The concept of a “set point” relates to the studies that suggest the body has a predetermined weight range that it strives to maintain. There is evidence to suggest that when you try to lose weight, your body may resist and make efforts to regain the lost weight to return to its set point. This makes sense from an evolutionary stand point as 10,000 years ago, if you were to run out of calories (and lose weight), then this would almost certainly mean there was a lack of energy available and would be a threat to your survival!
If you are aiming to lose weight and are concerned about your body’s potential resistance to weight loss, there are strategies you can implement to optimise your chances of success:
- Follow a dietary plan that suppresses hunger and appetite – this can be achieved with a ketogenic diet either with regular food or with meal replacements. A keto diet means that you will be burning fat instead of carbohydrates – and a byproduct of fat breakdown are ketones. Ketones act to naturally suppress appetite, making it easier to lose weight without feeling hungry.
- A high protein diet – protein is naturally satiating or filling. Most people don’t get enough protein in their diet and consequently, can feel hungry as a result. Having a variety of protein sources – including meat, fish, chicken, dairy and eggs, can be a great way to feel full and curb the cravings.
- Get a doctor on your side – for some people, dietary change is not enough to overcome the increase in hunger hormones that are seen with weight loss, in which case weight loss medications that override these hormones, can be a highly effective strategy.
Remember, weight loss is a complex process, and individual responses may vary. It is always a good idea to speak to a health professional – at Alevia we have a range of experts including Doctors and Dieticians who are available to assist you in your journey to help override your set point and reach your goal and healthy weight.