- Low calorie diets
- Eating or drinking lots of sugar foods throughout the day
- Underactive thyroid
People with a slower metabolic rate have a harder time staying slim because they tend to store fat easily. The slower the metabolic rate the greater the weight gains.
People who have a lower percentage of body fat have more muscle. Muscle requires more calories to maintain itself than fat. Another advantage of having more muscle is that it increases your metabolic rate.
So, if you have built up more muscle you can eat more and have a higher metabolic rate.
Sounds good to me!
Did you know that one pound of fat burns 2 calories a day while one pound of muscle burns 50 calories a day? Which would you prefer? DUH!
How is metabolism impacted by aging?
- At birth, you have a high metabolism.
- In your mid-thirties, the metabolism begins to slow by about 3-5% per decade.
- By the age of 55, your body requires about 150 calories less per day than when you were in your mid-thirties.
What about men versus women?
- Men typically have about a 10-15% higher metabolic rate than women because they typically have more muscle mass.
- Women have a slower metabolic rate because they tend to store more fat and have less muscle. Figures, doesn't it?
So, how can you increase your metabolism?
- Eat 5-6 small meals during the day. If you go for long periods of time without eating, your metabolism slows down.
- Exercise daily. Go for a walk!
- Begin to build your muscles. The more muscle that you have, the faster your metabolism becomes. I'll have to write another post about using free weights to get started.
- Avoid sugars.
- Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
I guess I keep coming back to the same thing. You've got to come to the point of making the choice to establish a healthier lifestyle; something you can live with. Why not start today?
While you're at it, don't forget to stop by and visit Sandy's blog God Speaks Today. She's adding her unique commentary to many of the news headlines related to health. I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve.