Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Basically, this is what happens: You start working out and lower your calories a bit and you lose some weight for awhile. Eventually, you hit a plateau. In order to bust through the plateau, you add more cardio and lower your calories again. This works for awhile until...you got it - another plateau. By now, you are doing 2 hours of cardio a day, and eating 1,100 calories and now your weight won't budge. You still aren't lean, you've fried your metabolism, and you can't possibly lower your calories anymore and still function. Now what? Well, keep reading...
I read Facebook status updates daily that say things like, "Yay! I ate a salad for lunch and 1 cup blueberries. Only 125 calories!"
Um, what? If your meal is only total 125-200 calories, simple math tells me that even at 6 meals a day, you aren't clearing 1,200 calories. It's these same people that do 3 hour workouts. Yikes!
metabolic set point. It was hell and I can sympathize.
But I have bad news: Until you rectify this problem, you will not get one step closer to your physique goals. Matter of fact, it's highly likely you will get further away from them.
Erik Ledin of Lean Bodies Consulting does a fantastic job at delving into the cause and solution for people that suffer from metabolic damage. Rather than try to reword his work, I will simply insert the links for you to check out. There are two links describing metabolic damage, and one link that talks about what to do in order to fix it.
To read "Metabolic Slowdown part 1" click HERE
To read "Metabolic Slowdown part 2" click HERE
For how to repair slow metabolism, click HERE
This is a fantastic video by Scott Abel and Kevin Weiss on metabolic slowdown. It's very thorough and explains exactly why, how, and what to do to correct it. As they say in this video, hours and hours of cardio on a low calorie diet is a setup for disaster!
If I can be of any help to you overcoming metabolic damage, please feel free to email me anytime at JenComas@aim.com. Like I said above, I've been there, done that!