If you exercise regularly and you try to eat right but you’re still not seeing the pounds come off, there’s a chance that some of your habits may actually be slowing down your metabolism and interfering with your best weight loss efforts. Today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on 5 common habits that could be slowing your calorie burn, and how you can rev your metabolic rate in no time.
Too Little Protein
Protein-rich foods require more calories to digest & assimilate – plus protein is key for building calorie-burning muscle mass. Aim for 0.75 to 1 gram of protein per pound of goal body weight.
Focusing Only on Cardio
Muscle burns as much as 50 calories per pound, daily, compared with an estimated 2-3 calories per pound of body fat. Incorporate strength training into your regular workout routine (think weight lifting, resistance bands, Pilates reformer, boot camp, Body Pump).
Skimping on Sleep
Not getting enough sleep interferes with our body’s hunger hormones, causing us to feel hungrier more often. Being sleep deprived is also linked to slower fat loss, even when calories are kept in check. The solution: Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
When we miss breakfast, or go long stretches of time without eating, the body shifts into fat conservation mode, telling the body to burn fewer calories. One study found that breakfast-skippers were 4.5 times more likely to be overweight.
Cutting Too Many Calories
Too few calories can mean that our bodies make the switch to starvation mode, and can slow the metabolic rate by 100’s of calories daily. A general rule of thumb is to aim for 10 calories per pound of goal body weight.