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It's A Mystery...

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's a mystery: I am amazed that some people I know can literally eat anything they want and never have a weight problem. Or is that just a myth? Can they really eat whatever without worrying about putting on a few pounds? If so, what is their secret? I'd love to know. I do know that, not to use it as an excuse, but my thyroid condition slows down my metabolism. Although I've taken medicine for it for 15 years, it is still slow. Also, I've noticed that people who can eat anything tend to have siblings and parents who also don't gain weight easily, so apparently genetics and heredity play a part in the mystery.

I've also heard that the more lean muscle you have, the faster your body burns calories. Fat burns slower than muscle. Also, they say there are foods that boost our metabolism rate, but I'm not sure what they are.

I'm wondering if gender also plays a role. It seems that men don't have as tough of a time losing weight as women, even when we eat the same.

All I know is that I want a faster metabolism, and I want to solve the mystery so I can lose weight! Have you solved this mystery?
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  • REEDSKI
    Dr. Oz recommended eating egg whites with hot sauce in an article I read last Jan. I thought it sounded gross but tried it months later and it actually helped me lose weight.

    The reason I bring this up? He said the hot sauce raises your metabolism!

    The eggs/protein helps keep you satisfied longer.
    I went months eating it for breakfast. Now, I switch it up but recently I went back to it and maybe that is what helped me break my plateau!
    3632 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/17/2010 6:45:13 AM
  • DANCINGRITA2
    I has low-hypo thyroid and it does make it harder for you to lose weight because you always feel tired. This summer I joined a Fitness Center that has a pool. So I started talking myself into going to the 1 hr Arthritic Water Aerobic Classes (should be easy). It was, the water is 86 degrees and makes you feel light as a feather, plus your body is getting a good workout.
    I've gotten so I liked it so well that I stay for the next class right after (regular water aerobics)just a little faster and still fun. You just do the best you can.(They don't have aerobic POLICE watching you) lol. I would get a shower after class and go downstairs to the gym to look around. One day I decided to try the Elliptical trainer for 10-30 minutes also before I go home. I set my clock and go every morning like it was a job. My body is getting used to this so now on weekend I get up the same and jump into my housework. Isn't that amazing? It shocks me!!! It's a new healthy habit. On Fridays they have 3 morning water classes.

    Check under My Fitness & Cardio to find the amount of calories you burn in an hour doing water aerobics (you will be surprised)or (30 min on the elliptical trainer 316 calories).
    I have started measuring food instead of emoticon eyeball guessing how much I had on my plate and the kitchen is closed at (8PM. No snacking. This lesson about kills ya!!!)
    I have done this for 7 days and guess what? I lost 1 1/2 lbs.
    emoticon Hopefully these tips may light a spark under another friend, best wishes. emoticon Rita
    3656 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1405508
    Kat have you searched the internet for metabolism you might get some ideas? if you do wouldl be a good thread on the team :)good luck!
    i also think at our age alot of us women gain in the middle area!!! i have gained sooo much the last few months i need help too!!!!! I know exercise is what i need! do you exercise???
    3657 days ago
  • NISSANGIRL
    I do think genetics and gender have a lot to do with it, age is also an issue. and a mans metabolism works way faster than a woman's! not fair at all, lol. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3657 days ago
  • KENDALL7261
    In my next life I want to have a thyroid problem (hyper) or be anorexic!
    *joke, kidding, teasing... Seriously just having fun!
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    3658 days ago
  • GRAPEVINE60
    It is a mystery. Why some things work for one person, and they don't work for another. All that I know is that the older I get the harder it is to lose weight. When I was in my 20s I knew nothing about nutrition. I could just cut back on calories and lose what I needed to. Now it's a constant battle, and a delicate balance between, calories, proteins and carbs.
    3658 days ago
  • MS.ELENI
    Not really. I do know my weight problem began when I got sick. I couldn't be as active and i quit smoking. Weight soared. But regardless all we can do now is do our best to get it off.And it is not easy. Gets very discouraging at times but we can do it.
    3658 days ago
  • JENNY448
    I do believe genetics plays a role and there are some people that can eat whatever they want and still be skinny but I like to think that in the end, I AM healthier than they are!
    Muscle does help rev our metabolism,at the same time I think we are screwed with our thyroid problem. Sorry, I know you probably don't want to hear that but I do like to use it as an excuse when I can't lose any weight LOL
    3658 days ago
  • JENNA-P
    No I haven't either. But I do agree with you that gender and genetics play a huge role. And I do know that muscle does burn more calories at rest than fat. So I guess that would be a good place to start since you can't change your genetics.
    3658 days ago
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