Does DNA Hold the Secret to Weight Loss?
Most of us have tried dieting at some time or another. In fact, more than 70 million Americans are currently on a diet.
Indeed, diets are a $70 billion industry, with new ones coming around the corner every day.
One of the latest fad diets is based on DNA, News 11’s Melissa Voetsch has discovered.
But, does it work?
Here’s how it is said to work: A swab of DNA reveals a person’s risk of heart disease, diabetes and other problems. Diet suggestions are then made to lower those risks and weight.
Some physicians say it works, and well.
Dr. Stuart Trager, an orthopedic surgeon at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, said, “We’ve seen 30 years of a one-size-fits all approach that have left two-thirds of the population behind,” adding that the DNA diet could be just what we need. “Most people have to realize that they can’t follow all the advice that’s out there. If you can pick the small parts that have the greatest chance of impacting your overall health, that’s a tremendous opportunity.”
But, some doctors say it’s a sham. “There’s no way you can find a specific gene, which can tell you if you can eat a burger or french fries,” said Dr. Serge Jabbour, an endocrinologist at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Jabbour says a dietician is your best bet at losing weight — not the DNA diet. “You may hear people saying they are losing weight on it. Of course, when you give people some common sense advice, people lose weight,” he said.
But Biljana Mihailovic says she has seen results on the diet. It revealed her optimal foods are spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits and whole grains. She’s gone from 165 to 143 pounds.
“My ultimate goal is 10 more pounds, and that is usually the hardest.”