Eating the right foods and working out have a huge impact on what size we are and how much body fat we have. However, we know that everyone one is different and this is determined by our genetic make up. The DNA that you get from your parents could play more of a role then once thought. This somewhat depressing information could give some clarification on why they just can’t seem to get rid of that one “problem area.”
Because of your DNA, you have a genetic predisposition to carry fat cells in the same areas as your family. Since families blend the DNA of many different people, you may take after one side of your family more than another. This could mean that you and your brother have the genetic predisposition to having love handles while your older sister doesn’t.
In addition to your propensity to carry fat in certain places, you’ll find that your body’s response to exercise mimics others in your family as well. If you have the right genes, you may find that you build muscle very quickly when weight training or, if you’re on the unfortunate end, you don’t (source).
When you look at my family, it’s easy to see that we all tend to store fat in our mid section and upper body. However, with the right eating habits and exercise I have learned how to minimize this trait. There are also other factors that people should be aware of; sometimes fat being stored in specific areas of your body can be “clues” to your diet. For instance, people who store weight in their upper body (top heavy) tend to be sensitive to carbohydrates and sugar. Looking at my family, this is very clear due to the amount of diabetics. To combat this I have learner to eat only the right carbohydrates and minimize my carbs during the night hours.
Look at your family tree, examine how they store fat and how they eat and exercise. This might be the key to getting rid of unwanted fat.