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bodybuildit
10-18-2007, 10:09 PM
Can maintenance naturally be increased just be eating more in some cases?
My metabolism used to be much faster but slowed due to a period of drastic dieting and weight loss. It is now rising but still much lower than before.
I am gaining a pound a week on 2500 calories but if I increased this to 3200 for a week could it possibly increase my metabolism much more?

hellabutt
10-18-2007, 10:15 PM
i reckon u gotta cut them thar calories if u wanna lose mmhmm

justanothagirl
10-18-2007, 10:34 PM
it depends, did you lose a lot of lean mass?

bodybuildit
10-19-2007, 08:04 AM
yeah.

Sibrek
10-19-2007, 08:27 AM
I would keep slowly gaining on 2500 until you stop, then up it to 3000. Your metabolism should definitely increase as you gain weight.

The Solution
10-19-2007, 09:29 AM
Can maintenance naturally be increased just be eating more in some cases?
My metabolism used to be much faster but slowed due to a period of drastic dieting and weight loss. It is now rising but still much lower than before.
I am gaining a pound a week on 2500 calories but if I increased this to 3200 for a week could it possibly increase my metabolism much more?

if u want to up the cals ur going to be gaining more weight then u want IMO..

take it slow and add maybe 100-150 calories a week or two.. and have it go slow that way u keep the extra BF off and the work of cutting again..

who would want to put their body through so many bulks/cuts..

just take it slow and do it right.. patience is a virtue for a reason

tinyman5000
10-19-2007, 09:57 AM
mines gone from 2100-2600 with a 9 lb increase in weight

Aindreas
10-19-2007, 10:04 AM
mines gone from 2100-2600 with a 9 lb increase in weight

I swear to God you give me a different number for maintanence every time you talk to me.

tinyman5000
10-19-2007, 10:05 AM
I swear to God you give me a different number for maintanence every time you talk to me.

thats cause i was losing weight last week lol i'm 3500 now, with my activity mines 250 its 2600, its literally changing every week, i think i might've been anorexic when i was losing weight in june and slowed things down

bodybuildit
10-20-2007, 04:38 PM
could low testosterone contribute to slowing a metabolism?

Sixpack
10-20-2007, 04:44 PM
Yes indeed if you body is not getting the right amout of nutrients libido and metabolims with both decrease


could low testosterone contribute to slowing a metabolism?

bodybuildit
10-20-2007, 07:07 PM
are there any ways to improve maintenance/test levels?

Sixpack
10-20-2007, 07:16 PM
Make sure your diet is at least 25-30% of healthy fats, more rest possibly if you are overtraining

bodybuildit
10-22-2007, 08:25 AM
has anyone else experienced a drastic increase in maintenance by increasing calories?

justanothagirl
10-22-2007, 08:46 AM
yeah i was maintaining at around 800-1000 calories daily with daily cardio or lifting(min 1 hr). was doing this for months. so i upped the calories to 2000 for two weeks (while hitting the weights superhard cos i wanted most of the calories to go towards my muscles) and i was bloated and had gained fat by the end of the two weeks. downed it to 1500-1700 now and lost the gained fat (now=two weeks after my bulk), have a bit more LBM(or perhaps my muscles are just filled with more glycogen so it feels like more mass) and im back to having the same ab definition as before my little bulk. my cup size has increased though (better hormone balance i guess, more calories=more fertility?) and my legs have gotten bigger (more glycogen). im decreasing my calories to 1400-1500 with a weekly 1800 calorie clean refeed now hoping to lose some fat this time around (it didnt work starving myself, my metabolism completely shut down).

i think the key to raising metabolism with a higher calorie diet without much fat gain is keeping it 95-100% clean and timing your meals well, while working your ass off in the gym (especially lifting but also cardio (HIIT>low/medium intensity)) to stimulate proper nutrient partioning.