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        28 May 2015, 1:28 pm

        Slimming Down Part 2 (Issue 58) by Tiamari

        We got the basics covered in the previous copy of the WUEC – The Food That You Eat. If you missed Issue 57, you can catch up on the website! (www.wuec.co.za) or right here on Tiamari.com.

        In the next issue we will look at exercise and other ways to burn it off. This issue is all about some “odd” factors that can influence weight changes.

        Beating the Odds

        • Age – If you’re over 40 you might want to cut down on the doughnuts a bit. As we age, we lose lean muscle mass, so our metabolism slows down. Of course there are the lucky ones with “skinny genes”, but the average person will have to cut down at least 200 calories a day to maintain that perfect figure.

        • Comparing yourself to super slim magazine models is sure to make you become psychologically distressed. Remember that some of these models are so young that they can still be considered “children” and the diets promoted this way are often not healthy. You are likely to give up trying and become demotivated.

        • Stress – It is not only a killer but it also slows down your metabolism. Stress encourages excess cortisol production, which acts like an appetite stimulant and is linked to blood sugar imbalance and weight gain around the mid-section. In addition, it steps up the production of a certain brain chemical, neuropeptide Y, which increases cravings for carbohydrates.

        • Sleep - When your body gets enough rest, it is able to perform. Lack of sleep influences a number of hormones. Cortisol and ghrelin levels rise (which makes you hungry) while levels of leptin (the satiety hormone) goes down.

        • Moving in with your partner? Be aware of a change in nutrition habits and increased portion sizes!

        • Adenovirus-36 is a human virus that causes upper respiratory infections with symptoms like those of a flu or a cold, and may also make you prone to weight gain. The virus appears to convert adult stem cells into fat cells and is more prevalent in the obese. Wash your hands!

        • Sunlight helps your body to handle energy more efficiently. When sunlight hits our retina the message is transferred to the liver to metabolize fats more effectively.

        • Low Vitamin D is associated with weight gain and several metabolic processes. If you spend much of your life indoors, you need to Parkrun!

        • Studies show that reducing room temperature from 27 degrees to 22 degrees results in an extra 239 calories burned per day. Less heat increase thermogenesis and make the body work harder.

        • Focus! Do you eat in front of the TV? Not focussing on your meal makes you more likely to over-eat or snack.

        • Some prescription drugs cause weight gain due to their effect on mood, appetite and metabolism.

        • If you suffer from PMS, feel depressed or anxious, or experience irregular menstrual cycles, you may have a hormonal imbalance. An excellent product to fix that is Plus from Mannatech!

        • There is no point in consuming a nutritional meal if your body does not digest and absorb it! The bacteria that lies in our gut help us to fight disease, process our food, make nutrients and make hormones etc. GI-ProBalance from Mannatech supports proper digestion and immune system function. It also replaces flora damaged by antibiotics, chlorine, and stress.

        • Does your diet contain alcohol, coffee and sugar? A sluggish liver will struggle to process substances/toxins/hormones efficiently and this leads to toxic build up and inevitably cause weight gain. Detox!

        • Fatty, high-energy, low-nutrient foods change the brain in ways similar to those seen in drug addicts. If you think you are addicted to chocolate, you probably are!

        • Forget about weighing yourself daily - do it weekly. This way the natural fluctuations won’t bother you and make you become despondent. A better way to check your progress is to judge by the way your clothes fit, your energy levels, and your strength. Keep a log of your exercise goals and progress.

        Beat the odds by being aware!

        For more information on Mannatech products, email me at tiamari@tiamari.com

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