Genes affect diet success There is no one diet for all
Your genes may influence what diet works best for you, say researchers from North Carolina State University, US. They put mice to one of five diets – Western, Mediterranean, Japanese, Atkins or mouse food – and found that responses varied widely within subject groups. Some mice on the high-protein Atkins diet developed metabolic syndrome while others remained healthy; and some became fat even when they ate healthy foods. Dr William Barrington, one of the research team, says a similar diverse response is ‘highly likely’ in humans. The study sheds light on why a diet that worked for a friend or partner did nothing for you – so explore alternatives.