“Battle Your Biology? Fat Chance,” proclaimed a headline recently in the health section of a recent newspaper. Quoting new research and citing psychologists, dietitians and physicians, the article says that more and more evidence proves that your weight is genetically determined, and if you’re fat, “it’s not your fault.”
“We’ve known for a while that genes – more than environment and behavior – explain obesity”
While genetics are definitely a factor, believing you are destined to be overweight for life because you’ve inherited “fat genes” is the most dis empowering and self-defeating attitude you could ever adopt.
The only way you’ll lose weight permanently is to accept total responsibility for yourself and acknowledge the fact that you have the power to change, regardless what mother nature has given you to work with.
let’s look at the three basic somatotypes:
ectomorphs, mesomorphs and endomorphs.
The lean, lanky types. They are usually very thin and bony, with fast metabolisms and extremely low body fat. An ectomorph can eat like a horse without gaining an ounce.
Mesomorphs are the “genetically gifted.” They are lean, muscular and naturally athletic. Mesomorphs lose fat and gain muscle with ease.
Endomorphs are the “fat retainers.” Characterized by round features, excess body fat and large joints (“big bones”),endomorphs usually have great difficulty in losing body fat. They have slow metabolisms, they are often carbohydrate sensitive, they gain fat quickly if they eat poorly or don’t exercise, and they lose fat slowly – even on a healthy diet.
Obesity is the result of many influences. Genetics is only one of them. Like it or not, the primary cause of obesity is your own behavior. Most of the factors that affect body composition are entirely under your control. These factors include how much you eat, what you eat, when you eat, what type of exercise you do, how frequently you exercise, how long you exercise and how hard you exercise.
The first thing you must do if you want to lose weight or succeed in any area of your life, is to accept complete responsibility for your situation. We are products of our own thinking and belief systems.
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So, are you a frustrated and you feel like dieting is an uphill battle against your genes? If your answer is “yes,” please don’t just quit and chalk in up to “bad genetics,” and don’t believe that drugs are the answer either – they’re not
Your genetics will largely dictate your athletic ability and how easily you will lose weight. That doesn’t mean you can’t get lean; it only means that you’re going to have to adjust your diet and training to fit your body type and you may have to work harder and be more persistent than the “genetically lucky” ones.
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