Is a sluggish metabolism to blame for your weight gain?

by Dr. Shivani Gupta 10 June 2021

Is a sluggish metabolism to blame for your weight gain?

The truth about metabolism

Age affects metabolism, as it can slow over the years, even if you start out with a fast metabolism. Differences in metabolism speed are evident in how easy or hard it is for people to gain or lose weight. A slow metabolism burns fewer calories, which means more get stored as fat in the body; that's why some people have difficulty losing weight by just cutting calories. A fast metabolism burns calories at a quicker rate, which explains why some people can eat a lot and not gain extra pounds.

But you can't entirely blame a sluggish metabolism for weight gain, says Dr. Lee. "The reality is that metabolism often plays a minor role," he says. "The greatest factors as you age are often poor diet and inactivity." Other factors include: your gut microbiome and your levels of inflammation. (As you know, our favorite way to reduce inflammation is turmeric!)

"You can manipulate your metabolism to a degree," says Dr. Lee. 

Here are some easy ways: 

Pick up the pace. Add some high-intensity interval training to your regular routine. After a period of interval training, your metabolism can stay revved up for as much as a full day. For example, when you're walking or jogging on a treadmill or outside, speed up for 30 to 60 seconds, and then slow to your usual pace; repeat the cycle for eight to 12 minutes.

Eat protein and do weight training. Your metabolism increases whenever you eat, digest, and store food, a process called thermic effect of food. Protein has a higher thermic effect compared with fats and carbohydrates because it takes longer for your body to burn protein and absorb it.

It's not clear how much of an effect protein has on metabolism, but studies suggest the best approach is to combine adequate protein intake with weight training, which increases muscle mass — and that also can boost metabolism. 

Eat less food, and make it real food. This is easier said than done for most people. That’s why we developed our Carb Control Formula - it‘s a natural herbal support built from ingredients that help curb cravings for carbs and sugar, naturally speed up the metabolism, and decrease the appetite. 

Drink green tea. Studies have found green tea contains a compound called epigallocatechin gallate, which may increase the calories and fat you burn. A 2011 meta-analysis published in Obesity Reviews found that consuming about 250 milligrams of epigallocatechin gallate (the amount in about three cups of green tea) helped boost metabolism enough to burn an average of 100 extra calories a day.

This is why our Metabolism Boost Tea is a wonderful daily habit - it combines ceremonial grade matcha, the purest form of green tea with triphala, turmeric, fenugreek, and cardamom to help improve digestion and speed up metabolism. 

More reasons to consume matcha:

This miracle beverage pairs caffeine with a compound known as EGCG—and together they create an even greater bump in metabolism than caffeine alone. Studies also indicate that green tea may reduce body fat and trim the waistline.

Caffeine promotes an increase in norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that keeps your sympathetic nervous system activated and your metabolic rate humming. According to research, coffee may increase the amount of energy you burn by 16 percent for up to two hours.


Our metabolism slows down as we age. We’ve all heard our friends complain about how much harder it is to keep our weight down as we age. Why not take the simple herbs and plants that can help us optimize our health as we age?