Can your metabolic rate make you gain or lose weight?

Sunbeam Nutrition Center's Blog

We hear a lot about metabolism – and often blame a ‘slow metabolism’ for our inability to keep our weight under control.  Find out what factors affect your metabolic rate – and what can you do to change it.

When patients tell us that their weight problems are due to a “slow metabolism”, we 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…

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Pumpkin Puree, essential for the season

The oven diaries

My favorite season is here and I’m loving it!

I love yellowish-brown colors, fresh weather, the smell of cinnamon, roasting fruits and vegies, cozy socks, comfy jammies, warm breakfasts, pumpkins and apples…


Definitely, this is my season.

Every recipe I’ve been thinking of lately involves pumpkin and I needed to load as much as possible my tiny fridge with pumpkin puree.

Until now, I’ve made this puree by cooking the pumpkin in bowling water, but after that, I had to drain the water absorbed by the pumpkin for quite a while… Boring!

However, this time I remembered that my aunt Alcira, who is a great vegetarian cook, roast the pumpkin in the oven, saving the peeling and draining work… Smart!

Let’s get to work!

Pumpkin Puree

  • Pumpkin


  • Preheat oven at 175ºC.
  • Cut your pumpkin (or pumpkins) in half and scrap the seeds with a spoon.
  • Cut halves into pieces of…

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Five energy foods in your kitchen!

Meri Fitness

Your kitchen is a storehouse of blessing, if only you knew. There are things that we always keep in kitchen as essential ingredients, and they turn out to have health and medicinal benefits. See our list:


1. Sunflower seeds: Grandmothers kept them for putting in bathwater or as a cooking essential. The seeds have Selenium and Magnesium, the compounds that are believed to produce instant feelings of well-being. Also seeds are rich in amino acids that help in serotonin production, which is good for one’s mood.


2. Go bananas: Quite literally, bananas can make you crazy with happiness. They are rich in potassium and magnesium. How does it help? Since banana has natural sugar, it adds to your energy levels.


3. Dark chocolate: This one hasanadamine, which improves the blood-flow to the brain. There’s a reason why in Hollywood flicks they show how a girl recovers…

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Weight Loss Scams

Out of the Box Remedies

by Yohanan Burket

ObesityConsidering the large number of obese people we see these days, it not surprising that the weight loss industry is by far the largest in the health category. The mentality of those who seek to lose weight is never about what they should stop eating, but how can they find that magical pill that will accomplish the weight reduction. It seems that every once in a while, we hear about another “breakthrough” weight loss fad. I’ve been hearing about these so-called breakthroughs for decades. Of course, the people swallowing this nonsense are still as fat as ever! It’s almost comical. Exercise is also touted to be the way to lose weight, but unfortunately, most people would need to run a marathon daily to make any significant dint in their weight loss.

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Eating Healthy on the Road


[From Wednesday, 21 August 2013]

5:00 am

Training in the mornings has at least become fun, even though I still struggle to get out of bed. By now my body knows that being healthy and fit is better than sleeping late. That’s enough motivation for me to keep going. A good intense 45min cardio session to kick-start my day.

I’ve been doing a lot of work out of town lately – and will probably continue to do so as more projects come it. One of my struggles was not preparing my meals properly when going on long trips and then ending up having to search for a takeaway salad & wrap. Here are a few tips that helped me. At the end of the day you feel much healthier, and without the guilt of eating badly.

by Brant Secunda and Mark Allen

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