Hi, Happy New Year!
I love sparkpeople! I've been on this site over a year now and have lost 9 pounds by eating an average of 1850 calories per day and exercising 3 times per week. The weight loss has been slow but painless. I've taken my body from average/trim to trim/slim.
For years, I was discouraged by the set point theory. Now, many experts are questioning the validity of an intrinsic set point. Sure, the body works to maintain homeostasis, but we can change the 'center' of that range slowly over a number of years.
My current weight is 127, but I know my set point is 132. I can tell because I can maintain 132 without dieting, exercising, or drinking water. To get below 132, I have to put some effort into the process. Now that I weigh 127, I'd like to train my body into accepting this lower set point. I realize it might take a year or two to comfortably adjust downward and it entails developing lifelong habits such as drinking water and exercising.
Anyone have thoughts on this? I already exercise and control portions well. I think the trick will be to focus on quality of food as well as quantity. For instance, have sugar 2 or 3 times per week instead of every day and eat more vegetables - even add vegetables between meals, as snacks. To maintain this weight, I need to keep my calories about the same. If I eat more fibrous vegetables, it will be easier to do so.
To health and success in 2013!!