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Look in Front of You — Not Behind — to Design the Life You Truly Want

The biggest difference between those who live life on their terms and those who pine for the life they want is a willingness to put the past behind and focus on the present and future. We have no control over the past. We do have control and influence over how we act today and what we do to carve out future plans. Intensive, deep thinking and action form the foundation for personal growth.

My three-year old son is one of the most perceptive people I’ve ever met. He’s brilliant, focused and thoughtful. And yet when we walk around, I sometimes have to make sure he doesn’t walk into a wall or pole. His immersion in thought and reflection on what he’s already seen sometimes leads to him turning back and staring at what’s already come, without looking in front of him.

That’s what leads to the trips, falls and bumps on the head! Ouch!

As his parent, I serve as his “tour guide” to ensure he escapes without bodily harm. He’s infatuated with all the stimuli and amazing things going on in this big, bold world around him. He’s using these experiences to fuel his imagination. He has to grow. He has to try and make sense of things he’s already seen and done. And that’s perfectly fine. But he also has to maintain presence and concern for the moment and future.

I use this analogy as a microcosm for what I feel every one of us faces on our quest for personal growth each day. The hungry and hardworking of us mostly know what will help us and lead us to achieving our goals. We’re instinctively drawn to what’s right and beneficial.

It’s what’s wrong and unhelpful that bogs us down, serving as the “turnovers” or mistakes that wipe out the positive advancements we make. When we dwell on the past and continue to reflect on what’s in our rearview mirror, we stop living in the present and we use less of our creative imagination on designing our future plans.

Intense focus and absorption on the moment leads us to a bolder thinking around future planning. In fact, the more we plan for deep-thinking moment-by-moment, the more we pave the path for our future of continuous progression toward our goals. Take this concept of flow from psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, which illuminates the need for building for our next step.

“To set the stage for flow, goals need to be clearly defined so that you always know your next step. ‘It could be playing the next bar in a scroll of music, or finding the next foothold if you’re a rock climber, or turning the page if you’re reading a good novel. At the same time, you’re kind of anticipating.’”

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Go to the profile of Christopher D. Connors

REF: https://medium.com/personal-growth/look-in-front-of-you-not-behind-to-design-the-life-you-truly-want-21d564e56e34

The MLM Merry Go Round – Time to Get Off

I started a document for myself some time back called "Getting to My Why" but never really finished it. The Market Hive Webinars of the last couple of days have feature Tom talking about the new Afilliate programs that are intended to help entrepreneurs find and fully understand their "Why". This has prompted me to revisit my eartier efforts and in doing so has helped me understand why I was never really going to make it in Multilevel Marketing, despite some very good products and services being offered. The whole repeatitive, prescriptive, "easily duplicated" approach just did not float my boat and certainly did not put fire in my belly. As many know, the post convention buzz fades and you are left trying to understand how to keep you motor running.

Mind you, If I had bothered to think about it I should have know that this was one set of spots that could not be changed because as a professional IT project manager the projects that really had me humming were the less than conventional ones where I was very involved with both the creation and delivery of the solution.

Just wanting to succeed in MLM was never going to be enough and so have now pinned down my WHY more clearly (which I believe is a fundamental a fear of failure and a need to prove to myself capable of creating a business that will benefit many, and whose financial success will  quash any nagging doubts I may have about having the abiity to succeed.) There may be another layer to that onion but for now it will have to do.

Having made that acknowledgement, I have come full circle back to my earlier, pre MLM period, efforts to build my own e-commerce site based around weight  loss and ultising my domain name weightlossdna.nz (under construction) where I feel I have more control over what it is and looking to use Market Hive as an integral part of the development process. 

The MLM Merry Go Round has stopped and I have stepped off.

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Ginseng Extract

Ginseng is valued for its ability to boost energy levels and speed metabolism. Certain herbs and spices can help you maintain a healthy body weight by increasing your metabolism, shrinking fat tissue and suppressing your appetite. Ginseng is known to combat the free radicals that give the human skin mantle that look of premature aging.

