March 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm #15536Heather LParticipant
I guess my biggest hang-up to this way of thinking is: What is the difference between eating a ton to raise your metabolism so that your body can then function like it should in order to shed the pounds AND being like so many other overweight, unhealthy Amercicans. Why haven’t THEY reached metabolic perfection and then let go of the pounds? I’m just scared to get fat and stay that way.March 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm #15548
You don’t eat a ton to raise metabolism. Eating pro metabolic foods raise metabolism. The typical American diet lowers the metabolism. You may gain a little fat when raising your temps but you can lose it after if done properly.March 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm #15549
Insider Fuzzy, you don’t agree with Matt? The snack foods alone like oreos recommended by Matt are typical american fair if anything. Have you been able to get higher temp. without eating junk and without gaining weight??March 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm #15551Heather LParticipant
Yes, Insider Fuzzy, please expand on your knowledge because all I’ve read on here points to carb loading (and not the nourishing stuff).March 1, 2014 at 8:14 pm #15557
Christinam, Americans do eat Oreos but they over do it. Oreos are good because they’re low PUFA but should be taken in small amounts when the temps are low. But they consume mostly anti-metabolic foods like chicken, salmon and fry everything in vegetable oil which pretty much in all foods nowadays. Not to mention all the excess water and beer the average American drinks.
I did eat “junk food” when my temps were low. Now I’m stable at 98.6. That took little over a week. Now that my temps are higher I don’t really eat a lot of processed junk food anymore. It’s now maintaing the temps. I eat more so called “healthy food” now like fruits and veggies. Still eat some ice cream, pizza, soda and bugles few times a week. I had a little weight gain in the beginning but I lost most of it.March 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm #15558
Wait a minute.That’s awesome! It took you only one week to be consistently 98.6 degrees and you now maintain that eating mostly fruits and veggies? Not even lots of grains, potatoes etc?And some of those other foods. Tell more!March 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm #15559
Heather, Matt explains everything in his “Eat for Heat” book. It’s very complicated to explain on here which foods to eat and what to drink. He has all the meal plans and guidelines explained in the book.March 1, 2014 at 8:23 pm #15561
How is it possible that it took you only one week? I’ve been going full force for 2 months and only hit 98.6 at my midday high point
You seem to have gotten better results than anyone here including Matt. I read 4 of his books. You seem to have an edge that makes me want to know more. But I understand that it’s to much to ask.March 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm #15565TinaTParticipant
I was really surprised how fast my temps came up, too, actually… all I had to do was stop forcing myself to drink water all day long. I’m not sure where my temps started, though… but I do know I no longer suffer from cold hands and feet like I used to.
I do have to watch for the opposite, though. I have a hiatal hernia that acts up if I get even a little dehydrated.
I also indulge my love of cheese and salt now. :)
I’ve been holding my weight steady… even on days when I go over 2600 calories (often, the morning after a high calorie day is when the scale drops), but I haven’t ever forced myself to eat more than I want, either.
We eat pretty much all home made food, no fast food (unless you count Pho?) and I’ve switched to using coconut oil, butter, olive oil and lard (in that order) for all cooking.
From the things I’ve been reading – the obesity epidemic is more about a diet that avoids eating real fat (i.e. saturated animal fats), and then eats bad fats (high PUFA veggie oils) when you do eat fat…
I’m not Matt – but for me, it’s not about how much I eat (although that is a factor) – it’s about what I eat and how I balance it with what I drink. So far, I’m enjoying the results.March 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm #15566TinaTParticipant
And… before someone else chimes in… yes, Pho is mostly liquid, so that would be an anti-metabolism meal… but it sure tasted good. :)
Followed by some salty popcorn popped in coconut oil would help balance things back out again…March 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm #15570DavidModerator
Weight gain always promotes increased metabolism, with both fat mass and muscle mass contributing to your BMR (muscle contributes more, but fat does to). Contrary to popular myths, obese people tend to burn more calories a day than thin people. That’s why it’s much easier to lose weight quickly when you’re 500 pounds than when you’re trying to lose that last 10 pounds. In your first post, you ask why overweight, unhealthy Americans haven’t reached metabolic perfection, even though they consume so many calories. The truth is, they do burn a lot of calories every day, just not enough to compensate for their huge intake.
If you want your body to burn calories, you have to do something to force it to. If you want to eat like Michael Phelps, then work out like Michael Phelps. I think that eating a lot every day has its advantages, and I like to eat a lot, but you have to exercise if you don’t want those extra calories to turn into fat.March 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm #15571
That is great Tina! I just got myself some cheese. I’ve got to keep up with all of you. I feel like I’m lagging behind with my cold toes over here. Tina are you able to get warm in the mornings? That’s when I struggle the most.March 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm #15572
David you’re promoting the opposite of what Matt is teaching on Matt’s forum? Not that it bothers me too much. just saying.March 1, 2014 at 9:06 pm #15574DavidModerator
Christina- I’ve followed Matt’s blog (when there was a blog) for several years, and maybe I’ve read his stuff even longer than you. And as I said in my main post in the other thread, I agree with many of the ideas at 180, especially the rejection of orthorexic thinking.
One of the things I respect about Matt is that he rejects dogmatism. He’s changed his mind when he realizes he’s wrong, and so have I. I think Matt can handle a little disagreement.March 1, 2014 at 10:27 pm #15585
Fair enough. I didn’t mean to disrespect you. But if you had to choose between orthorexic and hot or chill about food and unattractive. What would you choose? And don’t say chill and hot?haha
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