7 things that slow down your metabolism

sittingAccording to the dictionary, metabolism is a chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that is necessary for the maintenance of life.

We all know people who can eat all day and not gain a single pound. These people have good — or fast — metabolisms. Then there are the people that have one unhealthy meal and have to run for a week straight to burn it all off. These are people that tend to have a slower metabolic rate.

The faster your metabolism, the more calories you burn. And just like there are ways to speed it up—by working out, for instance—certain habits can also slow it down.

Metabolic rate is also affected by several factors including age, weight, and genetics.

If losing weight is your goal, avoid these metabolism-slowing mistakes:

1. Eating too late in the morning

Skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do for weight loss since it causes your metabolism to slow down. When you don’t eat, the brain sends a message to the rest of the body to conserve energy, signaling it to hold onto the stored fat that you’re trying to get rid of. Eating within an hour of waking sparks the metabolic process called thermo genesis that turns the food you eat into energy. So choose a high-protein breakfast. Make sure to eat throughout the day to maintain blood sugar levels since any drops can cause the body to burn muscle for fuel.

2. Not eating enough

It is important to snack often and never miss a main meal. As stated before, getting your body in a proper eating schedule is critical for maintaining a healthy metabolism. Also, when you skip out on meals, your body puts itself into “starvation mode”, which slows your metabolic rate to conserve any of the energy it has. This is why people who try to lose weight by not eating don’t have very much success.

3. Not exercising

Research shows that you continue burning calories up to 24 hours after working out, and studies also show that morning exercises burn more calories than those who work out during other times of the day. If you’re planning on exercising anyway, for maximum calorie burn, your best bet is to get it done in the a.m. Include high intensity cardio intervals

4. Sitting Too Long

It takes only 20 minutes in any fixed position to inhibit your metabolism, according to Carrie Schmitz, an ergonomic research manager. A new study has discovered that sitting for long periods increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and death regardless of physical activity.

5. Dehydration

All of your body’s cellular processes, including metabolism, depend on water. If you’re dehydrated, you could burn up to 2 percent fewer calories, according to researchers.

6. A Weird Eating Schedule

Researchers suspect that eating at the same times every day trains the body to burn more calories between meals. So eat frequent, consistently sized meals.

7. Not getting enough sleep

People who sleep less move less the next day, which means they burn fewer calories. Sleep deprivation actually reduces the amount of energy your body uses at rest. Stay away from alcohol, fatty foods, coffee and chocolate at least 2 hours before bedtime.

So here are 7 things that you should avoid, if you want to loose weight, or if you just want to maintain your healthy weight.

Everybody can fall out of the wagon once or twice, by not sleeping enough or, sitting to much at the office because of work. So just try to compensate it, if you are sitting all day, you really need to work out after the office hours. I really think I am blessed with a great metabolism, I can eat a lot 🙂 BUT I also work out 5 times a week, and I try to eat healthy!

 Have a nice day my dears! :*

How to get back in shape after the winter holidays

Hello my dear readers!

I want to wish you again a very Happy New Year! May all your wishes come true, I really can’t wish you more than this! 🙂

I hope everybody is ok, in a good health full of positivity and energy!

Christmas and New Years are by far the best holidays of the year! You eat and drink lots, you get gifts, and you have tons of fun. For most, the last thing on our minds is putting on weight. Once all the festivities are over however, getting back physically to where you were before the holiday period can be a difficult task.

So, please!!!! Don’t feel guilty about the over indulging- you have to let your self go some time. If you’ve put a little weight on, don’t worry! Be positive and go hard!

I was on vacation for 2 weeks, so for me today is the first work day of the year! I really love the holidays, staying all days with friends, sleeping till noon, travelling, but somehow I’m glad to be back on track!

Today I am going to write about a very common subject that you guys and my clients and friends ask me all the time. How to get back in shape after the Christmas holiday?

Here are some tips that will help you get that little excess fat off you in no time. 🙂

Drink lots of water!

Drinking large quantities of alcohol is bad for your health. Alcohol contains many calories and also causes dehydration. To make up for your holiday alcohol consumption, drink plenty of water. Your skin, kidneys and many others organs will benefit. What’s more, drinking water makes you feel fuller:  if you drink more, you will eat less!

Drinking more water flushes out excess sodium to help you quickly de-bloat, and it get things moving in your digestive system. Aim for 2 to 2.5 litres a day (about 8 to 10 cups).

