My Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

December 1, 2011 by  
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Here are my tips for a healthier lifestyle…if you adopt just ONE of these tips in your life, I promise it will be worth it! 1. Drink one ounce of water per pound that you weigh every day. Eliminate (or minimize) sugary drinks and soda from your diet; they are just unnecessary calories! 2. Keep track of what you eat! You will be surprised how well this works for making you aware of your diet. Online calorie tracking resources are best, because they provide you with accurate calorie counts and calories burned vs. intake reports. Online calorie tracking resources: – 3. Use supplements, but use them wisely. Only take supplements that you cannot achieve through your normal diet. “Overdosing” on vitamins does not have any additional health benefits. My recommendations for vitamins: -Origins; Hair, Skin and Nails -One-A-Day; Womens Active Metabolism -Flinstones (or any generic brand) Chewable Daily Vitamins (YUM!) 4. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day! Get your heart rate elevated; cardio is key. You will have so much energy after you start exercising regularly. You don’t need to join a gym in order to “work out”- you can run up and down a flight of stairs, jog around the block, or do jumping jacks in your living room and get the same benefits as a treadmill or elliptical machine. Let me know if you have any questions!! I wish you the best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! My Formspring Account:

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Top 3 SECRET Reasons Women Can’t Lose Weight

September 27, 2011 by  
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Ask your questions on FB (ONLY way)- Follow on Twitter- FREE FEMALE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM- [WEBSITE] http [SEE ALL MY VIDEOS] [MY OTHER FITNESS CHANNEL] [FACEBOOK] [TWITTER] [FREE MALE FAT LOSS] [FREE FEMALE FAT LOSS] http [WEAR MY CLOTHES] Weight loss can be a bitch. And we don’t like bitches. Besides sabotaging your diet and just NOT working out, if you are actually working out, eating your greens and still can’t lose weight, this video is for you. Here are the three most probable reasons why consistently working out is NOT producing results for you. You Aren’t Fit Enough How do you lose weight? By forcing your body to adapt to new challenges. If your work outs are getting more intense, every single week, you are doing something right, just give it time. For complete beginners, usually the first 8 weeks are just spent getting the body fit enough to lose weight. How do you know if you are fit enough to effectively lose weight? Well as a standard rule, you should be able to do 50 burpees. I’m in my house, I’m not going to demonstrate this exercise. If you can do less than 50 burpees in 2 mins, you are at adequate fitness level to lose weight effectively. If not, better keep busting ass. Your metabolism is wrecked Have you crash dieted before? Have you been known to binge sometimes and starve at others? Would you say you

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Lose Weight Super Tip – Body Transformation with The Magic Breath Technique

September 12, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! Learn a simple breathing technique that transforms your metabolic system into a (literal) fat burning machine. This absolutely must be part of any lose weight plan and every weight loss exercise routine . It is especially good for home fitness exercise programs. Best of all, this special technique is FREE. Just visit: and grab a copy with my compliments. – Lose Weight. Feel Good. Be Happy.

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Cute girl Abs

July 3, 2011 by  
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Tips to Get Past Weight Loss Plateau Point In Your Diet/Exercise Program To Help Achieve Your Goals

June 21, 2011 by  
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Hi everybody, in this video I give you helpful diet and exercise tips to get over the dreaded plateau when your body just doesn’t seem to want to lose more weight. This can be a difficult time for people who have been steadily losing weight and then stop seeing the scale move lower. It’s a point where people tend to give up and start gaining weight again because they feel they will never reach their goal weight loss. Well, this video is about conquering this situation head on and giving your body a little push to get you over the hump. Ihope you found this video helpful. Please subscribe because I have so much more to come; something helpful and of interest to everyone. Thanks so much for viewing! To purchase a YouTips4U custom-designed T-Shirt please click here: To visit me at my blogspot, please click here:

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Best Workout for Weight Loss (Diet & Fitness Guru)

May 6, 2011 by  
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If your training sessions aren’t raising your metabolic rate, you won’t lose nearly as much fat. Learn more!

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Smart and Skinny with Laurel House… because being just skinny is just stupid

April 27, 2011 by  
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This episode of “Living Fit in Real Life: Smart & Skinny with Laurel House” is all about how to be Skinny long-term. There are lots of stupid ways to get skinny. I know, because I have tried too many of them. If you want to be skinny, long term, forget about quick fixes, be smart about it by multi-tasking your meals and working out more efficiently for less time and still burning more calories… because just skinny is just stupid. For more Exercise TV Workout Videos and Products, go to

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Exercise & Fitness Tips : How to Build Muscle at Home

March 15, 2011 by  
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Best Aerobic Exercise?

