The Negative Health Effects of Skipping a Single Meal

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Less is more, right? Yes, if you’re talking about miles per hour when you get pulled over for speeding, but not in the realm of eating. Whether you’re a celebrity-diet fan or experienced a night of too much booze and Burger King, chances are you’ve heard of the term fasting.  Fasting may seem appealing when you’re in a crunch or trying to undo some serious damage, but think twice before you consider it.

Here’s what happens to your body when you skip a meal (yes, just a meal!):

Digestion Disruption: Our bodies are used to having food to digest. When you stop eating for a day or a meal, your body’s digestive system gets thrown off. If you aren’t eating, your body has nothing to digest. Help your stomach do its job- eat regularly!

Cortisol Chaos: By eating throughout the day, you can help keep your blood sugar in check. Skipping meals releases cortisol. Increased cortisol is closely tied to increased abdominal fat.

Mental imbalance: Humans need food to survive, that’s not rocket science. When you skip meals, you can slip into a thought process where you convince yourself you don’t need food. Slippery-sloping into a thought process where food becomes a guilt-trip is a big no-no.

Onset of Overeating: Ever skip breakfast and then realize it’s halfway through the afternoon and you have yet to eat? What likely happens as a result? A huge dinner! Our bodies function best when fed in reasonably moderate amounts at spaced intervals. So slamming a huge dinner not only confuses your body but will likely result in an overconsumption of calories.

Fat Foraging: When we skip meals or don’t eat, our bodies go into “freak-out-mode”, aka starvation. Our bodies start to think we won’t be getting food. As a result, your metabolic rate is reduced for the time being.

If these are the repercussions of just skipping meals, imagine the scale of consequences when applying this to a day-after-day fast. The key to lasting weight loss results is investment of time and effort. Fasting may lead to temporary weight loss, but can result in long term damage. Stick to the old-fashioned hard work and healthy eating and you and your body will be much happier.

This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight exercise cards and the all new Weight Loss Stack 52, the most fun and unique way to lose weight. Now in Australia!

#Review: Green Coffee Bean Extract

We’re always wondering how these celebrities lose weight so quickly. I read a lot about the Green Coffee Bean Extract weight loss/management pills.

Now, I am not a believer in crash diets and diet pills – I believe work out regularly and eat healthy is the way forward. However, after reading all the reviews and comments made about this, I thought I would try it myself.

The instructions said, take one (1) 30 minutes before each meal. I wasn’t too sure what affect it would have on me (even though I had seen a lot of people say there were no side affects), so I started taking one in the morning and then one in the evening before my dinner. I had not changed what I was eating (I do watch what I eat – with a cheat day thrown in every now and then, but who doesn’t enjoy a cheat day?!), I generally do quite a lot of walking, I wasn’t going to the gym at all.

During the first few days of taking the green coffee, I started feeling like it was having the opposite affect on me than what it said on the packet. This was supposed to help slow down my appetite but actually I had felt more hungry! I just stuck with it and ate as much as I needed to.

 

On day one of starting these pills (I hate calling them that but that’s what they are), I weighed 72kg (158lbs). This is me at my heaviest, and I am just under 5″7 (1.70m) in height.

A week later, after regularly taking the coffee bean extract I was astonished at the results – after just 1 week!

I weighed myself in the morning and I couldn’t believe I was down 2kg (4.4lbs)! Not only had I lost a considerable amount in just a week, but I was generally feeling more awake and quite energetic.

 

All in all – this stuff works. I wouldn’t suggest it as a long term solution to weight loss as they have mentioned that not enough studies have been done on it and so they still aren’t aware of any long term side affects, but it is definitely a help to boost the weightloss that you need to help you later keep it off by doing regular exercise and healthy eating.

 

Weird Workout Hacks that Actually Work

It’s not hard to find hundreds of search results for workout tips when searching the internet. That’s why I was on a mission to find quick and easy workout tips that actually work, proven by scientific studies. Below are my findings:

 

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Talk to Yourself- While most people get bothered, and slightly scared, by others who talk to themselves while working out, the results of a recent study might get you mumbling too. In a study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal, researchers found that physical exhaustion, or the desire to stop working out, is largely psychological. The study recommends consistent and orderly self-talk in order to produce desired effects. By using statement such as “I am strong,” or “I can do two more reps,” you may find yourself pumping out an extra rep or running longer than ever before.

 

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Grow a Milk Moustache- Chocolate milk, that is. While some athletes turn to a protein shake for post-workout, chocolate milk may be just as good of an option. Chocolate milk is a good post workout drink because it is a great blend of carbohydrates and proteins, all mixed into one. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that muscles protein synthesis is greater when milk-based proteins are consumed post workout, versus soy-based proteins.

