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Is my metabolism completely screwed over?


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Okay, so I grew up as a pudgy child...Then I moved and got depressed, stopped eating etc and lost 25lbs(my baby fat).

Anyways, before this I hadn't a care in the world about what I ate. The unintential weight loss awoke something in me, though. It made me feel pretty and skinny. I was 5'8 and 140lbs which made me look thin.

Ever since then, I have had issues with my weight. That was 3 years ago. I'm obsessed with it. I have to write down everything I eat. That in itself, I don't think is bad. I used to binge quite frequently. I haven't done that in months, though. I never threw up, but I just had to eat a bunch of food if I went over my limits for myself.

Now I am truly trying to eat better, I really am. However, all these caloric estimators say I should be eating around 2000-2500 calories. I honestly can't remember eating that many calories on a regular basis in years! Even now, I can hardly eat 1500. Lately though, I just don't even hardly want to eat. I'm just not all that hungry. I am trying to lose weight, but I wanted to do it the healthy way. However, what is wrong with me? I gained 15lbs out of nowhere! There might have been a few days where my caloric intake was 1800-2000 but I am moderately active. I stand 6-10 hours cashing and cooking, and at my other job, I clean and walk the halls a lot. Why was I gaining on that amount? Is my metabolism completely dead now?

 

 

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It's almost impossible to permanently affect the metabolism but it is possible to affect it short-term.  If you routinely undereat (and 1500 or less would mean you do) then any slight increase can result in a temporary gain.   If you undereat and then follow up with a binge, it's more likely to be stored as fat.... If you undereat all week and overeat all weekend... ditto.  Lots of people get overweight with irregular eating patterns.

You've probably gone from 'seriously undereating' to 'undereating' in reality if you actually need 2000-2500.   You're young so your body is very adaptable and also uses a lot of energy.   It's important to give your body several weeks to adjust to the extra food rather than panic the minute you see a gain on the scales and go back to undereating.

To get your metabolism as lively as possible make sure you're doing the following

  • Eating regular meals & snacks rather than skipping them or skimping all day to eat heavily at night.  A steady flow of energy means your body uses it more efficiently
  • Drink plenty of plain fluids....  This keeps the digestion moving, helps the liver function more effectively and encourages the body to give up any retained fluids. 
  • Be as active as possible.  Gentle regular exercise is better than sporadic vigorous exercise
  • Choose good quality wholefoods..... vegetables, wholegrains, some meat/fish, dairy, eggs, nuts, oils....  since food with a good nutrition and fibre content also helps your digestion work more efficiently.

Plan your day out ahead of time so that you know you're getting 2000-2500 cals.... If your natural tendency is to undereat you'll need to do this until you're at the right level.  Slightly larger portions, more energy-dense foods.  You'll feel happier, your weight will stabilise and you'll be a lot less likely to end up bingeing in an attempt to top up on the energy you're missing.

Hmm... sounds like what you need is exercise. nothing extreme, just some long walks with some jogging thown in, or light resistance training. but eating more, and then turning around an immediately burning it off will definitely force your metabolism to get moving. 

Question:
Is my metabolism completely screwed over?

Answer:
No.

I'd love to exercise more, I really would, but I just don't have the time much anymore.

On the days I have off, I usually rest some, but I'm still fairly active.

I weighed myself this morning at at first the scale said 157.5, but then after I got out of the shower it said 155.5 >.<  Grr.

I wasn't expecting much, but come on. Half a pound?

See, I usually gain about 10lbs when my period is about to come on...Last time I gained 7lbs. I was weighing in at 148, but then stupid period and bam! 155. However, this was 2 weeks ago. Why hasn't it disappeared yet? I'll probably gain another 10lbs...I am just so angry.

I'm really thoroughly discouraged, I really am. I am about to say to hell with eating. What's the point in it when I try and make an effort to eat decently, yet gain weight?

Original Post by sleepless_in_america:

I'd love to exercise more, I really would, but I just don't have the time much anymore.

That's your decision, make time. 

Original Post by das1988:

Original Post by sleepless_in_america:

I'd love to exercise more, I really would, but I just don't have the time much anymore.

That's your decision, make time. 

 Um, no. Some people--especially, as far as I know, college students--just DON'T have the time. Right now I'm taking a 5-minute study break. Then it's back to studying and homework until like 11pm, and then school and work until next weekend.

Okay, so far you've just written rude answers...

I really, really don't have the time nowadays. I'm not a college student, but I am taking 2 AP classes and working 2 jobs.

Get off this topic if you're just going to be rude...Geez.

Original Post by das1988:

Original Post by sleepless_in_america:

I'd love to exercise more, I really would, but I just don't have the time much anymore.

That's your decision, make time. 

Edit....

Okay, so far you've just written rude answers...

I really, really don't have the time nowadays. I'm not a college student, but I am taking 2 AP classes and working 2 jobs.

Get off this topic if you're just going to be rude...Geez.

Original Post by revolution3:

Original Post by das1988:

Original Post by sleepless_in_america:

I'd love to exercise more, I really would, but I just don't have the time much anymore.

That's your decision, make time. 

