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3486 Posted 245 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Food that can reduce inflammation

You see all those athletes and exercise models on Instagram? What if we told you that they suffer from the same thing as you do? Inflammation happens to everyone, it is part of our body’s natural response to damaged tissues and also plays a role in the immune system response. With modern day advances we are now able to see just how much inflammation you’re likely to feel from a strenuous bout of activity through the analysis of your genes. At DNAFit we look at four genetic inflammatory markers - IL6, IL6R, CRP and TNF. Variations in these genes give us a clue if you are predisposed to suffer significantly increased levels or slightly increased levels of inflammation. Knowing your predisposition of this biological phenomenon can make big differences to your training and even more so to your recovery strategies which necessitate your training schedule and ultimately your goals.

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3485 Posted 256 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 266 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 285 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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3475 Posted 290 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

How To Simplify Your Training?

Simplifying your training doesn’t mean making it easier… Making your training easier or taking shortcuts is a one-way ticket to poor results, plateauing and losing interest in a regular training regime. All the things that are counterproductive, offering no value to your life and adding to the frustration you may sometimes feel at just not making the progress that you expected to make when you first started training and everything was bright, shiny and new. What you always need to be aware of are your goals and that whether you want to get lean, build muscle, or burn fat the principle of making your training to easy-to-understand and follow will never change.

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3474 Posted 300 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 332 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 340 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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3438 Posted 360 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

How can we tell you about your DNA from one little swab?

The 20,000+ genes that make up your genome hold countless clues to understanding the fundamental processes of human life. Ever since the completion of the Human Genome Project, our knowledge of how we are made has developed at an unprecedented rate. In our case, it opened a new realm of information about your individual fitness and nutrition needs, easily accessible from one little mouth swab.

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3437 Posted 362 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Why Do We Get Hungry?

Do you find that you’re hungry all the damn time? How many meals do you eat a day? And what do you think about the effect it has on your body? Would you like to change this? Do you sometimes catch yourself at work watching the time tick by for when you can be freed into open society to feast? The answer to all these questions and more, it appears, are hidden in your hormones…

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3431 Posted 390 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 404 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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3425 Posted 411 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

What to eat when you're training for a marathon?

It’s time to get your trainers on, knees strapped, and nipples lubricated, because marathon season is back and it’s here to stay. For the seasoned runners, we all know that getting into “marathon mode” is different from any other conditioning. This is a battle against the elements, and only the people with the strongest of wills will be left unbroken; save for a few bloody toenails and chafed no-no areas.

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3423 Posted 418 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

The Ultimate Guide to Supplements: Part 2

When you’ve finally settled into your routine and are training regularly, you’ll start hearing about supplements you can take to increase your performance, recovery, and response to various types of exercise. The industry has exploded to the point where it is worth billions, and companies are constantly marketing products in new ways that promise to activate new muscles and make you bigger and stronger than ever before. But do these supplements actually work?

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3422 Posted 420 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

The Impact of the Gut on Sports Performance

The human body is a complex interaction of a number of different systems. When it comes to exercise, we tend to be interested in the physiological systems, such as the cardiovascular system (the heart, arteries and veins, which transport blood, and therefore nutrients, to our working muscles), the pulmonary system (the lungs, which allow us to absorb the oxygen that our cardiovascular system transports), and the musculoskeletal system, which allows us to move.

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3418 Posted 423 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

The Ultimate Guide To Supplements: Part 1

When you’ve finally settled into your routine and are training regularly, you’ll start hearing about supplements you can take to increase your performance, recovery, and response to various types of exercise. The industry has exploded to the point where it is worth billions, and companies are constantly marketing products in new ways that promise to activate new muscles and make you bigger and stronger than ever before. But do these supplements actually work?

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3414 Posted 437 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 445 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 448 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 453 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 455 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 459 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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3401 Posted 466 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

A day in the life of an athlete - Greg Rutherford

We all have different careers and unique day-to-day activities, but having a normal day job and a routine makes our days similar to each other. What’s interesting though, is finding out what those people who do things a little differently do every day. We connected with Olympic gold medal winner and Greg Rutherford MBE to find out what a day in the life of a professional athlete is like.

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3400 Posted 469 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 478 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 483 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 488 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 490 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 493 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 495 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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3391 Posted 502 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

Am I Normal? A review of over 17,000 DNAFit Results

When running customers through their DNAFit reports, a common question I am asked is “Are my results normal?” This is a tough question to answer, because it’s hard to define what normal actually is. For all the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) we test for, each individual genotype is quite common; the least common genotype occurs in about one in twenty people, which means that in the UK over three million people who have that specific version.

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3388 Posted 509 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Are protein shakes necessary when you're training?

If your training focus is to build or maintain muscle, then it’s good practice to support your training with increased macronutrient intake – especially protein. You can get protein from poultry, meat, seafood, eggs and a couple of other vegetarian sources, and it’s always best to aim to get the majority of your nutrition from whole foods. But if you struggle to take in enough protein through food alone, then you could benefit from getting an extra boost, and this is where protein shakes come in.

