Monday, 4 August 2014

Can Your Metabolic Rate Make You Gain Or Lose Weight?

When patients tell me their weight problems are due to a “slow metabolism”, I think they truly believe that their bodies simply burn calories at a slower pace than other people’s bodies do. In their minds, if they only they could speed up the process, their weight problems would be solved. But what is “metabolism”, exactly? And – more importantly – is there anything you can do to change it?

Truths and myths about metabolism 
In truth, your body weight and your metabolic rate are linked – but perhaps not in the way you might think. Simply stated, the term metabolism refers to all the chemical processes that your body undergoes every day in order to keep you alive. When your body converts the calories in your food into energy, or manufactures specialized chemicals that your cells need in order to do their job – those are metabolic processes. These processes your body performs every day – hundreds of them – make up your “metabolism”.

I can see how the term metabolic rate could confuse people. When you hear the word “rate”, you might think “speed” or “tempo” – so, it’s reasonable to assume that metabolic rate can only mean how fast (or slow) your body performs its work.

In reality, though, your metabolic rate (or, more accurately, your resting metabolic rate) refers to
the number of calories you burn during a 24-hour period just to keep your body’s most basic processes going – processes like pumping blood, or breathing. Of course, this isn't all the calories you burn in a day, but your resting metabolic rate accounts for a sizable chunk – about 75% of total calories you use up every

What factors influence metabolic rate? 
Some people’s bodies use up more calories to perform these basic metabolic processes than others (you might think they have a “fast” metabolism). And for those who seem to require very few calories, you might think their metabolism is “slow”. 

But now that you know that your metabolic rate isn't really about how quickly you burn calories – it’s really the number of calories you burn each day – you can’t technically make your body burn calories any faster.

But, let’s look at what affects your metabolic rate in the first place – it will give you a better sense for what you can and can’t do to change it.

Your body size
Larger people have higher metabolic rates than smaller people do, and this is due largely to the simple fact that they just have more cells – each of which is doing some metabolic work. That’s one reason that men usually have higher metabolic rates then women – they just tend to have bigger bodies overall.

Your body composition
A very important factor in determining your metabolic rate is your lean body mass. Imagine that your body is divided into two parts: one part is your fat, and the other part is your lean body mass (everything else that isn’t fat, like bone, fluids, organs and muscles).

This lean body mass determines your metabolic rate because every pound of lean mass you
have burns about 14 calories per day (or about 30 calories per kilogram) – while a pound of fat
only uses up about two. Muscle cells have a lot more machinery that converts calories into energy than your fat cells do, so it makes sense that as your muscle mass increases, so would your metabolic rate

Your age
As you age, there is a tendency to lose some muscle mass. Natural hormonal changes contribute to some loss of muscle mass. Furthermore, the muscle damage that results
from everyday wear and tear isn’t repaired quite as quickly as you age – and that can contribute to some muscle loss, too. With fewer muscle cells overall, you can’t help but burn fewer calories over the course of the day.

Your gender
Men have higher rates than women do for two simple reasons. They tend to be larger overall, and they tend to have more muscle mass than women do.

Cutting your calorie intake too much
It’s true that when you cut your calorie intake too much, your metabolic rate can take a dip. This makes sense if you think about it – your body is just trying to do the same metabolic work with fewer calories in order to keep you alive. But, in general, these decreases are relatively small, especially if you make modest – rather than dramatic – decreases in your calorie intake as you attempt to lose weight.

So, what can I do to boost my metabolic rate? Now that you know what factors affect your metabolic rate, what can you do about it?

• Eat enough protein.
Your body uses the protein you eat to build and repair muscle tissue. If you don’t consume enough protein in your diet, your body simply doesn't have the raw materials it needs to manufacture and repair your muscle cells.

• Build muscle mass.
This is probably one of the most important things you can do, since building muscle will increase the amount of lean body mass you have – which increases your overall resting metabolic rate. And, don’t think strength training is only for the younger set – with the right diet and proper exercise, your body is capable of building muscle at any age.

• Increase your daily activity.
Any activity burns calories, but that, in itself, doesn’t affect your metabolic rate. But, when you exercise, you are using your muscles to move your body – and that helps to preserve your lean body mass.

And, bumping up your activity can also help to offset any dips in your metabolic rate as a result of cutting your calorie day are used simply to keep your body ticking.

Article written by Susan Bowerman MS, RD, CSSD. Susan is a paid consultant for Herbalife.
Nutrition Information from Herbalife-Hub, August 2014.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Top 10 Beauty Tips From Head to Toe

1. A healthy diet equals healthy skin.
There is nothing as important to healthy skin and hair as a healthy diet loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Fruits and vegetables can help boost the skin’s natural defences against sun damage and wrinkles. Start each day with an Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritious Mixed Soy Powder Drink to ensure you are getting the best nutrition possible for healthy skin and hair.

2. Take a daily multivitamin.
Your body needs total nutrition to promote healthy, younger-looking skin and a good multi-vitamin is a great source for antioxidants.

