by Natalie Heckert is the CEO of NATS (Nutrition
& Aerobic Training Service)
What slows metabolism
and promotes fat gain? (Listed 2 main ways)
Muscle loss (age 40): Starting around the age of 40, most women
lose one-half to a third of a pound of muscle each year and gain
at least that much in body fat. Women also lose a similar amount
of bone. If we don’t do anything about this, by the age
of 80, we’ll only have about 1/3 the muscle that we had
at the age of 40.
Weight loss by diet
only: When women diet, at least 25-30% of the weight
they lose isn’t fat but lean tissue, muscle, bone and water.
In a research study done by the University of Michigan, it was
proven that women could preserve muscle mass while they lose weight.
Strengthening exercises prevented the loss of bone and muscle
that can harm many women in later life
What type of exercise is
best for fat metabolism?
There are two kinds of activities that help preserve muscle and
speed up your metabolism.
The first one is called “aerobic”
exercise or exercise that uses oxygen. Aerobic activities use
the large muscles of the lower body, are rhythmic and continuous
and can be performed for relatively long periods of time without
fatigue. Some examples of aerobic exercises include walking, bicycling,
aerobics and step classes. Aerobic exercise burns calories, strengthens
the entire cardiovascular system by improving oxygen uptake (respiratory
system) and oxygen transport (circulatory system) while conditioning
The second type of activities that improve your ability to burn
fat are muscle strengthening exercises such as weight lifting
or resistance training. These exercises help build muscle mass
which, in turn, helps raise your metabolic rate. A higher metabolic
rate is associated with a greater calorie burn both at rest and
Resistance tubing is an excellent
option for muscle strengthening exercise. While it is true that
resistance bands are not for you if you want to bench press a
hundred pounds or more, the reality is that most people--especially
most women--are more concerned about strengthening and toning
existing muscles instead of building large, bulky muscle mass.
This means that resistance bands are exactly what most people
need: a controlled, effective way to strengthen and tone muscles.
Resistance bands work by providing
continual, uniform resistance throughout the entire range of the
exercise. With free weights or dumbbells, it is very easy to let
muscles other than the ones you are trying to strengthen do the
work or to only feel the effort for a portion of the exercise.
This is because gravity--or the lack of--plays a significant role
in lifting weights. Think about it: When you are doing a simple
bicep curl with a dumbbell, once you get the dumbbell raised a
little more than halfway, it is much easier to do the rest. And
lowering the dumbbell often gives no benefit at all because people
simply drop it back down, letting gravity pull it, instead of
resisting slowly so they can feel the effort. Resistance bands
provide continual resistance throughout all phases of the exercise,
so it is harder to "cheat" yourself and get less of
a workout than you intended. Lifting free weights is great if
you have proper technique and have a little more time to burn.
But, if you are short on time and want to get the most muscle
toning and calorie burn in a short amount of time I would recommend
the resistance training of the E-Fit Gym.
The number of muscles used during
exercise does make a difference in calories burned.
Lifting a dumbbell or using an
exercise machine is an example of a single plane movement. If
you work your bicep only, a small number of bicep muscle cells
are called to contract, thus burning a few calories. If you use
the Mini E Fit Gym and work in multiple planes (see example below)
you are working the bicep, core, balance, glutes, and hamstring
all at one time, which equates to burning more calories.
• Less contracting muscles
cells = less calories burned
• More contracting muscle
cells = more calories burned during exercise
• Muscle cells burn calories
and increase metabolism
Today's economy has everyone pinching
for pennies, but no one wants there jeans to pinch when they put
them on. Sure eating healthy can be costly and even a daunting
task for most, but there are some major guidelines that if followed
will leave you with option after option for healthy meals at a
Tip #1: Cook.
Cooking your own food will cut your monthly food bills drastically
and it also puts you in control so you know what goes into your
meals. Simply eating out and going for a meal that has the word
chicken in it, can leave you packing on the pounds in no time,
so get out there and hit the grocery store.
Tip #2: Buying
Groceries. You can go a long way to your goals simply by stocking
your cupboards and fridge with healthy snack, fruits and vegetables.
