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12 Habits That Slow Down Your Metabolic Rate

Date November 23, 2018 18:48

You’ve probably read somewhere that skipping breakfast and the lack of sleep are factors that definitely slow down your metabolic rate. Now, you make sure to have a meal every morning and go to bed in time. You also try not to spend too much time sitting. All for the sake of one thing – faster metabolic rate. But, there are other habits that decrease the rate at which your body burns calories.

If you have started gaining weight, it could be for one of these 12 reasons. Or maybe a few of them.

1. Your meals aren’t regular

Our body is very smart. If it knows when it gets food (its fuel), it can safely burn energy knowing that soon it’s getting a refill. With no regular meal schedule the body begins to store energy, rather than burn it, on the off chance there won’t be any more food coming in. So, eat every 3-4 hours and keep your metabolism stable.

2. You drink only water

A sufficient level of liquid maintains cellular metabolism and metabolism at the highest level. When there is not enough liquid, up to 2% less calories are burned. So drink! If you don’t like water, consider teas. Green tea, for example, contains caffeine and helps accelerate the calorie-burning process in the next three hours. Coffee is also helpful for burning fat, but doesn’t provide such a moisturizing effect.

3. You avoid dairy products

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Dairy food contains a number of nutrients that play an important role in fat burning and muscle build-up. This is about conjugated linoleic acid, whey, casein, and calcium. Yes, calcium is also very important in regulating metabolism.

4. You avoid weight-bearing training

Comprehensive strength training accelerates metabolism for up to 48 hours! It helps build up lean muscle mass, which also contributes to the acceleration of metabolism.

5. You sleep through mornings

By staying in bed late you are not doing your metabolic rate any favors. Early sun beams help regulate daily biorhythms, which are responsible for many functions in our body. They affect the regularity of our sleep, how much food we consume and how much energy we consume per day. All these factors are very important for a healthy metabolic rate. Get some vitamin D in the morning to set your metabolism the for day.

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6. You’ve completely cut out carbohydrates

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Diets with an extremely low carbohydrate intake produce the opposite effect. When you work out, your muscles need glycogen, which is in the carbohydrate stores of our body. If you don’t consume any carbs, reserves will not be refilled, the body will become sluggish and get tired often. Without maintaining the level of glycogen you can’t exercise at full capacity, and it is impossible to burn calories effectively during and after training.

7. You have a wrong idea about snacking

If you think snaking means biscuits, pretzels, and sugar containing yogurts, then it's time you revise your dietary knowledge. Replace sugar and all fast carbs with fats - polyunsaturated fatty acids, contained, for example, in nuts. They help to increase the activity of some genes responsible for fat burning. Eat a small handful of walnuts a day and burn fat!

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8. It’s too warm

To keep itself warmed up to a comfortable temperature, the body has to consume energy. It doesn’t mean that you have to freeze with your windows open in winter, but try to keep your bedroom at cool temperatures. Cold activates subcutaneous fat (so-called brown fat), which is responsible for burning calories, not accumulating them. More brown fat in the body means more calories burned per day.

9. You consume only sea-salt

Sea-salt is a more popular and tasty product in comparison with iodized salt, but the lack of iodine adversely affects the metabolic rate supervised by the thyroid gland. In fact, iodine provides the stimulating effect on the thyroid activity. So, switching to iodized salt can promote your metabolic rate. 

10. You consume inorganic foods

Chemicals contained in pesticides interfere with the organism’s energy consumption. A lot of these toxins can slow down metabolism. If possible, replace the products with organic ones, at least fruit and vegetables.

11. You have an iron deficiency

Iron transfers oxygen to muscles. Without it, muscles suffer from oxygen starvation, the energy level decreases, and along with it the metabolic rate does. Make sure that your diet contains cereals, legumes, and leafy greens rich in iron.

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12. Your stress level is off the charts

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Stress affects everything, even the metabolic rate. Women who are constantly under stress burn 100 calories less than their calm peers. And, if in addition to that you fight your depressions with fast food, then it's time to change your pastime to yoga. Relax, calm down, and improve your metabolic rate.

So, have you been helping your organism burn calories or not quite? We hope, this information can help you get your metabolic rate in order. Be healthy and happy!

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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