May 16, 2014
Everyday habits and those you think are not related to your weight can cause your metabolism to slow. That's when you burn fewer calories because your furnace isn't hot enough, that can cause weight gain. If you avoid these 5 mistakes then you can keep your metabolism running high.
A study in the journal Appetite found when people added red chili pepper to dinner, they reported feeling fuller and ate as much as 30 percent less compared to a control condition with a mild meal. Peppers contain capsaicin, which can speed your metabolism by controlling the release of appetite regulating hormones as well as increasing levels of stress hormones that decrease desire to eat.
Sitting for three hours or more per day was associated with a 74 percent increased risk for metabolic syndrome That's a risk for diabetes and heart disease that includes obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol compared to those who sat for less than two hours daily.
A 2012 study in Environmental Health Perspectives connected environmental pollutants, like pesticides commonly used on fruits and vegetables, to obesity and metabolic syndrome. The researchers found that, in lab cells, the pollutants were stored in fat tissue where they cause inflammation and affect pathways that regulate metabolism. Buy organic when you can—and follow the FDA's guidelines for cleaning: cut away any damaged or bruised areas first, then wash thoroughly under running water only.
Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University discovered a link between a common respiratory virus called adenovirus-36 and obesity, as the virus appears to turn stem cells into fat cells. To cut your risk of viral infections, wash your hands other research said only 5 percent of us wash our hands.