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Boost Your Metabolism: 7 Common Mistakes to Avoid According to San Jose Personal Fitness Trainers

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Boost Your Metabolism: 7 Common Mistakes to Avoid According to San Jose Personal Fitness Trainers

Our San Jose personal fitness trainers know there are probably a few things in your life that you’d like to slow down…

But when it comes to your metabolism? Probably not.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of sneaky ways we slow our metabolism down — here are 7 of the most common metabolism saboteurs, as revealed by San Jose personal fitness trainers:

1. You don’t eat enough


Your body is smart! When you regularly eat less fuel than you burn, your body can make itself even more efficient by lowering how many calories it needs.


This can happen if 1) you exercise a lot and don’t ramp up your food intake to match it; 2) you under-eat every day, or 3) go on a lot of diets.


2. You skip meals


Research shows that eating regular meals throughout the day is linked with a greater “thermic effect of food” – i.e., more calories burned after eating. 


Plus, eating on a regular schedule helps your body manage its blood sugar levels, which is a biggie when it comes to your health.


3. You don’t lift weights


Strength training helps boost your metabolism in a couple of different ways.


Over the long run, it helps build muscle, and muscle tissue burns more calories at rest than fat tissue.

But it also has an immediate benefit: it raises your metabolism for hours after your workout is finished.


4. You slack on your sleep


Not getting enough sleep is like a triple whammy on your metabolism.

  • When you’re tired you’re not as active, which means a lower daily calorie burn

  • You tend to eat more when you’re sleep-deprived because it messes up your hunger hormones and makes you crave high-calorie foods

  • Your body has a harder time managing blood sugar levels when you’re low on sleep, which can make you store fat


5. You sit all day


Being sedentary – i.e., not getting up to move around every half-hour or so — is linked with a slower metabolism. Time for that standing desk!


6. You don’t eat enough protein


Not only does protein keep you feeling full after you eat it, but it also helps you build metabolism-boosting muscle.


Plus, digesting it burns more calories than digesting carbs or fat.


Some guidelines: aim for between .73 and 1 gram of protein for every pound of your weight (1.6 and 2.2 grams per kilogram of your weight). 


7. You get stressed out a lot


It’s true! Stress can LOWER your metabolism.


An Ohio State University study found that women burned fewer calories after they ate a high-fat meal when they were stressed.


Just another reason it’s so important to have a plan to regularly blow off stress, like working out, meditating, or relaxing hobbies!


How many of those rang a bell for you?


If you're on a journey to transform your health and fitness but find it challenging to do it alone, Method3's personal training and nutrition coaching program might be the perfect solution for you. Give us a call today at (408)371-1212 to discover how our experienced and dedicated San Jose personal fitness trainers can guide you through the process.

Let us help you take simple, sustainable steps towards achieving the results you desire. Find out if our program is the right fit for your goals and embark on your fitness transformation with us!

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The Method3 Fitness Team


Method3 Fitness is conveniently located in San Jose.  Our team of personal fitness trainers serve clients in Los Gatos, Campbell, Willow Glen and other surrounding Bay Area cities.  

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