 

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Hit the coffee shop- This may be no different than usual for you coffee-lovers out there, but studies show there is a perk to having coffee or caffeine before a workout. Not only can caffeine help you burn a greater number of calories during your workout, it can also delay depletion of muscle glycogen, according to an article by the American College of Sports Medicine.

 

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Activate your Glut-4- Doing 60 seconds of exercise right before eating and 60 seconds of exercise about 90 minutes after eating will activate your Glucose Transporter 4. Doing this will allow more calories to flow toward muscle cells than fat cells. Also known as glut-4, this naturally-occurring protein in your body can do amazing things with the excess sugar and calories in your body.

 

 

The most effective workout tips are those that work for you. Every person’s physical make-up is different, but most important everyone’s motivation for exercising is different. Some of the above tips may help you tremendously, and others not at all. Give them a try!

 

This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight exercise cards and the all new Weight Loss Stack 52, the most fun and unique way to lose weight. 

 

Crunchy prawn & noodle salad

Crunchy prawn & noodle salad

This is for our Dairy-Free readers!

Ingredients

  • 100g rice noodles
  • 2 small carrots, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • small handful each coriander and mint, chopped
  • 140g cooked prawns in chilli, lime and coriander (we used Waitrose)
  • 2 tsp reduced-salt soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp light soft brown sugar
  • zest and juice 1 lime

 

Method

  1. Soak the noodles in boiling water following the pack instructions. Drain and run under cold water until cool, then drain well again. Mix the noodles with the carrots, spring onions, coriander, mint and prawns.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients together, pour over the noodle salad and toss well to coat. Store in containers until ready to eat.

 

Review: Bodytox Detoxing Foot Patches

This Gets: 3 out of 5 rating

 

Bodytox: Detox Foot Patches

So, when I heard about the ‘detox foot patches’ I thought – Why Not?

The instructions said to use every night for 3 nights, obviously some people differ so they may have to use for longer. My initial thought was that this was just like any other detox product, they make you believe it will work and at the end of the day you don’t feel any different and the only thing that lost weight was your purse (or wallet – men are included in this, we don’t discriminate).

 

When I opened the packaging, I noticed a very familiar smell… Soy Sauce. I found this very strange but I was sure it was just the mix of special detoxifying ingredients that gave this peculiar aroma. The packaging included a handy leaflet which shows you which part of the foot is connected to certain parts of the body…

I did what any other person would do… Stuck the pad right in the middle and hoped for the best. I was pleasantly surprised that the pads on my feet didn’t bother me during my sleep. I hardly noticed them (thumbs up to that!)

The instructions said the next morning when the pads are removed there will be dark patches on the pads where the toxins had been drawn out of the feet. The darker patches means there are more toxins on that part of the body.

As I peeled them off, I was happy to see that it did what it said on the tin. Dark patches? Yes. Still smelling of Soy Sauce? Definitely.

 

I did as recommended, 3 nights in a row, each morning checking the foot patch and seeing whether it made any difference. There was a noticeable difference in colour by day 3. It was lighter, still patchy but definitely lighter.

I was happy that my money hadn’t completely gone down the drain, I admit I did not feel too different, but I suppose if I had maybe carried on for another 3 days I would have…

 

For those who want to try this – I would say go for it, it’s not very expensive and you can find them in your local super markets.

Five-Veg Lasagne; Iron-Rich!

This one is for our Veggie readers! Get some extra Iron in your system with this delicious 5 veg lasagne from BBC Good Food

 

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 aubergine, cut into small chunks
  • 150g mushrooms, chopped
  • 4 roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 700g passata with onions and garlic
  • 8-10 lasagne sheets
  • 400g frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 250g tub ricotta
  • 25g grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
  • 25g pine nuts

 

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large, non-stick frying pan. Fry the aubergine for 5 mins until softened, then tip into a bowl. Fry the mushrooms in the remaining oil for a few mins until golden, then mix with the aubergine and peppers. Spoon half of the veg into a 20 x 30cm baking dish. Spoon over half the passata, then arrange a layer of lasagne sheets on top.
  2. Spread the rest of the veg over the pasta, cover with passata and another layer of pasta. Drain any excess liquid from the spinach and mix together with the ricotta and half the Parmesan. Spoon over the top of the pasta, then sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and pine nuts. Cover with foil, bake for 20 mins, uncover, then bake for another 10 mins until browned. Serve with a crisp green salad.

 

 

Enjoy! Yummmmm!

7 Little Known Fitness Hacks That Will Change Your Life

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There is so much to learn about workout properly, it can be as confusing as you want to make it. However, there are some simple tips, tricks and hacks that anyone can do to make working out easier and more effective. Below are some simple fitness hacks that you can incorporate today to take your fitness to a higher level.

