Secret Ways Your Everyday Activities Are Slowing Down Your Metabolism

June 1, 2020

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One of the frustrating aspects of controlling your weight is your body's metabolism. Although we tend to think we have little control over it, we can speed up the process of burring energy. However many everyday habits are secretly slowing down your metabolism. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but when you eat is more important as to what you eat. Experts recommend that to get your calorie-burning engine going, have breakfast within an hour of waking up—or even better, within 15 minutes is the best way to get your metabolism up to speed for the day. Coffee often times get a bad rap for its caffeine content, but it can cause a temporary, but significant, increase in metabolism. The caffeine gets absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly, speeding up heart rate and providing that metabolic boost. Remember balance is key here. Three to five cups a day can be part of a healthy diet as long as those sugary creamers and syrups are avoided. More important than coffee is water and we generally do not drink enough. Your body relies on water, so not hydrating properly can decrease metabolism. And when you're dehydrated, you have less energy to walk, bike, or do what you need to do to burn calories. If you are shunning any resistance exercise, you're pretty much pumping the brakes on your metabolism. Muscle tissue is the source of your resting metabolic rate. This refers to the number of calories your body uses to keep your heart beating, lungs pumping, and all the other necessary functions that keep our body healthy. So it stands to reason: the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate, and the more calories you burn. As we age, we lose muscle and gain fat. To counteract those sad-but-true effects, include strength training in your regimen. And remember that strength training works best when you take it slow and lower the weight for maximum metabolism-boosting benefits.

SOURCE: The Healthy

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