Weight loss and keeping fit is often an endless struggle; it can be so frustrating and demotivating to some. This is because despite our efforts to stick to the right eating plan and exercise, the diet just flops and the weight either does not creep off our bodies or just seems with you to stay.
When dieting we all know that we need to keep in mind
- what we eat
- how we distribute our meals throughout the day
- how much we eat
- our gender
- our general health
- our age
But you might be surprised to learn that there is yet another untapped dimension to weight loss that has revolutionarised the way we look at diets and weight loss. This new dimension is genetic because it is actually our genes which also determine how well a given diet will work for us on an individual basis. DNA studies and genetic analysis on genes has shown that we do not all respond in the same way to the same diet. This might come as no surprise; in fact, take a few seconds to ponder on the following:
Why do two individuals of the same age group, same gender following the exact same exercise routine and eating the same foods get such different results? The answer is probably genetic.
An analysis of your DNA can tell you which foods are compatible with you. Some foods, which may be considered healthy for all, are not actually suited for everyone. Eating these foods may actually be stalling you from losing weight because your body does not have the genes to break them down efficiently. For example, some people have a genetic predisposition to storing fat so whilst unsaturated fats are good for some and can be eaten relatively freely, others may have to moderate their intake as they may lead to weight gain.
There are of course other important genetic health tests which can be very important for dieters. Type 2 diabetes genetic predisposition testing may be an example. If someone suspects that may have diabetes type 2, they can confirm this with a DNA test. Following the results of the test, they can then undertake the right kind of diet so as to minimize the risks of the silent killer. The same applies for the obesity gene, Fat mass and obesity-associated protein. People carrying this gene are more likely to become obese than other people. A test confirming you have this gene can help you avoid becoming obese and eschewing all the associated illnesses simply through awareness. People who have a genetic predisposition to obesity can seek assistance to help them with weight management techniques.
What is more is the simplicity of such tests from a consumer perspective: all you need is to provide a sample of cheek cells collected by rubbing a swab inside the cheeks.
So the future of personalized dieting lies in DNA. As yet, the field is still developing and although many companies are selling diet DNA tests, there is still more researches to better understand the role of our genes.
Mark Sanford is an alternative therapist specializing in alternative health remedies. The author works as a full time writer for a local newspaper. Mark Currently lives in Lancashire with his wife. More articles by the author can be found at: easyDNA Canada