Is Being Fat Your Fault?
Why is it that some people can eat whatever they want, never
exercise and still look slim and trim? Then, there’s the rest of us
who have to watch every crumb we put in our mouths, have to exercise
daily and still never reach the weight we want? It’s not fair, is
Most people who struggle with their weight have their
ancestors to blame. Their ancestors are the ones who passed on their
“fat” genes. (Thanks, Grandma!) They can lose weight but they have
to work harder at it.
Overweight people are historically looked upon as lazy and
gluttonous. In reality, they don’t necessarily eat more than thinner
people; they just have family genes working against them. Research
has shown this to be true.
In studies with identical twins who were raised apart,
researchers found that both twins gained approximately the same
amount of weight regardless of what they ate or how much - or little
- they exercised.
Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans seem to gain
weight more easily than other ethenic groups.
Although research is just beginning to discover how our genes
work to make us fat, scientists believe that a few different fat
genes could have survived from past generations who had to struggle
through times of starvation. Those genes allowed them to eat and
store calories when food was plentiful. When food was harder to
find, the genes helped people burn fewer calories so they could
survive by using their stored fat.
You may have inherited your fat genes, but you may also have
inherited your cravings, your appetite and your metabolism. Here are
a few ways to beat your fat genes:
1. Look to your appetite. Paying attention to whether you are
“really” hungry or not can help you get a handle on your food
intake. When you are eating, it takes your brain a while to catch up
to the signal that your stomach sends out that it’s full. Savor your
food. Eat more slowly so that your stomach’s signal more closely
meets your brain’s.
2. Eat more fiber. Eating foods that contain more fiber will
depress your appetite and keep your insulin levels more even. Your
insulin levels normally rise quickly after a meal but soluble fiber
keeps these levels lower.
3. Forget crash diets. When you try to drastically cut calories
and perform grueling exercise routines, your fat cells mount a
defensive. Instead, slow down and take smaller steps to change your
eating and exercise habints.
Go ahead and blame your ancestors for your chunky body. But don’t
think that there is nothing that you can do about it. Eat healthier
foods and get adequate exercise to win over the fat