Not everyone responds to food and exercise the same way. Variants in our genetic code mean that what works for someone else with the same fitness goals and body type may not work for you. This helps explain why there is so much confusion and disagreement about the best foods and exercises for weight loss. As a result, most people are forced to adopt a trial-and-error approach to their health, leading to wasted time and money, along with feelings of frustration and guilt.
Vivaliti DNA: a new approach
What if you knew exactly which foods and exercises worked best for your body? You could say goodbye to fad diets, trial-and-error approaches, and dieting frustration forever. Now you can, with Vivaliti DNA.
Vivaliti DNA tests 80 different genetic markers — up to 10 times more than other DNA fitness tests — in order to determine exactly how your body works. Knowing your unique genetic makeup allows you to adopt a diet and exercise program that works with your body and that will empower you to meet your health goals.
- Which vitamins and minerals you need to feel your best, which foods provide these essential nutrients, and when supplements may be necessary
- Which exercises will help you lose weight most efficiently
The ideal combination of endurance training, strength training, and aerobic activity for reaching your health goals
- Whether you have genetic variants that make you prone to habits such as snacking or overeating, and what to do about it
- Your unique risk for elevated cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar
- Which activities and lifestyle changes will help you lower your risk of chronic disease
Understanding exactly how your body works is the key to making significant, lasting changes, whether you want to lose weight, improve your overall fitness, or reduce your risk of disease as you age.
DNA testing for weight loss
Most of us think of weight loss as simply a matter of calories ingested vs. calories burned. But it isn’t always that simple. Our metabolism is governed by complex processes that occur throughout the body, and these processes can be influenced and impaired by a number of factors, such as chronic inflammation and hormonal imbalances.
Some of these hormonal imbalances are the result of genetic variants. Imbalances in key hormones can lead us to overeat, and can make us likely to regain weight even after we’ve lost it.
Did you know …
- A common variant of the FTO gene results in higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers the sensation of hunger
- 22% of the population carries a gene that increases appetite and makes them more likely to snack between meals
- Up to 85% of the population carries a genetic variant that makes them less efficient at burning fat and increases the risk of obesity and diabetes
No wonder trying to lose or even maintain your weight without your personalized genetic information can often feel like a shot in the dark.
The best exercises for your body
Your DNA profile can also tell you what type of exercise work best for your body, which allow you to focus your time and energy on the activities that produce the best results.
We tend to think of cardio as the best exercise for weight loss, but it’s more beneficial for some people than others. In a study involving a 20-week endurance training program, white women who carry a certain genetic variant lost more body fat and lowered their BMI more than people without that variant. And black women with the same genetic variant lost more abdominal visceral fat.
And although strength training is generally recognized as beneficial for both building muscle and losing weight, people with a certain genetic variant may actually gain fat volume following a strength training program. Resistance training may be less beneficial for these people in terms of with loss, but still recommended for building strong muscles and bones.
Understanding your individual genotype can help eliminate the frustration that comes from working hard towards your goals and not seeing significant results.
The ideal diet for your genotype
Many people find it hard to stick to a healthy diet … because there’s no much confusion about what that actually means. Is low carb or low fat the best diet? Should you go with paleo or Mediterranean?
Part of the reason that there is so much conflicting information around diets is that people react differently to different foods. Nutritional studies that “prove” a certain food or way of eating is healthy may not actually apply to everyone. Many medical studies in the past have largely been conducted on white males, but we know that people of different ethnic backgrounds have differences in their genetic code that can lead to different results. For example, caucasians with a certain genetic variant have a greater risk of obesity, but the same is not true for people of Asian or African descent with the same variant.
This means that there is no one diet that works for everyone. Your friend may thrive on a low-carb diet, but you may find that the same approach doesn’t work for you.
Your genetic profile will take the guesswork out of healthy eating. We’ve identified four different diet types that work for different people, based on numerous genetic factors.
Along with your ideal diet type, your genetic report will reveal vital information such as:
- The best foods for meeting your body’s nutrition requirements
- How different types of dietary fat are likely to impact your weight
- Eating behaviors, such as a sweet tooth or snacking, that may be influenced by your genetics
- Nutritional deficiencies you may be at risk of
- Insight on how your body responds to alcohol, caffeine, lactose, and bitter foods
- Whether you’re likely to store excess fat
- And more!
Get the answers you need to meet your health goals
What are you waiting for? Order your genetic report from Quest Weight Loss and get the answers you need to meet your health goals. Our fully customized weight-loss plans are designed to reset your metabolism and promote optimal health, so that you can reach and maintain a healthy weight, feel your best, increase your energy, and prevent disease as you age. Request your free consultation now!
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