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Most diets help only a limited number of people. Recent research shows there are genetic reasons why “one-size-fits-all” approaches to dieting don’t work. A simple analysis of eating habits may help you find the best eating plan.

Have you ever wondered why some people achieve great results following certain diets while others don’t seem to drop a single pound of body fat doing pretty much the same?  

There are many people who try to lose weight by choosing standard weight loss programs of low-fat or low-carbohydrate diets. Recent research shows that a weight loss diet must be easy to stick to, should be sustainable in the long run and, most importantly, should be personalized as per the dieters needs. Hormones, genetic factors and emotional status can all contribute to the struggle of losing weight. The key is to look out for a diet that suits your mind and your body type.

Types Of Over-Eaters

Researchers from the Oxford and Cambridge universities conducted a three month experiment on 75 over-eaters and identified three most common categories of people:

  • Feasters: These are the people who eat too much and never feel full because of the low production of a hormone that triggers the feeling of fullness to the brain. Such people reacted best to diets rich in proteins.
  • Cravers: These are the people who think constantly about food. They have low resistance to curb their cravings. Theses constant cravers are likely to carry genetic risk factors for being overweight. Such people responded best to intermittent fasting diets like 5:2 diet plan.
  • Emotional Eaters: This group is for people who eat as a reaction to their feelings. These people have the most success rate with weight loss club style diet sessions and support.

The results show that it is important that people first understand their eating habits and the cause of their particular weight problems before going for a ‘one size fits all’ diet plan approach.

Dieting Evolution

Now that we know that an effective weight loss diet and plan is dependent on a person’s genes, how this can help you to decide which diet plan suits you the best? Is it a low-fat diet, or a low-carbohydrate, or a high-protein diet?

Scientists at Stanford University measured the long-term effects of weight loss using a few diets assigned at random. The results showed that there were some participants who lost weight on one type of diet while others did not. The participants were then tested for 3 specific gene variations and it was found that people who were using the diet most compatible with their genes lost as much as 2.5 times more weight than those who didn’t. 

This link between genes and nutrition is quite simple. Our genes control the hormones and enzymes levels. Hormones and enzymes, in turn, regulate the basic level of all metabolites in our body. They control how the nutrients and calories are taken in and get metabolized in our body.

Though nutrigenetics testing is available and relatively affordable, there is no requirement to undergo this test to determine the diet that suits you the best.

There are various signs that can help you to figure out which category of eater you belong to and what diet will suit you the best.

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