This is a very common question and it’s especially asked by women if they come from a family where all their family members are overweight. It seems like they’re just born that way.
Life has dealt them a bad hand and they can never compete with the svelte women strutting around in their bikinis. Life is cruel.
Or is it?
Studies have shown that only a very miniscule percentage of people have a serious health condition that prevents them from losing weight. The majority of us have no problems.
So why then are some people so much fatter than others?
For starters, we must admit that some women have higher metabolic rates and are genetically gifted. However, even women who come from families where most of the members are overweight can lose weight if they watch their diet and exercise moderately.
The problem here is that poor eating habits and diet choices are passed down from generation to generation. If your grandmother loved eating sweet foods, your mother probably picked it up from her and passed it down to you.
While this is just an example, it is very true. You are what you eat and most people eat junk and blame their genes. We should not sugar coat this fact. You’re responsible for your own weight.
If you’re naturally inclined to weight gain, then you’ll need to work harder… but you’re not destined to be fat.
In some cases, women may have cyclical hormones that affect their weight adversely. If this is the case, you’ll need to see a doctor to deal with this issue.
However, even in cases like these, you’ll still be able to lose weight if you curtailed your eating. The food you eat is the biggest factor in determining your weight.
If you’ve ever watched the TV show, Survivor, you’ll notice that no matter who joins the show, whether they’re fat or thin… they always end up losing weight and becoming lean.
The reason for this is due to the lack of food on the island. Even the overweight contestants lose tremendous amounts of weight within a month. While this is not healthy, it just goes to show that the majority of people can lose weight.
And you can too.
Take control of your eating habits. That’s the first place to start. You wear what you eat.
Keep a journal where you write down whatever you eat. You’ll be amazed to see just how much unnecessary food you’re consuming. Most people who start journaling their diet can’t believe how much junk food and processed food creeps in.
Now that you know exactly what you’re eating, reduce unnecessary consumption. Do not cut down your food intake massively because you’ll end up with cravings. Do it gradually so that your body doesn’t fight you.
Slowly start removing processed foods from your diet and replace them with healthier alternatives. Replace white potatoes with yam. Cut down and eliminate simple carbs.
Drink more water instead of soda. Instead of chocolate, try cold cut fruit instead.
It’s these small changes that make all the difference. Just by cleaning up your diet, you’ll automatically see the pounds coming off and you’ll realize that you’re not destined to be fat.
You just need to eat better. It will take a while to do it… but when it comes to losing weight, this is the best step that you can take.