3. Apply sunscreen from head to toe.
Minimising exposure to the sun and using sunscreen are vital steps in our everyday beauty regimens. Sun damage leads to premature ageing by contributing to fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots on the skin. Daily application of a moisturiser with SPF 15 or above not only helps protect you from the damaging effects of the sun during ordinary, everyday exposure, but also helps achieve healthy, beautiful skin.

4. No smoking!
Smoking has negative effects on the entire body, including the skin. It robs skin cells of much needed oxygen, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Smoking can interfere with the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers - which give our skin its tone and elasticity – and can cause wrinkling and premature sagging. On top of all that, because nicotine is a diuretic, smoking dries out the skin. The bottom line: Smoking is a major no-no for the skin.

5. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Both caffeine and alcohol accelerate the loss of water from the body and, unfortunately, the skin in particular. Excess intake of these substances can be very dehydrating, diminishing smoothness and softness of the skin. An extreme amount of alcohol can also cause capillaries to break under the skin, resulting in red patches. When it comes to caffeine, it’s important to remember that chocolate, tea and sodas often contain the stimulant – not just coffee. Be sure to use the Herbalife SKIN Purifying Mint Clay Mask to help alleviate the effects of dehydration.

6. Get your beauty sleep!
It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason, and eight hours a night makes a real difference. A good night’s sleep not only helps with mental clarity and energy, but also helps the body’s healing and repairing processes. During sleep, the body (including the skin) works to repair the damage it incurred throughout the day. To aid that process, apply Herbalife SKIN Replenishing Night Cream before going to bed. A good night’s sleep can help to eliminate puffy and irritated eyes, dark circles and a pale complexion.

7. Avoid fluids close to bedtime.
If you want to look your best in the morning, here is a simple tip: Stop drinking fluids at least two to three hours before going to bed. When you consume too much fluid prior to bedtime, you run the risk of waking up puffy, especially under the eyes. If this happens reach for the Herbalife SKIN Firming Eye Gel to help improve skin’s elasticity.

8. Lather, rinse, repeat!
A “bad hair day” can most definitely ruin our mood. We can be so rushed in the morning that our hair doesn’t get the full attention it needs to look healthy, shiny and beautiful. We don’t scrub the scalp enough to remove excess oils and buildup, and we don’t completely rinse shampoo and conditioner out of our hair, resulting in unmanageable locks. Rinse, rinse and rinse again to ensure that all traces of shampoo and conditioner have been washed out of the hair. If you can bear it, use cool water to seal the hair’s cuticle to give you more shine.

9. It’s not all about the face!
We devote so much attention to the face that we tend to neglect the rest of the body. Yes, the face is very important and commands most of our visual attention; but the beauty of a fabulous face can quickly be overwhelmed by other less appealing body parts. Beauty from head to toe is the best rule of thumb. Pay attention to your hands and nails, and make sure they are always moisturised to avoid a rough, scaly look. Don’t forget the elbows! Scaly elbows are screaming for moisture and can look unattractive if ignored. Moisturise your d├ęcolletage to avoid a dry, crepey appearance in the neck and chest area. Pay attention to your feet. Be sure to keep your toes and heels moisturised and free of dry, ashy skin. The Herbalife Herbal Aloe Bath and Body products are perfect for the entire body.

10, Go ahead and SMILE!
The guaranteed go-to thing in any daily beauty regimen is a great big smile. A smile lights up your entire face, making you look young, friendly and approachable. What smile isn’t beautiful? The best part is that smiles are contagious, allowing us to create a cascade of beauty as we smile throughout the day.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

Herbalife Nutrition: Ramadan Eating Guide

Wishes all out Muslim friends "Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri" Just to share a simple tip how to eat and stay healthy during Ramadan month. 

For current Herbalife nutrition consumer or you planning to get start. Let check out this healthy eating guide with Herbalife nutrition.

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Why Free Radicals Are The Root Of All Diseases

What is free radicals

In small quantities, Free Radicals can be beneficial to our body. They protect white blood cells from being attacked by invading bacteria, mould, viruses and foreign bodies. However, when free radicals are in excess, they become harmful and destroy body cells and tissues. The harmful free radicals multiply under the influence of smoking, stress or explore to contaminated materials, strong sunlight and radiation. They also react with fat to produce liqid-peroxides that stick to the wall of blood vessels, causing blockages. When cell membranes are damaged, the functions transmitters are affected. Free radicals can also cause pathological changes when they attack your DNA.

Over time, bodily functions decline. Ageing as well as 90% of illnesses are caused by free radicals while death is caused mainly by lipid peroxides.  

I hope the information useful for you and welcome to leave your comment....

Monday, 9 June 2014

Stay Healthy and Active!

Live your healthy active lifestyle.

At Herbalife, our Healthy Active Lifestyle philosophy is about inspiring you to take the leap to become your best self. We want to make people feel good and help them build a strong sense of self. We want to create a positive community that supports and empowers everyone, no matter what their fitness level or goals are.

