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6 ways to boost your metabolism

Do you have that friend who is always feasting on pizzas and fries and yet has the perfect, toned physique? Their body just ignores those junk calories, doesn’t it? Well, not really! The reason they can eat all they want and not get fat is because they have a good metabolic rate. 


What is metabolism?


Metabolism of food is your body’s ability to break down your meal and convert it into energy. The faster your body can do this, the less likely it is to store what you’ve consumed as fat.  We all dream to have that perfect physique just like Bollywood celebrities, but we ignore that metabolism is a crucial factor in determining our body shape. 



Understand your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)

BMR refers to the minimum calories required by your body to sustain itself in order to conduct bodily functions. Managing the surplus calories over the BMR can help you gain an ideal weight. 


Know your genetic code

We are predisposed to metabolising certain foods better than others. Therefore, all healthy food options may not be so healthy for everyone. So, it is essential to know the foods that are easily metabolised by your body and the ones that are not. 


Eat more frequently and avoid diets

Spreading your daily caloric intake over small meals tells your body that there is a constant source fuelling its engine and there is no need to create additional reserves. Dieting, however, slows down your metabolism and increases hunger pangss and cravings, which is not a sustainable strategy for keeping the weight off and your metabolism triggered.


Exercise often and build lean muscle mass

Exercising frequently ensures that your body metabolises calories faster. Depending on your personal goals, try out a mix of weight training and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Burpees, mountain climbers and lunges are great exercises that can help boost your metabolism levels. 

Consume quality proteins

Quality protein sources such as lentils, beans, dairy products, lean meats, fish, whey supplements, will help pack some muscle. Additionally, the body uses a lot more energy to synthesize (TEF) protein as compared to carbohydrates and fats.


Consume natural metabolism boosters

A good daily intake of water has many benefits, boosting metabolism is one of them. Including chillies, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and ginger  etc. in your diet helps boost metabolism as well.


Follow these and lead a healthy life!


By GNC India
Fish Oil for Pregnant Women and Children
Fish Oil for Pregnant Women and Children 
When you’re preparing to welcome a new life into the world, it becomes most important for you to look after your health and well-being and that of your unborn baby. According to scientific research, a well-balanced diet, including micronutrients from all food groups in the right amount, is critical for fulfilling the nutritional needs of a pregnant woman. Most medical experts agree that eating fish during pregnancy provides an array of nutrients that are important for both the health of the mother and early development of the baby, especially the two omega-3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA. According to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED), pregnant or lactating mothers must consume 700-1000 mg DHA daily.While omega-3s are difficult to find in other food sources, many pregnant mothers avoid eating fish because of contaminants such as mercury that can harm the brain and nervous system of the babies in utero. Others do not eat it at all due to food aversions or on account of being a vegetarian. Hence, their diet is severely deficient in these critical nutrients.Since you can’t just skip your omega-3s, taking a fish oil supplement such as GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil is a great alternative. These supplements are purified to eliminate any toxins found in fresh fish, and thus, considered the safest source of DHA and EPA. A high-quality fish oil supplement is shown to deliver the same health benefits of omega-3s as the food source.


Fish oil for pregnant women & children
Fish oil for pregnant women & children

Benefits of Fish Oil

According to medical research and different studies conducted over time, here are some of the potential benefits of fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) for pregnant women, infants and children.

In Pregnant Women:

  • Prevents premature birth and low birth weight
  • Reduces the chances of miscarriage or other serious complications like preeclampsia
  • Improves the functioning of the placenta and limits placental inflammation
  • Enhances the development of the brain of the fetus
  • Decreases the risk of postpartum depression

In Infants:

  • Improves the baby’s nervous system, immune system, and heart
  • Helps in visual and cognitive development of the infant
  • Reduces the risk of allergies in infants
  • Prevents heart disease and obesity later in life

In children:

  • Boosts attention span in children
  • Aids brain and eye development
  • Reduces the severity of ADHD symptoms, such as inattention, in some children

It is true that eating fatty fish is a great way to meet your omega-3 needs. But, if you do not wish to worry about factors like which fish to eat, the time of the year it was caught, its mercury content, how to prepare it so that it retains its nutrients, etc., supplementing your diet with fish oil capsules is an effective way to give yourself and your child a nutritional head start!

By GNC India

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