Set Point

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AlexLilyFlower's picture
Set Point

Does Anyone know how to determine their set point weight. It seems ive been stuck at the high end of my BMI for most of my adult life except for a few times of low weight due to starvation. Can peoples set point weight be the highest end of the BMI or is it just always up there because of occasional binging. Even when ive been eating normally for months its up here. Im not comfy with my size at all but no that its more important to be healthy, however I feel like I am slightly overweight, always a little bit chubby so surely that's not 'Natural' or particularly healthy. Does exercise play a big part in our set point weight?
Do any of you feel they have reached their natural set point weight and has this been part of structured eating or has it only been through intuitive eating?

Or maybe I should just not think about things like this at all I guess I just dont like the thought that my set point weight is very heavy when all my sisters and my mums doesn't seem to be.


beachykeen's picture
I don't know the answer but I

I don't know the answer but I feel your question! I'm down to binging 1-2x/month and they are smaller and I seem to have stayed higher than my "healthy range." Granted I lost some in the initially phase of recovery so im closer to a healthy weight but I also seem to be stuck now. In fact ive been here for the last 6months. While marathon training I focused on physical hunger cues and stayed the same as well. I wonder if this is my "set point" and frankly I don't know how to accept it if it is. I do think some of us are naturally softer/leaner/more or less toned than others. That's why there is a range.

Belli's picture
To start with: BMI suck. It

To start with: BMI suck.
It doesn't work on very muscular people, it doesn't work on very tall people either.

I'm a personal trainer and everybody in the Fitness Industry (that are well educated) are aware about the issue with BMI.

The human body isn't straight forward science, just as there is no perfect recipe for healthy food that suits everybody. Everyone has different needs and a different body.

I really recommend exercise. Not for the sake of the results, but for the sake of wellbeing and health.

Yoga, weightlifting, body weight exercises and fartlek (running in speed intervals). I think its rather "natural" to move a fair bit :) however I do think its rather natural for women to be curvy, chubby or whatever you want to call it too.

The image of healthy as it is presented to us in media these days are not "the truth" it is FASHION.

I saw an old newspaper add from 60-70 years ago. There were 2 women in bathing suits (you can imagine how covered up they were in the swimsuits). One was skinny, she looked to fit straight in to todays commercial (minus the big swimsuit), the other one was a bit more round to the shape. The add read something similar to this: sick of not looking good in your swimsuit? Try .... (cant remember the name) it has helped a lot of women just like you to gain weight.

The FASHION back then was a different "healthy" weight.

End of story

freakyblonde88's picture
Your Set Point is not

Your Set Point is not something to calculate. your Set Point is the place your body "lands" at when you are living a healthy balanced life.

f.ex: since being recovered(2 years) I have weight about the same give or take 1kg. I don't have a scale so I weigh myself once every few months when visiting my in laws who have one. And well it has never fluctuated much. Before however before recovery my weight would fluctuate with up to 5 kgs.

I have not calculated what I should weigh, and when I did before going on a "healthy" BMI, I still have a margin of 12-5 kgs based on my height. And if I were to be at the lower end of the 12 kg margin I would be UNDERweight, So I'm not basing anything on that.

Bottom line is, no one can tell you what you should weigh except for your body. You're body knows where it needs to be at once you start treating it right. And it doesn't happen overnight.


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