Friday, April 13, 2007

Burn, Burn, Burn

There are a lot of articles on MSN today about keeping your metabolism going. And for the most part they're all offering very similar tips, some helpful, others not-so-helpful. At the top of the list are:

  • Eat often -- Otherwise your body will try to conserve energy as fat.
  • Drink water -- It can boost metabolism and keep you from feeling lethargic.
  • Eat a balanced meal -- It helps the body keep its metabolism going. Refined sugars, can slow the body's metabolism down.
  • Build muscle -- It uses more calories.
  • Exercise -- Ditto.
  • Sleep -- Muscle is regenerated in the last few hours of sleep. Don't miss out on that!
  • Don't stress -- Studies have shown that people who stress often have more weight in their stomach area.
  • Drink green tea -- Five cups a day can boost your metabolism.

I thought it might be a good idea to review some of the basics of weight loss as we head into the weekend this Friday the 13th. Although, if someone can tell me how not to stress or how to drink five cups of green tea EVERY DAY, I'd love to hear it.

But we must also remember that part of staying healthy and fit is not beating ourselves up. While good choices are key to getting healthy and fit, accepting who we are and how we look is just as important.

So in the spirit of self confidence, check out this slide show of beautiful women who have learned to love parts of their body that aren't part of society's beauty ideal.

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DoesP90XWork said...

There is a home workout system that has a lot of great info on the body's metabolism and nutrition.
It is called P90X, and users have seen some good results with this system.

Among the 13 DVDs there is one called Ab Ripper X (X stands for eXtreme). God... this is certainly a Burn Burn Burn! The "90" in P90X refers to how long it takes to transform your body... just 90 days.

There is a review site that has some impressive before and after photos: Does P90X work. You might find it interesting.

Thanks. Toby

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