How Important are Genetics in Determining Your Weight?

Have you ever wondered why your friend stays long and lean no matter what she eats, whereas your curves hang on for dear life despite your attempts at dieting? Have you noticed a slender child with a likewise slim parent, or a family of heavier relations with similar body shapes and sizes? If so, you’ve witnessed the power of genetics when it comes to body weight.

The question of nature vs. nurture in determining weight is an eternal debate. Do we have control over our body weight, or are we doomed to follow in the footsteps of our parents and grandparents, ending up heavy if we come from stout stock, and slender if our relatives are thin? Is our eating and exercise behavior of utmost important, overriding the influence of genes?

It all depends. The truth seems to be a little bit of both scenarios. You can’t outsmart your genes completely, but you can control your body weight through your own behavior choices. If everyone in your family struggles with their weight and sports a large, soft body type, you may be prone to those things as well. But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to be overweight. You may not be able to pick and choose everything about your own body shape, but you can likely control your weight through smart eating and exercise.

Young healthy woman with fruits.
Young healthy woman with fruits and vegetables. Diet.

 

Genetics do influence body weight, but they’re not the sole factor in determining weight and size. You have the power to influence your weight too.

Diet pills are a panacea for the overweight, allowing metabolic changes that would otherwise be impossible for the average person. However, diet pills and their uptake can be affected by biological principles, making it vital that they are taken at the correct time during the day.

The Natural Cycle
To understand the timing of diet pills, one must first understand the way that the body works. Underneath its simple exterior, the human body is actually a vastly complicated machine that relies on he intricate inter-relationship of millions of parts and chemicals. Throughout the day, different hormones and chemicals are in flux, affected both by an individual’s diet and sleep cycle. We highly recommend that supplements, including diet pills, are taken to work WITH the body rather than against it.

A Pill with Breakfast
It is in the morning when the average person sets the chemical environment for the rest of their day. Using diet pills in the morning, alongside a complete breakfast, helps accelerate metabolism and maintain a high level of energy throughout the day. It is always important to take supplements with some kind of food, as many supplements can be irritable to the digestive tract and can cause re-flux unless they are taken with food. Additionally, supplement absorption has been shown to be more complete when taken with citrus products, such as the glass of orange juice that commonly accompanies a complete breakfast.

Decreasing Side Effects
Most diet pills are, at their core, made of powerful stimulants that are designed to trick the body into expending more energy than it normally would. These stimulants can cause increased wakefulness and restlessness, so they should never be taken at night or when trying to relax. Taking the diet pills along with breakfast also helps monitor daily consumption, as a strict routine can be set that will prevent taking multiple pills throughout the day or forgetting completely.

Times NOT to Take Diet Pills
Some medical professionals and herbalists recommend avoiding diet pills one day every week in order to give the body time to recover in between periods of weight loss. Also, strength and conditioning coaches believe that diet pills actually interfere with gaining muscle mass, so they should not be used if one’s exercise plans include heavy lifting.

 

5 Reasons Your Diet Might not be Working

Dieting can be done with great success. There are many people who go on weight loss diets, and with a lot of patience and hard work, they reach their goal. On the other hand, there are also people who struggle with their weight loss journey. Here are a few reasons why your diet may not be working for you.

First, you are probably depriving yourself of foods you enjoy. Often, when people diet, they see food as being “good” or “bad”. To be successful, you need to change the way you think about food. No food should be off limits to you. If you eat only salad, lean meat, and fruit for a month, you will begin to crave unhealthy foods. Then, you will binge and feel guilty about it later. Allowing yourself to eat any food you wish in moderation is the key to success.

Another common problem with dieting is that often people have high hopes for popular fad diets. The only way to be truly successful with your diet is to make it a lifestyle change. There is no magic diet that will shed those unwanted pounds. If you make a commitment to eat healthier and exercise more, you will see results. Initially, this will be difficult, but if you break your large goal down into smaller more manageable goals you will be successful.

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A successful diet is highly dependent on the automation of the process. In fact, it could easily be said that a successful diet is 1% willpower and 99% knowledge. Eliminating the need to hinge your diet on willpower is what separates roller coasters from success stories.

Take willpower out of the equation. Read over the following five reasons why your diet might be failing.

Reason 1: No Carb Suffering

No carbohydrates translates into low calorie and small waist, right? Zero carbohydrate diets are great for the short term, but problems arise when carbohydrate needs aren’t met. Stick to a balanced diet that keeps carbohydrates moderated but doesn’t eliminate them outright.

Reason 2: No Re-feed

Losing weight throws leptin off track. This is where willpower comes into play. Provide yourself with one re-feed a week that exceeds at least 20% over your caloric needs. Keep carbs high during these days.

Reason 3: Not Enough Protein

High protein keeps satiety high and muscle loss low. Protein also increases the thermic effect of food, or TEF. High TEF means burning calories just for eating, which wins on so many levels.

Reason 4: Food Tastes too Good

Delicious food makes you want to eat more of it. Trying to diet while eating hyper-palatable food makes every bite a torturous flirtation with disaster. Stick to simple fare and watch the pounds melt off.

Reason 5: Neurotransmitter Imbalance

Low dopamine can effect your hunger more than that amazing smell coming from McDonald’s. If you follow the above guidelines and still get intense cravings, you might want to think about supplementing with tyrosine or visiting a doctor.