There are many factors that may contribute to a slow metabolism. If you are trying to lose weight you may get confused about what you should do in order to boost your metabolism. Unfortunately, this can lead to mistakes. Being able to recognize and avoid these mistakes can help you boost your metabolism so you can lose weight faster and learn to keep it off for good.
Alcohol is a double whammy because it dehydrates the body and it’s loaded with sugar. The sugar slows your metabolism while the lack of hydration you experience makes your body have to work overtime. This is because once you begin to start drinking water after consuming alcoholic beverages, your body works hard to repair the dehydration. At the same time your metabolism is slowed by the sugar, so it takes much longer for your body to get back to normal. Drinking alcohol once in awhile won’t result in long-term problems. However, drinking alcohol every day or large amounts at one time can be dangerous.
Skipping meals will not help you lose weight. In fact, this can sabotage your efforts for more than one reason. First and foremost your body will think it is starving if meals are skipped. Your body will then go into survival mode. It will then store any calories you do consume as fat.
Additionally, skipping meals will leave you feeling tired which contributes to a slower metabolism. When the metabolism slows down, any extra energy found in the body is stored for later use. In a nutshell, the body doesn’t know when it will receive its next meal so it stores what it can in fat cells.
Your body only uses energy when it needs it and your metabolism is what helps that happen. When you don’t use stored energy by working out, especially if you have a sedentary job or don’t get up and move often, your body doesn’t feel the need to use much stored energy. This means the metabolism is signaled to slow down and relax because it isn’t needed. You’re looking at a slower rate of weight loss when this happens.
Too Much Sugar
Sugar inhibits metabolism rates because it passes so easily through the system after being consumed. Your metabolism doesn’t have to work very hard in order to process the sugar you feed your body. If your metabolism does not have to work hard to break down nutrients, it ends up taking a break too often. And this results in a slowed metabolism cycle.
As mentioned, there are numerous reasons for a metabolism to slow down. However, avoiding these specific mistakes will help to keep you, your diet and your metabolism on the right track. Keeping your metabolism up is one of many great tools you can use to help you lose the weight you’ve been working so hard to get off.