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#1 Hum

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 14:14

1. Keep daily calories above 1,200.

It sounds counterintuitive, but eating fewer than 1,200 calories a day can actually slow weight loss, says Keri Gans, RD, a nutrition consultant in New York City and author of The Small Change Diet. "When you eat much less than your body needs, it may go into starvation mode and store fat."

High-fiber carbohydrates (100% whole grains, fruits and veggies), lean protein (fish, skinless poultry and sirloin) and healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil).

2. Pump iron.

Your body maintains muscle through protein synthesis, an intense calorie-burning proces.

"If you diet without lifting, about 25% of your weight loss will come from muscle tissue. That suppresses metabolism because you miss the additional calories that having muscle burns."

3. Keep moving.

Staying in motion throughout the day, including run-of-the-mill fidgeting, speeds metabolism substantially, according to studies. "People who engage in non-exercise activity thermogenesis, a fancy term for any daily physical activity, gain less weight than those who sit still."

4. Eat Seaweed.

While green tea's fat-burning effect is well-known, you may not realize that another emerald-hued plant works similarly. Fucoxanthin, which gives seaweed its green-brown color, has been shown to have an anti-obesity effect in animal studies. See if your doctor recommends fucoxanthin in supplement form. "Patients with a low metabolic rate who cannot tolerate medications can use fucoxanthin in combination with green tea."

5. Dress salads with vinaigrette.

Vinegar's acetic acid flips on genes that stimulate fat burning.

6. Go fish.

Omega-3 fatty acids, the polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) found in fish oil, do wonders for your metabolism. "Fish oil cranks up fat burning by increasing thyroid hormones' efficiency within your liver cells."

7. Change up your caloric intake.

If you consistently consume the same amount of calories, your body may adapt by decreasing its metabolic rate, says Dr. Cederquist. Try a low-fat diet for four weeks followed by two weeks of slightly more protein, fat and carbs.

8. Get more dairy.

Nicotinamide riboside (NR) in milk and all other dairy burns fat. "Having more NR around enables mitochondria, the energy-producing units in cells, to more efficiently metabolize fat into energy."

9. Eat more watermelon.

Arginine, an amino acid in this summertime favorite, not only burns fat but also prevents fat storage.

10. Opt for organic.

Chemical food preservatives known as obesogens may have contributed to the rise in obesity rates in recent years, studies suggest. Research has yet to reveal exactly how they work, but scientists believe obesogens affect appetite or metabolism or cause cells to change into fat cells. So eat organic whenever possible, making special effort to avoid the "dirty dozen," the fruits and vegetables believed to have the most pesticides. "

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 14:23

Some advice is good, but the title is wrong. It has no relation to what's being said.

You need to strive to harmonizing your metabolism, keeping it a straight line if you were to put it on a graph, by eating small portions of food frequently.

Imho metabolism spikes are bad. You don't want to boost it. When it's been boosted, it means your body is working at its full capacity, processing food, burning calories, etc - you don't want your body to operate at such extremes all the time.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 14:28

11. Turn off your PC

That alone would lose me a few lb

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 17:36

^ What about the internet sex .... ? :p

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 17:39

^ What about the internet sex .... ? :p


I've got dumbbells :p

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 21:01

12. turn off youd TV too

13. have more sex. Besides being a good exercise if it lasts >30 min, it boosts endorphins & lowers stress - which can cause "comfort" eating.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:32

A good list but I refuse to do this one:

Eat Seaweed


Just absolutely refuse.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:36

"So eat organic whenever possible, making special effort to avoid the "dirty dozen," the fruits and vegetables believed to have the most pesticides. "

And here I was thinking there was such a thing as an organic pesticide, Even one linked to Parkinson's disease :rolleyes:

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:06

13. have more sex. Besides being a good exercise if it lasts >30 min, it boosts endorphins & lowers stress - which can cause "comfort" eating.


I always wondered. If sexual release really lowers stress then why masturbation is not as effective?

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:41

^ I've often wondered that too.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:46

I always wondered. If sexual release really lowers stress then why masturbation is not as effective?

^ I've often wondered that too.

Maybe because your subconscious "knows" it's not real sex, so it's not as "mentally" satisfying ?

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 17:39

A good list but I refuse to do this one:

Eat Seaweed



Just absolutely refuse.


you can try what they say...

fucoxanthin in supplement form


right now im looking at

"Advanced FucoXanthin Patch"

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 17:51

8. Get more dairy.

i must be careful with that, as i have lactose intolerant going on.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 23:33

A good list but I refuse to do this one:

Eat Seaweed

Just absolutely refuse.


I'm not sure where you even buy seaweed. :laugh:

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 00:46

I'm not sure where you even buy seaweed. :laugh:


You don't go to the sea and harvest it? :p