I recently came across and article titled, “Whose Fault is it If You’re Fat?” The article posed the classic dichotomy: Am I fat because of my genes or because of my lifestyle? The same question is common when considering preventable disease and some chronic diseases that currently may not be classified as “preventable.” 

It’s a false dichotomy though. It’s not just genes and it’s not just lifestyle.

Some people want their genes to be in control because it means they’re off the hook for choices they’ve made and the lifestyle they’ve lived. Some people hope that genes aren’t involved at all and they march toward a perfect body, only resulting in frustration and defeat.

Getting a body and life you love is dependent on having a clear understanding of reality. What’s realistic and what’s not? What matters and what doesn’t? What can I change and what am I powerless to influence?

Genes load the gun, environment pulls the trigger.

Your destiny is not genetically pre-determined. We know, through the study of epigenetics, that your genes aren’t static, pre-programmed mechanisms. Instead, genes can be turned on or off and the cells throughout your body can “read” them in different ways.

In other words, genetic expression is manipulated by environmental factors. I’m not talking about environmental factors like air and water—those things do play a role though—I’m talking about all aspects of the environment you were raised in and that you currently live in and that your parents lived in before they even conceived you.

That’s right, your parents helped shape your genetic expression even before you were born. This is why I’ve argued that Rebooting your body before or during pregnancy is absolutely critical.

But even after you’re born and raised, you still have an influence over your genetic expression. If the environment manipulates your genes, then we have to figure out how to manipulate the environment to get the outcome we want.

Getting a body and life you love is all about being in control of your environment.

You determine the food that goes in your body, the quality of the water you drink, the way you move and the quantity of movement, the health of your gut, the amount and quality of sleep you get…you have control over all six pillars of authentic human health. 

That’s not to say that creating a healthy environment for your body is easy. It’s not. Our modern society has created massive challenges. The result is that most people are behaving more like a chess piece than a chess master. This is why a big part of our Total Body Reboot program is based on teaching you and empowering you to master your environment.

So the important question is this: Are you going to be a product of your environment, or is your environment going to be a product of you? That’s what all of this boils down to. Your outcome is mostly your choice.

Sure, there’s aspects of our environment you can’t control. Bad things can happen even if you do everything within your power to prevent it. But the influence you have over your outcome is far more powerful than you probably imagine.

If you have genes that are loaded to make you fat or sick, that doesn’t mean the trigger ever has to be pulled. And even if the trigger has already been pulled, you still have the ability to dodge the bullet. It’s never too late to make dramatic improvements to your body, your health, and your life. This isn’t about survival, it’s about surthrival.

And you know what? When you get into a groove, it’s not that hard! This is work we’ve done with men and women in over 30 countries around the world with a success rate over 80%.

All you have to do is decide that you’re going to quit dieting, quit listening to superficial advice, quit going to war against your body, and adopt the authentic, sustainable principles we teach. Principles that have been proven in the trenches of real life with real people just like you.

Comments

  • Paul says:

    Great article Kevin! We all must learn how to listen to our bodies, and do what feels great.

  • Rachel says:

    “Are you going to be a product of your environment, or is your environment going to be a product of you?”

    Absolutely love it. For far too long I have come up with excuses to not exercise, not eat right, but I am happy to say that’s changing. Been taking it day by day for the past 6 months and just focussing on the basics. Eating less/better, moving more.

    And I feel great 🙂

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