Review of Western Digital My Personal Cloud Storage

If you're a  bit of a techno geek like myself your’ll probably never have enough storage space for photos, music and vast volumes of what could only best be discribed as digital hoarding.

Ten years ago we that storage capability was messured in ‘Mega bytes’ (MB)then it became   ‘Giga Butes’ (GB). According to Mark J. Perry at the American Enterprise Instutute   cost of hard disk space over the last thirty years (not adjusted for inflation), has gone from $100,000 per gigabyte in 1980 to only $0.07 by 2009 and now of course we are talking ‘Terra Bytes” (TB).

I’m an Apple MAC user and have a 1.0 TB TimeMachine with an external 4TB USB 3.0 HDD to do regular backups to.

I ‘m using a 1.5 TB USB 2.0 external drive to store most of my working files.

I had also been thinking for some time that I would like to change from USB storage to what’s called a Network Attached Storage or NAS for short. The disadvantage of USB storage is that it needs to be in reasonable proximity to your PC, while a NAS has the advantage of being able to be placed anywhere on your own Local Area Network (LAN) (should you have one) or diretly into one of the LAN ports on the back of your broadband modem.  

All NAS’s operate on ethernet and come in various configurations and hence a wide range of prices. They can be a small box with a single Hard Disc Drive (HDD) (much like a external portable USB drive) up to large cabinets with multiple drives with RAID arrays.

While I did fancy a multiple drive configuration with at least two drives (with one a morror of the other) common sense did actually break through the techno mist. I had delayed the final selection until recently after I manage to confuse myself by accicentally moving the bulk of my business file inside my Photos, Music & Videos folder to the point where I thought they may have been deleted. Not wanting to take a chance decided it was time to look for that NAS solution to minimise the risk.

Western Digital (WD) is an American company who have been making HDD for decades and rank alongside the likes of Segate. I had bought this brand previously and was aware of their current ‘MY Passport” and “My Book” series but not their “My Cloud “ Personal Cloud Storage until I went to PriceSpy to check out the best offerings. 

I chose the MY Cloud Personal Cloud Storage 3TB with Gigabit Ethernet and has the following features:

  • WD Automatic backup software
  • Password Protection
  • Expandable storage
  • PC & MAC compatible
  • iOS compatible
  • Android Compatible
  • Multi-user access
  • Everywhere access.

The installation required downloading files from the WD website and while all this went reasonable straight forward I did seem to go around in circles due to later versions of the various applications being available and demanding to be updated.

I had also gotten used to using USB drives and being able to see folders and files immediately in my MAC Finder (similar to File Explorer in Windows) and forgotten about the need to map a shared drive so suffered a brain fade for a day or so until the WD Help Desk set me right.

Overall I am pleased with my $320NZ purchase (PB Technologies)  and like the fact I can backup my photos from my laptop, android smartphone and tablet. I’ve yet to see just how “everywhere access” it really is, including connecting to DropBox (yes I use that one too!!) 

Have You Learnt To Elevate Your Life Yet

What is Metabolism?

Over the past couple of weeks we have had a look at both a healthy approach to weight loss and some of the top ingredients used in supplements to achieve weight loss.

What I want to do now is go back to basics and exam the root element associated with weight gain and weight loss. That element is Metabolism. Firstly let us exam the origin of the word.

Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/metabolism?s=t)

Origin

1875-80; < Greek metabol (ḗ) change ( meta- meta- + bolḗ a throw) + -ism.

C19: from Greek metabolē change, from metaballein to change, from meta- + ballein to throw

Noun

1.

The sum total of the chemical processes that occur in living organisms, resulting in growth, production of energy, elimination of waste material, etc. See anabolism, basal metabolism, catabolism

2.

The sum total of the chemical processes affecting a particular substance in the body: carbohydrate metabolism, iodine metabolism

Derived Forms

metabolic (ˌmɛtəˈbɒlɪk) adjective

Metabolically, adverb

Metabolism is closely linked to nutrition and the availability of nutrients.

In the article “5 Metabolism Myths Debunked” (August 24, 2009) Sarah Whitman-Salkin she states “Metabolism is commonly understood to be the rate at which the body burns calories.” As would be expected Dr Ananya Mandal, MD has a more clinical description, “Metabolism is a term that is used to describe all chemical reactions involved in maintaining the living state of the cells and the organism.”

