Would you believe that the worst offender when it comes to lowering your metabolism is a diet? Doesn’t make sense does it?
The very thing you do to lose weight is the one thing that makes it harder than ever! It’s not some cruel biology trick meant to make people miserable, it’s just science.
Your body wants to stay alive.
So, if it thinks that it’s going to starve (which is usually what happens with a calorie restriction), it’s going to tone down the number of calories it uses in an effort to survive. That’s why it’s so easy to regain weight when you return to normal eating habits after a diet.
Your body is still in efficiency mode, resulting in fewer calories necessary to sustain life. So, when you eat a little more, your body holds onto it as fat.
Studies back this theory up. For instance, Physiology and Behavior published a study about rats that were alternated through periods of surplus foods and periods of limited food.
By the second cycle, it took them twice as long to lose the weight and when they regained it, it only took one-third the time!
Not only does this type of yo-yo effect wreak havoc on you physically, but it does damage mentally as well. It’s easy to get frustrated when you’re trying to do the right things and not seeing the results you should.
The good news is that there are things you can do to kick your metabolism into higher gear. For instance…