Genetically Modify Yourself to Lose Weight

Boost Your Thin Genes By Turning Off Your Fat Genes

Haven’t we all heard the expression – “You are what you eat” way too many times? While this may be a great way to get us to stay motivated to eat healthy in order to stay lean or lose fat, that isn’t the case most times. Often, we let the tongue become the master of our body by cheating on our “diets”. Well, it’s not easy to change your body to get leaner and fitter without some hard core exercise, but have you ever wondered why it is that some people hog, and still manage to stay slim without even lifting a finger in the name of exercise, while some of us unlucky ones count calories everyday and sweat out at the gym, without getting much in the name of results? Well, it’s in our DNA! Yes, it’s the genes that decide what our body type and shape should be like and while we can’t change our genetic codes, we just might be able to change how they work for our body.

The Science Of DNA

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Our DNA is like a blueprint which once coded cannot be changed, however scientists have proven that we can alter the genes in our DNA to turn off the fat genes for the body. It is the job of the epigenes in our DNA to decide which gene get turned on and turned off from our coding system. There are various factors that affect the epigenes in our body – environmental, food, strength etc., and today we are going to discuss how these factors affect the fat genes in our body and learn to turn them off to get a leaner, fitter body.

  1. The environmental effect - Have you ever wondered why diabetes and obesity usually run in the family? It is so because of the environmental effect. Over a period of time one’s DNA records the kind of changes the body goes through, changing the epigenes in the process, which is then passed off in the offspring thus creating a hereditary factor. It is because of this hereditary that most people tend to get obese as they grow older and their natural metabolism becomes slower.
  2. Food choices - As they say “You are what you eat”. Have you wondered why certain food groups are better for your body’s metabolism while others tend to stick to the hips and thighs? It is your choice in the type of food you eat that mainly determines your body shape. The fat genes in the body get off on sugar and oil especially when consumed during a time when the metabolism of the body is extremely slow, like during the night. It is considered healthy to have a bar of chocolate early in the morning when you start your day but not at night when you go off to sleep. This is mainly because the fat genes in the body are stronger at night when the body’s internal capacity to break the nutrients of the food consumed are at an ebb. Research also proves that the human cells have a memory that remembers and replicates the effects caused by a poor diet on the body. This is why you may lose weight faster when you are on a crash diet but tend to gain double the amount the moment you go off the diet.

How To Turn The Fat Gene Off-

You can't change your DNA but you can change how it's expressed through epigenetics.

You can’t change your DNA but you can change how it’s expressed through epigenetics.

After a lot of research and studies, the scientists have recorded the various ways in which you can use certain foods and techniques to turn off the fat gene and lose weight even when you are not actually sweating it out at the gym.

Here’s how to get a leaner, fitter body by simply turning off the fat genes in the body –

In a word – resistance training. While it may be impossible to change the genes of your body, you can learn to change how they work for the body and pumping iron plays a vital role in doing so. According to a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers subjected participants  to resistance training for eight weeks. At the end of the experiment it was found that  the expression of two genes present in the fat tissues had decreased by around 20%. Not only this, the participants also had a boost in the fat burning and muscle mass due to a drop in the protein adiponectin, which is mainly responsible for breaking down the fat in the body.

Although it seems unfair that it is exceptionally harder for some people to lose weight while others have a great metabolism and remain lean no matter what they stuff in their faces, it really helps to know how the genes in the body work to help you lose weight by changing the epigene in the DNA. It takes commitment and is a long process but the changes you make to your lifestyle today will create a ripple effect for the generations in future.

 

Eat Your Way To Less Stress

Stress is Good For You

Wait… what!?!? That doesn’t sound like the line toted by anybody who is anybody in the field of physical, psychological or just common sense health.  We’ve even gone to great lengths in this very blog to give our readers many ways to combat stress. But, if you think about it for a minute, homo sapiens have evolved very elaborate mechanisms that prime us for survival and stress is one of them.

Cast your minds eye back 27,000 thousand years or so to an ordinary bloke just trying to make a living on the plains of Africa. He’s having a good day; woke up with the sun, the rainy season is ending, he’s got a good feeling about the wildebeest traps him and his buddies set last night, who knows, maybe today is the day that hot Cro-magnon babe, T’vloshkip, will respond favorably to his grunts and come back to his cave for a fig juice cocktail later.

