What is the set point theory?
Ok so hands up who has gone on a diet, lost weight then put it all back on again, and then some? My best bet is that most if not all of you reading this post could testify to this. So why is it that diets don't work?
Is it because they are too restrictive, you didn't follow it down to a tee, or you had too many cheat meals? They want you to think that the plan failed because you didn't buy the protein shake that goes with the program right? So you know, it's just not going to work??
NOT AT ALL. You didn't do anything wrong. Diets are made to fail. That way you can return to feeling bad about yourself and then buy into the next fad funding the multi-billion dollar market that is our fitness industry.
I am an advocate that we should feed our bodies food that serves a purpose in our systems and practice activities or sports that we enjoy and where it's possible outside with nature.
But all that aside, it is a complicated subject that deserves a lot of attention if you are in the obese weight range and could have an underlying reason for weight gain. So investigate your body, first and foremost, by a professional.
This post, however, refers to the diet goers who are reasonably healthy but keep trying to fight their natural body weight. Did you know that we have a natural body weight?
Ever heard of the Set Point Theory?
The Set Point Theory is a theory that explains we have a 3 - 8 kg weight range that is natural and healthy for our bodies. Not a BMI scale or a general guide used by GPs, a natural weight bracket unique ONLY TO YOU.
Say for example, at my lowest I was about 56kg, that was when I was dieting heavily and not eating a nutritionally well-balanced diet. That was over three years ago. Since I started focusing on my health and supplying my body with the nutrients it needs and exercising most days, I have not shifted from a weight range between 61-65 kgs. And I remember being within that weight range for most of my adult life. That is the Set Point Theory.
Everyone's set point theory will be different, but a way to tell what your weight range is is by just eating healthy, enjoying soul food now and then and making sure you are exercising. Does this mean you gain a kilo or two to get there, well maybe, but at the end of the day your body isn't a toy to play with so be kind and start living now in the body you can sustain forever.