Before we get started, I want to explain the importance of understanding how your body works, so that you aren’t always blaming yourself for a “lack of progress”. The scale not moving, is not always a factor of you eating right or working out. Especially if you know you’ve been on track and doing all the right things. Sis, there are so many things that determine that number sis. The following post will discuss 1 of the many reasons. In fact, the topic we are discussing today it not common everyday knowledge, but it is 100% factual. Do your own research sis to validate. I love how the Bible puts it!
“…and with all thy getting get understanding”
Have you ever lost weight by crash dieting, and then began eating normally again, and you body brought you right back to almost the exact weight as you were before you started the diet?
Have you ever worked out, ate well, drank water, slept like you should but still you’re stuck at the same weight for a looooong time, and just don’t understand why?
So allow me to introduce to some and remind others of the “Weight Set Point Theory.”
Weight Set Point Theory answers the question,
“How Does Brain Control Your Weight?”
The brain plays a major role in the body’s energy balance and ultimately our weight management, kinda like it does for our blood pressure. A signal sent from the intestine to your brain adjusts appetite and metabolism. Them hormones don’t play sis!! That is why setpoint is also referred to as the body’s neurohormonal axis.
To maintain the particular weight range our body is used to, the brain adjusts our metabolism and appetite – increases hunger & cravings and reduces satiety & metabolism. The reverse will happen if you gain weight – the total metabolic rate increases and the body’s temperature raises to help burn off any unwanted calories.
So let’s break this down sis! If you’ve been the same weight for a very long time, your body adjusts to that weight, and will send appetite increasing signals to your BRAIN to help your body maintain that weight. To help your body maintain life as it knows it!
This is actually why on the first week of a challenge, you lose so much weight! Your body has not yet caught on to the change in your diet yet, so it continues to release fat at the same rate as it was before based on what you were eating before. So, if that was a lot of junk or excess calories, you can lose a lot during your first week of eating more healthy. However, once your body realizes,” Oh, wow, I have less food, less fat, less energy (calories), let me slow this down, so I can preserve what I have, so that I can stay alive for as along as possible. Cause I don’t know what is going on right now!” It’s actually trying to save you! Look up FIGHT or FLIGHT syndrome, it’s real thing our bodies were created to do! God is so awesome sis!
So at this point, you might ask yourself..
“How Do I Overcome this Weight Set Point thing?
How do I shift My Weight Set Point?”
That’s easy sis! Yes diva the answer is EASY!! You ignore the scale! You STOP DIETING! You have PATIENCE! You have GRACE! You give your body time to adjust to this new YOU!!! You start eating healthy and fueling your body with great drinks and foods as the norm, and not as a DIET that I’m doing for Summer. You make it a complete lifestyle!! You keep going and your body will continue to regulate to the new weight. Your body will actually begin to see the new rhythm / cycle of how much, what and when you eat, and it will ADAPT!!!! this is why when you continue to eat the same thing over and over your body stops releasing weight. This is why when you do the same workout over and over your body stops changing!!
Can you believe how awesome your body is sis? God designed our bodies to LAST!! The immune system, the nervous system, the digestive system… so many body systems created by GOD driven by hormones and many other factors all designed to keep you alive, and healthy!!!
We have to shift our minds away from the scale says I’m not losing so I quit!! To more of understanding what your body is actualy doing. It maybe trying to adapt and change for you! Some of us the changes is longer and some of us it’s shorter, LIKE OUR HEIGHT! It’s your body baby!! Get to know her beyond just FOOD and SCALE; FOOD and SCALE!
Share below if you have heard of Weight Set Point Theory before? Have you ever noticed there’s one or two numbers your body always seems to go back to when you gain? Share your thoughts today!
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I’m Nicole Twyman, a native New Orleanian, who has lived all across the US! Although, my small family of 4 currently calls Los Angeles, CA home. I am a proud 40+ year old mom of a wonderfully energetic and theatrical daughter, and a handsome, scholarly athlete!
While I have worked in corporate America as a certified senior project / program / portfolio manager for Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Procter & Gamble & IBM, my passion is service. It has always been my desire to live a life of service to others; which I took every opportunity to explore as an active member of many of my church’s ministries and of my public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Well, now I am over the top excited to have the opportunity to serve divas through my very own ministry, Fit, Fyne & Fabulous.