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.

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.

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.

How to rest properly

When wanting to improve our life you may want to try to get the proper sleep that you need to maintain your body functions. The world is filled with people who find it difficult to rest properly. If this is you, you may want to visit your doctor so that he may provide you with sleep aides. Your doctor has links to a wide array of sleep aides that will benefit you. Give him time to find the best medications to help you sleep. In some instances, the first medication causes additional problems, which you should alert, your doctor immediately.

How to find relief:
If you think that you need to get help to fall asleep at night then you should go see your family doctor. You can also find relief by exercising one hour before you go to sleep. When you lie down to rest and find it hard to sleep, get up and read a book. Do not watch television, unless it helps you to relax and fall asleep. You can also benefit from meditation.

How to avoid things that keep you awake:
Some of the reasons that you may not be able to sleep vary. Perhaps you have a medical or mental ailment that hinders you. Perhaps you have too much stress. Do you get excited easily? Do you sleep during the day? If you take naps during the day, try to stay awake instead so that you can rest at night.

What else can I try to help me sleep at home?
Some of the things that you may want to try to do before going to bed they are maybe talking a hot relaxing bath. Perhaps you will find delight soaking in a bath with candles dazzling light off the ceiling. Play some soft music. During sleep time, perhaps you will enjoy hot milk or tea to help you relax. Do not use caffeine before going to bed.

Melatonin is a great natural supplement you may benefit from using as well. Melatonin is a natural chemical in the brain, which many people suffer deficiencies. Some people have Serotonin deficiencies. Perhaps you can seek professional support to learn if this is part of your problem. You may want to try to exercise daily, which can help you rest properly also.

How is my body and mind affected by poor sleeping habits?
Without the proper rest, many things could happen to your body and mind. Your body and mind needs healthy living to function properly. If you lack sleep, you will likely get sick easily. You are apt to get the flu or colds more often. You may also endure unwarranted headaches or migraines.

What can I do to help relive the stress I have?
When it comes to relieving stress, you have many options. You should always eat right. Eat three meals daily, or five if you eat light. Avoiding substances or chemicals that stress the nerves: If you rely on caffeine pills sold on the market, stop using them now. You are only damaging your heart, body and mind.

So eating right will help.  Exercising will help a lot. When your stress go for a walk and take it out on the way you walk or maybe you want to ride a bike that’s all good but you also need to excise on a regular base as well take 30 minutes out of your busy day to do something for you will feel better in the long run.

Tip:
Laughter is a great way to start feeling better about your self the more you smile and laugh you will find your self doing it all the time.

The Rules of Junk Food

100 calorie snacks Probably the most important rule of all is to control your cravings. If you deny yourself an indulgent it may set you up for a binge later on. Instead eat a small serving or 100 calorie packet and be done with the junk food.’

Indulge Sensibly. Allow yourself a scoop of ice cream or a few chips, but don’t let yourself eat the whole tub of ice cream or the entire bag of chips.

Avoiding Bulk Treats. Buying treats in small quantities allows you to have a treat but not more then you need.

Mix it up. Enjoy some fruit or a salad before you eat your treat. This way you fill up first on something healthy and won’t eat as much of that piece of cake or ice cream you may be craving.

Count Calories. Compare the fat and calorie amounts and choose the healthier choice.

Focus on the fat. Read labels and be sure to avoid products with hydrogenated oils or shortening.