Our bodies have a set point of weight that they like to maintain. If you’ve weighed 240 pounds for a while, your body will do everything in it’s power to keep you at 240 pounds. Dr. George Blackburn discusses this extensively in his book, Breaking Through Your Set Point. He’s a physician at Harvard that has spent nearly 40 years of his life researching weight loss. His book is excellent reading material and has invaluable research, but his final conclusion is incorrect. You cannot lose weight by simply reducing your caloric intake by 10% every day with every meal. That just does not work.
Vermont Prison Experiment
They have done studies on inmates in prison where they have overfed half of them for six months, and underfed half of them for six months. Each group gained and lost weight respectively during the six month period. Then they let them go and allowed them to eat whatever they want. Both groups reverted back to their original weight. The group that lost weight, gained it back. The group that gained weight, lost weight down to their original weight.
Further prison inmate studies demonstrated that you have to maintain your new weight for at least 9-12 months before your body resets to this new set point and starts trying to keep you at this new weight.
So if you weigh 240 pounds, and lose 50 pounds. You must stay at 190 pounds for about a year, before your body views this as your new set weight, and tries to keep you at this weight.
This is why people have trouble maintaining a new weight. Our bodies try to do everything they can to “protect” us from episodes of feast or famine. Over the years, our bodies have evolved these protective mechanisms. In order to break this cycle, you have to maintain a new weight for approximately 9-12 months. Then your body will reset.
Many other similar studies have been done on this and they all show the same result. When you overfeed people, even up to 10,000 calories a day, they will gain weight. And when you leave them alone, the body gets them back down.
Studies on obesity and weight loss have also shown that once your body is set in it ways (and weight), it’s very hard to crack out of that and get your body to start losing weight. The only way to do it is with this type of diet.
You are not overweight because you are eating too much or you are too lazy to exercise. You are fighting your genetics and hormones. There is only one way to trick them and snap out of it. And that’s by using a C3 type of diet.