Both are in agreement when they point out that this is only half the truth as there are effectively two steps involved.

Metabolism can be conveniently divided into two categories:

  • Catabolism – the breakdown of molecules to obtain energy or destructive metabolism
  • Anabolism – the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells or constructive metabolism

 

In Catabolism, cells break down those large molecules to release energy and dispose of waste. This energy release provides fuel for anabolism. In Anabolism, small molecules are changed into larger, more complex molecules of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats (the holy trinity of nutrition). Anabolism requires the input of energy, in the form of food calories, and is the process by which the body stores energy.

In this way, anabolism and catabolism exist in balance with each other and are the Ying and the Yang of metabolism.

Energy formation is one of the vital components of metabolism.

Nutrition, metabolism and energy

Nutrition is the key to metabolism. The pathways of metabolism rely upon nutrients that they breakdown in order to produce energy. This energy in turn is required by the body to synthesize new proteins, nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) etc.

Nutrients in relation to metabolism encompass bodily requirement for various substances, individual functions in body, amount needed, level below which poor health results etc.

Sarah Whitman-Salkin dispels a number of myths about metabolism. The first is:

Myth 1: Metabolism is genetic and can’t be changed. False. Well, partly false. All humans (and actually all living things) are born with the ability to break down food in order to create energy. In this sense, metabolism is genetic and is as unique as a fingerprint, and while some people metabolize food very fast and others very slow.Whether metabolism is “fast” or “slow” is determined by metabolic rate, called basal metabolic rate or BMR, which is the amount of calories one burns while at rest.

Definition: Basal metabolic rate (BMR) refers to the minimum amount of energy — in the form of calories — that your body requires to complete its normal functions, such as breathing, breaking down food, and keeping your heart and brain working. Age, gender, weight, and physical activity directly effect on basal metabolic rate.

BMR varies from person to person and increases with your amount of muscle tissue. Someone with a low BMR will burn fewer calories while at rest, while someone with a high BMR will burn more calories while at rest

What’s burning the calories while the body is resting? Muscle and fat, though not equally. For every pound of muscle the body burns 35 calories a day, while for every pound of fat burns just two calories per day. Increased muscles and muscle density will lead to the body burning more calories, which in turn will raise the body’s BMR. So weight training is a surefire way to raise BMR. But aerobic activity, too, will help the body to burn calories, not only from the immediate activity but also from the calories that will be used later, while the body is resting. Many people's BMR stays increased for approximately 48 hours following exercise. All this work will ultimately increase BMR. So even if slow metabolism is in your genes, you don’t have to live with it.

Metabolic Pathways

The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways. These allow the basic chemicals from nutrition to be transformed through a series of steps into another chemical, by a sequence of enzymes.

Enzymes are crucial to metabolism because they allow organisms to drive desirable reactions that require energy. These reactions also are coupled with those that release energy. As enzymes act as catalysts they allow these reactions to proceed quickly and efficiently. Enzymes also allow the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to changes in the cell's environment or signals from other cells.

Men have more lean muscle than women and also have larger organs than women, which means that while at rest men are burning more calories than women are. This means that across the board men have higher BMR simply because they’re men.

Myth 2:  is that metabolism is the same for men or women, no matter their ages that is doubly untrue. Its been said that muscle mass is your body’s fat burning furnace, and that the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest. On average, men have nearly 10 percent higher BMR than women. And women have a layer of subcutaneous fat, which pretty much never goes away no matter how many crunches a girl does, and fat is always going to burn fewer calories than muscle. While men typically have a faster metabolism they don’t necessarily have more discipline.

Additionally, as people age metabolism slows down. This isn’t a function of age per se, but of muscle deterioration and the biological inclination toward weight gain. Here’s another happy fact for men: Men maintain muscle density longer than women, and so as a woman’s BMR declines (starting in her 40s) a man’s metabolism won’t slow until he’s at least a decade older.

Myth 3: is about some foods, for example hot peppers and green tea, being able to speed up metabolism which is completely false. There are no foods that will speed up metabolism. While some studies have shown that very spicy foods can cause a spike in metabolism, that spike won’t last and after about 30 minutes the rate of metabolism will be back where it started. And even if that spike were appealing, the metabolic process wouldn’t speed up in such a way as to influence weight loss. Since weight loss is the result of more energy being spent than consumed, a spike in metabolic rate will help the body burn calories more quickly but will not affect overall metabolism in a noticeable way.

