10 Ways To Beat Genetic’s Influence On Weight Gain

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Achieving your weight loss goal after a long period of dieting, exercise and calorie counting is a tremendous feeling.

Seeing the results of your hard work makes all those hunger pangs and sweaty gym sessions seem worthwhile.

The battle against the bulge is an extremely personal journey that is completely different for each individual.

Some people may see results after just a week, whereas others may need months to drop a dress size.

Genetics plays a major role when it comes to losing weight as scientists have isolated a so-called ‘fat gene’ that makes some people more prone to weight gain and obesity. Known as the FTO gene, those who inherit a flawed copy of this gene from both parents are 70% more likely to become obese.

However, people who fall into this category can still achieve a healthy body weight by sticking to the following guidelines and taking steps to avoid piling on the pounds.

1. Stop comparing yourself to others

We all have that one friend who can polish off an entire chocolate cake by herself without gaining a pound.

When it comes to metabolisms, we are not all created equally as some people are blessed with a trim figure despite never having to diet or lift a finger.

Although this can be extremely frustrating for the person struggling to lose even a single pound after a week of dieting, it is important to remember that everyone has their own insecurities regarding their body.

While you are enviously eyeing your friend’s tiny waist and toned legs, she is most likely coveting your ample cleavage or shapely rear. Instead of constantly comparing yourself to others, focus on the parts of your body that you love.

If you are proud of your porcelain complexion, glossy hair or piercing blue eyes, focus your attention on this instead. Learn to feel proud of your body no matter what size or shape you are, and aim to lose weight to improve your overall health and wellbeing rather than your self-confidence.

Those who are insecure about their bodies often find that those insecurities do not magically disappear after losing a large amount of weight but instead simply shift to other areas such as stretchmarks or loose skin.


  1. md22mdrx

    May 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    No weight training?

    I call BS. Weight training is one of the BEST ways to lose unwanted weight as it’ll keep burning those calories even in between workouts.
    Cardio stops when you stop the cardio. Weight training continues past your workout.
    Now, you don’t have to bulk up. And if you’re obsessed over a weight number and not overall health, then it may not be for you … But you cannot tell me that weight training will not burn unwanted weight. It’s the plateau problem I guess. If you’re obsessed over the weight number, the added muscle will offset the fat loss. I’d rather have muscle and tone and not worry about the weight number.

    • TerryK

      May 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      I was once anorexic and lived by the numbers on the scale, and earned a spot in a mental health ward because of excessive dieting made me lose my mind. Hey, male homosexual dress designers wanted women to be THIN boys!
      It’s all mind control, and when you think for yourself, waist management is easy.

  2. md22mdrx

    May 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Secondly …

    BMI …

    BMI is the most USELESS metric in medicine. Don’t EVER pay attention to BMI. BMI tells you absolutely NOTHING. You see the guy at the gym, totally ripped …. 5% body fat … BMI? Obese.
    BMI is an absolute joke.

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