Avoid These Metabolism Death Traps

When you are trying to lose weight it is important that you increase your metabolism. Lots of people want a fast fix for weight loss and instead of taking their time they try diet shortcuts. However these short cuts end up working against them. Leaving them heavier and more discouraged then when they started. If you want to lose weight then be sure to avoid these common mistakes.

Skipping meals. Some people think that by skipping meals they can “Bank” their calories for later. The truth is when you skip meals your body goes into starvation mode. Your body thinks it’s not going to get food so it will hold on to whatever it can. When you don’t eat your body can’t function properly and you begin to feel run down. When your body slows down your metabolism slows down and a slow metabolism means the less calories you are going to burn.

Snacking on high sugar foods. While we can’t avoid all sugars like the ones we find in fruits, it’s important you don’t go overboard. Many people assume that foods like candy aren’t that bad for you because they don’t have fat. The truth is though that they are full of sugar. The sugar we don’t use whether it comes from candy, ice cream of any other food will be stored on our body in the form of fat on your stomach, hips and thighs.

Fasting. Fasting has the same affect on your body as skipping meals. With fasting however it takes your body longer to realize that your metabolism doesn’t need to be slowed. Another big problem is when you start to eat normal again. Your body will have been deprived of food for so long that you may get out of control with your eating and again your body will again hold on to its fuel source for fear it may go into starvation mode.

Low Calorie Diets. Again the body is tricked into thinking you are starving. If you only eat so many calories your body will get used to the idea of having X number of calories and your metabolism will slow. Eating too few calories will also deny your body the nutrients and energy it needs. Trying to restrict calories may also cause you to binge.

Not enough exercise. A pound of muscle uses more calories then a pound of fat. Exercise turns fat into muscle. If you are just lying around all day then you won’t be building any muscle and you want be burning as many calories.

To lose weight we need to burn more calories then we take in. We need to focus on eating a healthy diet and eating more frequently to keep energy levels up and to keep fuelling our metabolism.

How to Control Stress 31-40

31. Eat whole wheat pasta before a date. Studies have shown that eating complex carbohydrates can boost the brains levels of serotonin. Having low levels of serotonin can lead to depression, anxiety, and aggression, none of which are attractive on a first date.

32. Resend that old dresser. The next time you start to think you are feeling stressed. Tell yourself that you have high energy instead. Then use that energy for a physical activity.

33. Press your shirts. The repetitive motion of ironing can leave you in an almost trance like state. Which will help you block out stressful thoughts.

34. Turn it into a game. When you sense Customer service or human resources trying to screw you turn it into a game. Tell yourself, “Oh I see they’re trying to screw me, lets see what happens next.” This depersonalizes it and will reduce your stress level.

35. Predict the future. Whether you have to dump someone you are seeing or you want to confront a co-worker take the time to think about the possible outcomes. Doing this makes the situation familiar and will prevent any surprises which in turn will help you slash stress.

36. Make a schedule. Instead of freaking out about a big project your boss has given you. Take the time to present him an outline of what things can be done and when. This leaves you in control and opens the room for negotiation. Suddenly that project isn’t so stressful.

37. Stay Awake. Are you having trouble sleeping? Instead of lying awake telling yourself you can’t sleep tell yourself you are going to stay awake for 30 minutes. This takes away the stress of not being able to sleep and may actually help you catch some Zzz’s.

38. Get out of debt denial. So you have maxed out credit cards. Don’t deny your problem and avoid opening your bills. Meet with a credit counsellor for advice. Those who got credit counselling felt the stress levels continually decline.

39. Drum while you drive. Studies found that group drumming helped reduce stress. A drum solo on your steering wheel may have the same benefits.

40. Find the good. Did you miss a deadline? Instead of dwelling on it focus on what you learned. By finding the good in a stressor you can reduce the stress intensity.

Foods That Will Help You Gain Muscle

If we could build muscle by eating chicken wings and drinking beer we’d be all set, unfortunately for us the only thing we’d gain by doing that is a spare time around our guts. So what foods combined with exercise will help you build muscle. We’ve complied the following list to give you some ideas.

