Understanding the Path to Healthier Body Composition

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Understanding the Path to Healthier Body Composition

The size and shape of your body is due to a combination of genetic and
environmental factors. Genetics determine our height, body fat distribution,
metabolism, and to some degree, total body weight. Environmental factors are our
behaviors and lifestyle choices, like food selections, your attitudes toward and
levels of physical activities. Oddly, how you manage your environment determines
how closely to your genetic potential you become.  And, conversely, your genetics
provoke how you handle environmental factors. So, balancing the two become very
important for body weight management.

Genetic Factors

  • Height Behaviors
  • Body Fat Distribution
  • Metabolism
  • Total Body Weight

Environmental Factors

  • Behaviors
  • Lifestyle Choices
  • Attitudes
  • Food selections
  • Physical Activity

Since our Genetics are, simplistically speaking, our DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid),
some adaptations can occur. But, they are very slow and thus we in exercise science
monitor the changes only peripherally. For optimal change and result, we focus on monitoring and managing environmental factors.

In a training and exercise program, the factors we can control are related to Physical
Activity, Diet, Behavior Strategies and Physiological Adaptation via Recovery Techniques. Being able to coordinate these factors inside your training & dietary
program will determine how close to your true genetic potential you ultimately achieve.