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Blockchain Startup Stratumn Closes European Record $7.8 Mln Series A Round

Blockchain Startup Stratumn Closes European Record $7.8 Mln
Series A Round

    

Business-to-stakeholder Blockchain startup Stratumn

has raised €7 mln ($7.82 mln) in a joint venture with names including Nasdaq and Digital Currency Group (DCG). Stratumn, which launched in 2015, says the Series A round represents the “largest” such investment closure in the European Blockchain space.

“Our new investors will enable Stratumn to continue and accelerate its development and more effectively address growing needs in our markets,” CEO and Co-Founder Richard Caetano said in a press release this week. “We are especially happy with the continued and increased support from Otium Venture, who have accompanied us for a year, and excited to welcome CNP Assurances, Nasdaq and Digital Currency Group, who will help us reinforce Stratumn’s presence in the insurance and capital markets sectors.” DCG head Barry Silbert gave special welcome to the startup, which he described as having joined the investor’s “family” of projects.

Silbert added:

“Stratumn’s Proof of Process Technology solves critical challenges around verifying and auditing the integrity of data used to make critical business decisions, and we look forward to helping the team build partnerships across our network of blockchain service providers and enterprises.”

DCG-owned Grayscale Investments’ Bitcoin exchange-traded GBTC, meanwhile, is now trading as if the price per coin were around $5,220. As commentator Tuur Demeester noted on Friday, this represents an 85 percent premium over net asset value.

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An Introduction to Cryptoeconomics

An Introduction to Cryptoeconomics

The Concept of Cryptoeconomics

In this guide, you will be introduced to the concept of cryptoeconomics and how it has given birth to an entirely new digital multi-billion dollar industry.

What is Cryptoeconomics?

Cryptoeconomics is a concept as well as a new term and, hence, has no official definition yet. According to Ethereum developer Vlad Zamfir, cryptoeconomics is “a formal discipline that studies protocols that govern the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in a decentralized digital economy. Cryptoeconomics is a practical science that focuses on the design and characterization of these protocols.” The Ethereum Wiki defines cryptoeconomics as “the combinations of cryptography, computer networks and game theory which provide secure systems exhibiting some set of economic dis/incentives.”

While the founder of TheControl, Nick Tomaino, explains cryptoeconomics as “the study of economic interaction in adversarial environments. In decentralized P2P systems that do not give control to any third party, one must assume that there will be bad actors looking to disrupt the system. Cryptoeconomic approaches combine cryptography and economics to create robust decentralized P2P networks that thrive over time despite adversaries attempting to disrupt the network.” In simple terms, cryptoeconomics is a new field of study that analyses economic interactions in the decentralized digital economy that was pioneered by bitcoin. It is the foundation on which cryptocurrencies and digital assets are built on.

How Cryptoeconomics Changed Peer-to-Peer Networks

The Bitcoin network was not the first decentralized peer-to-peer network. Before Bitcoin, we had peer-to-peer file sharing platforms such as Morpheus, and Kazaa, where users from across the world would share files with other members of the decentralized peer-to-peer network. However, what these file sharing platforms were missing was an economic incentive. Without economic incentives, there was little reason for users to keep seeding files that take space on their computers so that other users can download them. Aside from the legal aspect of sharing copyrighted material, a lack of economic incentive is what contributed to the demise of the above-mentioned platforms.  

Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator of Bitcoin, however, managed to create an economic incentive to uphold Bitcoin’s peer-to-peer network. He introduced Bitcoin mining rewards for those who used their computing power to secure the blockchain and to process bitcoin transactions. This was the birth of cryptoeconomics. Before bitcoin was created, it was believed that it was impossible to achieve consensus among nodes to develop a decentralized digital currency system due to the Byzantine General’s Problem. However, due to the implementation of the proof-of-work consensus mechanism that allows Bitcoin network participants to receive new bitcoins for enabling the network to function, this previously “unsolvable” challenge was resolved. Today, the Bitcoin network has become an internationally thriving peer-to-peer payment system that has a market value of over $45 billion dollars and a single bitcoin is worth more than a troy ounce of gold.

