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All in the genes?

Your size isn’t ‘just the way you’re built’ – whatever your family traits, you can reprogramme your weight-loss destiny

There are some things that are undoubtedly inherited from your parents. From your mum, probably some questionable dance moves, and from your dad, perhaps a blind devotion to an underachieving football club.

Thanks for that, folks… Joking aside, when it comes to weight, lots of us seem to follow in our parents’ footsteps. But there’s good news: even if your dad is a ‘big fella’ and your mum has a love-hate relationship with the scales, your future isn’t set in stone.

‘It’s true that research has uncovered specific genes that can make us more susceptible to weight gain through various methods, including increasing hunger,’ says Slimming World nutritionist Alexandra Clark. ‘However, even if we do have those genes, it doesn’t mean this will definitely lead to us being overweight. There are many other factors at play, such as our environment, food choices and activity levels.’

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Super-charge your slimdown with the October issue of Slimming World magazine! See results in just 7 days with our make-it-happen eating plan; meet 10 real-life slimmers who between them have lost an amazing 79st; and serve up your favourite pub grub from our low-Syn menu board. Plus discover how to build your own support squad, change your weight-loss destiny and get moving with walking sports. Download your issue now and make it an awesome autumn!

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