CAN I LOSE THE “OVERSHOOT” WEIGHT?
This is the question I get a lot, and I wanted to address this in today's post.
But first, couple of trigger warnings:
Trigger warning #1: If you don't want to hear anything about weight loss or find numbers triggering, please skip this post.
Trigger warning #2: This post applies only to those who are recovered from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea or under eating; if you're still working on yours, it's not for you. Get in touch here if you need help with recovery.
I am sharing this because I want you to see that overshoot weight and set point definitely exist, but you can't force your body there. I'm not sharing this to tell you must lose weight after recovery.
Ok, now that all this is clear, let's talk about overshoot weight and if it's possible to lose it.
What Is Overshoot Weight?
What is overshoot weight? Overshoot weight is the “extra” weight that we have to put on in order to bring our bodies back to homeostasis: Feel more rested, have more energy, get the period back, stop losing our hair every minute, feel warmer.
The other term that is useful to know is set point. What his that? This is the point of weight where the body settles and stays effortlessly, while maintaining all its healthy functions. We don't have to do any extreme exercise or dieting, to maintain that weight.
One way to know that your body is currently not at its set point weight is this: You have to work out a ton and constantly restrict your calories to keep that weight. This is not your natural weight — your set point is actually higher.
I'm using “extra” when talking about weight in the context of “overshoot”, but it really isn't “extra” in the moment when it happens because you need this weight to restore all the healthy functions. Later it may become extra when the body perceives that all this weight that it needed to recover, is no longer necessary. So it lets go of some of it.
How to Lose The Overshoot Weight
Overshoot weight loss can happen. When it does, it happens naturally. Just like it happened for V. In 5 months, her body let go of roughly 10 lbs. That was about 1.5 years after she got her period back. Here's what she has to say…
As you can see, it's completely possible that some of the weight will go away, but again, it has to happen without forcing it.
Here is how you don't want to try to lose the overshoot weight:
🚫By cutting calories by 500 the day your period comes
🚫By committing to 5 metcons a week the minute your energy starts coming back up
🚫By cutting your carbs to 50 grams per day the first day you no longer feel like hit by a bus.
Here is how you can help your body find its set point:
✅Eat a variety of foods
✅Chew your food. You only have teeth in your mouth and nowhere else in your digestive system
✅Eat all three macronutrients
✅Calm your body with restorative, relaxing exercise
✅Exercise in a way that feels GOOD to you.
I have helped dozens of women to come back to middle ground, happy place, after HA recovery. You can read more success stories here.
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