Your body is pretty remarkable. It burns calories all by itself, as long as you avoid certain pitfalls. Your metabolism — the process of turning the food you eat into energy — keeps your organs and muscles moving. The faster your metabolism, the more calories you burn. And just like there are ways to speed it up — by working out, for example — there are also things that can slow it down. Here are a few things to avoid to keep your metabolism running efficiently:
An Irregular Eating Schedule
Be more consistent with your eating schedule. Research demonstrates that eating at the same times every day “trains” the body to burn more calories between meals, as opposed to a sporadic eating schedule.
Lack of Sleep
Get adequate sleep. Typically, people who sleep less move less the next day, which means they burn fewer calories. To make matters worse, sleep deprivation actually reduces the amount of energy your body uses at rest.
Eating Too Little
Food is fuel. When you skimp on calories, your body switches into starvation mode, slowing your metabolic rate to conserve the fuel it’s got.
Sitting Too Long
Get up and move around, from time to time. In as little as 20 minutes in any fixed position, you begin to inhibit your metabolism.
Drink your milk. Calcium plays a key role in regulating your fat metabolism, which determines whether you burn calories or store them as fat. A diet that’s high in calcium could help you burn more fat.
Drink more water. All of your body’s cellular processes, including metabolism, depend on water. If you’re dehydrated, you could burn fewer calories. And dehydration is the most common reason for athletic performance fatigue.
Eat something within 90 minutes of waking in the morning. When you miss breakfast, you don’t just set yourself up to overeat at lunch. You actually tell your body to conserve energy — which means it burns calories more slowly. Research shows that people who skip a morning meal are 4.5 times more likely to be obese.
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