The best way to lose weight is to follow a diet plan tailor-made to fit the demands of your genetic blueprint.
“Scientific studies with twins have demonstrated the powerful influence of genes on the development of obesity. We know that 40 to 70% of the excess body weight has a genetic origin. Knowing and influencing these genetic factors is an important tool for body weight control,” says Rosario Gallina, the founder of GenShape, a weight management program based on our genes.
‘Personalized’ healthcare aims to offer specific advice based on our genetic risk status. The majority of the variance of our body weight is due to small differences in our genetic profile that make a big difference to the way our body responds to various foods. This explains why, for instance, one person may have overweight living pretty much the same way as his neighbor who stays slim.
“There are many people who have struggled to achieve their weight loss goals. I’m convinced there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to your diet. GenShape (www.GenShape.org) offers genetic testing for weight gain. GenShape may help you lose more weight by properly matching diet and exercise to your personal genotypes,” says Rosario Gallina.
GenShape: process and evidence
Collecting a DNA sample is easy and painless. Simply swab the inside of your mouth to collect cheek cells and return the swabs to the GenShape lab. Within a few weeks your personalized results will be ready. No blood sample needed ! GenShape analyzes and interprets the genetic profile so the customer knows exactly what diet and exercise guidelines suits him or her best. Knowing your genetic profile can – together with the help of your physician, personal trainer and/or nutritionist – help you understand and customize the best approach for effective weight control and keep unwanted weight gain away. With this approach customers maximize their chances of success.
“Evidence of the benefits of genetic testing for obesity is limited. GenShape feels however very confident about their approach and submitted their management program for review to two scientific organizations: the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS). We know our program is very successful and we will convince our scientific colleagues with scientific facts and figures,” says Rosario Gallina.Published in ‘Advances in Weight Management’ December 2013