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If You Can’t Lose Weight, Don’t Blame Your Genes

It’s true that your unique DNA has some effect on how your body breaks down calories and stores fat, but new research in The BMJ shows that when it comes to losing weight, you’re no different than anybody else.

This adds to a growing pile of studies showing that for the vast majority of people, weight loss isn’t something that’s out of your control. The good news is you can eat yourself healthy, lose weight and increase your whole body strength with a few simple tricks, beginning with understanding that you can’t exercise your way out of a poor diet. In fact, research shows exercise is largely ineffective for producing any significant amount of weight loss on its own!

The good news is weight loss can be achieved by virtually everyone, once you understand a few core concepts. A successful weight loss plan can be broken down into three easy-to-remember components: 1) Exercise effectively and get regular movement; 2) Eat REAL food; 3) Time your meals to optimize metabolic function.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) combined with intermittent fasting is the most effective combo I know of: HIIT workouts not only tend to burn anywhere from 6-15 percent more calories than other workouts, but appear to product immediate changes in your DNA specific to fat-burning.

Coupled with intermittent fasting and a nutritious whole, organic food diet consisting of healthy fats, carbs and protein to suit your individual situation, you can normalize your weight while eating well.