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5 Habits That Are Killing Your Metabolism

Metabolism is a chemical process in which the body coverts food into energy. However, you are probably more familiar with the term when it’s used as a way to figure out the rate in which your body burns calories.

Metabolism slows with age, but for many people, bad habits cause the metabolism to drain even faster. Fixing these habits will improve your metabolism and energy levels.

Sitting too much

If you exercise for an hour a day, but spend the other 23 hours sitting or sleeping, your metabolism will slow drastically! Try to get up and move every half hour. Set an alarm on your phone or use an activity tracker as a reminder to get up!

Not eating enough

Food is a key part in your metabolism. Crash dieting actually slows down the metabolism because the body goes into survival mode when it thinks it is starving. While in survival mode the body will stop burning calories on its own. Make sure you eat enough calories and enough protein to feel energized and strong.

Not drinking enough water

Dehydration can cause the body to burn up to 2% FEWER calories than normal. On the flip side, drinking an extra 2 cups of water can increase your metabolic rate. Stay hydrated!

Stress

I always feel like I shouldn’t be allowed to point out that stress is bad for your body because I am always stressed! But nonetheless it can slow your metabolism down because of that little hormone called cortisol that I have talked about a lot on my blog. Cortisol leads to an increased appetite, which can make you overeat. Too much cortisol in the body will also spike your insulin… and it’s a big mess. Find a way to control your stress to improve your metabolism.

Only doing cardio

Steady state cardio is great for the body. It burns calories fast and your body returns back to normal pretty quickly afterwards. However, strength training and HIIT cardio keep your heart beating at an accelerated rate for long after the workout has finished. This helps your muscles repair and grow! The more muscle you have in your body, the more efficient your metabolic rate. Read this post for a full explanation on how EPOC, caused my HIIT routines, can help speed up your metabolism. And join the MFit Membership for hundreds of strength training and HIIT workout videos you can do from your home.