Monday, May 2, 2016

Hello, Set Point Theory

**************TRIGGER WARNING**************

This article discusses weight, pounds, calories, dieting, etc. etc. etc. but is really fascinating from a biological standpoint.

After the "Biggest Loser"


  1. I read this earlier today (before seeing your blog). Very interesting and I have to say it's also quite terrifying! I used to be a healthy weight (even a little underweight for some of the time). In 2009, I started gaining weight. It just started happening... and kept going and going, and it was insane. And just when I thought I maxed out on weight gain, I gained another 25 lbs. last year. Don't even know how this kind of thing happens, but anyway, I digress... just makes me wonder what the hell is going on with my body. And did I permanently ruin my metabolism? Is my body broken... for good?? If I did happen to lose all this excess weight, would my body then just fight that loss to get back to this new high weight? Is this my "new norm?" The new set point? I just don't understand. I'm glad they're studying this because people like me need to know!! I know I'm above where I need to be/should be/ what's best for me. I'd love to figure out a way to be healthier without having to fight my body, you know?

    Is there even any hope?

    1. Yeah, I couldn't decide whether to be amazed or just downright terrified (maybe both)? Bodies are crazy!!! Was your weight gain related to medications? I think those can be a game changer, but I would think medication-induced gain would not be permanent. I do think it's clear that starving/being underweight is really traumatic to the body and can have paradoxical after effects but again, I would think the body could right itself. Anyway. It seems like there is so much we don't yet know about stress, hormones, food and nutrient quality etc. that impact metabolism.

  2. I do believe my weight gain was brought on by medication. It started when I started taking Abilify. But I've been off the Abilify since November and while I haven't gained more, I haven't lost anything either. I feel doomed.