How To Make Dr Oz’s Tangerine Metabolism Boosting Drink

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Its that time of year where people start making new years resolutions and want to start losing weight.  Here is a great simple and natural recipe from Dr. Oz on creating a drink that will boost your metabolism:

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Step 1 – Get yourself a large pitcher to make everything in.

Step 2 – Make 8 cups of organic green tea and pour it into the pitcher.

Step 3 – Slice up one tangerine and add to pithcer

Step 4 – Add a small handful of mint leaves

Step 5 – Stir it up really well and drink (try to drink a pitcher a day)

Note: If you want to kick it up a notch add some fresh squeezed lemon juice and this will help your liver. Why is this important? Because your liver plays a big part in breaking down fats. Here is a great video that explains how this works and offers a great weight loss tip.

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How To Burn 50 Calories A Day

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When you are committed to losing weight, you are always trying to find simple and effective ways to burn some extra calories. Did you know that you can burn up to 50 calories just by drinking plenty of water?

Most people who become overweight tend to not drink enough water. But when you start to drink the recommended amount of 8 glasses minimum, the act itself can be a great way to shed some extra calories.

While 50 calories may not sound like a lot, just bare in mind that you need to burn 3500 calories to lose 1 pound. So if you drink plenty of water each day, you can burn an extra 350 calories a week.

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Water is also a great way to:

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Just make sure you do not drink more than 2 – 4 ounces per sip as anymore than this can damage your kidneys.

Also, we highly recommend drinking distilled water as too much mineral water can overload your system with minerals and tap water is filled with chlorine and fluoride.

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4 Ways To Lose Weight Naturally

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For many of us who are overweight, losing the weight can be quite a challenge. Yet now more than ever, we see so many success stories and wonder how they did it. In the back of our mind we still can’t believe it when we see these pictures. But they are true.

Here is another great story of a girl named Leslie. When we came across her we had to find out how she did it. And here is what she said:

1. Hired a health coach

Every “body” is different which means that it is important that we get some help. While it would be nice to think that we can just read a few articles online and do it ourselves, a health coach not only provides support and encouragement, they can act as a guide.

Think about all the trained athletes who have multiple coaches to help them improve their game. No matter how fast, big, or strong they are, they are always consulting a coach for outside perspective. It is the perspective that allows the person being supported to see things from a different point of view and this can speed up your progress.

2. Ate smaller meals more often

Our stomachs are the size of our fist which means that any meal you eat that is bigger not only stretches your stomach making you more hungry later on, but it also takes longer to break down. We hear it all the time (portion control) and all this really means is that you should be eating smaller meals more often.

Leslie at 5 meals a day every 3 hours. Her health coach put together a plan specifically for her which also includes some yummy but healthy treats.

3. The right kind of exercise

There is no way around it, you do need to exercise. However, you need the right kind of exercise for your body. Leslie said that what her coach did was keep switching things up (this is called muscle confusion) and each day she did something entirely different.

This is important as it keeps your muscles guessing. Also, twice a week she did a rigorous work out where she broke a sweat.

4. She used the Vitamix

As part of her new diet, Leslie got the Vitamix and she swears by it. Why is it so powerful? Because it breaks down all your food for you allowing your body to absorb nutrients faster without having to spend so much time on digestion. When our digestion runs slow, this is one way we can gain weight.

Here is a great tutorial on the Vitamix.

So if you are serious about losing weight (even if its just ten pounds), remember to keep it simple and get some kind of help.

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Study Shows Yoga Can Help People Lose Weight

Even with all of the press the obesity epidemic has incited, American waistlines continue to expand. According to public health advocacy group Trust for America’s Health, about 24.5 percent of Americans carry enough extra poundage to qualify as “obese.”

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And if you’re thinking the super-fit Golden State’s numbers are much lower, think again—a hefty 22.2 percent of Californians tip the scales into obese territory.

In 1985, not a single state had a population that was more than 20 percent obese—now more than 40 states do. If this alarming trend continues to grow, it’s predicted that 73 percent of US adults may be overweight or obese by 2014.

One effective weapon in the national battle of the bulge seems to be yoga. Researchers have found that people in their 50s who regularly practice yoga lose about five pounds over the course of 10 years, while their non-downward-dogging counterparts gain about 13.5 pounds over the same period.

Yoga’s secret weapon is less its efficacy as a calorie-burner and more its ability to get people in touch with their bodies. As a result of better body awareness, the study determined, practicing yogis tend to avoid junk food and overeating, naturally.

