Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Science Behind Cheating
All in the Family
If you've continuously tried to lose weight but can't seem to get the scale to budge, you may think that you're just built fat. This is especially common among people whose families include many members who are overweight. But if you believe it's genetically impossible for you to lose weight, that will destroy any personal motivation to get healthy. And it's simply not true! Studies have found that genetics does play a part in obesity, but only in a small number of people. Where there are obese families, it's usually the case that overweight parents have passed on their unhealthy habits to their children, rather than passing on a "fat gene." Genetics does however play a role in body composition, so one person may gain weight around the hips and butt while her neighbor gains it in her arms and tummy. This doesn't mean your genes will keep you from losing weight; it just means you'll have to focus on different areas.

Tip of the Day
Family Support

Instead of blaming your weight gain on your family, get them to help you lose weight! Studies have shown that people are more successful at losing weight when they have a solid support system backing them up. So enlist the support of your loved ones! Be specific about what you'd like them to do — and what you don't want them to do — so it's as beneficial as possible.
Go to: www.cheattolose.com for more information.

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