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I Tried DNA Testing to Lose Weight And the Results Blew My Mind

Best Life Logo By Diana Bruk of Best Life | Slide 1 of 6: To some extent, everyone knows what you need to do to lose weight: diet and exercise. But when it comes to which diet to choose, and what precisely to eat, opinions are much more divided. Should you go vegan or paleo? Should you count calories or macros? Are carbs your friends or are they the enemy? Should you eat fish because it helps you sleep or avoid it because of the mercury?Does drinking a glass of red wine actually help you drop a few pounds? What, exactly, is "good fat"?As someone who wants to have a perfect BMI but tends to gain weight very easily, I've always kept abreast of diet trends. I did Weight-Watchers in high school, back when you actually had to lug a heavy book around to figure out how many points a slice of watermelon was (kids today, with their apps, don't know how good they have it). I went vegetarian in my hippy university years, as a result of which I didn't have my period for 6 months. I've tried Atkins and keto and clean eating and pretty much everything in the book, and found that diets that others swore by just made me feel hungry or sick.Furthermore, I found that my weight gain moved in mysterious ways. I could go to Russia (where I'm from originally) and wolf down everything in my grandmother's country house and slim down without even trying. At the same time, I could go to the Deep South in America and only eat salads and still gain 10 pounds. What gives?I decided that I no longer believed in the idea of a "one-size-fits-all" diet. After all, we have different genes that play a major role in our health, surely that means they also affect how we metabolize food? Was this why my mother, who is anemic, claims she gets dizzy spells without red meat? Is it why Italians seem to be able to eat all the pasta they want while maintaining a fabulous physique? Does it all just come down to genes?If so, then getting a genetic test to figure out precisely what I did and didn't metabolize would be the key to attaining my wellness goals. So read on to discover what I learned—and how it changed my life and physique. And if you're looking to drop weight yourself, know these 10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds Fast.

I Tried DNA Testing to Lose Weight And the Results Blew My Mind

To some extent, everyone knows what you need to do to lose weight: diet and exercise. But when it comes to which diet to choose, and what precisely to eat, opinions are much more divided. Should you go vegan or paleo? Should you count calories or macros? Are carbs your friends or are they the enemy? Should you eat fish because it helps you sleep or avoid it because of the mercury? Does drinking a glass of red wine actually help you drop a few pounds? What, exactly, is "good fat"? As someone who wants to have a perfect BMI but tends to gain weight very easily, I've always kept abreast of diet trends. I did Weight-Watchers in high school, back when you actually had to lug a heavy book around to figure out how many points a slice of watermelon was (kids today, with their apps, don't know how good they have it). I went vegetarian in my hippy university years, as a result of which I didn't have my period for 6 months. I've tried Atkins and keto and clean eating and pretty much everything in the book, and found that diets that others swore by just made me feel hungry or sick.

Furthermore, I found that my weight gain moved in mysterious ways. I could go to Russia (where I'm from originally) and wolf down everything in my grandmother's country house and slim down without even trying. At the same time, I could go to the Deep South in America and only eat salads and still gain 10 pounds. What gives? I decided that I no longer believed in the idea of a "one-size-fits-all" diet. After all, we have different genes that play a major role in our health, surely that means they also affect how we metabolize food? Was this why my mother, who is anemic, claims she gets dizzy spells without red meat? Is it why Italians seem to be able to eat all the pasta they want while maintaining a fabulous physique? Does it all just come down to genes?

If so, then getting a genetic test to figure out precisely what I did and didn't metabolize would be the key to attaining my wellness goals. So read on to discover what I learned—and how it changed my life and physique. And if you're looking to drop weight yourself, know these 10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds Fast.

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