How to Repair a Damaged Metabolism

If you have caused metabolic “damage”, yes it can be “repaired” and allit takes is the right combination of metabolism stimulating exercise andmetabolism stimulating nutrition (NOT just a diet), all done consistentlyover time.The big irony is that most of the diet programs that claim to help youget rid of excess weight, end up making it harder for you in the longrun because they use harsh metabolism-decreasing diets and not enoughexercise (almost never any weight training).

It may take a little longer if you have really messed things up withsevere starvation dieting in the past, especially if you’ve lost a lot of leanbody mass, but it is never hopeless. Anyone can increase their metabolism.

Most people get an almost immediate boost in metabolic rate on theBurn The Fat program, however, the results are not going to be “overnight.”Give it a little time…

Within 3 weeks your metabolism will already be more efficient. Within 6-8 weeks,it’s burning hot. Give me 12 weeks of consistent diligent effort, stickingwith all the metabolism boosting strategies, and your metabolism really willbecome like a turbo charged engine, and I’m not exaggerrating when I say that.

Whats most important for upping your metabolism is CONSISTENCY in applyingthe Burn The Fat nutrition and training principles every single day. Thatincludes the meal frequency and timing and consistent workouts includingboth cardio and weight training.

The weight training is extremely important in cases of “metabolic damage” becausethis is the stimulus to keep the muscle you have and begin rebuilding new muscletissue, which is the engine that drives your metabolism.

The men don’t usually have a problem with the weight training, but I stillhear women say they don’t want to lift weights as part of their fat lossprograms. Well, people who wont lift weights can expect a very, very long”repair process” if they achieve it at all.

Consistency is the key.

Nothing will undermine the “re-building” of your metabolism like inconsistency.If you stop and start, or skip meals and workouts often, you will not even getoff the ground.

After your metabolism is back up where it should be, it takes continued”stoking” of the metabolic furnace to keep it there. Once you get your metabolicengine running, you’ve got to keep feeding it fuel or the fire will die down.

Picture an old fashioned wood burning stove…

Imagine you’re in a cabin up in the mountains in the winter. It’s cold in thereand you want to keep the cabin warm. Can you achieve this by feeding the fireonce or twice per day? Nope. Not enough fuel to burn so not much heat is generated.

What if you just toss an entire pile of wood in the stove all at once?Will that work? Nope. Lots of fuel, but can’t all be used at once… itjust smothers the fire and the excess just sits there.

How about if you throw some tissue paper or crumpled newspaper in the stove,will that work? Nope – too quickly burning.

You have to keep putting small amounts of wood (the right type of fuel) onthe fire at regular intervals or the fire burns out.

It’s also difficult to get the fire lit again. In the case of metabolism, it’slike going through that intial few weeks of overcoming intertia all over again.

Your goal is to get your metabolism burning hot and keep it burningand this cannot be achieved by missing meals, missing workouts or withsporadic, infrequent training.

I have only seen a handful of cases where all these things were done properlyand there was still a longer “repair” process.

For example, one case was former ballet dancer. At 5′ 5″, she was previously110 lbs and had increased to about 145 or so. She didnt want to reach herprevious 110, but find a happy medium of about 125 lbs.

I figured with 20 lbs to cut, this would be a simple and predictable process,but she had a challenging time (and I didn’t know why at first).

I later found out that she had been anorexic and bulemic for many years.This had caused a lot of damage, and although she did reach her goal, ittook about twice as long as we had anticipated.

the good news is, even in this extreme case, the same nutrition and trainingprinciples worked! It just took a little longer. And by the way her programincluded some serious training with free weights and she ate a lot more (clean)food than she had ever eaten before. No “starvation!”

that’s the power of burning the fat and feeding the muscles… Trying tostarve the fat with crash diets is what causes the metabolic damage in thefirst place!

If you’re interested in the healthy, sensible way to take off the fat, while keeping all your muscle and actually increasing your metabolism in the process, then my Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle program can teach you how. No gimmicks or false promises. Just the truth – you have to work at it and you have to be patient. For more information,

Tom Venuto is a lifetime natural bodybuilder, personal trainer, gym owner, freelance writer and author of Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle (BFFM): Fat Burning Secrets of the World’s Best Bodybuilders and Fitness Models. Tom has written over 140 articles and has been featured in IRONMAN magazine, Natural Bodybuilding, Muscular Development, Muscle-Zine, Exercise for Men and Men’s Exercise. Tom is the Fat Loss Expert for and the nutrition editor for and his articles are featured regularly on literally dozens of other websites.