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Yes, for the large swath of the American population that’s overweight, the skinny minority who continuously compl...
Yes, for the large swath of the American population that’s overweight, the skinny minority who continuously complain about their uber-fast metabolism are uber-irritating. It’s like the gorgeous girl in high school complaining about all the attention she’s getting. But should the average citizen envy these attributes?
Take the overactive metabolism, for instance. We know that normally the way to increase metabolism is by eating the right foods, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly. This will prevent weight gain, tone the body, and improve overall health.
For those with high metabolisms, the problem lies in decreasing the caloric burn. These folks are constantly revving their engines over the recommended RPM. They’re working harder than they should, so they need more fuel.
Those who carry more meat on their bones have more efficient engines, which is why they store fat after overeating, rather than burning up the excess calories. As it turns out, skinny people aren’t necessarily healthier.
People with high metabolisms need to keep eating because their bodies are always burning fuel, which is why they can put away so much more food than the average weight-watcher without ever gaining a pound. But because they don’t have the extra energy to burn, they tend to have less endurance and tire easily.
These ectomorphs definitely have a hard time building muscle mass, because it’s very difficult for them to take in enough protein. They need around 1.5 grams of protein X their bodyweight (in pounds) to put on any muscle. That’s a ton of turkey.
Studies also indicate that people who are constantly eating but not gaining weight have a higher risk for diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and liver disease. The failure to gain weight and constant hunger may not have anything to do with a super-metabolism, but may be an indication of a serious illness or disorder. Some possible problems include hyperthyroidism, Von Gierke disease, and Type I diabetes.
If you’re skinny but constantly hungry, you may have something legitimate to complain about. Call your doctor, and get a check-up as soon as possible. It may just be a matter of a hormonal imbalance, or possibly stress, but it’s better to know for sure.
If you get checked out and you’re in perfect shape, though, you probably just need to be grateful that your belly doesn’t jiggle after a big meal.