Age, hormonal changes and natural changes in muscle mass are just some of the factors that could slow down your metabolism. While we can’t do much against some of these natural progressions, there are several lifestyle factors that could also cause your metabolism to slow down. Many lifestyle habits, like what you eat, drink and how long you sleep, can influence your metabolism, and the good news is that you have a say in improving these factors.
When it comes to what you drink, here are the four worst drinks that slow down your metabolism. Read on, and for more, don’t miss 4 eating habits that slow your metabolism after 50, dietitians say.
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Whether it’s soda, coffee or sweetened tea, juice or your afternoon energy drink, beverages loaded with refined sugar can slow down your metabolism. Not only can these types of drinks make losing weight more difficult, but they’re also linked to several chronic diseases, including diabetes, fatty liver disease, obesity, heart attacks and strokes, according to Harvard Health.
Although there is mixed data on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages on metabolism, one study found that when overweight and obese participants consumed 25% of their total calories from fructose-sweetened beverages, resting energy expenditure decreased significantly from baseline. It is important to note that the fructose found naturally in fruit is different from the fructose sweetener used in beverages, such as high fructose corn syrup. While the fructose in fruit is not at issue here, the processed fructose sweetener used in many beverages appears to be a factor leading to reduced metabolism.
Drink this! Point: Try to cut out at least one of your sugary drinks each day. Over time, you can further reduce your intake and replace sugary drinks with healthier options, such as water, unsweetened sparkling water, and unsweetened tea.
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This one gets a little tricky, but there’s reason to think that alcohol slows down your metabolism. First, research indicates that in small amounts, alcohol can actually increase metabolism for a short time after drinking. However, outside of this acute period, alcohol can impact several factors that can slow down your metabolism.
For example, alcohol has been linked to poor sleep quality and poor duration, which can slow down your metabolism. Additionally, alcohol can impair digestion and the absorption of essential nutrients, which can impact metabolism. Finally, alcohol is dehydrating and can reduce your likelihood of exercising regularly, two factors that can individually impact your metabolism.
Drink this! Point: Drink alcohol in moderation, meaning two glasses or less a day for men and one glass for women. Make sure you are well hydrated before consuming an alcoholic drink and also try to limit added sugar in your drinks.
While it may be a necessary adjustment for some health conditions, decaffeinated beverages don’t provide the same “shock” to your metabolism. Caffeine is a natural stimulant that can dramatically increase your metabolism. If your body is used to caffeine on a regular basis, switching to decaf can naturally cause your metabolism to slow down. Caffeine is found in a variety of beverages, from sodas and coffee to energy drinks and tea, and frequent consumption of these beverages can boost metabolism throughout the day.
However, if you’ve cut out caffeine for health reasons, you’re doing the right thing for your body! Sure, the short metabolism boost after a cup of caffeinated coffee seems like a benefit, but if your caffeine intake is impacting your overall health, swapping it for deca is the right choice.
Drink this! Point: To boost metabolism without caffeine, stay well hydrated, exercise frequently, plan your movements throughout the day and avoid long periods of sitting, avoid sugary drinks and excessive alcohol consumption, and make your environment sleep conducive to good quality sleep.
Of course, all beverages contain liquid which can help keep you hydrated, but nothing beats drinking plain water. If you find yourself gorging on drinks without water and only get a sip or two of water at the end of the day, your lack of water could be slowing down your metabolism. Water recommendations vary from person to person and depend on many different factors, such as gender and physical activity. However, it is a good goal for women to consume at least 80 ounces of fluid per day, while men should consume more than 100 ounces.
Drink this! Point: Match ounces of water to ounces of no water if you find yourself running low on your fluid targets. Eventually, you can aim to drink more water than the other drinks combined. Also, try to start your day with a tall glass of water to help with hydration, and after each waterless drink you have, drink equal ounces of water and alternate throughout the day.
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