6 Signs Your Metabolism Is Out Of Whack

6 Signs Your Metabolism Is Out Of Whack

Your metabolism plays an important role in your body’s ability to convert the food you eat into energy, and you’ve probably alternatively loved and hated it at different times in your life. But while you likely take your metabolism for granted when it’s working well, you can feel really off when it’s not. It’s normal […]

by | Nov 20, 2017

Your metabolism plays an important role in your body’s ability to convert the food you eat into energy, and you’ve probably alternatively loved and hated it at different times in your life.

But while you likely take your metabolism for granted when it’s working well, you can feel really off when it’s not. It’s normal for your metabolism to decrease as you get older, says Scott Keatley, R.D., of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy, making it more likely you’ll gain weight when you don’t eat well and ensuring you’ll have to work harder at maintaining weight loss. Still, that’s normal.

But if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below, it might mean there’s something unusual going on with your metabolism. Here are a few signs it’s time to call a doctor to figure out what’s going on: 

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You’re really tired

Plenty of things can make you feel tired, including obvious factors like not getting enough sleep and hitting the gym hard. “But if you often feel tired, it could be a sign that your metabolism is a little slower as your body is not doing a great job at converting your food intake into energy quickly enough,” says Lisa Moskovitz, R.D. and CEO of NY Nutrition Group.

Your skin and hair are suddenly dry

When your metabolism isn’t working well, your body doesn’t turn over cells as quickly as it should to maintain your skin and hair, Keatley says. Worth noting: This can also be a sign of a bunch of other things, including poor nutrition.

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You crave sugar and starchy foods

Cravings are often your body’s way of asking for an energy pick-me-up, says Moskovitz. If you’re eating well and sleeping enough, but still have really intense cravings, it could be that your metabolism isn’t effectively converting the foods you’ve already eaten into the energy your body needs, she says. 

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You’re gaining weight even though you’re eating well

Again, it’s normal for it to be a little harder for you to maintain a good weight as you age. But if you’re eating well, and watching your caloric intake, and still gaining weight, it’s worth talking to a doctor or dietitian to see what’s going on, Keatley says.  

You’re cold all of the time

Your metabolism also helps generate heat, and if it’s slow, you might be extra chilly, Keatley says. As a result, you may find yourself layering up and throwing extra blankets on your bed.

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You’re super moody

This isn’t necessarily caused directly by a slower-than-usual metabolism, but feeling tired when your metabolism isn’t up to par can make you feel rundown—and that can make you moody, Moskovitz says.

Luckily, there are a few tests your doctor can run to help you figure out what’s going on. The easiest way is to do an indirect calorimetry test, Keatley says. That involves slightly modifying your meals for a day and resting while wearing a mask. Many weight-loss facilities and dietitians have this capability, and it’s pretty simple, he says. Another way is to have your doctor or an endocrinologist order a thyroid panel, a blood test that can pick up a deficiency.

If you suspect that your metabolism is out of whack, don’t sit on it—talk to your doctor about it. There’s likely something they can do to help.

This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US.

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But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

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All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

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Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

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Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

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Spiritual Gangster

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