The 5:2, Paleo and Alkaline eating plans are oldnewsthanks to anew science-led diet promising to get us into our skinny jeans using our genes...
ith every new year comes a new fashionable diet; and 2015 is no exception. Last year’s hottest diet trends included the 5:2 – where you “fast” (consuming just 500 calories a day) for two days, and eat normally for five – and the Paleo, where you eat like our Stone Age ancestors used to: more meat, seafood and vegetables, and no processed food. But with every diet, what works for your friend or colleague might not work for you. And there’s no guarantee you’ll even be able to stick to it for long enough to reach your goal.
Now, what if you could go on a diet and fitness plan that was guaranteed to work, because it’s based on what is most unique to you: your DNA?
The good news is that you can and turning to science might be the most accurate way to ensure we undergo an eating and exercise regime that works specifically for us. The new DNAFit diet (available worldwide from www.dnafit.com) works by analysing your own DNA – the millions of individual genetic codes that make up your body – to work out how you respond to different types of training and nutrition. Then the results are used to recommend the best type of exercise for you (whether you want to tone up or just lose fat), and the best kinds of food you should eat so that you lose weight while staying healthy.
Personalised nutrition and gene-based advice should be the health trend for this year, according to recent research from the University of Toronto. Scientific gene testing can show you whether you need to cut down on things like salt, caffeine or saturated fat, or up your intake of certain vitamins. For example, if you feel bloated after eating too many carbs – such as bread, pizza or pasta – or if you put on weight too quickly after eating just a bit of food containing saturated fat, such as cheese, you could be genetically more sensitive to these foods. But the testing helps in other ways too: you can find out whether your body would respond better to endurance training – such as running, cycling or hiking – rather than power training, such as working out with weights. he diet claims to help people lose a third more weight than in ordinary weight-loss programmes, all without calorie restriction, but with a bespoke eating and exercise plan.
DNAFit was launched in mid-2013 by a group of doctors and scientists who specialise in genetics. So, how does it work? After you fill in a few details on the DNAFit.com website, and pay around Dh670, your testing kit will be posted out to you (it ships worldwide, including to the UAE). It consists of a cotton wool swab, and a container to seal it in. The company recommends doing it either first