Set Point Explained
- POSTED ON: Mar 20, 2019

The podcast below contains a a relatively simple, very understandable
and exceptionally accurate explanation of Set Point.

Below are links to some additional DietHobby articles involving the Set Point issue.

Set Point  

Running DOWN the UP Escalator - Weight Loss & Maintenance

Winner of the “5 Percent Lottery of Hell” 


Adulthood
- POSTED ON: Mar 01, 2019


Just Stop It?
- POSTED ON: Feb 01, 2019

Is the type of eating behavior that causes obesity primarily based on: Psychological issues or Physiological issues?  Is the cause primarily mental and emotional, or is the cause primarily physical?

A common belief is that negative behaviors and bad habits are only symptoms of a bigger, psychological problem, and once you’ve dealt with that issue an unwanted behavior will end up falling away.

That might be true sometimes, but I've never seen it happen in myself, or ....in any kind of proveable way... in others.

It is now also becoming apparent that the type of eating that causes ongoing obesity involves deep biological roots. 


So, if the primary “behavior battle” is actually rooted within one’s own physiology, rather than merely inside one’s own mind, perhaps “WHY” I desire to eat more food than my body needs to stay “thin” or inside a “normal” BMI is not really all that important .

Was Bob Newhart actually on track when he told his patient to “Stop It”?

 


May God’s love be with you; there is nothing I can do.
- POSTED ON: Jan 01, 2019

Things are essentially the same for me at present.  Even after 13+ years of maintenance …  it is still requiring an immense amount of personal ongoing effort to maintain my large weight loss. Many details about this can be found in articles here at DietHobby within the Blog Category: Status Updates, More About Me.

My DietHobby posts have become less frequent because it seems like I’ve already shared …(repeatedly) … everything that I have to share.  I am continuing to learn about, and experiment with, various diets and non-diets, however, I am now choosing to do this in a rather selfishly anonymous manner and have decided that my future personal contacts or personal involvements with online dieting forums and other dieting support groups will be limited to only those which I deem mutually beneficial.  

Here at age 74, at times I closely identify with David Bowie’s Major Tom.  Posted below is the music video: Space Odyssey, in which Major Tom, an astronaut, loses communication with Earth as he floats into space.

 


What Do You Want?
- POSTED ON: Dec 01, 2018


Trying to motivate yourself is a pointless endeavor. 
You want what you want whether or not you think you can have it, and you don’t want what you don’t want whether or not you think you should want it.
Trying to “get motivated” is a side-issue that only diverts our attention from the main question.

Feelings are a fundamental and unavoidable part of why humans do what they do.  We can’t ignore our emotions.  Because of the way our brains are structured, when thoughts and feelings compete, feelings almost always win.  Research shows that fighting our feelings just makes them stronger.

Motivation comes from inside us.  Either we want to do something or we don’t.  If we want to do it, we are already motivated.  If we don’t want to do it, then why would we?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are often told to make a list of our Goals. 
But most of the things that wind up on that list aren’t ACTUALLY Goals at all.

For example, many people would say they have a goal of making money, but really their goal is the feeling of security and comfort that comes from making more money.  So making more money is actually the STRATEGY, not the goal.

Or take a more personal goal, like being in a serious relationship and/or getting married.  Again, this is a STRATEGY.  Their goal might be to feel a deep connection, and have emotional security.  Having a long-term relationship is a STRATEGY to get them closer to those goals.

In the same way, a goal of becoming Thin is also a STRATEGY. Most likely, the actual goal involves feelings about health, appearance, or relationships.

 

A goal is the Feeling you ultimately want from the thing you’re seeking.  Ask yourself, “How will I feel when this happens?”  The answer to that question is your goal.

A strategy, then, is the path required to get there. 

When you’re clear on the difference between your goals and strategies, you’ll be more in touch with the big-picture purpose of what you’re actually striving for.  Many people keep pushing toward goals that they’ve set for themselves, and then don’t understand why achieving them doesn’t make them satisfied or happy. Redefining your goals according to how you want to FEEL is a good solution for this problem.

Go to your list of goals, and consider each goal according to this definition.
Rewrite your goal so that it evokes a feeling, not just an action step or something you hope will happen.


A goal is a broad primary outcome. 
A strategy is the approach you take to achieve a goal. 
An objective is a measurable step you take to achieve a strategy. 
A tactic is a tool you use
in pursuing an objective associated with a strategy.





What do I Really Want?

So, I asked myself this question, and I came up with these answers.

    ……….Goals………….
            A broad primary outcome


Four Things That I Really Want

  • To have my body feel comfortably healthy.

  • To see my body as visually attractive in clothing. 

  • To have the sense of accomplishment that comes from weighing within my ideal weight maintenance range.

  • To be able to eat small amounts of the foods I want, whenever I want, without getting fat.


    ………Strategy… …………  
    A plan of action designed to achieve an overall aim.


Lose weight until I get down inside my ideal weight maintenance range,
and then maintain my weight inside it.

    …………. Objective…..
    A measurable step to achieve a strategy


I will eat only the amounts of food that will allow my body to get and stay inside my ideal weight maintenance range.

    ………..Tactic….
    A tool used to pursue an objective associated with a strategy. 


  • I will eat small to get and stay small.

  • I will weigh and measure my food, and work to count calories.

  • I will work to keep my total daily calorie average low enough to lose weight.

  • Every day I will record in my computer journal all of the food that I eat.

  • I will involve myself in the process of dieting and treat it like a Hobby.




Originally posted on June 1, 2017; Bumped up for new viewers.


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