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Resetting Your Set Point? What do you think?

Thursday, December 03, 2009

I listened to a weight-loss podcast that I downloaded from I-Tunes yesterday called "Cut the Fat." I don't know what the credentials of the podcasters were, but they gave me a new perspective that I want to share.

They recommended losing 10% or so of your body weight and then maintaining that weight loss for 2-6 months before continuing to lose the next 10%. The premise was that this "reset your setpoint". They said that when you lose weight slowly, in waves, you tend NOT to go back up to the high weight again.

I had never heard this before, but it is EXACTLY the way I lost 40 pounds ten years ago and it appears to be the same way I'm losing the 40 pounds this time. I lost 20 pounds from May-August and then...nothing! Maybe the 4 months I thought I was STAGNATING or being LAZY, I was actually listening to my body and taking the time to reset my set point; to redefine my "normal" weight?

All I know is I'm ready to take on the next 10%, mentally and physically. The weight appears to be coming off more easily now that 've had that several months of just maintaining.

Hmmm. Just a new perspective. So tell me what you think? Is this the way it works for you, or do you think it's nonsense??

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You know I've promised to report my basics to keep myself on the straight-and-narrow, so here's my WarrVests:

Water - 9 glasses; Weight: 157.5 (down 1.5)
Alcohol - none, but I did think about it. (good thing that's not fattening!)
Read - didn't read the cards but listened to two podcasts
Record everything - yes
Vitamins - Yes, adding this to my list has helped me be more consistent
Exercise - YES, killer PowerPump class and 50 minutes of cardio
Snacks - 2 sugar free popsicles in the evening
Table - yes
Slow down! - NO, I was STARVED when I got home from class and did my Hoover vaccuum impression...

Have an awesome day everyone! Take care of yourself and make it an excellent day to be proud of!

TG


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  • NANCY15TOGOAL
    Hi Travelgrrl: hmmm that set point thing is interesting. My high weight was 168 and now I'm lingering around 160 plus or minus a pound or two. Wish I had lost 16 or 17 before I hit the "set point". The way I figure it, if I continue to try to control my calories and exercise I'll eventually get there. I really don't care how long it takes as long as I lose the weight.

    Nancy
    3981 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Unfortunately I am all to familiar with the hoover scenario. LOL Great visual.

    About the set point thingy. It is my belief that redefinition of "normal". Like with exercise after a while our bodies become accustom to that walk and it gets easy. We either need to bump up the intensity or lengthen the duration.

    I was stuck, maintaining a 30 loss for two years, but could not go lower. I Needed to make changes. So yes I had a new set point, but really needed a new tipping point to spur me into action.

    But that is just my thought.

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    3984 days ago
  • MNABOY
    Thanks for sharing the information. Also thanks for the Hoover Vacuum reference, made me laugh.
    3984 days ago
  • COFFEE666
    That was and interesting item there about resetting the set point.

    I know that there are people (and I was one of them) who would hit a "plateau" where nothing would happen with their weight even when they were following their plans. Then they would get upset but a few weeks later they would start losing again. I wonder if this was the body's way of "re-setting"?
    3984 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Maybe that is why I'm on this plateau LOL , but the article makes sense to me our bodies needs time to adjust .Thanks for the information .Hope you have a great week . God bless. emoticon
    3984 days ago
  • DESERT_BIRD
    Yes, that is exactly what I do! I've been stuck at this weight for about four months now, and I am ready to lose the next 10%!
    3984 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    I think that there is a lot to this "set point" concept, actually: and that permanent weight loss is encouraged by giving the body time to adjust to that new "set point".
    3984 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4357551
    Hi TG - see how important you are - I'm responding to you blog before I even check my log in points.

    Interesting theory on the resetting of the starting point. I haven't heard that one either so can't comment. I do know my weight is coming down now only because of your wake-up call. I stopped because I was drinking too much beer and not monitoring my calories so I'm sure calorie creep was playing into it big time.

    I'm afraid if I stopped and just tried to maintain that I would never get back to it.

    There's my thoughts for what it's worth.

    Good job on the WarrVests - keep it going!!

    Vandal

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    3984 days ago
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