Can working out slow down my metabolism?

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    Aug 14, 2007 5:49 PM GMT
    Hi,

    I am a total ectomorph...I read the definition and thought i should send them my photo to put in the dictionary right next to it ;P.

    Anyways, I have always wanted to get a little bigger. I have never wanted to be big, just fit and toned. I am afraid though, if i gain the weight and stop going to the gym will i get fat?! I know that muscle cannot turn to fat, but eating the way training diets tell you to eat might be able to mess up my body and my naturally high metabolism right?

    I guess I like my thin frame, I enjoy not having any body fat. I don't want to go to the gym and end up messing that up...am I crazy?
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    Aug 14, 2007 6:07 PM GMT
    Working out will not decrease your metabolism. It will increase it. I'm what they call a "super-ecto". I can lose 10 pounds in a week if I want. It's frustrating and with working out, it has only gotten worse.

    if you're an ecto, you won't have any problems with slowing your metabolism. That only happens when you get older - naturally. Trust me, I've asked my doctor for years if there was a way to slow down my metabolism so that I could gain weight.

    In the end, if you want to gain mass, you'll have to probably get a weight gainer and nitrix blend and work out to get the mass.

    but don't worry about your metabolism until you hit 30 or 35...
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    Aug 14, 2007 6:08 PM GMT
    PS: if you are worried about gaining fat after you stop working out, you'll lose the mass as well.
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    Aug 14, 2007 6:25 PM GMT
    working out increases the metabolism. i always get hungry after my working out..
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    Aug 14, 2007 9:00 PM GMT
    Your resting heart rate might slow down, especially if you're dieting.
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:07 PM GMT
    Would you Ectos please Fed-ex a few of your spare genes to me, please!
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:17 PM GMT
    Google "west side for skinny bastards"
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    Sep 05, 2007 10:37 AM GMT
    Yea...working out doesn't slow your metabolism - it only speeds it up
    but Ectomorphs can and will gain muscle if you use weights
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    Sep 05, 2007 1:27 PM GMT
    There is a big difference between having a high metabolic rate and being an ectomorph. An ectomorph is someone who is thin-framed and carries less muscle fiber. There's no doubt that you are an ectomorph.

    But a high metabolic rate is something entirely different, and I see no evidence that you have one. A high metabolic rate would generally make you extremely lean and defined, which you are not.

    Your metabolic rate can be increased through proper nutrition and the addition of lean muscle mass to your body.

    - Joey
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    Sep 05, 2007 3:35 PM GMT
    i'm on the edge of 37.... and no slowing down in sight for my metabolism! there's one thing that i've adapapted to recently that seems to have made a world of difference in weight gain (and not becoming overweight)
    I work out on 2 different muscle groups, on 2 consecutive days, then take one or 2 days break between the next gym sessions.... to eat and rest. my body has rsponded so well to this, and i've never seen such definition since a 12 month gym stint 5 yrs ago! this time around, i've only been at it for some 3 months....check the results. treat yourself well, get plenty of anti-oxidants and protien into your system.
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    Sep 06, 2007 6:29 AM GMT
    Diet will mess up your metabolism Gym wont.

    If you are eating a certain diet and not working out then it stands to reason you need to eat less when not working out.

    People place too much importance on ecto endo whatever its only one tiny piece of the puzzle that makes up biology
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    Sep 06, 2007 6:36 AM GMT
    working muscle hard and having sufficient calories to gain is what creates growth.

    So to alleviate your concerns about adding fat follow these pinciples:

    Furst off work out your BMR, theres loads of site to work that one out, factor in your activity level and from there gradually, not significantly jump, up the calories by 200 extra calories a fortnight,

    Monitor your food intake so you know exactly what you are consuming and dont get caught into the protein trap of half a tonne is what I need as it builds muscle as thats just expensive fuel.

    Keep fat intake at sub 25% of your diet dont foget to allow for the fats in meat and veg as making up that macro, dietary fat is a hard old substance for the body to break down and utilise.

    If you feel you are starting to add too much weight simply drop the alories back by 200.

    As others suggest rest, and hydration, is as important as training. In fact the most improtant factor is diet.

    Good luck

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    Sep 08, 2007 1:57 AM GMT
    working out increases the metabolism, and if you gain mass and then you quit working out all together you will lose the muscle you gained and could very well put on some fat depending on your dietary habits. the best bet is to eat a clean diet and continue with atleast some type of cario atleast.