So what can you eat to burn calories and jump-start your metabolism? The short answer is “a balanced diet,” which means foods that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates and fat. Here’s the basic science behind carbs: The body easily converts simple carbohydrates (such as fruit, sweets, and soda) and sugar into glucose, which is absorbed into the bloodstream. As the amount of glucose in the body increases, the pancreas responds by producing insulin, a hormone that moves the sugar from the blood into cells where it can be stored as energy. The non-scientific term for this process: sugar rush. The unintended consequence: weight gain. Insulin is your body’s fat storing hormone.

Key#1 of Eric Reardon MS, CNC &

Certified Nutritionist 5 KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS is – Regulate Your Insulin Levels

“Insulin is your body’s fat storing hormone and when you eat high glycemic carbs like pasta, rice, potatoes, breads, cereals and sugar you are raising insulin levels. Too much insulin locks the doors to the fat cells, making fat burning next-to-impossible. You can regulate insulin by eliminating sugar and processed carbs, and eating quality protein, fat and vegetables.”

Simple carbs elevate insulin, increase hunger, promote fat storing, and increase the risk of many disease states and inflammatory conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.” The same is not true of complex carbs, however, which take more energy for the body to convert into glucose. Complex carbs such as whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, and starchy vegetables are slower to convert to glucose than simple carbs because they haven’t been refined, or already broken down, as white sugars have. The more time the body takes to convert carbs to glucose, the longer the body will feel full, and the harder metabolism will be working to break down the carbs. High-fiber, slow-burning carbs keep insulin in balance, which keeps your body out of a fat-storing mode, regulates energy, and provides a sense of satiety.

The ultimate pro-metabolism food is protein: poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, and legumes such as beans and lentils. Metabolism breaks down proteins into amino acids, which the body uses to maintain muscles, blood, and body organs (all things that help keep BMR high). Protein is vital for survival. Protein is a part of every cell in your body, and no other nutrient plays as many different roles in keeping you alive and healthy. Protein is also much more difficult for the body to break down than simple or even complex carbs, and requires about 25 percent more energy for digestion. This means that in the process of breaking down protein-packed foods, the body is expending lots of energy, which ultimately helps increase metabolism in the long run.

Myth 4: Eating one big meal per day will boost metabolism. There have been a number of studies on this topic in recent times and the general consensus has been that eating small, frequent, multiple meals with the concentration on whole foods with minimal processing are best. The reason being that metabolic rate will ultimately slow down when you starting skipping meals or not eating. Without sufficient nutrients, cells will readjust and begin to function on smaller amounts of energy, which they can do only by storing more fat in anticipation of these periods of nutrient deprivation. By eating frequently you keep your blood sugar stable, which will reduce cravings, and keeps your metabolic rate high, and consistently nourishes the body with crucial vitamins and minerals.

The advantage of eating say five or six small, low-calorie, high-protein meals throughout the day the body’s energy supply will be constant and calories will be steadily converted into energy, which means metabolism will be working hard and BMR will be speeding up.

Myth 5: Everything eaten after 7 p.m. turns to fat. Not true. Eating after a certain time does not automatically mean that you are going to store that food as fat. Though metabolism slows down while the body is sleeping, metabolism never stops working entirely. One of the reasons that this rule was made so popular is that it’s an easy way to control late-night binging and unhealthy nighttime snacking.

If you’re hungry after 7 or 8 or even 9, you should eat, but eat healthfully.

When you wake up in the morning, your body hasn’t ingested a single thing in six to nine hours, and as a result metabolism has slowed by about 15 percent. Your metabolism won’t speed up until the body can produce energy, which comes from the ingestion of calories.

Remember: metabolism is all about the give and take, the Ying and Yang, of energy consumption and energy production. Balance is key.

Carbohydrates in Metabolism

Foods supply carbohydrates in three forms: starch, sugar, and cellulose (fiber). Starches and sugars form major and essential sources of energy for humans. Fibers contribute to bulk in diet.

Body tissues depend on glucose for all activities. Carbohydrates and sugars yield glucose by digestion or metabolism.

Most people consume around half of their diet as carbohydrates. This comes from rice, wheat, bread, potatoes, pasta, macaroni etc.

