If you had any doubt at all about what's making everyone so fat, scientists are now claiming the answer is our DNA.

Sort of.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley say they've isolated the gene responsible for turning carbohydrates into fat in your liver. They call it DNA-PK, according to research published in the journal Cell.

To test their theory, they created some Frankenstein mice born with that DNA-PK gene disabled. And when these mice were allowed to shovel down the carbs, they didn't get fat. The mice also had lower levels of blood cholesterol.

Now, some folks will tell you this new discovery means there's now a solution for obesity in sight, perhaps some form of gene therapy.

Now, you can wait for that cure till the cows come home, but hidden in this study is an answer you can take with you right now.

All those carbs – the ones you're told to eat on that low-fat, high-carb diet I call the Torture Chamber Diet – are turned into fat after you eat them. Not only that, they boost your cholesterol levels and put you at risk for heart disease. It's just how our bodies work – it's encoded in our DNA.

The answer, then, is to escape the "torture chamber" and start enjoying the kind of diet that's better for your body. Forget the low-fat hype. Just ease off on the carbs (and especially avoid all those processed foods) and start enjoying balanced meals with healthy proteins, good fats and extra vegetables.

You'll lose weight and lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease. You'll look great, feel great and you can do it on your own, by managing your own diet and lifestyle.

And you won't have to wait for some science-fiction treatment to come along and fix you up.