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Liquid weight loss

22 Jan

According to the NHS obesity reduces the average life expectancy by two years! Now I’d quite like to live two extra years, so I went looking for easy ways to help shift the pounds. While there are a lot of well known pieces of advice (some of which you will find here), I wanted to concentrate on the do-able and quickly realised there was a whole sub-section of advice on liquids that can help weight loss. Here’s what I found.

Milk

As a kid I loved drinking milk, now I was not a small child, so I ditched glasses of milk to help get my weight down and as I started working out at the gym, took to drinking sports drinks. It would appear that I was completely off the mark! Researchers at McMaster University found that subjects who downed 600ml of skimmed milk after a weights session lost nearly twice as much fat as those refuelling with a sports drink. So while I can’t take milk to the gym, I can at least have a glass after a home workout.

Hot milk can also help you sleep due to its high calcium content, as well as tryptophan, which the body turns into serotonin that can make you drowsy.

This is important to weight loss because sleep regulates hormones in your body that influence hunger according to WebMD

Michael Breus, PhD, a faculty member of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and director of The Sleep Disorders Centers of Southeastern LungCare in Atlanta explained to WebMD; “Leptin and ghrelin are both horemones that work in a kind of “checks and balances” system to control feelings of hunger and fullness. Ghrelin, which is produced in the gastrointestinal tract, stimulates appetite, while leptin, produced in fat cells, sends a signal to thebrain when you are full.

So what’s the connection to sleep? “When you don’t get enough sleep, it drives leptin levels down, which means you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want more food.”

Green Tea

The thermogenic properties of this drink have come into question, with research from Switzerland showing an average 24 hour increase in metabolism of 79 calories. However a) every little counts and b) it certainly beats tea with milk and two sugars, which is around 40 cals per mug!

Water

Dhydration is often mistaken for hunger, so we end up eating when all we really need is a drink. According to GoodToKnow water is also useful in the breakdown of fat cells, which harden up when we are dehydrated. So if you are dieting or working out remember to drink lots of water.

Protein shakes

I‘ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with protein shakes. At first I consumed these regularly to help build muscle, however, I’m no professional athlete and I soon began to put on fat. With this in mind I stopped using the shakes and have lost some weight at the expense of building muscle.

According to the Marquette General Health System, we need muscle to burn fat and the more muscle we are able to maintain the more calories we burn as muscle is active and needs energy to function. it is even better at burning calories when you aren’t doing anything.

So what’s the compromise? Well it’s not really a compromise, more of a decision. Though it’s a bit expensive for me, I’ve decided to spend that little bit extra and buy a low-calorie protein shake. The one I have chosen is MaxiMuscle Promax Diet. It’s not the best tasting (or by far the worst either), but then that’s not really important. Having bought a few protein shakes in my time, I’d say a good rule of thumb is, if you enjoy drinking it, it’s probably not that good for you!

Tabasco sauce

According to Live Strong, this spicy sauce has no calorific value, making it perfect for giving flavour to less exciting low-calorie foods. I love the stuff, so this is very easy to implement. What’s more the capsaicin from the pepper has thermogenic properties, so it helps to speed up your metabolism, even if it’s by a small amount, it’s better than nothing!

The only concern to have is that Tabasco sauce has a high amount of sodium, which in excessive use can have serious health implications over time and will cause water retention.

So that’s it for my quest for weight loss liquids. I hope it’s helpful.

Ni

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Weird Dream or Excellent Medical Drama/Comedy

20 Dec

 

Ok so this post isn’t strictly about health, but I really did have to share this.

So I had a dream last night of the best trash, low-budget medical comedy ever! If this was made into a series it would make scrubs look like ER.

The dream opened with myself in first person walking through a hospital. I was a doctor and was discussing a patient with a female colleague. We come across a stand selling cream pies and a woman had dropped hers and was complaining that they had added cinnamon that she hadn’t asked for.

We then find out that there is a strange form of diabetes running through the women and children in the hospital that leaves them all hairless. At this point it’s not that wide-spread, but it is affecting more people by the minute.

The problem escalates and we have to use quarantine facilities while we work out what’s going on. While talking to a male colleague I notice one of the nurses has dropped here cream pie too.

The conversation continues throughout the day, a woman drops a cream pie in the lift and we have to walk to an emergency meeting to figure out what’s going on with this bizarre new strain of diabetes. We also pass the fist male colleague to get the disease, he is the only man to get it.

During the meeting the view goes to 3rd person and there’s a cliché flashback to the women dropping pies as we realise that someone is poisoning them.

The theory is that the poison from the pies is affecting anyone who hasn’t gone through male puberty.

We all go to confront the pie merchants, but only the women make it as the men go crazy and try to stop them. The poison it seems evokes a strong aversion to having children to the point that the men go insane.

We then cut to one woman played by Miracle Laurie  (yes that’s her name) who is confronted by head doctor Dan Akyroyd, who tries to kill Miracle using a bazooka. Cue ridiculous cliché explosions and diving around.

Sadly I woke up then, but with some comedy banter thrown in I think it would be an amazing show – if a little niche…

Anyway this wasn’t really health related at all, but I hope you enjoyed it!!

Movember – the result!

30 Nov

Moustache season is nearly over and after 30 days of growing my mo and suffering the consequences, I can now announce that I have raised…

£255!!!

My team, The Hackney Mo’s have raised a total of £520.

All the money raised during Movember goes to help combat protate and other men’s cancers. What’s more you can still donate here http://mobro.co/TheEndIsNi

Here’s a picture of me pulling my best moustache face (it’s slightly picasso-esque)

Ni

 

Movember – 11 days in

11 Nov

 

IT’S already 11 days into Movember, the month in which men around the world grow moustaches to raise money and awareness of prostate cancer and other mens health issues.

Havinging lost my dad to cancer at the end of November last year, I decided to take on the challenge of growing a ‘Mo’, as they call it, to help the effort.

Finding out that my dad had cancer was a shock, though not all together suprising as he had smoked and drank for the majority of his life. However watching the man who brought me up slowly disappear into himself and lose all his ability was tough to say the least and the effect it had on my mother was hard. While as a family we are coping with his loss, it’s not something I would wish on anyone else, so while my efforts may not stop cancer, at least they’re helping in some way.

OK harrowing bit over. So from my usual babyfaced looks, I have managed to transorm into a moustacheod man (I know that isn’t a word… is it?) and have already raised nearly £150 in donations, thanks to a lot of kind people, including a massive £100 donation from @Clarioncomms.

I'm unconvinced on my Mo and have never before realised quite how big my nose is... i't's massive

While I haven’t inherited my dad’s ability to wear and suit a moustache, I am determined to keep it growing until the end of November. Who knows I may even come to like it.

If you are kind and able enough to make a donation, or even if you just want to keep up on my progress and poke fun, please visit my Mo Space here: http://mobro.co/TheEndIsNi

You’ll also be able to see the efforts of the rest of the 34 Kelshall Court Mo Bros as the whole flat is in on the team!

Every little helps and it will all be very much appreciated and don’t forget we’re looking to get mo’ money for no problems.

 

The challenge: week two

1 Aug

Time to lace up my trainers and hit the streets!


So, last week I began my first challenge to run home from work every day. Not the hardest task in the world, but I am just starting out in getting my health back.

Well at the end of week one I had run home four times and completed a 10k run, which, although not as fast as when I was in my best shape, were still not that bad.

I’ve now finished my first day of week two and have shaved nearly four minutes off my time. I’m now down to 26 minutes for the 5-6k run.

I really want to get down to under 25 minutes so will have to really put in the effort over the next week.

Wish me luck,

Ni The Supplementer