There are several benefits that are accrued when you have a high metabolic rate. You burn calories easily and won’t need to struggle with weight gain. Your moods are better and you’re a wellspring of energy.
Metabolism varies from individual to individual. Some people are naturally gifted with a higher metabolic rate, while others have a lower one. Usually, this is due to genetics. However, sooner or later, most people will notice that their metabolism starts to drop as they age.
What happens when you have a slow metabolism?
Slow metabolism can cause several changes in your body but the most common one is that you burn less calories causing you to gain weight.
However, Once the basal metabolic rate drops beyond a certain point, you’ll start seeing several signs.
It’s important to recognize these signs so that you can take steps to raise your metabolism.
Signs of Slow Metabolism To Lookout For:
You’d think that with less energy you’d be able to sleep. But life has its cruel ironies. People with a broken metabolism actually find it harder to sleep. Insomnia is a sign of metabolism that needs to be boosted.
2. Chronic Fatigue & Low Energy
People with a sluggish metabolism tend to feel tired all the time. They lead sedentary lifestyles and this feeds into the vicious cycle they’re trapped in. The less active you are, the lower your metabolism will be… and the less energy you’ll have to be active… and your metabolism will drop further.
3. Compromised Immune System
Generally, when your metabolism is low, your immune system is compromised too. You may get infections and colds more easily. Recovery will take longer too.
4. Mood issues
Generally, people with a sluggish metabolism are ‘not in the mood’ for anything. This is usually mistaken for depression or laziness. The truth of the matter is that their metabolism just needs to be raised.
Lower libido and a general disinterest in sex can also be a consequence of low metabolism. Countless marriages have been adversely affected by a weak metabolism in one or both partners. It feels like they’re losing interest in the bedroom when in reality, their metabolism is at an all-time low.
5. Excessive Thirst and Frequent Urination
Low metabolism will cause you to feel thirsty often, but you’ll also not be able to retain much water and will feel the need to relieve yourself frequently.
Having difficulty going to the bathroom? Yes, Slow metabolism also causes constipation. It takes a bit longer for food to travel through the digestive sytem.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it does. Yes,
7. Irregular Menstrual Cycle
Women with low metabolism may have irregular periods. Hypothyroid is the most prevalent cause of sluggish metabolism. Thyroid gland controls many of the body’s hormonal functions including your menstrual cycle. If your cycle is irregular or you are experiencing more cramping than usual, consult your physician.
8. Weight Gain
If you notice that you’re gaining weight despite eating the same amount of food you’re accustomed to… guess what?
Yes, your metabolism is low.
9. Constantly Feeling Cold
A slow metabolism can contribute to a decrease in the core temperature of the body. If you’re always feeling cold even when the weather is warm, you probably have a sluggish metabolism.
10. Brain fog
Feeling groggy or unable to think clearly? It could be your low metabolism wreaking havoc on your mental clarity.
11. Dry Skin
Dry skin is another sign to look out for. Your cells are not as active as they should be when you have a slow metabolism, which means your body and especially your skin does not get adequate blood circulation. Less blood flow means your skin receives less nutrients, making your skin dry.
By now you’ll realize that there are many negative consequences of having a low metabolism. If you see these signs, you’ll need to take immediate remedial action to boost your basal metabolic rate.
With a good diet, sufficient sleep, regular exercise and a few other steps, you can make a difference and fix a broken metabolism. Recognize the signs first and work fast to remedy the problem.
Remember to speak to your doctor first when you notice these signs. They’re commonplace and could be symptoms for some other underlying issue. So, it’s best to be safe.