How health DNA testing can help with your diet and fitness

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How health DNA testing can help with your diet and fitness


Finding a way to manage diet and fitness can be difficult at the best of times, and despite all the personalised plans out there, sometimes they just don’t work. However, health DNA testing may provide the answer you’ve been looking for.

By Imogen Groome | 13th December 2018
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Completing a health DNA test can give you lots of valuable information about your genetic predispositions, such as which vitamins you may need more of or the kinds of exercises your body responds best to. Here’s what health DNA testing can provide you with.

The best foods to eat

A report from homeDNA will inform you of how your body uses protein, fat and carbs, giving you ratings such as normal, enhanced, slightly enhanced, below average or low. It will also inform you of what kind of food plan will best suit your needs and lifestyle, along with negative influences to avoid.

In addition, there is information on what percentage of lean protein, healthy fats and complex carbs will lead to a better response with a weight loss diet. Caloric needs for weight loss are also given, along with a custom 7-day meal plan which includes nutritional information.

Your nutrient needs

A DNA test can inform you of how your nutrient intake can affect your health. HomeDNA provides a report which describes your body’s ability to take in vitamins such as vitamin B12, vitamin C and vitamin D. Using the data gathered from the food section, HomeDNA provides recommended macronutrient ranges to optimize your weight loss.

If any vitamin utilization is below average, a separate page of information is created, giving insights into how this affects other parts of the body, such as blood levels. There are also success strategies with supplement suggestions.

Discovering what vitamins you need can aid your health goals (Picture: iStock by Getty)
Personal training

Some health DNA test providers offer their customers access to personal training, which is a way of kick-starting fitness goals with added motivation. Training can be accessed on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, which is useful for people on the go or who travel a lot for business or pleasure. After evaluating your goals, such as whether you want to burn fat or grow muscle, and integrating your genetic data to help you reach them in the most effective way possible, you can get started with your remote training program that will give you a high quality level of training and exercise response.

Ideal workouts to reach a healthy weight

Discovering the best style of workout to provide the best weight loss possible can be eye-opening, so homeDNA has created a report which comes up with the answers you need. If your response to types of exercise, such as high-intensity cardio, come up as below average, information is given on how to combat this and alternative methods are suggested to get around it.

A custom exercise plan is also provided, which includes when to do certain kinds of exercise, the intensity, duration, and which muscle groups are targeted in each session.

Health DNA can inform you which kinds of workouts are best to do (Picture: iStock by Getty)
Genetic weight

Finding out what your genes predispose you to weigh can be an important comparison point, as you may be under or over your ideal weight. 23andme offers a report which looks at DNA variants based on weight according to their research. They inform you that you should consider other variants affecting your weight, such as lifestyle.

After evaluating your descent and height, 23andme provides a summary of what the average weight should be, for example based on other women who are 5’4’’ of European descent.

Users can also update 23andme with their height and weight in their health profile in order to receive a comparison of their actual weight with their genetic predisposition.

Finally, 23andme can provide customers with lifestyle factors associated with those of a similar genetic weight predisposition. For example, similar people may find that they are a healthy weight if they eat red meat less than 2 times a week, avoid fast food and sleep 8-9 hours per night. The similar people are found through their research participants program, which allows people to sign up to provide the company with valuable insights and research to further improve their genetic analysis.

Specialist diet markers

Health DNA test providers can provide customers with a detailed breakdown of specialist diet markers, which will help them to keep on track with their nutritional goals. Information on alcohol sensitivity and caffeine metabolism will help people to monitor their consumption of these beverages, while nutrient needs for anti-oxidants, omega-4, folate and vitamin B, vitamin D and more can influence a decision on which types of foods or supplements to buy. Finally, learning lactose tolerance and coeliac predisposition can help customers to adapt their dietary intake accordingly.

Specialist diet markers can help with nutritional goals (Picture: iStock by Getty)
Specialist fitness markers

Those wanting to take a proactive approach to their weight loss and begin with an exercise plan will no doubt find an analysis of personalised specialist fitness markers incredibly helpful. For example, finding out their response to various training intensities will help them to select the right type of workout, while recovery nutrition needs and speed will help them rebuild their strength in the most effective way afterwards. Finally, considering aerobic trainability will help customers decide how much of this kind of exercise to do, while discovering injury predispositions can assist in how much pressure people apply to certain parts of the body during workouts.

Written by
Imogen Groome
Imogen is editor-in-chief of Hot5. She is also a lifestyle blogger, author and freelance journalist, with particular interests in music, politics, psychic readings and dating. She is usually found at home with her collection of animals, drinking iced tea. Read more.
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