Set Point Definition | Psychology

The set point theory is the idea that everyone’s body has a predetermined genetically based range of temperature and weight that their body will try to steer back towards when healthy.

For example, if the Michelin Man has a set point of 5,000 lbs, his body will do its best to stay at that weight. If he eats more marshmallows than usual and stops exercising, her body’s metabolism will speed up. If the opposite occurs, so does the metabolism. It doesn’t mean the Michelin Man can’t lose weight over the long term, the idea is that if he does, his body will try slightly harder to get back to the range of the set point level.

It’s just a theory though, so don’t dig too much into it. Now put down that Big Mac!