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Age Plays A Factor In Your Exercise Routine

Even if you didn’t follow this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament, it’s likely you heard or saw the replay of a famous French star head-butting an Italian opponent in the closing minutes of the championship game. That French star was Zinedine Zidane. He turned 34 in June and retired from international and elite club soccer after his team lost the final to Italy.

No, Zidane didn’t retire out of head-butting shame. Rather, he had previously decided the 2006 World Cup would mark quitting time for his supercharged soccer career because of nagging injuries to his legs. Zidane knew when to say when—even if he was voted the outstanding player of the 2006 World Cup.

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Colin Milner, 45, watched the soccer action with keen interest. He likes aggressive soccer games. It was hard for him to admit, but Milner recently realized he couldn’t keep up in pickup games with high school and college guys like he used to. So, he changed his fitness routine to include more individual exercise and mind-body work and a whole lot less pickup soccer, especially with younger players.

It’s the so-called weekend warriors who get into the most trouble, even individuals in their late 20s and 30s, say trainers and exercise scientists. Lots of us keep pushing hard to bring the same “game” or performance to our sports and fitness activities but our bodies are saying, whoa, slow down there before you get too hurt.

Linda Raymond, a Seattle software developer who turns 30 next month, decided this summer was her last playing in a highly competitive softball league. She sensed that “I was still trying to play like a 20-year-old but my knees and [right] elbow were acting like 30-somethings.”

The first turning point was a game in July when Raymond felt a “high-vibe” twinge in both her right knee and throwing arm after making a difficult play from the shortstop position. The second and convincing turning point came about a week later when Raymond finished up a 90-minute yoga class.

“I felt energized but without any twinges,” she recalls, laughing. “I realized that yoga was nurturing me more than playing softball two or three times each week. And I’m thinking it might be a great feeling to see what a summer without elbow pain feels like.”

While some athletes and fitness participants like Raymond are able to listen to their bodies—no small matter—many more just figure they will return to younger form by pushing harder.

Milner’s decision to quit competitive soccer was a simple matter of practicing what he preaches as founder of the Vancouver, B.C.-based International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). His organization embraces aging and provides support to those interested in staying active.

In some cases, a personal trainer can be incredibly helpful, says Milner. Personal trainers can be pricey, but the investment is worth it because it helps you prevent injuries down the road and design workouts to fit your health goals. “The old saying of pay me now or pay me later definitely applies here,” he counsels.

When Paul Schulick was younger, he used to play competitive basketball whenever he could. As Schulick reached his late 40s, however, he started to feel the hard knocks of the game. “When you’re banging into people for a couple of hours, your body doesn’t forgive you as much at that age,” he says. “It just didn’t feel like the right way to go anymore.”

Schulick, now 53, decided to phase in gentler exercises like tai chi, yoga and cycling. As CEO and founder of New Chapter, a Vermont-based herb and supplement company, Schulick has a busy schedule. He makes exercise a priority by fitting it into his day in small bits. For example, he might do an early morning yoga session, then walk five miles or ride his bike for 45 minutes during his lunch hour.

“Exercise is so valuable for my mental health,” says Schulick. “I can become quite anxious if I don’t do it every day. Getting out on a walk just makes me feel good.”

When to Say When

As people age, it’s important to be open-minded about fitness, says Purdue University kinesiologist Cody Sipe. When high-intensity sports like running, basketball or baseball become painful on a regular basis, it’s time to change the mix, he says. Adding low-impact activities will make it possible for people approaching mid-life to keep up sports they love for longer.

Knowing when to say when about sports-related pain is becoming a pressing issue for thousands of Baby Boomers, who have the potential to be the most fit generation of older Americans to date. According to the Met Life Mature Market Institute, there are more than 32 million older Boomers, born between 1946 and 1955 and more than 44 million younger Boomers, born 1956 to 1964.

“This rising group is different from the older ‘older adult,’” says Sipe, who works with aging clients as director of Purdue’s A.H. Ishmael fitness center. “This group has been involved with exercise throughout life.”

Unlike past groups of seniors, aging Boomers are more likely to overdo it than to sit on the couch too much. The key is responding to pain at the right time in the right way, says Sipe.

“There’s no magic time to quit or change,” he advises. “When people start to consistently see that activities they’ve done for a long time are causing them problems, they need to modify their routines.”

