Is Your Metabolism Broken?
As the founder of the KimkinsDietI'm asked many questions about the low calorie low carb Kimkins Diet. Without a doubt the most common question is "But won't lower calories ruin my metabolism?" Not a chance.Why do people stop losing after several diets? There's a variety of reasons that come into play.
First, people tend to be a little sloppier in later diet attempts. Whether carbs or calories, there may be too much "guessing" or "forgetting" going on, bites here and there don't get counted, quantities that are under estimated.
Second, how old were you when your metabolism wasn't "broken"? Our body clock naturally begins dropping around age 40 and continues dropping 10% each decade. This means the 1500 calories you could eat at age 25 and still lose, isn't going to work at age 50. At least not in the same way. Chances are you were also a bit more active 25 years ago.
Third, we need to compare apples with apples and notoranges. The weight lost on a traditional diet will be moderate at best. The dogma of "safely" losing 1-2 lbs a week is in no danger of being threatened!
However, the weight lost on a low carb diet will easily double that number, particularly if it's a low calorie low carb diet like Kimkins.Fortunately, TV shows like The Biggest Loser and Celebrity Fit Club have shown us that it's entirely safe and desirable to lose 5, 10, 15 lbs a week if obese.
A tip to keep in mind is that your body will never lose more quickly than is safe. This is why a person with 100 lbs to lose might lose 10 lbs in a week, while a person with only 10 lbs to lose will not lose the entire 10 lbs in one week.
Our metabolism is a living, dynamic system. Throughout the day it fluctuates depending on our body clock and activities. New dieters are often afraid of "ruining" their metabolism by dropping calories. Hogwash! Does your metabolism drop when calories drop? Yes, but not to any great degree. Want proof? Look at the Success Stories at the Kimkins website! Look at the amazing losses each week on The Biggest Loser.
Ask yourself this. Knowing that your metabolism drops to its lowest level while you sleep at night, do you set your alarm for 2 am to eat and keep your metabolism high? Of course not! When you wake in the morning, your metabolism automatically rises as soon as your eyes open, get out of bed, take a shower, get the kids ready for school and get yourself together for your own day.
If you're still on the fence about whether lower calories means ruined metabolism, keep in mind that gastric bypass patients are intended to eat around 500 calories a day after surgery. It's the entire purpose of the surgery. Those that follow the 500 calorie instructions lose extremely fast. Those who can't commit and pick easily digestible high calorie foods like mashed potatoes, candy, soda, chips, alcohol and ice cream don't lose or may even gain.
If you're considering a diet don't be afraid of losing quickly. Do be afraid of the side effects of obesity. It only take a few extra pounds before developing Type 2 diabetes and once you have it, it's for life. Your cells never regain their ability to use insulin.
Naturally I'd like to suggest the Kimkins Diet for anyone who's serious about losing weight. But the Kimkins program is strict, it's not for sissies. It's for people who want to lose now.
If you don't pick Kimkins, please find something. Obesity is dangerous and expensive. Call a local hospital and ask what the typical hospital bill is for a heart attack or diabetic limb amputation.
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Is Your Metabolism Broken?