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You Could Blame Your Genes For Being Fat

You could blame your genes for being fatThe common excuse of being born with a slow metabolism is actually true for some people, say researchers. Fat has become a war for each and everyone in the developed world. A large percentage of the population is faced with obesity and overweight related health issues. The interesting part is that there are lots of people who despite eating what they want and never exercising, do not put on any unhealthy weight. Now the question arises that – Why, do some people seem to eat what they like and not put on weight, while others who watch their diet and exercise struggle to shed any fat?

Researchers have found that some people are born with genetic mutations that slows their metabolism rate, according to a new study from Cambridge Universtity. Slower metabolic rate could lead to severe obesity. The genetic mutation discovered by University of Cambridge researchers is quite rare. However, this is the first time scientists have been able to find genes that slow down metabolism and affect calorie processing.

The gene KSR2 is from the class of scaffolding proteins, which make sure that the cells are processing signals from hormones such as insulin. The latest study found that mutations in these genes led to disruption of a critical pathway, which disables the cell and hinders the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids. This gene will ultimately slow down metabolism and increase appetite. This increase leads to the body storing more fat. You would be hungry and wanting to eat a lot, and you would not want to move because of a slower metabolism and would probably also develop type 2 diabetes at a young age,” lead researcher Prof Sadaf Farooqi told the BBC

KSR2 is most active in the brain and it affects the way individual cells interpret signals, such as the hormone insulin, from the blood. This, in turn affects the body’s ability to burn calories. The amount and type of food eaten, as well as levels of exercise, directly affects weight, but some people at a higher risk of becoming obese, compared to others.

But researchers have said that this kind of mutation is very rare in humans in comparison to animals. So, one should not depend always on the fact that genes are the problem with high fat levels. Undoubtedly genes are one of the reasons for obesity, but on the other hand there are other factors also which contribute, such as an unhealthy dietary regime and low levels of physical activity.

Don’t feel jealous of people with slim waists. If you have a tendency to gain unhealthy weight, combat it with a healthy diet and regular exercise. It will even increase your longevity and prevent many diseases.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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7 Muscle Building Foods

We all know what muscles are and what are the basic functions that a muscle perform. Secondly, we also know it that by lifting weights and doing high intensity workouts we can build muscle. But do you know that to build muscles, along with the timing of nutrition, there are some foods that are more effective than others at helping you build muscle.

Eggs & Milk ( Cr/freedigital)

Below are a list of foods essential to building muscle:

Eggs: Rich source of protein and provides important vitamins and minerals.

Nuts: They are rich in fibre, Omega 3 fatty acid (lowers LDL levels) antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium

Beans: Apart from being a rich source of protein, it is also a good source of both soluble and insoluble fibre.

Yoghurt: Rich in protein and carbohydrates, and good for muscle recovery & growth.

Milk: A rich source of protein , calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin and other essential amino acids.

Fish: Contains omega -3 fatty acids and good source of protein.

Water: Water is essential to deliver nutrients to your muscles for growth & repair. So, water is key to building muscle.

Including these ingredients in your diet will recover your muscles and tissues and provide your muscle with nutrients to keep your muscles pumping for longer time.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Fiber for Optimum Health

Fiber is an essential nutrient in your diet. Fiber is in the form of soluble fiber as well as insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber binds with the fatty acids in the stomach and the arteries. This helps to regulate blood sugar and reduces the over all cholesterol. The insoluble fiber removes toxins from your colon and balance intestine acidity.

Research has shown that people who consumed the highest amount of fiber were 22 percent less likely to develop heart and health related risks. Fiber helps in controlling diabetes and heart disease risks because it improves cholesterol levels, blood pressure, inflammation and blood sugar levels. Besides it, fiber also has the property to bind along with the toxins and remove it from the body quickly. Read on to find out how much fiber your need, and best sources of fiber for your body. (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo