10 8 / 2013
Losing weight is no walk in the park. You probably already know that it is a difficult process, one that requires willpower, patience, and determination. We all know that we need to weight, but we all want to see results yesterday! The main question people have when they first set out on a weight loss journey is “How long is this going to take?” The answer to that is complicated, to say the least.
How Your Metabolism Plays a Part in Results
Your metabolism is the key determinant in how fast you see results when you try to lose weight. Some people have faster metabolisms than others; men generally have faster metabolisms than women. Similarly, younger people tend to have faster metabolisms than older people, and more muscular people have faster metabolisms than their less muscular counterparts.
Therefore, your individual metabolism is what decides how fast the weight slips off. This is also the reason why you should not compare how fast you lose weight to other people. They may have a faster or slower metabolism than yours, so what works for them may not work for you (yes, that super skinny friend of yours who swallows down meals in large quantities but never gains weight probably has a much faster metabolism than yours).
Is There Nothing You Can Do?
Well, don’t lose all hope if the pounds seem to be slipping off you at the rate of a snail trying to run 100 yards. There are several things you can do to keep your metabolism running much more efficiently (read: faster).
Firstly, it’s important to avoid diets that restrict your calories too much, as this will slow down your metabolism in the long run. Also, exercise regularly and incorporate strength training into your workouts so that you can increase muscle mass, which will rev up your metabolism as well. Keep your body guessing by constantly mixing up your workouts and mealtimes, so that your metabolic fire will be running at full speed all the time.
So, don’t worry about how fast you can see results. Just focus on your weight loss efforts and see to it that you are dieting and exercising effectively. If you do everything right, you should see some progress over time.
Note that it’s healthy to lose around one or two pounds a week on a proper weight loss program, though you may lose much more initially if you have a lot of weight to lose. Also, if you only have a little bit of weight to lose, it will be much harder to see results, but don’t give up. Keep at it and you’ll see the results you want sooner or later.
09 8 / 2013
Carrots are typical ingredients in everyday cooking, and it’s rare for any household fridge to not hold carrots at least once a week. This wonderful vegetable is inexpensive and yet power-packed with so many healthy nutrients, so indeed it’s not a surprise that carrots are popular. Besides cooking, carrots can also be included in a juicing plan.
Why Use Carrots for Juicing?
There’s a reason why people often associate carrot sticks with dieting and health. Some of the reasons why carrots are must-haves in anybody’s diet are:
• Carrots have beta-carotene that protects the surface cells around the internal organs, which reduces the possibility of cancer growth in these organs.
• Carrots are great for detoxifying the liver as well as some other organs.
• Carrots provide ample supply of vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and lots of important minerals like folate, iron, and calcium.
• Carrots are extremely low in calories; one large carrot contains only about 30 calories. Even though they are low in calories, they are filling because they are rich in fiber, whichcan keep you full for a longer amount of time. (Note: the fiber is separated once you juice the carrot).
• In the sense of juicing, carrots are a great base to any juicing combination as they have a neutral, slightly sweet taste that can mix well with the taste of almost any other fruit or vegetable.
Drawbacks of Using Carrots in Juicing
There are pretty much none! Carrots are cheap, tasty, and a must-have for avid juicers. They do carry the usual risks of bacterial contamination if you don’t clean them properly before juicing, but that applies for all other fresh produce you use for juicing. Just wash them cleanly before juicing and you’ll be fine. The only note here is that if you are diabetic, consult with your doctor how many carrots you can have a day because carrots do have a certain amount of natural sugars in them which can spike blood sugar.
If you haven’t started using carrots in your juicing regime yet, what are you waiting for? Start today! Even if you are not partial to the taste of raw carrot, you can still use carrot juice in combination with other juices from apples, celeries, tomatoes, and so on. Experiment with combining carrots and different types of fruits and vegetables to find the combination that you like the most.
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