 Um, no. Some people--especially, as far as I know, college students--just DON'T have the time. Right now I'm taking a 5-minute study break. Then it's back to studying and homework until like 11pm, and then school and work until next weekend.

Yes, it's your decision.  You put yourself in that situation.


I'm a full time math major and I work a part time job 8-10hours/week.  I make time.

If you work 20 or 40hrs a week, then again, that was your decision.  You make choices, deal with the consequences, and quit trying to shoulder off responsibility by implying "I had NO choice".

Original Post by das1988:

Original Post by revolution3:

Original Post by das1988:

Original Post by sleepless_in_america:

I'd love to exercise more, I really would, but I just don't have the time much anymore.

That's your decision, make time. 

 Um, no. Some people--especially, as far as I know, college students--just DON'T have the time. Right now I'm taking a 5-minute study break. Then it's back to studying and homework until like 11pm, and then school and work until next weekend.

Yes, it's your decision.  You put yourself in that situation.


I'm a full time math major and I work a part time job 8-10hours/week.  I make time.

If you work 20 or 40hrs a week, then again, that was your decision.  You make choices, deal with the consequences, and quit trying to shoulder off responsibility by implying "I had NO choice".

oh, believe me, it's NOT my choice.
i HAVE no choice.
i need money, and an education.
it's a necessity. and those come before physical fitness.

Original Post by revolution3:

Original Post by das1988:

Original Post by revolution3:

Original Post by das1988:

Original Post by sleepless_in_america:

I'd love to exercise more, I really would, but I just don't have the time much anymore.

That's your decision, make time. 

 Um, no. Some people--especially, as far as I know, college students--just DON'T have the time. Right now I'm taking a 5-minute study break. Then it's back to studying and homework until like 11pm, and then school and work until next weekend.

Yes, it's your decision.  You put yourself in that situation.


I'm a full time math major and I work a part time job 8-10hours/week.  I make time.

If you work 20 or 40hrs a week, then again, that was your decision.  You make choices, deal with the consequences, and quit trying to shoulder off responsibility by implying "I had NO choice".

oh, believe me, it's NOT my choice.
i HAVE no choice.
i need money, and an education.
it's a necessity. and those come before physical fitness.

 revolution, I agree! 8/10 hours a week? Damn das. I'm doing way more than that or was anyways. Now I've stopped working so much, but hello, I DO need money as well. College tuition, a car, and gas do not pay for themselves.

So das, leave revolution and I alone. You have no right to critique us.

aah! glad to see we're on the same page sleepless :p

I realized I never got around to answering your question! in short, no, your metabolism isn't screwed over--it's something that can be easily repaired no matter how screwed you think it really is! haha. but to answer your questions about calorie intake.. I don't know, because I'm sort of facing the same dilemma /: I was eating 1800 and maintaining, then [unintentionally] eating 1400 and still maintaining. what I can tell you, though, is that during anorexia recovery, I gained 35 pounds from eating only 1600 calories, which should NOT have happened. I'd say eating more is your best bet! I'm gonna try it too.. I'm about as active as you are, with walking from class to class and standing at work. I'm nervous, but I'm tired of being stuck here!

Wrong, those are not necessities.  A necessity is something you will die without.  There are plenty of people in developed nations that get by without money or an education.  However, this is besides the point.

I realize you both missed the point.  I chose to work 8-10 hours/wk because I had to make cuts to things like sleep when I was working 20+ last year.  You always have choices, you can take out a loan.  You can use any scrap of free time you have.  You can cut sleep.  Carpool, public transportation.  Etc...
There is a lot of stuff you could do, but you won't.  So, you do have a choice. 



Original Post by das1988:

Wrong, those are not necessities.  A necessity is something you will die without.  There are plenty of people in developed nations that get by without money or an education.  However, this is besides the point.

I realize you both missed the point.  I chose to work 8-10 hours/wk because I had to make cuts to things like sleep when I was working 20+ last year.  You always have choices, you can take out a loan.  You can use any scrap of free time you have.  You can cut sleep.  Carpool, public transportation.  Etc...
There is a lot of stuff you could do, but you won't.  So, you do have a choice. 



well sleep meets the definition of a "necessity".
and I DO use public transportation.
whatever dude, you're getting by on technicalities here, and it's really, frankly, annoying.

Lol. That was entertaining to read. It sounds like you ladies are pretty active at your jobs, so that is good. I have a desk job which is not cool. Anyways, make the best of what you have.

Anyways.... I agree that you CAN fix it long term. Short term that may = temporary gain. But it will mean that you won't struggle to maintain in the future. I say, don't weigh in too often until things start to speed up! Good luck!

Original Post by revolution3:

aah! glad to see we're on the same page sleepless :p

I realized I never got around to answering your question! in short, no, your metabolism isn't screwed over--it's something that can be easily repaired no matter how screwed you think it really is! haha. but to answer your questions about calorie intake.. I don't know, because I'm sort of facing the same dilemma /: I was eating 1800 and maintaining, then [unintentionally] eating 1400 and still maintaining. what I can tell you, though, is that during anorexia recovery, I gained 35 pounds from eating only 1600 calories, which should NOT have happened. I'd say eating more is your best bet! I'm gonna try it too.. I'm about as active as you are, with walking from class to class and standing at work. I'm nervous, but I'm tired of being stuck here!

