Weight Loss Myth #1: The Fat Gene

Reboot Your Body Book This is the first in a series of posts aimed at clearing up some common weight loss misconceptions.

Perhaps you have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight in the past, and you’re frustrated by what seems to be your body’s stubborn refusal to shed the unwanted pounds. Maybe you’ve lost a good deal of weight, only to regain it all back; or maybe you’ve never been able to lose any significant amount of weight at all. Maybe you’ve been overweight your whole life and other members of your family are overweight, so you’re thinking the problem must be a genetic one.

Since the mapping of the human genome was completed in 2003, scientists have been taking a closer look at these 20,000+ genes to see which of them, if any, are linked with obesity. The latest count shows that about 140 genes carry markers that could be tied to factors influencing obesity. If your genetic makeup happens to include some combination of these genetic markers, then you may indeed be at a higher risk for becoming and remaining obese, but only if certain non-genetic factors also exist. The scientists who completed the most recent genomic studies on weight concluded that only around 3 percent of a person’s tendency toward obesity can be explained by the genetic markers.

In my book, Reboot Your Body: Unlocking the Genetic Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss, I describe in detail what those other, non-genetic, factors are and how you can manipulate them to actually turn certain genes on or off, allowing you to break free from your body’s biological history and finally achieve permanent weight loss. Diet and exercise both play a key role, but so do other factors like stress management, sleep and even the way you think about and view yourself.

If you’re ready to escape the biological rut you’ve been stuck in, order your copy today to learn how to Reboot Your Body and lose the weight for good.

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