Lose Your Baby Weight – Part IV

If you’re just joining me, I’ve discussed many tips on what to eat & when, how much water you should be drinking every day (it’s more than you think!), & my last article covered metabolism & how to increase yours. Today I’m going to talk about some myths regarding metabolism that you may be familiar with.

5 Myths About Metabolism

1. Your metabolic rate is what it is & you can’t change it. Not true! Your metabolism may be a little bit more sluggish than someone else’s, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some things to speed it up. As I discussed in my article on metabolism, you need to eat every 3 hours to keep your metabolism going at a steady pace (so your body doesn’t go into starvation mode & hold on to all of your fat), you can eat more protein (which will increase your energy for a longer period of time so you’re not reaching for a bag of chips in an hour), & of course you can exercise. Any amount of additional movement on your part will help get your metabolism up & your weight down.

2. As you age your metabolism slows down & there’s no way to increase it. This is false, just like #1. Yes, it’s true that our metabolism slows down as we age. We just have to work a little bit harder to increase it than we used to. That’s ok! Focus on the positive & start giving your metabolism the boost it needs. Eating often, eating protein, & exercising will all work to raise your metabolism & help you lose weight.

3. Eating grapefruit will speed up your metabolism. Sorry ladies, but it’s not going to happen. Grapefruit is fine to eat, but it doesn’t have any special qualities to boost your metabolism so you lose weight faster. Feel free to enjoy your grapefruit, but don’t expect miraculous weight loss from it.

4. If you can’t work out for at least an hour each day, you’re not raising your metabolism enough to do any good. This couldn’t be further from the truth! If you can manage 30 minutes of exercise each day, you will definitely raise your metabolism which burns more calories, & in turn, results in losing that baby weight. You don’t even have to exercise for 30 minutes at a time. You can break it up into 3 10-minute sessions throughout the day. Any by exercise I’m not talking about lifting weights or doing aerobics. Walk, climb the stairs, swim, dance. These are all activities that you can do with your baby, so no more excuses. Get moving!

5. Supplements are the only way to increase your metabolism. Definitely wrong. Yes, there are supplements with herbs & caffeine that can elevate your metabolism, but as I’ve discussed, eating the right foods (lots of protein) & exercising will also help. You can do any 1 of these things to have a higher metabolic rate, but obviously the more of them you do, the faster you’ll lose weight.

I hope I’ve cleared up some misconceptions you may have had about your metabolism. Now it’s time to get your body moving to get your metabolism going so you can lose weight! Next time I’ll discuss carbs & how to choose the healthy ones to eat, & which ones to avoid. Until then, keep up the good work in losing your baby weight!

Jodi is a personal wellness coach who is also a new mother. She also struggled to lose her baby weight. Please visit Jodi’s site at http://www.loseyourbabyweightnow.com to learn more.


How Metabolism Affects Weight Loss

What is Metabolism?

Everyone has heard the word metabolism, and most people think that skinnier people have a much higher metabolism and that’s why their thin, well its not quite so simple as that. Metabolism is the amount of energy or calories your body burns for it to maintain itself.

How Does Metbolism Work?


Your body constantly burns calories to keep you going, this means your burning calories when your sleeping, eating, cleaning and many other times throughout the day. The component that affects metabolism is the amount of muscle versus the amount of fat you have on your body. Muscle will use more calories to maintain itself than fat will. If you are more muscular and have a lower percentage of body fat then its likely you have a higher metabolism. After you eat your body breaks down all the components into energy so it can run different cellular processes. Molecules that are called enzymes, are released by your thyroid gland and pancreas, this process breaks down your food into amino acids, fatty acids and sugars. This energy becomes absorbed into your bloodstream and transformed to all the cells in your body, which helps run all the different processes. You can also measure your metabolism by measuring your basal metabolic rate (BMR) which shows how quickly your metabolism works when your resting.

Weight loss and Metabolism


Exercise is a key component when determining the rate which your metabolism works. Exercise helps to increase your metabolism because when you perform an activity your metabolism speeds up so it can burn enough energy to fuel your bodily movements. After you exercise your body remains elevated for the next 12 hours. Once you exercise your body looses excess fat and starts to gain more lean muscle mass, especially while you strength train, do resistant exercises and weight lifting.Some people have the thought in their mind eating a very low calorie diet will help them loose weight and fat. The problem with this is you might loose weight at first, but your metabolism will go into starvation mode and become much lower and when you start eating more calories at any time you will gain weight increasingly fast. This will make it very difficult to loose weight and keep the weight off. Make sure to remember its best to eat every 3 hours to keep your metabolism up, if you wait 7 hours before your next meal, your metabolism lowers and enters starvation mode.

