Myth Busting the Fat Gene

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You see it in the news everyday. Genes may be responsible for those extra unwanted pounds. But are “hunger genes”—DNA mutations linked to everything from cravings to a lagging metabolism—the reason you’re overweight?

The bottom line: it’s possible. There’s FTO, commonly called “the obesity gene”, which regulates levels of your hunger-inducing hormone ghrelin. Just two bad copies of FTO could account for up to 7 pounds of extra flab! We have a hard time burning off those extra calories from lunch, much less two bum genes added to the mix!

There’s more. Mutations in a gene called KSR2 produces greater hunger pangs and a slower metabolism in already obese people. And a gene called MRAP2 changes the way your body uses energy, which can also affect weight gain.

With all this emphasis on genes, we miss the bigger picture: Genes don’t account for every extra pound. They don’t even account for a majority of them. While genetic factors do play a role in the development of obesity, they don’t prevent you from getting to the gym or passing on the fries when you’re at the drive thru. The right diet and exercise will lead to weight loss, even in individuals who have obesity in their DNA.

So we’re back where we started right? Wrong.

Even if you’re in the prime of your testosterone-making years and feel relatively healthy, your testicles may not be pumping out enough male hormone for optimum weight loss. Bad diet and exercise paired with genetic disadvantages are a recipe for disaster.

To find out if you have Low T, take this dripping-wet T test: The next time you step out of the shower, stop and stand up straight. Now look down: If you can see your testicles, congratulations, go make an infomercial. But if a big belly is blocking the view of your jewels, it’s likely that your testosterone levels aren’t anywhere near what they should be.

Belly fat is a testosterone killer and it’s secretly turning you into a chick.

Excess body fat makes you look more curvaceous and, if you’re really unlucky, gives you a lovely pair of man-breasts to show off. But that’s not all. Body fat contains aromatase, an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogens. Having extra estrogens floating around your system triggers your body to slow its production of testosterone even more!

It’s a vicious cycle. Low T will make you fatter than any diet, lifestyle or worrisome gene.

In fact, a beer belly might seem to some like manliness in all its glory, but a man’s waist circumference is the single strongest predictor of low testosterone levels. It’s even more accurate than age or overall health. Low T is marked by low libido, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, depressed mood, lethargy and diminished physical performance. Thinner men simply are manlier men, all the way down to the most insignificant gene.

But there is good news: you can reverse the tide and turn off your body’s testosterone shrink ray by losing weight. Not only that, you can kick start your T production by visiting a testosterone clinic and beginning a testosterone replacement therapy program today!