Panax ginseng, in particular, has been linked to weight loss benefits, with one study showing obese, diabetic mice given panax ginseng extracts not only had improvements in insulin sensitivity, but also lost a significant amount of weight after 12 days.

This root is an immune system balancing, super supplement that should be admired by all. Other herbs and spice are also known to assist with controlling appetite and weight loss. Ginseng, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger may all support your weight loss goals when added generously to your meals

            Other obesity-fighting herbs and spices include cardamom, dandelion, cumin and mustard.

In addition to their benefits for weight, herbs and spices are actually some of the most potent antioxidants in your food supply, and may help fight heart disease and other chronic diseases, as well as premature aging.

Valentus’ pure 100:1 extract works extremely well when combined with our other proprietary ingredients.


America Ginseng

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolis) is a herb that grows mainly in North America. Wild American ginseng is in such high demand that it has been declared a threatened or endangered species in some states in the United States.

People take American ginseng by mouth for stress, to boost the immune system, and as a stimulant.

American ginseng is often used to fight infections such as colds and flu. There is some evidence that it might help prevent colds and flu and make symptoms milder when infections do occur.

American ginseng is used for other infections including HIV/AIDS, infections of the intestine (dysentery), and particular infections (Pseudomonas infections) that are common in people with cystic fibrosis.

Some people use American ginseng to improve digestion and for loss of appetite, as well as for vomiting, inflammation of the colon (colitis), and inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis).

American ginseng is also used for low iron in the blood (anemia), diabetes, insulin resistance related to HIV treatments, cancer-related fatigue, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping (insomnia), nerve pain, erectile dysfunction (ED), fever, hangover symptoms, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), blood and bleeding disorders, breast cancer, dizziness, headaches, convulsions, fibromyalgia, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), memory loss, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, improving athletic performance, improving mental performance, as an anti-aging aid, menopausal symptoms, complications during pregnancy or childbirth, and for nervous exhaustion (neurasthenia).

Don’t confuse American ginseng with Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) or Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). They have different medicinal effects.

How does it work?

American ginseng contains chemicals called ginsenosides that seem to affect insulin levels in the body and lower blood sugar. Other chemicals, called polysaccharides, might affect the immune system.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth, American ginseng can cause some side effects including diarrhea, itching, trouble sleeping (insomnia), headache, and nervousness. In some people, American ginseng might also cause rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure or decreased blood pressure, breast tenderness, vaginal bleeding in women, and other side effects. Uncommon side effects that have been reported include a severe rash called Stevens-Johnson syndrome, liver damage, and severe allergic reaction.

Other Names:

American Ginseng, Anchi Ginseng, Baie Rouge, Canadian Ginseng, Ginseng, Ginseng à Cinq Folioles, Ginseng Américain, Ginseng Americano, Ginseng d'Amérique, Ginseng D’Amérique du Nord, Ginseng Canadien, Ginseng de l’Ontario, Ginseng du Wisconsin, Ginseng Occidental, Ginseng Root, North American Ginseng, Occidental Ginseng, Ontario Ginseng, Panax Quinquefolia, Panax Quinquefolium, Panax quinquefolius, Racine de Ginseng, Red Berry, Ren Shen, Sang, Shang, Shi Yang Seng, Wisconsin Ginseng, Xi Yang Shen.

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How Effective is Gardenia Cambogia?

How Effective is Garcinia Cambogia?


According to key facts from the World Health Organisation:

Key facts

  • •    Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
  • •    In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.
  • •    39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese.
  • •    Most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • •    42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013.
  • •    Obesity is preventable.

There are many ingredients that are claimed to assist in the process of weight loss. The following is the first in a series of articles that looks at one of the most  popular.

