What Causes Slow Metabolism?

Metabolism refers to the chemical processes that take place as your body converts foods and drinks into energy. The process involves the combination of oxygen and calories to produce and release energy. This energy fuels body functions.

Your metabolism never stops, even when your body is at rest. It constantly provides energy for basic body functions such as:

  • Regulating body temperature
  • Managing hormone levels
  • Growing and repairing cells
  • Digesting food
  • Circulating blood
  • Breathing

Causes of Slow Metabolism

Obesity

When you are trying to lose weight, it can be tempting to blame any failure or plateaus on a slow metabolism. The following are some causes why you have a slow metabolism:

  • You have too much cortisol

Your metabolism is how your body turns calories into energy. Having slow metabolism means our body is hanging onto calories, causing unwanted weight gain. Normal amounts of cortisol can help you burn fat if it’s working in along with other chemicals in your body.  But if you have too much cortisol your body may think you’re under duress and could need extra energy.

  • Your insulin levels are too high

Being overweight is a cause of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, and having type 2 diabetes is linked with problems losing weight.

  • Your thyroid is out of whack

Your thyroid gland, located at the base of your neck, helps regulate thyroid hormones, which greatly affect your body’s metabolism. If you don’t make enough of the hormone your metabolism will slow down.

  • Your estrogen is low

Low estrogen is one of the manifestations of menopause, which takes place at age 51. Lack of estrogen typically increases fat mass and decreases lean mass. Studies have shown that weight gain can be, unfortunately, a result of this lack of estrogen.

  • Your testosterone is low

A study of the effects of a testosterone-reducing drug for prostate cancer patients showed that low testosterone levels were associated with higher body fat mass. With testosterone deficiency, as men age their muscle mass declines and fat mass increases.

  • You don’t have enough muscle tissue relative to fat

If you are overweight or obese, you have more fat than muscle. If you want to burn more calories while at rest, you need more lean muscle. Which means you need to exercise.

HCG Diet

Using HCG Diet to Have a Healthy Metabolism

HCG is a hormone that is produced by both men and women, but it is produced in higher quantities in women when they are pregnant. The HCG hormone sends a signal to your brain that you are full, even after eating very few calories, and it encourages your body to use the body fat that you already have stored as energy.

To get an extra boost in your metabolism, it is usually recommended that you drink coffee, tea, and water and that you consume high-protein foods. The good news is the HCG Diet already suggests these foods and drinks as a part of your 500-calorie diet while you’re undergoing your HCG injections. Green tea has been linked with increased metabolism and is a healthy choice both on and off the HCG Diet.

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What Causes Slow Metabolism?