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Metabolism MythBusting
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Metabolism MythBusting

Speeding up your metabolism is the holy grail of weightloss. But there are very few ways, other than exercising more and  increasing your lean muscle mass, that are actually proven to work.  So which of those “too good to be true” tips you’ve overhead at the gym or on Dr Oz are legit? Read on for our metabolism myths and truths.

 

Metabolism Myth 1: Some Foods Increase Metabolism.

We say: Confirmed.

 

"Diet-induced thermogenesis" is, in layman's terms, the amount of calories we burn just by digesting the food you eat. Just as running burns more calories than a walk in the park, eating certain foods burns more calories than others.  Doctors from the Harvard School of Public Health studied the thermic effect of different macronutrients. They found that protein is a clear winner in the quest to boost metabolism.  

Furthermore, coconut oil has been shown to help increase metabolism. Another study published by the European Journal of Nutrition showed that by combining chilli and medium chain triglycerides (such as those found in coconut oil) increased diet induced thermogenesis by more than 50%!  Thai chicken curry anyone?

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Metabolism Myth 2: Eating small meals every 3 hours stokes your metabolic fire.

We say: Busted.

 

Two hours have clicked past since your last meal. You’re feeling hungry again. Must mean your metabolism is working overtime, right?  Well, maybe not. There are two things to consider here:

  1. If you are consuming carbs with your ‘small meals’, you could just be interfering with the way your body is regulating insulin production and actually causing unnecessary hunger.
  2. Your body needs time to properly process the protein you are consuming to ensure hypertrophy. Eating more meals more often can interfere with this.

So, how often should you be eating?

Studies have shown that consuming a balanced meal of lean protein, low-GI carbs and healthy fats will help to regulate your blood sugar AND increase muscle mass.  Eating 4-5 balanced meals, every 4-5 hours allows your body enough time for protein synthesis while helping to keep your blood sugar in check.

 

Metabolism Myth 3: Green Tea increases metabolism and burns more fat.

We say: Confirmed.

 

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that subjects taking a green tea extract (50 mg caffeine and 90 mg EGCG) three times a day had a significant increase in energy expenditure over a 24 hour period.  One cup of green tea supplies approximately 20-35 mg of EGCG. Therefore, to experience benefits similar to those shown in the study you would need to be drinking upwards of nine cups of tea a day, or find a supplement with similar caffeine and EGCG content. Try our Metabolift product, which contains not only green tea extract and caffeine, but metabolism boosting guarana, bitter orange, B vitamins and more. Read More.

So, what’s the catch?

Well there doesn’t seem to be one.  Aside from weight loss and metabolism benefits, green tea drinkers appear to have lower risk for a wide range of diseases, from simple infections to chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bottoms up!

 

WHAT NEXT?

When all is said and done, increasing your metabolism is just one piece of the weight loss puzzle. In addition to the above metabolism myths and truths, the key to lasting weight loss is consistency – find an exercise program and nutrition plan you can stick to and commit to it!

3 Superfoods For Weight Loss
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3 Superfoods For Weight Loss

Rest assured this isn't going to be one of those "One Weird Tip For Burning Belly Fat" articles that tries to get you to hand over personal details or provide credit card details. Whilst there are a number of purported 'superfoods' out there that claim to help burn more fat, the following list of real superfoods and their claims for weight loss are actually, you know, based in reality.  

Superfoods For Weight Loss

 

1. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds promote weight loss in a number of ways, but most importantly due to their high fibre and protein content. Increasing your fibre intake can help with weight loss in two ways. Firstly, because soluble fibre is digested quite slowly: it provides a sustained energy release so that your body is less likely to store it as fat. Secondly, insoluble fibre is not digested by the body, yet helps promote a feeling of fullness which can help limit serving size and reduce snacking. The fibre in chia seeds can also help maintain blood sugar levels - also important for weight loss.  

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a fat. Traditionally, when trying to lose weight, we have been told to avoid fat. This thinking is changing. Including healthy fats in our diet and letting our body become used to using those healthy fats as a fuel source is an increasingly important part of many modern weight loss ideologies. Coconut Oil in particular is an  interesting weight loss fat - it is full of medium chain triglycerides, or 'MCTs' (most foods contain long chain triglycerides - 'LCTs'). MCTs are digested differently to LCTs, and this seems to offer greater fat loss properties. One study on coconut oil's weight loss effect showed that participants using coconut oil lost more weight than other participants using olive oil. A further study showed that coconut oil may lead to increased burning of calories throughout the day - coconut oil appears to have increased metabolism. Look for a cold pressed, organic coconut oil like Super Coconut Oil to ensure maximum flavour, purity and potency.  

