The term 'Set Point' is well known among professionals, but not commonly known or understood by the typical gym goer.
What this means to you:
What this term refers to is a preset and autonomic weight your body works to keep you at. there is debate about exactly why this happens, but it is very certain that if you've watched your weight consistently through your life. You'll notice that your body has hovered around certain weights. An example of this is that at one point my body weight hit 204 pounds and was not fired should. That was fine when my goal happen to be exactly what I was. However, once that sadly interfered with a modified goal. I became determined to study the theories and personally that all the challenge of breaking through and resetting my set point closer to where I wanted it, rather than over my body's wanted it.
One of the things adding to this confusion is a weight loss market that promises "you can achieve the results you want with little or no effort." When it comes to set point, you cannot just simply wish it away. I can say thought that from first-hand experience, it was possible in my case, to work hard and eventually reset to a weight and body composition more fitting to my preference. it took me about four months of dedicated work. A big part of being able to change my set to point was under standing my results from week to week. If there were a few components that had to be perfect before my body composition started to shift. I have helped a number of other clients get to this as well. The time frame required and what it takes will vary slightly, based upon your circumstances. If any amount of effort you're willing to invest in yourself.
Some of the components you'll need to consider:
- Adequate and nutritious food intake. meaning you will need to ensure your body is getting enough fuel to meet your daily metabolic needs as well as the additional fuel needed for intense exercise and high calorie burn. If you do not fuel enough, the rest of this effort would be pointless. If you need help with food planning ideas, check out this link. I cannot give general recommendations because everyone's needs are extremely unique. For example, I base personalized calorie intake and food planning on 10 crucial factors to consider. So any recommendations otherwise if results are similar to what people have found a every other time they've attempted weight loss.
- Regular exercise sessions targeted towards challenging your body in new ways or to new limits. This may include aerobic, anaerobic, deep core conditioning and strengthening to your personal limitations. Even as a personal trainer, I found this period of time to be emotionally challenging as well.
- You also want to ensure enough essential amino acids are included in your diet. The amino acids will help your body protect muscle and bone mass is a favorable side effect they will help your muscles become more firm. Although essential amino acids are used commonly by men looking to get tone, in the case of women, it will simply help firm up your body and keep it that way. I often refer to this supplement as muscle toning food. Some amino acids you can get from food, and some you cannot. In the case that you cannot get them from food you'll need to supplement then in your diet. I use Advocare's CATALYST because it has proven to work the best for me. You can also look into buying the following amino acids L-Lysine (Google Affiliate Ad) and L-Arginine (Google Affiliate Ad)
- Rest is another key element. Since you'll be likely be working harder than normal, or what you are accustomed to rest will be vital to recovery and success's. Your body will need lots of rest to rejuvenate and heal. Our bodies heal when we are sleeping. So when you get adequate rest your body can produce better results. If you have trouble sleeping and have clearance from your Dr. to use them, you may consider trying a sleep aid to help you get more restful sleep, and a more complete recovery from each workout.
- Have you looked at the possibility of having food allergies or other conditions that may cause weight retention? If your weight retention is due to medication were health conditions setpoint may not exactly be your issue in the term that I'm referring to it. I want you to consider all options prior to embarking on something like this. I mention this because the majority of people I coach have felt like they've tried everything and in five separate cases over the last 12 years, the person has had a previously unidentified health factor like a thyroid, food allergies, and the beginning stages of type II diabetes.
The right HELP is priceless...
If you decide to give this a try, I recommend enlisting the help of professional coach so that your plan is safe and personalized to fit your individualized needs. For this type of coaching need, you can higher a professional coach either local to you or coach, like myself is able to work from a virtual office by way of phone and Skype. I created a resource page for people working to find, interview and potentially hire a professional coach or personal trainer.
Yours in health, Chris Knight - Professional Life Coach specializing in fitness and life transformation
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