5 mistakes that slow your metabolism

5 mistakes that slow your metabolism

A high metabolism is great for converting calories to energy effectively, ensuring we don’t store them as fat.

But sometimes despite all our best efforts, our metabolism may not work quite as well as it should.

Here are some mistakes you might be making that are slowing your metabolism down:

1. Not enough calories

Seems silly that by restricting calories you can end up damaging your metabolism, but this is the case if you go too far trying to cut back on what you eat.

One study found that people who ate 1,100 calories per day slowed their metabolic rate by more than twice as much as those who ate 1,500 calories per day over four consecutive days.

2. The wrong snacks

It may seem obvious but when you’re hungry don’t reach for the sugary snacks. Instead, make a beeline for the walnuts.

A small handful of walnuts every day can ensure you stay within your overall calorie limit as well as boosting your metabolism.

3. Not enough protein


Some research has shown that eating protein can boost your metabolism on a temporary basis by between 20-30%.

Think about eggs, tuna, and lentils for topping up your protein levels.

4. Too Warm

Sleeping in a cooler bedroom could actually help you burn fat. So here’s a great way to increase metabolism and therefore burn fat while doing absolutely nothing!

5.  Not enough sleep

While we’re on the subject of doing nothing – just having a good sleep can seriously help your metabolism and help keep the weight off.

If you've been suffering from poor sleep then all is not lost your metabolic rate should return to normal after 12 hours of uninterrupted snoozing.



The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Claire H.
28 November 2017

Claire H.

That's interesting about the cold bedroom.. I am quite a cold person generally (in terms of body temperature!) and I have quite a high metabolism naturally. So I actually have a warm bedroom, but still seem to burn fat quite fast. Lucky me, I guess,

Simon J.
17 October 2017

Simon J.

makes sense, although the info I've seen is that the actual differences are tiny. That's why allegedly metabolism-boosting foods or drinks make very little difference. No easy fix - if only!

Paula C.
17 October 2017

Paula C.

I would suggest adding a few cheeky sultanas to the walnuts if you're wanting a sweet snack. Not many - but along with the nuts it's enough to fill a gap and get rid of that sweet craving.

Sean S.
12 October 2017

Sean S.

So,. a cold bedroom, early nights, and lots of tuna, nuts and chicken during the day. All sounds very healthy anyway - I am going to do it!

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