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This is the last of the 3 part blog that we have been writing. Previously we have been giving you tips on different ways to help you through your weight loss program. We left off with tip # 6 so lets recap number 6 then move forward to tip #7.

#6  Turn up the thermostat in your house. One reason that people tend to eat more during the cold months is that cold temperatures stimulate appetite. Also, people with naturally low body temperatures tend to have a slower metabolism and are more prone to weight gain. Staying warm may be a natural form of appetite control, particularly if you increase body temperature with exercise. Every one degree increase in body temperature increases metabolism by 14%

#7 Ask your doctor about Tagamet. The active ingredient in this heartburn drugis thought to activate appetite-suppressing CCK. One 12-week study found that people taking a prescription form fo Tagamet (400mg, three times daily) had about a 5% decrease in waist size.

IMPORTANT: Tagamet is unlikely to cause significant side effects, but should be taken to aid weight loss only if you have heartburn symptoms.

#8 Consider using nicotine. It’s common for people to who quit smoking to gain weight, probably because the nicotine in tobacco suppresses appetite, increases metabolism and damages taste buds, which makes food less appealing. Studies have shown that nicotine- in the form of patches and gum, not from cigarettes-when combined with small amounts of caffeine, can help some people lose weight. Talk to your doctor about combining a nicotine patch with two cups of coffee daily. Even for non-smokers, this approach can be used temporarily (to avoid possible addiction risk) to jump-start weight loss efforts.

#9 Smell grapefruit. Grapefruit oil, available from aromatherapy shops, emits an aroma that is thought to affect liver enzymes and help promote weight loss.

#10 Control emotional stress. People who live with chronic stress (due to family pressures, fast-paced jobs, etc.) produce high levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that increases the propensity for the omentum – a structure located near the stomach-to store fat. Excessive fat in the omentum can significantly increase waist size.

There that completes my 10 surprising ways to stay healthy and controlling your weight. Of course exercise and healthy eating are the best ways to staying healthy, however now days, its tough to do. We hope you try some of these tips. Lets us know which ones worked for you or which ones just did nothing at all. We are curious to know. For more great tips or for some work-out ideas, join our Facebook page where we give you different ideas everyday to keep you focused and on track of your weight loss program. We are here to help! If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time. One of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you. That number is 916-503-3255, or you can simply email us at info@elite-personaltraining.com.

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Until next time, be good to yourself and others.

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