You’ve heard it all before — if you could just boost your metabolism a bit, then you could achieve that goal weight on the scale and the muscles of your dreams. You may know that exercise and movement can boost your metabolism, but is a slow metabolism really to blame if you can’t seem to keep unwanted pounds off and get the body you’ve always wanted?
According to Mayo Clinic, your metabolism is the process that your body goes through to convert what you’re eating and drinking everyday into energy that you can use. Essentially, the calories from your food and drinks that you consume are then combined with oxygen to give your body the energy boost it needs to function. Your body uses energy to keep you alive (chewing, breathing, and circulating blood throughout your body all takes calories), and the minimum number of calories you burn a day without any physical activity varies greatly depending on your body size, sex, and age. The more efficiently your body goes through this metabolic process, the more efficiently you’ll be burning calories.
Think your metabolism needs a boost? Check out these 10 mistakes you’re making that are hurting your metabolism.
1. You’re not getting enough sleep
Sleep is your body’s time to restore, and it’s good for keeping your metabolism working properly as well. SFGate explains that those who do not get the proper amount of sleep may have a higher chance of developing a metabolic disorder down the road. In addition to this, the hormones that are responsible for regulating your appetite, ghrelin and leptin, are also affected when you don’t get enough sleep, thus you’ll feel less satisfied after your meals and hungrier than normal, which affects your metabolism as well.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, and when you don’t get the amount of sleep that you should be getting, your body becomes less sensitive to insulin, the hormone that is necessary to help your body turn food into fuel. This can eventually lead to insulin resistance and diabetes, so it’s vital to your metabolism (and your overall health) that you’re getting the sleep you need. Hover around seven to eight hours of sleep a night for the perfect amount — any less than this and your metabolism may suffer, and any more than this will leave you at risk for weight gain, too.