No one-size-fits-all answer to dropping a dress size

2012-09-29 07:39

Local company DNAlysis Biotechnology suggests the secret to weight loss may be hiding in your DNA.

However, if you don’t believe the answer to dieting lies in your genes, there are other alternatives, developed by well-respected scientists such as Tim Noakes, which have worked for some, Yael Joffe, dietician and director of DNAlysis Biotechnology, acknowledges.

“The more we learn about the genes that are responsible for weight management, the more evident it becomes that we can’t prescribe a one-size-fits-all plan for weight-loss,” she says.

Alternatives include:

» Atkins nutritional approach
Developed by Dr Robert Atkins, the weigh-loss plan encourages dieters to eat food rich in protein and low in carbohydrates and sugar.

The science behind the Atkins diet is that the body is fuelled by protein and fat (like a juicy steak) and the body uses its excess body fat for maintenance of its glucose levels.

» Noakes diet
Similar to the Atkins nutritional approach, this one calls for the complete elimination of sugar. It is a low carbohydrate and high fat diet.

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