3 INCREASE YOUR WORKLOAD
Take a cue from the Amish on this one. In a landmark study of an Old Order Amish community, researchers from the University of Maryland concluded that a lifestyle with abundant physical work may help offset the impact of carrying risky variants of the FTO gene. The most active men in this community burn about an extra 3 750kJ a day, thanks to several hours of farming, carpentry, blacksmithing, and other activities – and this basically overrides that genetic penalty.
HIT THE SWITCH You don’t have to live on a farm to be as active as the Amish. There are many ways to log an extra 3 750kJ a day. For example, walk briskly for 12km over about two hours. Or try to run 11km in an hour. Or bike to work for 50 minutes each way.