Is it Possible to Damage Your Metabolism?
Yes, it is possible to damage your metabolism through various factors such as a poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, chronic stress, hormonal imbalances, and certain medical conditions. This is also known as Metabolic Syndrome, Disorder, or Metabolic Damage and Insulin Resistance.
I have done this myself, many times in life, and particularly after a few years of extreme dieting and training for fitness competitions, where eventually my body refused to respond to any leaning out , cardio or dieting at all. I had to let it naturally heal, void of extras for a couple of YEARS before it became responsive to moderate dieting and training, to gradually lose weight very slowly—- and KEEP it off easily. Unfortunately, the older you become, the slower the recovery because hormonal changes and the natural aging process cause your cell signaling to misfire., to put it simply. Your body is like an older car that doesn’t run as efficiently, being driven through extreme terrain whenever you do extreme dieting, fasting, eat very low protein, keto, juicing. In other words: fad dieting or temporary methods to rapidly lose weight.
A poor diet, particularly one that is high in processed foods, unhealthy fats, and added sugars, can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, and inflammation, which can negatively impact your metabolism over time. Similarly, a sedentary lifestyle, without regular exercise or physical activity, can lead to a decrease in muscle mass and a slower metabolism. Keep moving your body daily, even if it’s just to walk or take stairs instead of elevators wherever you are. Eat a diet with BALANCED macronutrients. Don’t eat in a calorie deficit for more than 3-4 months MAXIMUM at a time, because your body will adapt and stop responding and you run the risk of losing hard earned muscle, further damaging your metabolism. I do not have meal plan clients in a deficit longer than this.
Chronic stress, whether physical or emotional, can also have a negative impact on metabolism. The release of stress hormones such as cortisol can disrupt normal metabolic processes, leading to increased appetite, weight gain, and insulin resistance.
Hormonal imbalances, such as an underactive thyroid gland or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), can also affect metabolism and lead to weight gain and other health issues. This requires avoiding excess sugar, gluten and starch in your foods but still eating plenty of healthy, high protein meals daily.
Finally, certain medical conditions or medications can also damage your metabolism. For example, treatments for cancer or certain autoimmune diseases can cause significant metabolic changes, as can medications that affect hormones or metabolism.
Overall, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and appropriate medical care in order to support a healthy metabolism.
I train many amazing clients that are healthy but also may have faced a variety of medical conditions and injuries including type 2 diabetes, PCOS, cancer survivors, heart valve replacements, Hashimoto disease, herniated discs, obesity and various surgery recoveries. If you are a former client looking to get back on track, drop me a note, and we can come up with a plan that will work for you.
DM me here to fill out your free Health & Fitness Questionnaire and get on fitness nutrition coaching with weekly check ins to heal your metabolism through whole, clean foods that bring you back to healthy levels in weight and nutritional needs. www.ManhattanBeachFitness.com
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