Also, I think starvation mode has been exaggerated. While some suffer the extremes of it, what happens usually is just that the metabolism slows down to below average levels, making it harder to lose weight on an average daily intake. It's correctable, though, I believe. It's not as dramatic as many make it sound. While no one wants a suboptimal metabolism, it's not a death sentence either. It's just a side effect that you can usually reverse.
I'm also not a fan of the "eat when you're hungry" school of thought. It probably would work when high calorie food sources aren't as readily available and deceptively calorie dense as they are these days. Hunger isn't entirely physical or mental. It's some combination of both and is caused more by hormones, grehlin for example, and our body's "set points" then we'd like to believe. You might feel like you're hungry because you're used to eating at certain time of day. Eating the amount that you think proper for that time of day might, however, be part of a calorie excess that your body will store as fat to stave off an impending famine that may never happen.
I'm def not eating to excess. I eat 1-2 times a day and not a huge amount
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The funny thing about being overweight is that you can still be severely malnourished. Conversely, you can feel satiated and also be malnourished. It's a mechanism the body uses in true scarcity situations. Malnutrition does lead to metabolic issues which could make weight loss more difficult if certain processes are compromised.
I know this is a lackey question, but I don't really understand how a person can "break" their metabolism?
I understand the process by which it apparently happens, but can a metabolism really be "broken"?
“I'm glad mushrooms are against the law, because I took them one time, and you know what happened to me? I laid in a field of green grass for four hours going, "My God! I love everything." Yeah, now if that isn't a hazard to our country..."
― Bill Hicks
"Sometimes eating the wrong food with the right attitude is a better choice than eating the right food with the wrong attitude... That’s how powerful the mind and the heart can be in the healing process."
- Chris Kresser
Many times it's not lifestyle at all, but environmental and genetic factors that "break" something, or it may have been a birth defect. Like I said, sooo many variables!
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