Have I ruined my metabolism? If so, how would I get it back?
April 2, 2014 12:06 PM Subscribe
I have recently entered a fairly strict diet and workout regimen. I feel like it is healthy, but am worried about the damage I may have done to my body and metabolism. Help me decide on my next steps.
posted by Shadax to Health & Fitness (24 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So toward the end of January, my father basically bribed me into losing weight*. I weighed in the neighborhood of 285 pounds (6 foot male). He paid me a not-insignificant amount of money on 3/1 for hitting 265 and 4/1 for hitting 248. I got there by the following guidelines: 1000-1600 calories a day (very little processed food), 30-80 net carbs a day, 45 minutes of moderately intense cardio five times a week.
I'm now at 243 and feel fine. Even though money (mercifully) is no longer involved, I'd like to keep going until I am at 200. However, I know eating an average of 1200 calories isn't sustainable, and on days I have ~2000 calories and/or a lot of non-fiber carbs I tend to gain several pounds.
Have I trapped myself into this? Is there a way to get myself back to eating at least 1600 calories and lose weight at a far more reasonable pace (1-2 pounds a week)? Do you think I should get a doctor or dietitian involved in case I have developed a possible unspecified eating disorder?