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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??


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!


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    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.

    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.

    3984 days ago
    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
    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
    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!!


    3984 days ago
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