Probably the singular most painful problem of people today would be weight gain. An unhealthy lifestyle, compounded by an equally unhealthy diet that includes junk food and a sedentary habit, makes people all the more prone to gain those extra kilos in all the wrong areas.
Obesity is gaining epidemic proportions the world over and is dangerous due to the fact that it is a precursor to many chronic health conditions like diabetes, some cancers, heart diseases, strokes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and gout, among others.
Scientifically speaking, anybody whose body weight is 20% higher than normal is considered obese. In terms of BMI (Body Mass Index), anything over 30 is considered obese. Obesity is considered a “lifestyle disorder.” Poor dietary and lifestyle choices lead one towards obesity and eventually towards the plethora of related illnesses.
The weight loss market is a multi-billion dollar global market. Fad diets, fad exercise regimens (remember “Power Yoga?”) and worse of all fad supplements and weight loss “pills” have attracted millions of individuals who are looking for an efficient way to cut down on their weight. While some strategies work for the others and they become “glowing testaments” to the success of that strategy, most others have to swallow the bitter pill of failure and blame themselves if the strategy did not work for them. But no one really cares to think why the strategy failed for them!
All of us are unique individuals. This individuality was given to us by Nature via different genes – small, functional and structural units of the Master Molecule of Life, the DNA. DNA, through various genes, controls all the activities of life. We’ve recently found that what we eat interacts with our DNA at the cellular level. And this interaction is different in different people. This means that if you were told to eat “x” and exercise “y”, it might not work in your body, because your genes do not interact with “x” and neither are they impressed with your “y.”
The growing interest in the applications of Nutrigenomics, the field that studies the interactions between your food and your DNA, has swooped research groups and medical practitioners the world over. That we can analyze genes of an individual and recommend the perfect diet and exercise regimen that is guaranteed to give results is not only enticing but backed by rock-solid research as well.
Our Weight-Loss Support test panel provides detailed analysis of genes which play a major role in making a person gain weight easily and make it difficult to lose weight. If these genes are targeted by making subtle changes in diet and a complementary exercise regimen, the individual loses “fatty” weight and gains lean muscle mass.
This test analyses 13 genes, including those to know the tendency and ability to absorb nutrients from food which contribute to lean mass and fat absorption and storage in the body. In individuals with a high tendency of being over-weight or obese, this test helps to optimize the right amount of protein and fat through diet to contribute to lean mass, rather than fat.
Genes for exercise responsiveness and time (duration as well as hour of exercising) help understand type of exercise to complement muscles and lean mass and burning of excessive fat.
Genes for satiety help to enhance feeding of right nutrients to add lean mass and encourage the individual to satiate food cravings through a healthy food intake. Inflammation and energy-intake genes complement each other to help understand inflammation tendency towards certain foods. This necessitates addition of muscle tone improving foods into the diet to balance energy intake and build lean muscle mass to gain the perfect weight.
Gone are the days of painful trials and errors that led to only frustration. Armed with genetic insights backed by research and technology, we can safely determine the exact dietary and lifestyle modifications that can lead to achieving a health objective. Hundreds of people have benefitted from our weight loss genetic test. It’s time to trust science and your own genes for once.