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will oatmeal speed up my metabolism?


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ive decided to follow a good meal plan gi-jane gave to another gainer, but the breakfast includes oatmeal and ive heard oatmeal speeds up your metabolism. my question is shouldnt i avoid speeding up my metabolism? bcuz wont that make me burn calories faster so that it will be even harder to gain, and so ill have to eat even MORE?

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If you're recovering from restriction and anorexia there is a very high likelihood that your metabolism will initially speed regardless because your body will become highly efficient as it tries to repair all the damage starvation has done. Just as we cannot see ourselves growing on the inside we cannot see what we take away through malnutrition and restriction.

Point being, eat the oatmeal. It's a wholegrain, it's good for you, for fighting against bad cholesterol and contains lots of healthy fibre. It's also a brilliant base for denser calorie foods, like nut butter, dried fruit, bananas, nuts, whole fat dairy and more. The food you take in matters only twofold: that it is, overall, a balanced diet of foods you are getting, and that it makes at least 2500 calories for a sedentary female weightgainer (minimum) or at least 3000 for a sedentary male weightgainer (minimum). I remember your target was 3500 calories minimum, so keep making that.

there is no specific food that speeds your metabolism.  your metabolism may increase with refeeding, but it is not food specific.  Oats are a very nice choice, as they have a good amount of nutrients, fiber, and a nice carb source.

Eating any food speeds up the metabolism... People who don't eat enough or who eat irregularly have very slow metabolisms.  People who eat regularly and who eat enough have normal metabolisms.   Oats won't speed up the metabolism any more or less than other foods and they are a good food for lots of reasons.  Enjoy the oatmeal.

Oatmeal is good for you. Just enjoy it. :)

Original Post by gi-jane:

Eating any food speeds up the metabolism... People who don't eat enough or who eat irregularly have very slow metabolisms.  People who eat regularly and who eat enough have normal metabolisms.   Oats won't speed up the metabolism any more or less than other foods and they are a good food for lots of reasons.  Enjoy the oatmeal.

Actually that is not true, although it is often said.  When they have compared multiple with less meals, the metabolic response does not differ PROVIDED THE TOTAL CALORIES FOR THE DAY ARE THE SAME.

TEF (thermal effect of feeding) depends on calories of the meal (and macro breakdown as well...protein has a higher TEF).  If you had a day of 2000 cals, broken into 5 meals or 3 meals, the TEF would be the same and the metabolic response would equally be the same.  Larger meals just take longer to digest.

The only advantage of multi meals is that it helps regulate blood sugar which in effect can help over-eating.  But it does not have an effect on metabolism.

for-zev... Of course it's true!  If someone eats sub 1000 cals a day or tries to exist on one meal a day they're going to have a slower metabolism than if they eat 2000 cals a day and spread it out in a normal way.   At no point did I suggest multi-meals.   I'm suggesting 'regular meals' and 'eating' as opposed to 'not eating'.   Surely you can't disagree with that?

 

Original Post by gi-jane:

for-zev... Of course it's true!  If someone eats sub 1000 cals a day or tries to exist on one meal a day they're going to have a slower metabolism than if they eat 2000 cals a day and spread it out in a normal way.   At no point did I suggest multi-meals.   I'm suggesting 'regular meals' and 'eating' as opposed to 'not eating'.   Surely you can't disagree with that?

 

 Read what I said:  IF TOTAL CALORIES ARE THE SAME.  In your example, you have one at 1000 cals and one at 2000 cals.  That is NOT what I was saying at all.

There is no difference between two 2000 cal diets with 3 meals vs 6 meals, provided the same calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

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