6 Things You Should Never Do for a Healthy Metabolism

As quick as we are to blame our metabolism for a variety of weight-related woes, our understanding of exactly what's at work is often limited. We reached out to Farah Fahad, MS, RD, dietitian and founder of The Farah Effect to give us the 101 on metabolism and tell us exactly which habits to break to get ours back on track.

For starters, it's important to rethink your metabolism and realise it's much more than a means to dropping pounds. "Our metabolisms are much more complicated than a 1+1=2 equation," says Fahad "People often think of metabolism in terms of just weight loss, but it's essentially how we break down the nutrients we are given (what we eat or supplement) and convert it to energy for the body to use."

That said, a working metabolism doesn't just keep your weight in check but also keeps your body functioning its best and contributes to your overall health. In layman's terms, "Your metabolism is how good your body is at taking what you eat and using it." says Fahad. "So how fast or slow your metabolism is is dependent on many factors including quality of your diet of course, genetics, muscle mass, sleep, hydration, and hormones."

For the factors you can control and influence, it's all about breaking habits that are bad for your body. Not only will abstaining from these no-nos reset your metabolism, but it will benefit your overall health and well-being.

Keep scrolling to see the secret habits that are ruining your metabolism as well as Fahad's suggestions for how to break them.