OPTIMAL DIET FOR YOU
- Testing 7 genes can help you find the right diet for you
- A simple cheek swab is all it takes
- You receive personalised results with clear, easy-to-action advice
- Tested in Melbourne by an Australian DNA testing company
- Your DNA and test results are completely secure
WEIGHT, APPETITE & OBESITY
- The FTO gene is linked to body size, body fat storage and obesity
- The APOA5 gene contributes to the regulation of triglyceride levels in the blood.
- The PPARG gene facilitates the fat storage process after consuming excess calories, saving for future energy needs.
- The ADIPOQ gene is involved in fat burning and helps to control energy levels.
OPTIMAL FITNESS FOR YOU
Some people are built for speed. Others are built for distance. A DNA report can reveal your unique body type and help you to find the best sports and exercises for you.
- The ACTN3 gene influences your ability to build the type of muscle that is used in sports that rely on sudden bursts of energy
- The AMPD1 gene is involved in producing energy which is used by muscles and helps with combating fatigue
INJURY RISK & FLEXIBILITY
- The COL5A1 gene affects ligament strength, range of movement and the flexibility of your joints
- The IL6 gene affects how your muscles recover after exercise
- The AGT gene affects the ability of muscles to contract and release which impacts your muscle strength and power
- The PPARGC1A gene influences levels of aerobic fitness and contributes to endurance performance
- The COL1A1 gene builds a collagen that affects joint mobility and injury risk
WORKOUT BASED ON YOUR GENES
You will receive a comprehensive training program based on your genes, your goals, and customised according to your current fitness levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
EACH GENETIC RESULT EXPLAINED
My DNA Test on Weight Loss/Fitness with Expert Report based on your unique DNA
"On a typical day at work, in between replying to emails and posting memes on Facebook, I cracked open a box no bigger than my wallet, to do a DNA test – and all while sitting at my desk. (How’s that for multi-tasking?)
Before you think I’ve subjected my colleagues to something highly inappropriate, all it took was rolling a cotton swab between my cheek and lower gums (10 times on both sides), bottling and labelling it up, registering my sample online, and sending it back to a lab in a postage paid envelope. It’s a step-by-step process that takes less time than I spend choosing my next day’s gym kit of an evening.
Two weeks later, a 16-page personalised diet report landed in my inbox, detailing my diet, fitness, and general health – and boy, was I surprised.
Before delving into the results, here’s a highlights reel on what you need to know about the growing world of online direct-to-consumer DNA testing. Costing around $99 and up, these services claim to give you the information to make more meaningful lifestyle changes to help you be the best version of you. That's through making recommendations based on your DNA results.
You know that everyone inherits genetic material from both their mum and dad, which becomes a unique chemical blueprint, called DNA. This DNA makes up your 20,000+ genes, each carrying instructions for a single protein that together determine how you look and how your body functions. (Cheers mum for the early onset grays, and dad for the thin hair.)
Genetic tests typically look at specific chromosomes, genes or proteins, and changes or mutations that occur within them, to determine disease risk, body processes, or physical traits.
The personalised diet DNA test I took from myDNA, gathers information on genes that affect how likely you are to gain weight, your sense of being full, how you process and store fat, and your triglyceride levels, offering personalised diet and training plans based on their findings.
Sounds pretty good, right? I thought so, too, which is why I was so excited to eyeball my results when they showed up.
Straight up my genetic summary page was an eye opener. Good news that when it comes to weight and appetite (my FTO gene), my results aren’t linked to an increased risk of obesity. A typical finding, but now I’m realising my tendency to shove fistfuls of cheese into my gob without breathing, is undeniably just want, not need. Oh.
On the fat storage front (my PPARG gene), I tend to store less fat than others if they eat too much food (explains why I never learn from the brie binge). As the report says “in individuals with a normal body mass index (BMI) this can protect against weight gain.” High-five clever DNA.
The doozy comes with my body’s ability to break down fat (my LIPC gene). This guy is marked in red, ‘a significant finding’, aka the report’s way of saying “pay attention Shedden”. It reads: “Your genetic results suggest that your body may have trouble breaking down cholesterol. This can lead to having more “good” cholesterol (HDL-C), and can sometimes affect levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL-C), triglycerides and total cholesterol.”
The diet suggested for me? Low fat, high carb. Yep, an eating approach that went out of style around the same time as bootleg cord jeans and Mischa Barton.
It’s pretty much the antithesis of the Ketogenic diet that the fitness and nutrition industry is losing their mind's over. Turns out, following that approach would actually be a terrible idea based on my DNA.
As a peanut butter and avocado enthusiast, I go into grieving.
My usual day on a plate, starts with eggs scrambled in olive oil, almonds as a snack, salmon and veg for lunch, a piece of fruit with cheese or peanut butter in the afternoon, and mushroom stroganoff or some other plant-based dinner dish (I’m a Monday to Friday, part-time vegetarian, you see).
A gold star for health I thought, but my DNA conclusively proves I’m sensitive to fat, so if I want to try and avoid weight gain, or ever lose weight, I need to follow a diet that is low in fat – and that includes sources of healthy fats. Bye unlimited olives.
Low-fat dairy products, lean meats and poultry, wholegrains, legumes and non-starchy vegetables are a green light for me though - and I get a handy table that breaks down the serves of carbs, proteins, fats, and free foods (veg) I should go for each day.
What shocks me is that I should be eating 7 serves of carbs a day, 3 serves of protein and only 2 serves of fat. As someone who has limited carbs for the better half of the past decade, replacing them with satiating healthy fats, this is big news. Everything from my meal prep, to snack choices and go to brunch order needs re-evaluating, and stat.
Fitness wise, my best exercise plan is the one I’m already doing. Hurrah! HIIT training, which I’ve gravitated towards, is recommended 5 times a week for 30 minutes at a time, so the F45 membership stays. Other options on the report are low and moderate intensity, so I feel pleased I’ve got the right approach for my DNA when it comes to movement at least.
It's the only thing I can talk about when asked 'what's happened this week?'. But while the results and recommendations are undoubtedly fascinating, in order for genetic tests to be useful, you’ve got to put them into practice. I figure, if you’re motivated enough to purchase the test, you’re likely to follow the recommendations.
For me, the next step is a trip to the doctors to get my lipid profile test (aka cholesterol tested). I want a baseline to attribute any changes to. Whether or not I’ll be able to tell if it’s my genes responding, or any number of other factors, DNA testing is a reminder science is continuing to evolve, and worth following if you’re like me, and want to be the stronger, fitter, faster, healthier version of you (even if that involves portion controlling peanut butter).
Melissa took the myDNA diet report.