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Does Being Overweight Have Something To Do With Genes

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Your Not Doomed To Be Overweight If Other Members of Your Family Are Obese

Most people will quickly shrug off their obese weight because their parents too are big so it must be in the genes, or they will quickly explain how all men or women in their family are overweight. Others resign to their fate saying they are big-boned.

If this is the case, does it mean that you are doomed to remaining overweight all your life or is there something you can do to get rid of the extra weight? Does one get predisposed to being overweight from the family line? Is the ‘fat’ gene inherited?

Never Assume Your Fate Is To Be Over Weight

It is true that genes determine the body shape we take, our height and the potential this has on our health. The risk of getting overweight increases where there is a history of obesity in the family. However, if this applies to you, it should not be assumed that your fate is set. There are other factors that can lead to obesity, which should be examined before apportioning the blame on genes.

Even where one has inherited a high amount of fat cells from their parents, maintaining healthy habits can save them from obesity. Having excess weight has more to do with the adoption of poor habits/lifestyle than the predisposition of genes.

Knowing the truth about obesity will free you from the bondage of being overweight. Here are some facts that will help you:genes and weight loss

Change Your Eating Habits… You Don’t Have to Eat Second Servings

Our food choices have the greatest impact on our weight. Eating habits are set from early on in life. It is highly likely that you will adopt the values your family had when you were growing up. For instance, in families where the parents always had and encouraged a second serving in every meal, the children will grow up with that urge to always eat some extra. If high calorie snacks were a normal thing when watching TV, the same habit will be carried on to your own house. In both cases, the chances of most of the family members getting overweight are quite high.

Being inactive is another major contributor to obesity. Exercise is good for all shapes of people whether slim or well padded. Even where a slim person leads an inactive life, they will end up gaining weight because most of the food they are eating ends up being stored as fat. The situation is much worse in overweight people. Train yourself to exercise regularly so as to burn off the unwanted fats/calories. It does not have to be something big. You can start small by making sure that you move around a lot during the day.

Change Your Lifestyle and Lose The Weight

Age too determines how much weight we lose or gain. As we get older, our metabolism slows down leading to weight gain. From the age of 30 upwards, one becomes inactive. As a result, muscle tissue wears down leading to low metabolism, hence the gain in weight.

Your lifestyle generally impacts greatly on the state of weight you end up having. Bad habits picked as we grow contribute more to weight gain than any genetic factor. Studies done by the American Medical Association show that hormone imbalance and/or metabolic disorder account for only 2% of all cases of obesity!

That said, if indeed your genes have a role to play in you being overweight, you can regain control over your body by modifying your lifestyle. Adopt healthier eating habits. You can begin to eat less if you have been eating a lot and begin to exercise if you have been inactive.

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