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3485 Posted 165 Days Ago in: Nutrition

What is a ketogenic diet?

The Ketogenic Diet takes the science of the low carb diet even further where the majority of the food that you’ll eat will be fats, and only a small amount will be carbs When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source. Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body. Eating less carbs means that your body has to look for other fuel sources to burn, and feeds itself off fats and protein

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3481 Posted 175 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Diet Report: FAQ

We asked our Head of Sport Science, Craig Pickering to give us a run through all the frequently asked questions about our diet report. So if you want to find out more about nutrition information you can get from a DNAFit report, read on.

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3476 Posted 194 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Cheat Meals - Are They Ever A Good Idea?

Sticking to diets is difficult, especially in the beginning, and your goal of losing weight and replacing your pudge and chub for a toned physique doesn’t seem that enticing anymore once you have to look at cheeseburgers and pizzas and look the other way, selecting to munch on your salad instead.

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3474 Posted 209 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Foods That Fill You For Longer

We all love eating, but occasionally you may feel that even after chowing down on your meal, whether it’s at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, that you still feel hungry and are more inclined to rummage through the pantry or sneak into to the kitchen and stare into the humming light of the fridge until you’re coerced to snack on dessert or microwave.

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3459 Posted 241 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Why do we get food allergies?

Making up 90% of all food allergies are these foods: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy, according to ACAAI. In most cases, an allergic reaction to one type of food may mean that a person is also sensitive to another similar type of food as allergies and the properties in the food causing an allergy are linked. The reasons behind food allergies are widely diverse and due to this are unclear, and currently there exists a situation where the only available prevention for food allergies is to avoid the foods that you are allergic to altogether.

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3444 Posted 249 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Cooked veg vs raw veg - which is better for you?

We all know that vegetables hold the key to a healthy lifestyle and are beneficial due to their high content of vitamins and nutrients, but is there a difference between raw and cooked vegetables? The question pertains to popular thinking that suggests one may be better than the other, or one nullifies the nutrients while another boosts their value. There is much debate but we took it upon ourselves to investigate a variety of sources in order to ascertain what you should be doing to get the most out of your veggies.

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3439 Posted 264 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Why should you care about your plate composition?

What is plate composition, you ask? Well, all macronutrients: fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, are important to your overall health and although you may find yourself on a “low carb” diet, that doesn't mean that you should be completely cutting out carbs for good – unless of course you have a food allergy or disease, of course. And this is often overlooked.

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3431 Posted 299 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Healthy Eating Misconceptions

The world has begun to move towards a personalized view of nutrition whereby the role of the individual is better understood. And from this we can cater specific plans to individuals through methods like genetic testing for food sensitivities. The only issue that remains is that there is a lot of information available and it’s safe to say that not all of it is true, or based on hard evidence. We’ve already pinpointed a few of these and debunked myths but with so much out there we’ve been compelled to bring you a refreshed list of misconceptions about healthy eating you need to re-educate yourself about.

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3427 Posted 313 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Best sources of Omega 3

The consumption of omega-3s has reached an all-time high in the health world, and the importance of including fresh fish and nuts and seeds in your diet has seen many people changing their habits for the benefits. On reason this may be is because historically, we’ve seen that populations that consume the most omega-3 foods, like people in Okinawa, Japan, live longer and healthier lives than people who eat a standard diet low in omega-3s.

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3414 Posted 346 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Does It Matter When You're Eating Your Biggest Meal?

There is a lot of he said, she said, and myths floating around the world of nutrition and eating habits, and a lot of it has to do with when you should be eating your meals. Breakfast was always considered to be the most important meal of the day, but as you can see, that may not be the case.

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3409 Posted 354 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Nutrion Trends 2017

The food industry is a giant in the world today, but it still needs to innovate according to people’s tastes, likes, and dislikes, not to mention contending with damaging relationships via social media where you could wake up in the morning and find your brand plastered all over Facebook. So, in 2017, we think that everyone’s got a little better at being savvy, finding new ways to attract customers and ensure that the hive mind of healthy living and healthy eating is satiated throughout the year. We investigated trends that have been growing for a while now, and bring you a few ideas about what 2017 is going to mean for people and big business, but, in short, it’s all about value and quality.

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3408 Posted 357 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

How to build healthy habits?

