Last updated on Jun 16th, 2020 at 12:28 am
“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.
How much does your DNA influence your weight?
“I can’t get thin. My whole family is overweight. I think we are genetically predisposed to being heavy.”
Many people blame their genetics (DNA) for their bodyweight issues. They believe that since their family history suggests a predisposition to being overweight, that’s just the way it’s going to be for them, too. And then they give up…
You see, your DNA does have something to do with the tendency of your body to put on weight (or not, in some cases – you know who you are). If your parents are heavy, and their parents are/were heavy, and theirs before them, then you’ve likely got genes that tend towards heaviness.
BUT… That’s not the whole story
Because your DNA also influences other things… like earwax build-up! If you can keep your ears clean, then why can’t you keep your waistline trim? Both are negative genetic issues, yet we fix one, and claim that the other is irreparable.
If you have a family history of obesity, then you need be extra diligent about your diet. That’s all. It’s not a complex problem to solve. Lots of veggies and fruit, some proteins, a few carbs, a little dairy, and almost no junk food, and you’ll be able to reach your weight loss goals.
Also, take into account your family’s habits. It’s not just your DNA that influences your bodyweight. Your family’s eating habits, lack of exercise, and other unhealthy behaviour also have a major influence on their weight. Identify all of the areas in which you can make improvements in your own life, and you WILL see positive changes in your body.
Your DNA informs what you TEND towards. Your behaviour determines what you become.
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Read more in the ‘reality check’ series below:
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- Weight loss reality check: Stay safe when shopping for healthy food
- Weight loss reality check: Don’t believe in unicorns
- Weight loss reality check: What about bread?
- Weight loss reality check: 3 Weeks at home doesn’t have to ruin your diet
- Weight loss reality check: Ramp up your immunity with protein
- Weight loss reality check: What exactly is processed food, and is it ALL bad?
- Weight loss reality check: How to form long-lasting habits
- Weight loss reality check: How about something easy for a change?
- Weight loss reality check: Who’s benefitting from your diet plan?
- Weight loss reality check: Are your goals good for you?
- Weight loss reality check: Your relationship with food is key
- Weight loss reality check: What is a ‘healthy’ body weight, anyway?
- Weight loss reality check: New Year’s (every) day
- Weight loss reality check: New year, new you? Here’s the uncomfortable truth
- Weight loss reality check: Some extra calories are better than others?
- Weight loss reality check: Holiday diet dos and don’ts
- Weight loss reality check: The caveman diet?
- Weight loss reality check: Should you eat like a lion?
- Weight loss reality check: Don’t turn to food for comfort
- Weight loss reality check: Maybe you need to eat MORE
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