Diet: Are “Thrifty” Genes Sabotaging Your Metabolism?
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By Jorge Cruise, Lifescript.com
Being frugal can be a good thing. But when it comes to the genes that determine your metabolic rate, being “thrifty” isn’t so good. Long ago, when men and women survived by hunting and gathering, some people developed the tendency to store fat very easily and burn fat very slowly. These “thrifty” genes allowed our ancient ancestors to survive long famines. Women with the thrifty set of genes were able to get pregnant and breastfeed even when food was very scarce.
Today, probably about half of the population carries one or more of these thrifty genes. And though these genes were crucial for our ancestors’ survival, they don’t work well for us today. Our sedentary lifestyles, coupled with an abundant food supply, make it easy for anyone to gain unwanted weight – especially those with thrifty genes. Even worse, researchers believe that thrifty genes tend to direct fat storage into the abdomen.
Though these genes may make losing belly fat more difficult, it doesn’t make it impossible. Just like anyone else with a little extra cushion around the midsection, you have to eat right and exercise. Make sure you’re doing a strength-training routine 2-3 times a week on non-consecutive days to increase your lean muscle mass and burn off that extra tummy fat.