Thursday, November 20, 2008

How to kick-start your metabolism!!

The holiday season is approaching and tasty treats await...One year is reaching its end. How did you treat your body these last eleven months? Did you treat it like a high-end Maserati engine or did you treat it like a clunky pick-up truck engine, plying it with fast food and junk?

Time to get back to the basics then if your answer was the second. Eating without discretion makes your metabolism sluggish, piles on the pounds and leeches out your energy. Here are some helpful tips to kickstart your metabolism and rev it up!!! Soon you'll probably be brimming with energy and cruising along like that snazzy Maserati!!! Having a high metabolism allows you to burn more calories passively: when sitting, standing or sleeping.

First of all, take a good hard look at yourself. Be objective. Note down what food you take in every day (yes, that tiny bite of chocolate and that giant bowl of popcorn at the movies count too!!) and notice how your energy levels are.

Always eat breakfast!

Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day! Water helps your metabolism function at full efficiency rather than sugar-laden fruit juices or sodas and dehydrating drinks like coffee, tea and alcohol.

Eat smaller meals throughout the day rather than 3 large meals! This provides a regular supply of energy and keeps you active rather than eating a large meal. When you eat large meals, more blood is directed to your digestion which in turn makes you sleepy and lethargic.

Exercise for at least 3 times a week! Exercise ups your metabolism even after the actual workout. It also keeps you toned and supple.

Reduce carbohydrate intake! Reduce your intake of starchy carbohydrates like spaghetti and rice and try to avoid processed foods. When you eat too much carbs especially those with a high glycemic index, your blood sugar spikes and the extra carbs get stored as fat.

Monday, November 17, 2008

How much water is enough?

There are so many conflicting reports out there that say either you have to drink 8 glasses of water or you don't. And each is more vociferous than the other.

There are times when I forget to drink water. Odd but true. But I see the effects on my skin which becomes dull. Besides, your mouth becomes extremely dry. So now I have countered this by keeping a glass of water by my desk always and I keep sipping water throughout the day.

I would say how much water to drink is up to you. Some people would require more than 8 glasses of water according to their level of physical activity. But trying to achieve 8 glasses as a benchmark is good for the rest of us. One good reason to drink water- to prevent kidney stones. Dehydration increases the chance of having more kidney stones.

Drinking water also keeps you full so that you don't end up eating more. Try drinking a glass of water before your meal.

Dehydration also causes fatigue, decreased blood pressure,constipation and even unconsciousness

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Health fads that will kill us

How many times do we have conflicting "solid scientific evidence" and then after some time, "evidence to the contrary"? The number of times that scientists make sweeping statements and retract them and reissue them is stupendous. Here are some of those.
1) A normal human being requires eight glasses of water a day.
2) Vitamin supplements improve a hundred million things.
3) A glass of wine prevents heart disease.
4) Dark chocolate is good for you.
5) Three cups of tea prevents strokes.