The set point theory is the idea that the body tends to maintain a certain weight without much difficulty.
Many suggest that the metabolism may adjust so that the body will stay at the set point weight.
Recently, I read some research by the Journal of Clinical Investigation that suggested if we don’t reverse our weight gain quickly enough, we may be doomed to live an overweight life.
This is a depressing thought!
Let’s read on to figure out how to move beyond the set point weight once and for all.
How Set Point Weight Works
- Hunger– When you deprive the body of the calories it is used to, you may begin to feel hungry. If you are not used to feeling hungry, this may take some getting used to. Allow yourself to feel hungry for 20 minutes to listen to your body. Practice feeling what the real hunger signals are. Then, have a sensible snack containing at least one fruit or vegetable.
- Metabolism Slows– When we lower our calories to try to lose fat, the body signals that it needs to become more efficient and may slow the metabolism. The process is still not clearly understood.
- Plateau– In the beginning, many dieters lose a satisfying amount of weight due to strict lifestyle changes, a newfound motivation, and water weight changes. After this, the weight loss slows to a more normal level (0.5 to 2 pounds per week). Many become frustrated because they aren’t seeing results like before. The body may be fighting to stay at your set point weight, or you may need to become more realistic about your goals.
- Cravings– With continued dieting, research has shown people begin to obsess over food, day-dream about high calorie food items, become more interesting in cooking, and be more likely to binge eat. This is due to the body’s urge to regain its set point weight.
Set Point Weight Explained Further
Am I Really Doomed to Be Overweight?
No! You should never think this. Losing weight is always a lifestyle change.
So, you must learn how to live happily with the healthy choices. Think more about the foods you can eat instead of the foods you shouldn’t eat as much of. Learn to get used to new vegetables, and learn to embrace new behaviors and habits.
Do you have any recommendations to getting past your set point weight?