Suzanne Somers talks about her book, TOX-SICK
16 Secrets for Establishing
a Healthy Weight for Life
- Find your set point. We all have a natural ideal weight set point. Most people’s set point is actually a range of about 10-20 pounds. It is within this weight range that your body is programmed to function optimally and at which your body will be comfortable. The setpoint theory states that your body will fight to maintain that weight range. Your metabolism will slow down when you go under your body’s set point. In addition, your metabolism will increase if you go above your set point because your body will try to fight against weight gain. You can find your own set point by listening to your body and eating normally and exercising moderately. That said, set points can change over time due to poor nutrition (including too much yoyo dieting), stress, and lack of sleep. If you are struggling to lose (or gain) weight at midlife, you can get back to your body’s preferred set point. Yet, it can take up to a year of eating normal, nutritious food in order for your body’s metabolism to function properly and to return to the weight range that is healthy for you.
- Eat healthy fats. If you follow the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet recommended by the USDA and haven’t been able to lose weight, it’s no wonder. This way of eating will elicit an insulin response causing you to feel hungrier and thus crave more carbohydrates that will continue to increase insulin. Instead, try to limit carbohydrates and add healthy fats, including Omega-3 and monounsaturated fatty acids. Healthy fats keep you fuller longer. Plus, they improve cellular functioning and cell-to-cell communication. So, throw out the fat-free salad dressing and use good old olive oil. And try to eat more fatty fish, nuts, and seeds.