Does ones body have a natural set point that is the weight it is supposed to be? I am now about 6 pounds over my goal weight and am just not loosing anymore. I am swaying between 153 and 151, and no matter what I do, cant get passed this plateau. I am wondering if I do finally reach my goal, will it be on that is to hard for my body to maintain? Is my body telling me something now?
There is this set point theory. It says that every body has a range of weight they'll probably be on because of genetics. When your body reaches this point it slows your metabolism and it's harder to lose weight. I'm not sure I agree with it. I think that if you keep a proper healthy diet and exercise, not only when you want to lose weight but as a life style, your body will stay at the point that is healthiest for it. I'm sure it isn't that bony models' look.
You WILL eventually get past the plateau, as long as you stick with the VLCD diet as proscribed. It WILL be hell until you do, however. : )
People (myself included) have commonly seen a plateau when reaching some weight point where they had previously been stable for some length of time, even if it was years and years in the past.
As long as you maintain the Simeons protocol VLCD without cheating, you will eventually break through the set point, whereupon you'll probably see a large loss as your body flushes all the water it's been using as a 'placeholder' in your adipose tissue (fat).
The poster didn't talk about an HCG diet. The weight she/he is describing might be the right weight for her/his height and age. On VLCD you tend to get to a plateau since you get your body stressed and it slows your metabolism.