Myth: Your genes determine your metabolism and body weight
Fact: Only 25 percent of your body weight is determined by your genes — the rest is the result of your behavior. At any time in life, you can drastically change your body weight by combining low-calorie eating and exercise. And you can increase your metabolism at any age by performing strength and resistance exercises.
Myth: You can spot-reduce to lose weight
Fact: On the contrary, the way to achieve sleeker legs or aﬂatter stomach, if that’s where you’re carrying your body fat, is to increase your lean muscle tissue throughout your body. By working all your muscles, you increase your metabolism. Up your metabolism and watch your eating, and you’ll start looking the way you want to.