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Metabolic damage sucks!
09-06-2014, 01:46 AM
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Metabolic damage sucks!
Hi everyone!
After several years of restrictive dieting and vigorous exercise, I have yet to lose the 65 pounds I gained during my first pregnancy. I have 2 children and during each pregnancy suffered from extreme hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). I was so sick I could barely eat for the first 5 months of pregnancy, causing rapid weight loss. Then when I could eat, my body seemed to hoard all the calories I was ingesting, causing rapid and extreme weight gain in the last few months.

After each pregnancy I tried EVERY diet imagineable: weight watchers, nutrisystem, HGC, meal replacement shakes, gluten and dairy free, etc...For the past year I have been doing T25 with some additional cardio and weight training while eating 1200-1500 calories a day. I have only lost 17 pounds.

Clearly, none of my efforts have yielded desired results. I really enjoy working out and after doing some research, feel I am probably not eating enough. Additionally, it appears that my involuntary starvation during pregnancy and subsequent dieting really messed up my metabolism. I should also share that last year I was borderline hypothyroid. This year all of my levels appear normal and the doctor believes my increased exercise has helped a lot.

Has anyone experienced metabolic damage due to similar circumstances? Does anyone have any helpful tips for beginning this journey? I'm scared but I have to try something new to heal my body. Doing what doesn't work over and over again is pure insanity.

Thank you and good night!
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09-06-2014, 09:29 AM (This post was last modified: 09-06-2014 09:31 AM by jaeone.)
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RE: Metabolic damage sucks!
Hey Sasha, Welcome to EM2WL!
And yes, metabolic damage does suck! But you can fix it!!
What you are experiencing is very common with very low calorie diets. Even though you were'nt starving yourself on purpose during your pregnancy, the body reacted as though you were.
And when you begin to eat again, the body stored and hung on to the fat in preparation for the next time you stopped eating. You have to get your body to trust you again to feed it a normal amount of food. Its great that you are already very active, but that along with the low calorie diets can do some damage to your metabolism. You are a prime candidate for a metabolism reset. All the information you need to get started is in the Starter Kit. Use the scooby calculator mentioned in the starter kit to find your TDEE.wink
We are here to help you through this journey, if you have further questions or clarification on anything let us know!!

Be yourself. Everyone else is taken! kiss
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09-06-2014, 10:47 PM
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RE: Metabolic damage sucks!
First of all, welcome! So glad you found us!

Metabolic damage can result from many different causes, including severe, prolonged caloric restriction (either voluntary or involuntary), excessive cardio (resulting in large caloric deficits), and general stress on the body. Regardless of the cause, the result is usually the same: a metabolism that has adapted to match the decreased intake. Since it sounds like you have already done your research, you probably realize that a full metabolism re-set would probably be the best thing at this point. Like Joan said, all the information you will need is included in the Starter Kit, and you will probably find this to be an invaluable tool to refer back to, all in one convenient location. Once you have run your numbers on the Scooby Calculator and have your TDEE, feel free to come back and we will be happy to get you started on the right path...

Again, welcome!

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11-10-2014, 06:11 PM
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RE: Metabolic damage sucks!
I am in the same boat. Just recently I had a trainer who knew I needed to reverse diet but said I had to fix my hormones by eating three tiny meals a day which was 400 calories total. Now I am gaining. I am at my highest but I have been at 1800 calories for a few months and looking forward to a change in body shape. Wish it was sooner but its not! But at least I do not have to eat chicken and green beans every day
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