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Nutrisystem Diet Plan

Posted on October 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

Started in 1972, the Nutrisystem Diet Plan has had a major overhaul over the years. The plan today consists of endorsing low fat, good carbs, healthy protein, and high fiber meals that are ready to cook when you get them. An easy, convenient way for dieters who don’t want the hassle of worrying about what to eat and how much to eat, the Nutrisystem Diet plan provides ready to cook and eat meals that cook in the microwave. The dieter can pick and choose what they want to eat and the meals are delivered to their door and costs of about $280-$310 per month.

The Nutrisystem Diet plan is based on the idea of curbing cravings and gratifying your hunger on fewer calories by eating high fiber, low fat foods with just the right amount of lean protein. Men are on a 1500 calorie daily diet while women are on a 1200 calorie daily diet.

Although this is a great way to get a jump start on obtaining the weight that is best for the dieters, experts are concerned that once off the diet plan the consumers may fall back into old eating habits. By being on the Nutrisystem Diet plan the consumer doesn’t have to think about portion size or what they are eating as it comes prepackaged in just that way. Dieters usually stay on the plan for about 10-11 weeks and once their goal weight is reached go off of the plan. They do have the ability to learn how to eat the correct portion size and eat the right foods while on the diet but once off the diet, if not learned, can fall off the band wagon.

The one thing this program does not set the users up to do once off the diet is shop for food and prepare food that is healthy to continue to lose and maintain weight on. It is suggested to start to change slowly over to preparing your own meals from the plan to your own preparation of staying on a calorie based diet with all the benefits that the prepackaged meals offer.

The Nutrisystem Diet plan consists of monthly meals to make up 28 days at a time. There are other food costs other then the prepackaged meals you receive such as buying fruits and vegetables to go with them. So the plan can be expensive to maintain. There are some limitations such as absolutely no alcohol and not eating out that often. The eating plan is strict and the time to commit to the plan is very low so it is easy to follow. There are fitness regimes to follow in order for the plan to be most effective and along with the program comes fitness plans that are appropriate depending on how far into the program you are.

Like all diet plans consult with your physician to make sure that there is nothing health wise that may prevent you from following the Nutrisystem Diet plan. Make sure that your body is physically well fit to begin the exercise regimes laid out for you in this plan and make a commitment to follow through and learn how to maintain the lifestyle after the plan is completed. The Hoodia Diet works well along with the Nutrisystem Diet in increasing the bodies metabolic rate. Hoodia is a plant that grows in the African desert and has many anti-oxidant properties, it also makes the body more efficient in burning fat. Therefore, it is recommended to take Hoodia supplements along with the Nutrisystem diet which you can get at the Hoodia Diet Plan [] online portal.

UBC’s School of Architecture-Landscape Architecture Environmental Design Program: Review From Within

Posted on October 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

Each year, hundreds of students from around the world apply to UBC’s Environmental Design Program, but only 25 are chosen each year. Acceptance is based on academics, diversity of courses taken, strength and bread of portfolio work, quality of written portions of the application, outstanding reference letters and the level of uniqueness that a student may offer to the rest of the accepted team. I was fortunate enough to have been selected to be a part of the ENDS 2013 class and having just completed my first year in the program, I have experienced so much growth, both creatively and personally. I would like to offer this article as a guide to those who are interested in applying to the ENDS program at UBC. As the program is relatively new, the available literature regarding the application process and the program itself is limited. My goal is that I may help to offer an inside look into the program so that potential applicants can get a better sense of whether or not the program is right for them, and to offer helpful information regarding the difficult application process and the dreaded portfolio. For more information about the portfolio portion of the application scroll down.

I would like to start by giving the overall program a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Students receive top-notch design education from practicing architects who are thus able to offer quality and fresh-from-the-field knowledge. All of the instructors are patient, extremely knowledgable in many creative fields, more than willing to meet outside of class time for extra help, and prepared to challenge each student at a level that is appropriate for their individual skills.

**A note: ENDS does not accept previous degree holders. If you have a degree, unfortunately, you may not transfer in. However if you are interested in an architectural degree, you may want to consider a graduate degree in architecture. UBC has a widely respected school of architecture and if you are creative-minded and if you can show that you are adaptable and prepared to work hard, they have been known to accept applicants coming from nearly every known undergraduate degree.

