Bloody hell that article is utter bobbins!
I thoroughly agree with the bit about ‘You deserve freedom from food obsession and body hate’, (but that’s quite relevant to the angle that this article is written from - which I’ll come to).
But the notion of a set point that people fail to break away from is just the wrong conclusion from the same information. Yes most dieters fail and put weight back on but that’s not a biological set point, its just fallacy of dieting - the body and CNS being unable to sustain whatever changes the person made to lose weight over the long term.
I’ve continually banged on telling people not to ‘diet’ but to change and adapt their lifestyle to something that they’re happy with for the rest of their lives - so pick stuff you can see you can eat from now on, and an activity level which you can genuinely keep up and isn’t part of some kind of New Year’s health/ image resolution.
And yes your body will fight to maintain weight if you suddenly change what its been used to and try to drive calories and macro nutrients down too sharply - so don’t do it that way!
As the author is an eating disorder therapist, some of the sentiment about not wasting your time on dieting and body image I have a lot of time for, but the lack of real factual evidence behind some of the key assertions is very disappointing.