When it comes to weight loss you hear so much talk about a fast or slow metabolism. Your metabolism is controlled by your thyroid. A sluggish thyroid equals weight gain. You must take care of your thyroid if you want to lose weight. It all boils down to a healthy thyroid.
If you are interested in losing weight, keep reading to see if you are making the 3 mistakes that might be slowing down your metabolism.
Mistake 1 – Not eating enough protein.
The human body needs a certain amount of protein to function properly. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet what happens? You guessed it, you gain weight.
What to do instead: Eat more protein. No you don’t have to eat chicken breasts for dinner every night and 2 or 3 protein shakes a day. Who wants to do that? Variety is the spice of life. Beans are a great protein source, plus they are filled with fiber. Chickpeas are another great protein source as well. With a combination of beans, legumes, and meat you should have no trouble taking in enough protein.
Mistake 2 – Not getting enough sleep.
One way to slam the brakes on your metabolism is not getting enough sleep. During sleep your body releases a hormone called Human Growth Hormone (HGH). HGH helps with muscle recovery; it also helps regulate your metabolism. If you don’t get enough sleep you don’t give your body the chance to recover fully.
What to do instead: Get 6 to 8 hours of sleep. If you are able to take power naps during the day, by all means do it. When your batteries need recharging, recharge them. Bodybuilders know the importance of sleep. There are some that might not be able to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night because of their hectic schedules. Do your best, get as much sleep as you can, your body will thank you.
Mistake 3 – Eating before bedtime.
This is a nutrition no no almost every time anybody does it. Eating a bowl of ice cream before bedtime will lead to a harsh reality check on the scale in the morning. Daily caloric intake has to be taken into consideration too. If you still have a few calories left for the day and you eat it won’t get you in trouble, as long as you eat something healthy.
What to do instead: Drink a tall glass of water about 30 minutes to an hour after dinner. Sometimes when you are done eating do you still feel hungry? Drinking a glass of water after dinner will help with this problem. This will also help keep you fuller longer and help with the desire to snack before bedtime.
Bottom Line? A slow metabolism equals weight gain. If your metabolism is the speed of a snail you won’t make your weight loss goals. Just follow the suggestions I mentioned and you will be on the road to speeding up your metabolism.