It seems like every other day there’s a new diet trend out there trying to catch our attention. If you’ve ever fallen for a fad diet though and got burned, you might be reluctant to try another one.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just because a diet gets a ton of media attention doesn’t always mean it’s the best choice for your body. Take DNA-based dieting, for instance. There’s been plenty of hubbub surrounding this diet, but does that make it worth trying or just another fad?
Let’s find out.
What Is DNA-Based Dieting?
DNA-based dieting seeks to remove the one-size-fits-all diets that don’t work for every body. Your special genes or DNA should dictate what you should (and shouldn’t) eat and how often to exercise.
The thought then is because the dieting plan is ultra-specific to you, it’ll work better. It’s no wonder that a slew of companies have started offering DNA-based dieting services. If you do choose to embark on this diet, you’ll work with these companies, offering up blood samples, fecal samples, or other pieces of yourself.
Then you’ll receive your results and dietary information. Of course, the same companies that do the DNA testing often have their own brand of food they try to sell you on. This doesn’t come cheap, either.
At first glance, the DNA-based diet seems perfect for those who have failed at dropping pounds with one-size-fits-all diets in the past. This diet seems made just for them, so of course it’s going to work, right? Well, like all diets, there are probably some people who have had spectacular results with a DNA-based diet.
That said, it’s not the norm. Most people will find themselves stuck in the same dieting pattern: the weight comes off at first, then they hit a plateau.
Also, a DNA-based diet is pricy, sometimes costing hundreds of dollars for the testing and specialized food.
According to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information or NCBI, when several researchers reviewed DNA-based dieting (which is scientifically referred to as nutrigenomics), they stated that “commercially available nutrigenomics tests cannot be presently recommended.”
In short, that means don’t bother.
A DNA-based diet might sound like just the solution to finally slim down, but it doesn’t seem to be much different than other fad diets. Well, it will cost you more money, but that’s about it.
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