The Evolution of Cryptoeconomics

Bitcoin was the first technology to implement a rewards system to a cryptographically secured peer-to-peer network. Due to the network’s open-source nature, many other cryptocurrencies followed that were built on top of the technology that Satoshi Nakamoto has created. Many new “altcoins” were merely bitcoin clones while some had new features that improved on their pioneering predecessor. Litecoin, for example, provides faster transaction times than bitcoin while DASH and Monero provide complete transaction anonymity. These cryptocurrencies, however, all use a proof-of-work mechanism similar to that of their predecessor, bitcoin. A new blockchain that has introduced new concepts into the world of cryptoeconomics is the Ethereum Project. Ethereum was developed by Vitalk Buterin and officially released on July 30, 2015. Ethereum differs bitcoin in three key ways, which are also helping to reshape the dynamics of cryptoeconomics.

Proof-of-Stake vs. Proof-of-Work

The bitcoin network uses a proof-of-work consensus mechanism, which means that participants who want to earn rewards through bitcoin mining need to use their computational power to maintain the network by validating and processing transactions. For this work, they receive financial rewards in the form of new bitcoins. However, the proof-of-work mechanism is very inefficient. Not only is it expensive to maintain bitcoin mining hardware, it also requires a substantial amount of energy to keep the bitcoin network running. According to Vice Motherboard, the bitcoin network is projected to consume as much energy as the entire country of Denmark by 2020.

Ethereum, however, is addressing this cryptoeconomic inefficiency by moving towards a proof-of-stake consensus. A proof-of-stake consensus mechanism enables users that hold the cryptocurrency ether, to receive rewards for validating transactions without the need for electricity-intensive mining hardware to be used. Ethereum still runs on proof-of-work but it is expected to switch to a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism within the next two years.

Monetary Policy

Bitcoin has a hard coded monetary policy built into its network, which allows for 21 million bitcoins to be created in total and, thereby, limits the supply of bitcoins. Furthermore, the rate at which bitcoin are created halves every four years. Bitcoin miners (those who enable the network by validating and processing transactions) are rewarded with the newly created coins. Ethereum’s monetary policy does not involve a finite number of ether that can ever be created, which could be seen as a negative. However, as Ethereum moves towards proof-of-stake, the holders of ether will be the ones to receive new ether for validating transactions. This is considered a more inclusive way of distributing coins than Bitcoin’s proof-of-work approach, which favour large well-funded centralized mining operations.

Different Script Language

Ethereum also uses a different scripting language than bitcoin, which allows for decentralized applications and smart contracts to be developed on top of its blockchain. This makes Ethereum and much wider applicable blockchain than Bitcoin's and adds entirely new layers to the field of cryptoeconomics.

The Future of Cryptoeconomics

It is hard to predict the future of such a new field of social science. However, the developments in cryptoeconomics in the past decade or so are suggesting that cryptoeconomics has the potential to play a major role in society. Through the use of trustless peer-to-peer payment networks and self-executing smart contracts, intermediaries can be alleviated while payment speed and security can be increased. As technology becomes an increasingly important part of our day-to-day lives it would only make sense for economics to become part of that too.

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Instant Bank Payments Will End Bitcoin Binge: German Central Bank Chief

Instant Bank Payments Will
End Bitcoin Binge:
German Central Bank Chief

Digital Currencies could worsen future financial crises, Wiedmann says.

    

Digital Currencies could potentially worsen financial crises in the future

Jens Wiedmann, the president of Germany’s Bundesbank, has warned that digital currencies could potentially worsen financial crises in the future. He also stated, in his personal opinion, that ‘instant payments’ would put an end to the public interest in digital currencies like bitcoin. Germany’s top central banker was speaking in Frankfurt today in a speech predominantly on the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) program when he touched on the subject of digital currencies.

Instant Payments to Dampen Bitcoin?

Wiedmann, who is one of the most powerful figures in European and the global economy, claimed that the ongoing digitization of finance is and will remain the most significant challenge faced by central banks. He offered a solution toward taking on popular growing financial technologies like bitcoin and other digital currencies.

In quotes reported by the Financial Times, he stated:

My personal take on this is that central banks should strive to make existing payment systems more efficient and still faster than they already are – instant payment is the buzzword here. I’m pretty confident that this will reduce most citizens’ interest in digital currencies.

