When experiencing a metabolic meltdown, it’s easy to place the blame on an underactive thyroid or getting older—as we’ve all had it drilled into our brains that once you hit a certain age, your metabolism just gets slower. In reality, the causes behind the problem arise from going to extremes with your diet, such as excessive calorie restriction or harsh dieting for lengthy periods of time, throwing your body into “survival” mode and either slowing your progress drastically, or stopping it altogether. The good news is that metabolic hedging in cases such as these can be corrected. You can revive a slackened metabolism at any age! Not only can you resolve the problem, but also, by implementing the appropriate nutritional program and training regimen, you can boost your metabolism and turn your body into the finely tuned fat-burning, muscle- building machine you’ve always wanted.
After seeing misleading before-and-after images plastered on television and magazine ads showing extreme weight loss of 30, 40, 50, or more pounds in a matter of a month or two, it’s easy to see how a person would become frustrated when they haven’t reached that same type of weight loss in the time stated on the ads. Deep down, you know that these ads are gimmicks to sell products, but you’re desperate to lose weight, build muscle, and get into shape—it’s easy to get caught up in ploys such as these.
If you aren’t losing weight on your current program, it’s easy to think all you need to do is just keep cutting away the calories and adding in more cardiovascular training until you do lose the weight. At first you’ll notice some weight loss, but the longer you put yourself into a restrictive, starvation-diet mode, your body will retaliate—and it’ll do so by slowing the metabolism.
Obviously, you’ve learned that excessively restrictive, lengthy diets will definitely kill your metabolism. My practice has always been to feed the metabolism as well as the body. By this, I mean that when you eat meals, you’re giving your metabolism fuel to burn. By giving your metabolism the correct amount at each meal and the correct amount of meals in a given day, you will consistently keep your metabolism running, and this will in turn help to burn fat and build muscle. The key is to knowing exactly how many meals and how much at each meal you specifically need to keep this type of forward progress.
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