Friday, August 21, 2009

Outsmarting fate

This post is only about a year overdue….what can I say? This time last year I was in the middle of building our nightmare dream home and prepping for my first figure comp. Better late than never…

In July last year, I trotted along to the FitGenes training course, so that I could add genetic testing to the services I offer my clients. It was a fascinating and eye-opening experience, and I came away really excited about having cutting-edge technology on my side to help clients really nail the results they want.

DNA technology has come a long way in recent years, with the result that at $385, these tests are now simple and affordable. Here’s the what, how, why and who all explained for you:

What is it?

The test looks at 15 genes, relating to fat loss, lean body mass development, recovery and nutrition. You receive a detailed report to help you understand your results, and you can get further advice and assistance from a qualified fitness professional who has completed the FitGenes training course.

How does it work?

It involves a simple DIY mouth swab, with the sample sent off by mail. The test results are received, also by mail, within 3 weeks.

Why would I choose to do this?

Having the opportunity to find out whether your genes are normal, or whether they carry a variation – either positive or negative – gives you the opportunity to enhance your health, physique and/or sports performance by making some simple lifestyle changes.

Contrary to what some people seem to think, a negative variation doesn’t sentence you to a future of ill-health and premature death. You have total control over your lifestyle choices – whether or not you smoke, whether you eat well or poorly, whether you exercise, and so on. If you know where your genetic strengths and weaknesses are, you can make informed choices regarding your health and fitness. There are many insignificant-seeming changes that you can make that will have a huge impact on how your body performs.

Who is it designed for?

Don’t think that this is just for elite sportspeople – anyone can benefit from genetic profiling. If you want to get better results from your fitness program or improve your sports performance, this is ideal. But it also suits those who want to lose weight, or who just want to be healthier. Following the smart and scientific approach beats trial and error by a wide margin.

My own results were a mixed bag – some I expected, but others surprised me, and busted a few long-held beliefs I had about myself. Just to quickly summarise, this is what fate and my parents dealt me:

I have good body fat metabolism (so all that excess weight I used to carry? That, I have to take full responsibility for). I also have a low risk of developing Type II diabetes.

Within the lean body mass development category, I got a mixed bag, and scored a “poor” rating overall. Among other things, I have a low risk of osteoporosis (good), but some cardiovascular health warning signs and poor lactate transport.

My recovery rates as “Good”, however, I do have a negative variation in a gene that’s involved in antioxidation, so any help I can get with beating down free radicals would be a good thing.

On nutrition, I scored “average”. I have some issues with removing toxins from my body and also with free radical removal.

I’m not going to blather on forever about all the specific genes, what they mean and detail the training and nutrition protocols plus lifestyle changes that I need to implement to minimise any negative tendencies. In actual fact, I was already doing about 90% of the things I need to do to maximise my potential. Go, me!

I’ll just mention one small and simple thing that has a big impact for me: increasing consumption of B vitamins (especially B6 and B12) and folate, plus upping my quota of antioxidants is vital to improve my body’s ability to perform its detox functions and fight off free radicals. What that means is that I must eat plenty of fruits and veggies to minimise potential negative consequences. Pfft. Easy!

(And here’s a fascinating fact: Certain types of fruits and veggies are especially helpful in combating particular genetic tendencies – for example, four smallish serves of broccoli per week is known to reduce the risk of some types of cancer by something like 40%)

For a small cost, I really think that this is a fantastic opportunity to take control of your life and your health and to maybe find the key to some of the things you’ve never been able to figure out when it comes to performance or fat loss results.

I also highly recommend this book for further reading: It's Not Just Your Genes

Want to know more? Email me.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I like the sound of this Kek and I am going to have to look into this...wouldn't mind giving it a go!

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