Quick Tips to Boost Your Metabolism

metabolismThere are a lot of people who would give a lot to increase their metabolism. Having a high level of metabolism enables one to maintain burn fat and lose weight fast with the least amount of activity. Metabolism is the rate by which the body produces and consumes energy and calories to support life.

There are several factors that affect the metabolism of a person, such as the amount of muscle tissue, the frequency of the meals one consumes, genetics, stress levels, personal diet and activity levels. Metabolism slows down due to the following: loss of muscle because of not enough physical activity, the tendency of the body to cannibalize its own tissue because there is not enough food energy to sustain it, and the decrease of physical activity that comes naturally with old age.

Here are several ways to fire up one’s metabolism:

1. Build up on lean, mean body mass. It is only natural that metabolism decreases along with age, but it is possible to counter the effects. The amount of muscle a person has is a very strong determinant in the ability to burn calories and shed fat. So it goes without saying that exercise is essential. Build strength and resistance by working out at least twice a week, preferably with weights. Do easy exercises in between workouts. Simple tasks such as walking the dog and using the stairs in place of the elevator can already take off calories. The key is to match the amount of eating to the amount of activity one has. Here are some guidelines in getting the right exercise:

For strength training

-Increase the amount of repetitions of a particular exercise.
-Add the level of resistance
-Utilize advance exercise techniques if possible

For cardiovascular training

-Insert intervals between exercises
-Perform cross-training and combine the exercises
-Add up on resistance and speed

2. Eat breakfast. A lot of people are ignoring the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Surprisingly, the ones who eat breakfast are thinner than the ones who do not. Metabolism can slow down considerably if breakfast is taken during mid-morning or if one waits until the afternoon to eat.

3. Avoid sugar. Sugar enables the body to store fat. It is recommended that a person consumes food that helps sustain an even level of blood-sugar. Additionally, progressive exercise 2-3 times a week should be in order to stabilize blood sugar.

4. Eat spicy foods. Hot cuisine with peppers can increase metabolism.

5. Sleep more. According to research, it is riskier for people who do not get enough sleep to gain weight. Also, muscles are regenerated during the last couple of hours of slumber.

6. Increase water intake. Water flushes out toxins that are produced whenever the body burns fat. Majority of bodily functions involves water, and lack of water causes the body system’s operations to decrease its speed, and produces unneeded stress as a result.

7. Eat smaller meals. It is advisable to consume 4 to 6 small meals that are timed 2 to 3 hours apart.

8. Never skip meals. People tend to skip meals in order to lose weight, which is a big mistake since it slows down metabolism.

9. Plan meals in detail. Always prepare the right amount of food to be consumed at the designated intervals. Do not commit the mistake of eating meals in sporadic patterns.

9. Ditch the stress! Stress, be it physical or emotional, triggers the release of a steroid called cortisol, which decreases metabolism. Also, people tend to eat excessively when stressed.

10. Guzzle up on green tea. It can be used as a substitute for coffee. Tea has the ability to stimulate metabolism, and unlike coffee, it has no undesirable side effects when too much is consumed.

11. Include more energy foods in the diet, such as fruits and vegetables, beans and whole grains.

Achieving the desired body weight is never impossible if one has the determination and patience needed to stabilize the metabolism level, which plays an important role in weight loss. A person needs to realize that eating right and working out is not just a passing fancy, but a way of life.

T.G.I.F.

Group of friends having dinner outside.Thank Goodness It’s Friday is what is on everybody’s mind today.  It could be also due to the fact that it is pretty much everyone’s favorite day of the week – that is, unless we’re talking about Saturday.  As Friday afternoon draws nearer, everyone starts to consider how they can make this weekend an outstanding one.

For many, weekends can be the biggest temptation known to mankind.  These are the times we dread especially if we are maintaining diets – especially if the workweek gives us a better structure than the weekend does.

If eating junk food is a problem over the weekend, you can decrease cravings by adding some structure to your weekends as well. Try something that includes physical activity – a scheduled walk around the neighborhood with your family, taking a yoga class, joining a volleyball league, or even walking around the mall. Be careful if you choose the mall route though – the cookie or ice cream stands can be a serious temptation, and giving yourself a “reward” after your walk could set back you’re eating.

If your family tends to go out to dinner on Friday or Saturday nights, you don’t necessarily have to avoid the temptation of going. Get out with the family while the getting is good, and order one of the lower-calorie, better-for-you choices on the menu. If your family tends to go somewhere with heavier choices, speak up! You can do a ton for your health by asking you family to support your diet.

Weekends don’t have to be a make or break for you. The important thing is to get an idea of how you might “cheat” over the weekend, and curtail that behavior if possible.

How to Burn 200 Calories The Easy Fun Way!

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The idea of losing weight could feel like a full time job.  Some people count calories, follow a strict diet while others just simply try to have fun with burning off the calories.  It is recommended that we should watch what we eat, but I honestly think that watching how much of what we eat is just as important.

