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7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Metabolism

When it comes to losing weight, or maintaining a new lower weight, you know that metabolism is one of the biggest keys to success. The rate at which you burn calories (the energy you consume from food) will determine whether those calories are expended through daily activities, or stored as fat. And of course, burning more calories than you consume will lead to weight loss, because your body will tap into fat stores to obtain the balance of energy needed each day.

So, if you’ve experienced trouble with your weight loss plan, you might be wondering if your metabolism is to blame. That might be the case, especially if you’re engaging in any of these methods of sabotaging it.

Breakfast is all wrong. If you reach for a sugary breakfast item first thing in the morning, you’re setting yourself up for a quick energy spike and crash… And then you’ll crave even more sugar. A small meal high in protein and fiber will keep you feeling full, and give you the energy you need until lunchtime.

You’re not eating breakfast at all. Your metabolism slows during sleep, so eating something after waking up will help fire up your metabolism for the day. When you don’t eat, your body stays in calorie conservation mode.

You’re not getting enough sleep. Speaking of sleep, inadequate sleep will impact your hormone levels and slow your metabolism. Take the necessary measures to ensure you get seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night.

You’re skipping weight training. Adding muscle to your frame increases your calorie burn even while at rest (in other words, your base metabolism). Don’t skip this important part of your exercise routine!

You’re not eating enough protein. Your muscles require protein to grow, and we’ve already discussed the importance of building muscle tissue. Also, protein keeps you feeling full, warding off cravings for less healthy foods. And, protein requires more energy during the digestive process, so you’ll burn more calories just from digesting your food.

You’re not drinking enough water. Drinking two cups of water leads to a metabolic spike of about 30 percent. Meanwhile, dehydration signals your body to conserve energy by lowering metabolism.

You’re sitting for long periods of time. Your metabolism slumps during periods of inactivity. So, even if you work a desk job, set an alarm that will remind you to get up and walk around frequently.

If you’re experiencing difficulty with your weight loss plan, or need help maintaining your new lower weight, give us a call. We can assess your current program and make recommendations to help you achieve your goals.