If you’ve been guilty of doing too much cardio, calorie restriction, or have endured a lot of stress over a short period of time, your metabolism may have slowed down. You may not notice the effects right away, but you will find it very difficult to lose body fat and build muscle when you are working with a compromised metabolism. Metabolic slowdown makes it almost impossible to lose body fat, but there are some things you can do to prevent it.
Eat Enough Carbs
You do need some carbs in your system to keep your metabolism running efficiently. If you’re cutting carbs or following any type of carb restriction plan for a long period of time, you may be slowing down your metabolism. Get into the habit of increasing your carb intake every few days to keep leptin levels up. This will make it much easier to shed body fat and also give you the energy you need to get through your workouts.
Eat Enough Fat
Many people make the mistake of cutting their fat intake too low. Fatty acids from healthy food sources are essential for your healthy and can also promote fat loss. If you are not getting enough fat in your diet, you may compromise testosterone production. You need testosterone to build muscle and maintain a healthy metabolism, so make sure you are getting plenty of healthy fats in your diet.
Increase Food Intake Slowly
Increasing your food intake slowly will make it much easier to get your metabolism up and running again. However, this will take a lot of patience and it can be challenging to eat more than you are used to eating when you first start out. However, there are several things you can do to make eating more a habit. Spacing out your meals and eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods — especially protein — at each meal, will make it easier to stay on track with your diet. Add more lean protein, healthy carbs, and healthy fats to your diet so that your metabolism can start running and to help you stay more satisfied for the long-run.