If you’ve been battling to lose your thigh fat or the fat in your midsection for as long as you can remember, your genes could be playing a huge part in keeping you from seeing results. While diet and exercise are key factors in weight loss, research confirms that genetics play an important role as well.
Look at your mother or your grandmothers. Think about their shapes. You’re most likely already identified what side of the family you got what from, and where and how your carry weight is no exception. Genetics can predispose a person to struggle with weight loss because they influence how you process energy (calories) in food. Some experts even say your genes might cause you to want to eat too much, or could hinder your discernment of when you’ve reached satiety when eating. Your genes might impact your energy levels and your desire to exercise.
Before You Blame Genetics…
The number of reported cases of genetic disorders and tendencies affecting weight loss has not increased over the past few years. At the same time, however, obesity has skyrocketed. While it would be nice to know that your genetics are causing your weight loss plateau, the facts point to the majority of us having trouble for other, more controllable reasons. (For example, two glasses of wine during dinner and ice cream for dessert every night is something controllable.) Still, we all have areas that make us want to pull our hair out, or just wave the white weight loss flag. If you have trouble losing weight, and specifically in certain areas, talk with Dr. Byrd about liposuction treatments to reduce stubborn fat in certain areas.