The Fat Trap
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Very interesting article in the NY Times called 'The Fat Trap'-- The old concept of the body having a 'set weight' of sorts has something to it. The article shares research findings indicating that after weight loss the body's metabolic states is altered to encourage the regaining of the weight-- this makes sense in an evolutionary sense. In a scenario where humans have to work much harder to get a meal and times of food scarcity are more likely, this 'weight gain trigger' is a brilliant thing-- In fact it probably still is a good thing given how much hunger there still is in the world today.
While some may find this news depressing, I find it to be a relief. For those of us who have lost weight numerous times, only to see it return with ease, this article is more like validation-- our bodies DO gain weight more easily-- How many of us have said something like, "if I just look at that cupcake, I'll gain a pound"....??
So the jury is in: ex-fat people need to consume fewer calories to maintain their lower weight than other people at that same weight.
One study showed this to be true even for people who'd kept the weight off for 6 years!! So one question is: Will the body ever 're-set' itself to a lower weight? How long will it take?
Also, does the way in which we lose the weight matter--particularly the pace?
I wonder if, once in maintenance mode, eating in a training sort of style (frequent small meals, high protein) that's said to up metabolism would help....
If pace is a factor, it makes me wonder about the folks on the Biggest Loser (which I admittedly love). www.nytimes.com/2012/01/