Eating For Your DNA

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You’ve heard of Veganism, Paleo, Keto, Intermittent Fasting but what is the best diet for you based on your DNA? Turns out, if you’ve taken a genetic test from 23andMe or Ancestry.com, you can find out pretty quick. Sort of.

Recently, DNA Diet Plan reached out to me to test their services. The DNA Diet Plan analyzes up to 20 key factors in weight loss and creates a weight loss plan based on your individualized DNA findings.

I was intrigued to see what they had to say regarding my genetics. Since I already tried the health and ancestry 23andMe test, I knew I could cross reference their recommendations and perhaps get more specifics. I downloaded my raw data and was able to get my new results within ten minutes by uploading it to the DNA Diet Plan site.

If you have had this testing already done through 23andMe, you can find out if you have the obesity gene free! You only pay for the meal plan and 19 other factors which is very personalized and comprehensive based on results for $9.99/week or $99/3 months or $199/6 months. Mine reminded me of the Tone It Up Diet where my carbs were front loaded in the AM. Thirty percent of calories come from protein as well.

“While it’s common for dinner meals to be a good source of protein, most people do not have an ideal amount of protein at breakfast or lunch. The DNA Diet meal plans balance the protein across the day, as this can help manage appetite and boost fat loss.”

So once you have your results, you get to learn about things you didn’t already know and maybe get affirmation towards things you did!

Some of the tests look at your risk of obesity, sensitivity to lactose and gluten, ability to tolerate fasting, likeliness of emotional eating, ability to metabolize alcohol and caffeine, how protein may affect hunger and more for 20 total factors.

Once you get your results, you then have the option to pay for a diet plan that is based on your results. Since I am a coach for FASTer Way To Fat Loss, I am not doing the diet but if you are looking for a meal plan to go along with your journey, its a very comprehensive option.

Here are some of my results:

“Good news! You have the AT genotype associated with fewer food cravings and better appetite control when following a high protein diet, like the DNA Diet.”

And then… womp womp… It’s a good thing I like to exercise and eat well.

“Your estimated genetic risk of obesity is considered high. This means that your chances of being overweight are higher than average, and your genes could be a contributing factor.”

“You have genotypes that put you at High risk of celiac disease. A formal diagnosis can only be confirmed by your physician as having the genes doesn’t mean you have celiac disease.”

I do not have celiac but I do think some gluten can make my stomach bloated. I feel like I have a mild sensitivity. This result is different than my 23andMe result which says I’m only at a slightly increased risk of developing celiac.

“You have gene variant(s) which suggest you may be slightly sensitive to lactose. However, most people can tolerate up to 25 grams of lactose at a time as there are bacteria in your gut which can break it down. Regular whole milk and yogurt have 12 to 13 grams of lactose per 8-ounce serving. So even if your genes predispose you to lactose intolerance, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will experience symptoms or need to avoid a cappuccino!”

The lactose is report is different from the 23andMe review despite being from the same results. 23andMe says that I am likely lactose tolerant however I do notice I get a postnasal drop from lactose which makes me believe the DNA Diet analysis. It makes sense. I think I can handle a certain amount but too much and my body is not a fan.

“You have a genotype that only slightly increases your tendency for emotional eating and overeating, and this seems to fit with your experience.”

Not sure how this is possible to detect based on genetic data but I’m going with it…

“This may mean that you have developed eating control strategies or you may not exposed to situations that trigger emotional eating.”

“By being able to control emotional impulses around food, you are likely to lose more weight than those who do experience emotional eating, although that will depend on how closely you follow the DNA Diet.”

“You have a genotype that makes you slightly less able to cope with fasting. In other words, on a scale of “hangriness” you are somewhere in the middle. This means you may experience poor mood or feelings of irritation when you significantly cut back on calories.”

Ok, I may disagree. If I can do a 15:9 or 16:8 intermittent fasting split while nursing, I think I’m highly capable of it.

 After you get these results, you have the option to buy the diet plan.

Here is what the DNA Diet Plan includes:

  • Science-based information on weight loss, healthy living, and genetics developed exclusively for DNA Diet Plan by Mayo Clinic
  • A weight loss profile including your genetic obesity risk
  • Insights into the relationship between DNA and weight loss
  • Meal plans with DNA-based food substitutions
  • Choice of standard weight loss or fasting options
  • Easy-to-use weight loss tracker to keep you on track
  • Helpful and interesting facts about your taste preferences
  • At-home exercise plans to boost fat loss
  • 12 week DNA Diet Plan to help support your weight loss

Have you ever taken a genetics test that provides health results? Did you believe the results to be true? If so, you can get your results free from DNA Diet here. Let me know in the comments.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the DNA Diet.



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