Eggs: When it comes to eggs it takes less protein calorie for calorie to get the muscle building benefits then it would if you were to compare it to another source like beef. Contrary to what you may believe eating the yolks can be good for you as well. Not only does it contain protein it contains vitamin b-12. Vitamin b-12 is essential for the breakdown of fat and muscle contraction. Eggs are packed with nutrition goodness including riboflavin, folate, vitamins B-6, B-12, D, and E they also have iron, phosphorus and zinc.

Almonds. These nuts are one of the best sources of absorbable vitamin E. Vitamin E is important for your muscles because it helps to prevent extreme damage after extreme workouts. This is important because it will allow your muscles to recover and grow faster. A study done at a Toronto University found that men could eat about two handfuls a day and gain the benefits of this nut without actually putting on any weight. Another study done by the American Medical Journal found that men who got vitamin E from actual food sources instead of supplements have a 67% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s then those eating less vitamin E.

Salmon: Salmon is full of healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. This is important for improving muscle recovery after a workout. Salmon can reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes. A study done at Louisiana State University found that if overweight people added 1.8 grams of DHA to their diet, a form of Omega fatty 3 acids to their daily diets their insulin resistance would decrease by nearly 70% in 12 weeks.

Yogurt: With its combination of protein and carbohydrates, yogurt is excellent for muscle recovery and growth. To get the benefit you need to buy regular yogurt not fat free. If you buy yogurt with fruit at the bottom the extra carbohydrates will boost blood insulin levels. Yogurt is one of the few things to contain Conjugated linoleic acid which is a special type of fat which in some studies has shown reduction of body fat.

Beef: Beef isn’t only good for protein it contains zinc and iron which are important for muscle building. Beef is also the number one source for creatine. In order to get the maximum benefit with minimum calories you need to look for “rounds” or “loins” which are cuts of extra-lean meat. Beef is full of selenium. In a study done at Stanford University found that men with low levels of selenium in their blood were five times as likely to develop prostate cancer then those with normal levels.

Olive Oil: Monounsaturated fat found in olive oil helps to prevent muscle breakdown by lowering levels of the cellular protein “tumor necrosis factor-a which is linked to muscle weakness and breakdown. Aim for extra-virgin which has a higher level of vitamin E. Monounsaturated fats have been associated with lower rates of heart disease as well as colon cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Water: The muscle in your body is approximately 80% water. Even a change as small as 1% in the water of your body can impair your muscles performance and negatively affect your ability to recover. The more dehydrated you are, the slower your body will use protein to build muscle. If you are not sure about how much water you are losing weigh yourself before and after every workout. For each pound lost drink 24 ounces of water. By drinking 5 or more 8 ounces of water men can decrease their risk of suffering a heart attack by 54%.

Coffee: Fuelling your body with caffeine can help you lift longer. In a study published “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise” it was revealed that men who drink 2 1/2 cups of coffee a few hours before exercise were able to sprint 9 times longer then when they didn’t drink any. If you have a history of high blood pressure it’s advised you skip the cup of joe. Researchers have found that drinking coffee reduces your risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease by up to 30%.

How to Control Stress 21-30

21. Meditate. Researchers at West Virginia University found that 35 people who underwent “Mindful meditation” saw a 44% reduction in psychological stress over a 3 month period. If you want to try it just sit quietly for 10 minutes with no distractions and concentrate on your breathing.

22. Find a shoe shine guy at the airport. Walking can lessen a persons frustration and when you have a destination it keeps your mind busy.

23. Put a hole in a tennis ball and squeeze. Let tension build up in your hand and the rest of your body then release this increases relaxation.

24. Have sex. Either with a partner or solo having an orgasm releases beta-endorphins.

25. Stop checking your portfolio. Investors who keep a close eye on their stocks are more likely to get stressed out. Instead get educated. Those who saw the bigger picture when it comes to finances were last stressed.

26. Call a friend on the first day of a new job. By taking several breaks throughout the day things will slow down and you will feel more in control. Ultimately reducing your stress level.

27. Add 10 minutes to your ETA. If you get stuck in traffic, call whoever you need and let them know you’ll be late but add 10 minutes onto your revised ETA.

28. Hold your girlfriends hand for 10 minutes. A university in North Carolina found that when couples experience loving contact it lowers blood pressure and heart-rate responses in stressful times. Those who experience contact were nearly twice as relaxed as the untouched group.

