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Eating too few calories can cause a major decrease in metabolism.
Although a calorie deficit is needed for weight loss, it can be counterproductive for your calorie intake to drop too low. When you dramatically lower your calorie intake, your body senses that food is scarce...
Sugar-sweetened drinks are detrimental to your health.
High consumption is linked to various ailments, including insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity. Many of the negative effects of sugar-sweetened beverages can be attributed to fructose.
Table sugar contains 5...
Eating enough protein is extremely important for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
The increase in metabolism that occurs after digestion is called the thermic effect of food.
The thermic effect of protein is much higher than that of carbs or fat. Indeed, studi...
Sleep is extremely important for good health.
Sleeping fewer hours than you need may increase your risk of a number of illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and depression.
Several studies note that inadequate sleep may also lower your metabolic rate and inc...
Working out with weights is a great strategy to keep your metabolism from slowing.
Strength training has been shown to increase metabolic rate in healthy people, as well as those who have heart disease or are overweight or obese. It increases muscle mass, which makes up mu...
We all know this is the most important meal of the day but with traffic, meetings, and getting kids to school, this meal can suffer.
We might not think of it as a big deal but it greatly affects our bodies, thus our metabolism slows down during sleep. You need to break the...
One glass of wine at night won’t kill you. However, if you’re drinking every night of the week, it can kill your metabolism.
Once alcohol is in your system, it hinders your body’s fat-burning speed and thus burning less fat and slowing down your metabolism.
If you a...
Refined carbohydrates are very different from carbohydrates found in whole grains, fruit, and vegetables.
Don’t reach for refined carbs like white flour and sugar. “Those are quick to digest, meaning your body uses less energy to break them down. The higher-in-fiber whole grains s...
How you lose weight matters. If you don’t eat enough, your metabolism switches to slow-mo.
Severe diets, especially when you also exercise, teach your body to make do with fewer calories. That can backfire because your body clings to those calories, which makes it harder t...
Without enough H2O, your metabolism can stall.
How about a tall, cool glass of water? Some studies show that it helps the body burn energy and fuels weight loss. At any temperature, water also helps you fill up, so you eat less.
When you are in a stressful situation, your body makes a hormone called cortisol.
It’s meant to give you a quick boost of energy. But if you’re stuck in a stressed-out zone, the body thinks you still need to fight, so it keeps making cortisol.
High levels of this ho...
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