[quote]Professor X wrote:
Professor X wrote:
This is actually an area of contention. One of the theories is the “set point” theory where the body has a set point, a level of body fat that it considers normal. Under the theory people have to fight to change there body fat while there body will want to go back to normal. This theory also says that it is possible to move the set point up and down through diligent lifestyle changes.
This theory can be used to explain why some people that were fat, get lean, and have difficulty maintaining that level of leanness.
I don’t know if this is actually the case, or if the reason is psychological not physiological.
The idea of weight set points has very little to do with body fat itself and much more to do with overall BODY WEIGHT. If you get up to 230lbs once and you are carrying a good deal of body fat, but you maintain that weight for a few months. If you diet down and drop some excess body fat, it will likely be easier to get back to 230lbs with even more muscle mass. You have now changed your weight set point. This takes time and obviously takes consistency in the gym.
So, according to this logic, the following example is viable?
I weighed 180 lbs back in August. I now weigh 245 lbs and plan on bulking up to 260 lbs by early May. If I cut down from about 20% BF to 5% (putting me at about 221 lbs), will it be easier to reach 260 again with a lot more muscle mass simply because I’ve weighed that much before?
Though I do not by any means plan on staying at 260, which is one factor which would deviate from your idea of first maintaining the weight. Would it matter?
If you have the genetics to eventually weigh 260lbs with most of that being lean body mass, then yes, that is what I have seen myself and in others.[/quote]
Very interesting. Though there gets to be a point where genetics will overtake the theory. I, however, believe that anyone can reach any weight that can be humanly reached if they wish. For example, a 130 lb runt could eat enough to weigh 300 lbs with high BF %. Let’s say said fatass decided to diet back down. Would he be able to gain muscle faster than before because he has been a previously high weight.