How Genetics, Environment and Lifestyle Contribute to Your Weight

Weight gain and weight loss can be affected by a number of factors, and one of those is genetics. Even though some factors influence your weight more than others, it’s still important to take a look at all of them so you can better understand your body and make weight loss easier and more successful.

Weight and Genetics

Have you ever wondered why you seem to gain weight with just a handful of nuts, while your friend can eat tubs of ice cream and never gain a pound? This discrepancy can be explained by genetics. Because the rate of obesity is increasing at a rapid rate (especially in America), some scientists are determined to uncover the genetic factor behind this near-epidemic condition. In 2006, studies showed that people who had a particular genetic makeup were more prone to obesity than other individuals who had different genes. Even though the link between weight and genetics needs further study, it’s clear that some people are more inclined to gain weight than others. If most of the women in your family are obese then it’s probable that you may have the “overweight gene” in your family. This doesn’t mean that weight gain is inevitable. If you exercise regularly and watch what you eat, chances are you will still achieve a normal weight despite your genetics.

Weight and Environment

You might find it hard to believe that where you live can affect the pounds you gain or lose, but your environment is another factor that can contribute to weight gain. For instance, if you live in an area where fast foods, food stalls and restaurants are near your house, this can motivate you to eat more frequently. If you need to pass by a donut shop on your way to work, you might be tempted to go in and buy several to boost your energy before arriving at the office. Once you get home after a tiring day at work, you might resort to ordering takeout from a fast food joint instead of spending time and effort cooking a healthier home-cooked meal. Your environment can further promote weight gain if there are no nearby gyms or a place where you can exercise. If this sounds like your environment, you might have to devote extra effort in order to live a healthier lifestyle.

At least once a week, shop at a farmer’s market for fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and other ingredients that you can use to cook low-fat meals for the rest of the week. You might also find out where the nearest gym, park or community pool is so you can have some physical activities.

Weight and Lifestyle

Despite the influence of genes and environment, it is perhaps your lifestyle that has the most influence on your weight. Even if you have the genetics that increase the risk of obesity and you live in a place that makes exercise and healthy eating inconvenient, you can still prevent weight gain by taking control of your lifestyle. This means making exercise a regular part of your routine and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet instead of processed and fattening foods.

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