5 Warning Signs Your Metabolism Is Slowing

Is losing weight a constant struggle?

Do you fight for every pound lost and if you relax for one second all the weight you did lose piles back on?

If so, your metabolism could be the cause.

Click on this week’s video to see if your metabolism is slowing down.

Video Transcript

Is losing weight a constant struggle?

Do you fight for every pound lost and if you relax for one second all the weight you did lose piles back on?

If so, your metabolism could be the cause.

Hey it’s Mariah from mariahdolan.com, your busy mom headquarters to help you love the skin you’re in, and today I’m sharing with you five warning signs of a slow metabolism.

1. No Morning Hunger

You just went 7-9 hours without eating anything overnight. You should be ravenous in the morning. If you don’t feel like eating until lunchtime, your metabolism is slow.

Children are a perfect example. Their metabolisms are like well functioning furnaces constantly burning. My four children are starving when they wake up because they’re metabolisms are so strong.

2. No Hunger Within 4 Hours

If you’re alert and awake, you shouldn’t go longer than four hours without eating something. If you can, it’s a sure sign that your metabolism is slow.

For example, I have two clients right now who only eat one meal per day. Essentially they’re training their metabolisms to slow down, because their bodies don’t know when they’re going to eat again. The body stores more fat because it senses famine, which turns into an endless cycle.

3. Storing Belly Fat

If you normally store fat in your hips and thighs, but start storing fat around your belly, this could be a sign of a sluggish metabolism. Fat storage around your midsection is often linked to cortisol over-production.

Cortisol is known as the fat-storage hormone because when too much is released, it tells your body to store fat.

4. Muscle Aches/Pains, Fatigue and Dry Skin

These are signs of hypothyroidism which basically means you have a sluggish thyroid gland. Your thyroid regulates your metabolism. So if you have a low functioning thyroid, a dip in metabolism is often inevitable.

5. Weight Gain Despite Restricting Food

When you severely restrict calories your body gets nervous. It thinks it’s starving so it effortlessly stores fat to bump up its reserves in case of famine.

This slows your metabolism because your body is trying to store energy for the future when it doesn’t get enough food for fuel.

Don’t worry! Slow metabolisms can be fixed. In my next video I’ll share how to boost your metabolism into high gear.

Now you.

In the comments below this video, let me know if you have any of these signs. No morning hunger is a common one, so let me know if that describes you.

Cheers to your health,


  1. Janet

    Awesome video!!! Wow! I definitely have #1 and #2. I really need to lose about 15 pounds before Feb. 24th and it’s not budging!!! Ugghhh… Wish the next video was here now!

    • Mariah Dolan

      Oh shoot, Janet! My next video won’t be out until Feb. 18th. EEK!

      Losing 15 pounds by Feb. 24th only gives you about three weeks which is 5 pounds per weekโ€”whoa!

      The best (healthy!) advice I can give you is:

      1. Cut carbs out after 4:00pm. When I say “carbs” I mean everything other than non-starchy vegetables or sea vegetables. This doesn’t mean no carbs all day, it just means get them in early on in the day.

      2. Eat 5-6 mini-meals throughout the day, rather than three large meals.

      3. Drink one gallon of water per day.

      4. Limit your salt intake.

      5. Exercise 45-60 minutes, 6 days/week.

      The bottom line is, no crash diets or 3 hours workout sessions because in the long term these will do more harm than good.

      Hope that helps get you going ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Stacy

        Hi, when you say “mini meals” what do you mean by this? A protein shake? 4-6 ounces of protein and veggies? A serving of peanut butter? Thanks!

        • Mariah Dolan

          Hey Stacy,

          Great question! You’re exactly right…a mini-meal would equal a protein shake, 4 ounces of meat plus a non-starchy vegetable (and a starch if it’s lunch), an apple with almond butter etc.

          When people sit down at restaurants, they’re usually consuming 12-16 ounces of steak at once. So we want to avoid three large meals like this, and break them up into 5-6 throughout the day. Does that help?


          • Justin

            I’ve been working out 5 days a week for 2 months. I haven’t lost a single pound. I eat 5 small meals per day even though I’m not hungry. I’ve cut out carbs except for during breakfast (i eat 2 pieces of toast). What can I do because I really don’t want to stay fat forever.

  2. Nicholette von Reiche

    Oh good I’m in the clear except for the dry winter skin and my toddler keeping me up and tired ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m always hungry especially now that you have me working out ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thank you for another great video and tips Mariah.

    • Mariah Dolan

      Aw…so sorry I can’t help you with changing the weather or helping your little guy go to sleep, lol!

      Glad to hear you’re always hungry since you’ve been working out. That’s a great sign!

  3. Adrienn

    Same as Nicholette and maybe #1. Not that I’m not hungry, but I try to eat only fruit in the morning and a light meal around 12. But I’m craving carbs in the afternoon. Should probably switch it up, I guess…

    • Mariah Dolan


      Eating fruit alone in the morning is perfect! It warms up the digestive system and follows the eat food alone food combining rule.

      I’d try and get some carbs in as a mid-morning snack and/or definitely lunch. Carbs (good ones!) stabilize blood sugar since they’re our preferred energy source. So if you’re not getting enough of them by mid-day, you’ll crave them. Lunch should be your biggest meal of the day.

      As the day goes on you can cut the carbs at night since you won’t need the energy reserves because you’ll go to bed soon. I always say, “Ease food into and out of your day!”

      Hope that helps, my friend. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Joy

    You described me to a T! I experience all of these on a regular basis. I think it’s crazy that I can make my kids breakfast and pack their lunches and still forget to eat my own breakfast-my body just isn’t hungry in the morning. When I remember, of course, I force myself to eat but usually it’s after my workout. Belly fat–got it, dry skin/body aches-yep, I haven’t really gained weight in the last few years but my body shape has changed and I’m holding on to weight differently. On the flip side, I haven’t lost weight either. I don’t restrict food and we eat fairly healthy so while my metabolism might be screwed up I’m hopefully getting the nutrients I need. Looking forward to your next post-thanks.

    • Mariah Dolan


      It’s so common for moms to scury around the house taking care of the kids and forget to feed themselves. I certainly have done that a time or two. In fact, I identify with everything you said!

      Hang tight for my next blog post. Hopefully it will help ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Blair

    Each weekday I select specific web content that relates, in some way, to becoming a โ€ช#โ€ŽBetterFatBurnerโ€ฌ (BFB). I post it, tweet it, and pin it. Today I picked this video–APPLAUSE! Your website is a treasure trove of BFB info!

  6. deana

    All fits to me thyroid test came out fine but I exercise eat well and still have very symptom

    • Mariah Dolan

      That’s a common statement. Many doctors test the thyroid but they don’t test adrenals or hormones. Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. Try finding a naturopathic doctor who will order some more tests. Good luck!

  7. Ann Ramfeldt

    All of this is just me, and like Deana my thyroid tests were in the “normal” range according to my doctor, so no help from her.

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