Let’s be honest with each other.  Many of us plan to follow a diet of some sort, but fail because we become restricted to what we can and cannot eat.  Now losing weight can be fun especially with Customized Fat Loss! Customized Fat Loss is a professional, truly customized approach to nutrition. CFL is breakthrough nutritional software that when combined with exercise, torches fat in record time while preserving your lean muscle. It is designed to explode you through your fat loss plateau and have you turning heads 365 days a year!

OK! For those who hate the treadmill, guess what? I certainly don’t count running on a 30 degree incline at the 3.5 mph for 45 minutes as being a “fun” activity, in fact there are plenty of other activities you can do in your day that help you burn up to 200 calories. YES! 200 calories, one more time guys, 200 calories! Think I’m kidding? Read on and imagine the transformation you are setting your body up by teaming these activities with CFL. The results are bound to be phenomenal, and you don’t have to take my word for it, see for yourself.

Lose Weight: How to Burn 200 Calories

      1. Give your love buddy an end-of-the-day massage for 42 minutes and you’ll burn around 200 calories. We do suggest however that you mandate reciprocity. Yeah you are benefiting from the calorie burn – but you also want those “ahhh” moments.
      2. Go grocery shopping – Buy groceries sounds counter intuitive right?  Well there is a reward for all that eye feasting as you navigate your shopping cart down the aisles of temptation – The reward is a cool 115 calories, I’m not done yet … they still need to be loaded in the car, unloaded and put away. 200 Calories easy!
      3. Get your vocal chords ready for the next audition of America’s Got Talent – An hour of singing which can easily be done on your commute to work can help you burn up to 136 calories. What’s more? Laughing along with your early morning show host zaps 67 more calories.
      4. Get a game of Scrabble: build some brain power while burning off a cool 200 calories. Seem impossible? Our brains burn on Avg. 300 calories a day.  Thinking can also add 50 more calories to that mix. Seem odd? Check Out this article – How many calories does our brain burn
      5. Like gardening? Good for you!  I’m not a big fan, especially when my wife gets in the mood and buys new plants, trees and stuff.  Guess who has to dig those holes?  Anyways… Make your yard happy by uprooting those pesky weeds for 25 minutes (127 calories) and planting some new seedlings (77 calories for 15 minutes). Your yard will thank you, and so will your scale.
      6. This one my wife loves! Stay Slim by hitting the dressing room! – Yup for every outfit you try on you burn about 11 calories – lug around the mall with a bag of clothes, shoes, and whatever else you can dream, and that number skyrockets.
      7. Wash your car – Yup 45 minutes of rub-a-dub and wax on wax off, not only provides for the cleanest ride in your community but possibly the smallest waist.  And no ladies, it does not count having some hot dude with his shirt off washing the car for you. Vice-versa for us guys!
      8. Fidget – Have you been blessed with being fidgety – you know, tapping your shoes all day, seemingly nervous? Well research shows that fidgetters burn on average over 350 more calories than the non fidgety variety. So tap your shoes and make way for the next broadway musical because those tapping toes will definitely lead to a slimmer you!
      9. Get some sleep – Who doesn’t like their beauty rest? (Where’s the like button for that) but the truth is a 160-pound person can burn 69 calories for each hour during sleep. Simple math tells us 69 * 8 = 552 calories, assuming you get a solid 8 hours of sleep in, and if you currently do not, now is probably the time to start. I guess that’s why they call it beauty sleep, huh? After all just sleeping 8 hours for 10 days burns about 5,520 calories or about a pound and a half (3,500 calories in a pound)
      10. Have Sex! – This is the best calorie burning activity ever, in my opinion.  Sex burns about 300 calories an hour, depending on the weight of the person. 300 calories is the average for 150 lbs person.  Here’s a chart with everything on it:
        http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/cb…  Make sure you enter your weight at the top.

Well that’s it guys, sleep tight, wiggle a little more, march down to your local market, and give a message, add this up with CFL and nothing can stop you from achieving the weight of your dreams.

Arthritis

According to the National Library of Medicine, arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints.  A joint is the area where two bones meet, but did you know that arthritis is more than just achy joints?  The Arthritis Foundation states that arthritis is an inflammatory disorder that consists of over 100 different diseases, affecting people of all ages, including children.  Just like many other diseases, one might suffer from stiffness, swelling, joint pain and limited movement.  This can be associated with arthritis because of the inflammation.  I have noticed that there are many different over-the-counter medicines and prescriptions that an individual can purchase.  These medications will help alleviate the pain and suffering from arthritis, but what do you think they are doing to your stomach lining?  I would like to suggest lifestyle changes that anyone can make that will help alleviate the pain and suffering from arthritis.

  1. Do plenty of exercises such as walking, swimming, bike riding (if you have balance problems consider using a stationary bike), yoga and something that I enjoy doing some form of martial arts.
  2. Get plenty of rest.  If your joints are aching relax.  Let them rest.
  3. Lose weight.
  4. Do physical therapy.  Consult with your doctor regarding this.
  5. Lower your stress levels.  Stress is something that all of us have to deal with, but if you can reduce it, that will help extend your life and reduce the inflammation of your joints.

Even though there are many forms of arthritis and they are long-term and cannot be cured, it does not mean that it cannot be managed.