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Reducing Intake Slows Metabolism
Friday, August 18, 2017 10:37 am Email this article
I have been sick. I developed an electrical problem in the heart making the heart go too fast. Not a heart attack, but causing episodes of passing out. To ease the problem, I was put on a medicine called amiodarone. Great for the heart but sometimes toxic to the liver and lungs. And it made me nauseated–I couldn’t eat. Realizing I was going to lose weight, I did an experiment on myself; I measured my pulse and body temperature daily.
You see I had been telling people you can’t lose weight long-term just by eating less, because if you reduce calories, over time the metabolism slows down. Amiodarone gave me a chance to check out my advice.
Sure enough, over 5 weeks I lost 10 lb, but then the weight loss stopped. My average pulse rate fell from 72 to 68. That could have been due to amiodarone. But my average oral temperature also dropped from 98.2 to 97.8, consistent with metabolism slowing down. You can’t say much from this small experiment on one person, of course, but at least the evidence didn’t contradict what I had been saying.
On July 29 I had an electrical procedure called an a-fib ablation. That seems to have fixed the electrical problem. I am off the amiodarone. Recovering slowly. My belly is flat now.
So just eating less won’t do it for you long-term. But eating less sugar, sweeteners and white flour is always good. And I’m not saying it’s okay to eat everything you are served in American restaurants. Moderation and mindfulness are ever important.
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