Firing Up a Slow Metabolism
A slow metabolism sounds like a poor excuse that obese people use for eating too much and exercising too little. Overweight people despise thin people for naturally having a high metabolism who can eat anything that they crave without putting on weight.
Although some of us are able to cheat while others pick up weight looking at the cake display in a restaurant, the kilojoule burner in our body can be manipulated. By either making small changes in our diet or activity levels, we can kick start or speed up metabolism slightly, resulting in a more efficient machine that looks leaner.
By skipping meals and eating irregularly, we confuse our body and this could lead to fat storage when your body hoards the energy that is consumed. Experts recommend eating up to six small meals per day, but the quantities depend on energy expenditure. If your idea of exercise is moving from the car to the couch, fewer calories need to be consumed on the couch.
The excuse of not having time to exercise is just as unacceptable as wearing luminous unitards to the gym. Exercise choices include dancing, skating, group activities and outdoor sports. Exercise involves any physical activity that raises the heart rate and this means that the possibilities for energy expenditure is endless! Regular intervals of raising the heart rate throughout the day can boost energy levels and wake up tired muscles. Dead times of the day include times when you are waiting in a queue, watching television or preparing a meal. Use these times more effectively by:
- Clench your buttocks together and hold a few seconds when sitting down
- Pull your navel towards your spine and reduce the area between your hips and belly to improve posture while driving
- Do a few calf raises when standing or talking on the phone
- Activate your lower abdominals by lifting your heels off the floor when sitting
- Buy a punch bag or speedball for the office or home and take out your frustrations each time you walk past
- Walk to the tv instead of using a remote to change channels
- Walk to the shops instead of driving
- Get home exercise equipment such as a cycle or stepper and sweat while watching television
- Play with the kids by running around the garden or wrestling with your partner
- Drink water instead of snacking on unhealthy food. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon or 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.
- Keep a bag or apples or nuts at your desk to avoid chocolate temptation
While you may never complain that you should pick up weight (there are such people who lose too much body fat), you can speed up metabolism and look leaner while having more energy.
Have an excellent day.
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Low Glycemic Carb Reduced Sugar Baked Bean Recipe
Carbs Per Serving: 16.7 g
Prep Time: 4 hours
Skill Level: Easy
I woke up yesterday morning craving baked bean. Random, I know, right? But, I had to have them and I didn't want all the sugar and carbs that come along with this tasty dish.
I did a little research and found that Cannellini and White Kidney beans contain phaseolamin which can help keep absorption of calories from starchy foods lower, while still allowing people to enjoy some of their favorite foods that might be higher in carbs than they prefer.
This unique effect was discovered by Venezuelan cattle ranchers, who fed their herds raw kidney beans in the early 1970’s to fatten cattle. These ranchers reported to government scientists that their cattle lost, rather than gained, weight from the kidney bean feed supplement. These findings were verified in laboratory animal feeding experiments, and published by Venezuelan scientists.
Enough of the science! This recipe is really tasty and completely satisfied my bizarre craving. You will enjoy it too. Bon Appetit.
1 pound Cannellini and White Kidney beans, sorted, rinsed
6 cups water
1 bay leaf
2 cups finely diced onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 cup unsweetened apple cider or apple juice
2 cups diced unpeeled apple
2 tablespoons molasses
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1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons brown mustard
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup cooked and cubed bacon (optional)
In a large pot, combine the beans, water, and bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Allow the beans to boil for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium, and cook the beans for 1 to 2 hours or until tender.
Meanwhile, in a skillet cook bacon until crisp then set aside.
In the same skillet saute the onion in the olive oil for 5 minutes or until soft and slightly browned. Add the garlic and saute an additional minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.
When the beans are tender, drain them, and discard the bay leaf. Transfer the beans to a 2 1/2-quart casserole dish or Dutch oven. Add the reserved onion mixture, the remaining ingredients, and stir well to combine.
Cover the casserole dish with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour, remove the lid or aluminum foil, and bake an additional 30 minutes. Serve hot or cold.
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