Weight Loss Myth 3: “I can’t lose weight! It’s my genes.”

English: DNA Double Helix

English: DNA Double Helix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I see many patients who complain of joint pain, diabetes, weight problems and other medical conditions. Some of them are legitimate genetic or congenital issues. Many also blame “family genes.” Although I don’t deny that genetics play a part, but there is more to it.

“We may not be able to change our genetics; however, we can influence the expression of the genes with our lifestyles/environment.” Dr. Mary-Ellen Kelly ND.

Sometimes, it may not be genetics at all. It is simply the habits that are passed on from one generation to the next. How we behave and act has a lot to do with our upbringing, which can influence the way we talk, act and even eat. My grandparents grew up eating rice, as did my parents, my cousins, my brother and myself. Other families grow up eating burgers and french fries for lunch almost every day. Others grow up eating until they are only 75% full after every meal. Other families grow up participating in all kinds of sports. So you see, it is not always “family genes,” it’s more like “family habits.”

If you want to lose weight, commit to a program that focuses on lifestyle changes and educates on nutrition, not just magic supplements, meal replacement, injections or blindly following a meal plan. You can empower yourself in the process by educating yourself. The way you choose to lose weight will also impact how your children will live healthily in the future.

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3 Responses to Weight Loss Myth 3: “I can’t lose weight! It’s my genes.”

  1. andrew says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. Totally agree, Doc! Yes, obesity price is so high. Good luck! I have researched much as I am not convinced that weight loss surgery is my option, and I am glad that I found something that saved me from the surgical knife cost and complications as well as irreversible damage. Roca Labs gastric bypass no surgery has helped me loss 43 lbs and still counting… I am glad that I am winning back a healthy weight and, this is — priceless! I am sharing this to let others know that there are better alternative to surgery and a healthy approach to weight problems. After the program, I believe I can get myself another gift — fitness! I will continue with the healthy habits, no more junks and mouth to stomach garbage and I can start to workout when joints are no longer in pains with this morbid obesity… There is still a better after us and we deserve it in any ages! Please don’t get me wrong, I considered surgery before but, I discovered an option. Whichever way, best of luck with your weight loss!

    • askdrjames says:

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