As I write this, it’s coming to the beginning of February. This means that, for most people reading this, their New Years Resolutions will already be broken. It’s estimated that fewer than 10% of people are able to stick to their resolutions each year. If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in fitness and health, which means that your resolutions are likely fitness or health orientated. Failing to meet these new resolutions, which happens to most people, can have serious consequences, especially given that close to a third of people in the UK are classed as obese, and many don’t get sufficient exercise.

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3406 Posted 362 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal Of The Day?

It’s an age-old-adage that’s stood the test of time, but recent research indicates that it could be that the notion of breakfast being the most important meal of the day doesn't really stand up to any solid academic or scientific testing. Of course, getting your day off to a start with a meal is important but it’s not necessarily the most important meal of the day. Like with most things about nutrition, we are gaining more and more insight into what our bodies really need. Because we’re in the business of genetics, fitness, and nutrition, we also know that everyone is different and there are no all-encompassing truths that fit everyone perfectly – simply due to the fact that we’re all individuals and react differently to certain foods and diet types.

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3405 Posted 364 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News, Nutrition

Sport Science Review 2016 Part 2

As part of my job role at DNAFit, I read a lot of different scientific papers from a wide range of disciplines within sports science. At the end of 2015, I reviewed the best bits of research I had come across in 2015 (click for Part One and Part Two), and in this two-part article I will share with you the papers that had the biggest impact on me in 2016.

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3403 Posted 368 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Healthy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth

Fitness and nutrition have become important aspects of our daily lives today, but with it comes a lot of restriction that forces us to review our eating habits and be more proactive about what we put inside of our bodies. This isn’t a bad thing, by any stretch of the imagination, but it does mean that a lot of the things that most of us, when we were younger, were obsessed with are now given the big no-no. But there are a lot of us out there who have an insatiable sweet tooth that we simply cannot escape from. Good news is there are still healthy ways to satiate the sweet tooth while remaining true to your health and the quest for the perfect physique.

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3400 Posted 378 Days Ago in: Nutrition

How does it feel to go vegetarian for a month?

Our content writer Daniel volunteered to go meat-free for a month. Here's how he managed to cope and how it affected his everyday life and training.

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3399 Posted 387 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Your New Year's Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s resolution list yet? Love’em, or hate’em, they have been around for a while. History tells us that the origin of New Year’s resolutions is attributed to Babylonians in Mesopotamia some 4000 years ago. But it wasn't any New Year’s celebration. Resolutions were made over 12 days in March/April during the festival of Akitu. It is indicated that promises were made to the gods in the hope that these people would earn good favour in the coming year. This was even in the time before New Year’s was on January 1st, which was only established by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. and then cemented by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.

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3397 Posted 392 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Why Eating Too Much Makes Us Sleepy?

Ever felt exhausted after eating? Like you could just fall into a deep sleep right where you’re sitting? Well, it’s a natural response that can be explained due to a myriad of factors. And now that it’s holiday season, you’ll more than likely be eating a little more than usual over Christmas, loading up on plate after plate of food. All your relatives have brought their own dish and you have to try everything so that no one gets offended. After eating such a big meal, you may find yourself ready for bed – and here’s why.

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3396 Posted 397 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Should You Stick To Your Diet During Christmas?

Christmas is around the corner and we all know what it means – food, drink and some quality time with friends and family. We’d be lying to ourselves if we said that we don’t eat and drink way too much over Christmas – pretty sure everybody does it. And it’s a very ok thing to do (in moderation of course). There’s nothing wrong with treating holidays like they’re one big cheat day – you deserve it. There’s so much temptation around you that resitting it is very likely to just stress you out. So here’s few tips on how to actually enjoy Christmas without feeling guilty (and also without completely ruining your workout)

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3395 Posted 399 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 32 - HLA DQ2 & DQ8

It is now known that there are two genes, called HLA DQ2 and HLA DQ8, which are found in about 99% of people with coeliac disease. However, these genes are also present in about 35% of people with coeliac disease. So whilst the majority of people with coeliac disease have the HLA DQ2/DQ8 gene variants, the majority of people with these genes don’t have coeliac disease. This is because coeliac disease only affects about 1% of people. So, if we have 100 people, about 35 of these people will have the HLA DQ2 or DQ8 genes, but only one of them will have coeliac disease.