 

Eat more meals – Note I am not saying eat more food.  Break your meals into smaller portions and eat more frequently. Ideally you should eat a meal every 3 hours. Doing this will keep your blood sugar levels in check, keep your appetite under control so your less likely to binge on an unhealthy snack and increase your metabolism.

 

Tell the world - Tell the world, or at least your world, that you have a goal to lose weight, gain muscle, or even finish a 5k. Most people are willing to let themselves down before their friends and family. Whatever your goal is, telling your friends and family will keep you accountable to them and not yourself. Social networking websites are a great medium for announcing your goals.

 

The “new exercise” rule - Too often I see people in the gym doing the exact same exercises day after day. Your body has an amazing ability to adapt, and exercising is no exception. Over time, doing the same exercises over and over will decrease the effectiveness of your workouts. Make it a goal that every Sunday night you will search the internet for one new exercise you want to do at least 3 times during the upcoming week. Not only will this new exercise be a learning experience, it will take your fitness to a higher level.

 

Workout with a friend - Fact: working out with someone will make you less likely to skip a workout and more likely to complete a workout. So grab a buddy at a similar fitness level to you and be amazed at how far you push yourself.

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Reward yourself - This hack is especially useful for someone who can never seem to workout consistently. One of the biggest problems newbies have is they quit because they don’t have an end goal, or their goal is too long term. Make a short term goal, just a month or two, and if you complete your goal, say lose 7 pounds, reward yourself with new workout clothes. Having a short-term goal and a reward will make you more likely to finish what you started.

 

Exercise to Fast Music - A recent study concluded exercising to fast paced songs made people exercise harder and longer. So load your phone up with fast paced heart thumping music before you exercise to increase the effectiveness of your workout.

 

Active Work Meetings - Why does a day at work have to involve sitting at a desk 8 hours a day? A recent study concluded sitting is deadly, literally. Schedule an active work meeting. Instead of sitting at a conference table with others, burn some calories and take a walk around the building.

 

This article was authored by Sergeant Michael Volkin, inventor of Weight Loss Stack 52 and Strength Stack 52 weight loss and fitness cards

Hay-fever herbal remedies

Summer is here! And so is hay fever!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to walk through the park, breathing in the summer air, laying in the sun on the grass without being a snotty, sneezing, snivveling mess?

Here are some herbal remedies said to help with symptoms and ease the allergy…

Chamomile tea is reputed to relieve hay fever symptoms. Some herbalists suggest smearing chamomile and lemon oil on a tissue and inhaling to prevent hay fever symptoms.

Ginger tea and raw honey works to break up chest congestion and loosen phlegm. It strengthens the immune system and acts as a natural antihistamine.

Green tea blocks the production of histamine and is one of the best homemade remedies for building the immune system.

Peppermint tea relieves nasal and sinus congestion. Drink it cold to sooth coughing associated with hay fever and allergies.

Butterbur reduces inflammation, blocking histamines and leukotrienes. Studies suggest the herb is effective for relieving sneezing, itchy eyes, sinus congestion and headaches. People allergic to ragweed or chrysanthemum should avoid butterbur.

A Cool Trick to Redirect Calories to Muscles Instead of Fat

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Want a cool trick to help your body decide how to use those calories you just ate? Exercising right before and shortly after a big meal can help to activate a protein inside your muscle cells called Glut4. GLUT-4 is a protein that, when increased, tells your body to put calories into muscle tissue, instead of fat cells.

 

Here is how you activate your glut-4

Step 1: Do 60 -120 seconds of exercise right before eating (i.e. squats, lunges, push-ups, etc.)

Step 2: Eat a meal

Step 3: 90 minutes after your first bite, do another 60-120 seconds of exercise

 

Doing this will allow more calories to flow toward your muscle cells than fat cells.

 

This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of the all new Weight Loss Stack 52, the most fun and unique way to lose weight. 

Gluten Free Parsnip Hash Browns

This is for our beautiful Gluten Free readers, we look after you too <3

Serves 6

 

Ingredients

  • 450g waxy potatoes (such as Charlotte)
  • 350g parsnips or other root veg
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4-5 tbsp sunflower oil

To serve

  • 6 rashers of streaky bacon or slices of prosciutto
  • 6 stems of cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 6 eggs

 

Method

  1. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes and parsnips – if you’re using a food processor, attach the medium grater. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible with your hands and put them in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the onion, garlic, egg and season if you like. Divide the mixture into six and roughly shape into flat cakes. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry three of the cakes on a low heat for 4-5 mins on each side until golden and tender. Transfer to kitchen paper with a slotted spoon and leave to cool while frying the remainder, adding remaining oil as necessary. Meanwhile grill the bacon and tomatoes, poach the eggs and serve alongside.