The Alternate Route

Typically, the knees go first, says Sipe. Low-impact alternatives like walking, swimming or biking can build up muscles around the knee without putting wear and tear on the joint, he explains. Yoga and tai chi are other good options, with mind-body benefits that reduce stress.

“Some people need motivation not to overdo it,” says Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, a fitness and aging expert from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chodzko-Zajko counts himself in that category and offers a valuable tool: an exercise diary. A person who used to run religiously every day could cut back to every third day, he suggests. On alternate days, pencil in a bike ride, weight-lifting or a swim. Chodzko-Zajko uses his fitness diary to schedule at least one rest day every week.

For hard-core exercisers, the toughest part is accepting the need for change. During the Vietnam era, Baby Boomers used to chant “Hell no, we won’t go,” Milner recalls. And now they’re applying that mantra to aging.

“Part of the skill of aging successfully is being able to adapt,” says Chodzko-Zajko. “Celebrating getting older instead of denying it—that is really important.”

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Taking Slow Walks Is Not Exercising!

Many people who take walks think this is a form of exercising. It’s not and here is why.

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To get the most out of your walking workout, put more pep in your step. While it beats lounging in front of the tube, low-intensity walking isn’t likely to significantly lower blood pressure or enhance aerobic fitness, suggests a new study from the University of Alberta.

For six months, 128 sedentary men and women followed either a walking program (including 10,000 pedometer-monitored steps per session) or a higher-intensity program (cardio-based activities like treadmill walking and stationary biking).

Those who worked out harder showed a 10 percent increase in peak oxygen uptake (an indicator of aerobic fitness) and a 10 percent drop in systolic blood pressure, while the walkers had only a four percent boost in peak oxygen uptake and four percent decrease in systolic blood pressure. “Across your day, while you are achieving those 10,000 steps, take 200 to 400 of them at a brisker pace,” advises lead study author Vicki Harber. “You’ve got to do more than light exercise, move towards the inclusion of regular moderate activity and interject an occasional period of time at the vigorous level.”

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This Is Why Most Diets Fail

If you are serious about your diet then you will need to get to the root of what is causing you to gain so much weight. So what is the problem that most people have?

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Most diets fail because individuals who become overweight are using food to medicate themselves and suppress their emotions. When people become depressed, sad, lonely, lost, confused, and so on, they turn to comfort foods to help them aide with their emotions.

Before you can truly stick to your diet and shed those pounds, you will need to take an honest look at any emotions you might be supressing. Otherwise you will have a higher chance of relapsing and gaining the weight right back blaming your diet instead of accepting your own responsibility.

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Eat As Much Fruit As You Want On Your Diet

One of the biggest misconceptions about dieting is that those who want to lose weight think that they have to starve themselves. This is not true. Why is that?

The truth is, you can eat as much fruit as you want. Your body knows how to make use of it and so long as you are not a diabetic, then anytime you are hungry and have cravings, grab a piece of fruit.

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Interval Training Is The Best Way To Burn Calories

One of the fastest ways to burn calories and lose weight is to make sure that your exercise regimen includes interval training. Why is that?

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Because when you push your body as hard as it can, then stop, then push it as hard as you can again, this replicates what our bodies were designed for.

Think about when we were living in the wild and would chase things in the forest. If you look at indigenous men you will see that they are ripped with very little body fat. That’s because they spend the entire day foraging: stopping, going, switching speeds, etc…

So when you are doing your cardio exercises, make sure you are constantly switching up your pace and pushing yourself as hard as you can. For example:

  • Walk for 1 minute
  • Run as fast as you can for 30 seconds
  • Jog for a minute
  • Walk for 30 seconds
  • Run as fast as you can for 45 seconds
  • Jog for 30 seconds
  • Keep repeating this and mix it up

This type of workout is much better for burning calories and shedding those extra pounds because you will keep your body guessing. Most importantly, you will break a serious sweat!

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Lose Weight With Smaller Meals

If you have started a diet then you will notice that your meals are smaller. So why is portion control so important when trying to lose weight?

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Your stomach is the size of your fist. Any time you eat anything that is bigger, you stretch your stomach. As time goes on and your stomach stretches, you need more food to feel full. The best way to lose weight is to eat five smaller meals that are about the size of your fist every 3 to 4 hours.

So if you are serious about committing to your diet and shedding the extra pounds, remember to eat smaller portions and more often. This way you won’t get too hungry and overeat.

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