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Bad Habits That Tank Your Metabolism

By Sara Butler

It's a cold hard truth in life that as you age, your metabolism slows down. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have found that your base metabolic rate begins to slow as you get older, especially after you hit 40. But it's not just your age that can have an impact on your metabolism. Your daily habits can slow things down even more, making you feel drained. Here are a few bad habits that can tank your metabolism. Simply being aware of them can help you change and hopefully give your metabolism a boost!

Bad Habit No. 1: You Don't Eat Breakfast

A nutrient-dense breakfast is a great way to start off each day. That's because your metabolism slows when you sleep and breakfast helps to fire it up for the day, ultimately helping you to burn more calories. When you eat breakfast each day, you're essentially sending the message to your body that there's plenty of food to go around, so it won't go into conservation mode and hold on to calories -- something that can slow your metabolism down even further.

Bad Habit No. 2: You Don't Eat a Proper Breakfast

It turns out that simply eating breakfast isn't enough -- you have to eat the right kind of breakfast to make an impact on your metabolism. If you reach for a sugary pastry or calorie- and fat-laden muffin, then you're only setting your blood sugar up to crash later, which will lead to you eating even more. Choose a breakfast that's healthy and full of protein that will help you feel fuller for longer. Eggs are a great choice or whole-grain toast with nut butter. Even Greek yogurt with berries will give you what you need to start the day off right.

Bad Habit No. 3: You Don't Sleep Enough

If you are constantly struggling to get a good night's rest, then it can leave you feeling more than groggy the next day. Inadequate sleep can also cause an imbalance in the hormones that control hunger and slow your metabolism. So, make sure you're doing what you can to get enough quality sleep each night.

Bad Habit No. 4: You Don't Drink Enough Water

You may not think that how hydrated you are can have an impact on your metabolism, but it can! Researchers have found that drinking adequate amounts of water each day can raise your base metabolic rate, which can boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories.

Keep your metabolism fired up and working at its very best by avoiding these mistakes.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Greenwood Village, Colo.

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