Being in my late twenties has some advantages: I'm completely comfortable with staying in on a Friday night, and I can still consume a few glasses of wine without feeling like a truck had hit me the following day. However, my age comes with a few complications — and my metabolism is one of them.
As I've gotten older, I've noticed a change in how my body processes food. Gone are the days when I could get chocolate wasted and eat a large bin of brownies or live off pizza for a solid week straight (no, just me?) without my body freaking out or slowing down. Now if I want my metabolism to actually work, I need to drink more water and exercise — basically, things I'd avoided when I was 20 years old.
But is having a slow metabolism actually a bad thing? Can we all live a life where we indulge in our vices? Well, there could actually be some advantages to having a slower metabolism.
According to SFGATE, a study published in a 2010 edition of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism stated that having low levels of thyroid hormones usually correlates with having a slow metabolism. In return, this activity could indicate a longer life expectancy. Dr. Joel Fuhrman further explained that this probably happens because the body doesn't have to work as hard to burn calories and may experience less stress.
Either way, if you can relate to my story and want to know if your metabolism is slow, then you came to the right place. Here are nine subtle signs that could indicate you have a slow metabolism.