Everyday Habits That Secretly Slow Your Metabolism

Metabolism is the process by which your body converts food and drink into energy. It is also one of those words that gets tossed around casually. In essence, metabolism refers to the chemical reactions and processes that occur in the body to help keep it alive and fuel it with energy. And while it's true that there are many factors that control our metabolism which are out of our control such as age, gender, genetic predisposition, and body composition, there are many that we can work on. If you're trying to boost your metabolism to no avail, listed are some of self-sabotaging habits that might be holding you back from reaching your goal.

Your brunch is your breakfast: Remember that when you're sleeping, you're not eating. And after all those hours with no food intake, your metabolism needs a jump-start. Eat your breakfast early in the morning or within an hour of waking up.

You have cereal instead of an omelette: Opt for foods that give your metabolism a little boost. Eating protein in the morning will make you feel full for a long time. That's not the case with carbs. To digest, absorb, transport, and store the food you eat, your body uses calories, and protein needs more energy to metabolize than fat or carbs. Diets higher in protein may help preserve lean body mass, which is most directly related to having a fast metabolism.You stopped drinking coffee: The caffeine gets absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly, speeding up heart rate and providing that metabolic boost. So if you want a cup in the morning after a nice breakfast, go for it. Two-three cups a day can be part of a healthy diet. Make sure you keep your coffee as simple as your taste buds can take. Adding too much sugar or fatty cream can outweigh the health benefits.

You sleep too little: Your sleep affects you in several ways. Sleep loss increases the insulin resistance, resulting in high blood sugar levels. It also messes with hormone levels that impact your metabolism. Believe it or not, the quality of your sleep at night can have a big impact on the food choices you make during the day. Use simple tips to sleep better so that you get a full night's rest and wake up energized for a full day of healthy activity.

Drink enough water: One thing that you read everywhere is to drink water. The reason is that every cellular process in your body relies on water, so not hydrating properly can decrease metabolism. When you're dehydrated, you have no energy to walk, work or do what you need to do to burn calories.You're crash dieting: In an effort to shed pounds fast, you are cutting calories, even the required ones. The body thinks that you are starving, so it compensates by slowing down the rate at which you burn calories to conserve fuel. Eating small and well-balanced meals throughout the day can keep you satisfied and your metabolism humming.

You sit all the time: If you think that this point doesn't apply to you because you workout in the morning for more than an hour, that's definitely not true. More than half of our time is spent while sitting on desk at work, in the car while driving, on the couch watching TV. All that sedentary behavior was linked to significantly higher odds of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health risks. Therefore, try to walk or simply stand as much as you can. Yes, simply standing burns more calories than sitting, so every half hour, take a few minutes to at least get up. You stress a lot: Stress has a million negative effects. And one of it is that it causes our bodies to metabolize food more slowly. Stress increases hormones that stimulate the appetite center and leads to comfort eating behaviors. The kinds of foods we tend to seek most comfort in? To boost your metabolism, eat these foods instead.

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