Yoyo diets and skipping brekkie: 4 ways you can ruin your metabolism
Whether you just can't beat the bloat, or feel sluggish at the end of each day, there are a number of reasons why your metabolism might be slowing down.
So, to start you off on the right track this week, here are a few tips on how to speed yourself back up and feel as fresh as a daisy.
Don't skip breakfast
We've heard this time and time again, but it really is the most damaging.
"Starting the day right is key to revving up your metabolism and keeping you energised throughout the morning," Lindsey Passaic, a wellness coach, told Delish.
We know it can be easy to
hop crawl out of bed and head straight to work, but you'll just end up munching on crappy food throughout the day, which we all know ain't great.
Not drinking enough water
Ladies, drink ALL the water. It's not only great for boosting your metabolism, but it'll make you feel more energised and clear out your skin too.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking around two litres of water increases metabolic rate by 30 per cent.
If it makes it handier for you, jot down how many times you drink water per day and try to reach the two litre mark if you can.
Many of us resort to crash diets if there's a big event coming up, which is probably one of the worst things you can do.
You really need to get your head into the long-term healthy eating game. It's not about dieting or losing weight – it's about making sure your body gets what it needs.
So, cut out the crappy food, follow a sensible eating plan, and stick to a good exercise regime.
This can be super frustrating if sometimes you just can't sleep.
But, it turns out that a lack of zzzs can really mess with your metabolism. Michael Breus, a sleep specialist, told The Daily Burn that just 30 minutes of sleep loss makes you more likely to gain weight.
“The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases your appetite," Michael said.