It's all fun and games until your metabolism slows down!
January 22, 2021
It’s all fun and games until your metabolism slows down!
Why does this happen? What the heck is my body doing to me now? I am doing everything right. I am doing everything I am supposed to be doing to lose weight, so why is the scale not moving down for me?
We have all been at this point in our weight loss journeys. It can be very frustrating for sure. But we can’t stop our process of doing what is right for our body’s health happiness journey.
Our bodies are just taking a pause on us. Our metabolism is in a little quarantine if you will. It is taking a slowdown.
So, why does this happen?
Our metabolism tends to slow with age, making it easier to add a few extra pounds and harder to lose them.
A few reasons for this include muscle loss, being less active and the natural aging of your metabolic processes.
Your metabolism is all of the chemical reactions that help keep your body alive.
It also determines how many calories you burn per day. The faster your metabolism, the more calories you burn.
Luckily, there are many things you can do to combat this age-related drop in metabolism.
Your activity levels can significantly affect the speed of your metabolism. Staying active can help prevent this drop in metabolism.
Here are some tips to help with your slowing metabolism:
Try Resistance Training (weightlifting) - Working out with weights is a great strategy to keep your metabolism from slowing down. Strength training has been shown to increase metabolic rate in healthy people, as well as those who have heart disease or are overweight or obese. Of course, any type of exercise will help!
Get Plenty of Sleep - Sleep is extremely important for good health. Sleeping fewer hours than you need may increase your risk of several illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Not enough sleep may also lower your metabolic rate and increase your likelihood of weight gain.
Eat More Protein-Rich Foods - Eating enough protein is extremely important for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. In addition to helping you feel full, high protein intake can significantly increase the rate at which your body burns calories.
Make Sure You Eat Enough Food -Eating too few calories can cause a major decrease in metabolism. Although lowering calories is needed for weight loss, it can be counterproductive for your calorie intake to drop too low. When you dramatically lower your calorie intake, your body senses that food is scarce and lowers the rate at which it needs to burn calories.
Drink More Water -People who drink water are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off. Water can also help fill you up. Studies show that drinking water a half an hour before you eat can help you eat less.
Stand up More - Sitting too much is bad for your health. Long periods of sitting burn fewer calories and can lead to weight gain.
Although there are many other things, we can try to speed up our metabolism, staying on our own health happiness path is just as important. What we feed our bodies and how we move our bodies daily, will keep us on track.
Try new things today! What have you got to lose, except weight!