I definitely relate to this feeling as overweight/obesity runs in my family. I grew up with lots of pressure thinking the cards in the deck were stacked against me. And many of my weight loss coaching clients come to me in despair wanting to lose weight, but believe they are fighting a losing battle because they have fat genes (and fat jeans). But when you study the research, there’s lots of good news when it comes to genetics and your weight and health.
The International Journal of Obesity did a study using twins. One twin was labeled the "gym rat" and worked out regularly, and the other twin was the "lazy twin". After 30 years, the scientists compared the gym rat and lazy twins and found that the gym rat had gained nearly 12 pounds less, and had a waist that was over 3 inches smaller, than the lazy twin.
In 2010, British researchers also looked at the genetic profile of over 20,000 men and women and found that 17 fat genes that contribute to obesity were responsible for just 2% of the obesity cases in the study group!
This just goes to show you that there is plenty of evidence that your weight destiny IS NOT pre-determined-- you don't have to end up being overweight just because it runs in your family. Social conditioning—copying the bad health habits of your parents or siblings like being a couch potato, overeating or eating junk foods—is almost always the issue rather than your "fat" genes.
Everyone in my family is overweight or obese, while I am at a healthy, normal weight. My husband and his sister are thin while others in their family are not. So don't blame your weight and health on destiny or your parents, because you are more in control of being fit or fat than you might otherwise think!
If you haven’t been into a healthy lifestyle, one of the most important things you can do to get started is to firmly plant in your mind the belief that YOU, not your family history, control your weight. The power to reach your dream weight and go from fat to skinny jeans is right in your hands, and can become your destiny any time you’re ready to get to work.
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