Is the Set Point Theory Sabotaging Your Weight Loss
Dieting and exercising not working for you? Have a few pounds you’d like to get rid of but can’t? You might be a victim of the Set Point Theory.
The Set Point Theory is a theory that all people have some internal control system that controls how much weight and fat he or she will carry. That this set point is what the body will hone in on and try to stay close to in order to function normally.
Developed in 1982, it was used to explain why some people don’t have long term success with dieting and exercising to keep weight off.
Going on a diet triggers the body’s response to fight to stay at a set point of weight and fat.
If this were a true theory, there would be no way to reset a set point, would there?
Your Body’s Set Point
The theory suggests your body is more informed about the body’s fat stores than the mind because it’s too complex to monitor and regulate. So the system is what triggers the mind to make decisions that affect the stores based on ‘it’s’ calculations. However, the downfall is that the body cannot differentiate between dieting and starvation and as such, when it realizes a caloric reduction—it goes into fight mode. It fights to keep its fat stores. This fight is fought with hormones that signal the brain to cause or suppress hunger and cause other adverse events like depression if the weight falls too low.
At first, dieters may find they lose weight quickly as the body scrambles to employ it’s defenses.
Then—the dreaded plateau hits.
So how do you stop it? How does someone reset their set point?
Resetting Your Body’s Set Point
Keep in mind the Set Point Theory is just that—a theory. It has not been proven. As such, there are ‘guesses’ as to how to reset an unproven set point.
Exercise: move more to increase your metabolic rate so that your body can’t help but burn its fat stores.
Calorie shift/zig zag diet: alternate days of higher calorie and lower calorie intake so your body never gets to the whole ‘freak out phase of holding onto fat’.
Regression: Start at a modest decrease in calories every few weeks. That way it’s not enough to freak out your body but you still notice losses. Reduce it just a bit before your body adjusts your BMR to adapt.
Reverse dieting: After you’ve lost the weight, don’t go straight back to your regular calories. Slowly make your way back by adding 50-100 calories every week or so. This gives your body time to adjust your BMR and accommodate, rather than storing everything as fat again.
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