Garcinia cambogia, also known as the Malabar tamarind, is a small, sweet tropical tree fruit shaped like a pumpkin. In the late 1960s, scientists discovered an acid in the fruit somewhat similar to the citric acid found in fruits like oranges and lemons.


That acid, known as hydroxycitric acid, and commonly referred to as HCA—has had mixed popularity over the last 20 years. Many have openly touted it as a miracle weight loss supplement and while others have condemned it as being only effective in rats.

However, since late 2012 HCA as entered the weight loss vocabulary and people around the world chat about "garcinia" like that's the name of their new personal trainer.  The key fact that escapes many is that HCA isn't a miracle; it's a tool and anyone with any nous will know that to be effective it needs to be used in the right way. Often a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

One thing we know is that HCA blocks a portion of an enzyme called citrate lyase, which helps turn sugars and starches into fat.

Block that enzyme, and carbohydrates get diverted into energy production rather than accumulating as body fat. Then, when you burn fat through effective training, there's less to replace it, and your overall fat level goes down. Note the statement : burn fat through effective training. Not siting on your backside waiting for the pounds/ kilos to drop off.

HCA also seems to have an ability to help suppress the appetite, but not in the same way as a stimulant-based diet pill. Rather, it increases the level of satiety—satisfaction you receive from food—making it easier to eat less. The mechanism by which it achieves this isn't entirely clear yet. Some studies have suggested that it produces a metabolic change by sending an appetite-suppressing signal to the brain via the amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan, which is a direct precursor to the so-called "happy hormone," serotonin. Subsequent studies have shown elevated serotonin levels in subjects who took HCA supplements, this giving support for this theory.


Whatever the actual mechanism, what has clearly been proven is that the manner and quality of HCA taken is crucial to its success. 

Harry Preuss, a researcher and pathologist at Georgetown University decided to take another look at HCA following on from early lackluster results. Pruess discover that if HCA was not blended with calcium, potassium, or magnesium salts it has a tendency to end up as inactive form of the compound known as free HCA into HCA lactone. By add these salts the rate of degradation is significantly decreased.

These salts, which are added at a 1-to-1 or higher ratio in most commercial HCA supplements, also help your body more easily absorb the hydroxycitrate.

Preuss states that, "If you have almost a pure calcium hydroxycitrate, it's just not going to work." Preuss prefers hydroxycitrate that is bound to both calcium and potassium; he says the bond dramatically increases the absorption and effectiveness of HCA. Field studies run by Prues followed 30 healthy but overweight people ages 21-50 over an 8-week period. All of the subjects consumed a diet of 2,000 calories per day and walked for half an hour five days per week.  One group was given Super CitriMax, a patented form of HCA bound with both calcium and potassium. The other group was given a placebo. At the end of the study, the placebo group had lost an average of three pounds, but the HCA group had lost an average of 12 pounds—a whopping 400 percent more weight. Their average BMI fell by 6.3 percent; in the placebo group, it fell only 1.7 percent.

In a second similar study, Preuss and his colleagues tested 60 people, and this time, the HCA group lost an average of 10.5 pounds compared to the placebo group, which lost an average of 3.5 pounds.

"Perhaps the most remarkable result was in appetite control," Preuss says of the second study. "The placebo group had no change, but the HCA group had a 16 percent reduction in the amount of food they ate per meal!"

It's far too easy to view supplements purely from the perspective of either "I take it" or "I don't take it." With some supplements, that's precise enough to see an effect. But the lesson here is that how you take HCA matters. As such, Preuss has taken the new wave of HCA popularity as an opportunity to remind us all about how to get the most out of this supplement, most recently in a paper he co-authored for the Alliance for Natural Health in 2013 titled "Garcinia Cambogia: How to Optimize its Effects”.

