This post was made possible by Lipton Publicity. I received the HomeDNA products mentioned in this post in exchange for my honest review. Thoughts are 100% my own.
I type this with a thick stack of papers next to my laptop. My results are in from the HomeDNA Healthy Weight test I took a few weeks ago, and I am still sorting through my results. My personalized report includes a breakdown of my weight loss ability, foods I need to eat, nutrients I need, as well as my body’s response to exercise. At 72 pages, the report is both fascinating and a little overwhelming.
January is a time when a lot of us stop and think about how we can be healthier in the new year. Diets and exercise habits are reexamined, goals are set for the next 365 days, and promises are made that we will do better than the year before. We all want to be healthy, but it’s not always easy to know how to live that healthy lifestyle. Earlier in the month, I shared the results of an at-home food intolerance test, and today, I’m sharing a different at-home DNA test – one that offers a personalized meal and exercise plan.
How the HomeDNA Healthy Weight Kit works
1. After receiving your kit, register it at HomeDNA.com/register
Enter the barcode on your DNA sample envelope, follow prompts to create your account, and pay the lab fee.
2. Collect the DNA sample
The kit includes:
- 4 DNA collection swabs
- DNA sample envelop
- Prepaid return mailer
After filling out the sample envelope and swabbing the inside of your cheek with all four collection swabs, place the swabs in the sample envelope. Seal the sample envelope inside the prepaid return mailer and drop off at your nearest USPS location.
3. View your results
You should receive your results a few weeks after mailing your sample. You will be notified when your results are ready via email and/or text message.
My HomeDNA Healthy Weight Results
It took a few weeks for me to get my results, and when I received an email announcing that my personalized report was ready, I was eager to see my results.
As I mentioned above, the report is quite long, but near the beginning is a summary of the results, which is broken down into four categories.
Weight Loss Ability: Below Average
Protein Utilization – Enhanced
Fat Utilization – Normal
Carb Utilization – Normal
Vitamin B9 – Folate Tendency – Below Average
Vitamin A Tendency – Low
Vitamin B6 Tendency – Normal
Vitamin B12 Tendency – Low
Vitamin C Tendency – Normal
Vitamin D Tendency – Normal
Fat Loss Response to Cardio – Below Average
Fitness Response to Cardio – Below Average
Body Composition Response to Strength Training – Below Average
HDL Response to Cardio – Enhanced
Insulin Sensitivity to Cardio – Enhanced
Glucose Response to Cardio – Enhanced
I’m still digging through my results but am intrigued by the information in my personalized report. Knowing my family’s history, I am not surprised that my weight loss ability is below average. While I’m not trying to lose weight, people in my family have a hard losing and maintaining their weight loss.
As for food, the report suggests that I would have a better response to weight-loss with a diet of 25-30% lean protein, 25-35% healthy fats, and 40-50% complex carbs.
For exercise, it is recommended that I perform moderate to high intensity cardio four to five days a week for 200-300 minutes per week as well as strength training three days per week.
My personalized report, also, includes a custom meal and exercise plan.
My thoughts on HomeDNA Healthy Weight
While I’m not a doctor or a scientist, I found my results to be fascinating. An at-home test should never be used in place of professional medical advice, but I think my personalized report is a great starting point for implementing healthy changes when it comes to my diet and exercise.
You can find HomeDNA Healthy Weight kit at most CVS and Rite Aid drugstores, or online, for $119 at HomeDNA.com. Use the promo code HW50 to save $50 off your order of the Healthy Weight Kit (making it a total of $69) until 4/30.
What healthy changes are you making this year?
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