What you are doing, not doing could cause your metabolism to slow down

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MILWAUKEE -- The things you're doing or not doing every day could be causing your metabolism to slow down. Tatiana Castellino, registered dietitian with Roundy's Supermarkets, joined the Studio A team to explain.

SKIPPING BREAKFAST

  • Think of your metabolism as a fire - without fuel, it doesn't burn.
  • Start your day off by 'breaking the fast' and getting your metabolism woken up
  • Incorporate protein to help do this
    • Eggs, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, milk
  • Within 15 - 60 minutes of waking

NO WEIGHT TRAINING

  • More muscle mass = higher metabolism
  • Muscle requires more calories than fat to maintain itself

CUTTING CALORIES TOO MUCH

  • Think 'starvation mode'
  • Your metabolism needs to 'trust' that you will feed it adequately - cutting calories too low will make your body want to store more as fat for survival

SITTING TOO MUCH

  • Before you think this one doesn't apply to you because you work out, keep reading: More than half of our waking hours are spent sitting -- at your desk at work, in the car while driving, on the couch watching TV.
  • Sedentary behavior is linked to significantly higher odds of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health risks—even if you exercise regularly
  • Even simply standing burns more calories than sitting, so every half hour, take a few minutes to at least get up.

NOT MANAGING STRESS

  • Stress causes our bodies to metabolize food more slowly
  • Stress increases hormones that stimulate the appetite center and leads to comfort eating behaviors - high fat- and sugar-filled treats

NOT ENOUGH SLEEP

  • Sleep loss can mess with hormone levels that impact your metabolism - Cortisol levels rise, which is associated with fat storage, and growth hormone, which makes lean muscle tissue, decreases.
  • Need 7 - 9 hours of sleep a night