January 21, 2011 by  
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Which is the best aerobic exercise and which aren’t that good.

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Exercise & Fitness Tips : Lower Back Exercises

November 29, 2010 by  
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Before attempting to do lower back exercises that help with back pain, it’s important to get checked out by a physical therapist or chiropractor first. Learn how to stretch out the hip flexors to get rid of lower back pain with help from a strength and conditioning specialist in this free video on exercise and fitness tips. Expert: Ashleigh Gass Contact: Bio: Ashleigh Gass is a certified sports performance nutrition adviser who’s been working in health and fitness for more than a decade. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz

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Exercise & Fitness Tips : What Muscles Do Push-Ups Work?

November 28, 2010 by  
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Push-ups work muscles in the arms, chest and shoulders, including the triceps muscle. Learn about improving overall upper body strength with push-ups with help from a strength and conditioning specialist in this free video on exercise and fitness tips. Expert: Ashleigh Gass Contact: Bio: Ashleigh Gass is a certified sports performance nutrition adviser who’s been working in health and fitness for more than a decade. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz

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How anti-psychotics affect your metabolism

June 4, 2009 by  

drugsPatients who present with psychotic symptoms (e.g. as in those with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) are usually prescribed with anti-psychotic drugs. These drugs are mostly effective in controlling the symptoms. However, they come with side effects that can be detrimental to physical health.

Previous studies have demonstrated that second generation anti-psychotic drugs can affect glucose and lipid metabolism, leading to problems with body weight and cardiovascular disorders. It is not wonder that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended monitoring of blood sugar and lipid levels in patients on anti-psychotics.

However, a study survey discovered that actual metabolic monitoring only occurs in about 10% of these patients, a clear indication that the guidelines on monitoring are not being followed by psychiatrists.

According to lead author Dr Dan W Haupt of the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO

“Possibly many psychiatrists do not feel comfortable performing metabolic monitoring, because they were not trained to consider the effects of mental illness and treatment on the whole patient, and many practice in environments that are physically separated from the rest of the healthcare system… However, this represents a missed opportunity for psychiatrists to reduce the impact of medical comorbidities in their patients”

The said guidelines were endorsed by 4 medical organizations in 2004, namely:

  • the ADA
  • the American Psychiatric Association
  • the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • the North American Association for the Study of Obesity

and strongly recommend that all patients receiving second-generation antipsychotics should have fasting blood glucose and lipid levels determined at baseline and after 12 weeks of treatment.

Unfortunately, the study reveals that there is a general tendency among practitioners not to adapt the guidelines. Furthermore, young psychotic patients are the least likely to be screened and monitored.

This is an issue of major concern, considering the increasing incidence of psychotic disorders in adolescents and young adults. In addition, young American patients tended to be on anti-psychotics than their European counterparts. This increases the risks for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity among the younger generation.

Dr. Haupt continues:

“While the benefit of these medications likely outweighs the risks in many individuals, psychiatrists cannot discuss informed consent meaningfully with patients and families without monitoring patients for any treatment-emergent metabolic side effects.”

Second generation anti-psychotics are helping people manage mental illness. Without proper metabolic monitoring, we may be treating mental illness at the expense of physical health.

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Eat These Specific Foods To Raise Your Metabolism and Help Burn Body Fat

August 11, 2007 by  
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By Michael Huddleston

Here’s a list of specific foods that raise your metabolism and help burn body fat.

Cayenne Pepper –

Oxford Polytechnic Institute proved that cayenne pepper stimulates the metabolism approximately 20%. It not only stimulates the body’s metabolic rate, but also cleans fat out of the arteries. Cayenne pepper also adds great zip to foods such as spaghetti sauce and soups.

Salsa –

Salsa was proven at the Oxford Institute to stimulate the metabolism approximately 15 to 20%. It’s also America’s number 1 condiment now. You can throw it on anything from baked potatoes and scrambled eggs to beans and even veggies. It’s going to help because it is a natural thermogenic food that increases your metabolism. Of course, the hotter the better, but only choose what best suits your taste buds.

