Are You Wrecking Your Metabolism? posted on March 7, 2016 increase metabolismweight loss Share this Post Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Plus Metabolism Wreckers Starving, skipping meals, eating one meal a day and fasting for extended periods Low calorie or low fat foods and diets It is not just about the amount of calories you consume, but the type as well. Minimal physical activity and low thyroid Poor T4 to T3 conversion High reverse T3(from starvation diets) High Stress Lifestyle: High cortisol in relationship to DHEA levels is a catabolic state (breakdown of muscle hence it becomes more difficult to burn fat and calories with less muscle mass) Calorie Burn: Fat 1lb = 2 cal/day Muscle 1lb = 50 cal/day on average at rest Alcohol Intake The more you consume, the greater conversion is to sugar Poor Water consumption Drink water throughout day Critical exceptions: heart failure & kidney disease Poor Sleep 5 hours vs. 7-8 hours of sleep predisposes you to over 50% increase for obesity Breaking the Fast Violations Must break the fast if you want to maintain or lose weight. Follow the “7 to 7 rule.” Attempt to get as close to 12 hour fast as possible. This along with increasing the amount of fiber in your diet helps to reset Leptin-Grehlin levels, which help to control appetite-satiety.