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Habits that slow your metabolism down

Habits that slow your metabolism down

Don’t let a slow metabolism hamper your efforts to stay slim. Beat the daily habits that drain your metabolic rate and watch your calorie burn soar.

SKIPPING BREAKFAST

Your metabolism slows during sleep but eating breakfast can kickstart it and help you burn more calories during the day. If you skip breakfast, your body gets the message that it needs to conserve rather than burn calories.

Fix: Make these delicious breakfast pancakes tomorrow morning.

BAD BREAKFAST CHOICE

A bad breakfast can be even worse for your metabolism than no breakfast. Avoid a sugar slump by choosing something filled with fibre and protein such as yoghurt with berries and pumpkin seeds, or wholegrain toast topped with eggs or peanut butter.

Fix: choose the best breakfast, particularly if you’re heading to the gym afterwards.

NOT ENOUGH STRENGTH TRAINING

Cardio is great, but HIIT and resistance are the winners when it comes to boosting metabolism.  After a tough muscle workout your calorie burn remains higher for longer as your muscles repair themselves. The more muscle tissue you have, the higher your metabolism.

Fix: Do some HIIT or these 5 strength training exercises to get your metabolism fired up.

LACK OF PROTEIN

Eat too little protein and you may have trouble with growth and maintenance of muscle mass. And we know the importance of muscle mass to metabolism from the point above.

Fix: Eat plenty of foods that are bursting with  protein.

NOT ENOUGH SLEEP

According to some studies, sleep deprivation can make you move less the next day, which means fewer calories burned. String together enough sleepless nights and hormone imbalances and decreased metabolism quickly follow. (Don’t worry too much – 12 hours uninterrupted snoozing will get your metabolic rate back into balance).

Fix: follow these top tips for sleep.

SITTING DOWN TOO MUCH

Sit all day at the office? It’s time to switch your habits. Long hours in the chair puts your body in energy-conservation mode and 20 minutes in a fixed position is enough to inhibit your metabolism.

Fix: try these tips to help limit the damage of too much sitting around.

NOT ENOUGH WATER

All cellular processes, including metabolism, depend on water. According to researchers at Utah, dehydration can mean up to 2 percent fewer calories burned. Conversely, another study found that drinking about 500ml of water increased metabolic rate by 30%, a spike which lasts more than an hour.

Fix – just keep drinking

the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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