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    Hi – I’ve just read Diet Recovery 2 and am intrigued by Matt’s ideas, but not sure if it applies to me. I bought a thermometer yesterday and my temp on waking this morning was 35.8c (96.44f) so yes, it is low, but I am not nor have I ever been a chronic dieter. I carry a bit of excess weight, mostly around my tummy, I eat some “good” food (vegies, etc) and some “bad” food (sugar, chocolate, cake) each day, and I do probably drink more water than most people (I don’t like softdrink or juice, I actually LIKE drinking water…) I do a circuit class once a week and pilates once a week.

    I’m reluctant to stop drinking so much water, and am a bit scared of the bad side effects, but will do it if I believe it will be worth it in the long run, so convince me – is this a program I need to do or is it more for people coming off a history of excessive dieting, and not for “average” eating people like me?


    It really isn’t a ‘program,’ per se, but rather just a common-sense approach to food. Anybody can take the concepts from the book and apply them, regardless of whether or not they have dieted in the past. I DO recommend decreasing your water intake, though. I’ve noticed that by doing so, especially not drinking much when I eat, my body temperature goes up quite significantly.

    So short answer – yes. I think you can definitely listen to Matt’s advice. Also, since you haven’t dieted before, I’m guessing you just follow your hunger signals? If not, then that’s really the only piece of advice there is to follow.

    Best of luck


    A lot of Matt’s writing is aimed primarily at people who have low metabolisms due to dieting or other kinds of specific food restriction but there are many other reasons for a low metabolism. You may not need to drastically change how you eat (though I think you do need to erase the “bad” and “good” labels from food). Some of the other causes for low metabolism are stress (physical, mental, and/or emotional) and insufficient sleep.

    The other thing to consider is whether you’ve dieted unconsciously. That’s a big part of how I tanked my own metabolism. I’ve never intentionally restricted calories but I’d gotten too concerned with good and bad foods and ended up eating a diet that was too satiating and not appealing enough and despite never letting myself get hungry I was significantly undereating.

    Once I read Matt Stone and counted calories for a couple days (first time in my life!) and started trying to increase my overall calories I struggled to even eat 2000 in a day more than one day in a row and having reduced my water intake due to it making me feel cold instantly I was always thirsty. Eventually I rediscovered the joy that is milk for me. I can’t even remember why I stopped drinking it years ago and I’d managed to convince myself I didn’t really like it anymore. Now I drink at least a half gallon of whole milk every day and I don’t find any drink more satisfying when I’m thirsty. Right there is an additional 1200 calories every day that doesn’t affect appetite at all. I noticed a jump in my basal temps really quickly after that change and after a few months of it I’m less sensitive to water too.

    A temp in the 96’s means SOMETHING is wrong but feel free to wait until it feels right. Read Matt’s Raising Metabolism eCourse for a while and see if any of it resonates with you. Those of use who have seen improvements can get really excited for others to join in but it can be kind of hard to wrap your brain around such controversial ides before you’re ready. It was over a year between the first time I heard Matt’s ideas and me going back to look into them again without dismissing him as a crackpot. :)


    Thanks for replying! I have reduced my water intake for 2 days now, and am surprisingly not thirsty. Even in a 45 minute circuit class at the beach yesterday in 38 deg celcius (100.4 f) I only drank one small bottle and didn’t feel thirsty afterwards. Usually in such situations I would have had twice that amount! Reading Eat for Heat now and starting to make some changes, will see how it goes. I am noervous about initial weight gain though as going on a holiday in 3 weeks which will involve lots of pool time, but I guess I’ll just have to ignore it if it happens and not let it stress me into making silly food choices again.

    My biggest problem I think will be not having peanut butter, I LOVE peanut butter :( but I know I have a massive overdose of omega 6 in my body as I have high cholesterol and my inflammatory markers are always high in blood tests. I switched to coconut oil for cooking about 4 months ago, but still really like my peanuts…


    yes, i agree…incorporating the low pufa philosophy has not been a problem for me, other than peanut butter…i miss peanut butter so much haha….

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