Weight Loss Myth #6

MY GENES ARE MAKING ME FAT

How many times have you heard it or said it yourself, “I can’t lose weight because it’s genetic.” Or, “I have a slow metabolism.” While it’s true that some people are more genetically predisposed to putting on weight more easily or storing fat in certain body parts, your genes are not your destiny.

If you look back through your family tree and find that you have a lot of overweight relatives, then, yes, it’s probably in your genes. If one or both of your parents are overweight or obese, your risk for obesity is further increased. But interestingly enough, studies that track identical twins (chosen for their same genetic makeup) for decades have found that the twin that had been more physically active accumulated less belly fat (the most damaging kind).  So, just because your genes might say you gain have the ability to gain weight easily, you have the power to make healthy lifestyle choices to decide the actual outcome. Eating right and being physically active can keep those genes under control, allowing you to be successful in losing weight and keeping it off.

The next time you find yourself making genetic excuses for why you can’t lose weight remember this: Your genes are the loaded gun, you get to choose whether or not to pull the trigger.

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