First of all here's my definition of a person who have metabolic damage : anyone, especially women who diets with super-low calories and does hours of cardio each day (even in their offseason...) but can't seem to lose fat or even stay lean. So I would define "metabolic damage" as a situation where you simply can't lose fat with a reasonable caloric restriction!
You see your body don't like change... We all know the drill : proper nutrition, intense training, adequate rest and optimal supplementation. But what if I told you that you could damage your own metabolism to the point where it's virtually impossible for you to lose fat without going to extreme dieting and doing hours of cardio? You know, everyone who had been on a diet for a while have dealt with some metabolic damage. Once you get below a certain body fat level, your body will fight you to prevent further fat loss by increasing hunger, reducing libido, feeling tired and decreasing metabolic rate.
All those sign can lead to metabolic damage if one isn't listening... In a recent study (Johannsen D, Knuth N, et al) it was showed that severe caloric restriction coupled with low intensity cardio significantly reduced metabolic rate even when muscle mass was maintaned.
In part 2 we will cover how to avoid metabolic damage as well as what supplements you can use to minimize the damage!
Stay tuned team EN!
By Jean-Nicolas Audet, EN owner.