‘Digital Currencies Could Worsen Financial Crises’

Wiedmann admitted that central banks are likely to create their own official digital currencies in the future. A move toward digitization which would, according to the central banker, provide citizens with the reassurance that their money would be safe. In doing so, however, Wiedmann claimed that private banks would risk bank runs during times of future crises. A bank run occurs when a large number of customers panic to make withdrawals from financial institutions at the same time. In their attempt to safeguard their cash while losing faith in the institution, the withdrawal en masse from customers could lead to banks losing liquidity and struggle to make their loans, leaving them insolvent.

Wiedmann said:

Allowing the public to hold claims on the central bank might make their liquid assets safer, because a central bank cannot become insolvent. This is a feature which will become relevant especially in times of crisis – when there will be a strong incentive for money holders to switch bank deposits into the official digital currency simply at the push of a button. But what might be a boon for savers in search of safety, might be a bane for banks, as this makes a bank run potentially even easier.

The central banker is a known critic of digitization brought on by financial technologies, questioning the promise of FinTech revolutionizing financial services and infrastructure earlier in March this year. However, he did add that technologies like blockchain ‘could’ have the potential to make financial processes faster, inexpensive, more efficient and convenient. Meanwhile, the Bundesbank has been developing a blockchain-based settlement infrastructure system, based on a concept of the open source www.cryptocoinsnews.com/tag/hyperledger-project/.

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Dubai Announces Digital Blockchain Passport for ‘Borderless’ Airport

Dubai Announces Digital Blockchain Passport for ‘Borderless’ Airport

The Government of Dubai has announced its collaboration

with UK-based blockchain startup ObjectTech to create digital passports for quick and efficient entry at the Dubai International Airport. Working closely with Dubai's Immigration and Visas Department (GDRFA – General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners' Affairs), ObjectTech seeks to create the world's first ‘gate-less border’ through the use of the blockchain and biometric technology. This announcement is in accordance with Dubai's 10x strategy, which is essentially an initiative that aims to ensure all public services are ten years ahead of the rest of the world technologically, thus cementing Dubai's position as the “city of the future.”

Dubai's Blockchain Strategy

The semi-autonomous Emirati city of Dubai has been at the forefront when it comes to creating a conducive environment for business. Through its impressive infrastructure, near-zero taxes and secure political climate, Dubai has been able to transform itself from a small fishing village to a major trade hub globally. Now, the Government of Dubai seeks to make the city the world's first blockchain-powered city by the year 2020. The plan, called Dubai Blockchain Strategy, is spearheaded by the Smart Dubai Office (SDO). The SDO is the governmental agency dedicated to pushing forward innovation in the city. Speaking at the launch of the strategy in March this year, the Director General of The Smart Dubai Office Dr.Aisha Bin Bishr said, “Today’s announcement marks an important step forward in our commitment to delivering Dubai’s Blockchain Strategy announced late last year by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum,

Crown Prince of Dubai."

"We are working towards our goal of making Dubai the first blockchain-powered government in the world by 2020. Collaborating with IBM and ConsenSys will help expedite this process, attaining Smart Dubai’s overall vision of making every-day experiences more safe, seamless, efficient and impactful for all residents and visitors of the city.”

The Dubai Blockchain Strategy seeks to unlock the opportunities that the blockchain presents through the adoption of blockchain technology in public services, being at the forefront of global thought on blockchain technology and, lastly, by helping the blockchain industry grow through its support to blockchain-based startups and business. The city hopes that these three pillars will put it in the lead with regard to the blockchain tech industry.

Wesam Lootah, CEO of Smart Dubai Government Establishment added:

“This effort will position Dubai as the pre-eminent blockchain powered government. Smart Dubai looks forward to working closely over the coming months with all government entities to identify and prioritize the services and user experiences that would yield the most impact from the application of blockchain technology. This collaborative effort is crucial to ensuring that the city as a whole is moving in the same direction, taking advantage of synergies, and avoiding duplication of efforts and costs.”

Since this initiative was launched in March, Dubai has been working on its vision of having all government services powered by the blockchain by 2020. The government has also created the Dubai Future Accelerators program which works by pairing leading companies and promising startups with government agencies in order to innovate and create working solutions. In April, after participating in the Dubai Future Accelerator program, blockchain startup Avanza Solutions announced the Dubai government’s plan to utilize its blockchain-based Cipher platform to facilitate citywide payments. This move was seen as the first step in laying the foundation for a blockchain-powered city.

