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Slow Metabolism

Slow Metabolism

Most people will have heard someone complain that their excess weight is down to a ‘slow metabolism’ – normally at the same time as that person is shovelling cake into their mouth…Metabolic rate is basically the speed at which your body converts food and drink into energy. There are diseases and conditions that slow a person’s metabolism, but these are rare, and most people’s weight is a matter of poor diet and a lack of exercise. That’s not to say that everyone’s metabolic rate is the same – it’s not – but there are very few people whose weight won’t respond to good diet and regular exercise. The factors that will affect your metabolism include your body size, your gender and your age. You can check your metabolic rate using the My Healthchecker tool. There are a handful of conditions that can cause metabolic problems, such as Cushing’s syndrome and hypothyroidism, so if you feel that you may have a problem thats not responding to lifestyle changes, go and see your GP.

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I am 25 with a 5year old daughter and I have been struggling to gain weight for years!! I eat loads 3times a day pluss snacks. This is causing depression as people think I am 16 with a 5year old. Please help me gain a healthy size





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Hi, I'm female and 17 years old and to start of with I have depression and anxiety so when things happen I comfort eat, I know to stop but I makes me feel abit better and has now become a habit. To add to this a lot of my family are overweight and with that I have been told I have a low metabolism. Within around a year and abit I have gone from a healthy 10.8 to 14.2 ( stone) and I can't seem to break the habit with eating when upset. Any tips on how to break this cycle and manage my weight would be great.





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The fact that people are posting in here desperate to gain weight despite their best efforts suggests that fast and slow metabolisms are a very real thing. I'm disappointed that this usually helpful and informative site has provided such reductionist information!





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hey guys I have hypothyroidism and am medicated 175mg of levothyroxine most symptoms are manageable, however my sex drive has never really come back to normal I suffer with ED, and I am just wondering if with hypothyroidism you can be prescribed Viagra from the NHS? My doctor says there is nothing he can do to help, but I cant really believe this.





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I'm 3 stone overweight and need help to lose weight. Advice please





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I have worsening symptoms of hypothyroidism, carpal tunnel, lethargy, weight gain no matter what I do, joint pain, heavy periods, hair loss, dry skin, palpitations, anaemia, ibs. I also have pcos and after feeling a lump in my neck and gp sending me for ultrasound told I have a benign tumour on my thyroid. Gp just says can't be thyroid as bloods are fine, I've checked they are always on lower side of normal...help...fed up :(





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im 17, have a large amount of hip fat and from the side im thin but my hips are big, its displeasing and im trying to lose weight, I have tried exercise but cant find the right diet or exercise. Could someone help please?





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I'm diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I follow a vegetarian diet and regular exercises but my weight is on increase and I feel tired and low my gp checks my thyroid regularly. Please help how can I reduce my weight than repend . I'm in full time employment and enjoy working.





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Hey im 18 almost 19 and am only 6 and a half stone, ive tried loads of different ways to gain weight but it doesnt work have you got any suggestions that might help me gain weight?





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Hi, I am Sara, 2 years and half ago, after my second miscarriage, I asked to put the mirena.In the beginning everything was ok. But after 3 months I had 2 urinary infection, constant knee pain, no more periods, hot flushes and gained a staggering amout of weight(11kg). I have to say that my diet Iis quie good, since I eat healthy and go to the gym. NeNevertless, even after removing the coil, and 6 months have gone through, I see almost no improvement. Infact the only difference is that my knee pain is gone. I did already some tests in order to see if I suffer of slow thyroid, but it is negative. I don't know what to do. Could you help, please?





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