Metabolic Massacre: Never Underestimate Fat Loss
So you’re sticking to your diet and exercise plan. Everything is going well, the fat is disappearing, and you’re right on track with your progress. Then you hit a plateau. No worries, right? Just eat a little less and throw in some extra cardio, and you’re good. And you hit another plateau. So you adjust a little more, removing more from your diet and upping the cardio. You continue this cycle (and it doesn’t last long) until you’ve reached a point where no matter how much cardio you do and how clean your diet is, the scale won’t budge and the fat is just so stubborn. Well, guess what, you might have come face to face with metabolic damage.
What Is Metabolic Damage?
Essentially, metabolic damage can occur when we aren’t eating enough and are exercising too much. As our bodies need a certain amount of calories for basic daily functions: everyone has a different need of calories, depending on your body composition and activity level. Your unique amount of calorie intake is your basic metabolic rate, and it is the net balance of calories that our body needs to properly function. That means no matter how much you eat and exercise, your net balance should be equal to your resting metabolic rate.
As you continue to eat less and exercise more, one of the first things that happens is your metabolic rate will decrease. Our body is very efficient at getting rid of unnecessary functions and processes that cost a lot of energy, and unfortunately muscle building is one of the first to go, as it is very energy expensive.
When Your Body Enters The Starvation Mode
When our energy balance is too far in the negative side, our body thinks it’s starving. It begins to conserve energy by eliminating energy-expensive processes (like muscle building) and holding on to our energy stores. And where do we store energy? That’s right: in body fat.
At this point, we try to eat a little less and exercise a little more. However, this only compounds the situation. Our metabolism is already impaired, and when we continue down this path, other metabolic functions (important ones, at that) begin to suffer. We know that exercising with already-depleted glycogen stores, due to a lowcarb diet, can compromise our immune system. Also, our hormones begin to get off-balance. And this can lead to a multitude of effects.
How Do You Know If You Have Metabolic Damage?
There are many signs and symptoms that are associated with metabolic damage, so there is no one thing that can definitively diagnose you as having it. And the symptoms range from minor to major, depending on how far deep you are into it. Since the minor symptoms can be overlooked as something else, it’s actually quite easy to end up with some more of the moderate-to-severe symptoms. But one thing is for sure: if you have adopted an eat-less, exercise-more regimen, you more than likely are on your way to metabolic damage.
How Can You Avoid This Condition?
Well, as long as you are using an eat-less, exercise-more plan, you are likely going to encounter some form of metabolic damage. It’s almost inevitable.
Know When It’s Time To Stop
No one likes to quit, but if your metabolism has been reduced significantly and your body has been greatly affected, your rebound is not going to be pretty and it’s going to take a while for certain metabolic processes to return to normal. You must gradually reduce your exercise intensity and gradually put calories back into your diet. You’ll probably gain weight, just not as much nor as quickly.
The most important thing is to listen to your body and not to push yourself off a cliff into a whirlwind of issues that keep you from reaching your ultimate goal. For a professional guide to losing weight without damaging your metabolism, talk to our experts at Marie France Bodyline.