7 Things You Unknowingly Do That Slow Down Your Metabolism

by DailyHealthPost

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Want to speed up your metabolism?

There are plenty of tips and tricks that can help you do so – but first, how about taking a step back to look at your life and your habits to see if you are doing anything to slow your metabolism down?

Most people don’t even realize how much damage some of their choices – including dietary habits – can do to their metabolism.

Here are seven things that you definitely want to avoid doing if your metabolism has been a bit sluggish.

7. Not Having a Meal Schedule

You don’t have to be regimented in your approach to dining, but you should have a basic food schedule in place that has you eating at regular intervals[1] throughout the day. Eating at the same time every day may actually trick your body into burning more calories between meals.

6. Not Cleaning Produce

You already know pesticides are bad for you for numerous reasons[2], but you probably didn’t know that one of those reasons is the negative effect it can have on your metabolism. This happens because the chemicals in pesticides disrupt your body’s hormonal balance thus wreaking havoc on the process that your body uses to burn energy.

5. Missing Sleep

Whether you lead a busy lifestyle or you’re having difficulty sleeping for any other reason, lost sleep can have a big impact on your metabolism. So called “sleep debt” has been shown to have a major impact on the speed of your metabolism[3], especially in older individuals, so be sure you’re getting enough rest.


4. Low Iron Intake

Are you getting enough iron in your diet? It’s important to eat iron rich foods such as dark, leafy greens as it plays a crucial role in various bodily processes, including metabolism[4]. If you don’t get enough iron, your blood doesn’t get enough oxygen, you lose energy, and your metabolism slows down. This one’s especially important for women, whose iron levels drop each month during their periods.

3. Eating Too Little

While it may sound counterintuitive, not eating enough – whether it’s through attempting to diet, not having a lot of time for meals, or sheer forgetfulness – can have a major impact on your metabolism. That’s because not eating enough sends your body into starvation mode[5], which makes it hang onto calories (while sending your energy levels plummeting).

2. Not Getting Enough Calcium

Calcium is important to the metabolism of fat in your body, which is why getting enough calcium is often recommended for weight loss[6].

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1. Dehydration

Your body needs water for everything that it does. That includes various metabolic processes[7] – in fact, being dehydrated can lead you to burn up to 2 percent fewer calories per day. Be sure that you’re getting enough water throughout the day.


  • [1] http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/81/1/16.short
  • [2] http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/dept/comguide/effects_excerpt.pdf
  • [3] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673699013768
  • [4] http://jn.nutrition.org/content/131/2/568S.short
  • [5] http://www.jennifersygo.com/pdf/DangerUnderEatingUpdate.pdf
  • [6] http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20000417/calcium-low-fat-diet
  • [7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22543739
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