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[Guest blog by Lisa Raleigh, SA's leading health and wellness expert]
With the world of nutrition constantly changing, and a host of new diet trends promising everything from anti-ageing to instant weight-loss – it's no wonder we’re overwhelmed and confused as to which eating plan is best to follow long-term.
The truth is, every person is different and so are his/her dietary needs. It’s not a one size fits all, and just because a high fat, low carbohydrate diet works for your friend, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. Although I’ve learned over the years to listen to my body and respond to its needs, especially from a diet and exercise point of view, I still decided to have a DNA Diet test by DNAlysis Biotechnology, and my results were surprising.
The DNA Diet test was developed to help you pinpoint your own dietary needs. Although most of us should be following a nutrient-dense eating plan packed with plenty of fruits and veg, each person metabolises macronutrients, which is fats, carbohydrates and proteins, differently.
Based on your genetic results, DNA Diet will help your specialist determine whether you should be following a low-fat, low- carb or Mediterranean-type diet that’s rich in healthy fats, whole-grains, oily fish and vegetables. Certain DNA patterns also reveal whether you should be doing high- or low-intensity exercise, and what your response to carbohydrates and different types of fats is.
Another great thing about this test is that it shows which lifestyle and behavioural factors could affect your weight long-term, such as having a sweet tooth, and whether you’re more prone to snacking.
After having the test done, you will meet with a DNAlysis specialist to go through your results and genetic profile, looking at insights around which food groups your body responds best to and which you should avoid, and formulating a personalised eating plan in line with these results.
DNA Diet also looks at your genes linked to exercise, and your results will give a good indication of what type of workouts you should be focusing on, providing you with a way to determine just how much exercise you should be doing per week and if it’s enough to lose, gain or maintain weight, depending on your goals.
For more information on DNA Diet, as well as a list of accredited practitioners, click here to visit the DNAlysis website.
To read Lisa's full results from her personal DNAlysis test, visit her blog here.