Then a smell on the wind, a faint flash of yellow fur in the brush and the crackling of twigs catch his attention. Immediately all thoughts of cave-banging are pushed to the side, blood is rapidly diverted from digestion to the outer limbs, a rush of adrenaline primes his muscles and sharpens his focus and he quickly bounds up a rock face and away from the lurking sabertooth.

Stress just saved our early hominid friend’s bacon. The stress hormone, cortisol, is one potent chemical and can alter most of our primary biological functions in an instant. Which is great – as long as it only happens every once in a while.

Cortisol - Just Like Alcohol : good in moderation.

Cortisol – Just Like Alcohol : good in moderation.

Imagine if our friend scaled the rock face to safety, only to find a second sabertooth waiting for him at the summit. Another burst of cortisol and he just barely sneaks through a crevice… only to find he’s stumbled into a nest of seriously pissed off rattle snakes. Now imagine he has 5 years of 5 perilous days a week just like this. Perhaps he’ll survive, perhaps he won’t even suffer any life threatening injuries as a direct result. But that constant, prolonged state of elevated stress will surely take a devastating effect on his physiology.

 Modern Life is Perfect For Creating an Atmosphere of Sustained Stress

Very few of us are forced to elude deadly predators on a daily basis, however, a sad fact of human neurophysiochemistry is that our bodies have a hard time distinguishing real, physical threats from perceived psychological stress and produce the same suite of hormones in response to both.

Everyday Sabertooths

Everyday Sabertooths

That unnerving rattle of an older tube, an approaching deadline at work, traffic jams and a constant barrage of talking heads on TV expounding the state of the world. All can serve to trigger a stress response not entirely dissimilar to a 500 stone yak getting ready to charge your camp.

Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Stress.. A lot

This post has been kind of a downer, and we definitely don’t want it to contribute to your overall stress load. So here’s the good news: there are, literally, hundreds of small lifestyle changes you can make that will drastically lower basal stress related hormone levels.

Second only getting more exercise is eating better. Think about it: if you’re body is using resources to digest highly processed foods and extract vital nutrients from them, it’ll have less RAM to combat the daily stressors of modern life.

Here are some of the best things to pick up at the market for keeping you chill and ready to face the world.

Dark Chocolate

We’re not talking your run of the mill Mars bar here. But chocolate that is unprocessed chocolate-203276_1280and high in cacao (75% and up). In a recent study, Swiss researchers found that:

The daily consumption of dark chocolate resulted in a significant modification of the metabolism of healthy and free living human volunteers with potential long-term consequences on human health within only 2 weeks treatment,” the researchers wrote in the paper. “This was observable through the reduction of levels of stress-associated hormones and normalization of the systemic stress metabolic signatures

And other studies have found that antioxidants in cacao combat heart disease and reduce cancer. This one’s a no brainer: pick up the darkest chocolate bar you can find ASAP.

Go Nuts

Magnesium has been found to lower cortisol levels. You know what contains a serious magnesium punch? Nuts. All kinds, but walnuts and almonds specifically. They’re high in calories so use nuts in moderation.

Complex Carbohydrates

Also referred to as dietary starch, the complexity of these carbs are derived from the long chains of sugar molecules they contain. Whole grain bread, pasta and oatmeals are a safe bet, as are beans lentils and peas.

Citrus Fruits

Oranges, kiwis, grapefruits and limes. All deliver a serious vitamin C punch. In addition to helping with the common cold, vitamin C has been shown to lower blood pressure as well as cortisol levels.

Avocados

These green monsters are jam packed with fats. Don’t let that make you turn down a double dip in the guac though: the fat in avocados is the good kind – monounsaturated. Add a healthy dose of potassium (which lowers blood pressure) and avocados just might be the perfect food. Plus nachos are just fun to eat.

Asparagus

The food that inspired the famous novelist Marcel Proust to declaim, “Asparagus asparagus-bundletransforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume,” (one shudders to think what commercial perfumes smelled like in his day – though they were probably still more palatable than AXE body spray), has a myriad of health benefits.

Depression has been linked to decreased folic acid levels. Just one cup of asparagus (about 4 stalks) provides 66% of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid. This one is a no brainer.

Blueberries

Unlike Acai, goji berries and other fitness fad related berries, blueberries are the real deal: jam packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. One or two handfuls a week will have a notable effect on your mood, stress levels and general resiliency.

