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Anyone have any good advice on ways to boost your metabolism? I know that eating less, and exercising more is key however that does not work for me. I have dieted so much that I now have poor sucess with weight loss.
Mon. Sep 26, 12:30pm
don't give up hope. Keep exercising - and be cautious that you're eating healthy and taking in enough - but, not to many calories.
I don't lose either - but, if you're exercising - you'll change body shape - build muscle definition -and eventually - hopefully - turn your body around for the better. Just keep trying.
I know it works - for myself - I've been exercizing for 3 months - and while my weight hasn't changed - I am finally noticing a small improvement in the mirror. It might be slow going - but it'll happen.
Monday, September 26, 2005, 2:36 PM
Thanks for the advice. I have been exercising regularly. I have recently mixed up my routine. I have added riding my bike to work which is a whopping 8.4 miles one way. That has been refreshing. I have also added a few different cardio machines. I am also extending my workout a few extra minutes.
Now the challenge is not eatting too much after! Is anyone else hungry after a heavy workout? Lots of water and veggies for me!
I agree there are other measures of success. How my clothes fit. How now I can wear a pair of jeans I was unable to wear earlier etc...The scale is not always the true measure of success. In fact, I would like to smash my scale most days.
Thanks for listening.
Monday, September 26, 2005, 7:54 PM
I'm always STARVING after a good workout. I try to compensate by planning my workouts around dinnertime. That way, I'm in "healthy thinking" mode and am less inclined to eat junk or just too much. I'm hoping to see the benefits of changing some habits soon... Keep your fingers crossed!
Monday, September 26, 2005, 9:57 PM
Do you have any strength training in your workout regimine? Strength training builds muscle, and muscle burns more calories than fat (including when you're sitting still), which might be exactly the metabolism boost you need.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 6:29 AM
Strength training has been a part of my exercise routine for many years. I have to say however that I dropped the ball about 8 weeks ago when my work out partner had surgery. I have recently started back. I belong to a local gym which is equipped with everything you can imagine.
I am so frustrated. I understand that weight training builds muscle which in turns allows you to burn more calories.....I just wish I knew what was going on with my body! I don't seem to be burnig those calories. Most people would think, well your just eatting to much or obviously not exercising enough. That is not true though. I even had my resting metabolism measured. It was normal.
All my lab work was normal. Can't blame it on my thyroid, rats.
All in all, I will continue to exercise, drink water, exercise most days and eat a healthy diet. I may fall off the wagon a time or two along the way. I will get there sooner or later.
Thanks for listening.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005, 6:51 PM
Maybe you are allergic to something you are eating? My mom could not lose the weight for years, but she finally realized she was allergic to dairy. She lost nearly 50 lbs in 6 months just by cutting out dairy.
Thursday, September 29, 2005, 11:49 AM
Get your thyroid tested!
I was having the same problem and finally got my thyroid tested, which showed it is not working as it should. On replacement hormones, combined with diet & exercise, is finally producing positive results.
Friday, September 30, 2005, 6:01 AM
I don't have a thyroid and am on complete replacement hormones. I do not have a problem losing weight. If you get your levels checked regularly, eat a healthy diet and exercise you can lose weight. Maybe you're not eating enough of the right food to lose. Putting yourself into a starvation mode hinders the metabolism. After a heavy workout maybe you'd be better off having a low calorie protein drink with some carbs. Your body needs it.
Friday, September 30, 2005, 12:34 PM
1. many small meals 2. drink lots of water
1. eat 5 or 6 tiny meals/day... imagine your body like a campfire, if you feed it a fire that's mostly coals with one big block of wood, it takes *forever* to burn, but if you have a big, roaring campfire, you can keep feeding it and it will burn the fuel, and still be big enough to burn whatever comes in next.
Most of us start out with just the coals.
Check out "6-Day Body Makeover" or lose a dress size in a week. It is an amazing book, and works if you stick to it. That should help you boost your metabolism.
One warning: you have to drink a lot of water when you boost your metabolism, since fat cells store toxins, and when you burn them off, you get a lot of toxins in your blood that you want to wash out. (Which is why, sometimes, when you lose weight, you feel totally gross.)
2. when hungry after a workout, first force yourself to drink 16 oz - 32 oz of water. usually your body thinks it's hungry when it's really thirsty. then wait 15 minutes. *then* start to cook, or make something to eat
Friday, September 30, 2005, 1:09 PM
Saturday, November 11, 2006, 8:03 PM
You should always have something to eat within 30 minutes of working out-- it helps to replenish the glycogen that's been burned off during your workout-- it will leave you feeling much fresher the next day...
Saturday, November 11, 2006, 8:44 PM
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Sunday, November 12, 2006, 5:55 PM
To boost your metabolism when you wake up, first thing have a big glass of cold water. Your body has to work to get the temperature down to digest, and its the healthiest way of starting up your metabolism right away each day.
Sunday, November 12, 2006, 8:13 PM
To the 6:51 poster..I'm right there with you Sister. I have weight trained and done cardio for years. Each year I increase the intensity of my work out and the weight I lift. However, every decade I put on an average of about 10 lbs. Some is definitely muscle but I notice every year the clothes I wore the previous year no longer fit..pants are too tight. I eat a sensible diet, nothing processed, no sugar, healthy fats, reasonable caloric intake, 2 liters of water a day. Thyroid is normal. My physician says it is just a part of aging. I am now 49. It is incredibly frustrating especially when I go home for the holidays and my mother (anorexic her whole life) tells me I need to lose weight. But I know that I am healthy despite my BMI and just keep slugging it out at the gym.
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