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Body Type and Genetics: You Can’t Escape Your Shape

We are all born with a unique, genetically-determined body type, and no matter how much we exercise and/or diet, we cannot change our body type.

Get used to loving your body because you can’t escape your shape! You can modify it to a degree, you can alter it, you can add to it and take away from it, but you can’t change your individual body type. A person’s body type, that unique combination and distribution of fat, muscle, and bone, is set in stone at birth. It’s who you are physically! It’s all programmed within your DNA as to how you are going to develop. Are you going to be tall or short? Are you going to have wide hips or narrow hips? Are you going to have a large bone structure or slight? Are you going to store the majority of your fat in your hips, buttocks, chest or abdomen? The person that you will become later in life is already pre-packaged by the time that you are born. No matter how hard you train, no matter how much weight you lift, and no matter how many laps around the track you run, your unique body type is going to be there with you every step of the way! You can’t change it no matter how much and how hard you train!

Now, I’m not advocating just tearing up your gym membership and heading straight for the sofa with a beer and a slice of pizza. No! Physical exercise is a necessity for a healthy life. Exercise is essential, and exercise is great for both the mind and the body. And many people – myself included – have made great alterations to their body composition by following a regular exercise regimen and a balanced diet. I’ve altered my body shape considerably over the years and am considerably leaner and more muscular than I was as a teenager, but I haven’t changed my genetically predisposed body type. No matter how much weight I lose, no matter what the number on the scale says, I have a flabby stomach and love handles. I don’t remember ever having a firm, toned midsection. Whether I weigh 220-pounds or 175-pounds, my midsection is my trouble spot. I store a disproportionate amount of body fat in my midsection. Whenever I lose a significant amount of weight, the rest of my body – my arms, my legs, and my chest – all thin out rather nicely. But my midsection is another matter. My abdominal area and the love handle area retain a significant amount of fat no matter what I weigh.

And I wish I could change that. But I can’t! I have to accept the genetic cards that I have been dealt. Outside of expensive liposuction and/or a tummy tuck, my trouble spots will remain trouble spots for me for the rest of my life. And the reason it will remain a trouble spot for me is because my genetic code, which was passed down to me by my parents, has it written in stone that I will always store a disproportionate amount of body fat in those areas. And I hate it! I wish I could somehow access my motherboard and retool my internal programming, but that ain’t likely to happen. And, as of now, I’m too broke and poor to even consider liposuction and/or a tummy tuck, so my love handles and abdominal pudge is going to be a part of me no matter what I weigh. All of the crunches and sit-ups and miles spent running on the track at the gym are not going to change that. You can’t escape your shape!

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  1. this sux i rly didnt learn much

  2. Nice article. I will use this as motivation. I will put this to the test… ;)

  3. cool this helps a lot

  4. This article has no educational value. People have the ability to make huge transformations in their body shape if they are willing. Eating habits established by overweight parents is sooo often attributed to “genetics” by people not willing to make a change. If you want to lose weight the secret is go to the gym 5-7 days a week and stay on a strict diet,ANYONE can make time with gym hours these days if you want it bad enough. An important part of dieting is NEVER cheating. If you want a sweet pick something healthy. Also pay attention to insulin levels and ketosis, watch junkfood espically raw sugars and alcohol. Another thing about weight loss is that the last pounds are the hardest to lose, your midsection is simply the last place you notice more fat than you want. Btw this is all personal experience, i lost about 50lbs in highschool by sticking to the above reccomendations, and have kept it off for the last 5 years. hope this info helped.

  5. I agree with the comment above….All that the article said again and again was you can’t change your body type….Depends what you mean by body type….ectomorph,mesomorph,endomorph….yes these types are basically controlled by genes but one can still exercise a lot of control on growth within each type through diet,exercise,etc…

  6. You know i think you are just a miserable person who just complains about things not going well. You are really a loser. If i were you, i would save money, go to a dietician and the fat will be all gone. But instead of that you just write sad articles on the Internet and moan for your problems. Get some motivation and make your life better.

  7. It appalls and astounds me how ignorant some of these comments are. Weight is a HIGHLY individual thing. True, most people who have obesity issues simply don’t put in enough time and effort into improving their health, there are people who can diet in ways some of these commenters have never had, exercise more in one month than they will in a year, and STILL have the excess weight. Oh, the number on the scale will be smaller. They’ll be healthy fore sure. They will STILL have that somewhat overweight appearances. I’m one of those people. Don’t you tell me to go to a dietician, or to the gym, because I’ve done both, and continue to do both. Not everybody has a body type they can alter, and medicine is just finding out about the genetic component of weight. And the guy or girl who wrong the article is telling the God’s truth, not just complaining. I’m so sorry if you’re too ignorant to understand this.

  8. You can change your shape to anything you like. Do not accept an “experts” opinion. We are each individuals. I hate to burst his bubble but how many people have a pure shape? We are a mixture of many shapes. With proper diet and proper exercise and motivation, you can escape anything. Author: Just because your tummy is flabby does not condemn the rest of us to our present shape!

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