Choosing a Path

- POSTED ON: Dec 01, 2013

This is an interesting concept, that I initially applied to the weight-loss struggle.

There are eating behaviors that will lead to weight-gain, and eating behaviors that tend to lead to weight-loss.

I suppose if I apply this motivational picture to that concept, the uphill path requires the most effort, so weight-loss eating behavior would be the uphill route, and weight-gain the down-hill path. However, this does involves a directional problem in that it assigns  UP to weight-down, and DOWN to weight-up.

Then I thought more about it.

When applied to the weight-loss struggle, "Staying where you are" implies neither losing or gaining weight ... i.e.. maintaining the status quo... by choosing to stay put, and choosing not to follow either path. 

Will opting out of the dieting struggle allow an obese person to maintain her body at its highest weight? without further gain? Perhaps.

But opting-out, intuitive-type follow-the-body's-signals eating,  fails to bring this result to a "reduced obese" person.  The body of a "reduced obese" person will ordinarily drive that person's weight back up to its highest set point.  ...  which is not their "normal" weight (before they began yo-yo dieting up to morbid obesity in adulthood),  but usually their previous highest weight (plus a few additional pounds for survival security).  I only wish that  it was possible to "stay where I am" without the active effort that it takes me to refuse to follow the signals that my own body provides me regarding eating behaviors.

After many years of obesity, for the past 9+ years, I've been maintaining a large weight-loss ONLY by a sustained and conscious effort to resist my own body's natural signals.  Even when my food choice behavior involves eating ONLY "reasonable" amounts of  non-processed, whole "real" foods,  my "reduced obese" body continues to provide ongoing signals which are designed to cause me to eat more food than my body will burn, and ... despite additional movement and exercise... will dial back my metabolism as much as it needs to in order to accomplish weight-gain.

My 5'0" body wants to weigh 271+ lbs, and I am involved in  a continual struggle to keep that from happening. I've learned through many years of  trial and effort that there is no "staying" where I am weight-wise without constant effort.  For an accurate weight-maintenance metaphor see: Running Down the UP Escalator.

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On Dec 06, 2013 Kae wrote:
Another good thought-provoking blog ty .. I am most intrigued by the last 2 paragraphs this morning; they remind me of a discussion we once had about a formerly obese body apparently requiring `30% fewer calories to maintain a specific weight as compared to a body that has never been obese. I have spent a lot of effort accepting that reality .. the reality that I won't be able to maintain my desired (goal) weight with the number of calories I'd chose for myself (1650). My reality is that I will weigh whatever my body choses to weigh whilst I eat (on average) 1400-1450 calories/day :-) I am sorry that your reality involves many fewer calories than that because, as a long-time dieter I know how much it sucks to deny your body the food it craves .. every single day .. for the rest of our lives :-( it is what it is right and you will always have me to share your mise.. ahem .. journey :-)

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