Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds

Today’s modern society is focused on a healthier lifestyle and different diets.Typically when people go on diets for weight loss, the standard procedure is to count and reduce the amount of calories in foods that are consumed. However, new studies are showing that those who do not focus on counting calories or reducing portions, and instead focus on avoiding processed foods and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables had a more significant weight loss. But what about genetics? Does DNA makeup determine what type of diet is suited for each person? No, according to the study's results, "their success did not appear to be influenced by their genetics or their insulin-response to carbohydrates, a finding that casts doubt on the increasing popular idea that different diets should be recommended to people bases on their DNA makeup or on their tolerance for carbs and fats.” Furthermore, another study tested the hypothesis using a different method by offering people specific diets pertaining to their genotype. Again, results found that the, “genotypes did not appear to influence their response to the diets.” However, the studies do not stop there as the department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is planning to look further into other genetic factors.

I found this article to be interesting because living a healthy lifestyle has played a big role in social media and it demonstrates the million of ways to do so. People always recommend their way of eating healthy and getting in shape and I have always wondered if it matter about the person’s genetic makeup and/or family background. But now, for those to pick a way to have a healthy lifestyle really depends on the person’s interest, desire and drive. All ways of losing weight has the same underlying basis but there are still different techniques to go about it.

1 comment:

  1. This article is quite insightful. I have heard so many people say that they can't lose weight due to their genetics, so it is interesting to see the research behind the true science of weight loss.