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You can’t lose weight if you have the wrong metabolism or genes



 
You can’t lose weight if you have the wrong metabolism or genes
You can’t lose weight if you have the wrong metabolism or genes

Some people can lose weight and keep it off, but others simply cannot. For them it is not even a remote possibility. There are many factors working against weight loss, so for many people longterm weight management is an unrealistic dream. Some folks are just big-boned, and big-boned people are destined to be big.
Some have the wrong body shape for thinness—naturally big hips and thighs, a round stomach, or overly broad shoulders. Those with slow metabolisms just don’t burn a lot of calories. It’s especially frustrating for those people because they exercise and don’t eat a lot, maybe just a few hundred calories per day, but they can’t overcome their body’s slow engine.
Some people are born with fat genes. Their mom and dad are big, their grandparents are big, and their cousins are big. The people who come from “big” families have no choice about being big too. Then there are those life events that cause weight gain that can’t be reversed:
stopping smoking, being pregnant, especially with a second or third child, and menopause. It’s impossible for women to combat the natural body changes that come with being female. The weight just piles on even though they’re not doing anything differently. Just as there are people destined to be overweight, there are others who are naturally thin. If they gain a few pounds, they take them right off. Pounds just melt away as soon as they star  eating less and exercising more. They are the lucky people.

The unlucky ones cannot lose weight.
Kernels of Truth
Metabolism affects the rate of weight loss, and people do have different metabolic rates. One way to lose weight is to increase metabolism,to rev up the body’s engine so that it burns more calories. Physical activity pumps up the body’s metabolism by causing it to work harder during exercise. Building muscle also increases metabolism. Any way to speed up metabolism will burn more calories.
A medical problem associated with weight gain is hypothyroidism.The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located just below your Adam’s apple that produces hormones that affect your body’s metabolism and energy level. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a condition where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland.With hypothyroidism,the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone, metabolism slows down, and body weight increases. Diagnosis of hypothyroidism is done primarily by measuring serum TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) in the blood. The blood tests performed as part of a routine physical examination usually include this test. Treatment of hypothyroidism consists of taking thyroid hormone in pill form on a daily basis.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism should clear up within a few months of starting treatment.Certain circumstances, including genes, race, age, and life cycle status, increase one’s vulnerability to weight gain. 

*Although the exact numbers vary, some experts say that people with one overweight parent have at least a 40% chance of being overweight.
* In part, genes determine natural body shape and where the body naturally puts on extra fat. Several studies have found that identical twins are likely to share the same body weight tendencies—if one is overweight, chances are that the other one is also.
* Height and weight charts based on the NHANES III surveys in the United States show that overweight and obesity are more common among non-Hispanic black or Mexican-American women than among non-Hispanic white women.
* Among all men and women in the United States, the prevalence of being overweight or obese goes up as we get older until after age 69.

* Studies show that women often gain more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy, then have a hard time taking the weight off after the baby is born. Likewise, the evidence is strong regarding the tendency of women to gain weight during their menopausal years.








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