Throughout the day we consume calories, often without thinking too much about where those excess calories can be tucked away or how they can be best used. Metabolism is a term used to refer to both the physical and chemical processes that take place within our bodies which ensure that the day-to-day functions—such as breathing, digestion, fat production, and carbohydrate manufacturing—are in order.Our body converts energy from the foods we eat and uses it for these processes. It is this process of conversion which is referred to as metabolism. While most people worry about their metabolism slowing down, especially as they age, it is not true that only age affects metabolism. There are several other factors that contribute greatly to whether your body is working efficiently and performing optimal functions.
Signs of a sluggish metabolism
There are quite a few sure-shot signs that all is not well with your metabolism. For example, if you have been trying to lose weight for a while but find that it is just not working, blame this on a slow metabolism or the inability of your body to convert the foods you eat to energy effectively. If you find yourself burping or farting a lot, that is another telltale sign that all is not well with your digestion. Very often, poor digestion, in turn, lowers your metabolic rate and has other ripple effects as well. In addition, metabolism and our hormones are closely linked. So it is highly likely that if your metabolism has reduced exponentially, there will be other warning signs such as feeling too cold, having dry and flaky skin, or thinning of hair. If you suffer from any of these problems, it is an indication that all is not well with your metabolism. Fix one and the others will fall into place automatically.
On the flip side, if you have an increased metabolic rate, you will find that reducing excess weight is easy and while on the surface it may appear as an excellent thing, there are other issues that those with a fast metabolism have to contend with. Such individuals generally feel warmer than others. They tend to sweat more as well since they have a higher body temperature at all times. They also end up feeling more hungry than an average person, especially soon after eating a meal.
Rev it up
Don’t be gloomy if you have been diagnosed with a slow or sluggish metabolism. Instead, there are plenty of options, which you can do to supercharge your body and give it that much-needed boost. Intermittent fasting is one clean, effective way of burning fat more effectively and giving your metabolism the boost it needs. One such way is if you eat your last meal for the day at say 7 p.m. and then steer clear of any additional eating till 8 a.m. the next day. In addition to the food timing, what you eat also impact your metabolism—so try to pack in some healthy fats, protein, and some amount of fibre in every meal. Also, if you are allergic to certain foods, make sure they don’t creep into your diet as these foods have a way of slowing down your metabolism, thereby impacting your overall health. These include foods such as dairy, soy, eggs, corn, peanuts, and sweeteners.
Staying hydrated can increase your metabolism by as much as 30 per cent. Therefore, ensure you drink enough water throughout the day. Also, this ensures how alert you are and also keeps exhaustion at bay. Manage stress well, get enough sleep, and exercise right in order to stay ahead of the sluggish metabolism curve.