People often shy away when they hear the term ‘healthy active lifestyle’ as they imagine having to dedicate hours to extreme workouts. While that certainly counts, a healthy active lifestyle is simply one that contributes positively to your physical and mental well being. It is not as hard as it sounds. Small changes to your daily life and diet can add up to big results in the long term.

Whether you are already fit or just starting out on your fitness journey, you can live a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Eating right is an essential component of a healthy active lifestyle. The food we eat provides us with all the energy we need to survive.

The right diet should include adequate high quality protein, healthy fats and oils and the right carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, which bring along vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Whatever your starting weight, shape or fitness level, there are physical activities that will be suitable for you and will help you in the direction of living a healthy active lifestyle. Here are 4 pillars of healthy active lifestyles you can maintain to stay fit and healthy in your daily lives.

Start with small changes to your daily life and introduce more easy, low-intensity physical activities into your day. You can walk or cycle instead of driving or taking public transport, use a stationary bicycle or treadmill while watching TV, or take up yoga, aerobic, Pilates or dance classes.

In addition to maintaining your cardiovascular fitness, there are other activities that will focus on helping you strengthen your muscles and body. Get involved in high-intensity sports like triathlons, weights and circuit training, or try training for a full marathon!

Once you are comfortable with easy physical activities challenge yourself take it up another notch with higher intensity workouts like jogging, running, tennis, swimming or cycling. 

Just like the rest of us, professional athletes are confronted with challenges every day – self-doubt, dread, pressure, etc. How do they overcome these to put up the stellar athletic performances that keep the rest of us in awe? 

The secret lies in not just training your body, but your mind as well. Learn to develop the mindset of a champion to help you overcome your own personal challenges – dig deep within yourself to do better each time and learn to face your obstacles with a never-give-up attitude. 

For more information on Herbalife24 and Healthy Active Lifestyle philosophy, visit

Nutrition Information from Herbalife-Hub, June 2014.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Fueled by Herbalife Nutrition - Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is driven to perfection. Watch the Portuguese soccer legend show off his skills and demonstrate how he pushes for perfection at all times.

Ronaldo is already working with Herbalife Senior Director of Sports Nutrition Dr. John Heiss on a comprehensive product line. As his official nutrition sponsor, Herbalife will also work with Ronaldo to optimize his own nutrition program and provide him with a range of products to support his demanding training regimen.

"Being an athlete is a lifestyle, and without Herbalife® products to fuel my body with the highest quality nutrition, I would not be able to perform at the level that I do. Thank you Herbalife for a sponsorship like none other -- a true partnership." -- Cristiano Ronaldo

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Herbalife Global Nutrition Philosophy

At Herbalife, we believe so strongly in Balanced Nutrition that we’ve developed our Herbalife Global Nutrition Philosophy. Balanced Nutrition means getting the right amounts of key nutrients: Up to 30% of our daily calories from healthy fats, 40% from carbohydrates and 30% from proteins. When it comes to fats, it is important to eat less saturated fats and more Omega-3 fatty acids. And we can’t forget to consume 25 grams of fibre each day. 

Herbalife Nutrition

"At Herbalife, we believe that balanced and personalised nutrition supports a healthy, active life. Eating the right foods, combined with supplements, and exercising regularly are key."

Today, there are more overweight or obese people in the world than ever before. Although in the previous 50,000 years, humans obtained a survival benefit from storing fat, changes in the human diet and lifestyle in the past 200 years have resulted in millions of people around the world suffering from obesity.

Studies show that hunter-gatherers used to eat about 800 different varieties of plants. But today, the average intake is only about three servings of fruits and vegetables per day, which doesn’t provide enough of the antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health.

In addition, highly processed foods with refined starches, sugars, fats, salts and oils provide many calories per bite, but they often don’t contain the essential nutrients that are found in foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

At the same time, a highly sedentary lifestyle over the last 30 years has resulted in a global epidemic of obesity and chronic health issues. People urgently need solutions that emphasis a balanced diet and a healthy, active life.

Herbalife’s Global Nutrition Philosophy includes foods, supplements and regular physical activity to support a healthy, active life. From Formula 1 Nutritious Mixed Soy Powder Drink and Herbalife24™ to Herbalife SKIN™ lines, Herbalife products provide targeted nutrition to support a variety of personalized goals, such as achieving your ideal body composition, heart health, sports and fitness and healthy aging.

“The Herbalife Global Nutrition Philosophy provides the basis for balanced nutrition by emphasizing a balanced intake of protein from various sources, healthy carbohydrate and fiber from colorful fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats from fish, seafood, and nuts. When combined with a healthy diet and active life, Herbalife products contribute to making a healthy choice to change the nutrition habits of the world one person at a time.” 

By David Heber, M.D., Ph.D.,F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N. Chairman, Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Nutrition Advisory Board

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