Slow metabolism

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  • Hi there, I have been on the fast diet for only a month and very little shift in weight if any. That’s okay for now I guess I expect if will improve. So I know I have a really slow metabolism, I don’t eat a lot anyway and have always had a good diet but I am still 10-15kg overweight. So my question is if I tried 4:3 for a while is that like to help improve my metabolism? I do exercise 2-3 times a week but I have some pain issues so I can’t go all out like I used to.

    Miss Mite, the only way to crank up your metabolism is to build muscle and that means resistance exercise (weights) and adequate protein intake. It takes time and effort to do it but it can be done. Over the course of a year my RMR as measure by gas exchange went up 21%. So I need to eat 21% more calories just to stay alive! LOL

    Can you tell us more about your experience with fasting? I assume you mean 5:2 style? You age, height and weight? How many calories are you eating on fast day? It is certainly possible to lose weight on 5:2 if you do it correctly and consistently. But your metabolism will not increase. It will most likely go down a bit because unless you are doing resistance exercise you will lose some additional muscle along with fat.

    If you do the research the “slow metabolism” link to being overweight is a myth. Further to that, I have read that skinny people are actually more likely to have a slow metabolism.

    It could be a slow metabolism. How many times are you eating something? How many glasses of water are you taking? The increase of water intake and use of some teas like pure cinnamon or ginger tea is very useful to increase metabolism.

    TIP: eat balanced and exercise.

    • Food. “Strict diets lead to depletion of muscle mass and disrupt the thyroid gland, which slows down all metabolic processes in the body,” says Milena JAMPOLIS, nutritionist, co-author of The Calendar Diet. Eat more often, leaving a “place for dessert” in your stomach (don’t pass!). Remember about liquid calories from coffee, soda and alcohol – they contribute to the appearance of excess fat. According to studies by scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, by consuming non-nutritious drinks, you will lose 2–2.5% of body weight in 6 months (that is, 1.5 kg in six months).

    • Fitness. Choose a few destinations that you like. Add 45 minutes of aerobic activity 5 times a week or exercise intensively 3 times in 7 days. Strength training 2 times a week is also a great idea.

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