On Monday Dr. Oz gave us one possible answer for why it’s so hard to maintain/lose weight after 40. “It’s your metabolism stupid!” Those weren’t his exact words, but they might as well have been. During the show Dr. Oz shared a few inexpensive metabolism boosters and a couple of neat must-haves. I’ve added a couple of my own to come up with this week’s Five for Friday…
1. Remember those plank exercises for your core? Try watching a night of TV balancing on The Gaiam Balance Ball Chair. The chair provides toning and shaping for your core while helping to alleviate the aching back and legs that comes from sitting at a desk all day. It’s designed for people between 5-feet and 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighs 13 pounds and has a 300lb weight capacity. The Balance Ball Chair retails for around $80. Happy balancing!
2. Oolong Tea – This traditional Chinese tea has been shown to aid the body in burning fat. Oolong should be prepared with 180 to 190 °F (82 to 88 °C) water (not boiling) and steeped 3–4 minutes. Premium quality Oolong can be brewed repeatedly and, unlike other teas, improves with reuse.
3. Hot Stuff – Studies have shown that eating a single spicy meal can raise your metabolism by up to 25%, with the spike in calorie burning lasting for hours. Peppers like jalapeno, habenoro, cayenne and even just plain black, boost your metabolism by increasing your heart rate. One note, add the heat to healthy foods, I don’t think it helps much if you’re eating a heaping plate(s) of spicy pork.
4. Pasta – Well, some pasta. If you’re going to eat pasta anyway, why not eat the kind that’s high in fiber. I’ve been cooking with Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta for a couple of years now and trust me, you can’t taste the difference. Each serving has 7grams of fiber and is enriched with Vitamin D. Click here to get a $1 off printable coupon.
5. A serving is in the eye of the beholder – A can of soda should be one serving, shouldn’t it? But it isn’t. Neither is a “bowl” of cereal. If you, like I do, consider a serving size to be whatever fits on your plate, that could be part of the problem. The Perfect Portions Digital Scale is a food scale and calculator in one. It lets you track the calories, carbs, sugar, fiber and sodium in what you eat, and just as importantly helps make sure you’re eating the proper serving size. The scale retails at around $50.00.
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