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Hello??? Where Did My Metabolism Go?

I lost 40 lbs and kept if off for 4 years (really happy about that), but I have recently put on about 10 lbs over 5 months when we moved to an area where I have no family and no friends, and of course there is always winter comfort foods.......But normally I would go the gym and and workout and everything would be fine - I would start dropping the weight. I am working my A** off, eating healthy and nothing. I might lose 1 or 2 lbs. i am going to be 37 and I think my metabolism has just bottomed out. Help ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Thu. May 24, 5:05pm

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I'd guess that your lifestyle before you moved had more "natural" activity in it. Never underestimate the little stuff.

Example: A friend of mine went from working in a city to working in the burbs. She used to wear a pedometer and said that she had no problem reaching 10,000 steps on her workdays in the city, but now it's a rare day when she achieves even half that.

So basically a more socially active life will naturally lead to a more physically active life (well, unless you join a wine connoiseur's club!). Start pursuing the kinds of things you liked to do before you move, and I don't necessarily mean fitness things, and you'll get back to your old normal.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 5:26 PM

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Metabolism - Where did it go?

I'm 33 years old. I've realized that as I got older, I focused less on how many times a day I ate. I would be busy and not eat for 4-6 hours because of work, family, friends etc. I wouldn't take the time out for myself. Now, I realized that I need to eat every 2 1/2 -3 hours to keep my metabolism going. Otherwise, your body will hold on to what you want to get rid of...fat, carbs, sugars. It goes into starvation mode. I hope this helps. Also, be sure to get a good night sleep. 7-8 hours...Or be sure to Siesta for at least an hour! Ole'! Stacy.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 6:11 PM

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What kind of workouts do you do? I read in a fitness magazine that your metabolism slows down as you age because you lose muscle mass. You lose the muscle mass because you tend to workout less as you get older. Doesn't apply to everyone, but that's the general reason.

Anyway, they recommend that you fight the slow metabolism by doing weight training. If not, maybe you are stuck in rut with your workout and just need to mix it up a little.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 10:49 PM

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OP Here.
I workout 5 days /week
Mon - high intensity cardio 1hr
Tues - Weights / Resistance 40 min
Wed - Moderate cardio 1hr 1/2
Thurs - same as Tues
Fri - mix 1 hr cardio and some resistance.
I eat well, lots of fruits and veggies, chicken, fish, a mixed bag really, and I read workout magazines every month, to look for variety.
I am so frustrated I am ready to cry. I know it is only 10lbs but I worked out so hard to lose the weight, and I can't wear the clothes I had from last summer. It si only 10lbs but it is equal to several inches.
I am thinking of trying OTC diet pills to see if I can kick start it.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 9:28 AM

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When you say the weight would come off easily before, but now it's only like 1-2 lbs, what's the timeframe on that? Do you lose the 1-2 lbs, and then give up for a bit, and then have to do it again? I'm not trying to criticize, or assume, I just don't know what the original post really means. It's unhealthy to lose more than 1-2 lbs in a week, and for many of us, it takes much longer than that. Also, remember, the last 10 are always going to be the hardest to lose.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 1:44 PM

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