Have you ever had a workout buddy who just seems to surpass you in the gym? Their body fat percentage never stops reducing. The numbers on the scale don’t stop shrinking. No matter how hard you try, your buddy’s results continue to keep coming. Annoying, right? Don’t worry. It’s totally OK to feel that way. I will try to explain some of the reasons why this happens.

The number one reason why this happens is genetics.

Now as far as genetics go, your genetic profile was written way, way, way back when. Modern science and medicine are working on ways to upgrade the human genetic code. You won’t be able to run to your neighborhood health and supplement store to get your hands on this solution anytime soon.

Metabolism is another culprit.

Your genetic code once again is a major determining factor in the rate at which your body burns calories. There’s a myth going around that everyone’s metabolism operates the same. In reality, your personal metabolism exists in every one of your body’s cells. Meaning your unique cellular structure operates differently than anyone else’s.

Rest and hydration are other factors to your body’s transform rate.

Most people rarely get the proper amount of rest per day and get just enough hydration. Proper rest and hydration help your cells operate at their highest possible functioning levels. Once again, your genetic makeup determines the exact rate at which your body responds to your good habits. By now you’re probably asking yourself if your genetic response rate is already predetermined, what difference does it make by modifying behavior? That is a natural question to ask. There is good news. Your actions and habits can play a large role in your body’s transformation process if you follow these next few steps:

  • Don’t gauge your success on the results of others.
  • Try to get the proper amount of rest. Adults need an average of 7-8 hours per night.
  • Have three meals and three snacks per day.
  • Control your portions.
  • Cardio and core training is critical.
  • Don’t stress on your fitness stats daily.
  • Test your results twice a month.

By Rick Green

You can read this article in our Summer 2019 issue