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Feb. 27th, 2002

Thank Christ for my metabolism. It's not what it once was, but damn it works hard. I seriously have the eating habits of a fat person. I eat when I'm bored, and I eat when I'm feeling sorry for myself. [As a lifestyle note, if I'm not bored, I'm usually feeling sorry for myself.] It's a miracle I'm not three hundred pounds. We'll see what the future holds. Ugh.


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Feb. 27th, 2002 07:56 am (UTC)
I feel the same way. I keep waiting for it to bottom out.
Feb. 27th, 2002 08:08 am (UTC)
I eat like a man double my weight. When I was in middle school, I tried and tried to gain weight. The kids I played basketball with put me on a diet of McDonalds triple cheeseburgers, and Guiness.

Nothing. Not even a pound.

I don't beleive in anything, anymore. Charles Atlas was my snake oil salesman.
Feb. 27th, 2002 01:48 pm (UTC)
you are right...at the ripe old age of 24, you should definately notice something. don't have a breakdown at 30.
Feb. 27th, 2002 08:54 pm (UTC)
My metabolism THINKS it works well and is constantly telling me to eat. But as it turns out, it's just hiding the food in my gut region.
Mar. 2nd, 2002 03:16 pm (UTC)
High Metabolism People of the World Unite
One of the myths of high metabolism is that it "bottoms out" or tapers away to "normal" levels as you age. Not necessarily. It slows down, but it usually stays at a rate constant with other people your age. So while a 50-year-old with high metabolism won't have the metabolism of an 18-year-old with high metabolism, s/he will have a significantly higher metabolism than a 50-year-old with normal metabolism.

It varies from person to person, and it follows sexual lines. In other words, if you want an idea of what you'll look like at 60, look at your 60-year-old female relatives.

For instance, on my father's side, the older men are in shape. The only one who can be considered "fat" is my father, who isn't that fat, particularly for how he eats (he calls an entire small chicken his "chicken snack"). He has a Buddha belly, and, like John Belushi, he looks fatter because he has round (southern Italian) features and a stocky build, but his forearms are still sinewy, and his shin bones are still visible. On my mother's side (the ones I resemble more), the men are all tall, skinny dudes. The less active ones have a pot belly, but nothing compared to what most 60- or 70-year-old men have.

Incidentally, waaaaaaaaay back when you were wondering why you could eat a lot and be hungry the next day but not be hungry when you hadn't eaten much the day before, I was going to ask if you had a high metabolism. That you do might be the answer.

A high metabolism doesn't just mean you can burn off what you eat. It also means that the more you eat, the harder your metabolism goes to work, and the more adaptable it is to current conditions. So if you eat a lot, particularly if you have a sudden, dramatic spike on your eating levels (such as Thanksgiving, or having your first good meal in days), your metabolism goes into overdrive. (My friend Joe, also a high metabolism, once ate a buffet after several days of moving, and a friend near him was able to feel the heat radiating off his body as soon as his metabolism kicked in.) So eating a lot suddenly can make you more hungry the next day, because metabolizing food itself requires energy and nutrients.

On the other hand, if your normal eating levels drop in a day, your metabolism goes into hibernation. It doesn't stop, but it adapts itself to the conditions works off other stored nutrients that burn slower -- fat, complex carbohydrates, etc. So you won't get hungry because your metabolism is idling in neutral, as it were.

. . .

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand I'm a geek.
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