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Six surprising habits that accelerate fat loss

Le 17 novembre 2016, 05:01 dans Humeurs 0

If you want to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more. No question about that. But what if losing a pound a month isn’t enough for you? What if you want to lose weight fast? Once you’ve cut out the soda and candy and started working out a few times a week, you can follow these six rules to multiply the effect of your diet and exercise program, dramatically accelerating your weight loss.

1.  Drink more water, especially before meals
Everyone knows we need water to live. But few people realize how much we need. The vast majority of people live in a state of mild, chronic dehydration, which leads to low energy and weight gain. For maximum well-being and fat loss, make an effort to drink at least half a gallon of water a day, and drink at least 16 ounces of water before each meal, and any time you feel low on energy.

For this to work, you need to drink water- not soda, not coffee or juice, but actual water. If you find that difficult, try flavoring your water with a very small amount of fruit or cucumber.

2.  Spend more time chewing your food
One popular theory holds that eating more slowly will help people lose weight. The reason is, there’s a delay between when you swallow food and when that food causes your brain to reduce its sense of hunger, and this delay causes people to eat more than necessary at the end of their meal. Experts such as the early 20th century dietician Horace Fletcher have long suggested that eating more slowly will result in eating less.

A recent study from China confirms the truth of this theory: it showed that obese men ate more quickly than non-obese men. It also found that men who chew each bite forty times lost 12% more fat than men who chewed each bite only fifteen times. If you want to lose weight, make a commitment to chew each bite of food at least twenty times, then raise that number by five every week.

3.  Take a walk after every meal
An old roommate of mine once told me that he lost ten pounds when he started taking a walk after every meal. At the time, I couldn’t believe it – a walk is hardly even exercise at all, and certainly doesn’t compare to a serious gym session! But more recently, I’ve realized that I was wrong: walking after meals really is one of those little fat loss tricks that can make a huge difference.

Now, walking really isn’t the best exercise and doesn’t compare to a serious workout – I was right about that. But it turns out that there’s something else going on here: getting even light activity after a meal activates your GLUT-4 receptors, causing your muscles to absorb all of that glucose you just ate. What’s more, this prevents the meal from spiking your insulin levels the way it would otherwise. So follow my old roommate’s advice: take a ten minute walk after every meal.

4.  Use cold temperatures to make fat work for you
Now here’s the most surprising thing you’ll read all week: not all fat is bad for you. Most of your fatty tissue is white fat, which just stores energy. That’s what you think of when you think of fat. But you also have a small amount of brown fat, which burns energy to keep you warm. You can dramatically accelerate fat loss by exposing your body to cold temperatures to stimulate brown fat growth.

There are several ways to do this. You can keep your home a little bit colder, or wear lighter clothing throughout the day. You can drink a glass of ice water every morning and every evening. You can also target brown fat more directly, bt applying cold directly to it. Your brown fat is located in your neck and on your upper chest and back, so you can stimulate it by taking a cold shower and aiming the water there, or by applying an ice pack to the base of your neck.

5.  Add lemon juice, honey and cinnamon to your meals
It’s well-known that healthier food tends to be that which your body absorbs more slowly, while junk foods such as sodas are often digested very quickly. Thankfully, there are ways to make your body digest any food more slowly. Adding lemon juice and cinnamon to your meals appears to slow the rate at which food transits from your stomach to your intestine, which has been shown to improve insulin and blood sugar control. Replacing table sugar with a small amount of honey also seems to improve blood sugar levels, most likely because honey, too, is digested more slowly than other sugars.

6.  Take photos of every meal you eat
Most people don’t need to learn more about what they should and should not eat. They have a good diet, but they just don’t follow it. For most people, the missing ingredient isn’t another food they need to add or subtract from their diet; it’s awareness and accountability. You need to be keeping track of just how much you really cheat on your diet.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Science says that taking photos of your food is several times more effective than writing a food journal. To keep yourself accountable, start a dedicated Instagram account or Facebook photo album, and upload a photo of every meal you eat to it. You’ll pay more attention to your eating habits, and you’ll feel some pressure to eat healthy knowing your friends can see what you eat.

Pasta with Garlicky Swiss Chard and Corn

Le 22 février 2016, 03:28 dans Humeurs 0


Here's a simple, easy-to-make pasta that will have guests thinking you're a culinary wiz expositions hong kong.
Total Time: 0:20
Prep: 0:20
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 servings (cost per serving of $1.11)
Serves: 4

    12 oz. gemelli or other short pasta
    1 c. corn kernels
    2 tbsp. olive oil
    1 medium onion
    1 bunch Swiss chard
    4 clove garlic
    kosher salt
    ? c. grated Parmesan


    Cook the pasta according to package directions, adding the corn during the last minute of cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water things to do in Hong Kong, drain the pasta and corn, and return it to the pot.
    Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and chard stems and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
    Add the chard leaves to the skillet, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 3 minutes.
    Toss the pasta and corn with 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water and the Parmesan (adding more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if the mixture seems dry). Fold in the chard mixture. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan, if desired seo company

Android Pay now used for international P2P transfers, courtesy of WorldRemit

Le 16 février 2016, 10:04 dans Humeurs 0

AndroidPay, Google’s wallet for Android devices, is getting a boost in its global profile and functionality today: WorldRemit, the $500 million remittance startup connected to around 120 million mobile money accounts globally, which lets residents in one country transfer money to family and friends in another, has announced that it will now let people make transfers using Google’s mobile wallet egrip vt 30w.


