There are a lot of nutritional myths out there and one of them is metabolic damage.
During my 6-year journey as a high-carb raw vegan and a health coach, I’ve assisted people who have actually gained weight on a low-fat raw vegan or raw till 4 diet.
Here is my video about it:
Some promoters in this niche will try to convince other people that it is due to “metabolic damage”. But is this true and is there any science to back up this claim?
What exactly is metabolic damage?
Let’s say you went through a period of severely restricting your calories or you suffered from bulimia or anorexia in the past.
Now you are “packing in” lots of calories … and you are beginning to gain weight.
So according to some people, this is because your metabolism was damaged and your body will naturally gain weight for a period of time, after which it will eventually release it once your metabolism has healed.
However, what can happen in reality is that you might gain extra weight (if you eat more than you need) and then keep it on.
And it’s nothing to do with damaged metabolism. In fact, there is no such thing as metabolic damage.
A study done in 1997 showed that hospitalized anorexic patients BMR’s increased significantly within just the first 2 weeks of re-feeding, which of course should not happen according to the metabolic damage theory. (1)
If it is not damaged metabolism that leads to weight gain, then what does?
The answer is very simple – eating more calories than your body needs.
This video debunks the metabolic damage myth and explains how to get slim on a high-fruit raw or high raw lifestyle.
What are your thoughts and experiences regarding the so called metabolic damage? Please post your comments below!
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