Starting at age 25 the average North American Person's metabolic rate goes down by 5%-10% per decade. This is in large part due to our more sedentary lifestyles, and thankfully can be prevented.
Get enough sleep
In fact slower metabolic rates are shown in people who have maintained weight loss for a year.
Do not allow your body to fear starvation. Don't set your calorie target ridiculously low.
Research from Georgia State University shows that people who eat every 2 to 3 hours have less body fat and faster metabolisms than those who eat only 2 or 3 meals per day.
But eat RIGHT and LISTEN
Weight loss is a simple matter of calories in vs calories out, which if you are entirely left brain mathematical genius this would work.
But we are not, take for example a 1200 calorie diet, one meal per day at 1200 calories for dinner. By the time you sit down you are absolutely starving, chances are you nibbled a bit before that and chances are you'll overeat at that one meal, simply put it's not sustainable. Three meals per day is a bit more do-able but if you are hungry whatsoever in between meals, you need to eat.
They key is to listen to your body. Eat when you're hungry and have handy healthy choices to feed your body when it's asking for food. Love and trust your body, Machines, step counters and computer programs do make mistakes, genetics and body composition play a role in how fast your burn calories, if you're starving, chances are you need food. Snack on Fruits and vegetables which are nutrient rich and low in calories.
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