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    Heya

    I was reading a blog and it mentions the symptoms of a low metabolism and I have them all as listed and I wonder if it can be measured, evaluated and fixed. Since loosing weight, I am down now 95 lbs, My hands are always cold, I pee all the time, I am always fatigued and headaches plague me daily.

    Is there anything I can do to ramp it up? I walk as much as I can but after work I dont have the ooomph to work out further. I need me more power.
    Primal since April 2012 Male 6' 3" SW 345lbs CW 240lbs GW 220lbs and when I get there I am getting a utlikilt. This one http://www.utilikilts.com/company/pr...ilts/workmans/ actually.

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  • #2
    Are you drinking two mugs of beef bouillon per day? Perhaps you are low on salt?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Warmbear View Post
      Heya

      I was reading a blog and it mentions the symptoms of a low metabolism and I have them all as listed and I wonder if it can be measured, evaluated and fixed. Since loosing weight, I am down now 95 lbs, My hands are always cold, I pee all the time, I am always fatigued and headaches plague me daily.

      Is there anything I can do to ramp it up? I walk as much as I can but after work I dont have the ooomph to work out further. I need me more power.
      It sounds to me like you need to eat more, the headache is a big sign. Try upping your calories by 2-300 for a week and see if you feel better. My guess is you will have more oomph, so you can work out harder and the extra won't cause a gain.
      Primal since 4/7/2012

      Starting weight 140
      Current weigh 126

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      Jennifer

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Warmbear View Post
        Heya

        I was reading a blog and it mentions the symptoms of a low metabolism and I have them all as listed and I wonder if it can be measured, evaluated and fixed. Since loosing weight, I am down now 95 lbs, My hands are always cold, I pee all the time, I am always fatigued and headaches plague me daily.

        Is there anything I can do to ramp it up? I walk as much as I can but after work I dont have the ooomph to work out further. I need me more power.
        I might head to the doctor for this one. All of this is chronic? Meaning going on for more than 2 weeks? Type 2 diabetes has all those symptoms (plus many more you don't mention). You don't happen to take a statin drug, do you?
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        • #5
          You've lost a lot of weight which is great, but if that's through a chronic daily calorie deficit then of course that will have severely suppressed your metabolic rate.

          Ensure that you consume a clear calorie surplus at least 2 days a week.
          F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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          • #6
            No worries on salt, I get enough.

            I am IF'ing 2x a week and I do eat 2500 ish calories a day with some definite over consumption going on. I was well on my way to T2D before I started this in April but all those symptoms are gone now. Blood sugar is fine and stable or at least it feels that way as compared to before, I have not actually measured it.

            Yes this is chronic, it has been roughly 35 years I have felt this way along with all the SAD symptoms I have now gotten rid of.

            One thing I have found is going PB, my appetite is much lower, I dont eat as much or as often, I dont snack as when I do, I cant stop nibbling ( I work for a company that sells nuts and dried fruit) so nibbling can be an all day every day issue if I let it happen.

            could it be that I am simply not eating enough? I find that hard to believe but maybe? I do struggle with Veg consumption, I really really really hate most veggies so dont eat much more than I absolutely have to.
            Primal since April 2012 Male 6' 3" SW 345lbs CW 240lbs GW 220lbs and when I get there I am getting a utlikilt. This one http://www.utilikilts.com/company/pr...ilts/workmans/ actually.

            Join me at www.paleoplanet.net, where all the cavemen hang out.

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            • #7
              I don't know what to tell you, I seriously doubt you genuinely have a low metabolism if you've lost this much weight. I also have cold hands and feet (have had that my entire life) and pee all the time, I hardly think it's unique. I've had my TSH and testosterone tested before just to make sure it wasn't an endocrine issue and they were both normal. Maybe it's just the way you are. I DO notice that I'm generally cold more often now that I'm thin than when I was 200+ - I've taken to wearing a hat and gloves outside even if it's +10, but on the upside, I tolerate heat much better. It's not uncommon to experience that after weightloss.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Warmbear View Post
                My hands are always cold, I pee all the time, I am always fatigued and headaches plague me daily.

                Is there anything I can do to ramp it up?
                Maybe you're pregnant!

                Eat some apples bro.
                Everything is bad for something - How do you feel today?

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                • #9
                  When I think of slow metabolism, I think of Prader-Willie Syndrome sufferers - now THEY have a truly slow metabolism: they will gain weight on ungodly small calories (I have known one). Since you were able to lose that much weight on your own, I honestly don't think that is it. But yeah, try eating more and see what happens.

                  For the cold hands and feet - have you tried standardized ginger capsules? I had them recommended to me by my kids' pediatrician because I had one daughter with painfully cold hands and feet, and they worked wonders!

                  My only other suggestion is trace minerals. I know I crave them. The Daughter of the Cold Feet gets these salt cravings, and trace mineral tablets stops that in its tracks, and she feels all over better to boot. The trace mineral deficiencies do crazy, crazy things and are very rarely discovered.
                  I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                  • #10
                    It is so easy to self-diagnose on the Internet. Through a few hours of browsing on Wikipedia, I can probably give myself a few dozen disorders, mental and physical. Get thee to a doctor and get your thyroid tested if you're so worried.
                    F 28/5'4/100 lbs

                    "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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                    • #11
                      Have done the testing thyroid thing und alles gutt. I eat an apple daily and I am going to go look into the trace minerals thing.

                      Thanks everyone.
                      Primal since April 2012 Male 6' 3" SW 345lbs CW 240lbs GW 220lbs and when I get there I am getting a utlikilt. This one http://www.utilikilts.com/company/pr...ilts/workmans/ actually.

                      Join me at www.paleoplanet.net, where all the cavemen hang out.

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                      • #12
                        The peeing a lot is a tip off for the cold hands and feet... minerals/trace mineral depletion is my bet too.

                        Since I have to take a medication that seriously strips me of minerals I have to super load a few in particular (potassium esp) but I also have to be very conscious of others... like mag and zinc.

                        And I take a trace since I know I'm constantly being stripped.

                        When I start feeling like I'm not taking enough mineral supplements (and there are definite signs other than just being cold for me because they get so low so fast...) there is almost no amount of clothing that keeps me warm.
                        My husband will be in nothing but shorts in our home with 76 degrees on the thermostat, and I will be in sweat pants, a shirt, socks, and have a blanket piled on me, and still be cold... that's a sign it's time to boost my mineral intake!
                        This happens because I take a set amount and sometimes I just need more to cover me...

                        You can always have you doctor run a blood panel... for major stuff like potassium if you don't want to supplement without testing first.
                        Most people however are WAY out of balance on their K to Cl ratio... we really should be consuming much more potassium in relation to salt than we do... a bit of magnesium (not a lot, and careful how much as it can cause some loose bowels) is also very helpful in conjunction with the potassium.
                        If you take any potassium supplements it's best to use use an -ate form. K citrate, K gluconate, ...
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                        • #13
                          Low metabolism is pretty easy to check with a thermometer. Take your basal body temperature when you first wake up (before you get out of bed, so keep the thermometer next to the bed) and then again during the day so you can also find the average. As your metabolism lowers, so does your body temp and vice versa.

                          Temperature of a Healthy Human (Body Temperature)

                          Eating low carb for an extended period of time is likely to suppress the thyroid and lower metabolism. Adding a lot of starches and good carbs are one way to increase it.

                          Carbohydrates | Perfect Health Diet

                          Hypothyroidism | Perfect Health Diet

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