*Disclosure – Before I dive-deep into the details, I want to inform you that I am not currently affiliated with, or being paid to promote DNAFit. This test was something I decided to do for my own curiosity and thought my readers would benefit from a breakdown of my results in order to determine if it’s something they’d like to invest in.
Now on to the good stuff…
I recently purchased and conducted DNAFit’s “Diet Fitness Pro 360” at-home DNA test. And while I was woefully disappointed by my lack of mutant super-powers, I was able to learn A TON about how I can optimize both my diet and fitness routine based on my genetics.
I decided to take this test because I’m a big believer in collecting data if you want to truly move the dial when it comes to your overall health. You can spend all the money in the world on fancy new supplements, exercise programs, and trendy meal-plans – but if you’re not actually knowing how these changes or additions are affecting your health – then you may be wasting your hard-earned time & money.
How you look in a mirror or how you feel on a day to day basis are important factors, but data (and your genetics in this case) never lies.
What is DNAFit?
For those that don’t know, DNAFit is a health company that specializes in providing health and fitness advice based on personalized data and genetics, obtained via blood or saliva samples.
I will definitely be a return-customer to invest in their SnapShot product, which takes samples of your blood to inform you what exactly is going on in your body based on 5 key markers.
(Side note – See how I used the word, “invest” instead of “buy?” This is a key mindset change from someone trying to be healthy when it’s convenient versus someone who prioritizes health as a necessary part of their lifestyle…ya feel me?)
But I digress…
As I was saying, while I did not invest in their SnapShot product, I did however, invest in their Diet Fitness Pro 360 program that takes a sample from my saliva. All I had to do was order the kit, give my sample using the pre-packaged materials, and mail it right back.
Simple as pie.
After a week or two of analyzing your sample, your results come in via email. For a health nerd like me, it felt just like Christmas morning.
Based on your results, you receive a quick infographic summarizing your recommendations based on your genetic profile, along with in-depth advice and analysis that you can apply to your own diet and fitness regime in order to maximize your health and performance.
- Your carbohydrate sensitivity
- Your saturated fat sensitivity
- Your lactose intolerance
- Your caffeine sensitivity
- Your alcohol sensitivity
- Your anti-oxidant need
- Your omega-3 need
- Your Vitamin B need
- Your Vitamin D need
- Your cruciferous vegetables need (promotes detoxification)
- Your optimal diet type
- Your risk for injury
- Your recovery speed
Additionally, along with the in-depth nutrition and fitness recommendations, you also have access to both a muscle builder and fat burner training plan (tailored to you) as well as a customizable meal-planner with amazing recipe recommendations.
Not too shabby, huh?
But enough about the program, it’s time for the moment you’ve all bee waiting for – my results.
Okay – below is the summarized infographic I received that contained by results:
It’s important to remember this is based purely on your genetics, and is not related to your current diet and/or lifestyle, therefore they have no effect on the results.
Here’s what stood out to me initially:
Low Sensitivity to Carbs (As a Carb-lover, I Rejoice!)
Honestly, if there was one thing I wish I could know about my clients beforehand, how sensitive they are to carbs would be up there. These days, just the word “carbohydrate” sparks such intense feelings and discussion within the health and fitness community. What a test like this should tell you is exactly what I preach to my clients and audience…
EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT
If you’re like me and have a low sensitivity to carbs, there is no reason to feel guilty about eating healthy sources of carbs! Now if you’re on the other end other end of the spectrum, and have a very high sensitivity to carbs, then maybe Keto or a low-carb diet would be better you.
The point I’m trying to make is that you can’t declare one type of diet is the best for health and fat loss, just because it worked for you or another person. For someone who has high carb sensitivity and goes keto, it most likely will be very positive for them – but that doesn’t make it the best diet for someone who processes carbs very efficiently.
This is why data can be so useful! I’m just glad my Italian side can still enjoy my pasta and red wine without feel too guilty.
I’m Not Lactose Intolerant?
This was the only result that confused me, just because for years certain high lactose foods have given me stomach issues and terrible acne, which is why for the most part I avoid them when I can.
But according to my genetic profile, I’m tolerant to lactose. Weird, right?
This ties in to what I mentioned earlier. Data is important for learning – but how you feel is a factor as well. I’m not about to down a gallon of milk with a side of cheese just because of these results.
The point of this information is to understand how your body works and possibly make tweaks that could improve your health. It’s not a green-light to binge on carbs, eat cheese daily, or drink on a daily basis.
No one is immune to unhealthy habits – I don’t care what your genetics say.
A Raised Need For Vitamin B and Vitamin D
This type of information is great because it help determine and/or confirm a need for lifestyle changes and supplementation. I currently take an AM/PM multivitamin that contains a large B complex, as well as adequate amounts of Vitamin D. On top of that, I try to get sunlight on a daily basis.
So while I am probably not at risk for deficiency in either of these areas, it’s good to get confirmation that your investments in quality supplementation and lifestyle changes are important to maintain.
My Injury Risk and Recovery Speed
Now to be fair, I haven’t had a serious injury in a long time. However, I can probably chalk this up to the emphasis I put on warming up and the fact I don’t push myself endurance-wise as much as I used to. (At least for now with my current training regime)
Where this lines up for me is back in high school when I was a varsity athlete playing basketball (Our team sucked but I loved it all the same).
During my glory days, I always seemed to have the injury bug, especially the ankles. Spaghetti ankles was an affectionate nickname I received from my coach after hurting my ankle for the 3rd time in a season.
So while this definitely lines up with my genetic injury risk, I was always able to recover rather quickly as well. Even today, recovering from intense workouts has never seemed as much of a chore as it does for others around me.
So guess in unfortunate event I do get hurt, at least I’ll recover quickly? Always looking for the silver lining.
To wrap it all up, I happy with my decision to invest in a DNAFit test.
I learned a lot that I didn’t know beforehand.
Confirmed what works best for me.
And was able to identify where improvements can be made.
While this information is incredibly valuable, the results shouldn’t be viewed as license to go crazy in one direction or as a death sentence for another.
If you don’t handle carbs well, it doesn’t mean you can’t have them for the rest of your life.
If you have slow caffeine sensitivity, you can still have you morning cup of joe, just maybe not the second on in the afternoon.
If you have low risk of injury, it doesn’t mean you can push yourself past what is safe and secure in the weight room.
You get what I’m sayin’?
Use the data to enhance your life and enhance your health. Genetics tell you what’s going on the inside – it’s up to you to make the changes that create results.
If you’re interested in trying DNAFit, here’s a link. And if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to comment below and I’d be happy to answer.
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