Proteins in Metabolism

Proteins are the main tissue builders in the body. They are part of every cell in the body. Proteins help in cell structure, functions, haemoglobin formation to carry oxygen, enzymes to carry out vital reactions and a myriad of other functions in the body. Proteins are also vital in supplying nitrogen for DNA and RNA genetic material and energy production.

Proteins are necessary for nutrition because they contain amino acids. Among the 20 or more amino acids, the human body is unable to synthesize 8 and these are called essential amino acids.

Foods with the best quality protein are eggs, milk, soybeans, meats, vegetables, and grains.

Fat in Metabolism

Fats are concentrated sources of energy. They produce twice as much energy as either carbohydrates or protein on a weight basis.

The functions of fats include:

  • Helping to form the cellular structure Nutrients;
  • Forming a protective cushion and insulation around vital organs;
  • Helping absorb fat soluble vitamins,
  • Providing a reserve storage for energy

Essential fatty acids include unsaturated fatty acids like linoleic, linolinic, and arachidonic acids. These need to be taken in diet. Saturated fats, along with cholesterol, have been implicated in arteriosclerosis and heart disease.

Minerals and Vitamins in Metabolism

The minerals in foods do not contribute directly to energy needs but are important as body regulators and play a role in metabolic pathways of the body. More than 50 elements are found in the human body. About 25 elements have been found to be essential, since a deficiency produces specific deficiency symptoms.

Vitamins are essential organic compounds that the human body cannot synthesize by itself and must therefore, be present in the diet. Vitamins particularly important in metabolism include:

  • Vitamin A
  • B2 (riboflavin)
  • Niacin or nicotinic acid
  • Pantothenic Acid etc.

 

Summary

So there you have it. I sincerely hope that you now have a better understanding of the mechanics and functionality of metabolism, particularly when it comes to general health and weight loss. Fundamentally it’s more about Ying and Yang than it is about smoke and mirrors.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Look at Some of the Top Diet Ingredients to Fight Fat and Get Lean

It is good see that the many promoters of “lose 30 pounds in 30 days” have not swamped common sense when you can still read “Diet and exercise are fundamental elements for losing weight”. However, the same article also says that if you want to bust through a weight loss plateau, supplementation may be the key.

People are continually searching for supplements to help them shed a few pounds and with the proliferation of smartphone and tablets providing Internet access to vast amounts of published data and makes it much easier to answer that nagging question: Which ones actually work?

However, for many, information overload will assign research to the ‘To Hard Basket” and put faith in the in the word of the manufacturer.

 Specific supplements offer hope to those who constantly battle a slow metabolism or overeat at meal or snack time. By choosing the right products, you can attack stubborn fat and achieve your weight loss goals.

This article looks at just what some of those supplements are and then looks to see what ‘negative press’ some have received and should we be concerned.

The top diet ingredients listed are divided into 5 primary Groups which are:

·      PROTEIN

·      FAT BURNERS

·      STIMULANT FREE

·      CURB APPETITE

·      CARB AND FAT INHIBITORS

 

PROTEIN

It has been scientifically shown that eating smaller meals (about 5 per day) can affect your metabolism and cause you to lose more weight than eating an equal number of calories in one or two meals.

Women who added 25g of whey protein twice a day to the 55g of protein they were already consuming lost almost twice as much weight over a 6 month period. However, it should be noted that too much whey protein can lead to abdominal bloating but is usually associated with those involved on body-building and the misguided notion that more is better. As previous mentioned in my last article losing more than 2 pounds per week is possible but it will be more than just fat that is lost.  Previous testing has shown that Men of normal body weight, who were experienced with resistance training went on a calorie restricted diet for two weeks. The men were divided in to two groups with a low protein group eating 74g of protein a day and a high protein group eating 180g of protein a day.

While both groups lost the same amount of fat, the low protein group also lost more than three pounds of lean muscle during the two week study, which was not a desire outcome.  In contrast, the high protein group almost completely preserved their lean mass during weight loss.

Products such as Juice Plus Complete make a strong point of differentiating between whey protein (dairy based) Soy protein which is plant food. The soy in Complete® is made from non-GMO, water washed, minimally-processed soy, similar to crushed edamame.

 Dr. Mitra Ray has a lot more about that subject in relationship to Juice Plus Complete®.

Low-Carb Protein Shake or Meal Replacement

Increase protein to preserve muscle

View the YouTube video on Juice Plus Complete ®  to learn on this subject.

