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    How do you know if you have a fast metabolism? or a slow one? can't figure it out..

    I know this question was most likely put up before in the past
    but I was always under the assumption I had a slow metabolism
    because my weight has been consistent most of the time, like i'm around 20-22% body fat
    if I had a fast metabolism wouldn't my body fat percent have gone down?

    however as of lifting right now I notice that everytime after a meal of high protien I tend to go poop afterwards...

    how many times do you popo a day to be considered to have a ffast metabolism? :P

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    If you're active you have a high metabolism. If you're inactive you have a low metabolism. It decreases as you age. Exceptions to these points are medical conditions (such as thyroid conditions).

    Your bowel movements are determined by the mass of fecal matter (depends on your diet and flora) and any pressure/disturbances that you put on your digestive system (Examples would be a big meal or running). If you regularly have 2+ movements per day, consider making an appointment with a gastroenterologist.

    Sounds like you want to lose weight: Eat less and do more cardio
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    Great post above...

    Op assuming you do want to burn more fat I have copied a few very simple and somewhat obvious things to do which will help speed up your metabolism (Got this info from my PT course which I just copied off the website)

    • Do more exercise
    • Fidget more often
    • Be a male (generally more muscle)
    • Build more muscle mass
    • Consume caffeine – not too much though!
    • Move to a colder climate – burn more energy to keep warm
    • Make sure you eat on a regular basis, especially breakfast!
    • Eat some spicy treats
    • Become pregnant and lactate (ladies only!)

    Things that will decrease

    • Be inactive
    • Miss meals – if we don’t eat after 3-4 hours, our body knows it and will go into a semi-starvation state where it slows down the metabolism to conserve precious energy!
    • Go on a crash diet or period of fasting (when you don’t eat) – not only does the body slow down its metabolism but it may use protein in muscle to provide glucose for energy. We then lose muscle which decreases metabolism further
    • Get older – metabolic rate decreases 2% per decade after the age of 20
    • Be female
    • Lose muscle mass
    • Keep warm – we burn energy when we shiver
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    Originally Posted by SoYouThink View Post
    Great post above...

    Op assuming you do want to burn more fat I have copied a few very simple and somewhat obvious things to do which will help speed up your metabolism (Got this info from my PT course which I just copied off the website)

    • Do more exercise
    • Fidget more often
    • Be a male (generally more muscle)
    • Build more muscle mass
    • Consume caffeine – not too much though!
    • Move to a colder climate – burn more energy to keep warm
    • Make sure you eat on a regular basis, especially breakfast!
    • Eat some spicy treats
    • Become pregnant and lactate (ladies only!)

    Things that will decrease

    • Be inactive
    • Miss meals – if we don’t eat after 3-4 hours, our body knows it and will go into a semi-starvation state where it slows down the metabolism to conserve precious energy!
    • Go on a crash diet or period of fasting (when you don’t eat) – not only does the body slow down its metabolism but it may use protein in muscle to provide glucose for energy. We then lose muscle which decreases metabolism further
    • Get older – metabolic rate decreases 2% per decade after the age of 20
    • Be female
    • Lose muscle mass
    • Keep warm – we burn energy when we shiver
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    You know... Men are capable of lactating. So...

    Wait, did we stumble upon the next weight-loss craze?
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    @ so you think
    well i'm trying to build muscle/bulk
    so loosing weight is the last thing I should be doing, how does that change the suggestions you gave me ?
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    Originally Posted by Noviceplus View Post
    If you're active you have a high metabolism. If you're inactive you have a low metabolism. It decreases as you age. Exceptions to these points are medical conditions (such as thyroid conditions).

    Your bowel movements are determined by the mass of fecal matter (depends on your diet and flora) and any pressure/disturbances that you put on your digestive system (Examples would be a big meal or running). If you regularly have 2+ movements per day, consider making an appointment with a gastroenterologist.

    Sounds like you want to lose weight: Eat less and do more cardio
    if I poop 2 + a day I need to go see a doctor?

    and I want to gain muscle
    and loose weight or at least maintain my current weight
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    Originally Posted by BlueBison17 View Post
    if I poop 2 + a day I need to go see a doctor?
    Sorry, typo/error on my part. Meant to say, if you have +2 from your regular number, you should consider seeing one. It just may be the increased protein or it may be something else. Something to keep an eye on. If your diet was fairly low on protein (or whatever you're eating for protein) before, it's less of a concern.
    Originally Posted by BlueBison17 View Post
    and I want to gain muscle and loose weight or at least maintain my current weight
    Jot down everything you eat, figure out the macros/calories and compare it to your calculated needs. From there, guesstimate your new numbers.
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