A speedier metabolism could translate to a thinner you. Our metabolism is responsible for converting your food into energy that keeps your heart beating, lungs pumping, and muscles moving. Higher metabolism is often associated with weight loss as it helps burn calories faster. If you exercise regularly and you try to eat right but you’re still not seeing the pounds come off, there’s a chance that some of your habits may actually be slowing down your metabolism and interfering with your best weight loss efforts. Here are 16 bad habits that slow down your metabolism. You definitely want to avoid doing in order to keep your metabolism humming along.


1-Include Metabolism Boosters

These “fat burning foods” green tea, cayenne pepper, vinegar, as well as anything high in protein, such as eggs, meat, and fish supposedly boost your metabolism, causing your body to burn through your fat reserves—including the fat around your middle. A cup of green tea or a teaspoon of cayenne pepper might cause you to burn an extra ten or twenty calories per day, but it takes 3,500 calories to burn off a pound of fat. Peppers pack capsaicin, which may speed metabolism by controlling the release of appetite-regulating hormones as well as increasing levels of stress hormones that decrease desire to eat. Feel free to include these metabolism boosters in your diet. And use thermogenic spices like red chili pepper, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, mustard, cloves, garlic, black pepper, cardamoms and cumin in your cooking. These spices are loaded with health benefits. They help to improve your insulin resistance and reduce levels of sugar in your blood, lower bad cholesterol and also help shake your metabolism into high gear; end up you can surely burn the fat faster.

2-Eating Schedule

Take meals at consistent times, skip a meal or push a normal mealtime back by several hours the end result is that you eat more, gain weight and slow down your metabolism. Your eating schedule plays a huge role in metabolism. Feeding your body on a regular schedule keeps your metabolism burning whereas eating sporadically can slow down metabolism. The body shifts into fat conservation mode, telling the body to burn fewer calories. By eating a meal every 3 to 4 hours, you'll stay satisfied and keep from overeating later in the day. A Research shows that eating at the same times every day trains the body to burn more calories between meals. Eat frequent, consistently sized meals to avoid binges and feel happier.

3-Your Water is Not Cold

German researchers have found that drinking 8 glasses of cold water a day can increase your metabolism. Metabolism increases when the body works to increase the temperature of the water. A small part of this increase is attributed to the fact that your body works to heat the fluid to your core temperature. If your water is room temperature or lukewarm water, you could be slowing your metabolism and losing the opportunity to burn calories. So throw an ice cube in your water and enjoy an extra metabolism boost.

4-Not Eating Enough

You need to cut calories to lose weight, but it's important not to overdo it. When you skimp on calories, your body switches into starvation mode, slowing your metabolic rate to conserve the fuel it's got, and can slow the metabolic rate by 100’s of calories daily. According to studies; if you try to lose weight with diets that are very low in calories, then your metabolism slows down. Diets that are very low on calories can decrease your metabolic rate by 20-30% and even up 45%. Another negative side-effect on very low calorie diets is the loss of muscle mass. The weight you lose with these diets is not all fat; 40-50% of the weight you lose can come from water weight and muscle tissue. A general rule of thumb is to aim for 10 calories per pound of goal body weight.

5-Diet and Exercise

To have a huge impact on your weight you should not ignore the weight-loss basics: diet and exercise. Research shows that reducing calorie intake alone is slightly more effective for weight loss than exercise alone, but combining these approaches leads to long term success. To make the biggest difference, work with a dietitian to develop your ideal diet menu and make a habit of exercising most days of the week. It can be tough to fit exercise into an already busy schedule, but the boost in metabolism you get from burning extra calories and building muscle makes it worth the effort. Aerobic exercise helps burn calories and increase cardiovascular health. Strength training helps build muscle mass, which also increases your metabolic rate because muscle burns calories at a faster rate than does fat. If the scale is stuck despite your healthy eating, add walking, jogging, dancing, or strength training to your routine to boost the calories you burn each day. Running, biking, swimming, and rowing get your heart pumping, making them super-important for boosting your metabolism.

6-Skipping Meals

When you eat, your metabolism uses this food to produce enough energy for the body to function. When you constantly keep skipping meals, your metabolism has nothing to do and thus begins to slow down from its normal routine.  Your body may think it is starving and stop any unnecessary functions in order to protect itself that’s why fasting isn’t a smart idea. By eating more frequent and smaller meals, the body's metabolic furnace is always running hot. This results in more fat and calories being burned throughout the day. Aim for three meals and two snacks every day.

