Sometimes you really do have a slow metabolism. There are a few potential reasons for this, one which you can control, and others you can’t.
This one is within your control. You shouldn’t starve yourself to lose weight. Not only is it painful and saps you of your energy, but eating way too few calories can actually cause your body’s chemistry to slow, thus making it more difficult to shed pounds in the future.
- Men should eat no fewer than 1,800 calories per day.
- Women should eat no fewer than 1,200 calories per day.
Some other consequences of crash diets include lost musculature, poor nutrition, and the very real likelihood that you will over-react to the deprivation by overeating in the future. Some problems that affect your metabolism are listed:
This is a rare condition that causes too much of the hormone cortisol to flood the body. Symptoms include redness in the face, fatigue, excessive hair growth in women, high blood pressure, and weight gain.
Hypothyroidism is a common health condition. Statistics vary, but anywhere from 1% to 5% of the population may be affected. Hypothyroidism results from not enough thyroid being produced by the thyroid gland, which is found in the front of your neck. It can cause fatigue, slowed speech, sensitivity to cold, numbness, and weight gain.
Pituitary Gland Disorders (Hypopituitarism)
This condition encompasses several rare disorders that affect one or more of the seven hormones produced by the pituitary gland. Symptoms vary significantly, but may include weight gain, weight loss, or difficulty losing weight.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCOS is also common, affecting about 1 in every 10 women of childbearing age. Its cause is unknown, but may be related to high levels of insulin or androgens. PCOS symptoms include excessive hair, missed periods, acne, and weight gain.