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How to Boost Your Metabolism

Having a high level of metabolism enables one to maintain burn fat and lose weight fast with the least amount of activity. Metabolism is the rate by which the body produces and consumes energy and calories to support life.

Here are several ways to fire up one’s metabolism:

1. Build up on lean, mean body mass. It is only natural that metabolism decreases along with age, but it is possible to counter the effects. The amount of muscle a person has is a very strong determinant in the ability to burn calories and shed fat. So it goes without saying that exercise is essential. Build strength and resistance by working out at least twice a week, preferably with weights. Do easy exercises in between workouts. Simple tasks such as walking the dog and using the stairs in place of the elevator can already take off calories.
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Party like a superstar without affecting your diet

According to a celebrity fitness expert, it is possible to have an active social life, party and eat out without gainig weight. Watch this video tutorial from Better TV for tips on how to party like a rock star without blowing your diet.

Roles of Triglycerides and Fatty Acids in Nutrition

First and foremost, the triglycerides provide the body with energy. When a person dances all night, his stored triglycerides provide the fuel to keep her moving. when a person loses his appetite, his stored triglycerides fuel much of his body’s work until he can eat again. Stored fat supports many of life’s activities. Stored fat also insulates the body. Fat is a poor conductor of heat, so the layer of fat beneath the skin helps keep the body warm. Fat pads also serve as shock absorbers, supporting and cushioning the vital organs.

Fat also helps the body use its two other energy nutrients,carbohydrate and protein efficiently. Fat fragments combine with glucose fragments during energy metabolism, and fat helps spare protein, providing energy so that protein can be used for other important tasks.

Essential Fatty Acids
The human body needs fatty acids, and it can make all but two of them linoleic acid and linolenic acid. They must be supplied by the diet and are therefore called essential fatty acids. The body uses these essential fatty acids to maintain the structural parts of cell membranes and to make many hormonelike substances known as eicosanoids. Eicosanoids help in regulating the blood pressure, clotting of blood and lipids,and the immune response to injury and infection.

Linoleic acid is the primary member of the omega-6 family. Given linoleic acid, the body can make other members of the omega-6 family such as the 20-carbon polyunsaturated fatty acid, arachidonic acid. Should a linoleic acid deficiency develop, arachidonic acid, and all other fatty acids that derive from linoleic acid, would also become essential and have to be obtained from the diet. Normally, vegetable oils and meats supply enough omega-6 fatty acids to meet the body’s needs.

How to Tell If Packaged Food is Organic

How to Tell If Packaged Food is Organic
Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether a food is organic or not. Fresh produce is easier…it either is, or isn’t organically grown. But packaged foods are trickier. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Look for the USDA certified organic seal. This means at least 95% of the ingredients are organic.
2. If you see a label that says 70% organic, that means that 70% of the ingredients are organic.
3. If the product has less than 70% organic ingredients, it can’t carry an organic label, so you have to read the ingredients on the package. Don’t be fooled by products that you think are organic because their names or packaging look like they are. You have to really read through the ingredients.