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i know that when you deprive your body of food your metabalism gets slower, my question is can it speed up again. about 5 years ago i was borderline anorexic (eating 500-700 calories per day) since then i have seen nutricionists and am eating a healthy 1500-1700 calories a day. dispite my best efforts to eat extreamly healthily, exersize regularly etc. i am steadily gaining weight (far faster than just over the course of 5 years, like i have gone from around 130 to 170 in only a few years) has my metabolism slowed down forever? is there anything i can do to make it speed up again? or am i just stuck getting fatter and fatter even while doing things that allow others to loose weight? thanks in advance.

Fri. Dec 8, 6:27pm

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I was able to raise my metabolism by changing how I ate - I used to think I was doing so well because I was eating about 1400-1500 calories a day, but I was only sticking to meals, never snacking, and not eating enough protein. Like empty calories. I got some great advice to spread my eating out over the course of the day - every 2-3 hours, to eat something, whether it's a meal or just a small snack. So I eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day. That way my body is continually using food to burn energy and it's like keeping a fire stoked. And I eat more protein which helps build muscle which in turn burns more calories.

Friday, December 08, 2006, 6:50 PM

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OP, what age are you? That can make a very big difference. Most women's metabolisms start to slow down at around age 27 - 30. Sometimes it's gradual, sometimes it's pretty rapid.

Friday, December 08, 2006, 8:39 PM

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Hey there, I'm glad you were so open about this. I have the same problem but I've been too hesitant to say anything. I suffered from anorexia a few years ago and I feel like its slowed down my metabolism as well. I was thinking of going to one of those places that will test your rmr etc with various get an accurate number of the calories I burn. I'm sick of my body being such a mystery! I also feel like its strange for me to now be trying to lose weight in a healthy way when before I was being self makes the challenge all the more difficult. If you feel you can relate and ever wanna talk let me know!

Friday, December 08, 2006, 9:17 PM

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I am wondering if you hot your 40's? that killed me! I weigh more then I did when I was pregnat and was in my 30's

Friday, December 08, 2006, 11:01 PM

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if you aren't doing this already-start lifting weights!! build muscle!! do yoga, resistant band training, dumbells, barbells, pilates, strength training classes etc. whatever your favorite is-do it!! muscle burns more energy/calories so the more muscle you build, the more calories you will burn during activity and during rest. it will take some time, but you CAN rev up your metabolism! Also continue to focus on eating healthy-eating frequent small meals througout the day keeps your energy levels high AND keeps your body burning calories. also, make sure you get adequate amounts of sleep, water, and take rest days in between workouts.

also, congratulations in triumphing over your eating disorder!

Friday, December 08, 2006, 11:54 PM

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