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5 Telltale Signs You Have a Slow Metabolism (and How to Speed It Up!)

I am sure that you know someone in your life that seems to have been born with a naturally high metabolism. They can eat what they like, do mild exercise, and stay fit and healthy. But for most of us, weight loss can be extremely hard, especially if we are suffering from a slow metabolism.

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Reset your metabolism.

If you are doing exercise and dieting but still failing to lose weight, it could be down to a slow metabolism. Here are five telltale signs of a slow metabolism and how to solve them.

1. Weight Gain

Unexplained weight gain does not necessarily come from overeating. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. Eating too little can actually slow down your metabolism.

This is because the body senses, as part of it’s evolutionary survival mechanism, that food is limited. As such, the rate at which it burns calories becomes lower. Excess calories take longer to get rid of and use as energy.

If you feel this may be the case, begin to increase the amount of real, whole food (skip the processed and highly refined convenience products) gently over the next 6 weeks. Take your measurements to track your progress.

For anyone who is piling on the pounds, despite healthy eating and exercise habits, there could be a more serious underlying problem. Schedule a visit with your provider so you can get to the underlying cause of your weight gain.

2. Slow Metabolism Fatigue

One sure way to tell if you have a slow metabolism is tiredness. Though it may also be attributed to several other factors, sorting out your sleep will undoubtedly help kick-start your metabolism.

As your body is burning energy at a much slower rate, you are lacking the vital products you need to keep going. This results in a constant feeling of fatigue.

To avoid this, make sure you are getting a full night’s sleep. That sleep should be good quality, deep, unbroken sleep. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep does decrease your metabolic rate.

There are many things that can disrupt good sleep, including eating too close to bedtime, blue light exposure in the evening and lack of natural sunlight during the day. Focus on syncing your circadian rhythm to get your sleep back on track.

A lack of sleep can also result in a higher risk of contracting illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. It can also impact your mental health, which may also cause problems with your metabolic rate.

3. Bad Skin and Hair

A slow metabolism inhibits the supply of nutrients to the cells in your body. As such, you may find that your cells are not repairing as much or are losing their healthy glow. This could manifest in dry skin and hair, or brittle nails.

Your body will also attempt to keep in the heat, meaning you do not sweat as much. Though this may sound like a benefit, a lack of sweat can natural oils and moisture content of your skin. This results in the dryness of the area.

A high protein diet can increase the rate of metabolism. This increase is known as the thermic effect, and it is much higher in protein than it is in fats and carbohydrates.

To address the problem, try to increase the intake of nutrient-rich proteins in your diet. If you are vegan hemp hearts and chia seeds are excellent sources of protein.

4. Mental Health Issues

A lack of the thyroid hormone in the body, one of the causes of slow metabolism, can also impact mental health and some cognitive abilities. For example, loss of memory can be one of the signs of slow metabolism.

It can also impact your sex drive, due to a lack of testosterone. Finally, it can cause depression. As your body slows down, your mood can slump drastically meaning you feel low and sad.

If you notice any of these symptoms and you lead a lifestyle that involves sitting or lack of movement, then you should try to get active. The movement will help to increase your basal metabolic rate and exercising can increase endorphins in the brain, lifting your mood. Even if you are working, make sure you have a regular break in which you leave the computer screen, walk around, and interact with other people.

5. You Crave Carbohydrate and Sugar

Occasionally, some bodies can be resistant to insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. It regulates how your cells burn and metabolize calories and energy.

Insulin resistance can manifest as a craving for carbohydrates and sugar. Because your body cannot absorb glucose efficiently, it needs the quick-burning energy from these products to function. However, it is a vicious circle as the more of them you eat, the more likely your body is to convert them to excess fat.

Try to regulate your diet by cutting down on refined sugar and carbs. Sugary drinks are the main contributing factor, as the fructose in them can cause spikes and troughs in your energy levels.

Addressing the Problem

Resetting a slow metabolism takes time. Just as it takes time to build dis-ease, it takes time to build health. Small steps taken consistently can yield big results.

If you are ready to rehab your metabolism and want a proven formula to do so, then schedule a Metabolic Reset Discovery Call with me.

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