Android Pay will be used for paying into the app; those receiving the money can specify any mobile bank account to collect the transferred funds.


This is a first for Android Pay, which up to now has been used for in-app and contactless payments and to make P2P transfers to people in the same country, but never international P2P money transfers.


Google has seen some interesting recent milestones since launching Android Pay in 2015, including a recent partnership with PayPal, integrating it with Facebook’s Messenger for group payments, and an expanded payment API to boost ubiquity for Android Pay across many more apps and transactional scenarios.


Android Pay today has around 25 million users across 15 countries, according to recent Juniper Research estimates, and linking up with WorldRemit (and eventually other remittance companies, as this is not an exclusive deal) could give usage of the wallet a boost, both in terms of user numbers and also transactions you beauty.


Remittances were a $442 billion market in 2016, according to World Bank estimates. Only a small part of that runs through new apps like WorldRemit’s and gets terminated in mobile wallets: a significant proportion still runs on legacy rails from the likes of Western Union and MoneyGram, and terminates (that is, the money gets picked up) at physical stores.


But with the explosive growth of smartphones, we’ve seen a corresponding boom in smartphone-based services.


Taking the area of money management, there are still 2 billion people in the developing world who are “unbanked” — that is, without traditional bank accounts — but about half a billion are already using their mobiles as bank accounts (essentially, paying money into and out of their mobile voice and data accounts). So unsurprisingly, remittance companies have spotted an opportunity to move some of the huge market for remittances to mobile.


A large proportion of WorldRemit’s users are in developing markets, and about 60 percent of its customers are using Android devices, and the company already claims a 74 percent market share of all international remittances going into mobile money accounts, so adding Google’s payment platform was a logical first move when adding the first mobile wallet to its service.


“Mobile money is our fastest growing channel,” said Ismail Ahmed, WorldRemit’s CEO in an interview. He also notes that it’s working on adding others like Apple Pay, too.


“We are planning to add Apple Pay as the US becomes a bigger part of our business,” he said in an interview. The company secured its US license in 2014, “and it’s our fastest growing send market today, so yes, Apple Pay is important but clearly android is the bigger market for us right now.” If this catches on, it could see some consolidation of another form: today WorldRemit works with around 30 mobile money services, but there are at least another 260 in use in the market today .


For Google, this could be a way to tap more people who are already Android users but have yet to make the move to activate and use Android Pay.


“We want to make it easier for organisations like WorldRemit to offer a simpler, faster in-app payment solution for their customers,” said Pali Bhat, Director, Product Management at Google, in a statement. “With Android Pay, people will be able to speed through checkout with their Android phones in a few clicks.”


The promise of using mobile wallets, Ahmed pointed out, was that they simplify and secure the process of uploading and storing payment details. Users of the WorldRemit app would not need to use a separate app for each payment, or be taken to any verification pages — two steps that often see huge drop off in transactions Managed Cloud.


“Anything that can help and reduce the friction is great,” he added. Transaction fees, he said, are similar to those that WorldRemit pays other payment providers today, which depends on size and volume of transfers but averages at less than five percent.


Google’s new role in international remittances comes at an interesting time for the big tech giants and how they have tackled the opportunity to do more business in emerging markets. Remittances has been one area that has been targeted because money transfers has one of the key uses for mobile phones in the developing world.


Recall that Facebook — owner of Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram — had at one point even considered buying a remittance startup, which should come as no surprise, since one big opportunity for messaging app owners to monetize their apps is to enable payments between people across different countries, who are already using those messaging apps to communicate cheaply with each other.


In the end, it looks like a lot of those app owners are more likely, at least in the first instance, to partner with third parties — although that, too, has had its hiccups.


“Part of the reasoning is the complexity of regulations,” Ahmed said. “Consumers are concerned with who is doing the actual transactions, and it is about getting the balance right. Historically, we had a model where someone would say ‘powered by’ but a lot of regulators in developing markets are not happy with that because then no one understands who is running this, if you have a problem.”


But, he continued, “It will be fixed eventually. There is going to be a convergence of messaging and payments, and we are talking to all the leading messaging apps.”


From what we understand, WorldRemit, which has raised just under $148 million in funding from backers that include Accel and TCV, could be raising another round to fuel that next level of growth.

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