Speaking of the partnership, Bin Bishr said, “I am confident with Avanza’s expertise in payment solutions combined with their Cipher blockchain platform, they will support the Smart Dubai Office with technology that not only bridges current gaps but also becomes a vital piece in Smart Dubai’s roadmap for payment processes in the near future.” Smart Dubai intended to roll out the platform across all of its 38 partner government entities, partner financial institutions, and departments. The Dubai Economic Department has also revealed plans to move its entire business registration and licensing process to the blockchain with industry leaders stating that blockchain technology is gaining traction in the city.

ObjectTech and The Dubai International Airport

The Dubai International Airport is the world's busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic. The Dubai Government is aiming to speed up the processing speed of travelers using ObjectTech’s biometric blockchain-based technology. The partnership was signed after ObjectTech was chosen to participate in the Dubai Future Accelerators program where its technology was deemed workable. In keeping with its 10x initiative, the city aims to create the first border in the world lacking a traditional gate. Instead, travelers are to walk through a short biometric corridor that will ascertain identity, and other pertinent variables, using the traveler’s facial biometric data. The data will be checked against a pre-approved and completely digital passport.

Combining the blockchain’s immutability and the power of biometric identification, the startup hopes to completely eliminate the need for paper passports. “Seamless entry at international airports has been an idea for many years, but it is the advent of the identity trust framework provided by blockchain technology which means for the first time, this is now possible.” the startup explains in their press release. Speaking of the city's commitment to growing and supporting the blockchain industry, ObjectTech CEO Paul Ferris said, "Dubai is really committed to improving the lives of their citizens and visitors through technology, and we’re very excited to be a part of making that a reality." ObjectTech has also revealed that it is working closely with the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) on blockchain technology uniformity regulation. Paul Ferris is currently serving as chair of the identity working group. The startup believes that:

“Standardization is vital for a global identity system which will stand the test of time, and expand our collaborative approach worldwide.”

It remains to be seen how the technology will perform with the large numbers that are processed through the Dubai International Airport. However, if it is a success, then seamless entry in and out of the world’s borders could soon become a reality thanks to blockchain technology.

Chuck Reynolds


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Chinese Exchanges to Lessen Bitcoin Fees by Building Lightning-Like Tech

Chinese Exchanges to Lessen Bitcoin Fees by Building Lightning-Like Tech

An insider source told Chinese cryptocurrency news agency

On June 3, an insider source told Chinese cryptocurrency news agency CnLedger that two of the largest Chinese bitcoin exchanges Huobi and OKCoin are currently working on the development of an off-chain payment channel similar to the Lightning network to lower transaction fees.

CnLedger reported:

“Chinese exchanges Huobi and OKCoin are working on building a Lightning Network-like channel, to lower transaction fee and alleviate congestion.”

The utilization of private blockchain networks and off-chain solutions is not a new concept. Popular platforms such as Coinbase and many mobile applications such as BTCC’s Mobi have utilized private blockchains to increase the flexibility of their applications. On March 20, BTCC released a mobile app called Mobi designed to increase liquidity and ease trading for casual traders and users. The app offers a bitcoin debit card service that allows users to purchase items and service from both online and offline merchants. In its official press release, BTCC emphasized that Mobi operates on top of a private blockchain which can be used to send money instantly to 2 billion smartphone users. If the money is sent as a bitcoin transaction, it is first processed within Mobi’s private blockchain network and then broadcasted onto the Bitcoin public blockchain.

“Mobi accounts are linked to users’ mobile numbers; all that is needed to use Mobi is a smartphone. Mobi users can instantly transfer funds to any of the two billion other global smartphone users using Mobi’s private blockchain. Mobi also supports bitcoin transfers on the Bitcoin public blockchain,” explained the BTCC development team. There exist many reasons why companies including Coinbase and Mobi utilize private blockchains, but the major factor is speed and functionality. The presence of an off-chain solution and a private blockchain allows apps to operate on top of a more flexible platform. For instance, Coinbase serves just over seven and a half million users on its platform. In April, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong highlighted that Coinbase stored ten percent of all bitcoins in circulation. The sheer magnitude of bitcoin transactions and trades Coinbase deals with makes it impractical for the platform to process all transactions on-chain. Thus, to deal with the increasing activities, Coinbase stores and processes transactions in a separate ledger.