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3387 Posted 511 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 516 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 528 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 530 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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3379 Posted 532 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Gene in Focus: Part 27: CAT & GPX1

This week we look at two genes that form part of our antioxidant needs section of the DNAFit Diet report, called CAT and GPX1. The gene that carries the most weight in this section is SOD2, which we have looked at previously in this series. If you can’t remember that far back, SOD2 is an antioxidant enzyme, and small changes in the SOD2 gene can lead to that enzyme working better or worse, which can increase how much of the antioxidant nutrients you require. CAT and GPX1 play a supportive role here.

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3377 Posted 539 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Gene in Focus: Part 26: FABP2

This week we turn our attention to FABP2, a gene that appears in both the carbohydrate and saturated fat parts of our reports. This gene creates a protein called Fatty Acid Binding Protein-2, which is found in our small intestines. FABP2 binds to the various different fatty acids, and allows them to be absorbed into the body.

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3372 Posted 551 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 565 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 571 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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3363 Posted 578 Days Ago in: Training, Industry News

How good is your fitness tracker actually?

In the last few days, various media outlets, have been reporting on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, headed up by lead researcher John Jakicic, which shows that your brand new wearable device may not be the miraculous answer to losing weight – but is this really a surprise?

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3357 Posted 593 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 596 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 600 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 605 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 609 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 612 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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3342 Posted 619 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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3339 Posted 622 Days Ago in: Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 14 - SOD2

SOD2 is the gene that creates Manganese Superoxide Dismutase-2 (MnSOD2), an antioxidant found in the mitochondria – small “cells within our cells” which are where our body produces energy for both movement and everyday life. The enzyme helps to convert free radicals, which can cause damage to the mitochondria, into oxygen and hydrogen peroxide.

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3337 Posted 628 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 630 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 636 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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3332 Posted 642 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Eating too much VS Eating too little

Food, we all love it, from limp, steamed green beans to thick, medium rare steaks with a pulse, there may be nothing more diverse but collectively loved than food in this world. We all know how great the perfect soft serve ice cream tastes, sprinkled with Oreos or a large popcorn from the movies covered in salt and butter, accompanied by an extra-large multi-flavoured slush is. It also goes without saying that if you want to keep trim, healthy and feeling great then you can’t indulge too much in all of this.

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3328 Posted 656 Days Ago in: Industry News

The Truth About Superfoods

Whenever an industry becomes increasingly popular it would be prudent to be a little bit sceptical about everything coming your way. The growing influx of information and availability of it makes it even harder to distinguish the fact from the fiction. Health and fitness is one such industry that has exploded over the last few years as people gravitate towards their personal wellness. We’ve already seen the potentially damaging effects that diet fads can have and how the people who champion them backtrack, Tim Noakes we’re looking at you, and now we’re confronted with the most epic division in food since OCD-induced separation of peas, meat and mash: ‘superfoods’.

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3326 Posted 663 Days Ago in: Genetics

Dieting - There Is More Than One Way

At the end of last year a study was conducted on people by Eran Segal and Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute of Science that confirmed what we at DNAFit already know; there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dieting and weight loss.

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3325 Posted 664 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 9: VDR

The next gene in our series is VDR; the vitamin D receptor gene. This gene plays a role in how well our bodies can utilise vitamin D, which in turn can affect various different processes. Currently, VDR appears in three different sections of our report – power/endurance, vitamin D needs, and caffeine sensitivity.

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3324 Posted 670 Days Ago in: Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 8: TCF7L2

The gene that we are going to be taking a closer look at this week is TCF7L2. This gene creates a protein called transcription factor 7-like 2, which in turn binds to other genes to alter their expression. It has been shown through research to have an impact on how well you tolerate carbohydrates, and how well you tolerate saturated fat, which is how we report on it in the DNAFit reports.

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3323 Posted 676 Days Ago in: Training

10 foods that can help you get a better workout

You’re working out, eating well and are on the way to getting the results that you want but what if you knew what foods could take your results to the next level. It’s no use working out and not complementing that with a diet of the best foods for you so we’ve compiled a list of nature’s ‘superfoods’ that will not only assist you in having a better workout but also improve your pre and post-workout. We’re beginning to shift our focus past diet regimens and onwards to setting a benchmark for the healthiest diet out there. Some of these foods may be a little outlandish to you but we guarantee that they’re packed with vitamins and minerals and are essential for everyone’s health and vitality.

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3321 Posted 678 Days Ago in: Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 7: LCT

This week we are going to be looking at a gene that affects how well we can tolerate lactose. Roughly 65% of the world’s population lose the ability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk, after weaning. From an evolutionary perspective, this makes sense – humans typically need to digest milk when they are babies because their main source of nutrition is breast milk; however, once the child has stopped breast feeding, historically there was no need for them to continue to digest lactose, because milk wasn’t readily available. However, as humans migrated out of Africa into Asia, and eventually into Europe, a small polymorphism occurred which enabled some of them to continue to digest lactose into adulthood.

