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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Recreational Drugs and Medications

Caffeine and nicotine can increase your metabolic rate, while medications including some antidepressants and anabolic steroids can contribute to weight gain regardless of what you eat. If you are planning to start a new medication, make sure to speak to your doctor first to find out about the potential side effects and if there are any interactions with your diet and other medications.

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