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August 12, 2008 1:17 PM Subscribe
Low Metabolism Filter: I am coming to the end of a very low calorie diet. I have been careful to be healthy about it, and I have lost 30 (!) lbs. What do I need to know so I don't put it all back on again? Details inside.
posted by Spyder's Game to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I am a 37 yr old 6' male who started off at around 215lbs. After reading a lot (including previous MeFi questions) and at the urging of my doctor, I went on a pretty low calorie diet (doctor recommended - MeMail me and I'll tell you which one). After a month, I had lost 20lbs. About two weeks after that, I reached 187lbs. And I stayed there. After another month, I'm down to about 183. My goal is to get down to 170.
In addition to the eating less, I've been exercising more. I walk about an hour (about 3.5 to 4 miles) pretty vigorously 5 or six times a week. I am planning on trying to do a little running (1-2 miles) and some elliptical training (30 min) a few times a week. I also take a multivitamin at least once a day, to make sure I'm getting all the vitamins and minerals my body needs.
'Kay, here's the question: What do I need to know so that I won't gain all this weight back? Things I do know:
1) My metabolism has slowed WAY down, most likely. Taking in a lot less food does that. My plan is NOT to go back to overeating like I was doing, but to gradually work more calories into my diet. Small meals, and more of them, over a few weeks, until I feel like I'm maintaining my weight at ~170-175.
2) Weight training will put on muscle, which will make me weigh more. I'd like to go back to doing some decent weight workouts. I know this will put on a little more weight, and I'm fine with that. It's really a more toned/less flabby look that I'm after. I'll continue my walking/cardio workouts to help keep the weight off. Although, I'd like to scale it back to more of a maintenance 3-4 times a week, if possible.
3) Healthier foods = better. I already eat a lot of chicken, rice, etc. I'll add in more veggies and fruits as I up my calorie intake. I occasionally splurge and have pizza or pasta or stuff that rhymes with "spice dream", but it's not my regular fare.
So, basically, is there anything that I'm missing? I'm sure there's a lot I don't know, having never done this before. The main goal is that I really REALLY don't want to get fat again, after working hard and being pretty disciplined over the last two months to get here. I now have a LOT more energy (hence the nightly walks) and I look much better, and friends have been very complimentary (like they're supposed to). So what else should I do/know to make this weight loss story a success?! Thanks in advance.