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Set Point Theory and Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery

et Point Theory and Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery

Uncover the fascinating Set Point Theory and its crucial role in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery. In the realm of understanding our bodies and their intricate mechanisms, there lies a fascinating concept called set point theory. It's essentially your body's GPS for its optimal weight, meticulously calibrated through genetic predispositions and physiological feedback loops. Imagine it as your body's happy place, where it functions at its peak performance and equilibrium. Understanding this concept is crucial, especially for those navigating the complexities of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery.

What is Set Point Theory?


At its core, set point theory proposes that our bodies strive to maintain weight within a predetermined range, rather than fixating on a specific number on the scale. This range typically spans around 5 to 10 kilos, akin to other genetically determined traits like height or shoe size. Just as you can't will yourself to grow taller by sheer force of desire, your body resists significant deviations from its set point weight.


Below the Set Point = Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

Dipping below your body's set point triggers a cascade of physiological responses aimed at restoring equilibrium. Metabolism slows down, hunger signals amplify, and the hormone leptin, responsible for signaling fullness, decreases. Meanwhile, ghrelin, the hunger hormone, ramps up its messaging. These responses, honed through evolutionary survival strategies, historically protected individuals during periods of famine or illness.



Below the Set Point  = Relative Energy Deficiency


Contrary to popular belief, the implications of straying below the set point extend beyond the confines of BMI classifications. Regardless of weight or BMI, a phenomenon known as relative energy deficiency can manifest, often signaled by pervasive thoughts of food, persistent coldness, and the cessation of menstrual cycles, a.k.a. Hypothalamic Amenorrhea.


Finding Your Set Point


Perhaps the most pressing question in this journey toward recovery is: how much weight must be gained, and where does one's set point lie? Regrettably, there's no magic formula or predetermined marker for identifying your set point. If you have had a healthy relationship with food and exercise throughout adulthood, this might give you a hunch. If you got stuck in a restrictive behavior in your teens, you will most probably end up on a weight higher than you had before.  The weight you end up at is really up to your body. You'll know you're approaching your set point when

  • Maintaining your weight becomes effortless, guided by intuitive eating and enjoyment-driven movement.

  • You are no longer enslaved by obsessive thoughts or meticulous calculations

  • Your metabolism, appetite, menstrual cycle, and digestion seamlessly synchronize



For those embarking on the journey of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery with the ultimate goal of conceiving, it's essential to bear in mind a crucial aspect: the relationship between BMI and fertility. Research indicates that the most fertile BMI range for women typically falls between 22 to 24.


I understand how daunting the prospect of weight gain might be. But remember, you don't have to navigate this journey alone. I'm here to offer support, guidance, and a listening ear every step of the way. Together, we can overcome the challenges of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery.





You don't have to go through Hypothalamic Amenorrhea 
Recovery alone

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