On non-custodial bitcoin wallet platforms such as Blockchain, only users have access to private keys, and therefore, even if accounts are hacked, hackers cannot gain access to user funds. However, on platforms like Coinbase and other exchanges as seen in the case of Bitfinex, the circumstances are different. In fact, Armstrong encouraged users to log all activities in the event of a breach of an efficient auditing process. “It is critical to have a good audit trail if there ever is an incident. The only thing worse than being hacked, is being hacked but not knowing how it happened,” said Armstrong. CnLedger’s inside source stated that the two Chinese exchanges are working hard to create a Lightning-like payment channel that will likely operate similarly to Coinbase and Mobi’s private blockchains to address increasing demand for bitcoin and trading activities.

“Details are still unknown. But one insider told me that they've been working hard on this. The result will be only one settlement each day,” revealed CnLedger. Some experts including Andrew Keys of Consensus Systems (ConsenSys) recommended networks like the Raiden Network, a high-speed asset transfer platform for Ethereum, to go with the two exchanges’ recent Ethereum integration. The activation of Segregated Witness (SegWit) is expected to drastically improve the infrastructure for two-layer solutions like Lightning and also, the Lightning-like payment channels that are being built by companies like Huobi and OKCoin.

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Bought Bitcoin at $700, He’s “Way Up” Now

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Bought Bitcoin at $700, He’s “Way Up” Now

    

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has spoken about his early interest in bitcoin

and an attempt to buy the world’s most prominent cryptocurrency back when it was trading at $70 per coin. He eventually bought it at $700. Speaking on stage at a tech conference in Miami, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak underlined bitcoin’s importance in bringing FinTech’s poster child, blockchain technology, to the mainstream. The tech mogul was asked by a member of the audience about the ‘meteoric rise of cryptocurrencies’ & blockchain technology and their collective potential for transformative change in society.

To this, Wozniak pointed blockchain technology’s core features in security and traceability, underlining them as factors behind every corner of the global banking industry looking into the decentralized innovation. “Bitcoin is the well-known cybercurrency that really bought all of this to our attention,” Wozniak said, in his response that was just as much about educating the audience as it was him praising the technology. Wozniak then spoke about how he tried to acquire bitcoin years ago when the now-soaring cryptocurrency was trading at $70 per coin. Not as an investor, but as an adopter who was looking to own and “play” with it.

He revealed:

I remember getting interested in bitcoin some time ago. It was $70 for a bitcoin. Man, I went online and you had to have a special bank account at a certain bank and I couldn’t buy any bitcoin so I gave up. Eventually I got some of them at the $700 stage and then it went down to $350. Oh my gosh. I didn’t invest, I did it so I could play with bitcoin. How do you buy things and how could you sell things?

He then spoke about looking at websites that would accept bitcoin for payments and mentioned Tiger, presumably Tigerdirect. Since those early days, bitcoin has since come a long way with the likes of Microsoft, Dell, Newegg, Overstock and Rakuten, among a handful of many, to accept the cryptocurrency.

Bitten by the Bitcoin Bug

Long retired from his day job, Wozniak is now a philanthropist and an investor. As an early bitcoiner, he also spoke about looking for establishments – hotels and restaurants – who accepted bitcoin during his travels. “Then I found out when I travel, you could look ahead to a city and find out which hotels, which restaurants accept bitcoin,” he continued, stating that bitcoin is “getting there” as a method of payment. “It’s becoming…it’s getting there…it’s just not there enough to everything you’re used to [buying and selling],” he opined. “It’s getting there.” When reminded that bitcoin is now trading at $3,000, four times the value of when he bought the cryptocurrency,

he said:

I was just playing around to find out how to buy and sell stuff and I didn’t care about the fact that I’d lost a ton of money [when it went down, but he held on] and now I’m way up . *Chuckle*

Bitcoin checked into 2017 by trading at $1,000 on the first day of the year. Six months later this Sunday, the cryptocurrency had tripled to $3,000 to reach a new all-time high. At the time of publishing, bitcoin is trading at around $2,730 on Bitstamp.

