Recovery Tip Tuesdays: Set Point Theory

acceptanceGood ol’ set point theory.  What is it?

The idea that all of our bodies have their unique set point, a number, give or take 5-10 lbs, that our body likes to reside at when it’s healthy and we’re feeding it well.

One of the biggest breakthroughs I experienced in my ED recovery was accepting my set point.

(Which is a tall order, I do realize.  Acceptance can be a bit of a bitch to work through)

And my set point is pretty average.  Coming from a family of Irish-German “Campbell Soup Kids”, I realized I was never going to be 110 lbs soaking wet (sorry for the rare number), once I was able to see through the irrationalities of my eating disorder.  It just wasn’t going to happen, unless I engaged in superhuman exercise and dangerous restriction every day.  Which, was alarming to my ED at first.  My ED wanted to fight my body.  Screw you, it said to my body.  I’ll show you.  You can be different.

However, once I accepted it, set point theory was…relaxing, actually.  It comforted me, because if I fed my body the way my nutritionist told me to, it would never screw me over.  It would never put me at an obese weight I feared…it would put me right where I belong.

(But there was quite a fight to get to that acceptance.  Think: A crying, binging sometimes, scratching, screaming fight.)

I still have to check myself fairly daily on this when my ED starts luring me into lesser-weight land.

What do you think?  Have you accepted your body type, your set point?  If not, what steps do you have to take to obtain that acceptance?

*What works for me may not work for you.  Proceed at your own risk.

4 thoughts on “Recovery Tip Tuesdays: Set Point Theory

  1. This post actually came at a great time for me. After listening to my body and eating “intuitively,” I had actually lost a few pounds. The past few days, I had been carbo-loading for my half marathon on Sunday, and so those pounds came back (I’m assuming most of it is water weight, because that tends to happen when you have tons of carbs…). Either way, I’ve been struggling with this recent gain. I know that I shouldn’t be disappointed about a very, very small number of pounds, but the ED in me just wants to not eat for 3 days and get back to where I was before I carbo-loaded.

    I think it’s amazing what the human body is capable of though. You’re absolutely right in that if you listen to your hunger cues and your body, your body is more than able to handle and take care of itself. It’s definitely something I’m still learning how to accept, but every day, I just have to remind myself that my body has been through so much already, but it still tirelessly and without fail takes care of me. It knows what it wants, it’s just a matter of me listening to it!

    1. You are an amazing individual…your insights are great. I’m glad I ran into you here! My ED would have gone nuts too if I was in your situation. Mine has anyway lately because I also had a slight, natural weight gain…it’s a daily thing i have to accept over and over again. Anyway, thanks as always for stopping by!

      1. Awh thanks! You just put a huge smile on my face. 🙂 yeah, I’m trying not to let it get the best of me! Just taking it one day at a time. And no problem; even if I don’t always comment on your posts I definitely still read all of them. 🙂

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