I was gaining on 1800-2000 a day. :( Which is actually what I should be eating to lose weight with about a 500 calorie deficit. So depressing.

Thanks, and I want to try to up them and eat better and lose it the healthy way, but I weighed myself today and I lost 2lbs. In 7 days :D

I'd settle just for getting back to 140 right now...I mean, I didn't love my weight, but I wasn't disgusted by myself like I am now, although I am at a healthy weight. Maybe that's why it's so hard to lose? But then again, being young with a presumably healthy metabolism, I shouldn't gain weight that easily either, especially because I wasn't underweight or anything.

I'm wondering if I've got a thyroid issue? I want to get it checked out, but my mother just says I'm paranoid. Yet she says I'm getting 'chubby'. Um, mother, actually I can't tell much of a difference in the mirror and my clothes still fit. She weighs less than me now at 150lbs, same height. Grrrr lol.

Good luck upping your calories! I want to so badly, but I can't bear to gain more weight :(( Maybe after the thyroid is checked out.

Original Post by revolution3:

Original Post by das1988:

Wrong, those are not necessities.  A necessity is something you will die without.  There are plenty of people in developed nations that get by without money or an education.  However, this is besides the point.

I realize you both missed the point.  I chose to work 8-10 hours/wk because I had to make cuts to things like sleep when I was working 20+ last year.  You always have choices, you can take out a loan.  You can use any scrap of free time you have.  You can cut sleep.  Carpool, public transportation.  Etc...
There is a lot of stuff you could do, but you won't.  So, you do have a choice. 



well sleep meets the definition of a "necessity".
and I DO use public transportation.
whatever dude, you're getting by on technicalities here, and it's really, frankly, annoying.

 I have to agree with revolution again. Sleep IS a necessity, and if you don't think so, then you're diluted. I've tried the whole sleep 2-4 hours a night, and it doesn't work. So when my weekend rolls around or I have a day off, all I do is SLEEP to catch up on it! No, it doesn't work. Maybe if you're sleeping 12 hours a night, but I doubt many people get that luxury. I don't.

Carpool is a good idea, it saves gas, money, etc, but I can't do that. My parents both work all the time, therefore, I must drive myself.

Public transportation? Haha, in a town of 900 people, yep, we have a fully developed subway and bus system :)) Amazing, isn't it? Oh haha, that made me laugh, it really did.

As for loans, yes, I am sure I am going to have to rely somewhat on them when I get to college. Right now, I'm saving up for braces if my parents don't come through, a car, and whatever left will be college money.

Das, what is wrong with hard work? I think more people need to work hard instead of expecting to live off other people. Sure, you make sacrifices, but in the end, it's you that accomplished something.

And you are getting really annoying psycholanalyzing everything...Sheesh.

soooo off the topic of das... !

The same thing is happening to me, actually. /: I've only increased to 1600 but I'm up 6 pounds. I'm sure most of that is just a water weight fluctuation, but I'm so afraid of seeing "140" that I pretty much freak out when my weight goes up [before, I was about 133]. I'm interested that you lost 2 pounds! Keep me updated on that :p I, too, want to lose weight the healthy way, but having recovered from an eating disorder it's hard to use this widely accepted method of weightloss when I know there's a foolproof [yet unhealthy] one out there. Getting your thyroid checked is a good idea. It might even be for me.. my mom has a thyroid issue, so I'm wondering if some has been passed on to me.. ah! I'm sorry we're so confused ><

Sleep is a necessity in that you will die without adquate amounts.  However you can very much continue functioning on a few hours of sleep without risk of death.  The point stands.

So, you decide to work many hours per week instead of taking out a loan.  Due to this decision you give up your time to exercise.  You made the decision, so it's your choice to forgo exercising.  You decided other things were more important and you made a choice.  My point stands.

I win.

-fin

Original Post by revolution3:

soooo off the topic of das... !

The same thing is happening to me, actually. /: I've only increased to 1600 but I'm up 6 pounds. I'm sure most of that is just a water weight fluctuation, but I'm so afraid of seeing "140" that I pretty much freak out when my weight goes up [before, I was about 133]. I'm interested that you lost 2 pounds! Keep me updated on that :p I, too, want to lose weight the healthy way, but having recovered from an eating disorder it's hard to use this widely accepted method of weightloss when I know there's a foolproof [yet unhealthy] one out there. Getting your thyroid checked is a good idea. It might even be for me.. my mom has a thyroid issue, so I'm wondering if some has been passed on to me.. ah! I'm sorry we're so confused ><

 I'm sorry to hear that you're up 6 pounds. I would love to see 140 again :P I will :) Thanks! Yeah...I've never reached that point unless you count my depression, but then I was still eating, just very little. I'm going to try and get my courage up to do it, although I hate needles and I am very scared of what I'll find out :/ Maybe you should too? Especially since your mom has a thyroid issue. We can both conquer our fear of it! I'm sorry too. I'm very confused haha :P

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