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DNA Testing for Weight Loss Diets

Let’s talk about DNA testing and weight loss diets. Many people are starting to refer to the association as the DNA diet. Understanding what the DNA diet is and how to use it in a weight loss diet is crucial to making it effective. 

What Is the DNA Diet?

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The DNA diet is a meal plan based on people’s genetic makeup. Genes play a role in virtually every part of the body’s processes, and that includes how it processes foods. Everyone’s genetic information, however, is different. This is one of the reasons why some people lose a lot of weight on a low-fat diet while people do not.

DNA Reveals How Efficiently You Process Foods

When people take a DNA test or genetic test for weight loss, they want to know how their body processes the food they eat. Some people process carbohydrates (carbs) differently than others. For instance, one person may consume carbs and feel energized for hours, while another person may only feel the effects for a couple of hours. This is because their body processes the carbs faster and uses more of them for their energy.

Those who process carbs more slowly may have the energy for longer BUT at the end of the day, they may have far more carbs than the body needs, which gets stored in the body as fat for another time when it’s needed. For those people, a low carb diet (such as the Atkins diet) may be better for them. 

The amount of fat someone consumes also matters along with the type of fat. Many people think obesity comes from eating too much fat,  but that is not entirely true. It’s eating too much of the wrong type of fat, like saturated fat. It also has to do with the person’s ability to process fats. Like people who have a difficult time using carbs efficiently, those who don’t process fats quickly end up with stored fat on their bodies. Eating a low-fat diet or following the keto diet can help decrease the amount of fat on the body, which helps a person achieve a healthy weight. 

Calories in and calories out is something that many recent studies have found to be effective in losing weight, but combining that with information from genetic testing can make weight management much easier. 

That's why apps that analyze a person's DNA and provide guidance for weight management, such as the DNA Diet app, are gaining in popularity. These apps are able to use the information obtained from a person's genes to genetically tailor a weight loss plan.

 

DNA Testing and Weight Loss Diets: How It Works

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A DNA test is very simple. All you have to do is swab the cheek and send it in the DNA sample to the lab. The test results are usually mailed to you in a few weeks. DNA data can be used in many different ways to reveal information about a person. A website like Sequencing.com has apps that will take DNA data from Sequencing.com, 23andMe, Dante Labs, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, and other DNA testing companies and analyze it to reveal information about a body’s ability to process macronutrients and genetic predispositions to weight gain. 

The genetic test results can be used in a weight loss plan. Some people take the test results to a nutritionist or registered dietitian for help with a personalized nutrition plan. This is especially helpful if someone is lactose intolerant or has some other special dietary needs. 

BioTechniques published this about the interplay of genetics and nutrition:

It is undeniable that genes play an important role in determining our weight, affecting our metabolism and altering our risk of diet-related diseases such as obesity. Back in 2006, researchers found an association between a variant in the INSIG2 gene and obesity, with the obesity-predisposing genotype found in 10% of the population. More recently, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC, USA) identified a number of genetic variants, each playing a role in how the body regulates body-fat tissue and influencing the waist-to-hip ratio of body-fat distribution. These findings show that the responses to food of a number of key metabolic markers – including triglycerides, insulin and blood sugar – are highly individualized. No one has been able to combine data on this scale before...

 

DNA Testing for Weight Loss: Why it Works

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Genomics researchers, those who study genetic variants, have been hard at work over the last few years to understand weight because of the rising obesity rate. While we know healthy eating has a lot to do with bodyweight, it’s not all that affects it. Gene variants matter as well. Some people are simply genetically predisposed to gaining more weight than others. 

Please note: Just because someone is genetically predisposed to being overweight or obese it does not mean that there is nothing that can be done about it. The genetic markers for weight only show people what could happen, not what will happen. Dieting and exercising can keep people from accumulating too much body fat and lower their risk of medical conditions like heart disease. 

Diet plans are not one-size-fits-all. Everyone is different and their diet and exercise plans should also be different.  

Learn More: What Does DNA Have to Do with Weight Loss

How to Use DNA Testing for Weight Loss

DNA test kits are available on Sequencing.com. The Ultimate DNA Test is much cheaper than other testing companies. The DNA kit is mailed to you to use, and the DNA results can be accessed on Sequencing.com’s confidential, private, and secure site. 

The DNA data can be submitted to the weight loss apps on the site. These apps reveal information from the DNA that can be used to create an effective weight loss diet. Dieters love to use the apps on Sequencing.com because there are many available that give them the information they need about their health and fitness. 

For those who would like a deeper look into their DNA, the Ultimate Genome Sequencing test is available. This will make it possible for you to learn even more about your genotype. At the end of this article, we provide additional information on this advanced option for DNA testing for weight loss diets

 

Nutrigenomix, DNAFit, and Sequencing.com

Nutrigenomix and DNAFit are two DNA testing companies that provide nutrition-based reports much like Sequencing.com. The advantage Sequencing.com has over them is that it provides much more information than they do about a person’s body.

For instance, we have apps that help people understand their athleticism, risk for certain medical and health conditions (such as COVID), and what the body needs to improve mental health and wellness. Sequencing.com provides comprehensive DNA analysis while Nutrigenomic and DNAFit solely concentrate on nutrition. 

 

How to Get Started with DNA Testing for Weight Loss Diets

weight loss dna testingReady to get a weight loss DNA test?

Raw data from a DNA test can be uploaded to Sequencing.com. The data may be from a wide range of DNA tests including our own Ultimate DNA Test or Ultimate Genome Sequencing as well as from most genetic testing companies such as 23andMe, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA, and Dante Labs.

After the raw DNA data is uploaded to your account, you can use the Weight Loss app. This app will analyze your DNA and generate a personalized report. 

Simply click here to purchase the report once the raw DNA data has been uploaded to your secure and confidential account. Our Privacy First commitment ensures your data remains private. We never sell or share your data, including your DNA data, with anyone.

Free DNA Data Upload

 

For those who have not yet taken a DNA test and don’t have raw DNA to upload, you can purchase a DNA test kit online. Once the DNA test has completed, your DNA data will be stored in your confidential Sequencing.com account and ready to use with the Weight Loss DNA analysis app or another report from the wide assortment available from Sequencing.com.

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