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
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.