Symptoms & Signs That You Have A Slow Metabolism
When your metabolism is functioning properly, you can expect to have an easy time maintaining your weight. Additionally, a properly functioning metabolism supports excellent overall good health. Efficient metabolism ensures high energy and a positive outlook. If these sentences do not describe you, it’s possible you are suffering from a slow metabolism.
In this article, we’ll share seven common signs that can help you determine whether you have a slow metabolic rate.
1. You Are Experiencing Unexplained Weight Gain
If your metabolism is slow, you may gain weight even when you cut calories and eat right. It’s always wise to see your doctor if you experience a sudden, inexplicable change in weight.
“You’ll most likely experience difficulties with weight management if you have a slow metabolism…” Live Strong
2. Your Workout Is Not Resulting In Weight Loss
This can mean a slow metabolism, or it can mean that you are simply not giving your body the right fuel. If you are eating lots of processed foods and sugar, it may be very difficult for your body to convert into energy. These empty calories are typically stored as fat. Be sure to eat a healthy, whole foods diet and stay away from junk food.
Clean, healthy foods convert into energy efficiently.
3. Your (good) Diet Is Not Producing Results
Dieting is really not a good way to lose weight. This is especially true of extreme diets. When you deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to function, your metabolism slows down. This is because your body drops into starvation mode and conserves calories by storing them as fat. It is much smarter to establish regular, healthy eating habits that you can maintain for life than to periodically “binge diet”.
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4. Fat Suddenly Begins Developing In Odd Areas
Different body types tend to store fat differently. Pear-shaped people usually carry their fat in the hips and thighs. Apple-shaped people carry it in the stomach. If you usually carry your fat in your thighs then suddenly start gaining weight and inches in your tummy (or vice-versa) it could be a sign of slow metabolism. This is especially true of weight gain in the stomach during times of stress. The reason for this is that your metabolism is controlled by your hormone levels. When you are stressed, your adrenal glands may produce excessive amounts of cortisol (the stress hormone).
This can cause a buildup of abdominal fat, which can be quite threatening to your cardiac function.
5. Cellulite Develops In Unusual Areas
Most women have some cellulite on their hips and thighs. On the back of the thigh, this is normal. Cellulite on the front of the thighs can be an indication of a slow metabolism. Cellulite consists of fat deposits that remain if your body sources your muscles for fuel. This is a sign of metabolic imbalance.
6. You’re Experiencing Dry Skin, Hair & Nails
Your thyroid gland plays a big part in keeping your metabolism on an even keel. Having a healthy thyroid is also vital in keeping your skin, hair and nails healthy. If you find that you have dry skin, cracked brittle nails, cracked skin on your heels and/or hair loss at the crown of your head, you may be suffering from thyroid imbalance.
7. You Get Sugar Cravings In The Afternoon
If your adrenal glands are not functioning properly, you may experience strong cravings for sugar in the afternoons. Efficiently functioning adrenal glands signal your body to provide fat for use as fuel as the day wears on, but if your adrenals are malfunctioning they may fail to send this message. Of course, eating sugar to boost your energy will interfere with your insulin levels and further disrupt your metabolism.
Focus on Your Health
It’s easy to see that all of your hormone levels must be properly balanced to maintain a healthy metabolism. Generally speaking, maintaining a sensible, healthy, lifestyle can go a long way toward establishing and ensuring this delicate balance.
Be sure to:
- Eat right
- Exercise regularly
- Drink plenty of pure, filtered water
- Manage stress effectively
- Sleep well
Establishing and maintaining these simple, common sense habits for good health will go far toward stabilizing your metabolism. If you don’t see positive results after 2-4 weeks of steady effort, be sure to see your doctor or other health care professional for assistance.