One well tested way to prevent overeating at mealtime or to compensate for mid afternoon energy slumps is to drink a protein shake between meals when you’re feeling hungry. Or, use it as a meal replacement by adding fruit and flaxseed oil, which is rich in omega-3s and slows digestion so you feel full longer.

 

FAT BURNERS

 Thermogenic Formulas

Thermogenic fat burners are formulas that include a blend of ingredients that stimulate the metabolism to burn more fat and calories.

Taking a thermogenic diet formula containing a blend of ingredients 1-3 times a day before meals may boost energy levels, speed the fat burning process, and counteract a slow metabolism resulting from dieting. Typical examples of these ingredients are:

·      Green tea extract,

·      Caffeine,

·      Bitter Orange

o   Citrus Aurantium

o   Synephrine

o   Yerba Maté

 A key point to note is to check that the formulas to be used has sufficient potencies to achieve the desire result and should include links to studies that showed clinical results. For example, you don’t want a product that just has a token amount of green tea. Juice Plus +® has one of the highest number of studies with supporting scientific research but makes not claims to cure any specific medical condition.

Yerba mate is widely consumed as a tea in South America, and it known for its health benefits but also has a number of health risk flags. Maté has been traditionally used as a caffeine- and vitamin-containing beverage for its stimulant, diuretic, and depurative properties. Anticancer and antiatherosclerosis effects, largely because of antioxidant action, have also been suggested. Clinical trials are lacking.

 

STIMULANT FREE 

Stimulant-free products also work well and can be taken later in the day. Many people use them in conjunction with fat burners.

 CLA

Increases muscle to fat ratio


 CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is related to the omega-6 fatty acids, one of the two types of essential fatty acids that help the body increase metabolic rates, boost the immune system and keep cholesterol levels in check. CLA is found in dairy and animal fats, such as beef, lamb, whole milk, and eggs, but cannot be produced by the human body.

CLA is a fatty acid shown in studies to affects two enzymes that preserve lean body mass while reducing body fat.

These two enzymes, one that breaks down fat from the cells and one that breaks down fat in the blood have been shown superior loss of body fat in tests while still giving and increase in lean muscle mass for those taking 2-6g of CLA per day compared to placebo. It appears that CLA helps people lose more fat, prevents fat from being stored, and spares muscle too. It’s known more for its slimming effect where you’ll notice losing inches faster than weight. This is because it increases the proportion of lean muscle to fat. Muscle weighs more than fat, so don’t gauge results strictly by weight loss.

 Green Coffee Bean Extract

Coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants and pharmacologically active compounds. Two of the most important ones are Caffeine and Chlorogenic Acid. The beans (or seeds) found in the berries of coffee trees contain high levels of Chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid works in two ways. First, it reduces the absorption of blood sugar (glucose) by the intestine. Then it inhibits an enzyme in the liver so that less glucose is released into the bloodstream. With less glucose available, the body burns more fat stored in adipose tissues as a source of energy rather than glucose. Clinical studies showed those taking green coffee extract for 60 days experienced 5.7% weight loss and 4% lean mass to fat mass ratio increase. A typical dose is 100 to 400 mg taken before a meal.

 Raspberry Ketones

Raspberry ketone is a natural substance that is the primary aroma compound of red raspberries and gives red raspberries their powerful aroma. It is known to regulate adiponectin which enhances your muscle’s ability to use carbohydrates for energy, boosts your metabolism, increase the rate in which your body breaks down fat, and curbs your appetite. There have not been any human studies yet, but according to animal studies, raspberry ketone causes the fat within cells to break up more effectively, helping burn fat faster. A typical dose is 100 mg per day.

 Chromium

The trace mineral chromium supports healthy insulin function, which helps regulate blood sugar and is necessary for proper metabolism. Keeping blood sugar levels in check may support weight loss. A typical dose is 200 mcg taken once or twice a day.

Amanda Allen describes Chromium picolinate is being a nutritional supplement that works to increase the efficiency of insulin to optimal levels.  Gaining increased popularity in the United States, this supplement has been touted a miracle mineral, one advertised to have myriad effects including weight loss, mood enhancement, energy promotion, increase in life span, and even the prevention of acne (Krzanowski, 1996). Despite these claims she points out that scientific research has been largely unsupportive of the appealing claims made about chromium picolinates ability to significantly aid weight loss. 

