“My Dad is big, my Grandad is big, obesity is genetic in my family, I can’t do anything about it. I just have to make sure I see my GP every 6 months to check on my health as heart disease runs in the family too.” -Anonymous fictional person
See, to me this is INSANE. You are not genetically programmed to be obese or to have heart disease. You are genetically programmed to be HEALTHY. Your body is resistant to all lifestyle disease, resistant to certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, WHEN provided the right environment. The right environment is achieved through how you CHOOSE to live your lifestyle.
“Genes are not Destiny. Epigenetic factors - such as nutrition, stress, or a healthy environment - can strongly affect genetic expression.
So you might carry several of the known gene variants for obesity…but you can also choose what to eat for dinner, or put on running shoes and get outside”
(Berardi J , et al. The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Pg. 20, 2019)
We, that are fortunate enough, and if you are reading this, then more than likely you, CHOOSE how we live our lifestyle. We choose what to eat. We choose whether to exercise. We choose. These two lifestyle factors are 100% in our control.
Just then you made an excuse. I don’t have time. I have kids. I do eat healthy and exercise but still can’t lose weight. I can’t afford it. I travel a lot. While these excuses make it more difficult, they do not make it impossible to lead a healthy lifestyle.
I don’t have time. Barack Obama, whilst President of the United States, trained 45 minutes a day, six days a week and never missed a session. He also worked from 9am to, well, very late, sometimes 1-2am… How is your day looking now?
I have kids. I own a gym and I have one member who, every time I hear this excuse, pops in to my mind. She has six kids, a husband who works FiFo and is away 3 weeks of the month and works part time. Still using your kids as an excuse?
I do eat healthy. According to what? Have you actually written down what you eat and drink throughout a day, a week? You may be surprised. Breakfast cereals, ‘low fat’ yoghurt and foods, fruit juice, pasta sauce, there are so many foods we are lead to believe are healthy through great marketing that have a huge amount of sugar and additives. Still think you eat healthy?
I can’t afford it. Large Pizza, $24.95. Uber Eats Chicken Parma and Chips, $27.95. Pie, Hot Dog, Bottle of Coke and a Mars Bar, $17.25. Home made Chicken and pumpkin salad with balsamic reduction, $7.45. Grass fed steak with home made sweet potato chips and a tomato, onion and garlic sauce, $8.20. Still think you can’t afford it?
Leading a healthy lifestyle can be tough at times, it takes planning, preparation, discipline sometimes saying no to foods you enjoy and saying yes to finding an hour out of your day to dedicate to your fitness. But everyone can do it. It is a choice. Changing may not be easy, we all need help sometimes, where do I start, what do I eat, what kind of fitness is best for me? Cobi Head Coach can help with this and so much more. Start by making a good choice now.