Have you ever tried to lose weight and your body wouldn’t shed a pound? Or perhaps you reached a point of plateau that seemed impossible to break so you just gave up and gained all the weight back.
By the end of this short post you will understand why it might seem like luck isn’t on your side whenever you try losing weight.
Your metabolism plays a massive role in weight control. That is because the metabolism is your body’s energy burning machine (engine). It burns energy. Fat is stored energy. Therefore your metabolism can incinerate your fat under the appropriate circumstances. But what if your metabolism is broken or diminished?
What is a broken metabolism?
A broken metabolism is the case when your body is burning way less than it has been used to in the past. For example, instead of burning 2,000 calories per day when you were in a more optimal state, a broken metabolism will burn 1300. Therefore weight gain is easier and weight loss becomes way more difficult. What most are unaware of is that the metabolism is constantly changing depending on our habits.
How does our metabolism break?
The #1 way we break our metabolism is by going on FAD diets that massively restrict our energy intake. We are tricked into thinking this will help us lose weight. However, it only causes the body to lower its energy needs (metabolism). The body does that by shedding muscle mass (which is a major contributor to the metabolism). It does so because it is no longer receiving the energy to meet its basic needs, so it sacrifices the one thing that is expensive to keep and also unnecessary to have: muscle mass. As you lose muscle mass, you lose a major contributor to your metabolism. The result is a broken metabolism.
How can we fix our metabolism?
The only way to fix a broken metabolism is to get the body used to meeting its energy needs again by learning how to follow a consistent routine. The body likes consistency and predictability.
What can a slow metabolism cause?
Increased stubborn body fat.
Increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Very low energy levels.
A tendency to overeat and have high cravings.
How can I find out if my metabolism is broken?
The best way to find out is to assess what you have done in your past and relate it to the state your body is at currently. We have studied this extensively and came up with a few questions that can give you a very clear understanding of where your metabolism is. Take our FREE metabolism assessment quiz to find out if your metabolism is broken or not.