Losing weight is NOT about counting calories because not all calories (foods we eat) are created equally. A calorie consumed is different than a calorie of energy that you burn off through exercise because of a concept called “gene expression.” The foods you eat affect your body’s ability to alter gene expression. There are two basic types of genes: constitutional and inducible. Constitutional genes encode DNA and RNA messages that are expressed in a constant fashion and are not generally modified by environmental or lifestyle choices.
Inducible genes, however, are sensitive to toxins, nutritional influences, and the environment and can be up regulated or down regulated in their expression. These inducible genes play a large role in the aging process and in the liver’s ability handle detoxification and excretion. Our genetic inheritance also plays a large role in how vulnerable we are to age-related diseases via the inducible gene system. A good example of this is the livers ability to biotransform drugs, hormones, vitamins and minerals, and xenotoxins (foreign toxins).
Certain foods like high fructose corn sugar, hydrogenated fats, fried foods, genetically modified foods (GMO’s), and highly processed foods, will, in reality, cause your genes to react in a negative way by increasing abdominal fat, increasing insulin resistance, and affecting leptin (a fat hormone.) Over a long period of time, these toxic foods will increase the risk of developing chronic diseases and increase the aging process. The liver is the main organ of excretion in the body and good health depends on the body’s ability to excrete toxins.
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