10 Tips to Slow down Your Metabolism ...


10 Tips to Slow down Your Metabolism ...
10 Tips to Slow down Your Metabolism ...

There are a lot of reasons you might want to slow down your metabolism. For me, it was to try and gain a little weight. It was difficult at first, but here are the things I did (and didn’t do!) that worked for me!

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Don’t Skip the Cardio

Yes, your metabolism will slow down a little if you stop working out, but then you’ll lose a lot of energy, as well as muscle tone and endurance.


Walk, Don’t Run

Slow down all around, but don’t stop. Instead of running or jogging, try speed-walking.


Avoid Spicy Foods

When you eat red peppers and other spicy foods, you’ll get a half-hour metabolic boost. So if you want to slow down your metabolism, avoid spicy foods!


Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine will also provide a quick boost to your metabolism, so avoid sodas, chocolate, coffee, and other foods and beverages with caffeine.


Eat Fewer Meals

An easy way to slow your metabolism is to eat three large meals each day, rather than four or five, plus snacks. For example, eat a hearty breakfast (whole grain cereal, fruit, milk), a nice lunch, and a square dinner every day.


Keep a Moderate Weight

Don’t go from underweight to overweight and back down again. This will throw your metabolism into a tailspin.


Don’t Yo-yo Diet

Don’t try every new diet you see, either. This will also make it harder to regulate your metabolism, not to mention slow it down. Find one plan, and stick to it.


Is It Medical?

A rare medical condition known as hyperthyroidism can cause you to have a faster-than-normal metabolism. Talk to your doctor, if you’re concerned, and they can perform and easy, painless test.


Know the Pro

Foods that are high in protein and in carbs can speed up your metabolism, but you still need them. Visit mypyramid.gov to see how much protein, and how many carbs, you need every day.


Ask for Help

If you’re just not sure what else you can try to slow down your metabolism, talk to a professional nutritionist or to your doctor. I’m sure they know some things I don’t (you know, med school), and they’ll be happy to help.

My favorite tip is number 5. I love eating big meals and it’s actually helped me slow my metabolism and gain weight! What tips work best for you? Do you have any other secrets to share? Please let me know!

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I have a hyperthyroidism but been normalized before i got pregnant. The funny thing is after giving birth, i thought i'm gonna gain weight. So weird, I didn't! After a week or so, my weight just gone back. And people now thought my son is my brother! Sheesh! :)

i have troubles gaining weight too. i drink EnsurePlus or other protein shakes each night. however i'm puzzled by point 7. "This will also make it harder to regulate your metabolism, not to mention slow it down." great! aren't we tryingg to slow it down? thanks for the other tips!

i gained weight by eating 3 bowls of milk and ricies before bed every night, on top of my normal meals.

Haha hyperthyroidism. I learnt about this in bio and thought I had it! Thanks for the list! I'll try and eat more protein now :)

Thanks for the list Jen! I'll try and follow it up more!

Cloe, Aaaa lucky lucky girl :) And I have trouble reducing my weight! *Sigh*

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