Things That Slow Your Metabolism?

Genes

Metabolism is how your body changes food to energy. If your body is very slow at burning calories while you rest or sleep, you probably got that from your genes.

Hormones

A hormone shift can put the brakes on your body's energy use. That can make you tired. Some hormonal disease conditions, like an under or overactive thyroid and diabetes, affect your metabolism. Stress also releases hormones that can trigger a slowdown.

Your Lack of Sleep

Good shut-eye helps your metabolism stay steady. If not, it's harder for your body to use energy well, making conditions like diabetes and obesity more likely.

Strict Diets

If you don't eat enough, your metabolism switches to slow-mo. Extreme diets, especially when you exercise, teach your body to make do with fewer calories. That can backfire because your body clings to those calories, which makes it harder to take the weight off.

Trendy Salt

Some trendy salts, like sea salts, lack iodine, which your thyroid needs to manage your metabolism.

Not Enough Calcium

You need it for more than your bones. It's also an essential nutrient for a speedy metabolism, among the other positive things it does for your body.

Your Meds

Some drugs can slow down your metabolism. Many other medications, like those that slow the heart rate, also can have that effect.

Cutting Carbs

Easing up on unhealthy carbohydrates helps you manage your weight and burn fat faster. But your body needs them to make insulin. Go low-carb all the time, and you make less of this crucial hormone. Your metabolism stalls, and you don't burn as many calories as you once did.

Changing Meal Times

Skipping meals or grabbing a bite on the go creates social and metabolic jet lag. Shifting meal times can harm your metabolism and raise your risk for heart problems.

Chronic Stress

When you are stressed, your body makes a hormone called cortisol. It is meant to give you a quick boost of energy. But if you're stressed, the body thinks you still need to fight, so it keeps making cortisol. High levels of this hormone make it harder for your body to use insulin. That puts the breaks on your metabolism.

A High-Fat Diet

Eating loads of fatty foods is never a healthy idea. It changes how your body breaks down foods and nutrients. Your body's ability to use insulin is affected, too. That's called insulin resistance. It's been linked to obesity and diabetes.

Nutrition is just a speck of what works in favor of our metabolism. One must also focus on sleep, exercise, and emotional health to attain the best metabolic health.

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