Are you programmed for diet failure?

You have likely heard of the basal metabolic rate.  Maybe you have asked someone how they stay so thin, and they answered “I just have a high metabolism”.  What does that really mean?

Some bodies run more efficiently than others.  That is a bad thing.  That is a low metabolism, like a car that gets high gas mileage.  It’s great for your car to be efficient, allowing you to save at the gas pump.  But, if your body is efficient it means you have to be more selective about your calorie intake.

There is a theory that says your appetite and your metabolism don’t match unless you are a certain body weight.  At that weight, you have achieved your “setpoint”, and you may not like what it looks like.  It may really not be a healthy weight for you.

So, what can you do?  You can…exercise!  Yes, I said it, and you knew it was coming.  I am sorry to always repeat myself, and not tell you what you want to hear, but there it is.  Exercise really helps with this very serious situation.

You rev up your metabolism when you do moderate intensity aerobic exercise, and it stays elevated even after your workout!  So, even while you sleep, you are using up more calories than if you hadn’t exercised.

More than just to nag you into exercise, I want you to be aware of the reason for the weight problem you are experiencing.  It isn’t entirely your fault.  You may have been dealt a bad hand.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t win the game.  You just need to use a new strategy!  I am here to help you strategize and cheer you along!

Does this stir up any questions for you?  If so, leave it in the comments, and I will either answer it directly, or point you do a resource that will help.  Thank you for including me on your journey to better health!


5 responses

  1. Great article.  I really think you should try Medium

    Are you working on an article about “Skinny Fat” people?

    I think skinny people need to know that dangers are out there to for them.

  2. Upon losing 50lbs. by eating healthy and working out 3-4 days per week….I quit smoking. Two weeks after that the weight started to return. June will be 2 years since quitting. Metabolism still hasn’t returned. Very frustrating, to say the least. Wrote about it in more detail ‘Full circle and beyond…my weight loss journey’ if you’d like to hear more. Any suggestions? Thank you! 🙂

    • Hi! I did read your journey, and it is incredible! You showed amazing resolve. I can see how discouraging it is for you to be regaining weight after you quit smoking. I am so glad to hear that you are determined to not smoke again.
      What I understood from your story is that you regained the 50 pounds over a 21 month period following smoking cessation, although you remained fairly consistent on your diet and exercise. Have you tried keeping a food diary? They can be very helpful in ensuring that your perception matches the actual food intake. It can also show the time or circumstances when your resolve may weaken. Using pen and paper, the camera on your phone, or an app, try tracking your food intake for 3 days and see where you may be able to cut out 200-300 calories per day.
      Another option is to increase the duration and/or intensity of your exercise. Try adding 5 more minutes to each workout for a week, then 5 more the next. If you are already feeling fairly winded during the workout, you may not want to increase the intensity.
      There is one last thing that it is important to do. Make sure you are seeing your doctor annually. If you haven’t been lately, get to the doctor and have him/her do a good assessment, and offer suggestions for you.
      I hope this is helpful. Let me know what you find out from the food diary. I will stay in touch!

      • Thank you for your feedback! I have started more of a circuit of exercising and get extremely winded. It’s been very hard staying motivated and I haven’t gotten to the gym yet this week, but there’s still 4 days left! Once I see just a 3-4 lb drop I will be into it full force again. I just want a hint that it’s going in the right direction. I should, and will try the food journal. Thanks for your time and input! 🙂

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