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...

Friday - - Health -

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 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 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

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