Did you always assume that your metabolism is slowing down because you’re aging? I did and started to dread turning 40. Here are three things I was surprised to learn about how our metabolisms work and why they seem to slow down.
Did you also have a high metabolism growing up but not it seems to be slipping away? Each year that goes by the extra weight starts to creep on and becomes harder to lose.
Instead of thinking metabolism slowdown is inevitable, let’s understand a few reasons why this happens. When you understand why you can look at options to counterbalance the changes.
One quick note before continuing. I’m not a doctor or medical professional. I’m sharing what’s working for me based on my research to help you figure out what to consider next. Check with your favorite medical professional to help you decide what works best for you.
3 things I wish I knew about my metabolism sooner
Honestly, the funny part of these revelations is they all seem obvious, but not enough to have made changes naturally. With the added knowledge, we can start taking actions and making changes.
Being less active means using less energy
If you also work in an office job during the day, you’re probably sitting for a lot of the day. Sitting isn’t doing your metabolism or wellness any favors. The more you sit, the less energy you burn.
And then you probably are still eating the same food regardless of how active you are. You’re likely taking in more calories than you’re burning. The leftover calories are stored as fat.
You could adjust your diet each day to avoid having leftover calories for your body to deal with.
Or try adding more exercise into your day. Figure out ways to add extra steps each day or try a standing desk so you’re sitting less.
Busy lives can result in not eating well
In your busy life, do you turn to quick, prepared food for meals? It feels like eating something is better than nothing. And no one wants to deal with you if you’re hangry.
Maybe not. Take a look at how much fat, sugar, and salt is in the prepared food.
I realized freezer meals are not nearly as high in protein as I thought. And I honestly didn’t realize how important protein is to the whole process.
We need protein to build muscle. The more we sit or be less active, the more muscle we lose.
Remember the old saying: use it or lose it?
When you increase your activity, also make sure you’re getting enough protein to rebuild some of your muscles.
Eating protein helps increase your metabolism and can reduce your cravings for other types of foods. My sugar cavings dropped when I added more protein back into my diet. And starting to bring my lunch to work helped ensure I’m making better food choices during the day.
Be intentional about eating the key things you need to fuel your metabolism including the key vitamins.
Part of our metabolism slowdown is because busy lives lead to problematic food choices.
Sleep affects your metabolism
Have you heard about how much you sleep affects your metabolism?
This was huge a huge insight for me, especially in extremely busy seasons.
Just like you don’t think well when you’re tired, your metabolism doesn’t behave well when it’s tired.
In a busy season where getting more sleep isn’t an option, pay more attention to what you eat when you sleep poorly. Try avoiding sugar (including high fructose corn syrup) and ensure you’re getting enough protein to keep your metabolism on track.
Wrapping up. Understanding why our metabolisms are slowing down
To fix a problem, you need to understand the causes. In order to better manage your metabolism start by understanding how it works.
The food we eat, the activity we do, and the sleep you get all can affect your metabolism.
Armed with new information you can take intentional action to balance out the effects in a busy season.
What changes are you making to help boost your metabolism?
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