Is there really a difference with losing fat in men and women?
Word on the street is that men have it easier when it comes to weight loss. It seems like men can start a diet and lose weight in a snap, while women have to torture themselves, saying no to almost all foods to lose just one measly pound.
This doesn’t seem fair! Why is it harder for women to lose weight than it is for men? Here’s the skinny on weight loss in women and men.
The term “Metabolic Syndrome” is sometimes used as a catch-all label to describe people who are overweight.
But it’s actually a group of conditions that can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Most people with metabolic syndrome share several common cardiovascular risk factors that commonly cluster together.
Can you eat potato chips and junk food without gaining an ounce of fat? Or, are you one of many with a “slow metabolism” who seems to gain weight by merely looking at food?
You just might wonder – is it the luck of the genetic draw that determines the neverending need for weight loss?
Can you speed up or slow down metabolism by eating certain foods?
Or is the size and shape of our body only a result of how many calories go in and how many go out?
With a sluggish metabolism, you do need to eat less to fend off weight gain, but there’s more to the story than just that.
If you’re hoping to lose weight, first understand your metabolism.
1. Appetite regulation is the key – not calorie elimination. Aiming for a calorie shortfall by eating less than your basal metabolic rate, or BMR — more about this below — can create a backlash.
As your body goes into “starvation mode,” it tries to protect you by slowing down the metabolism. Your body will cling to its fat stores and burn less energy to compensate. This is just one good reason not to skip meals.
2. Boost metabolism. Burn the fat. Keep the muscle! Muscle burns more calories than fat. If you keep your metabolism active, your body can more easily burn excess fat and keep it off.
Strength training can contribute to muscle building and may feel good, but diet is paramount.
3. Maintain healthy blood sugar levels for peak metabolic performance. Healthy blood sugar levels boost fat burning. Refined carbohydrates and food high in sugar, spike your blood sugar levels upward, only to be followed by a downward crash.
Don’t entirely avoid carbs, though. Healthy “complex” carbs with fiber are needed for energy and appetite satisfaction.
Good low-glycemic options include kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, apples, milk, boiled carrots, dark chocolate, yogurt, dates, and (surprisingly) spaghetti, which are all healthy and filling.
For times when you indulge in sweeter, faster-acting carbs, be sure to include protein and healthy fats to slow down absorption and lessen the impact of upward surges and downswings in sugar levels — which is another reason not to skip meals.
4. Upgrade sleep time for your metabolism to function at its best. Harvard Health reports a link between obesity and a decrease in sleep duration.
Too little sleep is tough on the body’s natural circadian rhythms and can play havoc with levels of the appetite hormones ghrelin and leptin, according to Dr. Charles Shively.
Basal metabolism is a series of ongoing chemical processes in our bodies, and it occurs in every living organism as a means of breaking down energy simply to exist.
The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the rate at which your body burns calories while at rest.
Whether you’re fast asleep or doing cardio at the gym, energy is needed for breathing, digestion, circulation, and the functioning of all bodily systems.
No matter how fast or slow the metabolism, your body is designed to store excess, unused energy into fat cells — much like a squirrel stores nuts for the winter.
As noted earlier, when unsatisfied hunger triggers a lack of food response, the BMR slows down, resulting in fewer calories burned over time. This is also why a regular diet can be so problematic and result in weight regain.
But there is a long-term solution, and it’s called Almased.
Almased is the low-glycemic high-protein meal replacement shake and food supplement, containing a full 27 grams of protein from multiple sources that help you to keep muscle mass, jump-start your metabolism, and keep you full for up to 4–6 hours… as the body stays energized throughout the day.
With regular use, the Almased Diet helps you lose weight. For many, it’s a health “jack of all trades” that does unique things to support body functions and improve health-markers, without ever depriving the body of the calories it needs. It supports these functions while allowing you to lose weight.
Scientist Edmonton University in Alberta confirmed that when Almased optimizes the metabolism by speeding up the basal metabolic rate when taken on a regular basis.
In addition, scientific studies performed at major European Universities have confirmed that individual energy levels remain high and actually improve the satiety ("feel good") index for users.
The Almased Weight Loss Phenomenon™ is also diabetic-friendly, free of stimulants and preservatives, and supports healthy blood sugar levels to boost fat breakdown.
Stress kills. This can be really scary since a whopping 8 out of 10 Americans are stressed out.
And it’s not only life-changing events that set us on edge; it can be all of the little worries and annoyances that add up. Every week. Every month. Every year.
One big area that stress messes with is our hormones: adrenaline and cortisol.
Like it or not, the human metabolism is hard-wired to tap into the increased focus, strength and reaction time brought on by these surging hormones.
Which is great, every so often, when our ancestors had to run from a predator or protect their tribe from an attacker.
But when these hormones are always on, responding to all of the little stresses we feel all the time, the damage to our bodies can be devastating.
Metabolism and weight loss are forever linked as each one affects the other. If a diet program drops your caloric intake too much, the metabolism goes on autopilot to conserve energy - meaning the body’s fat-burning mode drops down to a snail’s pace. Pretty much a lose-don’t-lose situation.
Fasting has gained popularity, and there’s a lot of talk about intermittent fasting for weight loss. If done right, it can be a way to avoid the famine reaction that stalls the metabolism. Though going without food for extended periods may seem harsh, if prepared, you can be quite comfortable.
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