In partnership with Olga Hamilton, Head of Nutrition at Bodhimaya
It’s long been clear that we don’t all respond the same way to the same dietary interventions. Some people do really well on a higher fat diet. Others develop high triglycerides or cholesterol on the same diet. Some people lose more weight when they reduce carbs. Others lose more weight when they increase complex carbs and reduce fat. There is no one dietary approach that’s going to work best for everyone. Accumulating scientific evidence shows that genetics contribute to variability in individual response to weight-loss interventions and maintenance
DNA testing can help you zero in on the best diet for your body. Applying the knowledge of gene–diet interactions in relation to weight loss helps to deliver more efficient weight gain prevention and more efficient fat loss.
Personalised nutrition is more effective for long-term weight loss success.
How can genetically-tailored personalised nutrition help with long term diet success?
A new ground-breaking scientific study has reported that when nutritional approach that is genetically-tailored to an individual is used to recommend a dietary plan, it leads to greater long-term dietary change and adherence compared to the gold-standard population-based weight management intervention. That means that if you are struggling to lose weight or constantly falling off the wagon, you could achieve much greater success by following a DNA tailored plan that is created just for you.
The researchers concluded that “the results of this study provide convincing evidence that the addition of nutrigenomics to one of the most effective public health weight management and diabetes prevention programmes can help motivate and optimise long term, clinically meaningful differences in nutritional intake and adherence to dietary guidelines.”
This is not the first study to show similar results, a previous 12-month trial also found that nutrigenomics interventions motivated greater long-term changes in nutrition.
For those looking to improve their success rate with weight loss efforts, consider a genetics test with partner Bodhimaya.
Your metabolism needs specific nutrients to work properly and deficiency can prevent you from losing weight or fat efficiently.
I’m often asked what is one of the best vitamins to help boost your weight loss goals? Vitamin D is one of the most essential nutrients for overall health and wellbeing, and also happens to be one which a huge number of people are deficient in and are suffering at some level from the effects of vitamin D deficiency. These effects may include weight gain.
One study found that vitamin D inhibited new fat cell formation, a process known as adipogenesis. A later study demonstrated that the vitamin also prevented fat cell storage while increasing the cell's metabolic function. These effects prevent the accumulation of fat stores in the body associated with obesity and other serious weight-related diseases.
Another study found that while vitamin D supplementation in and of itself didn’t seem to promote weight loss, women who supplemented to the point where their body’s vitamin D levels were within the optimum range did benefit from improved weight loss.
It is widely known that many genetic variants can influence the body’s metabolism and responses to nutrients including vitamin D. This is why when we test your DNA, we can tell you whether your genes are metabolising vitamin D efficiently or whether you may need to take additional vitamin D to achieve optimal results.
It’s crucial to note, however, the importance of making sure you take in an optimal amount of all the essential vitamins and minerals if you’re looking to manage your weight. If you find yourself deficient in one or more of the key vitamins, your body will register the lack of nutrients and respond by increasing your hunger signals in order to restore your micronutrient levels.
Functional tests that check your nutrient levels are crucial in weight loss or fat loss efforts. The testing allows Olga to tailor nutritional plan with diet and supplement recommendations that are individualised for each person. Speak to our team to find out more about nutritional services at The Lanesborough Club & Spa.
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Chang, E., & Kim, Y. (2016). Vitamin D decreases adipocyte lipid storage and increases NAD-SIRT1 pathway in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 32(6), 702-8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26899162/