As a journalist, I’ve always been an inquisitive, science-minded person and one who does a mind-bending amount of research, particularly when it comes to health and nutrition topics. I’ve watched weight loss fads come and go, with few standing up to the rigors of scientific research and even fewer that seem sustainable over the long term, a factor that is critical to weight maintenance. And, full disclosure — I’ve tried a few of them myself. Even keto (spoiler alert: It was a miserable 30 days and I hardly lost any weight!).
Not long after I finished my keto test, I recounted the experience to my doctor while wondering aloud why it worked for others but not so much for me. “People’s bodies respond differently to different eating plans,” she said. “What works for your friend may not work for you. And what works for you may not work for someone else.”
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That made sense, of course, but her statement left me wondering: What, exactly, is it about people’s own personal makeup that makes them respond differently to various weight loss and exercise plans? Why can some people seem to eat copious amounts of carbs and never have a problem with weight gain, while others (like me) can only tolerate low amounts without seeing the scale creep up?
Soon enough, I got my answer: It may very well lie in our DNA.
That’s right. Groundbreaking research has shown that your own unique genetic makeup can influence a number of factors related to weight loss and weight maintenance, including not only how you process carbohydrates, but also fat and protein.1-2 Your genetics can even influence how well you respond to different types of exercise and how satisfied you’re likely to feel after eating a meal!3-4
Lucky for me, I got to test this science directly through Jenny Craig’s DNA Decoder Plan, which analyzes your specific DNA to provide you with a weight loss plan that works with your body to help optimize your results. Read on to learn about how the DNA weight loss program worked for me!