As I was reading about motivation, I found the idea of the set point particularly interesting. The set point is the amount of weight and muscle our bodies tend to maintain. What this implies is that maybe people who are obese have a high set point than people like myself who could eat all day and not gain a pound, and that is why losing weight is so hard for them. The importance of this idea lies in its implication for people who want to lose weight. In other words, if we can find a way to lower an obese person's set point, we may be able help them not only achieve a lower body weight, but maintain it in the long term.
Not only is this useful to just overweight individuals, but to a person like myself who wants to gain more pounds, yet for some reason seemingly can't. This is certainly something I have tried to change, but honestly I haven't gained anything over the past two years.
The set point is thought mostly to be genetic but there isn't an absolute correlation between genetics and personal weight. This means the environment has at least something to do with our weight. The sizes and availability of portions probably have a lot to do with that. Therefore, maybe if we take into account the size of our meals we will find that we can change our weight easier.
Favorite blog posts:
1. Stuck on the Tip of Your Tongue, wilke247
This was interesting because the tip of the tongue phenomenon is something I experience a lot.
2. Cramming...Best Study Plan!!, mill3984
I liked this one because it talked about cram studying which is something I do a lot and end up later regretting.
3. The Man I Killed That I Didn't, liefs003
I thought this was a very interesting story.