So why is it important to lose body fat? Extra body fat is extra mass that your organs have to keep alive and the bad fat you’ve accumulated is of no value and you probably won’t be able to burn it as energy. As an adult your organs will develop to the size they should be to maintain your body mass. All of this is predetermined by your genes. Because of your genes, which you get from your parents and have been passed down over generations, things like your height and size of your body are built-in to your genes. The part that most of us forget about is that you inherited those genes when your parents were young and in their prime. Adding weight as you get older is not predetermined. You do that on your own because of the habits you acquired.
Generally if you’re adding weight in adulthood it’s because you’re not as active, and your picking up bad eating habits. It has very little to do with your genes. That said, you have fat cells through out your body, some will fill up with fat and some will never fill up and that’s predetermined by genes. The amount of fat that fill those cells is determined by the food your eating. So it’s only you that will determine how much body fat you have. The places on your body where you add that fat is pre-determined by your genes. So if fat legs run in your family you will probably add fat to those areas first.
Excess body fat is dangerous to your health, that’s true. Excess fat puts a strain on your organs, especially the heart, also your joints and your back. Your body was only intended to carry so much weight. When you exceed that weight your stressing out the entire body. And as you get older your body will have an increasingly harder time dealing with your extra weight. The extra pounds will cause your blood pressure to increase, your cholesterol to go up and your heart-rate to increase and ware out quicker. Belly fat is the worst fat for your heart, just ask your Doctor. Of course your Doctors is more than willing to prescribe any drugs you might need to keep you going, but your only putting a bandaid on the problem. It’s your body fat that will shorten your life by causing diseases like diabetes and congestive heart failure just to name a few. Excess body fat can also cause cancer. Your health problems are mostly your own fault. Yes you can inherit some health problems but when you have a genetic problem it’s usually only the possibility that you could get the disease or condition.
It’s your lifestyle that determines most of your health problems. You’ve seen the statistics. Americans are more overweight than ever and the trend is expected to continue. The lifespan of our children will likely be shorter than ours for the first time in the history of mankind, due to chronic diseases related to obesity. You’re the only one that can lose fat and make your life better.