You know how it is. You’ve dieted for awhile and you’ve made some great gains then it stopped. You amp up the cardio, workout more and drop your ever decreasing calories and see a tiny, if any, result then it happens all over again. Why do you have a slow metabolism and what do you do about it?
Before we can get into the factors that affect your metabolism, I need to explain how our bodyweight gets regulated by a few factors. Our body is regulated by the hypothalamus ( a structure in our brain) and it conveys certain signals to your body including our metabolism, hunger levels, activity and hormonal levels, all which change depending on how much we eat and what we do.
Our body doesn’t want to lose fat, ever. Our body wants to stay right where it is. So when we eat less and lose weight our body slows down our metabolism, increases our hunger and drops our hormones. When we’re eating a ton of food and gaining weight we have a faster metabolism, we’re not hungry and all of our hormones are jacked up.
The hormones connection
Every single hormone that we have responds to our activity level and food intake and they all tell the brain what’s going on in their own way so that various adjustments can happen.
Everyone talks about “starvation mode” online and what it really describes is the metabolism slowdown, the increased hunger and the decreased hormone levels. All of this depends on your current starting level of bodyfat. It should be obvious that someone who’s 70 pounds overweight won’t have as big of a issue as someone who’s leaner.
The Two Faces Of Dieting Disaster
Let’s first look at how much bodyweight effects losing bodyfat. Your caloric burn during the day depends on your current bodyweight. When you lose bodyweight you need for energy is decreased. So it’s as simply as losing weight, losing the need for energy (calories)
Now there’s another part of metabolic slowdown that has been debated for sometime. There’s a certain amount of “extra” slowdown that occurs and research refers to it as the “adaptive component” of metabolic rate. Basically it means that our metabolism slows down more than it should. This depends on your starting body weight your sex(females have a harder time then men) and your individual genetics.
The real hero,however, is a dieting system that has us rotate our calories. As we’ve pointed out above, the worst thing that we can do is eat less since our body needs to be tricked to think that we’re not losing weight. A typical low carb approach where you eat few carbs during the week then have a few “cheat” meals during the weekend doesn’t cut it. Our hormones won’t be spiked.
That’s why I’ve just released The Fat Loss Diet
, a step-by-step approach to setting up a calorie rotation system so that your hunger levels don’t increase, your metabolism doesn’t slow down and you maintain your lean muscle mass.