Factors that affect your metabolism

Your metabolism determines the way your body converts food and drink you consume for energy. It is a complex process that’s affected by not just what you eat and how much you exercise.  There are additional factors that may be tanking your metabolism.

  • Age.  As you get older, your metabolic rate slows.  This is partly because of a loss of muscle tissue, and also because of hormonal and neurological changes.
  • Not performing strength training. Strength training is essential for increasing or maintaining muscle mass.  The more active muscle tissue you have, the higher your metabolic rate.
  • Not eating enough. Having a calorie deficit will help you lose weight, but there is a point that cutting calories too much puts your body in starvation mode.  This slows your metabolism.
  • Environmental factors. The weather can affect your metabolism. If it’s very cod or very hot, your body has to work harder to maintain its normal temperature and this increases your metabolic rate.
  • Getting too little sleep.  When you don’t get enough sleep, hormones that control hunger, fullness, and cravings for starchy, sugary, and fatty foods do not function correctly.
  • Sitting too much. Even if you exercise an hour a day, if you spend the other 23 hours sitting or lying down, your metabolism will slow down. Sitting for more than 20 minutes can put your body into a more relaxed, non-energy burning state.
  • What you drink. Drinking too little water causes dehydration. This can cause you to burn up to 2% fewer calories.
  • Not enough dairy. Dairy contains proteins that help build and maintain muscle mass.
  • Not enough calcium. Calcium plays a key role in fat metabolism, which determines whether you burn calories or store them as fat.
  • Stress. Stress is probably the number one factor impacting metabolism.  It increases the production of cortisol, a hormone that increases appetite and make you crave comfort food.  It can decrease your desire to exercise.  Stress slows digestion, causing a lower need to metabolize calories.
  • Cutting all carbs. Glycogen is used when exercising. If your glycogen levels are too low, you will not workout as intensely.

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