If simply eating too many calories caused me to gain weight then I should be permanently gaining weight every time I eat a pizza and feel stuffed.
February 22, 2011 3:09 PM Subscribe
If simply eating too many calories caused me to gain weight then I should be permanently gaining weight every time I eat a pizza and feel stuffed. Yet, I don’t. What factors decide a person’s natural weight? I was watching a documentary about Rocky (the most recent one) and how Sylvester Stallone got in shape for it and did the last part of the movie first while he was still in good shape. It sounded as if his body was going to just lose shape the moment he stopped training. That made me wonder if even people like Stallone have a natural weight that they must fight against every second of every day.
posted by HappyEngineer to science & nature (25 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
As a general rule I find that I stay the same weight (roughly 197lbs) as long as I only eat when I’m hungry.
A few years ago I dieted and lost about 10lbs over the course of about 5 months. I thought that I was losing weight slowly and that it would therefore be easy to keep off. But, that xmas I stopped weighing myself for a couple weeks and simply ate when I was hungry. I didn’t pig out, I just ate the normal xmas food that my parents usually serve. After getting home I found that I had gained all the weight back in about 2 weeks.
That was when I decided that dieting was a waste of time. Two weeks off of dieting and months of effort was gone down the tubes. In the few years since then I’ve stayed the same weight (about 197lbs) and I find that I never gain any weight when visiting my parents over xmas. If it was simply a matter of calories it seems like I should gain 10 pounds every year at xmas. Yet, I don’t.
Why is that? I suppose it’s possible that I was hungrier and ate a lot more than normal during those two weeks, but I don’t remember it that way. It sure seems like my body has decided on a weight that it likes and just wants to stick to it.
I know that there are things like metabolism slowing down, but that doesn't explain why I end up at a specific weight. How does my body decide that 197lbs is where it wants to be at?