Monthly Archives: January 2014

Will colder temperatures help you lose weight?…… Seriously!

Saw this on CBS this morning, decided to share, go ahead and lower your room temperature while reading this!

A new study looking at the science of cold weather and calories found lowering the thermostat by a few degrees may help you burn fat.

According to research published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, slightly lowering the temperature activates an increase in your body’s metabolic rate, which burns calories.

Dr. Christopher Ochner, an obesity specialist at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, joined the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts to discuss the finding and how being a little chilly can help reduce your waistline.

Ochner said that this finding really has to do with the fact that body weight is “determined by calories in and calories out.”

“How much you eat and drink versus the calories you spend. We’re burning calories all the time – just sitting here we’re burning calories,” he said. “In fact, most of our calories are burned at rest. It’s called your resting metabolic rate.”

He explained that when people are cold, they automatically shiver, which research shows will raise the body’s metabolic rate by up to five times. However, nobody likes to be cold.

“The thing is, shivering is uncomfortable – no one likes to shiver,” he said. “What this is saying is that it doesn’t need to go down to the point where you’re actually shivering. People can still remain reasonably comfortable, but lower the temperature and still get an elevation in metabolic rate.”

Ochner said that they recommend 65 degrees Fahrenheit as the “threshold for where you need to be.”

“This is not the type of thing where you go home and just drop it down a degree or too. It does actually need to be chilly.”

He said that the researchers showed that when people are in colder temperatures, like in the 60s, they’ll shiver at first, but eventually they’ll acclimate to it.

Also, Ochner said that if people start off at a higher temperature originally, if they gradually reduce it over time, they’ll end up with similar results.

“If people start out at 70 degrees for their average temperature, if they just lower it by two-degree increments, slowly over time, maybe over a couple of days you sort of get used to it and you almost don’t even notice.”

But I don’t have time in the morning- Yes You Do!

So we are all busy with life but that is not an excuse for not having a wholesome breakfast on the go – seriously what is your excuse? Please send me your excuse and I guarantee I will have a solution, so go ahead and tell me your excuse is for not eating breakfast!

This is what I do:

  • Grab a bowl
  • Pour some of this into your bowl

muesli

 

 

 

 

  • Once you get to your work or favorite coffee shop ask for steamed soymilk or skim milk

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  • Pour over your oats and enjoy!

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Vitamin B12

What is B12?

It aids in the creation of red blood cells and nerves.

What are some signs of low levels?

  • Short-term fatigue
  • Delayed reasoning
  • Associated with depression
  • Weakness

What are good sources?

  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Halibut

salmon

You can read more about this essential nutrient here Vitamin B12. You can watch Dr. Oz and Best Sources for B12.

 

Happy New Year!

Wishing all of you a Happy and Healthy 2014! I have been enjoying myself in San Diego…. Great weather and good wholesome eats. Went to Turquoise Coffee amazing mother of Acai bowl and everyone there including the workers looked like super models.

Here is my video to capture my love for Acai….

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