Style, Decor & More: Is The Answer To Losing Weight In Our DNA?

Is The Answer To Losing Weight In Our DNA?

Disclosure: I received a HomeDNA Collection Kit sample and lab services were waived. 

Whether you are working hard on your weight loss journey or just want to shed a few pounds, knowing your body and the best approach to losing weight is crucial to successful weight loss. Every person is different, which means that our bodies will respond differently to what we eat and how much we eat. Do you ever feel like you exercise and eat well, but don't see positive results? Knowing your genetic makeup can hold a wealth of information to help you succeed with your weight loss goals.  In fact, I recently completed a HomeDNA Healthy Weight Collection Kit, and am seriously amazed with the results, and the personal information provided to help me reach and maintain my healthy weight. 



For those of you who are not familiar with HomeDNA, it is an easy at-home genetic testing kit that uses the insights from YOUR personal genetic code, to help you better understand your genetic makeup with a scientifically-based DNA analysis and report. 

HomeDNA's registration and retrieval process (swabbing) was easier than I thought it would be and took no more than 15 minutes to complete. The step-by-step instructions are very easy to follow. After I registered online and filled out the envelopes, I swabbed my cheeks, placed the swabs in the collection envelope and mailed my samples in the self-addressed envelope provided in the kit. That was it! All I had to do next was wait for the results. 

After a few weeks (allow up to 6 weeks), I received a 72-page scientific Healthy Weight Analysis & Report! There report contained an incredible amount of information. Everything you could ever want to know about maximizing your diet success and workout regimen, is right at your fingertips! After spending some time reading through the report, for the first time I feel empowered with information needed to lose weight! I have a customized diet and exercise plan created with the information from my genetic code! HomeDNA's Analysis & Report has taken the guess work out of diet and exercise.  

The Analysis & Report provides results in four key areas that can affect the way your body looks and feels:

1) Weight Loss Ability
2) Food
3) Nutrients
4) Response to Exercise


Within each category your analyzed genotype results are followed by a detailed explanation of and successful strategy for each of the four categories. For example, Category 1 determines that my weight loss ability with diet and exercise is low. Ahhh! This means the genes included in Category 1 (Weight Loss Ability) have all been shown in studies to have statistically significant associations with a person's ability to lose weight and keep it off. As you can see from the Report Summary below, my genetic profiles indicates low or below average scores. However, even if I carry the genotypes that potentially reduce my ability to lose weight, etc., my lifestyle and environmental choices will affect whether those genes are expressed or not. 

The results provide insight into how into how I can tweak my approach to diet and exercise to optimize fat-loss results. 


The Report also provides a detailed 7-day diet plan that contains suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. The personalized diet plan recommends slimming foods based on MY genes. Isn't that awesome?!

Thankfully, my 7-day menu offers three snacks in the morning, afternoon and evenings. I like to nibble throughout the day and evening, and snacking will help me stay on track. The diet also offers tasty dinners with grilled salmon (or fish), chicken, turkey, beans, and shrimp dishes. 

*HomeDNA notes that before making changes to your diet, consult with your physician, registered
dietician, and/or nutritionist.

Keep in mind that the information above shows only a small portion of the information I received. There are 60 pages in my profile that explain everything I need to know about my diet and exercise! For example, after reading the Analysis & Report, I will be adding strength training to my exercise regimen. I have never worked with weights before, but based on my DNA profile, my body should respond well to strength training. The Custom Exercise Plan also suggests different types of strength training exercises and how many times a week it should be performed. 

In summary, I absolutely LOVE and recommend HomeDNA's Weight Loss Collection Kit. I could never have imagined the wealth of information I would be given about weight loss - all from a DNA cheek swab! The information provided in the report is nothing short of priceless! 