29. Give up the smokes. Nicotine is proven to suppress the stress fighting hormone serotonin. It also stimulates the release of dopamine which stimulates the brains pleasure center. The problem is dopamine levels soon drop and leaves your body wanting more. This will make you anxious and make you crave more cigarettes.

30. Remember it’s not about you. For example if you have to fire someone, take yourself out of the situation. Remind yourself that this person is getting fired because they screwed up or the company needs to shed weight. Give yourself 15 minutes to think about this until it becomes embedded into your brain.

Strange but True Health Tips

Break a high fever: When you have a fever of up to 102 degrees it’s considered mild and can be easily treated at home by drinking lots of fluids. Anything higher you need to get the temperature down fast. Place icepacks under your arm or by your groin. It will be uncomfortable for a bit but it will work. Next be sure to see a doctor.

Change your name: People with positive initials like W.O.W, or J.O.Y live 4 1/2 times longer then people with initials like A.S.S or D.U.D who live 3 years less.

Splint a broken arm with a magazine: To make a temporary cast place your wrist palm side down on a thick magazine. Roll the magazine into a U shaped cradle and secure with tape.

Straighten your drive: If you’re taking a long drive imagine someone just poured a glass of cold water down your back. Your shoulders pull back and your spine curves. This is the position you should be in while driving.

Use the first stall: An analysis  of 51 public bathrooms found they had less bacteria. This is because most people don’t want to be near the door where the traffic comes in. When you’re finished using the washroom stand up and then flush. When you flush a fine mist of water sprays up and it can contain bacteria’s including Hepatitis.

Accuse others of taking your keys: People react differently when they lose something. You may have noticed younger  people are quick to blame others for when they lose their keys. While older people blame themselves for misplacing their keys. Never use your age as an excuse for anything like this and you will remain younger longer.

Scratch the other limb: If you have a cast on your arm, leg or wherever, and you suddenly get the urge to itch. Trying scratching the same spot on the opposite side and it may fool your brain into thinking you have scratched the real itch.

Flush away trouble: This may sound strange, but it’s guaranteed to work. Take some flushable paper and a pencil and write down things or names of people that may be getting to you. Place them in the bowl and flush. You’ll be surprised at just how great you will feel.

Shave your moustache and sniff less: If you have a moustache wash it twice a day with soap. Studies have shown that people who do this use less antihistamines and decongestants. Possibly because pollen has been washed away.

Disinfect wounds with honey: By pouring a bit of honey on a cut before bandaging it you will help your body destroy common wound infecting bacteria. Honey is known to have powerful antibacterial properties.

Skip antibacterial soap: There is no reason to buy or use antibacterial soap. There has been no evidence to suggest it is stronger or any better then regular soaps. Some argue that it may make bacteria stronger and more resistant to the existing germ killers.

Keep the willies at bay: For those of you who are claustrophobic take a whiff of a green apple it may help to relieve the sensation of being closed in. If you are selling your house place a basket of green apples on the kitchen table it may make potential home buyers think the house is bigger then it really is.

Call Dr. Pepper: If you nick yourself in the kitchen grab the black pepper. Run cold water over your cut and clean with soap especially if you were handling raw meat. Next sprinkle pepper on your cut and apply pressure. Before you know it the bleeding will stop. Pepper is known to have antibacterial, antiseptic, and analgesic properties.

Pet away high blood pressure: Many studies have shown that by petting a dog you can keep your blood pressure under control when you’re feeling stressed which can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.

How to Control Stress 11-20

11. Give your mind something to think about. Ask yourself what are the names of 30 states or what are the names of the provinces or territories of Canada. Make sure the questions you ask have definite endings. Unending problems will just lead to more stress.

12. Wild Divine: This is a CD-Rom game that helps you gain control over your emotions. You wear three biofeedback sensors on your fingers which allows them to sense your level of stress and translates it into your ability to perform certain tasks like levitating balls or controlling flying birds. This game retails for about $300.

13. Find a breath-taking view. Take deep breath and a good look around. You will end up with a greater sense of context and bigger perspective of things.

14. Pretend you are on a game show. When you’re dealing with a screaming child or any other stressful situation imagine you are on a game show like Who Wants to be a Millionaire and ask yourself the question, How long could you listen to this if you were going to get $100 000 in the end. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so bad.