Hot Peppers –

Dr. Henry at Oxford University proved that hot peppers were very effective at stimulating the metabolism by adding just 3 grams of chili peppers to a meal consisting of 766 calories. The peppers led to what Dr. Henry calls “a diet-induced thermo effect”. “It doesn’t take much”, he says, “but I caution that you must listen to your taste buds.”

Chili Sauce / Mustard –

British investigators added about 3/5 of a teaspoon of hot chili sauce or ordinary mustard to a meal, and the hot stuff caused average metabolism in 12 subjects to shoot up 25%! The subjects burned off an extra 45 calories in the next 3 hours. Mustard and hot sauces such as Tabasco, caused one person to burn off 76 calories!

Ice Water –

High water intake reduces fat deposits and rids the body of toxins. Simply drinking eight 16 oz. glasses of water throughout the day, cooled to 40 Fahrenheit, will burn 200 calories; that’s equivalent to running 3 miles! Ice water will burn more calories since your metabolism will increase to warm the water to body temperature. It is also very effective for reducing cravings. If you’re not a water fan, we suggest you experiment with purified, spring or reverse osmosis water. If you’re still not convinced, add a little juice for flavor. Don’t drink Ice Water with meals as it dilutes digestive enzymes. A little warm water or herb tea is a good choice then.

Green Tea (Iced or Hot) –

Studies have shown that green teas that contain both Cannatic Extract and Gymnemic Acid, reduce absorption of sugar into the blood, and lessen the craving for sweets. More importantly, green tea inhibits the action of amylase, a primary digestive enzyme of carbohydrates and therefore, moves food more quickly through the digestive system, raising the metabolism quicker, and burning more calories. Green tea is best consumed before a meal to aid digestion. Other advantages include links to cancer prevention and health benefits for people with diabetes.

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink –

An excellent fat burner, apple cider vinegar assists in the reduction of excess weight. Make a potent cocktail consisting of: 1 % teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (unpasturized) in a glass of pure water. Take twice daily.Organic apple cider vinegar has the best flavor. Apple cider vinegar has received glowing reports from both Patricia Bragg MD, Ph.D. and C. Scott. If a person who is too stout takes 1 teaspoon in a glass of water first thing in the morning and then during one other meal, he/she observes that in 2 months his/her waistline has been reduced by 1 inch. In 4 months, 2 inches and so on. Inch loss is evident but it does not always reduce weight.

The cider vinegar treatment will allow surplus fat to gradually disappear, whether it is a double chin or love handles. It is best to drink for 2-3 weeks, then go off for a week, so your body does not become immune to it. Works great for plateaus! Do not use this drink if you have Candidias.

* Thermogenic Cocktail – According to a group of Oxford researchers, hot spices can boost your metabolism by an extra 25%! A thermogenic cocktail, for instance, cayenne pepper, will assist your body not only by burning off calories, but will also give you more energy. An excellent thermogenic cocktail is a glass of V-8 or tomato juice sprinkled with cayenne and tobassco. Stir with a celery stick. Now your body is going to be cremating calories.

Not all fat burning foods have to be hot, though. Vegetables (preferably raw) and most fruits also increase your metabolism. Okay, maybe you haven’t been too keen on veggies in the past, but many of them are very tasty and some fruits are as sweet as candy. All vegetables are good, but the most effective for flushing out the system are the following:

Cabbage –

Red or green cabbage should be shredded, raw or steamed. Start including cabbage in your diet as it is a longevity food. Studies in the United States, Greece and Japan have shown that people who eat a lot of cabbage are less likely to develop colon cancer, and also have a lower incidence of disease-related death. Try coleslaw instead of green salad with your next meal.

Celery –

Celery takes more energy from the body to absorb and digest than the calories it provides. Celery has also long been used as a nerve tonic; it’s a good, crunchy raw vegetable to chew on if you are stressed out. Celery will calm your nerves, help flush fat out of your system, and make you sleep better. Try eating celery with low-fat yogurt dip.

Brussel Sprouts –

If you are a fan of these mini cabbages, you are in luck. Dr. Wattenburg’s research concluded that brussel sprouts are an ultra-nutritious vegetable, extremely high in vitamin C and richer in protein than any other vegetable. Dr. Wattenburg recorded that healthy young people given a diet rich in brussel sprouts and cabbage improved the functioning of their metabolic systems.

Broccoli and Cauliflower –

Both broccoli and cauliflower rank number 1 as America’s favorite vegetable, according to a poll by the Epcot Center. Your bones will love them, as they are one of the few calcium-containing vegetables. A cup of broccoli provides over 150 mg of calcium. Broccoli and cauliflower are both great in stir-fries or casseroles.

