Can Your Genes Make You Fat?
Is there such a thing as a fat gene or genetic obesity? Can you turn off your fat genes? Discover whether your genes can make you fat, and what you can do about it.
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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to do very well on a diet and exercise plan, while others seem to fail when using the same plan? Much of this is due to the fact that everyone has a unique body type and body shape that will respond differently to a specific workout or nutrition plan. This is all spelled out in my book Get-Fit Guy’s Guide to Achieving Your Ideal Body.
But this week, a study hit the news that the way your genes express themselves (also known as epigenetics) can predict whether a specific diet or exercise regimen will work for your body. This is exciting because it means that at some point in the near future, a simple salivary test may be able to tell you what kind of fat loss or muscle gain program is going to work best for you.
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So if all of this genetic fitness and diet customization is a reality, what about the opposite end of the spectrum? Can your genes make you fat? Is there such a thing as a fat gene or a genetic propensity for obesity? In this episode, you’re going to learn the truth about fat and genetics, and find out what you can do about it.
Is There a Fat Gene?
Studies for the past decade have demonstrably proven a link between genetics and propensity for overweight or obesity. For example, this report looked at a UCLA study in which researchers gave more than 100 genetic variations of mice a normal diet for 8 weeks, followed by a high-fat, high-sugar diet (aka, a “Standard American Diet”) for another 8 weeks.