3. Soy Protein

It isn't sexy or glamorous, and it's been around for years, but soy protein can aid in weight loss in a number of ways. It can help you feel full, reducing snacking behaviour. It has a low glycemic index, which means it is broken down slowly by the body, making it less likely to be stored as fat. Further, it has a similar absorption rate to the more commonly used whey protein, yet without the common bloating side effect whey can often cause (definitely a frustrating thing when you are trying to trim down). Finally, soy is rich in a range of vitamins and minerals that support metabolism and exercise performance, resulting in increased weight loss. Whey protein does not have this same nutritional profile. ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. To buy Nature's Way Superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au/shop.  
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Lift Heavy To Get Lean
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Lift Heavy To Get Lean

Many women (and men) exercise to lose weight and get toned. After many weeks and months of working out with light weights and high repetitions, they have enjoyed limited results and get disheartened. The solution may be to lift heavier weights and do fewer repetitions.  

Heavy Weights Don't Cause Bulking

For many women we talk to about our range of sports supplements, such advice sets off alarm bells. They are concerned that if they lift heavy weights and use protein powders they will bulk up, get square shoulders and start to look like body builders. The reality is that numerous reps of lighter weights that many women do to 'tone' is more likely to give you that body builder physique than lifting heavier weights at smaller repetitions.  

Protein Powder Doesn't Cause Bulking

Other women's fears of protein powders making them bulk up are also unfounded. Protein powders are an excellent way to retain a trim figure, increase energy and do not necessarily lead to 'explosive muscle growth' (contrary to what some of the advertisements in some magazines might promise). Unless you take supplements and eat a diet specifically designed specifically to help you bulk up, 95% of women will not bulk up, tending to build curves in the 'right' places instead.  

What the professionals say

Registered sports scientist Habib Noorbhai says this lingering myth over women bulking up from weight training is a very common misconception. “Strength training has a variety of benefits for women, one of which is preventing the earlier onset of bone and joint-related diseases such as osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. “Performing low to moderate intensity weight training will ensure increase in strength gains, assist in the loss of body fat and assist with activities of daily living.” He adds that “vigorous intensity weight training can initially lead to a minimal gain in lean muscle, but generally low to moderate intensity weight training combined with cardio, and following a healthy eating plan is the secret to getting toned and losing body fat”. We have to agree. We are lucky enough to have an in-house gym at Nature's Way HQ. Many of us have recently started to focus less on  the treadmill and bicep curls and more on lifting heavy. We use whole-body exercises like squats, dead lifts and power cleans in conjunction with circuit training and clean diet. We have certainly not noticed any bulking, are happy with improvements in strength and body shape and can also report a reduction in body fat.  

So where do you start?

There is an inherent risk in starting to lift heavier weights. Unless you are already experienced at weight training, we strongly recommend enlisting the services of a personal trainer or - ideally - a strength coach who can teach you proper form to avoid injury. Once you have learned the basics of safe lifting, you can start to increase the load and train with a friend or alone, however that initial expert guidance to help you refine your form and build a baseline of strength is highly recommended to help avoid serious injury..  
Sleep and Weight Loss
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Sleep and Weight Loss

A growing body of research shows there is a distinct relationship between sleep and weight loss. In fact, sleep is showing to be a critical factor in not only weight loss, but also in helping reduce obesity related diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and more. Let's take a look at the research into the relationship between sleep and weight loss to help you better understand how sleep might effect your weight loss efforts.

 The Relationship Between Sleep And Weight Loss

 

1. Obese people sleep less

It is still unclear as to whether obesity causes poor sleep, or poor sleep causes obesity, but more than 30 studies have shown that there is a distinct link between obesity and poor quality of sleep.  

2. Fatigue Makes you hungry.

Some of us get to the end of a long work week and binge by eating a whole pizza by ourselves or drain a bottle of wine.  Our body craved that tub of ice cream and, due to our fatigue, we succumbed. What's interesting is that this phenomenon is actually reflected in research - it's not just you (and me). Fatigue makes our body less effective at metabolising fat. This is already bad for weight loss, but the resulting effect of slowing fat metabolism is that we develop a craving for easily digestable macronutrients (i.e. more fats and simple carbs such as sweets, chips, fast foods etc ).  

3. Too Much Sleep Is Also Bad

A study from Quebec showed that people who were sleeping 5-6 hours a night gained more weight than people getting 7-8 hours sleep. This is no surprise given what we have already established - poor sleep is linked to weight gain. What was more interesting ab out the Quebec study was that people who slept 9-10 hours a night also gained more weight than the people who slept 7-8 hours a night. Too much sleep seems to also be somehow related to weight gain and obesity. The conclusion of the study was that 7-8 hours sleep a night is generally best for people trying to lose weight.  

4. Obese Kids and Sleep

The above relationship between sleep and weight loss are also observed in research involving children. Given this, it is important to make sure you kids are getting enough shut eye of a night time. There are a number of ways to help your child get settled at night, including increasing their intake of Omega-3 DHA. Talk to your health professional if your child is having trouble sleeping throughout the night. ------ This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on getting better sleep or managing your weight, visit www.health365.com.au.
Why You Need Fibre In Your Diet
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