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How To: Slow Down Fast Metabolism

I've been going to the gym for 6 months now, and in this time, I've only gained 12lbs or so despite consuming 3500 calories. I was 110. I'm now 122. The growth is veeeeery slow. I went for a physical and the doctor said there could be three things: 1. thyroid problems 2. overactive metabolism and 3. perception. you think you are eating a lot, but in reality you might not be.

So he prescribed me medicine to help increase my appetite. That didn't really help. It's been a month now. Blood test came up normal, so it's not thyroid. And I'm due next month to visit the doctor again and see if he can help me any further.

My question - is there off the counter medicine that will help me slow down my metabolism?

Thanks.
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Have you tried.....eating more? 3500 calories isn't really that much, especially if you have a fast metabolism. I was eating that much at one point when I was really active to avoid LOSING weight.

Also, how much protein are you eating?

What's your lifting routine? Maybe it sucks and that's why you're not packing on pounds. 12 pounds in 6 months isn't great but it isn't terrible either.


There are all kinds of things to try before you go and intentionally fry your metabolism. You won't ALWAYS be trying to gain mass. Many people would kill for a fast metabolism.
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At college I ate over 4000 calories a day, plus a shake on wokout days.

I gained 5 pounds over 7 months.

So now I've taken the position of just enjoying it while it lasts.
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Have you tried.....eating more? 3500 calories isn't really that much, especially if you have a fast metabolism. I was eating that much at one point when I was really active to avoid LOSING weight.


shatters my perceptions of a lot / not a lot.

OP, do you log your diet? It seems like you haven't addressed the perception problem your doctor identified. Try logging what you eat at www.fitday.com for a week to see if you really are getting 3500 calories a day.

Fitday will also tell you where your calories are coming from (i.e. amount of carbohydrates, fats, protein).
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3500 calories is NOT a lot for a strenuously physically active individual with an ectomorphic bodytype
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Eat more...its pretty simple.

Protein, complex carbs and healthy facts. If you want throw in some sort of weight gainer shake
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Maybe you've got a tapeworm More realistically, though, 3500 calories isn't enough for you. Besides, 12 pounds in 6 months isn't that slow of progress.
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12lb in 6 months of hard exercise? That is half a pound a week... about the most you can expect for lean muscle gain. If it is all lean mass, which there is a fair chance, then you are doing it pretty close to optimal. Well done.

Compare yourself to some of the fucknuts that follow some of the advice given around here and put on 10lb in a month without much exercise. Do you think they are putting on lean mass? No.

What did you expect? If you continue at your current rate, in 10 years you will have gained 240lb of muscle. Is that going to happen? Of course not. Yes, the rate drops as you go, but it will never be anywhere near as big as a lot of fucknuts think.
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I've been going to the gym for 6 months now, and in this time, I've only gained 12lbs or so despite consuming 3500 calories. I was 110. I'm now 122. The growth is veeeeery slow. I went for a physical and the doctor said there could be three things: 1. thyroid problems 2. overactive metabolism and 3. perception. you think you are eating a lot, but in reality you might not be.

So he prescribed me medicine to help increase my appetite. That didn't really help. It's been a month now. Blood test came up normal, so it's not thyroid. And I'm due next month to visit the doctor again and see if he can help me any further.

My question - is there off the counter medicine that will help me slow down my metabolism?

Thanks.

Eat more.

Eat more Carbs.

Eat more (healthy) fats. They slow down metabolism.
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Thanks for all the replies, guys. Here are some additional details:

- I'm consuming around 125g of protein per day (give or take a few grams here and there, of course).

- I don't know if this helps or not, but you have to understand, I was at 110lbs for 6 years, pretty much the worst condition my body has been. In these 6 months, my biceps have gone from measuring 9.25inches to 13inches. Chest has gone from measuring 28 inches to 35 inches. Legs, on the other hand, are the same, even though I work them pretty hard. Don't know why.

- Those of you saying eat more - it's easier said than done. I was eating maybe 1500 cals 6 months ago. Then within a month, I reached 3500. Even now, (and yes, I do track my cals), it's hard for me to stuff myself beyond 3500 cals. I eat healthy, so I'm not eating 3 large Burger King friends to get myself to 4000 cals a day.

- I don't look a skinny little kid anymore (yes, I know, by normal standards, I'm still very skinny), but my body structure has filled out. My chest is visible. Body looks and feels great overall. And needless to say, I'm 4x as strong as I was before.

- I'm 5"10 and my goal is to get from 122lbs right now to around 165lbs. So about 45lbs more to go. And I'm just trying to accelerate the process, but on the other hand, I do realize that I'm gaining lean muscle, which takes a while for it grow.
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sounds like you've made incredible progress looks-wise. congratulations!

ideal protein/lb bodyweight for bulking is 1-1.5g of protein. maybe your body at this point in your life needs to be towards that 1.5 number.

1.5 * 122 = 183g. So you could be coming up 58g (183-125) short.

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what is your routine?
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From a looks standpoint, absolutely! My body was at the worst shape possible, so the only way it could was up.

I can't give you the specifics of my routine because honestly, I don't remember the name of the exercises that I do. So here's the overview:

***Do note, though, that I worked with a trainer for the first 4 months, and by myself for the last 2 months. I will resume working with the trainer starting Sept. 1****

Monday: Arms + Chest (Workout Time (WT): 1:15 hours)
Tuesday: Legs (WT: 1:00 hour)
Wednesday: Back + Shoulders (WT: 1:15 hours)
Thursday: Arms + Chest (WT: 1:15 hours)

3 sets for each exercise with increasing weights for each set with declining reps. Reps per set = 12, 10 and 8.

My time with the trainer is only 30 mins, which was more than enough when I first started in January end, since I had never worked out before, and I would die after 15 mins. Now, I can go on for an hour, and I'll be set. Also, back when I was with the trainer, I never focused on doing the right movements or actually thinking about what I was doing, since the trainer was always there to correct me. However, now that I've worked out by myself, I've learned that psychology and focusing on what you are doing is just as important, if not more so, as doing the actual movements.
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From a looks standpoint, absolutely! My body was at the worst shape possible, so the only way it could was up.
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I can't give you the specifics of my routine because honestly, I don't remember the name of the exercises that I do.

if you can't figure out the exercises we won't really be able to help you. go to http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html and go to the body parts you're working out and see if you can find your exercises.

if not, describe the motions to us.
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