As human beings with a variety of body types, we all react differently to diet and exercise, but the big question is why? How can you be sure that you are making the most out of your workouts and eating the right food?
FitnessGenes has come up with the answer to these never-ending questions: their DNA Analysis and Action Blueprint. As someone who has become interested in fitness and health recently, I jumped at the chance to find out what my genes could tell me about how my body responds to diet and exercise.
After receiving the box, I provided a quick saliva sample and sent the box off for analysis. It seems quite complicated, but the instructions were very clear and it was very painless! I was quite disappointed to find that the analysis could take up to a month, but I actually got the results in just over 2 weeks.
The results of the report are exceptionally comprehensive and although I needed to spend quite a lot of time reading through it, FitnessGenes organise the information in a clear and concise manner, meaning that anyone can understand them. They give examples of the different genes, and clearly explain what your results mean, which was great for non-scientist like myself!
The report currently deals with 41 different genes and FitnessGenes say that they will update the report with any new genes that are found.
I have pulled out a couple of the most interesting parts of my results:
- I apparently have 2 copies of the ‘endurance’ I allele, which is the optimal genotype for long-distance runners and swimmers, which is ideal, given that I am planning on running the Paris Marathon in a couple of the months!
- I have two copies of the T allele, which means that I have a lesser appetite and have more controlled eating habits – I’m not sure how true that is! Although interestingly enough, I could also be at a slightly elevated risk of weight gain, if I don’t follow a healthy lifestyle – which, from past experience, I can definitely understand.
- I have an 84% chance of blue eyes, which is good, because I do have blue eyes!
I won’t spoil the whole report for you, but there were definitely lots of elements which made me think about what I know about my body and how it has reacted in the past to certain lifestyle changes.
In addition to this, FitnessGenes also gives training and nutrition strategies, based on the report. Not only does it calculate the number of calories that I should be eating each day, it also mentions the number of macros I should be concentrating on! Although I haven’t tried the nutrition or the training strategies as of yet, I am definitely planning on combining this information with a new training plan after the marathon in April.
The report gave me a great deal to think about, as well as the possibility of approaching my training and nutrition in a sensible and educated way. I’m thoroughly looking forward to trying some of the strategies and think that the report could definitely help in the near future. I’m also interested to see what real impact the strategies will have on my training plan and whether they will make a substantial difference!
What do you think? Do you think fitness DNA testing could be a thing of the future?