Start Eating on Schedule

Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up and eat again every 3 to 5 hours. Starting your day with a healthy meal and enjoying evenly spaced meals will maximize your metabolism; regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels. Please DON’T starve yourself because it won’t get you anywhere! Eating too little forces your body to switch into conservation mode and burn fewer calories. Under eating can cause your body to break down muscle mass for fuel, which also causes a metabolic slow down. Eating enough and at regular times is key.

Cut back on carbs, but DON’T cut them out completely!

Eliminating carbs completely can force your body to burn protein for fuel instead of using it to support and maintain your calorie-burning muscle. So instead of cutting carbs out, just cut back.

So replace the refined carbs with veggies and complex carbs! Refined carbs like white rice, white bread, sugar, pasta) will get stored in your body as fat if you do not use them as energy right away! For example instead of eating beef with white rice you should choose broccoli instead of rice.

Get plenty of sleep, relax, and don’t forget to exercise

It’s time to get back on track. Treat yourself to a good night’s sleep. You’ll feel rested and have more energy to take on the new challenges of the New Year. Avoid unnecessary stress and find ways to relax (yoga, meditation or just going out to the movies!). Gradually start to exercise again. Physical activity will bring balance and energy back into your life.

Do some cardio!

Running, bicycling, walking, swimming…anything that gets your heart rate up for an extended period of time is what will really start melting away at those extra pounds. Circuit training and high intensity training is also great because it can involve lighter weights but keeps you constantly moving.

Be consistent!

If physical fitness is a lifestyle it has to be just as important as brushing your teeth every morning.  You will have days where you are tired, worked late at the office but these are not reasons to stop with your program.  It’s all about mindset; do not give yourself a way out.

Never Quit!

It’s just that simple.  Never, ever, under any circumstance quit.  It’s not an option!!!  Success is your only possible outcome.

 So these are my 7 simple tips to get back in shape! Hope you enjoyed it, now let’s get started!!!

 Have a great day everybody! :*

15 Simple, Effective Tips for Losing Weight

IMG_9409-bwHello everybody!

How are you today? For me this weekend is about relaxing and staying inside. Outside is starting to be cold, I think winter is officially here.

At this time of the year, with the holidays and vacations everybody is tempted to eat more, drink more.

So today I have for you a list of some simple and effective tips on how to lose weight or how not to gain weight 🙂

Here is the list:

  1. Low fat foods aren’t guaranteed to make you lose weight – you also have to look at the total number of calories you consume over the course of a day.
  2. Don’t skip breakfast. Eating a meal first thing means consuming 5% fewer calories throughout the day, American researchers have found.
  3. Eat goat’s cheese instead of regular cheese. It contains 40 per cent fewer calories than the cheese made from cow’s milk.
  4. Don’t confuse thirst and hunger. Drink a glass of water when you feel cravings.
  5. If you decide to eat nuts for a snack, then you should select nuts in their shells, including walnuts and peanuts. It will take a longer time to peel off the shells, this will lead to less food consumption.
  6.  Eat muesli two hours before working out to boost fat burning while you train. Slow to digest, muesli takes longer to get through your system, so is less likely to be turned into fat and still gives you a good energy boost.
  7. Chew gum. Sometimes just chewing something with negligible calories in it is all it takes. If you can handle it, chew a piece of gum for one hour. Remember to opt for the sugar-free variety.
  8. On nutritional labels, look for words such as fruit juice concentrate, honey, golden syrup, sucrose, glucose, dextrose, palm sugar, maltose and corn syrup. Why? They’re all forms of sugar.
  9. Find exercise that you enjoy doing. If you don’t like it, you won’t stick with it.
  10. Do not eat three large meals every day. You can easily take in too many calories, resulting in more difficult weight loss. Eat five or six small meals instead
  11. Chewing your food thoroughly will not only make digestion easier, but will allow your body time to recognize when it is actually full, this preventing overeating.
  12. Getting up and away from your desk at work for five minutes every hour will burn 200 calories a day!
  13. Do not skip meals. Your body will revert to starvation mode and store even the tiniest amount of fat content in what you subsequently eat, causing you to slow down your metabolism and put on weight
  14. Start eating chili pepper sauce. These spicy peppers are highly flavourful, and they also give your metabolism a jump-start. As a result, your body will be able to burn more calories. Chili pepper can be used on many foods, including poultry dishes and eggs.
  15. Workout while you are on the phone. Do not sit down when you are having a phone conversation; walk around when doing it. Just get your body moving, and you’d be surprised at how much those calories will add up.

