Your Body Doesn’t Want You to Lose Weight

For years, the advice to the overweight and obese has been that we simply need to eat less and exercise more. While there is truth to this guidance, it fails to take into account that the human body continues to fight against weight loss long after dieting has stopped. This translates into a sobering reality: once we become fat, most of us, despite our best efforts, will probably stay fat…

In October 2010, the journal Nature Genetics reported that researchers have so far confirmed 32 distinct genetic variations associated with obesity or body-mass index.

Full article by Tara Parker-Pope in New York Times Magazine.

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  1. Bruce says:

    I don’t believe the post above. But I do believe this one.

  2. Henry GrosJean says:

    I agree. What a bunch of BS.

  3. John Polgar says:

    The secret is to get busier. If you’re busy, you’re not only exercising, of a sort, you’re not eating.

  4. Brian says:

    I read something once somewhere about part of the reason for people getting fat having to do with a natural defense against famines…..something that goes back to our ancestors when famine was a frequent threat.

  5. Henry GrosJean says:

    They probably are financial contributors to the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance!!

  6. Chris says:

    I don’t deny that there are likely genetic factors that make it easier or more difficult for certain people to be fat or thin.

    But to say that you have to be fat because of your genes and there is nothing you can do about it is just an excuse.

    It isn’t hard to find stories on TV or elsewhere about morbidly obese people who change their lives. It just takes a life change, will power, and dedication. Things that some might struggle with, but that doesn’t make it impossible.

    I think many fat people are just fatalistic, or they otherwise just don’t care enough. They’ve settled for their existing life condition, and they accept it.