When you’ve reached the point where you have the mental strength to totally commit to your diet and go “all in,” it is often sabotaged by a number of dieting mistakes. This isn’t something people do on purpose, but the result is the same: your metabolism crashes, leaving you frustrated that all your efforts are producing little or barely noticeable results. The following are five diet mistakes that slow your metabolism, and what you can do about it.
1. Eliminating Dairy
A person’s body needs fat to function, and dairy products in particular can be really good for you in the right form. For instance, one of the most easily digestible proteins is derived from milk, and it is often used as the base protein in protein supplement shakes. However, the stigma against milk has been largely perpetuated by those who are lactose intolerant. Eliminating dairy can affect your metabolism because when you get rid of it, you tend to fill up on carbs instead, and eat more often because you are less satisfied.
2. Drinking Too Much Caffeine
Caffeine is nearly always promoted as a means of increasing metabolism. The problem is, when you increase your metabolism artificially, you eventually have to come down from it, and your body doesn’t function as efficiently without it during the off period. When you avoid the ups and downs, you can expect your body to operate more efficiently and consistently.
3. Failing to Pay Attention to Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
When cutting back on calories, there is a good chance you will also be cutting back on some important vitamins and minerals in the process. Minerals like calcium and magnesium have been proven to increase metabolism and decrease body fat, iron can help with energy, and vitamins like vitamin B, C and D are known to help increase metabolism as well. Vitamin D is particularly important, because it helps the body utilize just about everything you put in it.
4. Cutting Back Too Much on Food Intake
Eating too little is one of the biggest mistakes dieters make. When you don’t eat enough, your body goes into starvation mode and tends to hold onto everything it can. Eating more frequently and eating more can actually increase your metabolism and help you lose weight even faster than you would by simply cutting back your calories. Eat smaller meals every 2-4 hours, six times daily, and you will see a significant increase in your metabolism, as well as an increase in weight loss.
5. Eating Too Little Protein
Protein is important in any diet because it helps you stay full longer, helps decrease food cravings, and is a primary component of muscle-building – which is a huge part of why we exercise. Exercise builds the muscles that help to keep our metabolisms sustained at a higher rate, because maintaining muscle cells, even in resting periods, requires more calories and more energy than fat cells do.
There are so many ways that we can destroy our metabolisms unnecessarily. Watcing what we put in our bodies, exercising regularly, and making sure our bodies maintain a consistent balance are the best ways to keep our metabolisms going and maintain or lose weight more quickly.
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