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March 21, 2012 11:47 AM
After coming to a plateau early on in this journey, thanks to some other forums, I realized that I was consuming too few calories for my activity level. So I increased my caloric intake from 1250 up to 1650. I've only been at this new level for a couple of weeks, and I'm not actually losing more, but I'm noticing some changes. For instance, my body, mainly my legs, get hot and flushed a little while after I eat a meal now and I find my legs shaking a lot more at my desk after lunch.

I was wondering what are some of the signs that your metabolism is getting higher? I'm not asking for tips to increase my metabolism, I'm asking for symptoms that your metabolism IS increasing, other than weight loss. I'm just trying to figure out if I've added enough calories to kinda jumpstart my metabolism again.
March 21, 2012 11:48 AM
usually not a good sign if ur shaking after eating
March 21, 2012 11:50 AM
Bump. I'd like to know this too.
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March 21, 2012 11:53 AM
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usually not a good sign if ur shaking after eating


It's not uncontrollable shaking, more like fidgeting of which I am only semi-conscious. When I was younger, I remember a woman from my church whose leg would shake all the time in this way and she said it was because she had a high metabolism. I'm just curious to know if anybody knew one way or the other.
March 21, 2012 11:53 AM
return of 'useless movement'- such as fiddling, rocking, bopping along to music in traffic etc.
hair begins to stop falling out/thinning and becomes thicker and more oily
recovery from workouts is faster and more efficient
bowl movement frequency returns to normal
sweating begins again
increased quality in sleep
decreased need for excessive *over ten hours* of sleep
increased appetite
March 21, 2012 11:55 AM
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return of 'useless movement'- such as fiddling, rocking, bopping along to music in traffic etc.
hair begins to stop falling out/thinning and becomes thicker and more oily
recovery from workouts is faster and more efficient
bowl movement frequency returns to normal
sweating begins again
increased quality in sleep
decreased need for excessive *over ten hours* of sleep
increased appetite


Thank you so much for the information! That's a great list! Might I ask for your sources or is this from personal experience? I want to become better educated on this topic.
Edited by NicoletheFaye On March 21, 2012 11:55 AM
March 21, 2012 12:01 PM
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Thank you so much for the information! That's a great list! Might I ask for your sources or is this from personal experience? I want to become better educated on this topic.


You're gonna love this ;)
http://jn.nutrition.org/content/135/6/1347.full

Follow their list of symptoms that started when inducing mild starvation- add them back and you'll get improvement symptoms.

Also- yep some personal experience in there too. Anecdotal doesn't float a source so figured the journal of nutrition will have to do lol
March 21, 2012 12:07 PM
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Thank you so much for the information! That's a great list! Might I ask for your sources or is this from personal experience? I want to become better educated on this topic.


You're gonna love this ;)
http://jn.nutrition.org/content/135/6/1347.full

Follow their list of symptoms that started when inducing mild starvation- add them back and you'll get improvement symptoms.

Also- yep some personal experience in there too. Anecdotal doesn't float a source so figured the journal of nutrition will have to do lol


Thank you once again! More than anything, I like to know that I'm not crazy and I value others' experiences highly. But I'm also a bit of an avid learner and this whole starvation mode / eat more thing seems so counterintuitive. I'd like to read up to cut down on my frustration.
March 21, 2012 12:13 PM
Congratulations for wanting to learn more about the actual science.


The dieting industry has been selling us B.S. for decades.

You do need to eat more to lose and stay healthy. Being thin is meaningless if you have no quality of life: i.e., sleep all the time, are depressed, have poor skin and hair, and get ill frequently.
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March 21, 2012 12:13 PM
Thanks for that link, Gemiwing! I've heard description of that experiment and didn't understand who would possibly participate in something so extreme and (frankly) dangerous. It's good to see the context in which the experiment was conducted, and the reasons that people would voluntarily let themselves be subjected to such treatment.
Edited by treetop57 On March 21, 2012 12:14 PM
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March 21, 2012 12:14 PM
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return of 'useless movement'- such as fiddling, rocking, bopping along to music in traffic etc.
hair begins to stop falling out/thinning and becomes thicker and more oily
recovery from workouts is faster and more efficient
bowl movement frequency returns to normal
sweating begins again
increased quality in sleep
decreased need for excessive *over ten hours* of sleep
increased appetite