  1. Choose a preparation that is at a minimum 50 percent HCA and is not composed wholly of calcium salts: Make sure potassium (K) and/or magnesium (Mg) is present. If the product has a low lactone content, that is even better.
  2. Be sure to take an adequate dose. For a Ca/K preparation used successfully and reported in a peer-reviewed publication, the dose of extract was near 1.5 g, three times per day before meals. In this 60 percent HCA preparation, that approximates 0.9 g of HCA prior to each meal.
  3. Take the preparation on an empty stomach, i.e., 30-60 minutes before each meal.
  4. Remember, "If you don't comply, don't complain." Take the right dose at the right time.


Why on an empty stomach? It takes advantage of the appetite-curbing effect of the supplement, but even more important, HCA needs some space to work its magic.

"In the presence of food, the hydroxycitrate salt can bind to some of the components in the meal and be inactivated," Preuss writes. "This is called the 'food effect' and can seriously reduce the bioavailability of a number of supplements, not just HCA."

Follow these guidelines, and HCA can be an addition to your arsenal. Side effects are rare at the kind of reasonable doses that Preuss recommends, and since it's not a stimulant, you don't need to worry about it affecting your sleep or mood. If you're looking to control your weight and are committed to eating right and working out, don't be afraid to add this popular supplement into the mix!




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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!!) 

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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)


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



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


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.



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







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.



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


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.


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. 


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.


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


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.


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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A Healthy Approach to Weight loss

A Healthy Approach to Weight loss


There are unfortunate ironies around the fact the in many parts of the world millions of people suffer from starvation and long term malnutrition while multi-billion dollar industries feed off global obesity and a desperation driven desire for weight loss. While that is a reflection of the ethics of global society this article looks are various issues associated with weight loss.


What is healthy weight loss?

I suspect that the desire to losing weight has been around since one man learnt how to get fat on the labors of another. While it is only natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly the introduction of pharmaceutical solutions and the age of instant gratification has tended to blind those on ‘yet another diet’ as to what is exactly physically possible or vaguely in the realms of common sense. But evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week/ 1 Kg) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program”. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits. Sure it is possible to lose more than 2 pounds per week but it will be more than just fat that is lost. It will be vital protein and a continued focus on absolute weight loss can lead to other problems and mental illnesses such as Anorexia Nervosa.

Essentially its simple math, to lose weight, you must use up more calories than you take in. There are those who would prefer to ignore that basic fact and focus on achieving a desired weight regardless of their Body Mass Index (BMI) and whether it is even achievable. According to Jack Medina when someone goes on a diet his or her body does not know it’s on a diet and shuts down systems in order to compensate for the lack on energy coming into your body. Since one pound equals 3,500 calories, you need to reduce your caloric intake by 500—1000 calories per day to lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week. However, you still need to fuel you body sufficiently to perform your normal daily functions. How many calories is that? There is no single answer given that everyone is different. The number of calories is 10 times the current or desired body weight (in pounds)  [Approx 4 time the same weight in Kilograms]. If you’re engaged in high cardio activities then you need at least twice that.


Once you’ve achieved a healthy weight, by relying on healthful eating and physical activity most days of the week you are more likely to be successful at keeping the weight off over the long term.

However, for those who struggle to implement the self-discipline for exercise or reduced food intake there are products available that contain appetite suppressants. One such brand is called Prevail from Valentus whose primary product is called SlimRoast and is an Italian dark roast coffee that claims to:

         Controls appetite

         Regulates sugar absorption

         Regulates fat absorption

         Promotes brain health and focus

         Elevates mood


It contains:

Non GMO Dark Roast Coffee, Chlorogenic Acid, Garcinia Cambogia 95%, Phaseolamin, Cassiolamine Green Tea 100:1 Extract, Ginseng 100:1 Extract, L-Carnitine with Chromium.


Losing weight is not easy, and it takes commitment.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting started.

Step 1: Make a commitment.

Making the decision to lose weight, change your lifestyle, and become healthier is a big step to take. Start simply by making a commitment to yourself.

Step 2: Take stock of where you are.