What can effect your metabolism?


When you get older your metabolism will naturally slow down, since your body looses lean muscle mass when your get older. This means your metabolism should decline 2% every decade after you reach the age of twenty.
Men have a higher metabolism because of more lean muscle mass.
Taller people have a higher metabolism, they have a greater surface area for their body to fuel. Taller people usually require more calories to stay energized and have a more active metabolism.
Your family history or genes can make a difference to your metabolism, some families have naturally a higher metabolism, while some have a lower metabolism. Sometimes this may have no effect on you at all, and you may have a different metabolism rate then your other family members.

Best workouts for raising your metabolism


I’m sure many of us are wanting to know what workouts are best to higher our metabolism and which exercise make the most difference. There are many simple home workouts that can raise your metabolism.  Cardio, which is a high intensity workout will raise your heart rate, burns the most calories and give the biggest short term metabolic boost. This will not have a permanent effect on your RMR but will make your metabolism higher. Likely 20 to 30 percent depending on the intensity of your workout. After you workout your metabolism lowers back to its resting level, but burns extra calories in the meantime. Weight training is the best thing to build and keep lean muscle. They have recently discovered each pound of muscle can raise your BMR by fifteen calories a day.

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Some Chronic Low-Grade Metabolic Acidosis Results In Osteoporosis, Muscle Wasting, And Hypertension

Our food is measured in pH levels. The scale is 0 to 14. The pH level of 7 is neutral, neither acidic nor alkaline. For the body to remain healthy it helps to have oxygen-rich arterial blood pH of 7.365 to 7.45.

Many people in the USA drink carbonated soft drinks. The phosphoric acid, caffeine, corn syrup, sugar, aspartame and saccharin in sodas tilt the body’s pH into the acid range.

Even though the kidneys are very good at balancing the acid-alkaline balance they can dispose only a certain amount of wastes each day. When the buildup of toxins goes beyond the kidneys’ ability to eliminate them the body exists in a metabolic acidosis state.

Here are some alkaline foods cauliflowers, lettuce, tomatoes many more vegetable, fruits such as apples cherries, kiwi fruit, and raisins. Most of the American diet is acidic which is meat, fish, milk, cheese, sugar and sweets, grain products such as breads, cereal and pastas.

Pure water has a pH of 7.0. The pH of drinking water is usually not neutral. That’s because tap water has minerals, Chloride, and bicarbonate. Most tap water contains about 50 milligrams of dissolved solids. Typically the solids include alkalizing minerals calcium, magnesium and alkalizing bicarbonates. Alkalizing minerals and bicarbonate in water may have an important impact on acid-base balance. Mineral water with bicarbonate and alkalizing forms of magnesium and calcium were able to reduce urinary calcium and bone loss. Chloride forms of calcium and magnesium increase acidity. If the water in your area is chlorinated you can be sure it’s acid-forming.

Some of the chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis results in dissolution of bone, and the development of osteoporosis. It causes loss of potassium and magnesium stores with a tendency towards hypertension (High blood pressure). The breakdown of protein causes muscle wasting and the worsening of age-related loss of muscle mass. Accumulated acid waste products contribute to accelerated aging. Acidosis can cause chronic overproduction of stress hormone cortisol. Increased cortisol can impair the thinking process, increased abdominal fat, which can cause higher levels of “bad” cholesterol and lower the “good” cholesterol. The stress hormone cortisol contributes to weight gain, obesity and diabetes. The list goes on.

There are water ionizers that separate your tap water into two streams: alkaline mineral water for drinking and acidic mineral for cleaning and making your skin nice and silky smooth. After going through the ionizer the water has the smooth sweet taste of rocky mountain stream water.

For more information you can read the “Acid Alkaline Food Guide, A Quick Reference To Foods & Their Effect on pH Levels” by Dr. Susan E. Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr.

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Green Tea and Metabolism

Over the last several years, green tea has become incredibly popular. Now while it is not nearly as popular as say American’s favorite drink coffee, there really is no disputing the healthful and nutritional benefits of this well enjoyed Asian drink. Green tea is highly touted to help ease the symptoms of chronic diseases. Very recently, however, it has become more and more popular as a method to increase metabolism, which will assist in losing weight.

In the many studies that have been preformed concerning green tea and metabolism it has been shown to increase metabolic rates while also improving fat oxidation. Chemicals in green tea have been shown to cause thermogenic properties to occur and have been able to make fat oxidation more efficient.