Lemon or Vinegar –

A small amount of vinegar or lemon juice (1 tablespoon), because of its acidity has a powerful slowing effect on stomach emptying, thereby slowing down the rate of starch digestion. Have a glass of water with lemon in the morning. It’s a great way to keep your blood sugar balanced.

Vinaigrette Dressing –

A vinaigrette dressing (1 tablespoon vinegar and 2 teaspoons of oil) with your salad can lower the blood sugar response to the whole meal by up to 30 percent. Best vinegars for this are red or white wine vinegars. For other delicious low­fat salad dressings, please refer to my 201 Fat Burning Recipe Book.

Apples –

A low-glycemic, low-insulin food loaded with pectin, apples leave you feeling fuller, longer. According to Dr. James Anderson, apples prevent hunger pains by guarding against dangerous swings or drops in your blood sugar levels. An average-sized apple provides only 81 calories and lowers blood sugar and blood pressure. Because of their high fiber content, apples are also a heart-healthy food.

Grapefruit –

Grapefruit is not a diet myth. It actually helps dissolve fat and high cholesterol, as proven at the University of Florida, by Dr. James Cerda. Grapefruits are loaded with over 15 grams of pectin, which helps curb your appetite by expanding in the body and making you feel fuller, longer. It is rich in natural galacturonic acid, which adds to the potential to fight fat and cholesterol. Try sprinkling cinnamon on your grapefruit to reduce the tart taste, or a little fructose if you have a sweet tooth. For a unique taste, sprinkle the grapefruit with cinnamon and broil for a few minutes; it makes a nice appetizer for a meal.

Berries –

Berries are one of the best rate reduction foods. They have a natural fructose to satisfy your cravings for sweets, but enough fiber so you can absorb fewer calories than you eat. British researchers found that the high content of insoluble fiber, found in most berries and vegetables, reduces the absorption of calories from foods enough to promote weight loss, without hampering your nutrition. Berries are also an excellent source of potassium which is effective for your blood pressure control. Enjoy berries; they make a great dessert when topped with low-fat yogurt. In the summer, drink fresh berry juice with

a protein powder, for a light snack. .

Due to their high glycemic measure, fruits to consume only occasionally include:

Apricots – Raisins – Watermelon – Papaya – Bananas – Mango

In large quantities, these fruits drive your blood sugar to the sky, but they are fine to mix in with a salad or be eaten with other foods, to help neutralize the glycemic effect.

On the other hand, the following foods actually slow digestion and absorption for a more balanced blood sugar level. The fiber from these fruits also binds with some fat to prevent its absorption. High fiber foods are beneficial for speeding up bowel transit time and to taking some stress off the liver as less toxins form, allowing the body to metabolize more efficiently.

Apples – Berries – Cherries – Grapes – Grapefruit – Oranges – Peaches – Pears

Fatty Fish –

Fighting fat with fat may sound paradoxical, but not all fats make people fat. Omega 3 fatty acids, found in salmon, mackerel, tuna and other fatty fish, can increase the metabolic rate, rid the body of excess fluids and increase energy levels. Dr. Joel Krener, University of Florida, discovered that daily supplements of EPA (found in health food stores) brought dramatic relief for inflammation and stiff joints from rheumatoid arthritis. Other essential fats for a healthy metabolism are Omega 6 fatty acids, especially Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Good sources are evening primrose oil, borage seed oil and black current oil. If you are not a fish lover, fish oil capsules and flaxseed (either in seed form or as an oil) are great sources of Omega 3 essential fat. In fact, flaxseed may play a role in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. You can also use flaxseed oil as a salad dressing.

Soup –

Forget the salad before a meal; have soup instead. A study by Dr. John Foreyt of Baylord College of Medicine, found that people who consumed a bowl of soup before lunch or dinner lost more weight than dieters who didn’t. This is because soup fills you up better than salad, since salad generally consists of 75% water.

Oatmeal –

Oats drive down cholesterol. 23 out of 25 studies prove that a large bowl of oatmeal did the job. Oatmeal is a great, long chain molecule food that expands in the body and makes you feel fuller, longer. Oatmeal also releases glucose into the blood stream, slowly but surely. Add buckwheat to your bowl and you’ll get a double whammy.