15. Say Sorry. If you are on an airplane and you have a screaming child, immediately apologize. Doing this lets people know that you’re aware that you possibly made a mistake or hurt someone else. It will clear the air and reduce your feeling of stress.

16. Forgive. You’re now on a plane and listening to a child screaming. Meanwhile the mother is just sitting there reading peoples magazine and not doing a thing about it. Just let it go. It may be hard to realize that you can’t control the situation but it’s one of the best ways to de-stress.

17. Add Trees when you commute. Even if it takes you a little longer researchers found that having a scenic commute can be calming and less stressful then driving through strip malls and industrial parks.

18. Water a plant. This can be nurturing and for a minute the world isn’t all about you. Which can provide psychological relief.

19. Get rid of your dingy shower curtain. Replace your old dingy shower curtain with a color from the cool family like blue or green. Cool hues have soothing affect on the body.

20. Schedule test for early morning. Don’t make yourself stress about a medical test all day. Schedule yourself an appointment for your medical test as early as possible.

Sexy Sunday 102

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu was born in Queens NY in 1968. As a child she was taught to speak both English and Mandarin which gave her an identity crisis during her high school years. She enrolled in NY University but only stayed for a year. She then went to the University of Michigan where she studied dancing, singing and acting. She graduated with a degree in Asian languages and cultures. She moved to LA where she supported herself with a waitressing job. Soon she landed guest roles on shows like Beverly Hills 90210, LA Law, Coach, Home Improvement, ER, The X files, High Incident and NYPD Blue. In 93 a collection of her multimedia pieces were showcased at a gallery in SoHo. It was then she was awarded a grant to study art in China. When she returned her photos, paintings, collages, and ceramics were exhibited in Venice California. She had parts in small movie rolls and on a few TV shows. In 1998 she starred in an episode of Ally McBeal and then was invited to become a regular part of the cast until 2002. She has since appeared in movies like Payback, True Crime, Molly, The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human, Play It to the Bone, Shanghai Noon, Charlie’s Angels, and many other films.

8 Tips For a Strong Erection

Avoid penis shrinkers: A study done at Kentucky University asked men to rate their sex lives on a scale of 1-10. The study found that men who smoked averaged only a 5 while non-smokers rated up to a 9. Smoking is known to cause impotence. Some evidence suggests that it may affect erection size. Smoking not only damages blood vessels but may cause damage to the penile tissue as well causing it to be less elastic and preventing it from stretching.

Stop Running into objects: All it takes is one misplaced movement to damage your corposa cavernosa which are the erectile chambers that run through the length of your penis. Complete ruptures need surgery within 24 hours to stop internal bleeding and reduce permanent damage. Partial tears aren’t as serious, but can cause problems later on. As the corposa heals with scar tissue they can lose their elasticity, which can lead to pain, curvature, and impotence.

Get rid of your mistress: Men who have affairs often stop having erections. This is so common that doctors who treat patients with erectile dysfunction often ask their patients if they are getting action on the side. Unless your wife knows or approves of your other woman you’re bound to feel guilty when you’re with her. Guilt can turn to anxiety which can kill your erection.

Lose your belly fat: Being overweight can cause diabetes. 50% of men who have diabetes are impotent. Diabetes increases the rate of arterial disease and slows the transmission of stimuli along the nerves in your body. Staying fit is the best way to avoid diabetes. If you’re already suffering from diabetes then its important to monitor your blood sugar levels. Men who don’t take care in monitoring their blood sugar have 70% more erection problems then those who are vigilant.

Get a vasectomy: If you’ve had all the children you want or you’re absolutely sure you don’t want any kids then a vasectomy can be beneficial. The fear of contraceptives failing can cause anxiety in many men especially if they’ve experienced a failure in the past. This anxiety can making it hard for men to get an erection and lead to performance anxiety. With no sperm the chance of pregnancy is miniscule.

Yawn: Believe it or not yawning and getting erection are similar. Both actions release the chemical nitric oxide. When released it leaves the brain and goes to one of two places. It can go to the neurons that control your breathing and opening your mouth, or to the spinal cord to blood vessels that feed to your penis. It can even travel both ways. Yawning throughout the day can be beneficial for neurochemical pathways that help with erections.

