How is the body's set point determined
June 11, 2012 9:23 PM Subscribe
What is the mechanism by which calories gained from eating unnatural foods, i.e. foods full of chemicals and preservatives, changes a person's appetite or metabolism, leading to weight gain?
posted by davisnot to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have observed that I gain weight much more easily when I eat highly unnatural foods--processed foods that contain a long list of chemical ingredients. It seems that these additional pounds are very persistent.
Normally when I gain a bit of weight it's very easy for me to lose it. But it's almost like my set point has changed.
Is this a known phenomenon? Are there any theories for how or why this would happen? What about how to reverse it?