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3320 Posted 683 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

6 Health Myths vs Reality

Do you ever occasionally feel as though everything that you’re told is an intricate system of lies and truths that whirl around in a spiral of fact and fiction, accepted and rejected? If your answer is no then surely you’re in on the cosmic joke. More often than not we find fads and what exactly is socially acceptable at the time moving in and out of popularity in the public sphere and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

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3318 Posted 689 Days Ago in: Training

10 habits to help you avoid overeating

Overeating is one of the main causes of depression and feelings of lethargy in humans today, which is never a good thing as it seems as though the rest of the world is geared towards staying fit and healthy. But when food is so tasty and excites the senses as your chewing and digesting it, how is it possible to stop from going from enjoying it to essentially becoming a glutton? Well, we’ve got a few tips for you that are actually very easy to follow. None of these crash courses that you feel overwhelmed by and are daunting to read. No, simply a few alterations to make during meal times to put the power back into your eating habits. See, you’re feeling better already!

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3317 Posted 692 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 6 - MTHFR

The next gene in our series is perhaps one of the more controversial ones; MTHFR. This gene creates an enzyme with an incredibly long name – Methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase. This enzyme is part of a complex chemical pathway known as the methyl cycle, which plays a role in the conversion of a potentially harmful compound called homocysteine, into a safe amino acid, called methionine.

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3313 Posted 700 Days Ago in: Genetics

Gene in Focus – Part 5: ApoA2

In this edition of Gene in Focus, we are going to look at a gene that effects our saturated fat sensitivity, called ApoA2. This gene creates Apolipoprotein A-II, which is part of high density lipoproteins (HDL). A small change in this gene can have an effect on how well you can transport cholesterol, and the research also indicates that it can have an impact on how well you can tolerate saturated fat.

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3306 Posted 717 Days Ago in: Genetics

Diets- Are they fads or the future?

The New Atkins, Paleo, the 5:2 or Alkaline diets; every week a new, miraculous diet plan is launched on the public with the promise to turn us from flabby to fabulous. Most of these diets are simply inventive ways of restricting our food intake so that we eat fewer calories than we consume. But our individual genetic make-up and metabolism may mean that all calories are not created equal.

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3305 Posted 719 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

The DNAFit Blog Guide to Diet Types- Part 3: Low Fat Diet

For many years a diet that was low in fat was recommended as the perfect way to stay slim and maintain a healthy heart. Recently there has been a cultural move towards increasing healthy fats and cutting carbs but for many people their DNA may be better suited to keeping dietary fat low.

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3303 Posted 724 Days Ago in: Genetics

Micronutrients - Getting the vitamins and minerals you need

Eating a healthy balanced diet should ensure that the body gets all the vitamins and minerals it needs to function well. But our genetic make-up can affect our ability to absorb and use specific micronutrients. By adapting our diets and supplementing when necessary we can boost levels of the vitamins and minerals we need and optimize our health, fitness and sporting performance.

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3302 Posted 726 Days Ago in: Genetics

Micronutrients -What do they do?

We all need vital vitamins and minerals. But for some people, differences in their DNA means they are less able to absorb or use specific micronutrients. If that’s you, the good news is that by changing your diet, you can boost your levels, stay healthy and protect yourself from deficiency and disease.

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3301 Posted 728 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 1: ACE

As part of a new series on the DNAFit blog, we are going to look at a specific gene in detail, see what the science says about it, and how it can affect you with regards to fitness and diet. The first gene to be put under the microscope in our series is ACE, or the angiotensin-converting enzyme gene. Did you know that knowing your ACE genotype can empower you to make better decisions regarding your training and also your diet?

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3298 Posted 733 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

The DNAFit Blog Guide to Diet Types - Part 1: Low Carb Diet

Examining your DNA can help you discover the diet plan that is perfect for your individual genetic structure. In studies, this personalized approach to nutrition was shown to be more effective than traditional diet methods. By eating for our unique dietary needs it’s easier to make long-term sustainable changes to improve our health and wellbeing. This week we're giving you an overview on different types on most-common recommended diets.

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3297 Posted 734 Days Ago in: Genetics

The beginner's guide to Nutrigenetics

The new and developing science of Nutrigenetics aims to identify genetic susceptibility to diseases and the ways in which very small difference in our genes can alter the effects that nutrient intake has on the body. By understanding and analysing these variations, specific dietary and disease prevention advice can be given based on personal genetic makeup.

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3292 Posted 832 Days Ago in: Genetics, Industry News

Is There A Gene For Obesity?

It's not uncommon for people to search for external reasons as to why they have gained fat, or why they struggle to lose fat. Some of the reasons given for this include “I just have a weak spot for chocolate”, or “I’m big boned”. When I’m delivering the DNAFit education programme to personal trainers and nutritionists, I ask if people believe there is a gene, or genes, which cause obesity. A fair percentage of people on these courses say that there is. But is this true?

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3287 Posted 845 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News

Craig Pickering's Sports Science Review 2015 - Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of my review of the best sports science research in 2015. Note – by best, obviously I mean most interesting to me. Sports science is a large field, and can creep over into other disciplines also. Conducting a review on all the sports science-based research conducted in 2015 would be very time consuming, so just take this as it is. That said, hopefully this provides a nice overview of some contemporary issues in sports science at the moment.

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