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Bitcoin Break $3,000 Do Not Miss This

The price of bitcoin topped $3,000 for the first time in history today, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI).

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After spending much of the last week seeking direction in the $2,700 to $2,900-range, the average price of bitcoin across major international exchanges edged up over this threshold finally at roughly 17:00 UTC.

The new record comes at a time when alternative digital assets are seeing robust inflows, with ethereum's ether token setting a new all-time high of more than $300 today as well.

Indeed, analysts spoke to the ongoing broadening of the cryptocurrency market as a tide that is benefitting bitcoin.

"The inflows into 'alts' are greater than those into bitcoin. In other words, bitcoin is growing at a very nice pace, but non-bitcoin cryptocurrencies are growing even faster," cryptocurrency hedge fund manager Tim Enneking told CoinDesk.

Jehan Chu, managing partner at cryptocurrency fund Jen Advisors, agreed, noting that bitcoin is likely benefitting from new investor interest and the surging interest of "cryptos like ether".

Still, Arthur Hayes, founder of Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange BitMEX, stated that bitcoin is still the "most talked-about cryptocurrency", even as returns become more substantial in other areas of the market.

Hayes told CoinDesk:

"As investors marvel at bitcoin's historical returns and the returns of altcoins, their natural first purchase is bitcoin. Bitcoin has under performed other coins this year, it is now playing catchup."

Investor Sean Walsh largely agreed, pointing to bitcoin's growing price as a sign of its place in the market as the first stop on a road to other assets.

"Bitcoin still seems like the dominant gateway to [alternative digital assets]. So, many first purchase bitcoin in order to then trade their bitcoin for altcoins," he noted.

The development coincides with signs that the cryptocurrency market is maturing to support new inflows and increasing interest.

As noted by CoinDesk research analyst Alex Sunnarborg today, the cryptocurrency exchange market has never been more globally diverse or buoyed by such an array of possible inflows.

Such tailwinds have combined in recent weeks to bring new investor attention to bitcoin, with expectations for bitcoin's growth becoming more and more exuberant. Danish investment firm Saxo Bank went so far as to publish a forecasting report in which it placed the possible value of bitcoin at $100,000 in the next 10 years.

Chris Corey 

CMO Markethive Inc

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Markethive is built to inspire, give hope and a clear path to success. When you join Markethive for Free you have a whole social network of business people, which we call the Hive. These business minded individuals are just like you and they too have a drive deep down in their belly to achieve goals that are greater than that of the average internet marketer. But Markethive is not just a social network like Facebook, or LinkedIn. We offer you a great number of tools that bring all of your social network accounts under one roof. You can not get these tools on other sites. How do we know this? Because we've scoured the Internet looking for them.  What we have at Markethive has a Bad To The Bone email auto responder system, Blogging platform that connects into WordPress, back office analytics tracking, capture page creation, one click wigit, groups section so that you can collaborate with other entrepreneurs and Blog Subscribe.

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Markethive is built to inspire, give hope and a clear path to success. When you join Markethive for Free you have a whole social network of business people, which we call the Hive. These business minded individuals are just like you and they too have a drive deep down in their belly to achieve goals that are greater than that of the average internet marketer. But Markethive is not just a social network like Facebook, or LinkedIn. We offer you a great number of tools that bring all of your social network accounts under one roof. You can not get these tools on other sites. How do we know this? Because we've scoured the Internet looking for them.  What we have at Markethive has a Bad To The Bone email auto responder system, Blogging platform that connects into WordPress, back office analytics tracking, capture page creation, one click wigit, groups section so that you can collaborate with other entrepreneurs and Blog Subscribe.

The Blog Subscribe allows other to share your post's to their social networks on auto pilot.

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Losing Weight

How To Lose Weight Fast: 5 Evidence Based Steps Anyone Can Follow

Most people who aim to lose weight want to achieve their goal as quickly as possible. In fact, most diets fail because they simply don’t show results fast enough. Putting in lots of effort for little return causes people to lose motivation. In turn, we reach for comfort food to ease our negative emotions.

Moreover, most ‘quick fix’ diet plans leave you starving, unsatisfied and in the end, make you put more weight back on than you lost in the first place.

However, according to scientific research you can learn how to lose weight fast without either of the above consequences. I’m here to tell you how.

