If you’ve ever lost a substantial amount of weight, you’ve likely experienced one or more of the following issues:
And if you ask the Internet why, chances are good you’ll come across something about metabolic damage, slowdown, or adaptation.
According to many people, all these terms refer to a condition where various physiological systems have been disrupted due to dieting and, as a result, your metabolism begins to decline, making it harder and harder to continue losing weight.
And if you keep on pushing it, your metabolism can crater.
How accurate is this?
To find out, I invited Eric Trexler, who’s a bodybuilder, researcher, and the Director of Education for Stronger by Science, to hop on the show and break it all down.
In this episode, Eric answers questions like . . .
6:19 – What is the background of your paper? What is metabolic adaptation?
7:08 – What do you mean by weight loss becoming difficult?
12:02 – What are some metabolic adaptations?
33:05 – What are some strategies to minimize metabolic adaptations while cutting?
39:47 – What rate of weight loss should we be aiming for and what are the best practices?
48:50 – Do you have any rules on volume?
53:08 – Why is maintaining intensity important?
1:03:15 – Do you prioritize carbs when you increase calories?
1:11:06 – What’s the best way to transition from cutting to lean bulking?
1:29:25 – Where can people find you and your work?
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