Metabolism is measured in calories burn per unit of time during rest and activity. All of us know that radical dieting, the insufficient consumption of water and the consumption of simple carbs and processed food disrupts our metabolism.
But did you know that there are other simple daily habits that can benefit or hinder your metabolism?
You Sleep With Your Nightlight On
This may sound bizarre, but sleeping with the lightlight on may add a few inches to your waistline.
According to a research published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal, mice who were exposed to dim light during the nighttime, over an eight weeks period, accumulated 50% more weight than those who spent the nights in complete darkness. Despite the fact that all mice received the same amount of food and performed the same amount of physical activity.
What to do? Turn all the screens around you off, and sleep in complete darkness.
Researches found that lack of sleep may disrupt your metabolism and more specifically, the way your body processes sugar, which results in weight gain. For example, a 2015 research discovered that cutting 30 minutes off your sleep, may slow your metabolism down and even create an insulin resistance, which may cause diabetics.
Another research found out that people who suffer from insufficient sleep tend to feel hungry even after eating plenty. They also tend to select larger portions of more fattening food. The reason? Their body stops regulating the hormone cortisol that is responsible for one’s appetite. And if that’s not enough, fatigue also reduces one’s motivation to exercise.