#1 – Cut Out Carbs

Cutting out carbs is one surefire way to lose weight fast by dumping the refined sugars and starches from your diet and in turn, using stored body fat as fuel.

White bread, refined grains and sugars all increase your insulin levels which is the main fat storage hormone in the body. These culprits leave your body continuously in fat storage mode, with increased hunger levels.

Without carbohydrates for fuel, your body is forced to use stored fat as fuel. Many people who cut refined grains and sugars from their diet see significant weight loss, as much as 10 pounds in the first week, without counting calories.

In fact, research has shown that a low carbohydrate diet is more effective than a low fat diet for women hoping to lose weight fast (source).

This was illustrated most prominently in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study compared weight loss between two groups of people; one on a low-fat diet and one on a low-carb diet. Participants were observed for 12 months and the results were astonishing. The low carb group lost a huge 7.3% of body weight, compared with only 4.5% for those on the low fat plan (source).

A large volume of research has also been conducted to determine whether low carb diets can lower blood sugar in patients with type II diabetes. One study proved that “a low-carbohydrate diet is more effective in reducing body weight than healthy eating in both diabetic and non-diabetic subjects” (source)

Moreover, by lowering insulin levels, your kidneys more effectively remove excess water from your body. This results in less bloating and releases excess water weight.

#2 – Eat More Protein

When restricting carbohydrates in your diet, around 30% of your daily calories should come from protein.

Studies have shown that a high protein, zero carbohydrate diet can boost your metabolism by over 40% (source) as well as increase your satiety, meaning you feel fuller for longer (source)

Moreover, research has shown that a diet full of high protein meals can actually lower your desire to eat and reduce obsessive thoughts about food by up to 60% (source).

Protein is an essential nutrient which is involved in every cell in the human body. The importance of including protein in your diet can not be overstated. Protein synthesis is needed for everything from building stronger muscles to growing your hair.

Good sources of protein include:

  • Meat – beef, pork, lamb, bacon
  • Poultry – chicken, turkey
  • Seafood – salmon, tuna, shrimps, lobster
  • Dairy – organic milk, yogurt
  • Eggs – organic eggs are best

#3 – Eat More Vegetables

Loading your plate with vegetables is a great way to fill yourself up and ensure your diet is packed with all the essential nutrients you need.

Moreover, studies have shown that packing your meals with vegetables can help you to lose weight fast (source). Especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. These types of vegetables have also shown to be beneficial to your health in other ways, such as fighting cancer (source).

Although vegetables do contain some carbohydrates, they are in very low amounts. Also, they are naturally occurring in fruit and vegetables, therefore, easier processed by the body, unlike refined carbohydrates such as those found in grains.

Even filling a plate with vegetables several times a day won’t find you going over around 30 net carbs daily.

Some of the best low carb vegetables include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss chard
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Celery

#4 – Include a Cheat Day

When it comes to losing weight fast, many people have misconceptions about nutrition. One of the best ways to reap weight loss benefits quicker is to include a cheat day in your week. This is for a number of reasons, let me explain why.

Firstly, being successful with weight loss is as much about mental strength as it is what you put into your body. Making the right food choices, having will power and feeling motivated all impact success.

Nothing is more draining on motivation than eating the same meals day in and day out and not seeing results. That is one reason why cheat days work. They allow you to eat all that food you’ve been craving in order to get it out of your system and get back into the hard work of dieting.

Now of course, you’re thinking, ‘but Helen, won’t that ruin my diet?’ The answer is no. This is because being successful in losing weight fast is about what you do the majority of the time. Eating poorly one day won’t make a difference, in the same way only eating healthy for one day doesn’t make a difference, it’s what you are doing long term that counts.

Secondly, science tells us that cheat days are necessary to lose weight fast (source).

When you start to cut out carbs and lower your caloric intake, it goes swimmingly – at first. That is until the hormone leptin kicks in. This hormone is responsible for telling your body when you’re starving. This means your body tried to hold on to your fat stores and your weight loss plateaus.

By increasing your caloric and carbohydrate intake for a day, you can tell your body that you are not starving, turning it back into a fat burning machine (source).

You may gain a couple of pounds during cheat day, but this will mostly be water weight which you will lose again within a couple of days.

#5 – Try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Strength Training.

