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How to Slow Your Metabolism?

Updated on December 8, 2014

How to Slow Your Metabolism?

While most people are focused on how to lose weight and keep it down, some members of the population deal with the exact opposite. With metabolic rate at maximum speed 24 hours a day, they just can't seem to put on a few pounds. They may need the extra weight to look good, feel well, or be physically fit, but it's no easier to gain weight against your body's wishes than it is to lose weight.

This situation presents a unique problem that usually affects self-esteem and body image issues. If you have this problem, I will give to you in this article some tips on how to slow your metabolic rate, thus making you gain weight.

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1. Replenish the reserves that you lost after exercises with protein and carbohydrate-rich foods such as shakes.

2. Ask your medical practitioner about available supplements that can slow metabolism.


The food that you eat greatly affects your body’s metabolic rate. The surest way to slow it is to consume large amounts of carbohydrates and foods with high caloric content every meal, coupled with a small protein intake. Foods rich in carbohydrates are bread, pastas and fats. Upon ingestion of these foods, the body signals itself to slow its fat-burning mechanisms and instead store them as fat. Processed and junk foods are also known to have a notable amount of carbohydrates on them, but you should avoid consuming these foods at a daily basis.

Ingestion of fats can also help you gain weight. Fats are found in fried foods, oils, and if you want a healthy source, the avocado. Protein sources, such as meat and legumes, make the burning of calories slower, helping the body store them as fat.

You can also choose to eat 5-6 times a day, with 3 full meals and snacks in between. Drinking water or other fluids during meals makes you feel satisfied and full, so you might also want to avoid doing it.


Proper Exercise and Rest

Being active, though not bad, multiplies the body’s metabolic rate several times over. So, if you want to slow your metabolism and gain weight, you should avoid doing strenuous exercises, especially the anaerobic type such as jogging and weightlifting. You can instead opt to perform cardiovascular exercises such as leisure swimming and light jogging. These latter exercises makes the body store fat so you actually gain weight when you do them, rather than losing.

Instead of doing something immediately after meals, relaxing helps the food digest thoroughly. It is also one way of slowing your body’s systems, thereby decreasing its energy demand. Being always in a rush also makes us eat less and consume less nutritious foods.



If you have the time and opportunity to do so, sleep more often. Sleeping not only lets the body rejuvenates itself, it slows its metabolic rate in more ways than we can imagine. Sleep is the body’s slow-motion mode, which means that almost all of our systems go into a much slower rate than usual. Couple this with early morning cardiovascular exercises, and then you have a body that is primed to rest at its lower level.

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    • shai77 profile image

      Chen 7 years ago

      Thanks Sherry :-)

      Happy to see you :-)

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      sherrylou57 7 years ago from Riverside

      This article is well written, thank you for sharing this.