Eating well and hit the gym in a bid to feel healthy, but just can’t seem to shed the extra weight? It’s time to look into these lifestyle habits that could be hindering your weight loss.
1. Not getting enough sleep
Not getting the recommended seven to nine hours each day can contribute to the slowing of your metabolism.
Insufficient sleep can also have an impact on insulin sensitivity, which has been linked to craving for more sugary foods.
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2. Eating processed foods
Processed foods contain high amounts of sodium, sugar and other additives which interfere with the natural fat burning process of the body.
The high sugar content of such foods interferes with the fat burning enzyme, lipase, which then slows down the metabolism rate.
3. Lack of iron
Eating food rich in iron is especially important to boost metabolism in women. Iron is an essential mineral that transports oxygen to our muscles to burn fat.
But women lose iron during menstruation each month. The lack of iron in your diet can lead to fatigue, loss of appetite and a slowdown in your metabolism rate.
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4. Staying away from caffeine
While it is counterproductive to drink coffee by the cups, a small amount of caffeine has been proven to boost your metabolism.
Around 150mg of caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, which then leads to an increase of your metabolism rate.
However, too much coffee can lead to upset stomachs and trouble sleeping, which can slow down the metabolism rate.
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5. Not eating in the morning
Breakfast jump starts your metabolism and tells your body it’s time to get up and go.
If you skip breakfast, you tend to overeat later in the day and can feel more tired throughout the day.
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6. Eating foods that don’t do anything for your body
Instead of snacking on chips and other foods that don’t add to your nutrient count, snack on things like fresh fruit and yogurt instead.
Eating foods high in nutrition helps your metabolism work more efficiently.
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7. Not drinking enough water
Our bodies are made up of approximately 55 to 65 per cent water, so if you’re not drinking enough of it, your body won’t be functioning at its most optimum level.
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8. You don’t exercise enough
Whether it’s walking for 30 minutes straight or simply climbing the stairs to get home, these little things could help boost your metabolism.
A sedentary lifestyle encourages your metabolism to relax instead of working harder, so make it a point to get in some exercise.
9. You think not eating is a great way to lose weight
10. You eat too much artificial sweeteners
Eating artificial sweeteners means introducing artificial chemicals into your body, altering your tummy’s microbiome makeup.
Instead, opt for natural sweeteners like manuka honey.
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Text: Atika Lim/The Singapore Women’s Weekly
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