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June 11th, 2009
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"Easy default weight"
I hypthesized recently that most people aren't far off their easy default weight.

I still think it's a reasonable guess. I doubt that most people are eating and/or exercising enough more or enough less than they want to affect their weight much, but what's your intuition?

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From:metahacker
Date:June 11th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I think a lot of people eat slightly more than they need to each day, and that this adds up, leading to many people being significantly far off a more natural weight. I think it happens because certain foods (corn syrup comes to mind) slip by the body's systems of checks and balances regarding what the body's weight should be, and whether that was enough food to eat or not.
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From:metahacker
Date:June 11th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
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(Also -- any arguments involving BMI as the measurement will have a bit of a hump to get over with me; it's nearly useless as a diagnostic tool, popularized simply because it's easy to measure rather than meaningful. I note this because it came up in both the thread you link to, and the blog post...)
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From:bruceb
Date:June 11th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
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That's my feeling as well, that many people could change their weight fairly significantly with changes that aren't very hard but seem very unobvious from where they are now.
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From:metahacker
Date:June 12th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
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I really think it's the HFCS. For sheer caloric intake, the body will generally adjust and
you'll eat less other times.
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From:crystalpyramid
Date:June 11th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Is easy default weight a technical term? What does it mean? How would it be defined other than, "however much the person weighs right now"?
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From:nancylebov
Date:June 11th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
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It's not a technical term. It's my phrase for what people end up weighing if they aren't using a lot of will power to affect their weight. It's pretty fuzzy.
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From:selenite
Date:June 11th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
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I suspect my EDW has four or five digits. I've had a serious ratchet effect with gains--I can go back down a little but haven't made major changes.
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