By now you know the drill. There’s a new dieting fad that all your friends are on and it seems to be working for them. You dutifully tag along, cutting out carbs or meat or fruit like the best of them. You weigh and measure every morsel and know the guidelines of the diet better than you know some of your friends. You’re an A-plus dieter, but something doesn’t seem to be working. You aren’t losing weight even though other people on the same diet are.
A study from 2016 has possibly found the reason: your genes.
Researchers working at a lab in at Texas A&M University, fed four genetically different strains of mice different types of diets – Western, Japanese, Mediterranean and an Atkin’s-style diet high in fat and low in carbohydrate.
In trying to match the test diets to real-life diets, the researchers added certain food items to the diets of every group of mice. In the Japanese diet, rice was main carbohydrate and green tea extract was used as a component, whereas red wine extract and wheat were used in the Mediterranean diet.
The mice, who were on these diets for 6 months, could eat as much as they wanted, but researchers monitored this amount.