Metabolism is the set of all chemical reactions in the body, necessary for converting ingested food into energy and eliminating nitrogenous wastes. It is a constant, life-sustaining process, responsible for every cell in the body. Once it stops, so will the living body.  

Metabolism is influenced by what we eat and the level of our physical activity. At the same time, the endocrine system controls the metabolic rate, which can be fast or slow. If it is the latter, avoiding the following bad habits and replacing them with good ones will help to boost metabolism and make your body function properly. 

  • Skipping breakfast. If you don’t have breakfast, you cannot communicate to your metabolism that it is time to wake up and go. Those who have breakfast regularly tend to weigh less and can successfully keep that weight off than those who don’t. It is because protein, fiber and healthy fats in the morning meal help you feel full longer and have more energy, so you’ll be more likely to burn the calories off. Whereas those who skip breakfast tend to overeat later in the day and consume more sweets and soft drinks, all of which can decrease metabolism. 
  • Not drinking enough water. Staying hydrated stimulates metabolism and keeps it working effectively. Besides drinking about 2 liters during a day, a glass of water the first thing in the morning will kick your metabolism into high gear after having fasted all night.  
  • Not getting enough sleep. Staying up late and not getting enough sleep directly affects the metabolic rate. Research shows that a lack of sleep disrupts the production of appetite hormones, which makes you feel hungrier the next day and can even make you binge on food.  It is also proved that sleep-deprived people are 55% more likely to become overweight or obese in comparison to those who get a good quality sleep every night. So, aim to get a 7-8 hour sleep a night to keep your metabolic rate at a healthy pace.
  • Not exercising enough. Slow metabolism goes hand in hand with a sedentary lifestyle, because muscle is metabolically more active than fat. In other words, if you have more muscles than fat, your metabolism is higher. So, staying active in whatever way you like will speed your metabolism and improve your overall health and wellness.
  • Not eating enough. As crazy as it may sound, your metabolic rate dramatically slows down when you don’t get enough calories. In other words, it causes the body to burn calories significantly slower than before so as to conserve energy for you to survive. So, it’s better to divide your caloric intake into 3 meals a day with 2 healthy snacks in between the meals in order to keep metabolism up and running.
  • Eating foods low in nutrients. What you eat is as important as when you eat. The more nutrient-dense foods you consume, the better for your metabolism. Foods that nourish you give your metabolism the machinery it needs to work efficiently.  Thus, fast food or anything highly processed should be changed into whole foods. As long as you consume predominantly fresh and clear of preservatives foods, you will be eating to your healthy metabolism.
  • Crash dieting. Crash dieting, which presupposes consuming less than 1000 calories per day is a recipe for disaster. This drastic reduction in calories will set you for subsequent weight gain and hormonal imbalances since it’s impossible to just temporarily restrict the amount of calories you consume for a period of time and then return to your old days. This is why most people who lose weight on dieting cannot keep it off for good. The health tips are cleaning up your diet and making better food choices.