Wednesday, December 7, 2016

You are not your genes, so stop using that as your excuse !

Let me be clear on something, you are not predestined to be overweight due to genetics. Your lifestyle, behaviors, and physical activity is the determining factor for you body composition. Yes, the way your body responds to food/exercise as well as the overall shape of your body is partially due to your genes but you cannot blame that as your reasoning to be overweight.
This is the Center for Disease Control’s statement on the causes for obesity: “Obesity results from a combination of causes and contributing factors, including individual factors such as behavior and genetics. Behaviors can include dietary patterns, physical activity, inactivity, medication use, and other exposures. Additional contributing factors in our society include the food and physical activity environment, education and skills, and food marketing and promotion."
I want to start off with the food industry because that is one factor that is very hard to ignore. You see advertisements on TV, you hear them on the radio and everywhere on magazines. Your bombarded with food information that may or may not even be relevant to you, yet somehow you feel like your compelled to it.If your “food environment” is part of the problem, you can still make smart choices between the available options.
I have this conversation with clients all the time about food choices. You are the one buying them for your home. If you have them at home you are enabling yourself. Don't you think it's a lot harder if you have to drive to the store to get a bag of chips to eat if you don't have them at home? Out of sight out of mind. In this case, do not be your own enabler to your unhealthy behaviors. If you don't buy it, you won't have an opportunity to eat it.
The second point I want to make is about your genes and being "destined" for obesity. From the Harvard School of Public Health:“What’s increasingly clear from these early findings is that genetic factors identified so far make only a small contribution to obesity risk—and that our genes are not our destiny: Many people who carry these so-called “obesity genes” do not become overweight, and healthy lifestyles can counteract these genetic effects.”
What does this mean for you? Move more, move often and eat well. Over the years, movement is almost non existent in the work place as well as at home. You sit to drive to work, sit at work then sit when you come home. You are not moving enough for your physical activity and yet you wonder why you are not losing weight. Move more! Please do yourself this small task and just get up, move, get out and enjoy nature. Even if it's 10 minutes a day, go out and get your body moving!
You are responsible for your actions, and your actions have a great impact on your health. Although you might be influenced by other factors,you are the masters of your fate. Our culture didn’t force you to eat that donut. Our genetics don't wake us up at 4 am to go train. And that TV show you "have" to watch can be done on a treadmill. Harsh? Maybe, but it's ultimately your life, your goals, and your decision!

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