Are you Stuck with your Set Point?
Fat is not benign, inactive tissue. It is a secondary hormone-producing gland, which is why the body stores it. It is functional. If you are trying to burn fat for fuel or metabolize fat, your metabolism needs to feel that this is okay to do. It needs to be willing to give up that active hormone-producing gland. If you are under stress, your body won’t want to take that risk, so it creates a sweet spot of safety - a set point below which it (temporarily) does not want to go. This is actually an amazing genius-level strategy, and I, for one, applaud the human body for being so resourceful. But that doesn’t help you when you really need to lose weight.
What that means is that if you are detecting a set point - if you have a weight you can’t seem to get below - then something has to change. You need to convince your body that it is okay to release that stored fat and to starve yourself certainly won’t do it. Stressing about your weight certainly won’t do it. Hating your body definitely won’t do it. But eating delicious food loaded with metabolism-fueling micronutrients? Practicing calming, relaxing behaviors? Moving your body gently and lovingly? Now we’re talking.
Set points can have a strong gravitational pull, and when you move slowly over them, they can feel like the world’s strongest magnet, always drawing you back to that number. Remember that you needed this internal force during times of stress, but anything that sends a signal to your body that you are doing awesome, thank you very much, and the emergency is over, will blow through that set point like it’s yesterday’s news - which it is. Score another point for nutrient-based weight loss.
Now how do we exactly move the scale? It all begins with the right plan for your body. Each and every one of my Metabolism Revolution recipes can be modified for Meal Map A, B, or C. Lets get to cooking!
Enjoy This Recipe:
Metabolism Revolution: Breakfast Part 1 | Serves 1
Meal Map A
Meal Map B
Meal Map C
|OLD-FASHIONED OATS*||1/4 CUP||1/4 CUP||1/4 CUP|
|FRESH THYME SPRIG||1||1||1|
|MUSHROOMS||1 CUP SLICED||2 CUP SLICED||2 CUPS SLICED|
|BABY SPINACH||1 CUP||1 CUP||1 CUP|
|RED PEPPER FLAKES||PINCH||PINCH||PINCH|
|APPLE, CORED AND SLICED||1||1||1|
|TURKEY BACON,** NITRATE-FREE, COOKED||NONE||NONE||4 SLICES|
1. Cook the oats according to the package instructions. Reduce the heat to low to keep the oats at a bare simmer. Add the thyme sprig and salt, stir, and cover. Leave undisturbed for at least 5 minutes, or until cooked to your desired consistency.
2. While the oatmeal is cooking, poach or fry the eggs in a nonstick pan (don't use oil), and saute the mushrooms and spinach in a little water.
3. Remove the oatmeal from the heat, remove the thyme sprig, and spoon the oats in a bowl.
4. Top the oats with the eggs, mushrooms, and spinach. Garnish with the red pepper flakes and serves with apple slices and, for Meal Map C only, turkey bacon.
*If you don't eat any grain, you may substitute any non-grain complex carb from the Metabolism Revolution Food List in your book.
**If you don't eat any animal products, you any substitute any Vegetarian Protein from the Metabolism Revolution Food List in your book. Need a copy? Metabolism Revolution is available from booksellers now!
Did you know?
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