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Is the Key to Weight Loss Hidden in Your DNA?

By Kate Gardner

DNA is big right now. OK, DNA has always been big. But several new companies have DNA in their laser-like focus as they vie to bring you the best in nutrition and health information. If you're looking for a new way to lose weight, you may have heard of the DNA Diet Plan. 

The DNA Diet Plan

The DNA Diet Plan, offered by Digital Wellness, claims to be "Where science and weight loss meet." After analyzing your DNA results from 23andMe or AncestryDNA, they will offer you a range of information to help your weight loss, including: 

  • Your obesity risk
  • Food sensitivities
  • 12 weeks of meal plans and grocery lists that reflect any food sensitivities identified
  • Exercise plans
  • Science-backed health and weight loss information created by Mayo Clinic 

While the diet's creators don't promise any hard and fast weight loss numbers, they do offer a money back guarantee of sorts. If you complete 12 weeks of the program and lose weight, they will refund up to $99 of the plan's cost. You read that correctly.

How It Works

Sound interesting? If you'd like to try the DNA Diet Plan, you upload your 23andme or AncestryDNA test results to the website. The DNA Diet Plan analyzes these results and identifies 20 recommendations to help with your weight loss. The core program lasts 12 weeks, though you have the option to keep paying and go longer if you have more weight to lose. Each week costs $9.99, with quarterly and bi-annual prices available. Keep in mind you also have to pay for your DNA test, the cost of which isn't a part of the DNA Diet Plan. 

The Takeaway

It's very tempting to think the key to losing weight is hidden in our DNA. But a lot of what this plan has to offer, we already know. Take obesity risk, for example. Odds are, if you're willing to shell out this kind of cash for a diet plan, you already know you're at risk for being overweight. And the science-backed health information is widely available all over the internet. 

What can the DNA Diet Plan do for you? It can uncover certain health issues, like gluten intolerance, which you may not know otherwise. It also puts everything in one place. If you don't have the time or energy to scour the web for all the information you need, the DNA Diet Plan may work for you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chicago, Ill.

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