Every cell in your body plays a role in energy metabolism — the process of turning the food you eat into energy that keeps your heart beating, lungs pumping, and muscles moving. The faster your basal metabolic rate, the more calories you burn. And just like there are ways to speed it up — by increasing muscle mass and exercising — certain habits can hit the brakes on your natural calorie-churning engine. Here are 12 things sure to slow you down.
1. Eating Inconsistently At Odd Times From Day To Day
In a 2012 Hebrew University study, mice fed high fat foods sporadically gained more weight than mice that ate a similar diet on a regular schedule. Researchers suspect that eating at the same times every day trains the body to burn more calories between meals. Eat frequent, consistently sized meals to avoid binges and feel happier. Research from Liverpool John Moores University found that women who fluctuated between low- and high-calorie meals were less happy with their bodies than those whose plates packed a similar number of calories from meal to meal.
Organochlorines (chemicals in pesticides) can interfere with your body’s energy-burning process and make it harder to lose weight, according to a Canadian study. Researchers found that dieters who ate the most toxins experienced a greater-than-normal dip in metabolism and had a harder time losing weight. Problems with the thyroid gland are more common among women than men, Dr. Whitney S. Goldner of the University of Nebraska Medical Center said. There is growing evidence for a link between exposure to pesticides and thyroid problems he noted. Opt for organic fruits and veggies as often as you can.
“I had chronic pain in my neck for years and carpal tunnel syndrome. My doctor had sent me thru 2 full courses of physical therapy, neither of which provided any relief. I also went to another chiropractor where I had no diagnostic testing, received no diagnosis and did not have pain relieved for anymore than an hour. My pain started about 6 years ago shortly after starting a sedentary office job and slowly progressed.
Dr Moncton did full diagnostics on my first visit which included an EMG and X rays. He found that I had scoliosis in my back, my pelvis was off by 10 mm and I had lost 73% of the curve in my neck. I ordered the custom orthotics and posture pump to help correct my issues. I started with visits 3 times a week and now am down to twice a month after a year. After only 3 months of treatment my pelvis was off by only 6 mm and I was feeling a lot better. A neck X-ray after a year showed dramatic improvement in the curve of my neck. I no longer have tingling in my arm due to carpal tunnel syndrome and the pain in my neck has significantly decreased. A couple unexpected benefits of chiropractic care for me were that my symptoms of IBS have completely disappeared and I believe it helped me get pregnant. I will continue to receive treatment until delivery and will be bringing my baby to Dr Moncton.”
If you’re someone who frequently declares, “I’m so stressed!” then you might want to pay attention to this: Your risk of heart attack could be double that of folks who don’t think they’re stressed, according to a new study.
The findings, by French researchers and published recently in the European Heart Journal, showed that people who believe that they are stressed—and that the stress is affecting their health—have more than twice the risk of heart attack as those who don’t feel that way.
“This indicates that individuals’ perception and reality seem to be connected pretty well,” lead author Herman Nabi, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, “In other words, people seem to be aware when stress is affecting their health.”
The researchers analyzed the data of 7,268 men and women from a previous study, the British Whitehall II cohort, based on a questionnaire that asked the following: “To what extent do you consider the stress or pressure that you have experienced in your life has an effect on your health?” Participants chose from answers including “not at all,” “a little,” “moderately,” “a lot,” and “extremely.” They were also asked to rate their stress levels and other factors, including smoking,alcohol intake, diet, exercise and preexisting health conditions such as diabetes. read more…
The right diet can save your life
Recently a large study offers the strongest evidence yet that a diet the government is now recommending for lowering blood pressure can save people from heart attack and stroke.
Researchers followed more than 88,000 healthy women for almost 25 years. They examined their food choices and looked at how many had heart attacks and strokes. Those who fared best had eating habits similar to those now recommended by the government to stop high blood pressure. The plan, favors fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based protein over meat. read more…
How important is nutrition when you’re trying to lose weight?
There’s an old saying among those who are trying to lose weight: You can’t outrun your fork. Most people take this only to mean that you have to reduce the amount of food you eat because you can’t do an infinite amount of exercise to burn off the extra calories. While this is true, there is another meaning. When you’re trying to lose weight, your body needs an optimal balance of macro- and micro- nutrients.
When your body is healthier and well nourished, it naturally wants to let go of excess weight. Some people hold on to excess body fat because of a deficiency of one or more nutrients, or because they are getting too much of one type of nutrient and it causes an imbalance. Choosing lighter fare and making sure not to overdo your quantity of food is the first step. The next step is making sure you’re getting the RIGHT foods to support your weight loss journey.
“Your genetics load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger” – Mehmet Oz
I guess I should start by defining what a WOW at Westboro Spine & Holistic Health Center is. For many years we had quarterly, sometimes monthly health talks at the clinic. Every time we had one of the health talks our patients were so very appreciative of the great information and discussion we provided. Well….life and our business got hectic, and after a while we neglected our health talks. Many of our patients who have been with us since we first opened our doors, some 14 years ago, still ask about the health care talks, wondering when we will start them up again.
The clinic came about with the concept of health and education being the driving forces of our offerings. As we are on the verge of adding even more services to our clinic, in order to remain cutting edge in offering you genuine holistic health offerings, we are revisiting our roots…our original concept for the center, which was to provide holistic health care & educational and group discussion forums. By popular demand, they are back with a brand new name. WOW! Wellness Orientation Workshops.