Fall asleep after sex: We known some of your gals may want some pillow talk but ultimately going to sleep is for her. Every night you get between 3-5 hour erections. They help recharge your penis by giving it lots of oxygenated blood. The more erections you get as you sleep with ultimately help with the flexibility of your erectile tissue.

Skip the vehicle: Studies have found that men who walk even just 2 miles per day had half the rate of erection problems. Like any arteries penile arteries can become clogged causing you to go limp. If you exercise you will have healthier, cleaner and more flexible linings.

How to Control Stress 1-10

1. Drink OJ. In a study done by an Alabama University rats were given 200 milligrams of vitamin C twice daily. Researchers found that it nearly stopped the secretion of stress hormones. Two eight ounces of OJ a day will give you the vitamin C you need.

2. Place a green dot on your phone. This will be your secret reminder to take a deep breath before answering a call. Not only will you feel better you will sound more confident says Susan Siegel from the University of North Carolina.

3. Spend time with your pet. Research shows that spending time with your pet or even someone else’s provides more stress relief then spending time with 2 legged companions.

4. Go to Starbucks with friends. Researchers at Bristol University discovered that men who drank coffee alone were still nervous and jittery, but men who drank coffee around friends or co-workers felt their stress subside.

5. Shake it out. When your faced with making that big putt shake out your fingers and relieve the tension in your arms and wrists. You can control what you do before your shot, and won’t focus on making or missing the shot as much.

6. Listen to music at work if permitted. Make it as bland as possible. According to a Pennsylvania University study music lowers your stress levels at work and at the same time helps prevent the common cold.

7. Shut up and smile. When you are getting ready to do a public speech look at the audience and then smile. Don’t say anything for 2 seconds and then begin. This makes the audience think you feel comfortable and in control. This will also make the audience more relaxed.

8. Talk with your hands. During a job interview place your arms in your lap, bend your elbows slightly and have your fingers almost touching. This will help to keep your body relaxed and keep your tone conversational.

9. Run Fast. Or do any form of high-intensity exercise for at least 33 minutes. A university study found by exercising vigorously you would lower your stress levels more then moderate exercise and the affects lasted for up to 90 minutes later.

10. After your workout hit the sauna. People who use the sauna after group counselling had greater stress relief and feelings of relaxation then those who didn’t.

Surprising Penis Facts

Smoking can shorten your penis by a centimetre: To have an erection you need good blood flow. When you smoke it affects the blood vessels making it harder to achieve an erection.

Doctors can grow skin for burn victims using infants circumcised foreskin: One foreskin can produce up to 23,000 sq meters of skin.

The oldest known species with a penis is a Colymbosathon ecplecticos: This was a hard shelled sea creature. Its name Colymbosathon ecplecticos is Greek for “Amazing swimmer with large penis.”

Enlarged prostate glands can cause ED and premature ejaculation: If you notice a case of either chances are your doctor will be checking your prostate.

On average a males orgasm lasts for 6 seconds: A woman’s orgasm can last for 23 seconds, so much for equality.

You can reconstruct circumcised foreskin: Doctors take the moveable skin on the shaft of your penis and pull it toward the tip. It’s held in place by tape. Doctors later apply caps, plastic rings and weights. It may take years until you get full coverage.

1 in every 400 men is flexible enough to give himself oral: Though only 1 in 400 men can actually give themselves oral pleasure, it’s estimated that all 400 have given it their best shot.

There are 2 types of penises: A grower which expands and lengthens as it becomes erect and a shower which appears big but doesn’t get much bigger after achieving erection.

German researches say on average intercourse lasts 2 minutes and 50 seconds: Researchers have also found that women that it lasted as long as 5 minutes and 30 seconds.

Size does matter: Having a longer penis gives you better semen displacement when having sex.

King Fatefehi has probably had the most sex: He has supposedly slept with 37 800 women between the years of 1770-1784. That adds up to about 7 virgins a day.

Good looking men may have better sperm: Spanish researchers took pictures of good, average and lousy sperm. They then had women pick out the most handsomest men. In most cases the women chose the men with the best sperm.

Brain isn’t needed for ejaculation: The order comes from the spinal cord.

The most common cause of penile rupture is masturbation.