The Right Diet and Exercise Routine is All in the DNA?

By on October 5, 2014
You work out, you think you eat right, but you still can’t lose weight. And you wonder what the deal is? Maybe it has nothing to do with your workout routine or even what you’re eating — maybe it’s in your DNA. The DNA diet supposedly tailors your diet and exercise to your genetics — and is supposed to help you lose weight not only while you’re on the diet, but long-term by targeting specific gene variations in your DNA.

Nutrigenomics – The New Trend in Weight Loss?
Nutrigenomics is a fairly new term and definitely a new form of genetic testing. This form of testing finds the link between your nutrition and genes. Because genetics control your hormone and enzyme levels— which control metabolism — it seems that DNA testing may be the answer for finding out why a person cannot lose weight.

The research is still limited, but there have been significant findings as of late. A study conducted by Stanford University found that participants lost two and a half times more weight by using a diet that was designed for their genes versus participants who did not.

Do You Really Need a Genetic Test?
Genetic testing is affordable, but not attainable for everyone. You don’t have to give blood — in fact, the tests are just a simple cheek swab you do at home and send into a laboratory. But, because it is considered a trend to check your DNA and get a customized workout, you are going to find a lot of companies offering this service for a generous fee.

What Type of DNA Diets Are Out There?
You might not need to have an actual DNA test done to get on the right diet. In fact, just knowing a little about your family history and your own body you can pick the right diet.

Low Fat Diets
These are ideal if you have family history of heart disease, you suffer from low energy or have high LDL cholesterol levels. Sticking to a low-fat diet will help lower your risk for disease. You’ll need to avoid fatty foods, refined sugars and skip out on the carbohydrates. Stick to low fat, low-carb meals, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins instead.

Low Carb Diets
These are ideal if you have a lot of weight in the midsection, high blood pressure or high triglyceride levels. Stick to clean, lean proteins, and limit the amount of carbs you have, especially when it comes to processed or refined foods.

Well-Balanced Diets
These are ideal for those with family histories of heart disease or diabetes, suffer from constipation or indigestion, or have a Mediterranean ethnicity. This type of diet sticks to 50 percent carbs, 30 percent fat and 20 percent protein.

There is a clear correlation between genetics and diet and exercise, but that does not necessarily mean you have to go and get a DNA test. But, don’t be surprised if you start hearing more about DNA diets and exercise plans — especially as more companies start offering genetic testing for weight loss.

Readers: Do you think you need a DNA test to find the right weight loss plan? Have any of you been tested and if so, what were your results?


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