As you know, I am a strong advocate for healthy living and there is some new infomation about a subject that almost everybody wants to know more about:- Speeding up our metabolism.
Well - here is a list of things that slows it down- so make a point during the day to avoid these pitfalls:
An irregular eating schedule- In a 2012 Hebrew University study, mice fed high fat foods sporadically gained more weight than mice that ate a similar diet on a regular schedule. Researchers suspect that eating at the same times every day trains the body to burn more calories between meals.
Pesticides in Vegetables- Organochlorines (chemicals in pesticides) can interfere with your body's energy-burning process and make it harder to lose weight, according to a Canadian study. Researchers found that dieters who ate the most toxins experienced a greater-than-normal dip in metabolism and had a harder time losing weight.
Skimping on sleep- A 2012 study found that people who sleep less move less the next day, which means they burn fewer calories. But it gets worse: Sleep deprivation actually reduces the amount of energy your body uses at rest, according to the German and Swedish researchers.
Eating too little- When you skimp on calories, your body switches into starvation mode, slowing your metabolic rate to conserve the fuel it's got.
Sitting too long- It takes only 20 minutes in any fixed position to inhibit your metabolism, according to Carrie Schmitz, an ergonomic research manager for Ergotron.
Jet Lag- Your internal clock directly controls the part of your cells that keeps your metabolism chugging along. But when you disrupt your so-called circadian rhythm—by crossing time zones, or not sleeping enough, for instance—your cells don't function the way they should and your metabolism suffers, according to researchers at the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism at University of California - Irvine.
Dehydration- All of your body's cellular processes, including metabolism, depend on water. If you're dehydrated, you could burn up to 2 percent fewer calories, according to researchers at the University of Utah.
I hope this will help you looking at your day and whether any of these pitfals affect your metabolism??
If so, please let us know and we are here to help!