Things That May Slow Down Your Metabolism
Metabolic Rate & Weight Loss
Written by Diet Bites
Question #1 - Are you finding it harder and harder to lose weight these days? If so, this may be indicative of a metabolism that isn't performing as efficiently as it should be. But take heart because there are things that you can do which are quite simple that will assist in boosting and strengthening your metabolic rate.
Question #2 - Are you taking in relatively the same number of calories only to find that you are gaining weight?
If so, this may signal a need to visit your doctor for a professional diagnosis as you may have an imbalance in the thyroid. Your doctor can give you medications and advice to get your system back into smooth and efficient working order again.
Question # 3 - Do the pounds seem to stick onto your body no matter how hard you try to scrape them off?
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, odds are that you have a slow Metabolism these days. And the best way to remedy a problem is to learn the cause so that we can adjust and keep zooming into the Wild Blue Yonder where weight loss results are concerned - as well as weight maintenance. A metabolism that is out of balance can even add pounds to individuals who are at their normal weight.
On that health note, here are a few things that can cause a slow Metabolism:
Fasting or too few calories per day; the body goes into a lock-down, snail-like mode in an effort to conserve precious energy. It has not way of knowing or verifying that you're purposely reducing energy intake in order to lose weight. The body was never intended to have more than a few extra pounds on board - those pounds serving as energy reserves in the event that food was scarce which was the case more often than not in the days of old.
Those extra pounds on the body's skeleton frame are quite taxing. If the metabolism knew that the dieter was striving to remove them, it would most certainly do everything it could to cooperate.
Not getting in enough physical activity in your daily lifestyle can lead to a slower metabolic rate. The body is at rest, so it burns fewer calories - or energy. Even when we embrace bursts of energy on rare occasions it's not enough to keep the metabolic rate in tip-top shape. We should strive to insert a healthy dose of activity into our daily lives; even a 15 minute brisk walk can work wonders where metabolic rate is concerned.
The metabolism will not only strengthen and operate more proficiently, it's burn calories related to the activities you are performing. It's a win-win situation where a healthy body is concerned.
Eating or drinking too many foods or beverages that are loaded with sugar can cause pause where the metabolism is concerned. Sugar goes almost immediately into the bloodstream, serving as 'quick energy'. Soon after it is consumed, the blood sugar levels spike then will take a rapid tumble - thus leaving the individual feeling lethargic and lacking energy. They've just taken a dive, their energy levels drained.
Fasting or too few calories per day can contribute to a sluggish metabolic rate. Again - it's the body's efficient method of conserving precious energy calories - striving to protect life itself.
More fat than lean muscle can contribute to a slower metabolism. Keep in mind that the more muscle that is on the body, the more calories it takes to support the body. With more muscle, the individual is not only stronger - but they can eat a lot more food without gaining weight in comparison to an individual who has a good blast of body fat.
Poor sleeping habits which throw your 'Metabolism Cycle' into overdrive. In addition, it's very logical that an individual who spends more time awake than asleep is going to be presented with more opportunity to eat or drink which in turn can equal weight gain.
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