Do you ever think to yourself about how difficult it can be for you to lose weight, yet your best friend seems to drop l-bs while sleeping? You question whether you are doing enough working out, or thinking to yourself that maybe you need to cut out, even more, calories. If there is one thing I can I can tell you is this – stop beating yourself up. We are all unique. Your body isn’t your best friend’s body and vice versa. Concentrate on the positive things your body is amazing at and quite trying to perfect the negative ones. Or at least the things you aren’t liking about your body right now.
We are all genetically made up different. This does not mean, that our genes are our everything. There are more factors involved when it comes to how our genes function, relate to one another and operate as a whole. Something I hear often and wonder about is, ‘is there truly a ‘fat’ gene?’ and who falls into that category if something like this does exist? Which always brings me back to the famous line from Cartman, a character in South Park, who always angrily states – “I am not fat, I’m big-boned!”
Since 2007, researchers have known that the gene called FTO was related to obesity, but they didn’t know how. Not only did they not know how but they could not tie it to appetite or other known factors that we associate with obesity.
“Now experiments reveal that a faulty version of the gene causes energy from food to be stored as fat rather than burned. Genetic tinkering in mice and on human cells in the lab suggests this can be reversed, giving hope that a drug or other treatment might be developed to do the same in people,” states Dr. Clifford Rosen, a scientist at Maine Medical Center Research Institute in an article from USAToday.
(The work was led by scientists at MIT and Harvard University and published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.)
“A lot of people think the obesity epidemic is all about eating too much,” but our fat cells play a role in how food gets used, he said. With this discovery, “you now have a pathway for drugs that can make those fat cells work differently,” states Dr. Clifford Rosen.
However, the gene glitch does not explain all obesity. It also isn’t your excuse or destiny to be obese. It just may help calm some thoughts and frustrations as to why your body acts a certain way. At the end of the day, you have to put in the dedication to work out and eat well.
We are all unique. Your body isn’t your best friend’s body and vice versa. Concentrate on the positive things your body is amazing at and quite trying to perfect the negative ones. Or at least the things you aren’t liking about your body right now.