3 Ways To Make A Positive Impact On Your Metabolism
Is a slow metabolism causing my weight gain? Not likely. Though such a thing exists, it’s not usually the reason for putting on weight. But first, do you know what your metabolism is exactly?
Put simply, your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. This is why it’s also known as your metabolic rate.
So what determines your metabolic rate? Unfortunately, it’s mostly out of your control. Lucky people inherit a faster metabolism through their genes. Men usually have a higher metabolic rate than women, too. More muscles also mean more calories burned, even when resting. As you age, your metabolism tends to slow down as well.
So if your metabolism isn’t the reason, why are you unhappy with your weight? Don’t worry, there are simple lifestyle changes that can help shed the pounds. Let’s take a look at what you can do…
1. Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
While you sleep, your body works hard to process fats and sugars. But a lack of sleep affects hormones regulating hunger: ghrelin and leptin. Sleep-deprived people tend to have a larger appetite for high-calorie foods. So if you want to lose weight, be sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
2. What's Your Bedtime Routine?
On that subject, what are you doing before bedtime? Getting 7 hours shut-eye is easier said than done, but certain activities may be seriously affecting your sleep. Smartphones, tablets and laptops don’t belong in the bedroom. The blue light from these devices reduces the production of melatonin. Without this sleep hormone, it can be difficult to drift off properly, so avoid using these devices 2 hours before going to bed. We recommend reading or listening to some relaxing music instead.
3. It's Time To Talk Food...
Whatever your metabolic rate, consuming too many calories will lead to weight gain. Only a few excess calories per day can have dramatic consequences. An extra banana each day would result in a 9-lb weight gain over a year. But the math works both ways, of course: Eliminating dessert one day a week would lead to you losing 6 lbs in a year.
Still concerned about a slow metabolism and your weight? Your doctor can check your metabolism, and test for any rare conditions that can affect it. These include an under-active thyroid, Cushing syndrome or polycystic ovary syndrome. If you found this advice helpful, be sure to share it with all your friends. Good luck!