Aging: As you get older, your metabolism naturally slows down due to a decrease in muscle mass and hormonal changes.
Sedentary Lifestyle: Lack of physical activity can lead to a loss of muscle mass, which in turn slows down your metabolism since muscle burns more calories than fat.
Under-eating: Consuming too few calories can cause your body to slow down its metabolic rate as a way to conserve energy, making it counterproductive for weight loss.
High Stress Levels: Chronic stress can lead to an increase in the hormone cortisol, which can promote fat storage and slow down metabolism.
Low Protein Diet: Protein has a higher thermic effect than fats or carbohydrates, meaning your body burns more calories digesting protein. A diet low in protein can therefore slow down your metabolism.
Dehydration: Water is essential for your body to burn calories. Not drinking enough water can slow down your metabolism.
Consuming High-Sugar Foods: Foods high in sugar can lead to weight gain and reduce the body's ability to burn fat, slowing down your metabolism over time.
Skipping Meals: Regularly skipping meals can cause your metabolism to slow down as your body tries to conserve energy.
Not Getting Enough Calcium: Calcium plays a role in regulating your metabolism, and not getting enough can slow down your metabolic rate.