GAIN WEIGHT TO LOSE IT
our body has a ‘set point’ when it comes to weight. This is the weight that your body considers normal, and it will strive to return to it when you diet. That’s why dieting is so stressful on the body – it can slow your metabolism and the way your appetite hormones work as your body repeatedly fights its way back to its set point.
A slower metabolism means you burn less energy at rest, which in turn means your body has to work harder to burn food. Coupled with this are appetite hormones that don’t switch off regardless of how much weight has been regained – your brain keeps being told to eat more. Because of these issues, it’s important to have what I call a ‘wash-out’ period to return to your set point before embarking on a sustainable weight-loss plan. If you’ve recently finished a diet and weigh less than your set point, you will need to gain weight by eating nourishing food and remain at this set point for about a month before beginning my Interval Weight Loss program [ see box for tips].
I’m not going to sugar-coat it – it could take months, depending on how much weight you lost and how drastic a measure you took to lose it. But the good news is you will be allowing your body to recover from the stress imposed on it. All too often clients tell me they are avoiding particular foods and putting aspects of what they refer to as a ‘lowcarb’ diet into place when I first see them. They fear pasta and grains, believing they cause weight gain. Many of them are also under the impression that some fruits are ‘fattening’, as they have been told or read that they are high in sugar. Of course, all