How To Lower Your Set-Point Weight

 

“Set-points are not fixed.”  –R.E. Keesey, University of Wisconsin

You can stray from your set-point weight temporarily by lowering the quantity of food you eat and raising the quantity of exercise you do. Yet you cannot adjust your set-point weight itself unless you focus on changing the quality of the food and exercise. The higher the quality, the lower your set-point weight.

While this is what scientists have proven, it’s not what we’ve been told for decades. Let’s use the next couple posts to bring the facts back to fat loss and reveal how:

  • Eating less does not cause long-term fat loss.
  • Exercising more does not cause long-term fat loss.
  • Exercising less does not cause long-term fat gain.
  • Eating more does not cause long-term fat gain.


We’ve already covered the first in previous posts. Eating less does not create the need to burn body fat. It creates the need for the body to slow down. Likewise, exercising more does not cause long-term fat loss. From the perspective of our metabolism, there is no difference between eating less and exercising more. Eating 300 fewer calories is the same as burning 300 more calories. In both cases, our metabolism reacts like this: “Oh no! Less nutrition! I am starving! Time to slow down, hang on to protective body fat, and burn calorie-hungry muscle.” More calories out is the same as less calories in. Everything that makes the “eat less” principle fail makes “exercise more” fail too.

That is not to say that all exercise is pointless. What is ineffective is traditional low-quality exercise. Exercising less—smarter—burns all sorts of body fat.

In the next post we’ll dig deeper into why exercising more does not cause long-term fat loss and then move on to showing how exercising less does not cause long-term fat gain and eating more does not cause long-term fat gain.


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4 replies
  1. D. Lane
    D. Lane says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    I was wondering whether you plan to provide videos showing how the eccentric exercises are done.
    I have a hard time visualizing how to do them from the descriptions in your book.

    Thanks, Diana

    • Jonathan
      Jonathan says:

      Hi Diana – Instructional videos will be available later this year. In the meantime, most personal trainers should be able to review this section of the book and give you some pointers. Thank you for your interest! – Jonathan Bailor

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