Maintaining a high metabolic rate is critical to losing and maintaining weight. However, many common lifestyle mistakes may slow down the burning process.
On a regular basis, these habits can make it difficult to lose weight — and even make you more likely to gain weight in the future.
Here are 6 lifestyle mistakes that can slow down your metabolism.1. Eat very few calories
Eating too few calories can lead to a significant decrease in your metabolism. Although a calorie deficit is essential for weight loss, it can be counterproductive to lower your calorie intake.
When you drastically reduce the amount of calories you eat, your body feels scarce and reduces the rate at which it burns calories.
Controlled studies of thin and overweight people confirm that consuming less than 1,000 calories per day can have a significant impact on metabolic rate.
Most studies measure resting metabolic rate, which is the number of calories burned at rest. However, some also measure calories burned while resting and being active over a 24-hour period, which is referred to as total daily energy expenditure.
In one study, when obese women ate 420 calories per day for 4-6 months, their resting metabolic rates slowed significantly.