Slowed down metabolism - what to do?

New MsWorld
Jan 4 55 Comments

I am a woman approaching her 30s and my metabolism has slowed down considerably.

Weight gain is on a constant rise. Bloating has become an everyday thing. Everytime I see friends after 6+ months, they tell me I have gained weight.

I try to work out (honestly, it's too much effort, I wonder how people get the motivation to do something so exhausting everyday) thrice a week but some days laziness takes over. Working out helps me keep my weight constant, but I haven't managed to lose it. If I try to substitute some carbs in my diet with protein to control weight, that leads to more bloating.

Constant increase in weight is making me sad and staying motivated to go to the gym everyday is so fucking difficult. Any suggestions?

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  • Salesforce pastaslice
    “Honestly, too much effort” will be your downfall. You gotta figure out something that motivates you. For me it was seeing the number of lbs I was deadlifting and squatting increase every week and the fear that skipping workouts would cause the number I worked so hard for to decrease
    Jan 4 4
    • Microsoft Influencer
      Exercise is the best thing you can do for your body but exercise has very little to do with weight loss (10-20%). You can increase metabolism also by heavy interval training by building some muscles. But exercise and HIT isn’t for everyone especially women. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
      Jan 4
    • Finale Inventory / Eng huHG50
      For me I got a fitness tracking watch. The stats and being able to visualize progress is motivation for me. Just seeing that I'm more active even if I haven't really lost any weight yet(1 month in). I'm starting with getting in the habit of just going to the gym everyday or at least go for a walk if I can't be bothered to go to the gym. For now at the gym I'm just committing to staying on the treadmill for an hour. Switch between running and walking as I see fit. Even though my weight hasn't really changed yet, I can see I'm getting more miles per week, did 25 miles so far this week. I've also found audiobooks help make exercise less boring.
      Jan 4
    • New b37
      @huHG50 - seconding the fitness watch! I love mine and even bought Watchmaker to teach myself to program custom watch faces. :)
      Jan 4
    • Finale Inventory / Eng huHG50
      @b37 - I use the ALDigitalTwo watch face on my Garmin VivoActive 3. This is my first watch, I really like that watch face over the default and it's probably better than anything I could make.
      Jan 4
  • If you’re going to be lazy then change your diet.

