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Weight Set Point - You & Your Weight

December 7, 2016

In the spirit of self vetting, I admit that I weigh myself first & last thing each day.  I eat more or less the same things every day.  I work out every day.  Of course no two days are the same.  Some days I deviate from the plan.  I've been known to exercise the nuclear eating option.  Somehow when I step on the my scale before I go to bed, I land on the same weight (to the nearest tenth) that I landed on many other days.  It's uncanny.  Weight set point might provide some insight into your weight.


weight set point


If you consume 2,500 calories a day, you will consume 60,403,850 calories in an average lifetime!  However there is a lot more going on than what goes in, what stays in & what goes out.  Usually the brain is front & center when it comes to eating & drinking.  You could call it homeostasis.  Thermostat works as well.   You could call it the body's equilibrium. Everybody has a "normal" set body weight.  You can reset your weight set point up or down.  It's not easy because your brain will fight you tooth & nail.  


holy hormones


When you increase or decrease your weight, your brain will adjust your metabolism & your hormones.  Your 2 "hunger hormones" are leptin & ghrelin.  Leptin acts as an appetite suppressor.  Ghrelin increases your appetite.  If you lose weight, your brain uses leptin to store more fat.  Insulin regulates blood sugar & energy.  The brain decides how much insulin will be employed as energy & how much insulin will be stored as fat.  


"Slowride, take it easy."


It's an uphill battle to lose or gain weight.  Ok the latter is a little easier & infinitely more enjoyable.  You should take slow incremental steps to change your weight.  If you want to change your weight, give yourself 6 months to gain or lose 10% or less of your weight.  When you take it slowly, your brain is much less likely to overact & adjust your metabolism & hormones.  Once you get to your target weight, your body requires an additional 4 to 8 weeks before it accepts your new weight set point.  Thanks for reading.










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