7-You Sit too Much

A research shows it takes only 20 minutes in any fixed position to inhibit your metabolism. When you are sitting, your major muscles aren’t moving, which slows your metabolism. While regular workouts help, it is also important to avoid extended periods of sitting. A new study discovered that sitting for long periods increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and death regardless of physical activity. The reason for the metabolic disruption is muscles don't have to work so hard—burning less fat—and prolonged sitting may also lead to poor insulin sensitivity. Regular movement will keep your metabolism from slowing and stalling your weight loss efforts.

8-Skipping Breakfast

One study found that breakfast-skippers were 4.5 times more likely to be overweight. When you skip breakfast you are slowing your metabolism. You are telling your body to slow down and not use energy. It thinks it is going to need energy later in the day so it doesn't start working. Even skipping one day of breakfast can slow your metabolism. When you miss breakfast, you don't just set yourself up to overeat at lunch. Eating a healthy breakfast kick starts your metabolic rate and starts your body's furnace for the day.

9-You Avoid Caffeine

Avoiding caffeine could be slowing down your metabolism. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, so one cup of coffee daily can increase metabolism from five to eight percent. This amounts to between 98 and 174 calories a day. Researchers believe the antioxidant catechins in tea provide the boost. Don't skip that cup of morning coffee or tea, use it to jumpstart your day.

10-Eating White Carbs

Refined food like white rice or white bread can be easily broken down by the body. That means your body doesn’t have to work very hard to digest your food thus leaving your metabolism to slack. If the majority of carbohydrates you are eating are white carbs, you could be slowing your metabolism without realizing it.  Increasing fiber in your daily diet can increase your body's fat burning capacity. You will also feel fuller and be less prone to overeat.

11-Too Little Protein

Not eating enough protein can slow metabolism and cause your body to turn to its own muscle for energy. Make sure protein is a component in every meal. Protein-rich foods require more calories to digest & assimilate – plus protein is a key for building calorie-burning muscle mass. Add a serving, like 3 ounces of lean meat, 2 tablespoons of nuts, or 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt, to every meal and snack. Research has shown that you can burn up to 35 percent more calories after a meal with protein than you can with a meal lacking in protein.

12-Missing Sleep

Lack of sleep can have a big impact on your metabolism. If you don't get enough sleep you are tired and less inclined to be active. Ultimately, this means you burn fewer calories and have a slower metabolism. Sleep deprivation actually reduces the amount of energy which your body uses at rest. People who get a good night sleep tend to be more energetic and have higher metabolic rates. Get your 7 hours sleep and increase your metabolism.

13-Lacking Calcium

Calcium deficiency may slow metabolism. Calcium plays a key role in regulating your fat metabolism, which determines whether you burn calories or store them as fat. Research shows that consuming calcium through dairy foods such as fat-free milk and low-fat yogurt may also reduce fat absorption from other foods.

14-Getting Dehydrated

If you let your body become dehydrated, you are slowing your metabolism down without even knowing it. All of your body's cellular processes, including metabolism, depend on water. A study showed that people who drank 8-12 glasses of water everyday burned calories at a faster metabolic rate than people who didn’t drink enough water. Carry a bottle around with you so you don’t forget to sip throughout the day.

15-Low Iron Intake

Iron plays a crucial role in various bodily processes, including metabolism. Iron-rich foods are essential for carrying the oxygen your muscles need to burn fat. If you don’t get enough iron, your blood doesn’t get enough oxygen, you lose energy, and your metabolism slows down. This one’s especially important for women, whose iron levels drop each month during their periods. To ward off the problem, fill your plate with iron-rich foods like spinach, beans, shellfish, lean beef, raisins, and artichokes—especially when it’s that time of the month.

16-Your Food is Covered with Pesticides

You already know pesticides are bad for you for numerous reasons, but you probably didn’t know that one of those reasons is the negative effect it can have on your metabolism. A 2012 study in Environmental Health Perspectives connected environmental pollutants, like pesticides commonly used on fruits and vegetables, to obesity and metabolic syndrome. The researchers found that, in lab cells, the pollutants were stored in fat tissue where they cause inflammation and affect pathways that regulate metabolism. Other research hints that pesticides can trigger weight gain. Always choose organic when buying peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, and pears; non-organic versions tend to have the highest levels of pesticides.

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