Pumpernickel Bread –

Studies at Michigan State University show that some breads reduce the appetite and others did just the opposite. The reason for these study results is that white and whole-wheat varieties are high on the glycemic index, and elevate the blood sugar greatly, which in turn stimulates fat production in storage.

Breads that are dense, high fiber breads, do just the opposite. Researchers found that subjects who ate dark, high fiber breads, compared to those who ate white bread, were less hungry on a daily basis and

– lost five pounds in just two months without doing anything else differently.

A key to choosing dark breads, such as pumpernickel, mixed grains and some whole-wheat’s, is that the more chewing the bread requires, the more density and fiber it contains. If the bread melts in your mouth, it is a high glycemic food.

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Diet Advice – How To Eat To Increase Your Metabolism

July 9, 2007 by  
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By Jack Richards


For years the average American diet has been based upon eating three times a day, the standard breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, our bodies don’t like to eat large meals three times a day. If our bodies used food the way camels use water, then this method of eating three large meals a day would be great, because our bodies would just use the nutrients we eat as we need them. Unfortunately, every time we eat our bodies can only use a small portion of what we have eaten and then they have to do something with the rest of it. It has nowhere else to go except into fat.

The best way to eat is to eat only what we need at the time and continually feed our bodies very small portions. In this way we give our bodies the nutrients we need proportioned out over several small meals a day.

So how many meals a day should you eat? Believe it or not, you should be eating six to eight small meals a day. Now, that sounds like a lot of food! However, think about the amount of food you’d normally eat during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then divide that same amount of food into six or eight portions, depending on how many meals you want to eat. It’s the same amount of food you’d normally eat, just proportioned into smaller sizes over a longer period of time.

The body is very good at adapting to starvation and changes in calories. Whenever it senses that there is a depravation in the amount of nutrients its receiving, its going to change your hormonal and metabolic systems to start conserving fat for what it feels is an impending famine.

However, if you are constantly eating small, well-balanced meals throughout the day, your body will never sense that it is hungry or about to lose energy. In fact, you can drop your calories significantly, but if you are constantly eating a small portion of protein, carbohydrate, and healthy fat every 2-3 hours, then your body is going to respond by increasing your metabolism.

Every time you eat, you actually raise your metabolic level. The act of eating and digesting foods causes your body to engage the digestive tract, and that requires an increase in your metabolism.

So the more times you eat in a day, the faster your metabolism is going to be, and the more times you will be increasing your natural resting metabolic rate.


You’ll hear many fitness gurus talk about having one “cheat meal” a week. This may actually be fine if you are already super fit and have the body you want. However, if you really want to make progress, you should avoid cheat meals.

Cheat meals actually are counterproductive to your initial goals. For every cheat meal you have, you have erased 2-3 days of dieting and hard work in the gym. That’s a big setback!

The one benefit that these fitness gurus claim in having a cheat meal is that it keeps your body guessing and increases your metabolism. However, you can actually do this without cheating and eating a nasty fat-laden meal. The best way to keep your body guessing and your metabolism going is to periodically increase the amount of regular diet food you eat. Every couple of weeks, choose one day and eat the same food your normally would eat on the diet, but just increase the portion slightly. The next day go back to your normal diet. This will help to keep your body guessing, while at the same time still fitting within your nutritional guidelines to maintain your fat loss.

My name is Jack Richards, I’m a self taught fitness guru. Growing up I was a fat kid, and I HATED IT! I’ve spent the past 10 years of my life learning, working out, dieting, and doing everything I could to find the complete answer to fat loss. Today I stand at 5’11 165lbs with only 5% body fat. I’ve found the answer to weight-loss that so many people are struggling to find. You too can learn my secrets at

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Metabolism Basics

April 7, 2007 by  
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By John Furnem

Metabolism is the general system the body uses for fat burning. Any movement you make, no matter how little, results when you are thinking about burning calories. No matter if you are sleeping, sitting standing or exercising, your metabolism always burns calories. The body’s metabolism may slow down, but it never stops. The more rigorous your body movements are, the faster your metabolism works.

The value and capacity of the calories your body burns depends on your body type. The entire team of people has a various body type that is used up of body fat as well as muscle. People that have minor body fat as well as a lot of muscle mass, tend to have a faster metabolism, which means they burn calories faster than those who have greater body fat. What this means is that if you are when it plays a part in shape, you will possibly have a faster metabolism as well as burn more calories.

If you have a slow metabolism as well as it is not due any medical reasons, there are certain steps that you can take to increase your metabolism.

