Metabolism is a word we often hear when we talk about weight loss or gain, as well as in reference to our overall health. Here’s a list that tells you how to stay clear of metabolism killers:
There’s a reason why it’s called the most important meal of the day. It kickstarts the process of thermogenesis (which is the process of heat generation in our body). Don’t miss breakfast or grab an unhealthy morning snack just because you’re running late. It’s not tough to prepare a quick bowl of oatmeal or cereal. Keep some boiled eggs in your fridge, and fruits on standby.
Irregular eating patterns:
Consistency will keep your metabolism going. The more small meals you have, the better metabolism you develop. Long gaps between your meals slow down your metabolic process and calorie burning. You may have heard people say you need to have six meals a day. When you think about it that’s three normal meals and two snacks in between, use your smartphone to set an alarm (we know you have one) and stick to the schedule!
Too little ZZZs:
The Mayo Clinic says an adult should sleep anywhere between 7-9 hours. Anything under that will not only impair mental focus and performance but also physical capabilities. Your internal organs and metabolism are also affected due to hormone fluctuations as a result of lack of sleep.
Eating the wrong amount:
When you eat more than your body needs, your body ends up storing more energy which will convert into fat. If you aren’t eating enough, your body will eat into your lean muscle to get the energy it requires. Make sure you eat the right amount to keep your energy levels up.
There are many reasons why dehydration slows down your metabolism. The most important one being that when your body is deprived of adequate water, your muscles’ ability to burn calories slows down. Your muscle tissues consist of over 70 per cent water, and when they are lacking enough water, their ability to generate energy is reduced.
Last but not least, having a sedentary lifestyle is the worst thing for your metabolism. Make sure you are getting in some exercise regularly. Here’s a quick 20 minute workout you can do to keep your blood pumping!
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