If you are ready to unlock your weight loss potential through genetics, the HomeDNA Collection Kit can be purchased at a CVS near you. The HomeDNA Collection Kit is usually $119, but when you use Promo Code HW50 at check out, you will receive $50 off! That's only $69 for the collection kit! This offer is good through 4/30/17. The scientific information provided and the knowledge gained from an accredited DDC Laboratory, makes it well worth the price. 



     xoxo,

58 comments :

  1. It makes sense to know what will work for your genetic makeup. I'll have to check it out the next time I'm at CVS.

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    1. Hi Dee, Definitely worth checking it out! I'm loving it! My report even created a meal plan with nutrients/foods that my body (genetically) may lack based on my DNA. Crazy!

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  2. I had no idea your genetics could determine that much, figured if you tried hard enough anyone can get results.

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    1. I always thought the same thing. You can still see results if you work hard, but it is easier with a work out & diet plan customized from your DNA.

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  3. It makes sense to me and I would be interested in trying this out. I am definitely trying to watch what I eat this year.

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    1. I am really impressed really impressed what I've learned about my genetic makeup for weight. Thanks for stopping by, MM.

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  4. Your right I have never heard about this before. Interesting to learn about our DNA history. We have done our family history and where we came from.

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    1. That is sooo cool, Candy. That is next on my list. I would love to learn my ancestry DNA.

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  5. How interesting! I need to try this out and see what the results are. I'm intrigued now. Thank you for the deal!

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    1. I am really impressed with what I've learned about my genetic makeup for weight. If you try it, I hope you love it as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by, AML.

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  6. That actually makes a lot of sense to me! I think this would really help me understand myself better and what I need to do to lose weight!

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    1. Definitely helps! I am really impressed with what I've learned about my genetic makeup for weight. Thanks for stopping by, Jeannette

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  7. This makes sense. I know that a lot of what happens to our bodies as well as our minds may be passed down. Love the idea of having something to help me better understand my body and the reason I have more or less weight at times!

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    1. Definitely! It really helps to understand what nutrients I need more of and why, and which exercises I would most likely benefit from. The customized diet plan is awesome too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Now this sounds really interesting, I like that is helps you know what is going on inside of you to help you try and look after your body better.

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    1. Agree! The DNA test helped to understand what nutrients I need more of and why, and which exercises I would most likely benefit from. The customized diet plan is awesome too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. This makes perfect sense and that's why I think it's so important to know our family history. Knowing what diseases and conditions run in our family can help us ward off or possibly prevent future generations from these conditions.

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    1. Agree! The DNA test pointed out nutrients that I may need more of in my diet, in terms of genetic makeup (not what I'm missing from my every day diet). I find that so interesting. Thanks for stopping by, Tomi.

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  10. This is such an interesting genetic test. I have seen so many uses of DNA and genetic tests lately.

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    1. It's awesome, Pam. So much information all from a cheek swab.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I totally agree. I do think knowing what our DNA says about our ideal weight can really help. Thankfully I am good with my weight.

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    1. Hi Heather!
      It's great for healthy weight maintenance too! The report showed nutrients I may be lacking due to my genetic makeup. It's so cool!

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  12. Wow this is very interesting, I definitley want to do some more research because now I’m intrigued!

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    1. Definitely look into it, Kayvona. It is not just about losing weight, but healthy weight and knowing your genetic makeup when it comes to nutrients too!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Wow! This is crazy cool. I would love to try something like this out for myself. Super cool!

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  14. I have never heard of a weight loss collection kit before. That sounds like it might be helpful for folks without their family medical history handy.

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    1. That too! The kit would be especially helpful if you don't know your family history, or if you have a recessive gene, like me. I don't have my parents' DNA traits at all (in terms of weight).

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  15. I've had an evaluation like you did through my doctor, and it was insightful. Our DNA accounts for a lot more than we know.

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    1. That's exciting, Eliz! It amazes me what they can tell from our DNA!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  16. Interesting! I know DNA plays a role in our body type but never knew that there would be such information about lacking nutrients because of our DNA structure. i would love to check this out.

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    1. Agree! It's crazy! I never dreamed I would know so much about nutrients, exercise, my weight, and how it all works with my genetic makeup.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. I have always wondered as to how some individuals eat all they can and still do not put on weight while others who eat half as less tend to pile on fat. Maybe the answer lies in the DNA, this test sound pretty interesting in that context too.

