Your metabolism is impacted by a number of factors, some of which are positive and some that are negative. Here are five things that could negatively impact your metabolism to help you determine where to start with diet and exercise regimens.
1. You have a history of dieting
A history of yo-yo dieting will alter how your body reacts to caloric restriction. Many fad diets also use extreme restriction, which enhances the effects of your adaptation. If you have a history of dieting and continue to struggle with your metabolism, consider getting a metabolism testing kit.
2. Your age
As you get older, your metabolism slows down by approximately 10% each decade after the age of 20. Adding physical exercise and resistance training will help maintain and improve your metabolism with age. These exercises can also assist in injury prevention and the maintenance of bone density.
3. Lack of hydration
Drinking water can help you lose weight, but it does so much more than that. Hydration nourishes your cells to ensure they're working at full capacity. It helps move food through your digestive system and process it efficiently. Water triggers thermogenesis, improves satiety and fuels workouts.
4. Consistency in exercising
You don't want to do the same thing over and over again. Your body is built to have an adaptive response to repeated stimulation, be it food or movement. Increase the weights, up the reps, change your speed, or throw in some other activities to keep your body guessing.
5. Poor stress management
Stress is a silent killer that does extensive damage to every system in your body, including your metabolism. It often goes hand-in-hand with disrupted sleep patterns, which increase the output of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is a stress response hormone meant to put your body in survival mode.
Understanding what influences your metabolism, providing your body with what it requires, and avoiding triggers that can have a detrimental impact on it and your general health are the keys to improving it.
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