Depending upon serious your weight problem is you might like to consider talking to your health care provider. Keep a “food diary” for a few days to help you raise awareness of what you’re actually eating. This awareness can help you avoid mindless eating.

Step 3: Set realistic goals.

You need to develop a plan that takes you through to your target weight. Don’t be afraid to reward yourself along the way for each goal achieved. If your long-term goal is to lose 40 pounds and to control your high blood pressure, some short-term eating and physical activity goals might be to start eating breakfast, taking a 15 minute walk in the evenings, or having a salad or vegetable with supper.

Focus on two or three goals at a time. Great, effective goals are —



       Forgiving (less than perfect)

For example, “Exercise More” is not a specific goal. But if you say, “I will walk 15 minutes, 3 days a week for the first week,” you are setting a specific and realistic goal for the first week.


These activities will be easier to stick with over the long term.


Step 4: Identify resources for information and support.

Information is power and will support you in your march towards your goals. 

Step 5: Continually “check in” with yourself to monitor your progress.

Doc Deming, the architect of continuous improvement, put it simply with Plan, Do Check, and Act.

Reward yourself for your successes! Recognize when you’re meeting your goals and be proud of your progress by using non-food rewards.


Even Modest Weight Loss Can Mean Big Benefits

Provided you have set a goal for weight reduction, no matter how modest, the results will still be beneficial in terms of improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.

For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, a 5 percent weight loss equals 10 pounds, bringing your weight down to 190 pounds. While this weight may still be in the “overweight” or “obese” range, this modest weight loss can decrease your risk factors for chronic diseases related to obesity. There are also additional ways to improve these results by taking supplementary whole foods that address the issues of a complete and balanced nutrition while be helpful with your weight reduction program.


So even if the overall goal seems large, see it as a journey rather than just a final destination. You’ll learn new eating and physical activity habits that will help you live a healthier lifestyle. These habits may help you maintain your weight loss over time.

Improving Your Eating Habits

The constant demand to be ‘somewhere else or rushing to beat the traffic’ often results in poor nutrition that soon becomes strong eating habits. Some are good (“I always eat breakfast”), and some are not so good (“I always clean my plate”).

Making sudden, radical changes to eating habits such as eating nothing but cabbage soup, can lead to short term weight loss. However, such radical changes are neither healthy nor a good idea, and won’t be successful in the long run. Permanently improving your eating habits requires a thoughtful approach in which you Reflect, Replace, and Reinforce.      

            REFLECT on all of your specific eating habits, both bad and good; and, your common triggers for unhealthy eating.

           REPLACE your unhealthy eating habits with healthier ones.

                REINFORCE your new, healthier eating habits.



Reflect, Replace, Reinforce: A process for improving your eating habits

1. Create a list of your eating habits.

2. Highlight the habits

3. Look at the unhealthy eating habits Replace unhealthy habits with new, healthy ones. For example, in reflecting upon your eating habits, you may realize that you eat too fast when you eat alone. So, make a commitment to share a lunch each week with a colleague, or have a neighbor over for dinner one night a week. Other strategies might include putting your fork down between bites or minimizing other distractions (i.e. watching the news during dinner) that might keep you from paying attention to how quickly — and how much — you’re eating.

4.Here are more ideas to help you replace unhealthy habits:

   Eat more slowly. If you eat too quickly, you may “clean your plate” instead of paying attention to whether your hunger is satisfied.

   Eat only when you’re truly hungry instead of when you are tired, anxious, or feeling an emotion besides hunger.

   Plan meals ahead of time to ensure that you eat a healthy well-balanced meal.

Reinforce your new, healthy habits and be patient with yourself. Habits take time to develop. It doesn’t happen overnight. Be careful not to berate yourself or think that one mistake “blows” a whole day’s worth of healthy habits. You can do it! It just takes one day at a time!

Declaration: John Norman is a distributor for both Valentus and Juice Plus+® products.

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