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    1. Yes! It's all in our DNA. Not only weight gain, but what exercises will work and what nutrients we may need more of our in our diet. It's crazy awesome what we can learn from our DNA!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  18. So many people are quick to try diet fads and exercise without having any idea what will work best for their bodies. Too often, they get frustrated with their results. This is really great info!

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    1. Agree! I will never do another fad diet without comparing it to the customized diet plan (and exercise too). I could see from my analysis and report what will work for me. It's very interesting.

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  19. I should show this to my husband. He has been trying to lose weight so maybe he can get some help from this!

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  20. "Do you ever feel like you exercise and eat well, but don't see positive results?" Yes totally true and I was kind of aware that our genetics had something to do with it but was also under the impression that eating right and working out is a good balance to fight back with.

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  21. That is really awesome. I would love to use this soon!!

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  22. There are many people who are blessed having good DNA and they have no worries on losing weight or gaining. And for us who are not that lucky, we need these recommendation.

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  23. Well this is interesting. I never knew this was even available. I'm intrigued and will check it out. thanks

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  24. I've heard about kits like these and wondered how effective they are. Did they provide you with someone to help nterpret the results and answer questions? Have you made any changes based on the results? I'm really curious. x

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    1. Hi Alison,
      Sorry for the delay in my response. The DNA Analysis & Report is 72 pages, very thorough, and easy to interpret. Yes! Thank you for asking. I did make changes to both my exercise routine and diet. My DNA responds better to strength training (weights) than aerobics or yoga. I actually like it better and can see the result. My muscles tightened within days. I LOVE carbs, but I have to try to stay away. I've also increased foods with collagen. My DNA had very low collagen. I also freaked out about some other genetic factors, but at least I can be proactive now that I know I'm predisposed to these issues. ...I hope this helps.

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  25. This is very interesting. It makes sense to me and I would be interested in trying this out. Thanks.

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  26. I can't say I've heard of this before, but I know someone who might be interested in learning what works best for their body and lifestyle.

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  27. I have never heard of this before. It sounds like something I would certainly love to check into. I could use an analysis like this.

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  28. I just got my grandmother one of these. Now my whole family wants one!

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    1. Sorry for the delay in my response, Wendy. That's awesome that you got your grandmother a dna test kit! I'm so glad I had it done. Sure, I found out some things I didn't want to know, but at least I can be proactive.

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  29. This sounds really interesting. I'd certainly love to try it at some point.

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  30. This seems to be an interesting kit. DNA contains all the information of our body. Nice to know the data is being utilized for diagnosis.

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  31. I'm on a mission to lose weight and this looks like a great tool to have. I'm checking out their site to learn more. Thanks for introducing this.

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  32. This is interesting. I'd be curious to see what mine says. Especially with the folate.

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    1. Hi Courtney, Sorry for the delay in my reponse. It is amazing what you can learn with the DNA analysis and report for weight. I never would have expected my body to response better to weight lifting than aerobics, but low and behold, it's working! I've increased collagen-rich foods, oh my goodness my collagen was very low. Ahhhh!

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  33. it is definetly upsetting to see some eat tons and gain none or others that simply look at food and gain weight. Perhaps it is in our DNA then we are in a way paying for mistakes of others?? just saying

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  34. I like how detailed it is. This will be really helpful!

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  35. My goal this year it to be fit and healthy. This will be a real help for me!

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  36. Cool! I definitely want to give this a try. The more we know about our bodies the better we know how to care for ourselves.

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  37. I have MTHFR (a genetic mutation) also - it's a very important one to know about if you don't already! Especially for pregnancy, but even if that's not an issue, it can really affect your health. I get a lot of good info at mthfr dot net. :)

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    1. Thank you for noticing, Jen. I will visit the site to stay up to date on the genetic mutation.
      I have two in vitro babies, so infertility was definitely an issue.
      Hugs and thank you again! <3 Nancy

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