Managing a Healthy Diet : The Set Point Theory of Healthy Living

Managing a Healthy Diet : The Set Point Theory of Healthy Living


Hi, I’m Brenda Thompson, registered dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this segment, I’m going to talk about the set point
theory. Set point theory is thought to be an internal regulatory mechanism that is genetically
determined. So understanding your genetics, looking at your family is very important when
it comes to weight loss and disease prevention, becoming a healthy individual altogether.
Although there is not a lot of research to understand the set point theory, it should
be considered when losing weight and keeping it off. The thought is that set point can
be a adjusted when a person loses weight slowly and maintains a stable weight over a period
of time. That’s the one to two pound weight loss on the average. Eating a well balanced,
calorie controlled diet along with regular exercise is probably the best way to reset
one’s set point. In my personal and professional experience, it seems that people who follow
this healthy regimen are able to maintain a healthy weight and keep it off, or maybe
they’re resetting their set point much easier than those who lose the weight quickly. So
losing the average of one to two pounds a week could potentially reset your set point
and help you keep the weight off much longer than following another fad diet.

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