Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Drop The Excuses

Think your weight is dictated by your DNA? Nice try. Even those with so-called fat genes can counteract the effects with exercise.
Good news for those who come from a long line of people with weight problems: Your genes are not your destiny. Research shows that even people who are predisposed to obesity can maintain a healthy weight by getting a moderate amount of exercise.

The study found that just 30 minutes of exercise five days a week was enough to significantly modify the effects of so-called fat genes. And those 30 minutes don’t have to be insane sweat sessions either — a brisk walk with your dog will do just fine. The genes that predispose people to obesity are not rare: 74 percent of people from Europe, 76 percent of African-Americans and 44 percent of Asians carry them. According to the researchers, this is proof positive that people should not sit back and say, “There is nothing I can do about my weight.”
Exercising for 30 minutes per day at a moderate level might just be a critical part of the ticket toward maintaining a healthy weight. Remember to get moving, and that every little bit helps.

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