View Full Version : Metabolism questoin

04-05-2002, 08:33 AM
From what I read, I understand that your metabolism can adapt to how many calories you take in, but can it permanently adapt if you eat that many for too long? I'm finding I'm putting on a pretty good deal amount of fat eating around 2800 calories, where before I used to be able to maintain at that level.

04-05-2002, 08:36 AM
how long have you been eating 2800? hasn't it only been like a couple days?

anyways...yes your body will adapt, so if you are eating 1200 cals it will adapt yo surviving on 1200 cals, usually by eating your organs and muscle tissue and saving the fat for later.

if you eat 2800 cals it will adapt to surviving on 2800 cals, and let go of the fat since it doesn't need to keep it..."just in case".

04-05-2002, 04:01 PM
Yes, I've just started eating around 2800 calories for about 5 or 6 days now. I know nobody is going to know for sure, but about how long would it take the body to get used to 2800, if before eating around 1800-2100 calories for a year straight? Are we talking about 2 or 3 weeks, or more like 2 or 3 months?

04-05-2002, 04:11 PM
yeah i noticed that when i jumped up from 1500 cals to 3500 cals i didnt gain weight for about a month. im sure the body didnt know what to do with all the extra, and it just turned into waste, now it stores the extra

04-05-2002, 04:49 PM
so if you've only been doing it for a couple of days how do you know you are putting ona good deal of fat?

could it be water retention? i would give it a month to sort itself out. for my self, my body bounced right back in a week, this last time. but when i first increased my cals after undereating for YEARS, i just kinda stayed the same for a while. but i also had an untreated thyroid condition. I was told when i first increased my cals that i might see a gain of a couple of pounds as my body would be tryign to horde fat as it's the first time in a good while it was getting fed, but that it would stabilize and then drop once my body got used to it.

04-05-2002, 05:25 PM
Well, I guess I don't know how much of it is actually fat, but since I started to eat around 2800 a day back on Sunday, my abs become more and more nonexistent daily. I'm sure some of it is water, but I'm pretty sure some of it is fat as well. Thanks for the advice.

04-05-2002, 05:27 PM
have you been using a lot of carbs to get to that 2800 number?

04-05-2002, 05:38 PM
I'm taking around 200 grams a day. Pretty much eating the same diet I was, just eating carbs. Before, I wasn't eating any carb except a few post workout. So I'm pretty sure a lot of what I have gained is water from the carbs, I just figured by now I wouldn't be holding in so much water.

04-05-2002, 05:42 PM
well if your still eating them you will be holding water. what type of carbs are you using?

04-05-2002, 05:55 PM
I'm eating mostly oatmeal, brown rice, and green veggies. Some wheat bread too, but not much.