7 Critical Diet Mistakes That Will Slow Down Your Metabolism!

Woman Slowing Down Metabolism With Chips

Slow Metabolism Got You Down? It’s Probably One Of These Very Costly Mistakes!

You’ve probably noticed that as you grow older, your metabolism starts to slow down.

And to some of the unlucky ones, it may even seem to get to the point where it feels like a crawl.

Unfortunately, this is a normal part of the aging process which can be very frustrating, as it makes losing weight even more difficult.

This is why, in order to give yourself a fighting chance, you need to make sure you aren’t doing anything that has a detrimental effect on your already slow metabolism.

From eating an unbalanced and unhealthy diet to missing out on tips and tricks to give you an advantage, there are many reasons why you may not be losing weight.

Here are seven critical diet mistakes that will slow down your metabolism.

Some of these tips are simply common sense, but others are less well-known and unexpected.

1. Not Eating Enough

Woman Eating To Boost Metabolism

It’s often understated, since the obvious perception is that when you’re dieting you need to eat less.

But failing to eat enough can significantly slow down your metabolism and prevent you from losing weight.

Naturally, you should be looking to lower your calorie intake, but by going too far your body will react negatively and subsequently slow your metabolism.

In addition to that, your body may even start to break down your hard earned muscle tissues in order to produce the energy it needs to function.

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These tissues have calorie-burning properties, so by eating too little, you are not only slowing your metabolism, but also wasting the tissues that are there to burn calories in the first place.

To solve this problem, it’s crucial to strike a balance.

Ensure that you are eating enough but not overdoing it, by eating small portions in regular intervals, to satiate your hunger.

Health professionals often recommend that you don’t let your calories drop below 1,200 per day in order to avoid complications.

2. Carb-Free Diets

Eating Apples Can Boost Metabolism

When trying to lose weight, carbohydrates are one of the key nutrients that dieticians and weight loss experts recommend you avoid.

However, completely cutting them out of your diet can be far from beneficial.

Providing that you maintain a regular and testing exercise regime, keeping carbs in your diet is a good thing.

Without carbohydrates, your body lacks the glycogen levels needed for your muscles to work to their full potential during exercise. [1]

In this scenario, your body fails to reach peak performance and therefore finds it harder to burn calories, resulting in a slow metabolism.

You shouldn’t overdo it, but keeping some carbs in your diet will make it easier for you to lose weight long-term.

3. Consuming Too Much Alcohol

Alcohol Will Slow Down Metabolism

When trying to lose weight, alcohol is not your friend.

While like most things, it’s acceptable in moderation, you should avoid going on heavy drinking sessions at all costs.

Alcohol has a direct negative impact on your metabolism not only due to its high calorie levels but also to a total lack of nutritional value.

In fact, alcohol can subject you to malnutrition since the numbers of calories in it make up a large chunk of your daily energy needs.

Your body is unable to store alcohol as it would other nutrients such as proteins and carbohydrates, so it must be metabolized immediately.

Consequently, this takes priority over the sugars and fats in your body that also need to be metabolized, slowing the fat-burning process.

And even worse yet, this not only means that you will certainly not lose weight, but it’s also very possible that you might even start to put it on.

4. Not Eating Organic Foods

Avoid A Slow Metabolism With Organic Food

While organic foods don’t contain any special magical ingredients that will speed up your metabolism, non-organic foods are coated in pesticides, which research has proven slows it down. [2]

The research suggests that the body’s metabolism is slowed due to the toxins in the pesticides affect the energy-burning process.

Even more alarming, it’s also been suggested that weight gain can be caused directly by the pesticides.

Organic food may be more expensive, but if you’re serious about losing weight then opting for them over other non-organic substitutes will pay dividends.

And what may be even just as important, you will be avoiding nasty pesticides that can wreak havoc on your health.

5. Drinking Water At Room Temperature

Drink Cold Water For Metabolic Boost

You may not think the temperature you drink water at matters, but drinking water at room temperature rather than cold may contribute to a slower metabolism.

Six cups of water at room temperature stops you from boosting your metabolic rate by around 50 calories per day, and this adds up over time.

Why does this happen?

Researchers have indicated that it’s a result of the body having to work to heat the cold water up to body temperature.

If you drank six cups of cold water every day of the year, you could theoretically lose five pounds.

For the sake of drinking chilled water, it’s more than worth doing.

The good news is that this diet mistake is simple to arrest.

Refrigerating a few bottles of water before each day is a quick and easy fix to give your metabolism a helping hand.

6. Avoiding Caffeine

Cup Of Coffee Speeds Up Metabolism

The negative effects of caffeine are well-documented, but when it comes to your metabolism, a cup of tea or coffee in the morning is exactly what’s needed.

Avoiding caffeine means you’re missing out on a simple way to give your metabolism a boost.

A central nervous stimulant, caffeine is able to heighten your metabolism in the region of 5 to 8 percent every day.

The chlorogenic acid present in caffeine has also been claimed to slow down the body’s absorption of carbohydrates.

Staying away from caffeine is a key dieting mistake as the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages.

One of the few recognized fat-burners, caffeine is capable of activating the fats within fatty tissues. [3]

Caffeine helps to release epinephrine into the blood, which gives the signal required to break down fats for oxidation.

7. Failing to Strike a Protein Balance

Protein Powder For Balanced Metabolism

Proteins are generally associated with people who are trying to bulk up rather than lose weight.

But, as with carbohydrates, cutting them out completely doesn’t help anyone trying to slim down.

When trying to lose weight it is imperative that you maintain your body’s lean muscle tissue, and proteins help to keep them in such shape.

Without protein, your body misses out on a key nutrient that keeps it healthy, and helps to burn fat.

Protein can also boost the amount of calorie burned after eating a meal by up to 35 percent.

Depriving your body of this vital nutrient is therefore a mistake as you’re missing out on a great way to lose weight, and perhaps more importantly, maintain a critically balanced diet.

However, it’s important that you find equilibrium, as too much protein will also lead to a slow metabolism, since the body will have to store or burn it, when it could be working on burning off fats and sugars. [4]

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