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    CIRCLE-MED is a geographical group in the frame of CIRCLE 2 ERA-Net. It addresses issues of common interest to the Mediterranean countries. It aims at creating a Mediterranean research community network through collaborative research projects on Climate Change Impact Research, with the objective to bring the results of this research to policy and decision-makers. ... more about CIRCLE-MED

    CIRCLE-MED projects' situation:  Location of the leading research institution for each CIRCLE MED pilot call project, as well as the planned study sites. Click on the projects’ acronyms or on the study sites to access to the project or study site information.

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    The Pros and Cons of Garcinia Cambogia

    Women always have a headache when it comes to weight loss. Not only they don’t have the right information about various diet supplements, shakes or tea, but they also think that all the weight loss supplements are safe for their health. That’s the case with the new frenzy over a tropical fruit called garcinia cambogia. The recent popularity of this weight loss solution is due to the fact that it contains the essential minerals (like calcium, phosphorus, iron, and niacin). Unfortunately, this is the only positive fact about it. If you want to find out more about the garcinia cambogia extract pros and cons, keep reading.

    How can garcinia cambogia help you lose weight?

    Garcinia cambogia contains a hydroxycitric acid which supposedly reduces the chances for storing fat. With this thought in mind, many women find themselves a perfect “cure” for a quick and efficient weight loss without doing too much of a workout or changing their diet plan.

    The benefits of using garcinia cambogia are:

    1. helping you controlling your appetite
    2. .giving you the essential minerals important for your health
    3. .keeping blood sugar and cholesterol levels under control
    4. .increases the level of serotonin which makes you feel less hungry
    5. .activates your metabolism and helps you to gain more muscles and reduce the fat from your metabolism
    6. simple to use – it can be found as a pill, powder or a shake

    Hydroxycitric acid from garcinia cambogia rinds neutralizes the substance called citrate lyase which helps the fat from the food to get stored in the body. With no fat storage, you won’t gain weight.

    That sounds easy and simple, but most women that used it say that the results of a weight loss aren’t spectacular at all. Women weren’t satisfied with the fact that they only lost a couple of pounds, although they were expecting a dramatic change (at least a dozen in a few months time).

    The cons of using garcinia cambogia

    As with every food supplement, you have to be careful before you start using it. However, doctors usually have no insight in patients behavior and the problem with this food supplement is that it’s a supplement. That means it’s not controlled as a cure or other medical supplement and the dosage of Garcinia can vary significantly.  According to some information, the number of garcinia cambogia can be bigger in one capsules or lower in the other ones, which will cause serious health problems.

    Besides that it will give you:

    1. poor weight loss result
    2. not focusing on the important aspect of weight loss
    3. it’s not a controlled amount of the substance
    4. can cause effects like diarrhea, stomach upset, headache, and bloating

     

    With the help of this supplement, you will reduce a small number of kilograms which can help you feel only partially satisfied. Besides that, you need to know how a physical activity will help your body to reduce weight and where this can be a garcinia cambogia help.

    Final Verdict

    Garcinia cambogia is probably not the best option if you want to loose weight. It’s not tested to be used for a substantial period of time nor it is something that should be used on a regular basis.




    Indoor cycling bike

    Tips for buying a quality indoor cycling bike

    Do you want to continue your bike training in the winter or keep your summer bod year-round? Getting an indoor cycling bike and riding it into your own home is a good way to keep those extra dollars off.

    Indoor cycling bike

    We have gone through some good reviews on indoor bikes to find out that which one can be suitable for your needs. During our research, we discovered that there are a few important elements that you must consider if you want to buy an indoor cycling bike that suits your needs.

    We found some interesting and helpful tips that will be of great use to you. Here are a few important things that you must keep in mind when buying an indoor cycling bike.

    Flywheel weight

    Indoor cycling bike

    The flywheel is the wheel that is located at the front of the bike that moves when you pedal. The motion will be smoother depending on the excessive weight of the flywheel. Generally, the weight of flywheel in an indoor bike is 18kg, and the flywheel of commercial bikes weighs 20-22kg.

    We recommend you not to take a bike that has a 16kg flywheel or less. The flywheel weights are different for various brands and models so you must take a good look at it when buying an indoor cycling bike.

    Drive systems

    Indoor bikes have two different kinds of the drive system; belt and chain. Belt driven cycling bikes are highly recommended, if possible. A belt drive bike requires less maintenance, makes less noise. You can also adjust the belt easily when necessary.

    Frame

    Indoor cycling bike

    Strong stabilizing legs and frame are very important for a cycling bike. The explanation of a good frame can be hard to describe, especially if you’re purchasing through a site. There are many websites on the internet that are highly trusted and reliable and you can purchase the quality indoor bike from them.

    But you may still have to make sure that the bike occupies a strong stabilizing frame. You may purchase the bike from a site that offers the money back guarantee for a fixed period of time as it will allow you to see if the bike meets your requirements or not.

    If it fails to meet the requirements, you can replace it by contacting the site owners from where you bought that bike.

    Braking system

    Cycling bikes usually have three different kinds of braking systems; leather pad, fabric pad and magnetic braking.

    The entry level home indoor cycling bikes come with the fabric pads. Leather pads are used on high level commercial and domestic indoor bikes and they last longer than fabric pads. We recommend you take a bike that has a magnetic braking system because they usually have a silent function.

    You must consider these tips when buying an indoor cycling bike. These tips will help you make an informed decision and they will help you save a lot of money in the long run. We hope that you will be able to find the most suitable indoor bike with the help of these tips.