Simple Changes = Huge Results

Modern life is always going to be stressful, once you accept that and accept that you can make simple changes to your daily routine you’ll be much better positioned to let the waves of stress wash over you.

 

 

 

Pulling the Truth Out About Pull-Ups

How are everyone’s New Years Resolutions fairing thus far? The year is twenty days old and, according to some headline I saw recently, 95% of all people that made new years res’es have already let them lapse. We want to practice what we preached in our post about the topic. Specifically point number 3: Share And Be Accountable about your goals for the year. My personal goal for 2015 is to get in better shape and my specific goal in one area to achieve this is to be able to perform 25 pull-up in succession. There, I said. Seems rather daunting.

Why Pull-Ups

8300571385_5a16d61aa5_oGlad you asked. There are a number of reasons I choose this exercise in particular as a benchmark for my overall fitness.

  1. To accomplish my goal I need to both lose weight and gain muscle. As with all body weight exercises gravity is what you’re working against. And the extent to which you’re working against it directly proportional to how much you weigh. I’m sure that I could do more pull-ups now – without putting on any muscle – if I had to drag 10 kilos less up to the bar each time.
  2. They’re intimidating. As part of our yearly fitness evaluations in grade school we all had to line up in the gym and perform the dreaded ‘dead hang’. Which meant getting up in front of the whole class, getting up on a chair and see how long we could hang from a bar with out chins above it. I always managed to find a way to miss that day of class and was both intimidated and slightly awed by the kids who could blithely hold themselves up above the bar for what seemed like hours on end when I could barely maintain 5 seconds. And to this day I’m amazed by the blokes at my gym who can just jump up, grab the bar and bounce up and down as if it were nothing.

    My least Favourite Day in School

    My least Favourite Day in School

  3. It’s Damn Efficient – I’ve been going to gyms for years. Most of that time has been wasted. That may be a little harsh, but I’m realizing that there are much, much more efficient ways to add muscle and tone my physique than the traditional weight lifting routines. What I’d do in the past is a few curls, maybe some lat pull-downs, barbell presses and some leg extensions if I was feeling really ambitious. These aren’t bad things to do per se, but when you only have a couple of hours each week to spend in the gym, they’re not the best way to really tear up your muscle fibers and instigate real change in one’s body. Pull-ups – and other body weight exercises – are. We’ll get into why below.

An (almost) Total Body Workout

To pull one’s entire mass above one’s arms and over a bar multiple times requires the coordinated firing of myriad muscle groups throughout the upper body and even the core. The biggest muscle is the Latissimus Dorsi or the lats. These are huge muscles (second only in size on the human body to the glutes) that stretch all the way from your hips, up your back and under your arms. These are the muscles most responsible for that classic ‘V’ shaped physique that women adore and men strive for.

If it was just the lats getting a go, the pull-up would be a great exercise. But there are so many more muscles in involved. Not least of which are your biceps (guns, yo), shoulder muscles like the Rhomboids and trapezius, forearm muscles and even your pectorals major.

Doesn’t working all of those big muscle groups in one motion seem much more efficient than going after them one at a time with lat pull-downs, curls, shoulder raises, etc.? I think so which is why I’m striving for 25 pull-ups in 2015. Right now I’m at… well, 0. But my gym has a great machine called the assisted pull-up machine that let’s you do a pull up but with assistance from below – so you can get used to the motion even if you’re not up to the strength level for an unassisted pull-up.

One more thing about pull-ups: there are literally dozens if not hundreds of variations of the exercise as demonstrated by this puny guy:

That’s inspiring. If you enjoyed this post stay tuned for our series on the most efficient exercises to kick-start your metabolism, lose weight and put on muscle fast. Here’s a quick preview of what’s to come:

Image courtesy of Mass Fusion

Image courtesy of  Mass Fusion

Mayfair Incalls

The Grand Ol’ W1

Mayfair is one of the finest, poshest and swankiest districts in London. It’s name comes from the fair that was held here every year in the month of May (makes sense). If you’re hoping to attend this years May fair, sorry but it was banned by the powers that be in 1764.

Despite the discontinuation of the eponymous gathering, Mayfair still has a ton to offer: 5 star restaurants, the finest designer clothing stores on the planet, exclusive pubs and ludicrously ritzy hotels. It is a place for the fashionable, the successful and the sexy. For a complete guide check out http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/mayfair-area-guide.

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