You can exercise hard, eat a balanced diet, and do just about everything “right,” but fat just doesn’t want to fall off. Look…some of us are born to have more body weight than others—a tendency to carry extra body fat. Fortunately, a recent study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that 3 foods I’m about to show you can actually turn down your genetic tendency for weight gain. You can use these foods to fight “bad” genetics that want to force your body to hold onto fat.
You can blame genetics for gaining fat so easily compared to other people. The sequence of your DNA – what you were born with.
But for one of the first times ever, doctors have figured out how to turn down the influences of your genes when it comes to gaining fat. The solution is super easy too!
Are You 80% More Likely to Be Overweight?
There are more than 400 genes that have an impact on obesity.
And according to Harvard University, genetic influence when it comes to a tendency for being overweight can be as high as 80%.
Some of these genes make you hungrier. Some of them make you feel less full. Some of them alter your metabolism, slowing it down or changing where body fat is stored. There are genes that even make you stress eat!
Until recently, doctors knew little about how to turn off the genetic influence that makes some people more likely to be overweight.
3 Foods that Fight Genetics So You Stay Lean Even if Your Body Was Born to Be Big
A study published on July 13th, 2019 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has an answer…
It turns out that eating more fruits and vegetables can reduce the role of genetics when it comes to weight gain and obesity.
Even if you are genetically prone to obesity, eating more fruits and vegetables can prevent those negative effects!
The full study is linked at the bottom of this page, but here are the 3 foods they found had the biggest impact on genetic tendency for obesity:
- Citrus Fruits
- Green Leafy Vegetables
I know this seems super obvious.
“Eat your fruits and vegetables…”
But this is one of the first times the genetic impact of getting more fruit and vegetables in your diet has been proven when it comes to obesity.
What’s really interesting is that…
The researchers concluded that fiber content doesn’t matter. That means even lower fiber fruits and vegetables helped.
And glycemic load didn’t matter either. Even high carb fruits helped reduce the genetic likelihood of obesity.
The Harder Your Body Fights Against You, The Better these Foods Work!
The best part is this discovery…
Researchers said “the beneficial effect of improving fruit and vegetable intake on weight management was more pronounced in individuals with greater genetic susceptibility to obesity.”
That means the harder your genes fight against you and try to pack on fat…
…the bigger impact you can see by getting more fruits and vegetables in your diet (especially berries, citrus fruits, and green leafy vegetables).