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Tips for Better Sleep

When you’re feeling sleepy at the office, you might be tempted to reach for a cup of coffee and a sugary snack from the vending machine for a little pick-me-up. When the clock strikes five, you may skip the gym and stop at the drive-thru on the way home because you’re just too dang tired to even think about cooking. You end up sinking into the couch with a cheeseburger in one hand and the remote in the other. Even though you were sure you were going to pass out as soon as your butt hit the chair, suddenly you can’t sleep.

If this cycle sounds familiar, your sleep pattern may be to blame. On the surface, the connection between sleep and weight loss seems obvious. When you don’t get enough sleep, your energy dwindles and you reach for a comfort food, like potato chips, or some coffee or soda. The immediate result is a quick burst of energy, but the longer-term effect is unwanted pounds, more sleep loss, and negative health consequences.

Sleep and Weight Loss

When you’re sleep deprived, your metabolism suffers and your hormones go out of whack — two physiological processes that are essential for weight loss. Sleep deprivation ups the body’s production of ghrelin, a hormone that signals when it is time to eat. To make matters worse, when the body doesn’t get enough sleep, it reduces production of leptin, the hormone that tells your brain that your belly is full. This combination of effects can spell disaster for your weight loss plan.

Although the exact amount of sleep you need is based on different personal factors, most people need about 7.5 hours of shut-eye a night. Increasing that won’t magically help you lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, getting seven hours a night helps boost your metabolism and helps you shed pounds.

If you aren’t getting enough quality sleep at night, it is time to make a change. Follow these tips to start giving your body the rest it needs.

Skip the Caffeine

It’s fine to start your day with a cup of joe, but skip caffeine in the afternoon. When you down caffeinated drinks after about 2pm, your body stays stuck in sleep’s lighter stages at night instead of getting the deeper rest it needs.

Get Exercise

Physical exercise can boost the quality of your sleep, and it doesn’t matter much when you do it. Aim to get at least one hour of exercise each day to sleep better at night.

Forego the Midnight Snack

If you are about to hit the sheets, stay away from midnight snacks, especially things like pizza or chicken wings. These fatty, greasy foods can cause heartburn and keep you up. If your stomach is grumbling close to bedtime, opt for a lighter snack, like a cup of low-fat cottage cheese or an apple. If battling bedtime cravings is a regular issue for you, try Crave-a-Way to conquer the temptation.

 

Product of the Month! Metasol ™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®)

The weather is starting to warm up, and that means the layers start coming off and it’s time to show off a little more skin. If you’re not quite where you want to be in your weight goals, our product of the month will help boost that metabolism and get you seeing the results you want just in time for summer.

When you purchase our monthly special, which includes:

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

in June, you’ll also receive our product of the month – Metasol™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®) – for FREE!

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With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the Metasol™ at absolutely no additional cost.

What is Metasol?

Metasol™ is a low molecular weight polyphenol that helps boost your metabolism. The low molecular weight makes the polyphenols in Metasol™ easier to absorb. In fact, Metasol™ has been shown to be five times more bio-available than other polyphenol supplements.

A published, randomized, double-blind human clinical trial lasting 10 weeks found that compared to placebo, taking 200mg of Oligonol daily:

  • Reduced visceral fat volume by 15%*
  • Shrank waist circumference by 3 centimeters*
  • Caused a significant reduction in body weight*
  • Increased sensitivity to insulin*

The main ingredient in Metasol™ is an Oligonol Proprietary Blend which comes from lychee fruit extract and green tea extract.

Learn more about Metasol™ here.

Contact Us

If you want to advantage of this special offer and sign up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at either one of our locations to find out more!

North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
Phoenix: 602-441-3305
Tempe: 480-968-5673

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products do not diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition.

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Busted: Metabolism Myths (and What’s Really Going On)

Your metabolism is the cornerstone to your weight loss success. Because of this, people are often quick to point the finger at their metabolism for stalls in weight loss or try metabolism-boosting tips and tricks that their mother’s friend’s cousin told them about. With so many myths and half-truths about metabolism circulating around, it’s often difficult to figure out which advice you should take and which you should take with a grain of salt. But we’re here to bust all of the metabolism myths for you.

What IS Metabolism?

The key to understanding metabolism at all is understanding what your metabolism is and what it does. The official definition of metabolism is all of the chemical processes that occur in an organism to maintain life. Your metabolism breaks things down and puts others together using a variety of enzymes, hormones, and complicated pathways in your body. So what does this mean for weight loss?

Well, your metabolism is responsible for converting the food you eat and the drinks you drink into energy you can use – which translates to burnt calories. Even when you’re not moving a muscle, your metabolism uses calories to maintain all of the physiological processes that are going on underneath the surface – the ones you probably pay no mind to. This is called basal metabolic rate, or BMR. Your BMR accounts for 60 to 75 percent of the calories you burn each day and when it comes to metabolism myths, most of them surround BMR.

Myth: Thinner people just have a faster metabolism.

The Truth: It’s actually the opposite. Thinner people generally have a slower metabolism than larger people. That’s because when you weigh less, it takes fewer calories to maintain your weight, so your BMR tends to be slower. It’s not size that determines your metabolism, but your muscle mass. The more lean muscle tissue you have, the faster your metabolism will be. The way to build lean muscle? Strength training. Don’t be afraid of those weights; they’re your key to becoming a lean, mean, calorie-burning machine.

Myth: Skipping a meal puts you in “starvation mode”.

The Truth: This is a popular metabolism myth that has roots in truth, but over the years has become a little skewed. Back in the day, your ancestors ate what they could find. Sometimes this meant not eating for several days at a time. When this happened the body responded by saying “Uh oh. I’m not getting any new calories. Better slow down my metabolism to conserve the ones I have.”

However, the body doesn’t react the same way when you skip a single meal or when you eat three large meals over the course of the day instead of five to six small ones. That doesn’t mean that skipping meals is a good idea though. Skipping a meal can make you extra hungry (not to mention cranky) and can lead to strong cravings. When you skip a meal, you’re more likely to overindulge later or binge on foods that you’re trying to avoid.

Myth: Eating after 8 p.m. slows down your metabolism.

The Truth: You’ve probably been told once or twice (or 100 times) that when you eat late at night, your body doesn’t burn off the calories and stores everything as fat. Well, you can take comfort in knowing that this just isn’t how it works. Your body is smart – really smart – but it doesn’t have the ability to magically start storing any calorie you take in after 8 p.m. as fat. The problem with late night eating is that it typically occurs in addition to your meals. Eating a healthy, balanced dinner at 8 p.m. is different than eating a pint of ice cream while you’re watching a movie. Instead of having a hard fast rule that says you can’t eat after a certain time, but attention to WHAT and HOW MUCH you’re eating and your metabolism will do what it does best – burn calories.