Two Meanings to the Phrase "Gaining Weight"


  1. When your weight goes back to your base weight  (A)
  2. When your base weight itself increases (B)

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I would like to define this term first. There are two meanings of the expression "gaining weight" which we use daily. I think the confusion of these meanings causes a lot of misunderstandings.   

For example,  “you'll gain weight if you eat a lot of calories” or “even with diets when you rebound, you might weigh even more than you did before you did the diet,” etc.

I realized this when I got really thin, but I think the confusion of these two meanings results in various misunderstandings and false information, and most people are dieting in the wrong way.

1. When your weight goes back to your base weight  (A)

The first one is “gaining weight” meaning to go back to your base weight based on the mechanism of maintaining your present condition. Many of those who are overweight try to reduce caloric intake or exercise to reduce weight. In such cases, the body will always try to go back to its base weight, so as soon as you eat, naturally, you gain weight.

When people say, “I will get fat if I eat cake ” or “I gain weight when I eat a lot,” they are mostly talking about this meaning.

I often meet women who say, “My body tends to get fat when I eat a lot” but it means that the body is repeating a “mini-diet” and a “mini-rebound” by the mechanism to preserve its current stasis.

(A Japanese actor, Toru Watanabe)

▷Toru Watanabe, a Japanese actor, used to be heavy, but with a diet, he weighed around seventy kilograms(70kg) when he appeared on a television show.

However, when he got married at twenty-six, he couldn't maintain his diet anymore and ate a lot and he went back to one hundred and thirty kilograms(130kg). (It is said that he made a new record for his weight change every time he dieted.)

Again with the help of his wife’s home cooking, he succeeded in losing forty kilograms(40kg).

However, in the end, he repeated rebounding. It’s quite a famous story in Japan.
(You can imagine a glass in which water is increasing and decreasing.)

2. When your base weight itself increases (B)

On the other hand, the second “gaining weight” expression means that your base weight itself increases.
Though I haven't changed the amount of my food intake (rather, I reduced it a little), I gained three kilograms in the last year or gained ten kilograms in the last three years... meaning my maximum weight has been increasing.

This is not due to intake amount or calories, but by the mechanism of starvation (strictly speaking, I defined it as “intestinal starvation” ).
I believe that this makes a fundamental difference between fat people and thin/lean people. (You can image a glass itself is becoming big.)

For example, someone who has never been more than sixty kilograms has become sixty-three kilograms in the last year. In this case, it means that his/her base weight itself increased from sixty to sixty-three kilograms.

(Two meanings of gaining weight)

When you gain weight to your base weight from a rebound after a diet, it's the (B) mechanism, but if you gain weight naturally more than your base weight, it is the (A) mechanism. This is because the diet creates a situation of starvation.

Generally, it is said that “eating while your metabolism is low makes you gain weight,” but I will write an argument to this in another article.

Note: Through my own experience and people around me who gained weight suddenly, I became certain that my theory is right, so I wrote this article. If I can correspond with a research institute, I have the means to prove it.