4 Habits That Are Messing With Your Metabolism (and what to do about it)

You exercise, and you try to eat right.

But unfortunately you may still be slowing down your calorie burn and your weight-loss efforts without even realizing it.

Here are 4 habits that are messing with your metabolism that can, if you play your cards right, help give you that boost that you so desperately need.

1. You Don’t Drink Enough Water

Your body needs fluids to perform all of the functions it needs to.

And when it’s not performing those functions as well, it’s not burning as many calories.

Something else to keep in mind:

A lot of the calorie burn from drinking water comes from your body working to bring cold water to 98.6 degrees—so drinking hot water with lemon or hot tea all the time won’t be as good at boosting your metabolism as cold water will.

2. You Aren’t Taking Vitamin D Supplements

When you’re low in vitamin D, you lose weight slower and your levels of the hormone ghrelin, which makes you hungry, are higher

Since it can be difficult to get enough vitamin D from your diet, she recommends taking a supplement from November through March—when you won’t be getting as much of the nutrient from sunlight—to help you drop pounds more easily.

3. You’re a Cardio Queen

You know that exercise is crucial for keeping your metabolism fired up, but if you swear by running or indoor cycling — and only running or indoor cycling — you’re not building the lean muscle that’ll really give your metabolism a boost.

Start incorporating strength training into your workouts to up your calorie burn even more.

You Don’t Sleep Enough

People who are sleep-deprived on a regular basis tend to weigh more than those who get a good night’s rest most nights.

Why?

Research shows it can throw the hormones that control appetite out of whack, making you hungrier and causing you to eat more.

Try to get at least seven hours a night.