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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Muscle Mass

Muscle tissue contributes approximately 20% to your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) versus 5% for fat tissue. TDEE is the term used to describe how much energy is used (or how many calories are burned) by an individual during a 24-hour period. Some studies have shown that an increase of about 4.5 lbs of muscle mass through resistance/strength training would increase the resting metabolic rate by about 50 kilocalories per day. In the same way, declining muscle mass slows metabolism, which tends to happen as we age or become less active.

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