About 46 percent of women and 33 percent of men are trying to lose weight, according to a study published in Obesity Research.
Whether you are consciously trying to shed some pounds, or are hoping to tone up before warm weather comes, there are certain techniques that can help you do so faster.
We’ve all heard about the importance of eating fewer calories and exercising more — surely an important facet of any weight-loss strategy. However, the following little-known techniques will support that strategy to help you burn even more fat and calories.
Eating small meals more often throughout the day keeps insulin levels steady and keeps you from overeating later — both keys to burning fat and calories.
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As we grow older the weight seems to be harder to take off. Many people tend to blame their metabolism as the culprit for their increasing weight gain. So does metabolism really slow with age?
What is metabolism?
Most of us think of metabolism as the rate at which we burn calories. “Metabolism is the breakdown of metabolic fuels we have in the diet,” explains Christopher Newgard, director of the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center at Duke University Medical School. “The primary nutrients in food can be classified as fats, proteins or carbohydrates. I think of metabolism as the way the cells, organs and tissues in our bodies handle those kinds of fuels.” In other words, it’s not just about burning up the food we eat, but about how the various nutrients from that food help us maintain a healthy body.
So does the metabolism slow down or do we slow down?
Both. As we age, our metabolism does slow down. The primary thing that seems to occur is that mitochondria in the cells slow down with age. Also, as we age, we are subject to sarcopenia which is muscle wasting. Since muscle burns more energy than fat, this means the metabolic load goes down and metabolism reflects that. Therefore, if you do nothing about your loss of muscle with age, it will take you longer to burn off a donut at age 60 than at 20.
In addition, most of us become less active as we get older, which results in increased weight gain.
What can you do?
In the end, age will slow us down. But by staying active and eating well, you can slow the effects of a slowing metabolism. If you are struggling to lose weight and are looking for a natural way to boost your metabolism, we suggest Healthy Choice Naturals Acai Heat, a breakthrough weight loss formula that combines the power of Acai Berries in combination with 7 highly effective, all natural ingredients to help you lose weight.
Want to drop a few pounds? It may sound counterintuitive, but there’s a before-meal snack that can give your weight-loss efforts a boost.
A recent study published in the journal Nutrition divided women into two groups. One group got an apple or a pear before meals, while the other group got an oat cookie. Aside from that, both groups were on the same reduced-calorie diet for 12 weeks.
At the end of the 12 weeks, the fruit eaters had lost an average of more than 2.6 pounds, while the cookie crunchers had insignificant weight loss. What’s more, the fruit eaters had a greater decrease in blood sugar levels.
Researchers believe the weight-loss secret of apples and pears lies in their high-water, high-fiber, yet low-calorie composition.
Shape up your health with organic apples and pears. But make sure you’re conscious of your sugar intake. A medium apple has 14 grams of sugar (72 calories, 19 carbs, 3 grams of fiber). A medium pear has 16 grams of sugar (96 calories, 26 carbs, 5 grams of fiber).
According to 2 new studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, following the heart-healthy advice about eating the right foods, exercising and losing weight does pay off with a substantially reduced risk of heart problems.
The reports, both originating at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, focused on different aspects of cardiovascular risk in two large groups: 83,882 women in the Nurses’ Health Study, and the 20,900 men in the Physicians’ Health Study. Both arrived at the same conclusion: Do the right things and you will get measurable benefits.
Weight #1 Factor in Both Studies
The women’s study looked at the association between high blood pressure and six lifestyle factors: obesity, exercise, alcohol intake, use of non-narcotic painkillers, adherence to a diet designed to prevent high blood pressure and intake of supplemental folic acid. All six were found to be associated with the risk of developing high blood pressure in the 14-year study, and the association was cumulative.
Women who followed advice on all six factors had an 80 percent lower incidence of high blood pressure than those who followed none of the rules. The incidence was 72 percent lower for the women who followed five lifestyle rules, 58 percent lower for the women following four rules and 53 percent lower for the women who followed three rules. Obesity was the most important risk factor.
The study in men looked at the relationship between the lifetime risk of heart failure and six lifestyle factors: obesity, exercise, smoking, alcohol intake, consumption of breakfast cereals, and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
The 22 year study reaffirmed the direct relationship between following healthy lifestyle habits and the risk of heart failure. The risk of heart failure was about one in five in men who ignored the advice about all beneficial lifestyle factors and one in 10 for those who following at least four or more of healthy lifestyle factors.
The highest contributing factor in the men’s study was also weight. The risk of heart failure was 17 percent in men who were overweight or obese, and about 11 percent in those of normal weight.
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