Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Psychology of Ana - Metabolism and the Set Point

in my psychology class we have been learning about emotion and motivation. one component of that is hunger: what drives us to eat? there's a lot of biological components, brain parts and hormones that we can't really control. but i have discovered a theory we can manipulate, and it's really opened my eyes as to why i keep plateauing just a few pounds away from my starting weight. it's called the "set point."

your "set point" is the weight that your body tries to maintain, by increasing or decreasing your metabolism. if a person gains weight, but makes no changes other than diet, their body will increase metabolism so they loose the weight. that's why recovering anas balloon before settling down to a "normal" weight. but here's the part that applies to us right now: if a person loses weight, the body will slow the metabolism, causing the person to gain back the weight even if they are eating less.

so how do we override this automatic reaction? EXERCISE! many pro-anas think that fasting or purging is the "short cut" to get around exercise. if you keep this mentality, you'll only plateau or gain back the weight. even when you're running on nothing, exercise is the key to keep losing. any little bit helps. scientific studies have shown that people who fidget throughout the day weigh less than people who don't. fidget, stand up as much as possible, pace your room, every calorie counts (both in AND out).

so if you're at a plateau or gaining, it's probably your body trying to maintain that set point, and the only way to overcome that is to be more active and have a higher energy output.

stay strong, think thin, live ana
xoxoNikkioxox

6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for that! I always seem to stop loosing around 11st 7 haha so annoying! I shall up my exercise!
    Heaps of skinny loveee,
    Kiki xx

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  2. I think the whole Set Point thing is very interesting. I really wanne know what my set point weight is! But WITHOUT gaining weight of course XD

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  3. OMG! This is so interesting to know! Thanks!

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