Are Genes Making You Too Fat for Your Jeans? Can't Shift Those Extra Pounds, despite Diet and Exercise? Research Suggests the Answer Could Be Hidden in Your DNA
Byline: Caroline Jones
TODAY is DNA Day, celebrating the discovery 60 years ago of the unravelling of the double helix of genetics - the basis of all life.
This explains all the small differences between us - from eye colour to fingernail shape.
And now the latest research suggests your individual genetic coding doesn't just determine what you look like, it might also be the secret weapon when it comes to losing weight.
So can we really blame weight gain on our genes? Although all of us have similar make-ups, hundreds of thousands of tiny differences exist. These are what make each of us unique - including how our bodies respond to different types of food and exercise.
This is why two people on the same diet can end up with different results.
In other words, it accounts for the annoying way your best friend shed two stone on the Dukan Diet but when you tried it those extra pounds stayed firmly on.
Scientists have even discovered a sweet tooth gene that makes you predisposed to crave cakes and chocolate, which seems highly unfair.
But the good news is, as well as working against you when fighting the flab, your genes can also be utilised in your favour to help ensure better diet and exercise success.
How DNA dieting works The discovery of thousands of genes responsible for functions in the body, plus advances in DNA testing, mean it's possible to have a bespoke diet and fitness plan created for you.
It will be fine-tuned to work in harmony with every tiny quirk of your own metabolism.
J Dr The Nordiska diet was developed with Newcastle University experts and is based on the premise that genetic testing can determine the right food and exercise regime for your body.
These genes relate to how quickly an individual metabolises fat and carbohydrate, appetite control and muscle activity.
And after a test you are given one of four diet types: low fat, low carb, low glycaemic or healthily balanced.
"The era of everyone following the same plan regardless of body shape, age and family history is gone," said Dr Daniel Meyersfeld, who has designed DNAFit, the world's first bespoke fitness plan based on your genes. …