How to Recognize the Signs of Slow Metabolism?

Marguerite Roger  2019-09-13 00:33:38

Typically, your metabolism slows as you age. You feel tired more often, and you're cranky, and your favorite jeans may not fit you well. These are just a few symptoms that your metabolism might be slowing.

  1. 1Look at your feet. It may seem strange, but the condition of your feet is one way to determine whether you have a low metabolism. Dry feet and cracked heels indicate slow metabolism because dry skin is one of the symptoms that your thyroid hormones are out of balance. If you've eliminated other potential causes of cracking or peeling skin on your feet, such as athlete's foot or nail fungus, your slowing metabolism may be to blame.
    • 2Evaluate your overall body temperature. One sure way to tell if your metabolism is slowing is to think about whether you are always cold. If you have difficulty maintaining your body temperature even in a warm environment, you may have a slow metabolism. Take your temperature first thing when you wake up in the morning. If it's below 98, this may indicate that your body has difficulty regulating its overall temperature, which can be a symptom of slower metabolism.
      • 3Chronicle your sleep patterns. Slow metabolism can cause serious sleep disruptions, including insomnia. If you have severe sleep disturbances, you probably don't have to keep track of your sleep specifically to know you have a problem. Generally, you want to get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. Keep a journal in which you record what time you go to bed and when you wake up. For example, if you normally read a book before bed, take note of the number of pages you read each night before you are ready to fall asleep. Figure out how long it takes you to read a page and this will give you a good idea of how long it takes you to fall asleep.
        • 4Talk to people who are around you often. If you have frequent mood swings, memory problems, or difficulty concentrating, you may have a slow metabolism. These may not be things you notice about yourself, but people who spend a lot of time with you can tell you more about how you act. Talk to coworkers, your spouse, or even older children to see if they've noticed any changes in your behavior or mood lately. This can be particularly helpful if you think your metabolism has slowed only recently, since others around you likely would notice changes before you do yourself.
          • 5Weigh yourself. While slow metabolism on its own isn't responsible for weight gain, if you've had a relatively sudden weight gain despite no changes in your lifestyle or habits, that may indicate that your metabolism is slowing. If your metabolic rate slows, you'll burn fewer calories relative to the amount you consume, which can cause you to gain weight.