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Are Your Genes Making You Gain Weight?

November 3rd, 2017

A truly effective weight loss plan should take into account your genetic makeup

Since the human genome was first mapped in 2003, scientists have discovered all kinds of ways in which genes and gene expression affect health and wellness. This definitely includes your weight. Genes can affect how your body breaks down food, stores fat, and signals hunger and fullness, which is why two people can eat the same food and follow the same exercise plan and yet end up with different amounts of body fat.

The good news is, even if you have gene variations that make you more prone to weight gain, you can take steps to control the action of these genes. In other words, you can affect gene expression with lifestyle changes.

Here some examples of genes linked to obesity along with how their gene expression can be controlled:

Food Intake (FTO): This obesity gene is sometimes called a “nutrient sensor” because it affects hunger. Certain variations of this gene can make you feel more hunger and less fullness, so you end up consuming more calories.

To counteract the effects of the FTO gene, you need to exercise. Research has shown that 30 minutes of exercise 5 days per week is enough to keep the gene turned off in many individuals.

Fat Metabolism (PPARG): When this gene is activated, you end up with more PPARG protein in your fat tissue, which means your body is absorbing more dietary fats from your blood and creating more fat cells. Post-menopausal women with an overactivation of PPARG gain more weight than women without this gene variant.

The type of fat you eat can affect expression of the PPARG gene. While eating more unsaturated fats leads to more fat tissue, eating more saturated fats will help you stay leaner.

Fat Breakdown (ADRB2): The ADRB2 gene affects your metabolism, making your body more likely to go into “storage mode.” Your body will make do with less energy for daily activities and store whatever is left over as fat.

If you have the ADRB2 gene, you need to take steps to boost your metabolism. For example, you can eat more protein and omega-3s and get more exercise. While you don’t want to overeat, avoid cutting calories too drastically as this could actually slow your metabolism even more.

Discover Your Unique Genetic Profile

If you’re wondering if your genes may be affecting your ability to lose weight, consider GxSlim. This program includes an at-home DNA test that checks for 48 genetic markers that directly affect your weight. Based on your results, you will receive personalized recommendations for diet and exercise. GxSlim is the last diet plan you’ll ever need because it works with your genotype, not against it like so many fad diets do. To learn more, contact Renew Youth at 800-859-7511 today.

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