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The weight loss battle is a very real one for many Australians. And sadly, it’s one that so many of us struggle to win. But before you get down on your luck and yourself when you think about weight, there’s a silver lining even if you can’t shake the extra kilos: it isn’t your fault!

Research from the US National Institutes of Health has found that our genetic makeup in our DNA is responsible for the baseline speed of our metabolism – something that dictates how quickly our body can process food and intake nutrients.

The scientists measured the metabolism of 12 obese people before and after a day of fasting. Some people’s metabolism slowed down more than others.

Analysis showed that those whose metabolism had slowed down the most when fasting lost the least weight. Writing in the journal Diabetes, the researchers said they had clearly shown that a person’s biological make-up can affect how easy it is to lose weight.

They said their study was the first to find laboratory evidence supporting the commonly held belief that people with certain physiologies lose less weight than others by dieting.

Dr Susanne Votruba, one of the study’s authors, said, “When people who are obese decrease the amount of food they eat, metabolic responses vary greatly, with a “thrifty” metabolism possibly contributing to less weight lost. While factors such as adherence to diet affect weight to an extent, our study suggests we should consider a larger picture that includes individual physiology.”

So next time you’re feeling down because you can’t get rid of those extra kilos, remember that it isn’t because you’re not trying hard enough – it’s just because your body isn’t wired to shed the kilos quickly! So keep at it – it may take you a little longer than others but you’ll get there!

Tell us, are you on a weight loss journey? Do you find your body fluctuates in weight or do you maintain yours with ease? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. Eat less & exercise. Both take will power.

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    • Yes. and they take a helpful spouse which I haven’t got in relation to food. I say to him, if were a heroin addict would you be bringing the stuff home to tempt me?

    • I agree Sylvia, but alas my will power doesn’t last long. Not that I am grossly overweight, just 3 or 4 kilos, but it makes a big difference to someone who is just 5 feet tall. Goes straight to my waistline.

  2. I cut out sugar in all of its forms to help a family member who has borderline diabetes type two. The bonus has been weight loss.

  3. The point of the research seems to be that it takes longer for some, no matter what methods you use. Support from those nearest to you and the ability to hang on in there are also necessary.

  4. Balanced eating (hate that “d” word) & exercise does it for me. Like anything you become accustom to not having too much sugar. Sure way of curbing a sweet tooth is having apple cider vinegar or lemon juice daily (with water if needed). Your tastebuds soon reject too much sugar as a result and become used to the sourness.

  5. Sorry Sylvia and Edwina, but I think the research is right. Some people have to work longer and harder than others. I have a friend who could eat a bowl of cream a day and not gain weight. I only have to smell it ( it seems to me) and I gain. Perseverance is key certainly but at least give support to those who flounder. It us hard to maintain an eating regime if you see no results.

  6. It is all very well, losing this fat, but this program ( also shows you ways in which you can tone your muscles and your body so that not only are you losing the weight, but you are also shaping up your body too. I started to notice the difference in just a couple of weeks and by the end of the program, the results were startling. I hadn’t seen my cousin for a year and when she came to visit for Easter, she didn’t even recognize me at all! This is how good the program is.

  7. As my doctor said to me years ago, he & I would be last cows standing in the paddock with no food, meaning some people can live on very little food, I am one of them.

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  8. Struggling with reducing weight at the moment – heaps of exercise – for two weeks – no weight loss in numbers however measurements have reduced and clothes are ‘comfy’ – do feel more energetic -I think Morvyth has a valid point about the sugar poison ( however good it might taste) – it’s going to be a long journey just to reach my goal weight – but will carry on!!

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