Begin an exercise routine. By doing this, you will advance to fabricate muscle as well as lower body fat. Fitness centers, throughout the United States, have personal trainers that can set up a routine in particular for you that includes resistance exercises. Fitness centers also have nutritionists that can set a menu design that is not only filled with tasty foods, but also can assist your metabolism. This method is not so much a diet as it is changing your eating habits.

While everybody is various as well as the results will vary for each person, you will notice a difference when it comes to how you feel once you add exercise to your life. Once you add resistance and aerobic exercise to your general routine, you are ensuring that you are speeding up your metabolism.

If you have a slow metabolism and it has been diagnosed as hypothyroidism, there are treatments and herbal remedies that are available. There are exact symptoms of hypothyroidism, which involve fatigue, dizziness as well as irritability.

The treatment that is used most by doctors is prescribing a hormone pill. The power of the medication depends on the level of hormone when it plays a part in your body, so blood tests are necessary. However the results of taking these medications are not instantaneous, you will notice a contradiction within one to two weeks. The lined effect of the medications takes up to two months. It is vigorous to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns that you may have, no matter how low they may seem to you.

When you go to health as well as nutrition stores, you will find products that claim to enhance your metabolism. While some of these products do what they claim, it is prominent to speak to your doctor before taking anything. If you have an underlying medical condition, you could be endangering your health.

Many people are not aware that genetics plays a neat part when it plays a part in their metabolism. People come when you are thinking about all shapes as well as sizes. It is not realistic to believe that you can transform yourself into having a Hollywood movie star body. What is potential is that you can transform yourself into the best that you can be.

Metabolism is the driving force behind our fat burning process, to understand metabolism is to know more about weight gain and loss. Are you interested in learning more and understanding Metabolism? Read John Furnem’s selected texts about Metabolism.

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Increase Your Metabolism, Lose Weight

January 16, 2007 by  
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By Chris Chenoweth

When our main source of energy, our blood sugar, runs low, the process of metabolism turns our body fat into energy. When our supply of blood sugar runs high, the process of metabolism stores excess energy by turning it into body fat to be used another time.

How do we raise our metabolism? The following are ways in which your metabolism can be increased naturally through healthy living:


If you must eat something sweet, suck on hard candy or eat a sugar-free ice cream bar. Your body stores excess sugar as fat. Remember that when you want something that is sugar-laden.


It is important to understand what happens when you severely limit your calorie intake, skip a meal, or go on a crash diet. When you limit your calorie intake or skip a meal your metabolism slows down to conserve your energy.

When you lose weight too quickly for a few days, your body thinks it is threatened with starvation and goes into survival mode. It fights to conserve your body’s fat stores. Consequently, any weight loss comes from water and muscle, not fat.

Never skip a meal, especially breakfast, and eat healthy snacks between meals. Eating frequently prevents hunger pangs and the binges that follow, provides consistent energy, and is most effective way to maintain your metabolism’s efficiency.

You MUST eat breakfast as this revs up your metabolism and gets you through the morning. NEVER skip a meal. You do not want to starve by day and binge by night. It is very hard on your body and will significantly slow down your metabolism.

When you are at work, plan your snacks (healthy food choices) and take them along so that you will be able to eat regularly and will not be tempted by junk food. This is also good advice for people who are at home all day.


If you must munch at night, eat negative calories foods like broccoli, celery, carrots, apples, kiwis, leeks or radishes. These foods require more calories for digestion and absorption than the actual calories they contain, hence, negative calories foods.


Drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses per day. Sipping it throughout the day is more beneficial than guzzling 8 ounces at a time. Water flushes harmful toxins out of your body, speeds up your metabolism, and makes it easier to lose weight and burn fat.


Because dieting or restricting your caloric intake can cause your metabolism to decrease, exercise can help to counter this effect. Exercise is also the way to burn more calories safely. Regular exercise will increase your life expectancy significantly.

Whether you are at home or in the gym, participate in aerobic activities on a regular basis. Not only does the exercise itself increase your metabolism, but it causes your metabolism to remain elevated for a period of time after you finish exercising.

Remember, metabolism decreases with age. This is largely due to the decrease in muscle mass typically experienced as people age. This can be countered by eating a healthy diet and continuing to participate in aerobic activities.

Chris Chenoweth, author of the DO-IT-YOURSELF HOME, HEALTH & MONEY GUIDE, writes articles pertaining to diet, exercise, health, and business.

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