Your DNA can find your long-lost ancestors and let you know what diseases you’re prone to, so it’s not really surprising that it can also give you your best fitness routine. Every body is different (duh) and while that means that we all look different (double-duh) it also means that our bodies require slightly different amounts of food, have different sensitivities and respond better to different types of workouts. Companies like FitnessGenes and DNAFit can actually test, read and interpret your DNA to build a workout program and diet especially built to achieve your goals with your body’s make-up in mind.
These services get a little pricey, but so do most weight-loss programs. Since these companies aim to find your ideal fitness plan, they’re working toward finding a sustainable lifestyle that will help you with long-term health, rather than just losing weight. Your program is also goal-based though and depends on if you’d rather lose weight, sustain weight, build muscle or just get healthier and feel more energized.
So how can you get a precise lifestyle blueprint from your DNA? According to Dr.Dan Reardon of FitnessGenes, by looking at certain genes, he can tell everything from what fats you might have more trouble burning to if you need to look out for hunger-control hormones and even when the best time is during the day to workout for your body.
“The best way to think about DNA is that DNA is like a recipe book and genes are like the recipes. And it’s the recipes that code for proteins and proteins, essentially, tell the body how to function,” he told Buzzfeed. Reardon trained Buzzfeed’s Dayesha for thirty days using her DNA as a guide and she saw some pretty amazing results.
Not only did Dayesha lose 11 pounds, she said she’s never felt so energetic. Before starting the program, Dayesha struggled with her weight and even though she ate healthy and exercised regularly, couldn’t seem to lose weight or feel healthy. Among other things, her DNA revealed that she was more sensitive to saturated fat (so she should limit it more) and that the best time for her to workout was later in the day rather than in the morning.
If you’re feeling happy, healthy and comfortable in your body, finding out about how your DNA determines your health might be cool, but it’s probably an unnecessary expense. On the other hand, if you feel like you’ve tried everything and just can’t hit your health stride, this might be a worthwhile investment. Isn’t the human body cool?