The weight loss plan that re-programs your genes

The secret to a slimmer you? Eating the foods that suit your genetic make up, says the latest diet to cross the pond

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How it works

Reckon those sizeable thighs, wobbly butt-cheeks or spare tyre tummy can’t be shifted because they’re genetic? Think again! The latest eating plan sensation from the United States works on the theory that it’s possible to take control of some of that genetic make up and make changes for a slimmer, happier you.

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The new eating plan is the brainchild of naturopath Dr Peter J D’Adamo, and is based on 
the belief that we have the power to alter the behaviour of our genes. “Whether you realise it or not, you’ve spent a lifetime altering your genetic activity,” he explains. “When you took your first sip of beer, you turned up the volume on your body’s genetic ability to detoxify alcohol. When you pick up an infection – even one as mild as a cold or flu – you boost the activity among your bone marrow genes, which produce the white blood cells you need to get better.”

If you ‘re-program’ your genes – by feeding your body the nutrients that will tackle specific issues – you have the power to tackle the health problems and body shape tendencies specific to your genotype, claims Dr D’Adamo.

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Which genotype am I?

“Your genotype determines details like the shape of your teeth, the length of your legs and the pattern of your fingerprints,” says Dr D’Adamo. “It also decides which foods will help you lose weight and achieve vitality – and which illnesses you’re most at risk of developing.”

Dr D’Adamo believes that we all fall into one of six genotypesHunter, Gatherer, Teacher, Explorer, Warrior or Nomad. He’s developed individual diet plans, comprising the foods and supplements that will work best to create optimal health, weight, and vitality for each of them.

Each genotype has different issues concerning weight and metabolism, which is why each benefits from a tailor-made diet. Following your genotype diet and exercise plan will give your body all the support it needs to attain and maintain your optimal weight.

So, now all you have to do to start shifting those extra pounds is work out your genotype – and begin eating the right foods to help fit into your genes.

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Meat is an important source of iron for growing babies

Hunter

Character traits

You’re tall and thin with a masculine body shape and adrenaline-driven – like tennis star Maria Sharapova. You can become stressed if not well-nourished and can be sensitive to allergies. Your ring finger is often longer than your index finger.

The foods to eat 


Try a meat-rich, low-gluten diet including red meat, poultry, and berries for their antioxidant benefits. Monounsaturated oils are beneficial, so hemp seed oil, cod liver oil and walnut oil are all fine – as are cranberries, grapefruit, fish rich in omega-3 and omega-6 hard cheeses and artichokes.

What to avoid

Cut down on soft cheeses. Watch your intake of wheat, bran, and white flour. Steer clear of mushrooms, sugary treats, nuts, grains and seeds.

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Gatherer

Character traits

You tend to be fuller figured with a less defined waist. You have a tendency for emotional highs and lows and are a problem solver – just like TV presenter Oprah Winfrey. You may have a longer index finger than ring finger and lower leg shorter than upper leg.

The foods to eat


Aim for a high-protein, low-glycaemic diet and opt for low-GI foods for a steady blood sugar level. You’ll find detoxes beneficial, too.

Lamb and mutton are good. For seafood, stick to herring, mullet and sardines. A choice of oils is essential to get your metabolism going: the best are olive or walnut oil. Cottage cheese and ricotta suit you best. Other foods include exotic fruits, such as guava, loganberry and papaya.

What to avoid

Stay away from feta, Manchego and mozzarella cheeses. Avoid avocados, cucumbers and microwaved and fried food. Sugary drinks, such as juices and colas, are also out.

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Certain cheeses should be avoided for young babies

Teacher

Character traits

You have a strong, sinewy body, great stamina, a good immune system, but a sensitive digestive system – like kooky musician Björk. You have a calm outlook and a love of nature, and tend to be of average height or shorter.

The foods to eat

Mainly concentrate on vegetables and seafood – consuming too many sugars and starches will put a strain on your immune system.

Take your pick from turkey; black beans, tofu, peanuts, white fish (such as cod or chubb), blue cheeses (such as Gorgonzola, Stilton or Roquefort), olive oil, lemons, avocado, carrots, pak choi and Brussels sprouts.

Flavour your food with basil, garlic, oregano and rosemary. Drink coffee, green tea, grapefruit and pineapple juice.

What to avoid

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Keep your intake of chicken low. Avoid white rice, red meats, wheat, sugary foods and white flour.

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