What can be done if I am genetically predisposed to be overweight?
Genes can play a role in a person becoming overweight or obese, however, you don’t have to be controlled by this predisposition. Both behavior and genes are responsible. The results of genetic testing provide helpful tools in devising the most effective way to effectively address an individual’s weight problem. For example, a patient who is insulin-resident and therefore has difficulty processing carbohydrates can be prescribed a low-carb diet, while a person who is insulin-sensitive could benefit from a low-fat plan. Similarly, someone whose brain lags in signaling the feeling of fullness might be advised to eat smaller meals so his or her brain can catch up in delivering the message so the person doesn’t overeat.