Shape up with the DNA diet

Want to shape up? The an­swer could be in your genes

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Hands up who’s tor­tured them­selves with the lat­est celebrity “must-try” diet only for it not to work? That’s be­cause, ac­cord­ing to sci­en­tists, ev­ery­one’s body re­sponds dif­fer­ently to the foods we eat and the ex­er­cise we do. But there’s a big change hap­pen­ing in the diet in­dus­try as boffins smash the myth there’s one magic so­lu­tion that works for ev­ery­one. Gone are the fad di­ets that prom­ise amaz­ing weight-loss re­sults in just a few weeks. Now, peo­ple are swap­ping their tape mea­sures for test tubes as they un­lock the hid­den clues within our DNA to find out how we should be eat­ing and work­ing out.

The ‘fat’ gene

The world of nu­tri­tion has be­come a mine­field. Should we eat low-carb or low-fat? Su­gar-free or plant-based? Pa­leo or Mediter­ranean ? But DNA tests claim to an­a­lyse how your body re­acts to dif­fer­ent foods to help de­ter­mine which diet would be the most ef­fec­tive for you. By tak­ing a sim­ple saliva swab, you can un­lock the se­crets be­hind your snack­ing habits, find out if you’re sus­cep­ti­ble to stor­ing fat, and if you have the dreaded – whis­per it – fat gene. Some also claim to show you how to get more Zzzs and what you need to do to reach your abs goals in the gym. So far, so good.

As it hap­pens, Dna-based nu­tri­tion is of­ten used by elite athletes to achieve their best phys­i­cal per­for­mance, or A-list stars who need to shape up for a movie role. Ob­vi­ously, they have a team of nutri­tion­ists to cre­ate easy-to-eat meals, but now the tests are be­com­ing eas­ier to un­der­stand and read­ily avail­able, with one brand cost­ing just £49.

The fu­ture of fit­ness

Gym chain Third Space, which counts Prince Harry and Maya Jama among its mem­bers, has re­placed the tra­di­tional in­duc­tion with an as­sess­ment from their med­i­cal team, which in­cludes food in­tol­er­ances and a bio­met­ric body scan. And Justin Gel­band, who sculpts the bod­ies of the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret mod­els, has long been in­spired by Dr Peter D’adamo, who cre­ated the Eat Right For Your Blood Type diet, fol­lowed by Mi­randa Kerr and Ch­eryl. Justin says, “We all have foods that make us bloated and give us prob­lems digest­ing. They keep us from be­ing at our best be­cause we refuse to let go!” So can we re­ally find out how to lose weight just by spit­ting into a tube? We tried three tests to see if they lived up to the hype…

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