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3394 Posted 402 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

7 Ways Sleep Affects Your Training And Nutrition

How exactly do you stay in shape? There’s so much information going around but the key ingredients seem to be a healthy diet, coupled with aerobic exercise and strength training. Simple, right? Well, not so much… What’s the other key ingredient for losing weight, staying fit, and building muscle? The short answer – sleep. Think about when you’ve had a poor night’s sleep, for whatever reason, and then think about having to go to gym the next morning and stick to your low carb, low fat, or Mediterranean diet. More than likely, none of those things are going to be on your wishlist. And that’s because sleep massively contributes to our overall wellbeing and brain activity. Below we’ll take you through the ways in which sleep deprivation affects diet and exercise, and explain why getting enough sleep is crucial.

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3393 Posted 404 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Energy-Packed Foods For Long Winter Days

The days are getting longer and many of us probably feel like we need a little extra boost to help us get through the day, especially during the busy and slightly stressful pre-Christmas period. Good news is you don’t need copious amounts of caffeine to get that energy boost – sometimes simply adjusting your diet a little bit might be just what you need. Below we’ll take you through a few of the top foods that can help you get you the much needed energy boost.

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3387 Posted 420 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Gene in Focus - Part 30: ADRB3

This week we are investigating ADRB3, a gene which appears in our fat sensitivity panel. This gene encodes for beta-3-adrenergic receptors, which are located mainly is fat tissue. They play a role in breaking down fat for use as energy, and a small change in this gene, known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), is thought to determine how well we can tolerate saturated fats.

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3385 Posted 425 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Intermittent Fasting: An Eating Pattern, Not An Eating Plan

Intermittent fasting means eating your calories during a specific window of the day, and choosing not to eat food during the rest. It is an “eating pattern”, and can be implemented in a variety of ways, while maintaining the need to ‘fast’. Once you get past the idea of not eating for up to 24 hours, and then consuming all of your calories, it differs from fad diets because it’s actually easier to follow than you think.

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3381 Posted 437 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Should you eat before or after your workout?

Exercise, in reality, is only optimally beneficial when coupled with a perfectly balanced diet. So while we all spend the day eating and staying active, it makes sense that what we actually need to be eating for the best results, should be a priority. But what do should you eat before your workout, and after, to ensure that you’re giving yourself the best chance of reaching your goals?

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3380 Posted 439 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Everything You Need To Know About The Paleo Diet

You might have heard about some of your more health-conscious friends going “Paleo” and starting to follow the Paleo diet. Popularised by media and celebrities in the past few years, Paleo diet is currently one of the most on “trend” ones. So is it just another fad or is Paleo diet here to stay? And should you try it?

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3372 Posted 460 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Meal replacement shakes - are they healthy?

By now, even if you haven’t tried one, you should be well aware that there are shakes out there that are packed with all the nutrients of the whole foods you eat daily. It means that instead of actually making a meal or weighing up calories before engorging yourself you can just as easily get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need in one foul slurp. But are these meal replacement shakes healthy?

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3368 Posted 474 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Best protein sources that are meat-free

Switching to a vegetarian diet isn’t easy and you might find yourself needing to do a lot of research into new foods you never considered before. One of the first things to think about is definitely protein. Because you’re stopping consumption of products high in protein such as meats and fish, your body will need them from other sources, especially if you exercise a lot. But fear not, we’re here to help. We prepared a short list of foods high in protein which aren’t meats or fish.

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3365 Posted 480 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Should you cut sugar out of your diet?

Sweet, tasty, and energy dense, we are biologically wired to enjoy eating sugar. While this desire served a vital purpose in the prehistoric age where every calorie was essential, in the modern world sugar is everywhere, and takes almost no effort to acquire. As quickly as saturated fats rose to their new standing – regarded as an essential nutrient after the lipid hypothesis of cardiovascular disease has come under serious scientific scrutiny - sugar has been placed firmly in thee cruel spotlight as the product responsible for many of the modern world’s health problems such as obesity.

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3357 Posted 502 Days Ago in: Genetics

10 nutrition myths debunked

In the digital age there is a wealth of information available to us, allowing the discovery of new things about ourselves, our fitness and our nutrition. But sometimes, it’s hard to sift out the useable information from the fog of fad diets and unproven speculation. The same goes for what you hear through the grapevine. Your friends may have heard something from another friend, who heard it from someone else, and so on and so on…and before you know it you find yourself a situation where no one has any idea what the source material was. And that’s where the problem comes in. It’s not always possible to do the research of so-called ‘facts’ that you’ve taken-for-granted for years now, but as we’re in the business of optimising your nutrition and diet habits we’ve taken it upon ourselves to debunk the main myths floating around the industry.

