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Yes, it’s true. Your genes do play a part in how effective any fitness or diet plan is. Thankfully, with The Genebox there is a way for regular people to get a sense of what kind of plan to choose based on their genetic composition. But how exactly does gene testing help you prevent diseases or even limit their effects on your body. What exactly does the Genebox look into before deciding what kind of diet or training program is right for its customers.
It’s done by profiling a specific set of genes and coaxing out answers for common problems. For example, there are genes involved in the transport and utilization of carbs and fats. These determine everything to do with your metabolism and a diet that adheres to this genotype will be more effective than any generic or forced staple diets based on rice, wheat, refined sugars, oils and carbohydrates.
Knowing how food affects you
With all this information, all one needs to do is decide what they need to regulate. It ranges from the seemingly trivial snacking patterns to more complex things like knowing the particular effects of simple and complex carbs on your body, identifying obesity risk factors from saturated fat consumption, regulating triglyceride levels by identifying the right cooking oil, salt and caffeine sensitivity, lactose tolerance or lack thereof, and Folate, Vitamin & anti-oxidant requirements. For the sake of brevity, it’s everything to do with how we eat and consume nutrients. And a preventive measure against the entire gamut of lifestyle diseases including but not restricted to Obesity, Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest and stroke.
Knowing your physical limits
Your very unique genetic code also determines what fitness routine will work better for you. With optimized fitness routines and activities, goals such as weight loss, or weight gain or natural performance enhancement will not seem so far-fetched. The Genebox also identifies something called value-added markers which can pinpoint your endurance ability, power and flexibility profile, VO2 max, exercise recovery & repair profile, muscle fatigue resistance, anaerobic threshold and fat loss from exercise.
Since the process is a lot more involved than other physical tests, it takes TGB 6-8 weeks to prepare a customised report generated based on the results of each individual’s DNA. All that’s well and good but what if an average person can’t understand the report. Here is a sample report (PDF), which is possibly the most colourful medical-related report we have ever seen. And the information is presented in a clear and simple manner, with each factor clearly marked out so that anyone can research further on it. Or get another consultation without having to go through the entire test.
And that’s the idea. When you give your nutritionist and trainer this unique set of data points, they can make a more informed decision. It’s not a trial-and-error process. With genomic results nutritionists can advise proper lifestyle modification and reduce medicine load. For trainers, knowing how a client will react to weight-training or what their lactate threshold is will help them suggest routines with a scientific basis.
Simply put, genetic testing is the way to determine a roadmap for your healthy lifestyle. Most often, people stumble at the question of what to do or what works for them. And this is the way of seeing the future, as you now know exactly what you should be doing. That’s the power human beings have not had ever and only now with advanced gene testing can we see a clear path ahead in our fitness journey.