Tuesday, June 25, 2013
While the discussion debates continue online whether Obesity being a disease or not, I am also having discussions with myself on whether the reason I seem to lose 3-4 pounds, and then nothing for 4 - 6 weeks is due to a set point issue. Itís been 4 weeks since I last dropped 1 pound despite my efforts with tracking, measuring, and movement. And while Iíve had some really nice NSV Ö I seem to be so focused on the scale and want to reach 50 lbs lost by July 2 Ė this would be one year since I came back to SP.
I don't think SP adheres to this (set point) theory, but my pattern has been going on and when I keep hitting these weight loss stalls - I am tempted to leave the program, and it takes a lot of will to stay the course. Yes, losing weight when older is harder to do. For me, I cannot stop or take a holiday because that will lead into the weight gain oblivion.
Set Point is this according to some fitness sites:
Most people reach a set point (aka weight plateau) when they lose around 10% -20% increments of their current weight. The idea is that if you wish to re-set your set point, you need to maintain your new weight for at least 6 months. (YIKES!) Increase your calorie intake to your maintenance number or high end of your range (for me it is about 1600 - 1700 calories) while maintaining your current level of exercise and sleeping for 8 hours a night. After 6 months of maintenance (or longer), you can encourage weight loss again by decreasing your intake or by keeping your calorie intake constant and increasing your output via physical activity. Losing weight by this method may take longer, but it is more likely to produce permanent results.
With a set point, it's like my body hunkers down into a waiting/debating contest with me, thinking "is she serious about losing this time? I think I'll just stay where I am till I know whether she really means business this time. ď Canít blame my ego/body, as I've lost and regained enough over the years to feed a village.
So, I will continue with my tracking, weighing and movement and announce to my ego (or anyone else who cares to listen) - Darn Right I am Serious!
What do you think?