In many studies that have been preformed consuming green tea can assist in increasing the rate of metabolism while also increasing the rate of fat oxidation. Consuming it to help accomplish this process instead of drinks like soda and coffee is a much more healthy choice just remember when you are looking to lose weight in a method such as this you first need to speak with your health care provider to make sure that they will not cause any unwanted side effects.

If you are an obese individual it is very likely that they will not see as good as results as someone who is just mildly overweight. However while consuming green tea is very unlikely to be the miracle cure for overweight people it can still be a very helpful drink choice. Consuming the tea in liquid or capsule can help assist in decreasing the chances of a person developing some ailments such as cancer, strokes and heart disease.

What are you waiting for? If you are looking for a healthful change in your life that will help assist in improving the rate of metabolism in your body then the mixture of green tea and metabolism is just the combination that could meet your needs.

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Metabolism Jump Start Tips – 10 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism Naturally and Easily

People who want to lose weight sometimes overlook the value of metabolism boosters. Instead of using over the counter supplements, there are many ways to increase metabolism naturally. Metabolism is the rate by which the body produces and consumes energy and calories, so you can live and do the things you want to do. By speeding up metabolism, you boost the rate at which your body burns calories.

Here are ten ways to increase metabolism naturally and easily:

1. Exercise more and build more lean muscle mass. This one is fairly simple and obvious. You may not be aware that your metabolism slows down as you grow older. That is why it is easier to gain weight as we get older, even when we have not changed our eating habits. The easiest way to boost metabolism naturally is do more exercise and build up more muscle mass. If you are already exercising on a regular basis, try increasing the repetition or add more resistance or weight to the exercise you are doing. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism will be. Toning your muscles with weight training is important. Also, use every little chance that you can to exercise, such as parking your car far away from the store or office and take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. Be active on a daily basis!

2. Be sure to eat breakfast. Most people know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many people tend to skip it because they are in a rush in the morning or for other reasons. You may not even feel very hungry when you wake up. Our metabolism slows down when we sleep. If you wait until lunch time before you eat anything, your body will slow your metabolism further because you have not eaten anything for 12 to 18 hours since the night before. This starvation reflex is the body’s way of conserving energy when food is scarce, and is inappropriate since you likely have plenty of food. Eating breakfast in the morning gives your metabolism a kick start and makes sure the body is using the calories and not storing them.

3. Spicy foods. If you like spicy food, this tip is perfect for you. Studies show that spicy food, such as chili and peppers can help you to increase metabolism. Adding a little spiciness to your mid-day meal can still help rev up your metabolism.

4. Eat nutritious food and avoid foods that are high in sugar and fat. Soda and candy bars have a lot of sugar, which encourage your body to store fat. The reason for this is that carbohydrates cause your body to release insulin, a hormone, into the body. This hormone is the body’s signal that food is plentiful, and any excess should be stored for future use. Stay away from sugary soda as much as you can. Drink water or tea as a substitute. Green tea is especially good because of additional health benefits. Nutritious food, such as vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and beans are good for your body and boost your energy without sending out the signal to store.

5. Get a sufficient amount of sleep. Research shows that people who do not get enough sleep are more likely to gain weight. They are less energetic, therefore less likely to exercise. They also tend to eat more, trying to offset being tired with foods that give a temporary boost in energy with sugar. Getting enough sleep is essential.

6. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Water helps our system to clean out the toxins within our body. Water is also extremely important for many functions of our body. If our body is lacking water, our body systems will slow down to cope with the problem.

7. Eat small meals frequently and do not skip meals. People usually consume 2-3 big meals a day. If you want to boost your metabolism, experts suggest that consuming 4 to 6 smaller meals every 2 to 3 hours is better than consuming 2 to 3 big meals a day. Our metabolism speeds up right after we eat because our body is working to digest the food. Our body makes digestion a priority, which is one of the reasons we feel drowsy after a big meal. The other is related to our insulin level, which can get very high with a large meal. If we eat small meals more frequently we can maintain our metabolism at a higher level at all times. That is the same reason why we should not skip meals. Skipping meals will cause our metabolism to slow down.

8. Careful meal planning. Eating nutritious food is an essential part of being healthy. If you plan what you are going to eat at a regular interval ahead of time, you are less likely to skip meals or eat junk food sporadically. If you want some help with this, there are many meal planning services now that help families to plan their daily meals. Most of the successful weight-loss systems put a lot of focus on good meal planning.

