If Obesity in your Genes then beware

There are many people who will ask why bother trying to lose weight when it’s all in our genes. Some people are just naturally thin while other are prone of gain weight. The truth is that somewhere between 30 to 60 percent of weight gain is heredity. In essence, our whole body is engineered to survive with limited nutrients and we are genetically built for being active during the sunlight hours. But our hunting days are long gone and most of us now are tied to our desks or sit in our cars or houses, and the food magically comes directly to us.

The trick is therefore, as far as we can, to live and act in accordance to how our systems were originally programmes. It has been argued by some that obesity really started when cars became popular in the ’50s and ’60s. Likewise the advent of television made people even more sedentary. Since 1990, the level of overweight people in the United States has moved from 51 percent to 65 percent. The sad fact is people eat all day long accompanied by a significant decline in activity levels.

How many times have we heard people who say I choose fruit and vegetables instead of instead of bread or fries, I do hour at the gym at least three times and use the stairs instead of the elevator and I still cannot lose those unwanted pounds. It will often lead people to the conclusion that it’s not their fault, as it is their bad genes.”

It is not that simple. While you can partially blame your obese parents, genetics alone are very seldom responsible for your weight issues. It is true that there are many different genes that regulate body weight although scientists are still trying to get a better idea of the role that genes might play in weight gain. Their view is that we are at least 10 years away from finding more specific answers.



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