The body gains the energy it needs from the food we eat through a process called metabolism. Ageing, muscle to fat % and a lack of physical activity are some of the contributing factors that can either speed up or slow down the metabolism the other major factor is the food we eat. A slow metabolism makes it almost impossible to lose weight, let alone maintain a healthy weight. So let’s take a look at a few foods that slows down the metabolism.
Not eating enough: When the body does not get sufficient nutrition, it goes into survival mode and stores nutrients for later use which slows the metabolism. Secondly eating too few calories can cause your body to lose muscle mass which can also decrease the rate of your metabolism. Not only can this lead to numerous nutritional deficiencies because the body isn’t getting enough food but it can also have the opposite effect on weight loss.
Refined carbohydrates: You know what I am talking about, the white stuff. Anything made from processed white flour, pasta, bread, is no good. The processing that these foods go through, removes the husk to make it smoother and easier to digest. The digestive system now doesn’t have to do anything resulting in a slower metabolism. You know the saying ‘ use it or lose it’.
This is why wholegrains are recommended as the metabolism has to work hard in order to absorb the nutrients from the food.
Fatty Foods: These foods contains the wrong types of fat – the saturated and trans fats, which places stress on the body causing the whole system to slow down while its figuring out where to put the fat – it’s most likely heading straight for your hips!
Not enough protein: The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn no matter what you are doing. Weight training helps you to build the muscle but eating protein keeps it from breaking down and slowing down your metabolic rate. Protein needs differ by individual, but typically consuming 0.8 to 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day should be enough for weight loss. It is important to incorporate some protein into each meal and snack throughout the day to hit your nutritional needs and keep your metabolism running strong.