How to Change Your Body Weight Set Point

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You can takes steps to reduce your set point. (Image: adrian825/iStock/Getty Images)

If you've ever been on a diet, you probably are familiar with the concept of your weight "set point." According to Mirror Mirror.org, your body's natural set point is the weight your body will seek to maintain, even when confronted with a low-calorie diet. Once your weight dips below — or above — the natural set point, your metabolism adjusts in an attempt to restore the set point weight. Each person's set point is different, and based on factors such as heredity, height, and body frame. According to The Diet Channel, some experts believe you can "reset" your set point.

Step 1

Keep your diet healthy and consume sufficient amounts of calories. The Diet Channel notes that many dieters, particularly when they hit a weight loss plateau, tend to reduce calories further. However, this will likely only slow your metabolism and make it harder to lose more weight. Instead, try making adjustments in the types of foods you are eaitng, such as fats or refined carbs.

Step 2

Exercise. The single best way to give your metabolism a boost is to exercise, according to the Diet Channel. It's also important to include variety in your workout, to avoid your body becoming too accustomed to a particular regimen. Try alternating cardiovascular workouts with weight training. Lean muscle can increase your body's ability to burn calories.

Step 3

Eat several small meals instead of a few large ones. The Diet Channel reports that whenever you eat, your body's metabolism kicks into gear. So if you eat six light meals and/or snacks rather than three large ones, you keep your metabolism active throughout the day.

Step 4

Accept your body's natural weight. Although you may be able to take action to keep your metabolism in top shape, Mirror Mirror notes that you probably won't be able to drastically reduce your set point. Instead of comparing your natural shape with that of a skinny supermodel, strive to be as healthy, fit and in harmony with your body as possible.

Tip

Keep in mind that the set point can also be your friend. Mirror Mirror reports that when your weight goes too high above your set point, your body will naturally strive to lose weight.

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