    The diet is hard to maintain, but it works.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/keto
    Jan 4 4
    • Microsoft pock
      ^this. It really works. It also helps with pcod
      Jan 4
    • Microsoft Influencer
      I laugh at people when they talk about diet esp keto. Don’t get me wrong keto is powerful. But the best diet in the world is what you can follow. Keto isn’t sustainable for long term for techies. Stop the keto diet and weight will shoot at twice the rate. Btw there are more than 6000 diets and almost 100% will fail
      Jan 4
    • Walmart.com fiVn5$!Br
      Are there any ladies here that have had success with keto? Heard it effs with your hormones.
      Jan 5
    • Microsoft pock
      @walmart, On the contrary. It helped my hormones and regulated my cycle.
      Its not a diet. Its a new way of eating, a lifestyle choice. If you do keto and then stop it to start gorging on carbs, you will gain wait.
      Weight loss is essentially math. Calories in minus calories out. But keto helps you get away from the vicious cycle of sugar. You dont get cravings, feel more energetic, less bloated and more satiated. YMMV.
      Jan 5
  • Microsoft Influencer
    I am not a health expert but my PhD was in medical science plus I have keen interest in this area. Your body is trying to tell something. It is unusual to have slow metabolism at this age and I think you have a gut problem ( not enough bacteria diversity to digest the food you are eating ). Are you having enough sleep or anything stress related that recently happened in your life ? Also your stomach Ph level might be messed up and may not be producing enough acid. You also may have adneralin hormonal issue.
    Don’t worry everything can be fixed. Focus on creating health first and weight loss shall come automatically . You can message me and I can help you the best I can.
    Jan 4 4
    • New MsWorld
      OP
      Yes, I have enough sleep. Indeed, it's hard to get out of bed in the morning but I try to push myself out of it and am doing ok. Sometimes I feel so lazy at work, I come home early and take a nap (and then lose the motivation to go to the gym). No stress or hormonal issue (got it checked).
      Jan 4
    • Microsoft Influencer
      Ok that’s very good to know. Generally sleep and stress are one of the prominent reason doctors often ignore. Clearly we have a food problem so that should be fixable. May I know how many meals or snacks you eat ? Also where is your fat mostly located is it belly fat or legs ? . If you can send me roughly your meals of weekday and weekend, I think I can help you with that. You can post here or message me if you don’t want to post your diet here. Are you eating heavy breakfast or eat out a lot in morning . I have a feeling there is sugars hidden in your breakfast or through your day.
      Jan 4
    • New MsWorld
      OP
      Sure, I will pm you.
      Jan 4
    • Salesforce Heimer
      1. Were you evaluated for sleep apnea?
      2. Were you evaluated for a 4-times-a-day cortisol test
      Jan 4
  • Google Mmkaay
    Losing weight through exercise is much more difficult and time consuming than controlling what you eat.
    Jan 4 1
    • Microsoft Influencer
      This ^ but easier said than done. People nowadays have no idea what they are eating. Latte loaded with sugar, heavy carbs breakfast , 6 meals a day, eating out 3-5 times a week, highly boxed and processed foods, bread, ketch up. Stores are adding sugar in everything. People here are awesome in leetcode but very poor when it comes to nutrition knowledge.
      Jan 4
  • F5 Networks / QA dwHd37
    I had similar problem, I got rid of carbohydrates and coffee, stopped eating junk, got slim weight vest so that I could wear it at work to get my heart trained without gym.
    Jan 4 4
    • New MsWorld
      OP
      What were the dietary changes you made when you said you got rid of carbs?
      Jan 4
    • Microsoft Influencer
      Yes for most people this is helpful, generally processed foods and sugar create a huge insulin spike and then result in hunger and laziness. Blood sugar is on roller coaster.
      Jan 4
    • F5 Networks / QA dwHd37
      I used to eat "healthy" food base of the diet was bannanna smoothies and apple/lemon/orange juices and nuts, I was doing it until I almost killed liver, after that I moved to diet that is close to mediterranean one. But still was overeating carbs in potatoe and pasta, that is where my metabolism dropped down dramatically, but after replacing all that carbs with meat and fiber in forms of boiled chicken and salads metabolism went back to normal
      Jan 4
    • F5 Networks / QA dwHd37
      And do not fuck with fats, it not healthy too, even if it is super organic and freshly pressed
      Jan 4
  • Mentor Graphics vAjo15
    Stay away from sugar. Request a standing desk if you can. After lunch go for a short walk. And don’t eat anything 3-4 hours before bed.
    Jan 4 3
    • Microsoft Influencer
      ^this . But not only cane sugar but also hidden sugars. Bread, cake , ketchup, boxes foods you name it
      Jan 4
    • New MsWorld
      OP
      What are we supposed to eat then? Survive on fruits and veggies only? 😧
      Jan 4
    • Amazon / Eng fHUg57
      Eat grilled meat. Don't pump it up with sweet dressing though
      Jan 4
  • Microsoft omanuch
    Let’s do it naturally. No workout, no diet control, guaranteed success. Sounds good? Here is how you achieve it - find a highly paid job at a famous company, say Amazon, and try to get a promotion in a year. Why does this work? 6 months of intensive Leetcoding, 24/7 service on-call, long working hours, tons of free bananas, cry in toilet and at desk... you get the result after a year; or money back!
    Jan 4 0
  • Twitter / Eng T Rex
    How did you know your metabolism has slowed down? From your replies and comments, there is a chance you have Vitamin D deficiency and/or depression.
    Jan 4 2
    • New MsWorld
      OP
      Bloating, weight gain, and laziness are symptoms of slowed down metabolism imo
      Jan 4
    • Twitter / Eng T Rex
      Assuming you have talked to your doctor and ruled out depression?
      Jan 4
  • Apple hfcxxxvhd
    I know a friend of mine who has similar problem, and for him it was diagnosed as hormone imbalance issue. He had a treatment and he is doing fine now.
    Jan 4 2
    • New MsWorld
      OP
      I got it checked, I am doing ok.
      Jan 4
    • SSL wmso37
      If your doctor ordered a thyroid hormone test (which they should given your symptoms), make sure to check your results against the most up to date guidelines. Many doctors use the old numbers which leave people in a subclinical state of hypothyroidism. I was that way for years and it sucked until I did research and found a better doctor.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothyroidism
      Jan 4
  • Google / Eng yogi bear
    if you think workout is too much for you, you are deserving slow metabolism. there is not free lunch, period.
    Jan 4 1
    • Microsoft Influencer
      You have no idea about how body works do you ?
      Jan 4
  • Fidelity Investments PvrtyGhost
    Calories in, calories out. Stop eating so much or choose better food if you don't eat that much as you're clearly eating in excess
    Jan 4 1
    • Microsoft Influencer
      This equation for dummies and oversimplification of health. This is true if Marco nutrients are healthy. But most of the techie aren’t doing that. 100 cal of Apple is way different than 1.5 tbs of cane sugar ~100 Cals. It depends where calorie is coming from and if your body has enough bacteria and minerals like potassium to absorbs those.
      Jan 4
  • Apple hfcxxxvhd
    Please go to a doctor instead of asking random techies here!
    Jan 4 1
    • AMD GDKa06
      There is no cure in medicine for lower metabolism and it is likely that doctors will just tell her there is nothing wrong with her since her labs are ok. There are many people out here who are not doctors but have researched their way out of health issues.
      Jan 5
  • completely replacing one of your meals with salad (no dressing) will definitely help. Intermittent fasting or no eating after 6pm has also work for me.
    Jan 4 3
    • New MsWorld
      OP
      How do you manage to stay hungry from 6pm until bed time? My stomach would start to hurt from hunger.
      Jan 4
    • Yes. It was tough in the beginning, but I found that if I have grilled chicken breast at 6 pm along with some carbs like brown rice and loads of veggies , it keeps me full till the next morning . Chicken breast has very little carbs and is full of protein.
      Jan 4
    • Amazon / Eng fHUg57
      You can eat carrots. Or a bowl of fiber rich fruits. Cucumber, zucchini or squash also make good substitutes for after meal snacks.
      Jan 5
  • Amazon / Eng fHUg57
    Did you consider you might have a problem with your thyroid?
    Jan 4 1
    • New MsWorld
      OP
      I got it checked, it's in the normal range
      Jan 4
  • VMware gukfsqrg
    Eat fiber (food or supplements) to help you digest. Also make going gym a habit so that you don’t feel painful. It is like if you leetcode everyday you can’t live without it ;)
    Jan 4 1
    • Microsoft Influencer
      Yes this is a good point but supplements are only absorbed at 5%. Best way to get this through organic non GMO self cooked foods.
      Jan 4
  • Amazon / Eng Chad🕶
    Protein and carbs both have 4 calories per gram. Fat has 9 calories per gram. Equally replacing carbs for protein will still give you the same amount of calories.

