Your jeans no longer fit! You decide that it’s time to set yourself some serious health and fitness goals. You know your BMI, your body type and your fat percentage. Your diet history and training schedule have all been taken into account as you begin the weight loss program. However, you notice that your best friend has slimmed down quicker on the identical eating and exercise plan. What’s going on here?
There is one huge factor that you might not have considered yet. Do your genes fit?
“Everyone will see some response when they go on a diet and become more physically active, but there is most certainly a difference in the strength of this response. Due to specific genetic variables, some people require major lifestyle changes and different types of training than others” explains Toumas Kilpelainen of the Department of Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.
While there’s no doubt that a whole-grain quinoa, fish and vegetable lunch is far superior for your health and performance than a burger and chips are, this salad will still fuel one person differently from the next, based on the structure of their DNA.
How do we stay fit and healthy when there are factors that we cannot control? Here are three things you need to know about DNA and weight loss:
The key takeaway: Although this field has grown tremendously in recent years, the science is still in its earliest stages and there needs to be more research before the test results are validated. While Reardon agrees that we’re in the early days of this field, he also believes that “developing personalized diet and exercise plans could well be one of the most important fitness revolutions of the 21st century.”
Until then, in order to fit back into your jeans, tailor your individual eating and exercise plan according to your schedule, energy levels, metabolism and body type. Genetic testing for fitness? We’re almost there!