Health, Fitness, Obesity and Genetics

As a kid, I was always ‘husky’.

Growing up , I threw myself head first into a hardcore fitness lifestyle… involving a ton of research, sweat, discipline and hard work. With all of this, I was able to transform my body from fat to fit. And since 1989, I have passed on my knowledge and perhaps more importantly, my confidence to hundreds of people that came to me and asked me to help them re-shape their bodies.

Not too surprisingly, while most of these people already had a pretty good idea of what they had to do to become lean, fit & healthy; they had never been able to turn their goals into reality.

It took the experience of seeing their friends transform their bodies with the help of a “personal trainer” to truly believe that this magical “personal trainer” was the solution to all their health and fitness dreams. Even after they had done all the hard work, all of them believed that I was responsible for their transformations.

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An example of “stick” motivation

Years of being fat and out of shape had become normal for them. They were fat. Even when they had lost the weight, there was still this little voice in the back of their heads telling them that this was just temporary. If they stopped working with me, they would re-gain their original shape.

  • They believed that their obesity and genetics were inextricably linked and had doomed them to a life of obesity and poor physical fitness.
  • How wrong they were.

While it is true that our genetic makeup does have a profound effect on every aspect of our lives, we still have a role to play in how our genetic potential is expressed.

  • Where we live
  • How much money we make
  • What food we eat and which food we don’t eat
  • Our relationships with family and friends
  • Etc, etc, etc…

The impact that our environment has upon our genetic coding is currently being researched by a branch of science called Epigenetics.

  • How is it that one identical twin can develop cancer while the other twin does not?
  • Was the life-long smoking habit of one of the identical twins responsible for their diagnosis of cancer?
  • Did the healthy lifestyle of the second twin prevent their potential diagnosis of cancer?

While the science is still new, I think down deep, we all know that how we live our lives has a strong impact on our health.

Where we live. Our friendships, or lack thereof. The air we breathe. The water we drink. The amount and type of exercise we perform. The food we eat.

Genetics isn’t Destiny. We have the power to make the best or the worst with what we have been given.

Believe that.

Reference

  • Bruce Lipton is currently the biggest ‘name’ in Epigenetics. The following two video clips serve as an introduction to Lipton and the science behind Epigenetics.