After a dinner with a girlfriend, you are having a battle with yourself not to order a piece of cake. Your jeans already feel way too tight (not to mention the ones from last year that don´t fit anymore). Your friend, though, takes a big piece of cake with cream topping, as she does every time. Despite her sweet tooth she is still skinny as a rake. How is it that she can allow herself cake whenever she wants, but you seem to gain weight even by looking at the sweets? Same eating habits, but different weight number - what is the secret here?

We all have unique genetic profile, which includes our metabolic characteristics. There are differences in fat synthesis and break down, how the fat cells are formed and how energy is spent. As people are "built" differently, there is no such thing as a diet suitable for everybody. Although it seems tempting to choose a diet based on what you like to eat, it may not bring the results you hope for.

 Knowing your DNA is a key to successful weight loss

Genetic differences determine how various foods affect us. For example, what kind of tastes we like, whether or not to avoid snacking, what kind of food makes us gain weight and what´s the right balance between fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

Is fat something that you should avoid while dieting? No, does not have to be. Depending on your genotype, it may be that increasing the intake of unsaturated fats has a beneficial effect on your body weight. Are you following Mediterranean diet (which is characterized by moderate consumption of protein), because it sounds healthy? Well, it may be that according to your genes, a high-protein diet would be more beneficial for you. This is also the case with carbohydrates and saturated fats – they are not equally bad or good to everyone. Some people can eat a diet high in chocolate and carbohydrates, whilst others need to follow specific portions.

The only way to know what works for you is to look at your genetic profile. How can you do that?

 No blood needed

The genetic research has made a great leap in recent years, making it possible to take a gene test conveniently at home. The Weight Basic gene test from myInnergo, created by British and European high-profiled scientists, analyzes your cheek cells from the buccal swab. You will get a test kit, take a DNA sample and send it back by post. After that comes the "hardest" part - looking forward to the feedback!

The results will let you know how much you should eat, by giving an optimal daily energy intake in calories. It shows what kind of diet fits you the best – which is the most suitable balance between fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Furthermore, it shows what is more important for you – to eat less or to exercise more. Additionally, a sample menu comes with the package. The price, ₤99, is moderate considering the fact that these recommendations are valid for your whole life.

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 Remember that:

  • When it comes to dieting, there is no single magic solution. What is good for one may not fit for another.
  • Our genes determine how various foods affect us. Eating and exercising according to the genetic profile is a key to successful weight loss.