After teaching fitness classes for 21 years I thought I was always “doing” the right thing. I’ve always balanced my workouts and taught cardio, weight bearing and stretching classes as well as had a healthy diet but wondered why I wasn’t more in shape.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in shape. I teach 17 classes a week and it barely phases me. But I always wondered why some girls were skinnier then me and why if I did switch up the formats I taught why my body didn’t change. Basically, I’ve always looked the same no matter what I did. I even had a member say to me once, “I’m surprised you’re not smaller with all the classes you do.” After I went home and cried from that comment, not really, but seriously how rude is that I wondered too.
When Home DNA, an at-home genetic testing kit that tells you what exercises and food you should be eating for your body, reached out. I was intrigued. I really wanted to know if I was doing something wrong.
When the kit came it was like the kits to find out your ancestry. You swab two samples from your mouth and send them back and register yourself on the Home DNA site and answer some questions. Then you wait.
If all goes well with your samples then you’ll get your results in 6-8 weeks. I couldn’t wait to read mine, which was very interesting and surprising.
The results are very detailed and broken up into four categories: Weight Loss Ability, Food, Nutrients and Response to Exercise. Below are my results for each category.
Weight Loss Ability
The results of my weight Loss ability show below average. Meaning it’s hard for me to lose weight. This comes as no surprise to me after what I mentioned above. I’m not trying to lose weight, nor have I ever really dieted, but I do know that it is hard for me to lose weight unless I really cut my calorie intake. The results recommend what I’m already doing, which is do high impact cardio such as spin and boot camp style classes.
The results under the food category show that most of my calorie intake is from proteins. Again, no surprise to me. I’ve always done a higher protein diet with meat, chicken, and nuts as most of my diet. The results recommend switching to a protein-based diet of mostly plants, beans and nuts as well as stick to a calorie intake of maximum 1,281 calories a day. This again is so on point because when I do want to lean up more I cut out all red meat and up my vegetable intake. That seems to be the only way I lose weight fast.
Based on my results, all my Vitamin intake is low. Again, not surprising. I don’t take any vitamins and I know I should be taking them daily. My Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and B12 are all low and my Vitamin C is below average. They recommend adding foods to my diet such as Kale, Pistachios and Red Bell Peppers to increase the Vitamin intake.
Response to Exercise:
I found this area to be the most interesting. I mentioned that I teach fitness classes above, but I’ve been teaching 2-3 classes a day, 6 days a week for 21 years. According to the results, I basically will not lose weight with exercise, specifically cardio. I honestly always thought it was because I hit a plateau and used to the classes I was teaching. But I guess it’s my genes. The results also recommend that I only do weight bearing exercises 3 days a week. I teach 9 Strength Training classes a week. I love teaching the formats and amounts of classes each week and won’t change anytime soon. But it’s very interesting to see that maybe in the future I’ll need to scale back my exercise to lose weight.
If you’re looking to lose weight or even see what you should or shouldn’t be doing when it comes to your overall health, I recommend the Home DNA Kit. What I shared with you just skimmed the surface of the amount of information for each category they provide.
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