I hear it so often.
Especially women try to convince me that their weight issues have a genetic reason. They tell me that their mother/father and grandmother were overweight as well and that they will have to live with their extra weight for the rest of their lives. Yes, doctors do tell you that you can’t influence your DNA, but this is simply not true. There is scientific evidence that we can literally change our DNA with our behavior, not only for ourselves but we can also pass the positively altered DNA along to our children and grandchildren.
We are not just a victim of our ancestors and their genes. There is scientific evidence that our daily habits can turn genes on or off. Scientists call that gene expression or epigenetics. The simple definition of epigenetics is the study of biological mechanisms that can switch genes on or off. Thanks to epigenetics we know that environmental stimuli can also cause genes to be turned on or off (worst of all currently are cell phones and WiFi). Our DNA can be modified by what we eat, where we live, the kind of people we interact with, when and how much we sleep, how and how often we exercise, and the aging process.
“We are not just a victim of our ancestors and their genes. There is scientific evidence that our daily habits can turn genes on or off.”
If you have thought so far that you’re just a victim of your ancestors’ DNA, this is now good news for you. It is worth to eat healthy, it is worth to sleep enough, it is worth to exercise regularly, it does matter who our friends are. Therefore, our health, weight, and pretty much our entire life is very much in our own hands.
Can you begin to see how very important and powerful it is to take care of your habits?
Over 20,000 genes and the endless possible combinations and arrangements open up a whole new world to weight struggling women. If we can reverse the gene’s current state and keep the good while eliminating the bad genes, then we’d be able to reverse obesity and weight issues.
According to The Owner’s Manual for the Brain by Howard, our daily habits can and will turn genes on or off. Our habits therefore determine whether we are opening the door to cancer, diabetes, addictions, brain damage, heart diseases, and early aging or to health, wellness, being slim, and longevity.
“Our habits determine whether we are opening the door to cancer, diabetes, addictions, brain damage, heart diseases, and early aging or to health, wellness, being slim, and longevity.”
Therefore it’s safe to say that our habits literally determine our fate. Bad habits can and often do lead to financial problems, job loss, and health issues. These results all have an effect on our relationships, on our happiness, and on our health again. This all leads to stress what forces the body to create adrenalin and cortisol which switch on a series of bad genes. These then can lead to heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases and weight gain… a veritable downward spiral.
Habits have always a tremendous domino effect, and it would be a bad decision to ignore them. Especially when it comes to weight loss, habit is at the very foundation of your weight loss success or failure. Your habits either make or break your weight loss success.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
“Your habits either make or break your weight loss success.”
Here are some of the bad habits that turn on bad genes:
- Consume alcohol excessively
- Drug consumption
- Unhealthy eating (too much junk food)
- Sedentary lifestyle (lack of daily aerobic exercise)
- Sugar consumption (sugar is toxic and leads to many bad chemical reactions in the body)
- Lack of studying (not exercising our brains by reading or learning new skills leads to faster aging)
- Allowing negative thinking and emotions
- Using a microwave oven (microwaves alter the DNA and inevitably lead to weight gain)
- Using a cell phone and WiFi internet (both are based on the microwave technology which is known to alter the DNA)
Since everything has two sides, good habits can also turn good genes on and bad genes off. Positive habits lead to a never-ending positive chain reaction leading to reduced stress, better health, financial freedom, longevity, happiness, good relationships, success, etc.
“Positive habits lead to a never-ending positive chain reaction leading to reduced stress, better health, financial freedom, longevity, happiness, good relationships, success and a lean body.”
Habits which can positively affect your genes:
- Healthy eating (natural, organic, living food cooked from scratch).
- Cooking with love the old-fashioned way.
- Daily aerobic exercise.
- Daily reading or learning new skills (leads to an increase of your IQ and to more success in business or job).
- Meditation and prayer (can powerfully turn off bad genes that contribute to various types of diseases and turn on good genes that prevent diseases).
- Positive mindset and emotions (thoughts and emotions alter the brain’s chemistry).
- Using a land line for calling and internet access.
It is my hope that you begin to realize how powerful habit change can be, how much easier weight loss can become and how much better your overall life can be.
Being patient with your habit transformation is too powerful, and we’d be stupid to ignore it. On the other side bad habits lead to too much stress, disease, weight gain, faster aging and suffering if left unattended.
The disadvantages of habit are to great and the advantages of good habit are too good to ignore.
Here’s to your ongoing weight loss success!
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