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Heredity or diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

If I gain weight I tend to gain in the stomach and breasts, with super skinny arms, legs and butt. Is this genetic, diet (too much omega-6) or maybe both? I guess I am wondering if eating certain nutrients can overcome the genetic predisposition or help it. Wondering what your experiences are?

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on June 16, 2012
at 02:02 AM

Thanks, meaty, but I'm 5'3 120lbs, I was just wondering what the poster's genetic make-up was. I do tend to fare much better on a mostly red-meat diet, though, I eat lower cal, lots of greens.

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

(1631)

on June 16, 2012
at 01:50 AM

Native American's had a diet heavy on fatty red meat. All the land game animals also fish. Plenty of red meat. Maybe you could try " thickening " or building some muscle on your arms,legs,and back and this would make the waist appear much smaller. Dropping the carbs will obviously help aid in your wait loss. Best of luck.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on June 16, 2012
at 01:41 AM

Also, all of the men in my family have the same body-type, Mr. Potato Head.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on June 16, 2012
at 01:11 AM

It is genetic! My whole family, generations, across the board has the same body type. I am the skinniest one, but still have the same concentrated fat deposits in the middle and chest! My family's descendants, on both sides, is comprised fairly evenly of Celts and Native Americans. Nixing sugar and most carbs seems to be the trick in whittling the middle fat paunch.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 16, 2012
at 01:05 AM

Love squats :-) And chin ups and dips too!

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 16, 2012
at 01:01 AM

Well, I've been weight training since I was 14 and we moved upstate to a place that had a mall, cows, and a gym, but it hasn't really helped.

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

(1631)

on June 15, 2012
at 11:31 PM

Your body type is definitely 100% genetic. You can still lose/gain weight and muscle no matter what your genes are. It just may be more difficult/ or easier.

B4b56fcc5ebad76ed8e1709dedf01f86

(660)

on June 15, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Me too! I have been as thin as is reasonable (while extremely active), and I just became a 15% smaller version of myself. What little fat I had was still all around my middle, and my legs and arms were so skinny people started to get concerned : / I'll admit that I've never done any *serious* weight training, and sometimes I wonder if I might significantly "recompose" that way. But I think it's better to spend that energy working on acceptance :)

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on June 15, 2012
at 10:56 PM

NOT "totally genetic.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on June 15, 2012
at 10:55 PM

Genetics load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. Far more is actually lifestyle than most are comfortable with recognizing. Genetics makes for a good scapegoat....The answer is almost always BOTH though.

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C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

on June 15, 2012
at 10:52 PM

Totally genetic. Where you gain weight,bone structure,height, etc etc it's all genetic. If you want to tone-up I would highly recommend squats. As they will build your legs and make your waist appear smaller. Maybe add some chin-ups and dips to strengthen the upper body and shape it.

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

(1631)

on June 16, 2012
at 01:50 AM

Native American's had a diet heavy on fatty red meat. All the land game animals also fish. Plenty of red meat. Maybe you could try " thickening " or building some muscle on your arms,legs,and back and this would make the waist appear much smaller. Dropping the carbs will obviously help aid in your wait loss. Best of luck.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on June 16, 2012
at 01:11 AM

It is genetic! My whole family, generations, across the board has the same body type. I am the skinniest one, but still have the same concentrated fat deposits in the middle and chest! My family's descendants, on both sides, is comprised fairly evenly of Celts and Native Americans. Nixing sugar and most carbs seems to be the trick in whittling the middle fat paunch.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on June 15, 2012
at 10:56 PM

NOT "totally genetic.

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

(1631)

on June 15, 2012
at 11:31 PM

Your body type is definitely 100% genetic. You can still lose/gain weight and muscle no matter what your genes are. It just may be more difficult/ or easier.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on June 16, 2012
at 01:41 AM

Also, all of the men in my family have the same body-type, Mr. Potato Head.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 16, 2012
at 01:05 AM

Love squats :-) And chin ups and dips too!

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on June 16, 2012
at 02:02 AM

Thanks, meaty, but I'm 5'3 120lbs, I was just wondering what the poster's genetic make-up was. I do tend to fare much better on a mostly red-meat diet, though, I eat lower cal, lots of greens.

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E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 16, 2012
at 12:00 AM

Genes are a factor but I think diet/lifestyle and HORMONES are big determinants, especially for women. Birth control is notorious for increasing fat storage in the breast and abdomen, so I think your particular balance of progesterone/estrogen/testosterone has a big effect on how and where your body chooses to distribute weight.

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5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on June 15, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Hmm. I think it sounds like a bit of both. I've always carried my fat on my arms and lower back and that's what got my into bodybuilding in the 90's to fix those arms. No one would ever guess now that these guns used to be flabby things. However, whenever I gain weight I feel it on my back almost immediately.

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1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on June 15, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Particular at storage is a result of both genetics and hormones.

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