What? There are definitely special bodies.
Becca Lee Jensen Ogden

>What? There are definitely special bodies. Everyone has a different body. All bodies are different. What? Am I seriously writing this?

I know, right? Its like you didn’t even read what I wrote. Its as if you chose whatever old group of words you wanted to, and extracted it into its own sentence, ignoring what I actually said. Did you do that on purpose? Are you erecting straw men on purpose? Lets take another look:

> It is an absolutely myth that “some people” have these special bodies which “just don’t respond” to diet and exercise.

The type of body which does NOT exist is the body which “just doesn’t respond to diet and exercise”. You could address that point, or you could take the word “special” out of context and knock down straw men.

Yes, we all know about the “set point”. In fact, many of us have *experienced* it subjectively while trying to lose weight. Or while succeeding to lose weight.

If losing weight were *easy*, nearly everyone would do it.

Every educated person knows that being overweight is unhealthy, and yet many of us are still overweight. Losing weight is hard, and the internal processes summarized in the idea of a “set point” are part of why losing weight is hard. I’ve fought against the set point at several points in my life.

Your mention of the set point doesn’t change my claim. The fact remains that IF you actually follow a proper regime of diet and exercise, you *will* lose weight. The set point just means describes one of the difficulties you will face along the way.

It does, however, change your claim:

> their weight doesn’t respond to changes in diet and exercise.

The set point kicks in *only* because diet and exercise begins to work. And one of the consequences of the set point is that eating food becomes more rewarding, leading some people to *deviate from their diet and exercise plan*.

But if you choose to ignore those urges and unpleasant sensations, you *will* lose weight. Its basic science.

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