WEIGHT PROBLEMS: GENES DO NOT DETERMINE WHAT YOU EAT AND WHETHER YOU EXERCISE
No gene predetermines how much you eat or exercise. Eating and exercise are within your control. You determine them.
According to a special health and medicine section in the Wall Street Journal, "An imbalance between our genetic makeup
and modern society leaves us vulnerable to all sorts of diseases." Our bodies were originally designed to incorporate
a tremendous amount of activity from hunting and gathering to farming and fleeing predators. In our modern world,
we don't physically move about nearly as much as we used to. This is attributable predominantly to the use of labor-saving
devices such as cars and computers and the excessive watching of television (we don't even have to get up to change the
Balance of energy equation
ENERGY IN (calories) - ENERGY OUT (metabolism and activity) = BODY WEIGHT
It's a simple mathematical reality. Stop for a moment and think about this equation. Dissect the components. I'm forty-one years old.
What I presently weigh is a result of every calorie that I have consumed and every bit of energy I have expended, metabolically and
physically. A calorie is a unit of energy. The only way energy can come into our body is through the calories we eat and drink.
3,500 CALORIES = 1 POUND
Since a calorie is a unit of energy, how many calories equal one pound? The answer: 3,500. Please take a moment to understand
this concept. Thirty-five hundred calories equal one pound; therefore, when you gain one pound, you have taken in 3,500
more calories than your body required. Similarly, when you lose one real pound (not a pound of water as I previously discussed),
ou will have expended 3,500 more calories than you consumed. Weight gain and weight loss are simple arithmetic.