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5 Ways to Boost a Slow Metabolism

5 Ways to Boost a Slow Metabolism

Find out which nutrition factors can slow your metabolism and learn how to boost your calorie-burning engine once and for all.
Dr. Joey Shulman
2013-12-23 10:53
2012-03-20 00:00

The top habits that slow your metabolism

It is no secret that we are growing fatter as a nation in a fast and furious way. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, 59 percent of the Canadian adult population is overweight or obese. With excess weight being linked to a variety of diseases -- such as heart disease, cancer, depression, and stroke -- it's in the best interest of all Canadians to learn nutritional tricks to boost metabolism, take excess weight off and keep it off for good.

When it comes to metabolism, many believe their metabolic rate is “fixed” at a set point when, in fact, it is not. There are several nutritional blunders and missteps that, once understood and removed from the daily diet regime, can help you to increase your metabolism and burn more calories.

The top five things that can slow your metabolism and make you gain weight are:

1. Things that slow your metabolism: High glycemic index foods
According to a study conducted by Australian researchers, diets that allow people to eat all the low glycemic index foods they want are far more effective than diets that cut fats or calories.

An analysis of six trials involving 202 overweight adults found that dieters who ate only low GI foods lost about 2.2 pounds (1 kg) more than calorie-restricted dieters who ate high GI foods.

High glycemic index foods such as white bread, white rice, refined breakfast cereals, white potatoes and sweets trigger the excess secretion of insulin -- a fat-storing hormone. In addition, excess insulin secretion results in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which stimulates cravings and overeating. Sticking to lower glycemic index choices such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains is far wiser for long-term weight loss success.

2. Things that slow your metabolism: Dehydration
Not drinking enough water can encourage your body to “cling on” to extra pounds. Also, people often mistake hunger for thirst so they eat more food (and more calories) when they really should be drinking fresh, clean water. For those of you who increase your water consumption to lose weight and find that you're constantly running to the bathroom, take heed, this too shall pass.

Frequent urination is a sign of your body flushing out the water it has been storing in the past for “survival mode.” For more great ways to rehydrate, drink herbal teas, watered-down juice and eat water-concentrated foods such as watermelon or cucumber.