People seeking weight loss are often after the latest and greatest diet in hopes to shed pounds. Some biotech companies even offer DNA tests to pinpoint the perfect diet for your genetics.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that dieters following either a healthy low-fat diet or a healthy low-carb diet lost on average about the same amount of weight after one year. Dieters were not instructed to count or cut calories but instead were taught to maximize vegetables and minimize refined flours, added sugars and trans fats while focusing on whole foods that are minimally processed, nutrient-dense and home-prepared.
Similarly, a healthy low-carb diet would not just highlight foods containing fats and protein like processed meats and butter, but good sources of beneficial fats from avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and grass-fed and pasture-raised animal products.
In addition, the researchers found that the genetic differences in fat and carbohydrate metabolism did not predict success with low-fat and low-carb diets. This means that diet quality seems to be more important for weight loss than any potential genetic predisposition.
While the science may have not yet arrived to support DNA driven diets, at least when it comes to losing weight, a meal plan that focuses on consuming nutrient-dense whole foods can certainly help you eat better and even lose weight.
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