not be returned.  2.Winner Selection / Random Drawing: Winners will be selected in a random drawing to be held on or about May 15, 2017, from among all eligible entries that are complete. The random drawing will be conducted by representatives from Sponsor whose decisions are final and binding in all respects relating to this Sweepstakes. Odds of winning a Prize depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. 3. Prizes:• One (1) grand prize winner will receive a VIP trip to the 2017 Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, valued at $3,000, including: o Round trip airfare for two (maximum $500.00 per person) o Two (2) Olympia Weekend Silver V.I.P. packages, including reserved seating at judging and finals, victory gala, meet-and-greet, press conference, and seminar access, and more ($1,470.50 value) o Hotel accommodations for two nights (maximum $250 per night)The total prize value of this sweepstakes is $3,000. 4. Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, 21 years or older. Employees of Sponsor, American Media, Inc., or each of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies, and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible. Void in Puerto Rico, Canada, and where prohibited or restricted by law. No substitution or transfer of Prize is permitted. All federal, state and local taxes and any expenses relating to the acceptance and use of a Prize are the sole responsibility of each Winner. All federal, state and local laws apply. 5. Potential Winners must submit an Affidavit of Eligibility / Release of Liability / Prize Acceptance Form within seven (7) business days of attempted notification. If any Prize or affidavit or release is returned to Sponsor as undeliverable or if Sponsor does not receive a response from any potential Winner within seven (7) business days of attempted notification, such Winner may be disqualified and such Prize will be awarded to an alternate Winner. Non-compliance shall result in disqualification and award of Prize to an alternate Winner. By accepting Prize, Winners consent that Sponsor or American Media, Inc. may use the Winners' names, photographs, or other likenesses, the Winners' hometown and biographical information, statements concerning the contest entry, or Sponsors' products without compensation for purposes of advertising, promotion, and merchandising, and grant all rights to edit or modify and to publish and copyright it. Winners must also make themselves available to travel at Sponsor's expense for promotional purposes. By accepting Prize, Winners agree to hold Sponsor, American Media, Inc., and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, and assigns, harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of Prize. Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participating in this Sweepstakes. By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules, and understand that the Sweepstakes results are final in all respects. By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to hold Sponsor American Media, Inc., and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, and assigns, harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of Prize. Entrant is responsible for all online charges incurred by Internet Service Provider. 6. Neither Sponsor, American Media, Inc., any telephone network, nor service providers are responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures or any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any Web site or on-line service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, illegible, incomplete damaged, postage-due, mutilated or misdirected entries or entries not properly forwarded to Sponsor or American Media, Inc. Entry materials that have been tampered with or altered are void. If the judges determine, in their sole discretion, that there is any suspected or actual electronic tampering with the Sweepstakes or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Sweepstakes, the judges reserve the right to void the entries at issue and conduct a random drawing to award the Prize using all eligible entries received as of the termination date. If the Sweepstakes is terminated due to tampering or technical difficulties prior to its expiration date, notice will be posted at www.muscleandfitness.com. Any attempt to deliberately damage the content or operation of this Sweepstakes is unlawful and subject to legal action. NOTE: Internet entry must be made by the entrant, only at the authorized website address of www.muscleandfitness.com. Entries made by any other individual or entity and/or originating at any other Internet website or e-mail address, including but not limited to commercial contest subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and as such ruled ineligible for this contest. 7. Opt-In: Any information entrants provide to the Sponsor or American Media, Inc. will be used to communicate with entrant in relation to these Sweepstakes. Sponsor or American Media, Inc. may also share this information with third parties who are participating in this program. Sponsor, American Media, Inc., or third parties may contact entrants at a future date about services the Sponsor or American Media, Inc. believes entrants will find of interest. 8. For the name of the Winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: M&F/Rule 1 Giveaway; 4 New York Plaza, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10004. Requests must be received by June 15, 2017. Residents of Vermont may omit return postage. 9. This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Nutrivo, LLC, 1785 N Edgelawn Dr, Aurora, IL 60506.  

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