Friday, August 12, 2011

Fun Friday, Well Maybe More Like Exhausted Friday!

Hello All, I have been trying to think of something today to write about but my brain just not working today. So I went to my old friend, The Mayo Clinic. This article talks a little about how I feel today. How not getting enough good sleep can effect weight loss. Remember Recipe Sunday, Someone send me a "healthy" recipe, Please!

Slow metabolism: Is it to blame for weight gain?

My sister says that she's overweight because she has a slow metabolism. Is there such a thing?

from Donald Hensrud, M.D.
Yes, there is such a thing as a slow metabolism. But it's rare, and it's usually not what's behind being overweight or obesity — that's usually a matter of diet and exercise.

Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Even when you're at rest, your body needs energy for functions such as breathing, circulating blood and repairing cells. The number of calories your body uses for these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR).

Several factors determine your basal metabolic rate:

Your body size and composition. If you're larger or have more muscle mass, you will burn more calories, even at rest. (So overweight people are more likely to have a faster metabolic rate — not a slower one.)

Your sex, (men get your mind out of the gutter) If you're a man, you probably have less body fat and more muscle mass than a woman of the same age, so you burn more calories.

Your age. As you get older, your muscle mass decreases, which slows down the rate at which you burn calories. Rather than metabolism, factors more likely to contribute to weight gain include:
Eating too many calories
Getting too little exercise
Genetics and family history
Certain medications
Unhealthy habits, such as skipping breakfast or not      
getting enough sleep. [I was guilty of both of these but changed that and feel better for it.]

If you're concerned about your weight, talk with your doctor about healthy changes you can make. And if you still think your metabolism is too slow, your doctor can check it or check it for conditions that can cause problems with metabolism, such as hypothyroidism and Cushing's syndrome.

Stress Reducers:
Allow yourself time - everyday - for privacy, quiet, and introspection.

If an especially unpleasant task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over with, then the rest of your day will be free of anxiety.

Learn to delegate responsibility to capable others.

 Word of Wisdom:
No matter what may have happened yesterday, a new day of fresh possibility has dawned. You are not the same person today as you were yesterday!

Well it is almost time to go for my 3rd walk today so take care and have a fun but safe weekend.

May the Lord Always Help You Carry Your Burdens.


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