    I'd recommend you learn a bit about proper nutrition. Proper knowledge will greatly improve your efforts. Essentially, if you're not willing to exercise more, your only option is to eat fewer calories.
    Jan 4 3
    • New MsWorld
      OP
      I read about it and concluded that carbs less to weight gain, and so for people who gain weight easily a low carb high protein diet is better. Let me know if you have other suggestions.
      Jan 4
    • Amazon / Eng Chad🕶
      Your body handles carbs differently than protein but if you don't exercise enough, it doesn't make a difference. It's the principle of calories in vs. calories out. If your daily intake of calories is greater than your daily burn of calories, you'll always be in a calorie surplus, regardless of what the source of the calories is. And all excess calories your body isn't using gets stored as fat. Whereas if you lift weights regularly, you're body will use the protein to build muscle, but if you're not doing resistance training, your body will just store it as fat.

      So from the limited info i have based on what you've said, replacing carbs for protein won't make too much of a difference in your case. It's also important to make sure the majority of your carbs are from whole grains.
      Jan 4
    • New MsWorld
      OP
      So basically, if I am not working out enough, replacing carbs with protein ain't much of a help? Wow, I wasn't aware of this. Thanks for the info.
      Jan 4
  • Microsoft / Eng Tier 1
    Sleep in the cold.

    This burns calories for free.
    Jan 4 1
    • F5 Networks / QA dwHd37
      >))))))))))))))
      Jan 4
  • Salesforce tensorchic
    I stopped worrying about this. I just try to eat healthy and do yoga 3x a week. I guess if you stop identifying with your body shape and more with other things you have to offer, it might help. You might lose weight just by reducing the stress in your life.
    Feb 11 0
  • Unfortunately it’s a snowballing effect. The less you exercise and worse you eat the more fat in your veins and the slower the metabolism and the faster the weight gain. So it’s critical to recognize and even though it’s frustrating and depressing to not give up on yourself. Never give up. ❤️

    I would speak to a nutritionist ASAP and get your macro nutrients evaluated. Macros, exercise, sleep, sauna, no smoking, blood tests.

    Get your hormone levels checked get blood tests see if anything is out of whack. I sympathize with your situation. I’m a guy almost 40 was having similar issues got blood tested and T levels were extremely low. Fixed that, improved diet and exercise routine and feel much more energized. Now 12 months in.
    Jan 4 0

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