I get very excited when it comes to new scientific research and technologies that can have a significant positive impact on our health and happiness! The Human Genome Project was an enormous leap forward in advancing our understanding of our complete genetic blueprint. Now we have the technology to assess our individual DNA and the possible polymorphisms or variants that exist, which make us unique. Having this information with the knowledge and tools to affect the expression of our genes is a HUGE step forward in true custom health care.
The Human Obesity Gene Map was among one of many categories assigned by the Human Genome Project. Out of the hundreds of genes included in this map, a small handful have been researched and replicated multiple times in studies to show a correlation with the risk for obesity. What does this all mean for you?
New technology called full gene sequencing now allows you to have your DNA analyzed to determine how much fat, protein and carbohydrates should be included in your diet to lose weight and maintain your ideal weight lifelong. It gets confusing with so many options out there: Paleo, High Fat, Low Fat, High Carb, and the list goes on! Guess what, you can stop guessing! Your DNA gives you the answer! How does it do this? Let’s look at one example of how this works. One gene marker called Fatty Acid Binding Protein 2 is strongly associated with absorption of fat from your diet. You may have a variant that indicates you absorb a large amount of fat from your diet, up to 60%, while your best friend may have a variant that indicates only 35% fat absorption from his or her diet. The information from this particular gene marker gives you the answer to how much fat you should include in your diet to lose weight and keep it off!
Your DNA can also be analyzed to figure out the best type of exercise for you to do to reach your ideal weight and then maintain it! Do you need to do 90% high intensity exercise or 90% steady aerobic exercise to reach your optimal metabolism? Or does your genotype indicate that you are best suited for a mix of high intensity and steady aerobic? Your genes reveal how your receptors respond to exercise and adrenaline and identify the level of exercise INTENSITY needed for the most efficient response, as well as the QUANTITY of exercise needed to lose weight and/or maintain your weight. In a nutshell, knowing the best exercise type for your optimal metabolism will save you a lot of time in the gym! Which means you get to sleep in longer in the morning! 🙂
And the best part: Even if your test results show that you have genes that favor fat storage over fat burning, you have the power to influence the expression of your genes. You can take action to get your genes to respond favorably by including the ideal ratio of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in your diet and the right type of exercise for you to reach your optimal metabolism lifelong! This is a beautiful marriage of advanced science and practical tools to get you healthy and fit…for as long as you live!
P.S. Genetic testing is easy! Just 2 cheek swabs and you are done!
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