One thing that the ENDS program boasts of is the diversity of its students. This year in my class we had students from across the globe, each contributing a unique set of skills and point of view to the repertoire of the entire class. Another way in which ENDS ensures that student diversity is maintained by limiting the required prerequisites to 2 courses of university English, 1 course in Physics (or a high school physics grade of 72% or higher), and 2 courses in geography. Then ENDS program is a third-year transfer program, and so apart from the few pre-reqs listed above, the remaining 15 courses that make up years one and two of the applicants university education are entirely up to them. ENDS hopefuls are not only free, but encouraged to take courses that are of interest to them.

**Here I enter a Caution: from day 1 of my university education, I chose to put all my eggs into the ENDS basket. They want diversity and so that I exactly what I did. I took only courses that I was very interested in; calculus, physics, French, painting, sculpture, sustainability… Fortunately for me, I was accepted into the program and it all worked out. However, I had no direction in the courses I was taking, only a little bit of everything and no back-up plan. And so had I not been accepted, I would have had to nearly start over for a degree. ENDS wants diversity and they want you to take courses that you WANT to take, but take that with a grain of salt and diversify at your own risk. Have a back-up possible degree is possible.

At first I was a little sceptical of the minimal pre-requisistes; concerned about how such a group of students coming from such varied backgrounds could come together to learn the same materials. But the diversity and breadth of our collective knowledge has only strengthened the depth of our work, pushed our critical thinking and forced us to challenge each other creatively. Our class collaboration of knowledge and skills has been a beautiful thing. The ENDS instructors have shown us how to learn from each other in order to expand our knowledge base to one from which we have access to 25 minds-worth of information to draw upon, instead of relying on our individual and thus limited knowledge base.

A few weeks in to the school year showed that we were in for a rough ride for the next 7 months. We experienced many sleepless nights, developed serious dependency to coffee and carbs, and the limits of any of our previous experiences of group work were seriously pushed. The closest tangible thing that I can equate the experience to for those who have not been to design school is A&E’s television series Project Runway. There were tears, there was throwing up, desperate calls to loved ones, panic attacks and meltdowns. But in the end, strong relationships were born among the class and good design was produced. The work of each member of our team added to the calibre of the work of the class as a whole. It sounds like a scary ride, but I know that each of us are beyond excited to start it all again for year two. Bring it on!

If you are adaptable, creative, a critical thinker and a team player who is ready to have all of their limits pushed, creatively and personally, then ENDS is the place for you. If you are looking for an easy grade and thrive on competition put yourself ahead of your team instead of collaborating with them, then move along, ENDS will just eat you up and spit you out.

The first year of ENDS is a heavy course load. A regular full-course load is 5 classes, but ENDS requires a the equivalent the work of a sixth being added. However, only four courses are taken at a time because the main studio class which is required for each semester in ENDS has the equivalent in-class time of 3 courses combines. Course include subjects covering architectural history, technology and technique, digital media and representation and thematic analysis. With this combination of studied materials, we have developed not only skills in the fundamentals of architecture, but design in general, graphic design, digital representation of ideas, interior design, and cross-media collaboration.

Students have access to computer labs, wood shop, three laser cutters, a CNC machine and a 3D printer. Macintosh computers are the preferred operating system of approximately 85-90% of the class. The main programs that we use are Vectorworks, Adobe Creative Suite and Rhinoceros.

Vectorworks is a predominantly 2D drafting program that is user-friendly and easy to learn. They also offer a free student version to those who submit proof of enrolment to a post-secondary institution. For this, simply acquire a ‘proof of enrolment’ letter from your school, safe it as a PDF and attach it to your Vectorworks application. Adobe Creative Suite is an expensive package, but well worth the money. It is a quality program that includes almost every program you will need for design school. There is no need to spend the big bucks on the Master or Professional collections. The standard, education version will be more than enough. Make sure to get the discounted educational price as well. Rhinoceros is a 3D modelling program. There is a beta version for mac that is currently available for free. Rhino is a useful tool for creating convincing perspectival renderings and for creating ‘exploded’ drawings of a project. Before coming to class, it would be very useful to be familiar with these programs, and in particular Vectorworks, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.