A Fitness Plan Based On Your Genes

Screenshot from DNAFit.com.

Screenshot from DNAFit.com.

DNAFit creates customized fitness and nutrition plans based on your genetic code in order to “unlock the secrets to your body.” After analyzing your specific genes, DNAFit creates ideal training and diet plans to help you maximize your fitness potential.

DNAFit works in accordance with 23andMe, a company that can analyze your DNA from a cotton swab, to evaluate specific genetic markers that impact your workout and recovery times as well as your ability to digest and metabolize certain foods. Their genetic analysis looks for things like respiratory capability, blood vessel growth, muscle contraction, regulation of fat, and fat absorption.

DNAFit then analyzes your genetic data and provides a personal fitness report and plan about your power and endurance capabilities, risk of injury, and speed of recovery. In the report, the company suggests what type of training suits you best and how long you need to recover based on your genetic code. It also informs you of your injury risk based on the makeup of your soft tissues.

Similarly, DNAFit’s diet plan provides information about your obesity risk, the impact of carbohydrates and saturated fat on your ability to lose weight, and your risk of lactose and gluten intolerance. Their diet plan also has an option for personalized recipes based on your genetic code.

Reviews for DNAFit online are positive with some citing that knowing their genetic predisposition to certain workouts and foods has helped them to lose weight and live a healthier life.

I can see how knowing your genetic disposition to certain injuries and recovery times could be helpful to ensure you’re making the most of you workouts. However, I’m not as sure whether their diet plan is as valuable, since so many universal guidelines and meal planners exist already. Additionally, even if you are predisposed to superb absorption of carbs and saturated fats, does that really mean you’re all of sudden going to start eating more of them? I assume not as they’re still best in moderation.

DNAFit works in accordance with 23andMe, which is a drawback to those in the U.S. In 2013, the FDA stopped 23andMe from marketing their health-related genetic tests to customers in the U.S., and only recently allowed the company to sell one over-the-counter test that screens whether you have carrier gene for a rare genetic disorder. Currently, DNAFit is unauthorized to sell any of their tests in the U.S. You can learn more about the debate on direct-to-consumer genetic testing at The New England Journal of Medicine.

Our friends in the U.K. can buy DNAFit through their website or 23andMe. The tests don’t come cheap though. If ordered from their website, their base fitness test costs £99 and their base diet report costs £159. The tests can also be ordered from a 23andMe online account for £49 with instant results and analyzation.

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