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19 Feb 2004

Slow metabolism
Hi there FitnessDoc,

I need advice on how to increase my metabolism. I excersize every single day, approx 45 minutes and do a lot of cardio workouts as well. I follow a low fat high fibre diet and still my metabolism is extremely slow. Is it perhaps in my genes?

What can I do to increase my metabolism or could there be an underlying medical condition that I am not aware of?


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01 Jan 0001

HI Ella

It's likely to be in your genes. I'm curious to know however, how you know that your metabolism is slow? I would guess that it's probably based on weight changes, because most often people talk of slow metabolism being the cause for either gained weight or failed weight loss. I"m not entirely convinced of this - I think it's true up to a point, but it also takes the responsibility away from the individual for weight control. So, each person needs to be sure that they are eating and exercising optimally. In your case, it would sound as though the exercise is pretty good - one or two things that you may look at altering would be the intensity, and also you said you do a lot of cardio workouts - my advice would be to do at least 70% of the training as cardio, and the rest as weight. In terms of intensity, it may pay to just push the intensity a little higher, even if it's just for 10 minutes in the middle of that session.

In terms of diet, it's impossible to say where you can make changes, and so perhaps seeing a dietician would be the best thing to do. Lastly, there are certain metabolic conditions that can account for weight control problems, and it's not possible to just exclude these, so that's something you may also want to consider - again a dietican is the best person to discuss this with.

Good luck
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