Episode 048: Leverage Your Genes to Fit Into Your Jeans

May 19, 2015

How do your genes impact your weight? Are you destined to be fat? Can you overcome your genetic predispositions? The answer is yes and the power lies within your epigenome. The study of epigenomics and nutrigenomics show us how our diet, lifestyle and environmental choices significantly impact the expression of our genes. In this episode learn about methylation and how it can set us up for a lean life, a healthy life or quite the opposite.

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The Problem: Many people think that their genes are just their lot in life. That’s not true. Yes, your genes are fixed but their expression is not. Not even close. Your diet, lifestyle and environmental choices dictate how your genes are expressed.

The Solution: Understand that the food, stress and toxins can turn on or off the expression of genes. You have the power to determine how your genetic code is expressed. Listen to the full episode for specific strategies!

Practical Implementation:

  • Eat whole foods
  • Limit sugar
  • Emphasize leafy, green vegetables (lightly cooked, not raw)
  • Beets (cooked)
  • Moderate protein intake (do not overconsume)
  • Limit alcohol (or supplement with B vitamins)
  • Use a water filter


Ideal forms of B vitamins:

Folate (if not from food sources): methyltetrahydrofolate

B12: methyl-cobalamin

B6: pyridoxal 5-phosphate

Betaine supplementation

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Episode 016 on sleep & fat loss

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