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Retraining Your Metabolism

Has anyone had any experience with rebuilding a slow metabolism? I've been discovering more and more that for my activity level, weight and height, I'm not eating nearly enough calories to really support an efficient metabolism. When I began dieting nearly 4 years ago, I was always under the impression, the less you eat, the better, so for a while, my metabolism got used to 1200 calories or less a day...not good. I visit the gym three times a week, doing cardio for about 45 minutes and weightraining for about 30. I also do tae bo three days a week, and balanced out by 6 days of yoga. I

've been reading up on how your metabolism needs to be "rewired" once you train it to only use that many calories. Has anyone had any experience with this? So far, I am experiencing terrible bloating and an enlarged abdomen, plus a 5-10 lb. weight gain. All of my clothes fit the same in my upper body, but I only seem to notice a difference in my hips and thighs. Does the bloating subside, and are there remedies to make this transitional period easier?

Mon. Jul 2, 6:38am

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eat every 2-3 hours, and build up the calorie intake gradually, not right away. (I'm talking weeks). You can add 50 calories per week if you want it to be as smooth as possible.

Also, avoid all processed meats, white bread and carbs, and fried things, which tend to aggravate the intestine.

Monday, July 02, 2007, 8:52 AM

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Are you doing the same exercises in the same order at the same intensity with the same weights? Your body adapts to the same routine making it less effective, which may account for why you're not seeing results in the desired direction. I love the advice - your body doesn't plateau, your routine does. Shake things up!

Monday, July 02, 2007, 9:53 AM

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Starvation mode

Sounds like you dropped into starvation mode. The body just naturally protects itself from starvation by hanging onto weight and becoming more efficient at using what it has. Need a threshhold of enough calories coming in so you continue to burn well...and not in starvation mode. All kinds of hormones support you not dying from up about leptin and ghrelin.

Also take a look at stress in your life. Corticosteroids can cause you to lay down belly fat. Maybe a meditation class is in order?

Also getting enough sleep is a factor. Are you getting your 7 or 8 every night?

Stirring it up and looking beyond the calories in/ calories out equations really helps. Losing weight is about getting's not the simple arithmetic some would have you believe....there is a whole lot more going on...

Best of luck to you. It's all about learning and playing with strategies. There is no failure....just some experiments that need some reconfiguration. You will figure it out...keep the faith and hang in there!

Monday, July 02, 2007, 10:29 AM

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Here's a link to an article you may find useful about re-setting a slow metabolism (author is a personal trainer).


Monday, July 02, 2007, 1:57 PM

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The article is good, but that woman was sedentary. You go into starvation mode if you're not doing any exercise to amp up your metabilism. If you're making sure to challenge yourself when you're working out, you won't be in starvation mode at 1200 calories.

Monday, July 02, 2007, 3:24 PM

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