It takes a lot of effort to discipline yourself all week long,
but if you take the approach of disciplining yourself at the grocery
store all week, you don’t give yourself any options for
those bad habits to win over. Get your potato chips, ice cream,
and all that other food that you know is bad for you, out of your
cupboards and commit yourself to taking the time to buy healthy
foods so you have no other options.
Passion in what you do is what
makes one fulfilled. Sharing that love with others is the key
to a successful person, not only in business, but in life. My
creations originate from my heart and soul. I use only the freshest
and most natural ingredients, insuring that those who indulge
in my culinary creations experience the same pleasure I take in
I have been creating culinary magic in my kitchen for years, ranging
from tempting appetizers and creative main courses to decadent
desserts. The Enchanted Palate features my signature culinary
creations, as I combine my gift for food and tastes with the freshest
ingredients, attention to nutrition, and dietary restrictions.
FRUIT GUACAMOLE (Serves
2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion,
such as Vidalia
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoons seeded and chopped jalapeños
2 ripe Hass avocados (preferably from Mexico), halved with pits
2 tablespoons strawberries, preferably earliglow
2 tablespoons pineapple
1 bag tortilla chips
• Marinate the onions in
lime juice with the jalapeños, and salt before mixing with
the other ingredients. Scoop the flesh of the avocados out of
the rind and put into a bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork, making
sure to leave plenty of chunks. Mix in the onions, jalapeños,
strawberries, and pineapple. Serve with corn tortillas chips.
do companies need to register their trademarks and copyrights?
Let’s review a few reasons:
1. Cost. Although trademark litigation costs
are difficult to estimate, the AIPLA 2007 Economic Survey found
that where less than $1 million is at risk in the trademark litigation,
mean costs are $184,000 through the discovery phase and $327,000
if the litigation is concluded through trial. With a trademark
registration, you can file opposition proceedings that are cheaper
than federal lawsuits. Many trademark lawsuit costs are cut by
filing and registering the marks. This means that the goods and
services are defined and the geography is defined.
All registrations are good in all fifty states and all territories
of the United States.
3. Public notice.
In both a trademark and a copyright registration certificate,
the owner of the intellectual property is listed. Trademark certificates
are filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Copyright certificates are filed with the Library of Congress.
4. Public descriptions.
In a trademark certificate, the goods and services are listed.
In a copyright certificate, a brief description of the work is
filed, along with two copies of the work itself. The owner of
the intellectual property is also listed.
5. Barriers to lawsuits.
If a trademark is not registered, it is considered a common law
trademark. The goods/services and geography of the mark must be
argued in court if there is infringement. No infringement lawsuit
can be filed on a copyright that is not registered. Should there
be infringement before registration of a copyright, the copyright
owner loses damages (statutory damages up to $150,000 and attorney's
fees) and is only allowed to collect actual damages for the copyright
6. Federal law.
The power of federal law to help with damages in any intellectual
property lawsuit comes only with registration.
7. Ease of cataloging.
This is a thought that not many people have. If a mark or work
is registered, then there is a number. Should the mark or work
be sold or licensed, then it is easy to state in a contract what
the number is and what the property is.
The Shred Sled® is the
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easier for kids and adults to start carving up the streets. Instead
of pushing off the board like a regular skateboard, riders use
their hips, legs and arms to move the board, similar to movements
used to propel surfboards and snowboards.
The Shred Sled's flexible
connector allows both decks to rotate around the vertical and
horizontal axes so it's easy to maneuver the board. For better
control, each deck has a grip surface to maximize traction and
stability while the concave decks make for better foot control.
of The Shred Sled's components have been greatly improved from
older 2-wheel boards. The Shred Sled's 4 x 80mm polyurethane wheels
and ABEC-5 bearings are smoother and stronger than standard hardware
and unlike other boards, rarely need to be replaced. The board's
aluminum casters surpass the quality of older boards' metal casters
which often rust.
"The Shred Sled combines
the experience of snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing into
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and also because kids are excited to start shredding."
Kids and adults can paint
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The Shred Sled retails for approximately $119.99 and is appropriate
for riders ages eight years and up. * Riders should always wear
a helmet and safety gear when using The Shred Sled®.