Role of Genetics in Losing Weight and Getting in Shape
Let’s face it. We’re all different. Some of us are more different than others. My family is generally tall. I’m 6’3″. My wife is 5’10”. My 17 yr old is already taller than I am and my 15 yr old is catching up fast. My 12 yr old daughter is taller than my wife. Her family is tall too, but genetics is more than tall. It also has to do with where you come from in the world. Whether your background is Asian, European, African, etc. All of us carry our body weight in different ways and we all have to battle different genetic abnormalities. I don’t think that is a surprise to anyone. In an earlier blog I said “I’ll never be an underwear model”. Part of that is I don’t have the willingness to put in the tireless work to get there, there is not a shortage of people who want to be underwear models and my genetics for being an underwear model absolutely stink. There is an old saying that “Sometimes you just have to run with what you bring to the track”. I don’t have a choice of what my genetic makeup is. I just have to deal with what I have.
What Genetic Profile makes up your Body Type?
If you click on that link you will see the different types of Bodies out there. An ectomorph is a typical skinny guy. Ecto’s have a light build with small joints and lean muscle. Usually ectomorph’s have long thin limbs with stringy muscles. Shoulders tend to be thin with little width. A mesomorph has a large bone structure, large muscles and a naturally athletic physique. Mesomorphs are the best body type for bodybuilding. They find it quite easy to gain and lose weight. They are naturally strong which is the perfect platform for building muscle. The endomorph body type is solid and generally soft. Endomorphs gain fat very easily. Endo’s are usually of a shorter build with thick arms and legs. Muscles are strong, especially the upper legs. Endomorphs find they are naturally strong in leg exercises like the squat. I am a mixture of Endomorph and Mesomorph with a LOT of Endomorph. I do tend to put on muscle when I lift but I am also soft and have thick limbs and strong legs. I used to want to look like an Ectomorph and when I started my fitness journey about 5 years ago, I wanted to be lean and mean. But over time, I realized there was no need to channel my inner gazelle. I had done Beachbody Programs like P90X, ChaLEAN Extreme, Insanity, Rev Abs, Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, etc. My goal was to get lean and cut the fat. I did lose about 80 lbs and got in GREAT shape, better than when I graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and even though I could see my abs, I didn’t “feel right”. To do that, I had to workout HARD, sometimes doubles (see my upcoming blog on overtraining) and eat perfectly. I couldn’t stray one single bit. A saying has come about since we have so many programs now that you have to find your “soulmate workout”. I will always love P90X, and it is AWESOME!! I still do some of the workouts and I am not beyond doing another 90 days of it. But it just didn’t fit my body type. I would always tell customers and people I was helping that genetics play a huge role in how we get in shape, cut fat and what programs we really enjoy and respond best to, but you can overcome genetics through proper nutrition and working out hard. And that is true, to a degree, but your genetic makeup will always be there …and in my case…it will be there haunting me.
Overcoming Genetics and Body Type
The sad truth is, you are going to be stuck with your genetics for life. You can’t get rid of them and change them for something different. If you are like me and you are a “foodaholic” like I talked about in “I have NO Willpower”, and you happen to be an Endomorph on top of that, you will always battle your weight. But, if you learn to eat for fuel and not for fun, and if you couple that with working out and you do find your “soulmate workout”, then you will have fun working out and as you see changes in your body, you become more excited about how you can change your body. That is exactly what happened to me. I am now doing a program called Body Beast. It is definitely my “soulmate workout”. Coupled with the Body Beast Supplements, I have seen changes in my body. My shoulders are wider and my chest and arms are bigger. The other day, I had Melanie measure my arms flexed before and after the Bulk Arms workout. My arms got a 1-inch diameter pump when measured after the workouts. I’ll talk more about it later but the Suma Root, Base Shake Protein, Creatine (mono-hydrate) and Fuel Shot are incredible when taken with this program. I can see me doing Body Beast for a long time to come. I am now channeling my inner rhino instead of my inner gazelle. In fact, I think I ate that gazelle for a snack the other day so it’s gone forever. The bottom line is, find what you like to do, that will give you the results you want that fits your body type and you will have fun working out, see results and it will be a life changing experience. I also recommend shakeology for all body types. It’s whole foods and will give your body EXACTLY what it needs every day. It’s GREAT stuff!!