Genetic Testing to Help Weight Loss, Metabolism and Exercise Effectiveness Explained
Tall and short, dark and light, freckled and tanned, we come in myriad packages with myriad features, most of them determined by our genetics before we ever draw breath. Very few of these traits can we control, and we just have to play the hand we’re dealt.
But when people are earnestly trying to lose weight and failing again and again, many ultimately get the sneaking suspicion that they really are playing against a stacked deck.
But think about the genetically based elements that we already know are out of our control: People certainly do have different body types, with some of us thicker or thinner than others, and shorter or taller.
Then there’s the particular predisposition for distribution, for having our weight in certain places on our bodies, which could be the old apple/pear body-type contrast, or a tendency to carry fat on the arms.
Add to those a predisposition for building muscle easily or not. And if you want to be very specific, throw in that natural love or dislike of athletic pursuits that would certainly come into play with exercise.
From just those few features, you can see how someone with a unfavorable combination of genetic factors is going to be at a disadvantage compared to someone with a better “stack” of factors.
And now there’s this: researchers have identified specific combinations of genes that appear to correlate very strongly with fat retention independent of, even in spite of, exercise.
In a very closely controlled, year-long study with post-menopausal women-chosen as subjects because they are more stable, hormonally speaking-researchers divided the participants into an exercise intervention group and a control group.
All the subjects were carefully selected for specific features of their health and lifestyle. Various lab tests were taken, including certain genetic tests. The subjects were all instructed not to change their dietary habits. The control group was assigned a moderate stretching regimen to use over the course of the study, and the intervention group was given a moderate intensity, 45-minute workout for five days a week, initially with supervision.
There was detailed tracking, because the researchers were especially interested in identifying distinctions between genetic and environmental factors.
At the end of the study period, the researchers found a distinct variability in the amount of fat lost by some exercisers that could not be explained by their adherence levels.
So the researchers looked to to the genetic data, and indeed, there were two specific genes that stood out related to patterns of fat loss and exercise. Participants with certain combinations of those genes and their variants had significantly different fat loss outcomes.
The important thing is that this research shows -once again- that the calories-in, calories-out explanations about body weight are just too simplistic and don’t account for many very real variables that have nothing to do with will or self-restraint. Many people have always known this at gut level, but it’s good to see the science bear that out.
That said, people shouldn’t assume that they’re genetically precluded from ever being thin and healthy. Remember that natural love of athletic activity we mentioned? You might not be born with it, but you can learn new behaviors and adapt.
Nowadays, we have all sorts of ways to overcome our genetics. We take medications, we dye our hair, we even wear colored contact lenses! The exercise plan that got your sister so svelte may not work for you, but something will.
So if you’re one of those with the bad hand, don’t give up! A dietary and weight management program could be tailored to address your very specific needs in order to get and keep your weight in check. Because getting dealt a bad hand doesn’t doom you to losing the game-it just means you need a different strategy for winning it.
If you’ve earnestly tried to drop weight, and your results just don’t ever seem to stack up very well next to your pals’, that can be very discouraging. But it may be that you’re subject to certain resistant genetic factors. Sometimes, simply understanding the cards they’re holding can alleviate a lot of the frustration for people by enabling them to set more reasonable expectations, and helping them take a fresh start at getting healthy.
Now YOU can get Genetically Tested to Help YOUR Weight Loss become Permanent!
One of the first tests of its kind in the world, and used in conjunction with correct nutrition and blood test analysis, DNA tests can now test for 15 genes that impact metabolism and exercise. The genes comprising the DNA test have associations with body weight and body mass index, and all meet stringent criteria for utility in genetic screening tests. There is also a detailed report with recommendations that include dietary changes and an exercise programme.
Genes involved in regulation of energy expenditure, appetite, and fat metabolism, all play an important role in weight regulation. In fact 40% to 80% of the variance in body weight is due to genetic factors. This helps to explain why not everyone gains or loses weight while following the same diet, despite being exposed to similar environments. Identifying an individual’s responsiveness to diet and lifestyle modification to control weight can be extremely advantageous.
Genetics determines an individual’s susceptibility to obesity when exposed to an unfavourable environment. It also explores the way a person responds to diet and exercise.
While healthy nutrition will in certain cases result in weight loss, this depends on many factors. The DNA evaluation heightens the effectiveness of any weight loss plan and provides a tailor made nutrition and exercise programme. This kind of very specific attention to individual health situations increases the success of many weight loss strategies.
Additional Value of Genetic Tesing for Weight Loss and Midlife Issues
- Provides strategies for weight management based on genetic make-up
- Provides motivation to individuals with a goal to lose weight
- Provides an understanding of why previous weight management programmes may have been unsuccessful
- Provides insight to which foods are most effective based on genotype
The DNA Test Report provides:
- The level of impact of any genetic variants identified
- An explanation of their impact on weight management
- Appropriate nutritional and lifestyle recommendations. — This includes weight management priorities, diet plan principles, exercise planning and how to ensure even more success.
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