Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How To Fix Your Damaged Metabolism

By Russ Hollywood

There are many people around the world who are struggling with weight loss and today we will be looking at one of the main reasons behind this. If you are in a situation where you feel like you simply cannot lose weight no matter how little you eat or how long you stay on the treadmill, you aren't by yourself in this predicament.

If you are one of those individuals, today's article will help you to pinpoint the issue. []

If we think hard, we are probably all able to name someone in our lives who has had difficulty losing weight. One of the causes could be metabolic damage, which we are going to look at today. This condition is shockingly common in today's looks driven society, thanks to the popularity of fad diets and quick fixes. The following two things are usually associated with individuals suffering from metabolic damage:

1. Constantly following a low calorie diet.

2. An unusually long cardiovascular exercise program.

If you are worried that you may have crashed your body's metabolism in your bid to shed fat then you need to take a look at the two items above. If either of them fit your current lifestyle then you are displaying the signs commonly associated with someone who suffers from this condition.

The main problem which causes metabolic damage is a poorly structured diet. If you follow a very restrictive, low calorie diet for a long period of time your body begins to adapt by slowing it's metabolism in a bid to prevent you from burning off what little nutrients it has available to use. It's not bothered about losing body fat, it simply wants to keep you alive. So despite eating very little, you will find it near impossible to shed any more fat. This particular issue affects many people, particularly women, who buy into the myths promoted by celebrity fad diets and glossy magazines.

Also, you'll usually see these individuals then following an intense workout program which involves many hours of cardiovascular exercise each week. If you are spending hours of your time in the gym each day running and cycling while following a very low calorie diet you are not helping yourself.

What they don't realize is their body has reacted to keep them alive, nothing more. It's preventing you from doing permanent damage to yourself with your dangerous dieting habits.

The lack of results then tends to make the person quit on themselves. When they quit they go back to eating junk food and drinking alcohol but their metabolism is still damaged during this time, so it cannot handle the sudden influx in food and results in a very quick gaining of weight.

When they do come off the rails, they tend to then go back in the opposite direction and try to exercise even longer or cut calories even further, causing even greater damage.

The good news for anybody who recognizes these symptoms is that it's not impossible to reverse and correct.

Thankfully, correcting a damaged metabolism is not very hard. It is, however, a process which requires a little bit of time. Increase your daily calorie intake by around 5% over the course of the next few weeks. Once your body has been able to adjust and maintain your weight at this higher calorific intake you are ready to increase further.

The worst thing you can do if you are suffering from metabolic damage is to continue dieting. You can't lose weight because your body is preventing you, so if you truly want to enjoy permanent weight loss then you need to correct this very important issue before you can move on.

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