9. Reduce stress. Stress is one of the most common problems in our busy society. Physical and emotional stress triggers our body to release a steroid called cortisol, which slow down our metabolism. In addition, some people who are stressed tend to eat excessively to relieve stress. Finding simple ways to reduce stress can not only help you maintain a healthy metabolism, but will make you feel better overall.

10. Drinking green tea. Besides having lots of antioxidants, green tea is also a metabolism booster. It also has caffeine, something to keep in mind before drinking green tea at night. Some people do not like the taste of green tea, saying it tastes like grass. If you agree, look for the type of green tea labeled “sencha” on the box, which does not have the grassy taste. Also, be careful of the green tea latte that you can purchase at many coffee shops nowadays, it has more calories and sugar than regular green tea.

If you can, incorporate as many Metabolism Boosters in your daily activities to help lose weight and maintain your ideal weight. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, and reducing stress should be a lifestyle instead of just a way to lose weight.

Chris Leung
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How to Get a Flat Stomach

There are a lot of women who will do 250 sit ups every night and wonder why they don’t have the abs that they want.  The main reason that they most likely don’t see the definition in their core is because there is fat covering the muscles. {To have a six pack, you have to lower your body fat.

 Ripped abs is not that difficult but most of the people have been misled to think that working directly on your abdominals is the only way to get that nice flat stomach. But the idea that working directly on your abs the only way you can get that nice flat sexy stomach is totally a misconception. If you really want to have six pack abs then realize first of all that you already have them! That’s right-everyone has six pack of abs. If you don’t see them that’s because they are hidden under the layer of fat. So the first thing to keep in mind is that you already have six pack of abs-you just need to uncover them. Your first goal then is to lose the extra fat that is deposited on your body. This goal is best accomplished by a two pronged attack. First by changing your exercise routine to mobilize the major muscle groups to elicit a fat burning response from the body and secondly by changing your diet to whole living foods and eliminating processed junk foods from your diet.

Now this cannot happen overnight and so you must be patient.  Remember you don’t need to bother with “miracle” weight loss pills or other fat burning supplements to get six pack abs.

Six pack abs is about achieving lower levels of body fat – while maintaining or building lean muscle mass to give you that lean hard look. And that’s exactly what getting six pack abs is about. Don’t waste your money on bogus supplements. The truth is that natural whole food is a much more powerful “supplement” than any “miracle pill” or powder. Some supplements can be useful, but they are not necessary. Plus eating natural unprocessed food helps elevate your metbolism in turn burning more fat day in and day out.

If you just stop eating the processed food that is everywhere you have already won half the battle. This includes white bread, loads of pasta, soda, candy, fast food, hydrogenated oils, sugars and high fructose corn syrup. Instead, replace them with foods that will help you reach your goal: oatmeal, olive oil, whole grain breads, fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, raw nuts, peanut butter, and lean chicken and fish. Stop drinking sugary soda and sports drinks and instead drink water. Be realistic- you will break the rules ocasionally, but make a conscious effort to radically improve your eating habits because getting that flat stomach will be impossible if you don’t.

 Eat a diet with more vegetables, fruit and raw nuts and seeds and cut out the junk food, sugars and processed foods. Contrary to popular (notions it is diet that plays the most important role in getting a fit lean body. You will never change your current body fat to a lower enough level unless you radically change your diet. Even if you are severely overweight and can’t do a a intense exercise program, you can begin by monitoring the food you eat.

This is the most important factor in developing that sexy six-pack.

No matter how many crunches and sit ups you force yourself into doing, it won’t burn much fat. Ab exercises strengthens and develops the muscles but it does not do any good  to remove the body fat. You could have great abdominal muscle development, and strength, but if your body fat is too high, then you still will not be able to see them! This is because most of your fat is “subcutaneous” – which means the fat is stored right underneath your skin, but right on top of your muscles – covering up your abs. To build muscle that helps burn more of your fat it is very important to start a good program of resistance training. You don’t have to have all the fancy machines at the gym. Simple barbells or kettlebells will do the trick. Your weight lifting routine works best is done about 3 days per week. The rest between the training days is important as well. With more muscle, your metabolism will increase and begin to burn more calories all day long, even while you are sitting or even sleeping. Cardio can help as well but try to vary its intensity. Some of the best cardio exercises for losing fat are running, biking, jumping rope, aerobics, and climbing stairs. Start doing any of these activities for 30 minutes at least 4-5 days a week and you will quickly start to see changes in your physique.

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