Are you tired of dieting with little success? HomeDNA™ Healthy Weight uses DNA analysis to provide a roadmap of your genes that are specifically connected to diet and exercise and guides you in the right direction, so you can take off that extra weight and keep it off.
Optimize your Health and Well-Being with HomeDNA™ Healthy Weight
Approximately 2 years ago I was able to drop almost 40 pounds. I felt so much better following my diet and had energy to spare. However, with all the events in my life since that time, I notice that I am beginning to gain back a few of those lost pounds. I can definitely feel it and I won’t be able to fit into my new wardrobe, if I am not careful by slipping back into my old habits. This is where the HomeDNA™ Healthy Weight test proves beneficial to learn what your genes say about you. The HomeDNA™ Healthy Weigh test is a simple at-home cheek swab that provides an in-depth, easy to understand information about your body and the types of training, diets and supplements it responds to best. Once sent back to DDC’s lab, a thorough DNA fitness profile is presented to you with personal recommendations for food, nutrition and exercise for meeting your body’s optimal weight for your genotype.
I was so impressed with the results of the HomeDNA™ Skin Care test that I took last year, when I was offered an opportunity to take the Healthy Weight test, I did not hesitate. Many thanks to Lipton Publicity, Inc. who provided me with a HomeDNA™ Healthy Weight test for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
The profile I received from the HomeDNA™ Healthy Weight test indicates that I will no longer have a trial and error period when attempting to lose weight. The report I received indicates results in four key areas that can affect the way your body looks and feels:
1. Weight Loss Ability
4. Response to Exercise
My report shows what your genotypes suggest about your ability to lose weight and body fat in response to different types of diets and exercise programs, your potential response to a variety of micronutrients, and the likely health effects one may experience from regular exercise. It is important to know that your genes are the basic physical and functional unit of heredity, made up of DNA, which act as instructions to make molecules called proteins. In humans, genes vary in size from a few hundred DNA bases to more than 2 million bases. It is estimated that humans have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes. Every person has two copies of each gene, one inherited from each parent. Alleles are forms of the same gene with small differences in their sequence of DNA bases, which contribute to each person’s unique physical features. While we can’t change our genes, we can change our behaviors to take advantage of what our genes say about our bodies.
Following the test, you will receive a report, which indicates the category, your rating and the specific genes associated with that category. In my Weight Loss Ability category, my rating was below average. This is not to say that I cannot lose weight by a diet and exercise program, it just means that compared to other people with a different genotype, I may lose slightly less weight or body fat than those with a more favorable genotype who are following a similar program. My genes indicate that I may be at a slightly higher risk of later regaining the weight I lost compared to someone else with a more favorable genotype, which is proving to be true. However, many factors affect the outcome. My results do suggest that it may be a good idea to employ strategies that will maximize my results such as following the suggestions within the Food and Exercise Categories of my report. The key is to losing weight, of course, is to reduce the intake of calories within my diet and exercise more. The report also offers varies tips for effective dieting, and maximizing calorie burn.
The next category, Food/Protein Utilization, suggests that my genotype may have a better response to a weight-loss diet if daily calories come from a specific proportion of fats, carbohydrates, and protein. My report indicates that I should choose a diet that is between 15-20% protein, 20-25% fat and 50-60% carbohydrates. Based on my gender, age, height, current weight and activity level, the report recommends a diet of approximately 1,211 calories per day to lose weight.
While my genetic profile indicates my response to Food is normal, the success strategies indicate that if I am dieting and therefore eating a reduced-calorie diet, I need to consume a “high” percentage of protein in order that I can make sure to obtain the minimum amount my body needs to support processes such as enzyme and hormone production, cell repair and synthesis of skin and hair cells.
The Food/Fat Utilization section indicates my genetic profile indicates that my protein utilization of fat is low. My report indicates that I may be sensitive to too much total fat and/or too much saturated fat in my diet. By following a low-fat diet and keeping saturated fat to a minimum may help to control my body weight and fat and to lose more weight when I diet. Since it is difficult to determine exactly how much fat I am getting, I plan to enter it into an online log to determine how much fat I am getting in order that I can identify ways to decrease it. However, my report suggests that I can reduce my total fat intake by sticking to a plant-based diet by eating fewer animal foods, or if choosing leaner versions and trying to find non-fat substitutes for my butter, cream and cheese.
The Food/Carb Utilization section indicates that my genetic profile indicates that my utilization of complex carbohydrates is enhanced. My report suggests that I should focus on including more whole, unprocessed plant foods into my diet, including whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables.
The Nutrient section indicates that about half of the nutrients are normal and the other half below normal or average. While the micronutrients have not been shown to have a direct effect on body weight or body fat, these micronutrients are involved in the body’s metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. My report elaborates on some of the various nutrients that are mentioned: Folate, Vitamins, A, B6, B12, C, and D. The report suggests successful strategies for those nutrients of which I am deficient.
The last section of the profile is Exercise. The report covers topics such as how much exercise should I get on a daily/weekly basis, as well as the type of exercise: cardio or resistance training. The report indicates that I would profit more with participating in cardio exercises and offers some success strategies.
The 72-page report also offers a 7-day custom meal plan, as well as a custom exercise plan for both cardio exercises and strength training exercises.
The HomeDNA™ Healthy Weight kit retails for $119. This affordable DNA-collection kit is available at CVS in the Home Diagnostics section of the store, and other fine stores, as well as online at HomeDNA™. However, Home DNA brand has decided to offer a discount to our followers by using the promo code: HW50 at checkout, which will save you $50 off of your order of the Healthy Weight Kit (making it a total of $69) if ordered online through the company’s web page until 4/30.
With the help of the HomeDNA™ Healthy Weight test, you won’t ever have to experience the trial and error period when you are going to start a diet. Of course, the test is not designed to diagnose any medical problems you may be experiencing – those situations should be addressed with your health care provider. However, through the analysis of your DNA using this test, you can learn how you can accelerate that weight loss and how to maintain a healthy body long term.