The Obesity Crisis Today – Genetics vs. Diet and Lifestyle
What I have seen in my years of facilitating the
and helping patients lose weight is that losing weight is a mix of environmental, behavioral, lifestyle and genetic factors.
GENETICS AND BODY COMPOSITION
Genetics plays a really important role in body composition. Genetics can be a determining factor in where our body fat is stored. There is also the concept of “set point” theory which determines what range your body likes to stay in. Clinically, after facilitating the HCG Diet with over a thousand patients, I can say that “set points” are extremely powerful and quite a challenge to break through on any weight loss plan. I have also seen that set points can be shifted with dietary and environmental factors. Genetics surely plays a role but our lifestyle can also have a strong influence with consistency over time.
The FTO (“fatso gene”) is a genetic variant that has been associated with a greater likelihood of being overweight. It is a gene that is being highly studied at this time. They say carriers of the FTO gene are likely to be 6.1 lbs more than those who do not carry the gene. However, they also say that dietary and lifestyle changes have the same impact on those with or without the gene!
The Behavioral and Learned Aspect of Diet and Lifestyle
The way we grew up eating and the values, attitude and beliefs that our families taught us about food go deep. So, perhaps you have inherited these behaviors towards diet and wellness; however, the amazing thing about being human is that we can work to change these behaviors and trade them in for healthier ones! You may have a set of genes that create a bit more of a struggle, however; your body composition, dietary and exercise habits are up to you.