Although when talking about how to lose weight fast, exercise is not completely necessary (we already discussed how beneficial cutting carbs alone can be), it definitely helps. Plus, if you want to not only lose weight, but be left with a lean, toned physique, some exercise is particularly beneficial.

The best forms of exercise to help you lose weight fast is a combination of HIIT and strength training. Let me explain why.

Firstly, High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is a technique that has been used for a number of years. Initially it was used by professional athletes, however, HIIT workouts have become increasingly popular throughout the fitness scene generally and are now easily performed by anyone.

HIIT workouts push your body to its limits in a shorter period of time. This means you achieve better results faster. In a HIIT cardio workout, you will perform an exercise with 110% effort for around 20 seconds. Then you will take a short rest of 10 seconds before starting again. This 20 seconds on 10 seconds off continues for around 20 minutes and covers a handful of exercises.

Because of the intensity of HIIT cardio, most workouts don’t last long. But this means you can do more in a shorter amount of time. This gets the best results and means no more hours spent running on the treadmill.

Benefits of HIIT

Burn More Calories

High Intensity Interval Training burns more calories than standard cardio workouts. This is because HIIT workouts increase your excess post oxygen consumption (EPOC) or afterburn. Basically this means you can burn more fat even after you’ve finished your workout. In fact, your metabolism will be higher and your will burn more calories for up to 48 hours after you finish your workout. This means you can torch through excess body fat (source).

Do It Anywhere

Most of the time, a HIIT cardio workout doesn’t need any equipment. That is why it’s great for everyone because it can be done anywhere, even at home. You don’t need to go to the gym just to get in an awesome workout. Personally, I like to get outside in the park and blast out a quick HIIT session. It feels great to get outdoors and work out.

It’s Quick

HIIT cardio workouts don’t last very long simply because they are often at a much higher intensity level. This is another reason why they’re great for almost everyone. Not having enough time to workout is no longer an excuse.

Secondly, strength training is an excellent addition to everyone’s life, men and women alike. Many people (especially women) have the misconception that strength training is solely for those who want to have huge muscles and look like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. But strength training has a number of health benefits and is especially good for those looking to lose weight fast.

Benefits of Strength Training:

Burn More Fat

The fact is the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn. By increasing your lean muscle mass you effectively manage how many calories you are burning in each gym session. It even helps you to burn outside of your workouts. In everyday life we are continuously burning calories. Whether it’s doing housework or running to catch a bus, everything we do is using up calories. So the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn in your everyday activities.

Healthier Bones

As we age, our bone density becomes impaired. From childhood, our bones are growing and becoming stronger. Old bone disintegrates and new bone is formed as our bones rebuild themselves. For the most part, our bones build more new bone that the old bone we are losing, keeping a healthy balance and therefore good bone density.

This continues until our bones reach their peak bone density which for most people is in their 30s. After this, bone density slowly diminishes as we start to produce less and less new bone. Not building strong enough bones by the time you hit peak bone density can lead to issues like osteoporosis.

Both men and women alike will slowly lose bone density as they get older. Due to changes in estrogen, women tend to lose more bone, quicker.

One way to promote bone health and strength is with regular weight bearing exercise. Strength training can not only help build stronger bones by up to 3%, it can also slow the rate at which our bones deteriorate (source).

Retain Lean Muscle Mass

Even if you are not looking to increase muscle size, it is important to keep the lean muscle you already have. As we get older, our muscles naturally start to diminish just like our bones. Plus, when you are cutting calories in order to lose weight, your body wants to fight that by keeping fat and losing muscle.

Studies have shown that resistance training maintains fat free mass when used in conjunction with a low calorie diet (source).

Prevent Injuries

Strength training not only builds stronger bones and muscles but it also improves the strength of the ligaments, tendons and connective tissue that surround them. This supports your joints as well as helps to give you better balance. This also helps to reduce your risk of injury.

Conclusion

These 5 easy steps can show you how to lose weight fast without starving yourself and in a way which will maintain that weight loss long term.

Moreover, as you can see from the research, the health benefits associated with these diet and exercise methods will not only encourage you to lose weight, but lead a healthier life overall.

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Thanks Helen Sanders

Thomas Prendergast (Once a fatman myself)
CEO
Markethive, Inc.