Taking Guessing out of Weight Loss

Taking Guessing out of Weight Loss with Genetic Testing

Just when you think you've tried it all, believe it or not, there is more to weight loss.

Around this time of the year, reality starts to sink in.  The sun comes out, the layers come off, and our bellies are not going anywhere.  Winter has a sneaky way of masquerading what hides beneath the sweaters and puffy jackets, and the warmer weather has a great way to remind us that it’s the time to hit the gym if we even want to consider putting on that white pair of jeans or that Victoria’s Secret bikini. 

Put the cookie down…

Every year millions of people go through the same process of plowing through the latest and the greatest news on the next fad diet or workout plan guaranteed to drop those pounds.  Research shows that sticking to a low calorie and low fat diet together with regular physical activity is one of the best recipes for weight loss. Then why is that most people struggle to lose weight and keep the weight off?  Because what works for some does not work for others, and we find ourselves in the same place year after year staring at that bikini and drinking a shake that will “burn” fat.  Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, which is my favorite part of the definition. 

If you want different results, you need to do something differently.

Back to the question of why do most people struggle to lose weight and keep the weight off.  Frankly, our bodies and minds are confused.  Have you ever walked into a store with your list of groceries attempting to be good and follow “the plan?” How often has that “plan” backfired and you walked away with more junk food than expected? There is more than one good reason of why that happened, but reality is that you were trying to follow a diet that did not work for you and you slipped. Dieting is a slippery slope that sometimes does not work in our favor.   

What most diets have in common whether it’s the low calorie, Ketogenic, Paleo, and even the ‘whole foods’ diet is that they are a ‘one size fits all’.  If it works for some people, it should work for everyone.  What these diets also have in common is that they are not sustainable, because most of the time they leave people feeling frustrated, fatigued, burnt out, and reaching for the cookie.  Remember that last run to store? We’ve all been there.  

One of the best things that anyone can do to avoid being trapped in the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting is figure out what works for them on an individual level.  That’s great doc you may say.  How am I supposed to figure out what works when everything else has failed?  The answer is in your genetic code, and it does not get more individual and unique as that.

Thanks to modern technology and genetic testing, we are now able to identify the genes responsible for how we metabolize fat, protein, and carbohydrates and how much of these macronutrients we need to lose weight and maintain optimal weight.  Even more, the test also identifies what forms of exercise you should be doing.  Maybe the endless hours on the treadmill is not the thing for you after all!  

The genetic test is easy to do and provides a detailed report on your ideal daily nutrient intake, the type of activities you should be focusing on, and even tells you how to tame those sweet and salty cravings. Genetic testing used to be something of the future and was commonly used for other purposes like identifying mutations and understanding your health traits.  It is now the present, and is more effective and valuable than anything we’ve had access to before. 

Now that year around bikini body is not so far from reality.

At Proactive Health, we help our clients feel good and look good, naturally.  We use genetic testing to identify individual nutritional and fitness needs, and create customized weight loss plans based on the results.  We also provide nutritional injection therapy as part of our weight loss program to boost metabolism and optimize results.  Learn more here!

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