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Slow Your Metabolism
A SLOW METABOLISM
There are many of you who would like to increase the speed of your metabolism, but as we discussed in last week's article, there are many as well who wish for the opposite. That is, to slow down your metabolism.
But why would anyone want to slow down their metabolism? Well, speaking from experience here, it is very hard or more of a challenge to gain weight. These types of people are called “hard gainers”.
While a lightning-fast metabolism can make it easier to lose weight, it won't necessarily make you healthier. The advantage of burning a lot of energy and easy weight control may have a trade-off in terms of life expectancy. Research suggests that a slow metabolism may help extend your lifespan while a fast metabolism may cause you to age more quickly.
A slow metabolism could be beneficial to longevity because it prevents you from wearing out too quickly. The theory says that if your body works too hard and too fast, it may deteriorate prematurely - just like a machine. A review in the Journal of Nutrition published in 2002 reflected that many small animals with high daily energy expenditure also have a short lifespan.
A higher daily calorie burn also correlates with a shorter lifespan in humans, as shown in a 2011 study of 652 people published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Over the study period of 15 years, people who had a higher resting metabolic rate were more likely to die early of natural causes.
Limiting your calorie intake slows your metabolism and that's where weight loss is achieved. Now, by doing so, this might just extend lifespan as it reduces exposure to cell-damaging free radicals.
Your resting metabolic rate consists of all the energy your body uses to fuel basic function. This is the part of your metabolism that runs even as you lay in bed all day. Functions like breathing, pumping blood and organ action make up your resting metabolic rate, or RMR.
The thyroid gland, on the other hand, is the primary regulator of your RMR. If your thyroid doesn't release enough of the hormones T3 and T4, you may suffer from hypothyroidism and a slowed metabolism. While low thyroid hormone production often produces negative symptoms, such as weight gain and dry skin, it may have an upside.
To support your metabolism, you have to consume a healthy diet that contains plenty of high-nutrient, low-calorie foods supports overall wellbeing and weight control. Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, moderate servings of whole grains, nuts and seeds as well as protein from sources low in saturated fat. Many of these foods contain antioxidants and phytonutrients to fight free radicals and keep your body healthy.
Don't even question exercise either, when it comes to longevity and your metabolism. Physical activity boosts your metabolism both during and after a workout, and is always found listed among solutions - especially pertaining to illnesses to help improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Exercise extends your life. Major health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affirm that exercise helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, strengthens bones and muscles, enhances mental health, improves daily function and increases longevity.
Eating less with fewer calories to achieve weight loss is one thing, but it is another when you begin to totally deprive the body and this can become quite unsafe. Doing so puts your body into conservation mode and slows downs to conserve energy.
Here are six lifestyle mistakes or certainties that can slow down your metabolism.
Eating too few calories can cause a major decrease in metabolism.
Skimping on protein
Leading a sedentary lifestyle
Not getting enough high-quality sleep
Drinking sugary beverages
A lack of resistance training
So, though wanting a slow metabolism may be great, it all depends on the process and I would advise consulting your health care provider before implementing any lifestyle changes.
Abeni Procope is a TTBBF Bikini Fitness Competitor, Athlete and Fitness Model who specializes in fitness training, health and nutrition Education, weight management coaching and circuit training.
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