The eternal truth of this world is that the older you get, the lower your metabolism rate goes and the more weight you gain. You simply can’t do anything to change that situation. Recent studies show that an average woman’s weight increases by 1.5 pounds every year. That means by the time you are 50; you will have gained more than 40 pounds on top of your normal weight.
That’s why this article shows you the five major mistakes people make about food habits which decrease their metabolism and how to prevent them.
1. Not eating enough
This is one of the most common mistakes people make while dieting. Its true that to reduce weight, you need to decrease your calories intake, but there is a limit to everything. If your calorie intake is too low, your metabolism will reduce drastically, hence no matter how less you eat, you won’t be able to lose any fat. For women, 1200 calories per day is an absolute minimum; if you go beyond that limit, you are risking bringing your metabolism to a seriously slow pace.
The trick is to eat the right amount so that you never feel hungry –a 150 calorie snack in the morning along with three other meals having 430 calories each are perfect.
Also if you continue eating at regular intervals, your stomach will stay full, and there is a smaller chance of overeating.
2. Not having caffeine
Caffeine not only stimulates the central nervous system, but it also increases your metabolism rate. Studies have shown that caffeine can increase metabolism by 5 to 8% which amounts to a loss of 100 to 200 calories per day. Moreover, brewed tea can increase your metabolism rate by a whopping 12%. It is believed that catechins present in tea are responsible for this increase.
3. White Carbs
You need to eat more bread, pasta and fruits and vegetables. These contain fiber which can boost your metabolism rate by almost 30%, according to recent studies. It has also found that if you continue to eat fiber, then the rate of weight increase with increasing age is also reduced. Try to eat at least 25 grams of fiber per day – which amounts to three servings of vegetables and fruits.
4. Drinking water at room temperature
Drinking water is important, and it is more so during dieting. German researchers have found out that drinking cold water is even more beneficial than at room temperature. Drinking 6 cups of drinking water can help you lose 50 calories per day – meaning you can lose up to 5 pounds in a year just by drinking cold water. The reason behind this fat loss is that the body has to burn excess fat to increase the temperature of the cold water to room temperature
A recent study conducted in Canada found out that if your food is filled with pesticides, then you might be losing less fat than you are supposed to since your metabolism rate is affected. Pesticides contain organochlorines, which when transferred to food items, reduces metabolism rate. In fact, some other studies indicate that they might even increase the weight. Hence, when you go to the market to buy vegetables and fruits, you need to make sure that they are all fresh and free of pesticides, at least free from the serious ones.