It has been surmised that the DNA diet may be the future of fat loss for so many afflicted with the curse of obesity.
The next big step in helping individuals lose extra flab and trim down may be a diet and exercise program based on their very own genetic makeup. This has been called precision weight loss and it just might be what all the nutritionists and health experts have been looking for.
The genetics of weight loss involves more precise tools for measuring one’s capacity for shedding fat through various means. Genes, behavior and diseases that cause one to pile on the pounds are the name of the game.
The report appeared in the journal Obesity. Genetic advances and data collected from portable devices may be the wave of the future in combating the ravaging effects of obesity.
"I think within five years, we'll see people start to use a combination of genetic, behavioral and other sophisticated data to develop individualized weight management plans," says Molly Bray, a geneticist and professor of nutritional sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, who led the working group.
The vast compendium of research on weight loss will be useful in this quest. Within the next half a decade or so, this will be standard procedure. Even saliva samples may be collected for gene sequencing.
The four factors of milieu, nutritional intake, activity levels and stress will be added to the mix. A computer methodology will be applied to all this and it will make recommendations regarding fat loss.
The low costs of genome mapping and the widespread availability of such appliances as Fitbit ensure the success of this procedure. Via this methodology, ordinary people who are a bit on the hefty side can be easily tracked.
The tools however need a bit more streamlining to work even more efficiently. And while short term weight loss is a cinch using this method, long term weight loss is more difficult. Some things still need to be fully understood before everything fits into the slots.
A gene has been discovered that causes energy from food to be stored as fat. They have called it the obesity gene. But matters are not so simple. The environment and human choice play just as large a role as this so-called obesity gene.
There are differences among people carrying the same obesity gene. In fact, now it appears to be the case that several obesity genes are involved in the gaining of that spare tyre around your middle.
Obesity is responsible for costing the medical establishment tons of cash each year due to the complications it engenders in the patients suffering from the malady. To seek a solution to the obesity crisis is on the top of the agenda for the Western World for now.