What do you think of these tips? are they helping you? I think yes 🙂

Comment down below.

Have a great day! :*

I was nominated for the Sunshine Award

sunshine-award1Hello my dear readers!

 I am so happy, because last week I was nominated for the Sunshine award by the sweet Abby Carson from Tohealthblog: Welcome to Abby’s Kitchen.  Check out her blog, she is such a sweet girl, she has amazing recipes and very nice photos.

I feel so honoured and grateful and I thank you  Abby, you are too kind.

The fun part about these awards is that you can discover other interesting blogs and bloggers. Everybody who receives an award like this has to nominate other 10 blogs that she/ he appreciates and loves.

Speaking about nominations I would like to pass this award to the following 10 amazing, inspiring and wonderful bloggers, I love all of your blogs and this award just shows my appreciation! Congrats to you all!

For the nominees: Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award, but as always, participation is of course voluntary  🙂

1 Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3 Answer the same 10 questions given.
4 Nominate up to 10 blogs for the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5 Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

My response to the 10 questions:

  • ·         Where would you most likely travel to?

I really love to travel, every year I visit 2-3 places where I have never been before. I adore the beach so for me the sea/ ocean is a priority. I really would like to visit The Maldives, I have seen so many beautiful pictures and documentaries about this place, I really can imagine myself there right now. The second one on my list would be the Hidden Beach in the Marieta Islands near Porto Vallarta , Mexico. If you did not hear about this magical place ( but I’m sure you did) just google it, you will be fascinated for sure. I would love to visit also the amazing beach on the Phi Phi Island in Thailand and my list could go on and on and on…so I better stop right here.

  • ·         Do you have a sweet tooth?

Yes I have, I adore to eat sweet things. Lately I discovered lots of healthy raw cake recipes, so stay tuned, cause I will make some myself.

  • ·         What motivates you to keep blogging?

Definitely my readers. When I see that I inspire someone with my recipes or workouts or health tips, it makes me so happy and motivated. I am so happy that I can help/motivate someone to have a better life, so if you want to make me happy, just send me your feedback, it’s that easy 🙂

  • ·         Who is your favourite comedian?

 I love to laugh, I like funny movies and comedies. I also like stand up comedies (the good ones) but I can’t really name anybody in a special way.

  • ·         What is your favourite outdoor activity?

As you know I’m a sporty girl, so I like everything that involves moving. Like hiking, bike riding, snowboarding, sand volleyball, quad driving, roller skating and last but not least I love roller coasters and amusement parks.

  • ·         Who was your favourite teacher and why?

In high school I loved the world literature teacher, I liked her style of teaching, her personality and her explanations. In University I did not have any special teachers.

  • ·         Do you own any pets? 

Yes I do. I have a 13 year old cocker spaniel, his name is Jimmy. I adore him, he is a real alpha male dog, beautiful and with a strong personality. I will make a post about him some day 🙂

  • ·         Most embarrassing moment in your life?

Well….I have some of those, but I will tell you about the funniest one. Sometimes I can be very clumsy, so once I entered in a very very expensive shop, I slipped and fell down right in the middle of the store, of course everybody was looking…. embarrassing enough? I think so!

  • ·         Where are you from?

I am from eastern Europe, Romania, specifically from Transylvania….yeah I know what you are thinking now, Yes this is the country of Dracula :)))

So that’s it, this was really fun! Now you know me a little bit better. 

Have a great day everybody and don’t forget to check out all these wonderful bloggers I mentioned. 

See you soon! :*

 

Spicy buckwheat veggie risotto

IMAG4805_1best)Hello everybody!

Here is a great Indian spicy recipe. I adore spicy food, so this one is one of my favourites.

The ingredient list:

  • 1 cup buckwheat soaked overnight
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 clove onion
  • some capers
  • 2 tbsp  of coconut oil
  • Thai curry paste
  • salt

Heat some coconut oil in a pan, add the onions, fry it slowly for about 3-4 minutes than add the carrot and the peppers. After 5 minutes add the minced garlic and let it cook for about 10 more minutes.

When the vegetables have softened add the buckwheat and turn on the heat. The buckwheat  will  now begin to slightly fry, so keep stirring it.

Add a little coconut milk and keep stirring, add a tablespoon of Thai curry paste and salt. Add some more coconut milk and just a little water. Let it boil for 10-15 minutes on a low heat.

When it’s ready add the capers and you excellent meal is ready!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, try it out and tell me how you did.

Have a wonderful day! See you soon!