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3355 Posted 505 Days Ago

5 hacks to help you master your weekly meal prep

Trying to eat well isn’t extremely difficult but it does require a certain level of discipline, dedication and initially, a bit of extra effort to change your usual habits. It’s a big change and the best way to stick to it is to make it as easy as possible, without waking up in the morning and being unsure of what you’re going to eat today. Below we’re going to offer some solutions on how to hack your weekly eating habits and balance your diet out so that you’re going to be getting the most out of it!

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3354 Posted 509 Days Ago in: Genetics

Is this the end of calorie counting?

When we think of calorie counting we think of reducing the amount of food you eat every single meal, carefully measuring it on a mental scale and extending lunch breaks spent analysing how many calories every single item of food you aim to consume. When you look at it this way, it’s a very stressful experience. But it doesn’t have to be. There’s always more than one way to skin a cat, or, in this case, trim the fat.

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3352 Posted 514 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Alcohol and Diet - why there's more to it than just empty calories

The rise of clubs, bars serving craft everything, festivals and sports events have given rise to the modern drinking culture, with plenty of opportunities to binge. But if you put a premium on health, want to build muscle, lose weight or reduce the risk of diseases associated with regular alcohol consumption then reducing your intake can be beneficial. With social pressures, and the enjoyment factor, it’s unrealistic to expect to cut out alcohol all together, but these tips and tricks can give you some pointers to keep your consumption in check.

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3350 Posted 518 Days Ago in: Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 16: GSTM1 & GSTT1

This week, we turn our attention not to a single gene, but two that play a role in determining our requirements of cruciferous vegetables, which include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and everyone’s favorite, Brussels sprouts. These foods contain plenty of compounds that are beneficial for our health, but one that we are most interested in for these genes are glucosinolates, which have been researched for their effects on cancers.

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3349 Posted 521 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

8 biggest mistakes you can make if you want bigger muscles

Whatever your fitness goal is, we all get discouraged when a heavy training regime brings us no or very little effect, especially if we can’t figure out why. Well, fear no more because DNAFit are here to bring you some mistakes that you may be making in the gym that are the reasons why your muscle building exercises aren’t working at their optimum level.

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3344 Posted 523 Days Ago in: Genetics

Food intolerance series: What is coeliac disease?

The food intolerance series continues! And this time we’re focusing on the widespread autoimmune disease coeliac. When you suffer from coeliac diseases, your body has an adverse reaction to food containing gluten. Have a look at our infographic to find out more.

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3342 Posted 528 Days Ago in: Training

Juice cleanse and detoxing – why it’s all a big fat lie

Juice cleanses – we’ve all heard about them, and most of us attempted one at least once in our lives. They’re heavily promoted by celebrities who claim they help to lose weight, detoxify their bodies (whatever that means, but more on that later) and maintain this unearthly “healthy glow”. The best example is probably Gwyneth Paltrow, who claims that juicing is the way to be healthy, feel better and be happier. So is juice cleanse really such a great way to help you feel better and lose weight?

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3337 Posted 537 Days Ago in: Genetics

Food intolerance series: Lactose Intolerance

In this series, we’ll be providing insight into the limitations some of us have concerning food and what this means in terms of our genes. This will hopefully provide more clarity, aiding you to understand why, for instance, some people are predisposed to coeliac disease or are lactose intolerant, while giving you solutions to overcoming these issues and leading a healthy lifestyle. This week we’re investigating the history, prevalence, reasons and solutions to dealing with lactase non-persistence, popularly known as lactose intolerance, which affects about 65% of the population. The infographic concisely explains how it all started and the role it plays in the daily lives of people today; offering deep insight into a concept that at first seems simple but is dense with information and presents a compelling view of our history and evolution.

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3336 Posted 539 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 13 - ADRB2

This week we turn our attention to a gene called ADRB2, which plays a role in response to exercise, VO2max trainability, and sensitivity to both fats and carbohydrates. When talking about ADRB2, we are actually interested in two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) found in the gene, given the imaginative and catchy names of Arg16Gly and Gln27Glu. This gene codes for something called the beta-2 adrenergic receptor, whose job it is to bind to adrenaline.

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3334 Posted 545 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 12 - FTO

Continuing our focus on specific genes, this week we place FTO under the microscope. This gene plays a role in determining how well we deal with fats, especially saturated fats, but it is also implicated in obesity risk – as such, FTO is called the fat mass and obesity-associated gene.

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