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6 Daily Habits That Decrease Your Metabolism


By By Dr. Dieter Pohl

Did you know that the habits you set everyday will help determine how your metabolism functions? Try avoiding these 6 daily habits that are bound to kill your metabolism.


Skipping or Eating the Wrong Breakfast

Your breakfast sets your metabolism for the day. When you eat a nutritious breakfast, you are telling your body that there are plenty of calories to be expected throughout the day, making your metabolism work harder than if you had skipped breakfast. Skipping breakfast puts your metabolism on pause, as your body thinks it needs to slow down to conserve calories. According to Rush University Medical Center, you are more likely to be overweight when you skip breakfast.

Not Enough Protein Intake

Increasing your protein intake is extremely important if you wish to improve your metabolism during weight loss. Consuming more protein is proven to increase your metabolism by helping your body to increase the rate at which it burns calories. Compared to other groups like carbs and fats, protein  helps your body increase your metabolism after eating.  It takes more energy to digest protein compared to other types of food, making your body burn more calories during digestion.

Not Sleeping Enough

Not getting enough high-quality sleep will decrease your metabolism and lead to a lower metabolic rate. Health conditions like heart disease and obesity are more likely in those who do not get enough sleep at night. A recent study revealed that not sleeping enough combined with circadian rhythm disruption lead to a decrease in metabolic rate at an average of 8%. Getting enough sleep at night is a simple way to maintain a healthy metabolism.

Non-Active Lifestyle

Leading a non-active lifestyle encourages your metabolism to slow down. The increase of remote work has made it hard for people to move around during the day which slows down your metabolism. Getting regular exercise is very important to maintain a healthy metabolism. Consider adding non-exercise activities into your daily habits to burn more calories effortlessly. Instead of using the elevator, take the stairs. Get up and move frequently during the day to wake your metabolism up. If you sit all day for work, get up and move around a few times during the day. Activities like standing, cleaning, or taking the stairs are easy ways to add physical activity into your day.

Too Much Stress

Having too much stress in your life can have negative effects on your metabolism. When you get stressed out, your body produces a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is responsible for increasing appetite, increasing cravings, decreasing your desire to exercise, and negatively impact your quality of sleep. Experiencing a lot of stress in your day-to-day life can decrease your metabolism. Keep your stress levels low to help your body to maintain a healthy metabolism.

Not Drinking Enough Water

Not drinking enough water is a common habit that can slow your metabolism. Staying hydrated is important if you want to increase your metabolism. Remember to drink water throughout the day to maintain a healthy metabolism. With a smaller stomach, it can be difficult creating the habit of staying well hydrated throughout the day. For those who have received bariatric weight loss surgery, you should strive to drink 48-64 ounces of fluids every day.

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