Daily habits that can slow metabolism
You may find comfort gorging on pizza and drinking a couple of glasses of wine while binge-watching your favourite TV show or movie every weekend. While you probably think satisfying these vices are fine, because you can always go back on your diet during the week, these habits can actually affect your metabolism and your weight. Your body’s metabolism rate, which is how fast or slow you’re able to burn kilojoules, can dictate how much weight you put on or not.
To effectively boost your metabolism, it’s important to identify the everyday habits that can actually slow down your metabolism. To do this, we spoke with health experts who break down these bad vices and offer tips for how to deal with them throughout the day.
You eat breakfast closer to brunch time
Mornings at your house may be bananas. Between getting the kids to school on time and yourself to work on time – and the 3,000 things required to make those two feats happen – you’re lucky if you can sneak in a sip of orange juice before your first meeting. But when you’re sleeping, you’re not eating, and after all those hours with no nutrients, your metabolism – the process by which your body converts food and drinks into energy – needs a little jump-start. To get your kilojoule-burning engine going, have breakfast within an hour of waking up – or even better, within 15 minutes, says registered dietitian and nutritionist Joanne Rinker.
You have cereal instead of an omelette
It takes your body more time to digest protein, so eggs will keep you feeling fuller longer than if you pour yourself a bowl of carbs in the morning. Opting for the omelette (or Greek yoghurt parfait or overnight oats) may also give your metabolism a little boost. To digest, absorb, transport and store the food you eat, your body uses kilojoules, and protein needs more energy to metabolise than fat or carbs, says registered dietitian Tammy Lakatos Shames, certified fitness trainer and co-author of Fire Up Your Metabolism. Your best bet: Have a serving of protein with every meal.