The weight rallied around you, and before you knew it, you were back to where you started – only worse. You had gained 10 extra pounds. You likely felt guilty, blamed yourself, wondered what was wrong with you.
Well…nothing was and is wrong with you. It has been scientifically proven that if you eat more, your metabolism burns more, and if you eat less, your metabolism burns less. Slashing calories causes a self-protective mechanism in your body to occur, revolving around your setpoint weight.
Setpoint weight and diabesity
Your setpoint weight is where your body has decided you need to be, based on signals from your hormones. These hormones are in your brain, your gut, and your fat stores. Their job is to regulate your nutrition and your fat. They are there to keep you alive.
If you cut calories, they’ll send some initial signals designed to make you eat. You’ll feel hungry, for instance, or have cravings for certain foods. If you ignore those signals, a slow metabolism will result, and it will get slower as the calorie reduction continues. When you start eating normally again, you’ll gain up to your setpoint weight again, plus a few more pounds as insurance against future starvation.
Each time you try another low-calorie diet, it raises your setpoint even more. You slow metabolism just gets slower. It’s a vicious circle that you cannot easily escape when you do it the conventional diet way.
Reasons for an elevated setpoint
Your body is an amazing machine. It regulates your heartbeat, your respiration, your wake and sleep cycles. It also regulates your calories, at least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work. Have you ever wondered how a naturally thin person can eat so much, but not gain weight? Blame it on the setpoint.
To keep the weight at the setpoint of a naturally thin person, the body adjusts the calorie burn of various metabolic processes so that the extra calories are dissipated. The body works to keep their body thin, which is the way it’s supposed to work. We are not supposed to be heavy. The body has all kinds of built-in safeguards against excess fat, but something went wrong.