10 Factors That Slow Your Metabolism to a Crawl

Find out the factors that may cause a sluggish metabolism.

10 Factors That Slow Your Metabolism to a Crawl

By Reina Berger

If you want to keep your metabolism revved up, it’s important to get an adequate amount of sleep, exercise, and water and to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. But on the quest for a speedier metabolism, there are certain roadblocks you should avoid to ensure you don’t do any unintentional harm. Here are 10 factors that may play a role in your metabolism function.

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Hormonal Factors

Hormonal imbalances caused by certain conditions, including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, slow down or speed up your metabolism respectively. If you think you have a thyroid condition, make sure to speak to an endocrinologist to get a definitive diagnosis. These imbalances can be managed with certain medications, dietary changes, and surgery.

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