Thanks! I was wondering about that!
March 21, 2012 12:23 PM
Thank you, cmriverside! The way I see it, and I'm sure quite a lot of people on here feel the same way, I can't stick with something that isn't sustainable. I want a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.
March 21, 2012 9:27 PM
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Thanks for that link, Gemiwing! I've heard description of that experiment and didn't understand who would possibly participate in something so extreme and (frankly) dangerous. It's good to see the context in which the experiment was conducted, and the reasons that people would voluntarily let themselves be subjected to such treatment.


Another great MFP inspiration (31prvrbs) had this link up on her blog. It's absolutely amazing what they did and why they did it. I have massive respect for them and for their sacrifice. The data we have from their service is invaluable and has saved me, personally.
March 21, 2012 9:31 PM
bump :)
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March 21, 2012 9:34 PM
Bump
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March 21, 2012 9:34 PM
late night bump
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March 21, 2012 9:38 PM
bump
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March 21, 2012 9:38 PM
bump for later use
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March 21, 2012 9:45 PM
QUOTE:

return of 'useless movement'- such as fiddling, rocking, bopping along to music in traffic etc.
hair begins to stop falling out/thinning and becomes thicker and more oily
recovery from workouts is faster and more efficient
bowl movement frequency returns to normal
sweating begins again
increased quality in sleep
decreased need for excessive *over ten hours* of sleep
increased appetite


I've recently kickstarted my metabolism into overdrive accidentally!
The last three weeks I wasn't losing any weight. Long story short, currently I'm eating more and exercising less and my metabolism is going crazy. I noticed a few of these things but have been so baffled about them. Especially the following:

return of 'useless movement'- such as fiddling, rocking, bopping along to music in traffic etc.
I keep fidgeting and am finding it very difficult to sit still. Waiting for the bus is killing me!

sweating begins again
last night it was a pretty standard warm to cool night, but I was sweating like crazy. I went to bed to relax and it just wouldn't stop for a solid hour... i was so confused but this explains a lot.

increased appetite
i have to be careful on this one. Trying to get as close to my calories here, but instead of the normal 3 meals a day I find myself having 5 smaller meals and am craving carbs this week intensely. So i've decided to listen to my body and increase my output if i go over by too much.

There are so many other indicators, but these definitely are the big ones.
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March 21, 2012 9:48 PM
do you have more energy, can you eat more and stay the same, dose your exercise make you feel real good,sweating yes shaking no i don't think so
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March 21, 2012 10:00 PM
I just read the article on the study. During the starvation phase they ate 1560 calories per day. I would have guessed they would have ate alot less to starve. There are tons of people on here that eat alot less then that.
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March 21, 2012 10:07 PM
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You're gonna love this ;)
http://jn.nutrition.org/content/135/6/1347.full



That was an interesting read.
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March 21, 2012 10:08 PM
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I just read the article on the study. During the starvation phase they ate 1560 calories per day. I would have guessed they would have ate alot less to starve. There are tons of people on here that eat alot less then that.


Healthy young men walking that many miles and burning that number of calories?
  5153157
March 21, 2012 10:12 PM
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I just read the article on the study. During the starvation phase they ate 1560 calories per day. I would have guessed they would have ate alot less to starve. There are tons of people on here that eat alot less then that.


Healthy young men walking that many miles and burning that number of calories?


I agree its a deficit, but not the idea of starvation I got before I read the article. You got to remember a skinny young man, probably average of 5'8"(people were shorter back then I beleive reading somewhere) has a bmr of not much more then 1500 to 1600. So yes with the walking (average of about an hour a day @3miles per hour) is definetly going to cause weight loss. Just not what I had pictured as starving lol.

edit-so they were basically eating their bmr and not eating exercise calories back. So this should be a point for people wandering if they should eat back exercise calories or not. Sounds like yes they should :)
Edited by scottc561 On March 21, 2012 10:16 PM
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March 21, 2012 10:12 PM
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