 Ashwagandha


For stress-induced over-eating Ashwagandha, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic Healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, and is most well-known for its restorative benefits. Jenna Saunders tells us that in Sanskrit, Ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion, and has traditionally been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness.

In one study, participants taking ashwagandha experienced a 69% decrease in an overall measure of stress plus a 24% reduction in a stress hormone, the same one produced during exercise. This helps inhibit stress-induced over-eating and carb cravings.

 CURB APPETITE



These ingredients are designed to help you feel more full with less food, satisfying your appetite, thereby reducing your calorie intake.

 Glucomannan 

Produced from the konjac root, this fiber absorbs large amounts of water. Ati Maarson (PHD) labels Glucomannan – A Weight Loss Supplement That Works and is a natural, water-soluble dietary fiber extracted from the roots of the elephant yam, also known as konjac. Its success is based on being able to create a comfortable sense of fullness, suppressing your appetite and reducing caloric intake. Research shows it helps slow the absorption of carbohydrates, which minimizes insulin spiking, and it also balances cholesterol and triglyceride levels. One study showed subjects taking 1,000 mg one hour before meals lost 5.5 pounds over 8 weeks. It’s very inexpensive and you can even pull apart the capsules and sprinkle it over your food or add it to a shake. It thickens liquids after a few minutes so drink it soon after mixing. Information given in this study referral also state “Studies have shown glucomannan to be a safe and effective way to lose weight, especially if combined with a fat-burning diet and exercise plan.*” It good to see that reference to an exercise plan.

 Saffron Extract

Works on serotonin and mood. First thing’s first, it’s worth explaining exactly what saffron extract is. For those that are not aware, it originates from a flower which is named the crocus sativus.Saffron is better known in cooking circles and is cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region. In quantitative terms, you would need to obtain over 75,000 flowers to create just one pound of the extract. As you may expect, this has a massive effect on the price of the extract and some sources have been known to sell it for as much as $300 per ounce.

Unfortunately, with most of saffron arising from just one country in the form of Spain, it appears very unlikely for the cost of saffron to reduce in the future.

There are a number of products available, eg Satiereal® is a patent-pending satiety ingredient derived from the flowers of saffron. In the case of Satiereal® this extract is clinically proven to improve levels of serotonin, one of the body’s most important neurotransmitters. Higher serotonin levels can help increase satiety while decreasing appetite. A typical dose is about 150-200 mg per day. Check out this very supporting video on the taking an impacts of Saffron products on YouTube.

 CARB AND FAT INHIBITORS 


White Kidney Bean

Eating carbohydrates can send your blood sugar soaring, causing excess blood sugar (glucose) to convert to fat. White Kidney Beans are carbohydrate inhibitors that work by inhibiting alpha-amylase, the enzyme that converts carbs into glucose. The amylase inhibitor are made from extract of white kidney bean and as a all-natural and stimulant free food don’t cause ethical concerns. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 60 people, those who took this amylase inhibitor lost an average of 6.45 pounds in 30 days compared to less than 1 pound for placebo. It works on carbs like pasta and bread, but not sugar. As with any weight loss program, avoid sugar. Take 500-1,500 mg of northern white kidney bean extract before a carb-laden meal.

 Chitosanan indigestible fiber derived from shellfish that, when taken before or during a meal, forms a gel which binds to dietary fats. This prevents the normal breakdown of fat, allowing it to pass through the body unabsorbed. Take 2-3 capsules before a fat-laden meal.

 Cissus Quadrangularis

Cissus Quandrandular works by affecting the rate of  food absorption.  It helps to reduce the absorption of dietary starch and fat by blocking digestive enzymes that break them down. It is also though that it may also help control emotional eating by raising serotonin levels. One 6-week study in which participants were taking cissus quadrangularis saw them loose 10.6 pounds and reduce fasting blood sugar levels by 15%. The clinically efficacious dose is 150 mg twice daily.

 

Summary Many people achieve weight-loss success by exercising regularly, slightly reducing calorie intake and following a low carb or low glycemic diet plan. Adding supplements may help you burn fat faster, curb appetite and avoid cravings.

 

Declaration: John Norman is an independent distributor of Juice Plus+® and Valentus products.

 

Next Week we shall take a closer look at that all important topic of metabolism plus explore a few more supplements in detail.

 

 

 

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