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How to get a bikini bod and destroy yourself in the process
Posted 2015-05-26 by Sean Leffler in Nutrition

Bikini season is fast approaching and my facebook feed is filled with numerous get lean quick schemes.So here's the secret to getting lean fast.

Do heavy or high intensity full body movements 3x a week (Think Heavy Barbell Deadlifts, Heavy Squats, Heavy Presses)

Do high intensity cardion 3x week (think insanity, p90x, etc...)

Eat less than 100g of Carbs a day.

Watch the fat "melt" away.

Then, at some point in the future watch your body get softer, sicker all while feeling like complete and utter crap.

How so? The above system gets you lean by forcing your body into a nice adrenalized state. You see, when your body cant get the sugar (glucose) it needs to fuel your cells, it triggers adrenaline to help metabolism muscle and fat. The downside is that this wrecks your thyroid/metabolism. (Adrenals and thyroid are antagonists) The amount of time it takes for this to happens varies greatly from person to person, but google for broken people who used to do paleo diets and you'll find them.

Markers for a damaged metabolism from Kate Deering

  • What is your body temperature? Do you feel cold all the time? Cold hands, feet, and nose?
  • What is your heart rate/pulse?
  • How often to you urinate per day? Do you have chronic thirst?
  • How often do you have a bowel movement? Constipated? Bloated? Gas? Diarrhea?
  • What does your stool look like? Runny? Pebbles? Smelly? Undigested foods?
  • How is your sleep? Restless, interrupted, feel exhausted upon waking?
  • How are your skin, hair, and nails? Dry and brittle? Slow growing? Do you heal slowly?
  • How are your hormones? Could you care less if you ever have sex again? Do you have PMS? Infertility? Low libido?
  • How is your energy? Dragging all day? Energy highs and lows? Mid-day crash? Wired at night?
  • How is your mood? Anxious? Depressed? Irritated? Sad?
  • Do you get sick often? Or not at all?
  • Do you gain weight easily? Do you have edema (water logged)?
  • Do you have a hard time losing weight, even with diet and exercise?

If, you answered yes to many of the above questions and find you are cold (consistently 95–97 degrees)—especially your hands, feet, and nose—have a low pulse (below 75bpm), urinate all day long (ideal is four to five times), your thirst is never quenched, are constipated (good bowel movement is one to three per day), bloated, and gassy, sleep poorly, are tired, depressed, have no sex drive, have dry nails, skin and hair, have slow healing wounds, are sick often, gain weight easily, and have a hard time losing weight, your metabolism may be on the fritz.

Even if you have just a few of the above issues you may be suffering from a depressed metabolic state.

Signs of a High Metabolic Rate:

  • Body temperature with a thermometer: 97.8 F (36.6 C) upon waking 98.6 F (37 C) mid-day
  • Pulse 75–90 bpm
  • Warm feet, hands, and nose all day.
  • 1–3 bowel movements/day
  • Urinating 4–5 times/day, not 10–12 times/day
  • Good hormone function: healthy sex drive, no PMS, fertile
  • Shiny hair, smooth and healthy skin, strong nails
  • 7–9 hours deep, uninterrupted sleep
  • Feel happy and content
  • Have good energy all day
  • Maintain your weight without dieting and excessive exercise

-Deering, Kate (2015-05-06). How to Heal Your Metabolism: Learn How the Right Foods, Sleep, the Right Amount of Exercise, and Happiness Can Increase Your Metabolic Rate and Help Heal Your Broken Metabolism (Kindle Locations 327-360). . Kindle Edition.

Has Exercise Suppressed Your Metabolism?

Want to know if exercise has suppressed your metabolism? Check your body temperature and pulse. Most endurance athletes run a cool 96 degrees Fahrenheit and have a pulse around 50 beats per minute (bpm). Low body temperature and pulse are not supportive of a high running metabolic rate. Yet, these factors are needed for long endurance activity. This is an adaptive measure to allow the body to perform at a high level for a long time. This stress adaptation makes your body more efficient, allowing the athlete to use less fuel to go harder and longer. However, although this works well for the athlete’s performance, it actually slows his or her metabolism at rest. The lower metabolic rate can lead to suppressed digestive, detox, and immune systems. World-class endurance athletes have heart rates around 45–50 bpm and low body temperature (95–96 degrees Farenheit). In fact, every long-distance athlete I know seems to be freezing all the time. Many of them have horrible digestion, hormonal issues, hair loss, premature aging, and chronic colds and illness. Yes, they may be lean and great at their sport, but this does not mean they are healthy. It just means their body has become very efficient at conserving fuel by lowering immune function, lowering body temperature and pulse, decreasing hormonal and digestive function, and decreasing hair and skin growth.

Deering, Kate (2015-05-06). How to Heal Your Metabolism: Learn How the Right Foods, Sleep, the Right Amount of Exercise, and Happiness Can Increase Your Metabolic Rate and Help Heal Your Broken Metabolism (Kindle Locations 3793-3805).

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