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Weight Gain, Sign of a Broken Metabolism

21st January 2014


A lower metabolic rate is more than a hindrance to weight loss: it’s a sign of a damaged organism which operates at sub-optimal level. As someone once said, trying to lose weight before fixing your metabolic issues is like trying to run a race with a broken leg. You can do it, but it’s more time consuming, more exhausting and not always a winning strategy.

The metabolism is responsible for breaking down foods to nutrients and for converting those nutrients to usable energy. When the metabolic rate is lower than normal, your body can’t process foods properly, so your energy levels decrease, calories are consumed less efficiently and it becomes more probable to gain weight than to lose the extra pounds.

Thus, if you’ve been struggling to lose weight for a couple of months, with no success, it isn’t necessarily because you’re eating too much, or not exercising enough. Your metabolism isn’t influenced only by the amount of physical activity practiced daily or by the number of calories you eat.

components of metabolism

Besides the exercise component of metabolism, which defines the amount of energy burned while exercising, and the thermic effect of foods, which represents the amount of calories burned for digesting the foods, there’s one more component that has a crucial role in your health and body weight: the basal metabolism.

This component, also referred to as resting metabolic rate, defines the metabolic processes that take place inside your body while resting. The basal metabolism is naturally higher in some people, so this is why some individuals can eat larger amounts of foods without getting heavier. However, when this value drops under the optimal level, weight loss becomes very difficult and health problem are more likely to be present.

Broken metabolism – signs and solutions


1. Weight gain


This is perhaps the most common yet neglected sign of a damaged metabolism. If you’re already on a low calorie diet and eating under 1,500 calories a day, but don’t manage to lose weight, you’re very likely to have a sub-optimal metabolic rate. Weight gain for no apparent reason is also common in people with damaged metabolism.

The solution in this situation is not cutting on calories even more. On the contrary, increasing the amount of proteins, eating more saturated fat, root veggies and raw dairy products can increase the metabolic rate, especially if you choose to have 4-5 smaller meals during the day.

Then, avoiding processed foods, polyunsaturated fats and grains can be helpful as well, as a slow metabolic rate can be a sign of an impaired thyroid function, of an unhealthy liver or pancreas or can be caused by the accumulation of toxins inside the digestive tract and entire body.

2. Cold body temperature


A chronically low body temperature is most often a sign of a damaged metabolism. As the body temperature gets higher, so does the metabolic rate, and this results in a more effective consumption of calories. This is why it’s recommended to eat spicy foods and to practice physical activities that raise your temperature and make you sweat, if you’re trying to lose weight.

How can you solve this issue? First, get a body thermometer, preferably a digital one. Check your body temperature first thing in the morning – it should be around 36.5°C, then check it again after lunch – it should be slightly higher, around 37°C.

If your values are much lower than these ones, you should try to get more active, add some spicy foods to your menu, reorganize your sleep schedule, take hot showers, replace sodas with coffee, sleep in a cooler room and drink more water.

3. Other physical signs of a damaged metabolism


Besides these two symptoms, other signs could tell you that something’s not working properly inside your body and you need to increase your metabolic rate if you want to get healthier and drop weight easier:

  • Hands and feet are always cold
  • You have frequent mood swings or depression episodes
  • Struggle with arthritis and painful joints
  • You’re anemic and have low energy levels
  • Frequent skin rashes, eczema, acne or even psoriasis
  • PMS
  • High values for blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Water retention
  • Frequent diarrhea or constipation episodes, digestive issues
  • Brittle nails and pale skin
  • Food allergies

Fixing your metabolism can put an end to all these problems and restore your health state, making it easier for you to drop the excess pounds.

Although the HyperVibe machine was not designed for such health issues, it can help in speeding up the metabolic rate, as it’s a useful tool for exercising, improving circulation and raising the body temperature. By working your muscles, the WBV machine can make your body burn more calories and produce more energy, so you’ll feel less tired and in better shape and mood.

The removal of toxins will be accelerated as a result of the improved blood flow and the lymph circulation will be enhanced as well, resulting in a more efficient removal of excess fluids from the body. Exercises performed at higher frequencies and amplitudes will increase both your body temperature and metabolic rate.

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