Always on a diet?

Richard Laycock 31 July 2017 NEWS

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New research says it might have something to do with your genetics.

The average Australian has tried and failed four diets but the key to understanding why might be in your DNA, according to research from myDNA.

The survey found that Australia has a real problem with its weight, with 10% of those surveyed admitting to be on a diet all year round and 38% saying that they attempt at least one diet a year.

However, these diets don't seem to be taking. The data showed that 29% admitted to packing on the kilos once the diet was over and 20% sad that no matter what they tried, they were unable to shed excess weight.

But according to doctor and CEO at myDNA Lior Rauchberger, understanding our genetics may be the answer.

“Our genetics can tell us so much about our body size and our risk of being overweight. Our DNA can offer insight into how we store and breakdown fats, certain types of which can contribute to a range of health issues.

“This information then helps to tailor a personalised diet plan, unique to the individual, to assist with recommendations on serving size, advice on what percentage of carbohydrates, fats and protein and even what intensity of exercise is the most beneficial,” Rauchberger said.

The study found that 69% of Aussie thought that having personalised diet plans would be beneficial and 62% of those surveyed believing that there was value in understanding the role genetics played in their diet.

Depending on your extras cover, you may be able to claim for services such as weight management courses as part of your broader health cover. Check your policy to see if you can claim or compare the benefits available on your policy with the rest of the market

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