As you know, your metabolism slows as you age. Research shows that getting older is associated with a progressive decline in basal metabolic rate. Additionally, some of our daily habits can drain your metabolism further. Below are 8 bad habits that can slow your metabolism even more.
#1: Skipping Breakfast
Breakfast is the best way to start your day. According to Rush University Medical Center, when you eat breakfast, your body is being told it has plenty of calories for the day. When you skip breakfast, your body wants to conserve rather than burn incoming calories.
#2: Eating the Wrong Breakfast
Skip the sugary donut or muffin. Choose something with protein and fiber-like eggs, yogurt and berries or whole-wheat toast topped with peanut butter.
#3: Sitting Too Much
Living a sedentary life can mean your metabolism can suffer. Going from your office chair to your car to your couch affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.
#4: Neglecting Strength Training
Try doing HITT and resistance-based workouts. Workout routines like this help keep your calorie burn elevated for longer periods of time than cardio alone.
#5: Not Getting Enough Protein
Protein feeds your muscles, promotes satiety, and is an important component to sustain a healthy weight. Not eating enough protein causes issues in building muscle mass. Protein also requires more energy to break down than carbs or fat.
#6: Not Getting Enough Sleep
If you have a bad night’s rest for several nights or several years, it can decrease metabolism and hormonal imbalances.
#7: Not Drinking Enough Water
Researches found drinking about 2 cups of water increases metabolic rate by 30%, and the spike lasts for more than an hour.
#8: Stressing Out
When stress levels increase, your body produces cortisol. Cortisol leads to increased appetite, makes us crave comfort foods, decreases our desire to exercise and reduces sleep quality. All these things combined impact metabolism.
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