Disclaimer: My DNA Diet results and article is based entirely on my opinion and is not affiliated (sponsored) with any company or brand. I am a mere mortal and not a trained expert.
The now closed 3 St James Square Gym in London was full of opulent promise. A luxurious, state-of-the-art facility housing the only glass-ceiling sauna, the UK’s first Somadome (a meditational pod), and a bar, library and computer golf system for leisure. As my first interview assignment as a writer, I couldn’t believe my opportunity to sample the splendour and take a 3D body scan and DNA Diet test.
What is a DNA Diet test?
The company DNAFit, have received a 5* rating on Trust Pilot. Here is a what they claim: “DNAFit pioneered the personal genetics code of practice, which provides the highest evidence threshold in the industry. Every result is built off thousands of published research papers, showing relevant effects on human nutrition and fitness response, with easily actioned lifestyle changes.”
A DNA Diet test involves taking a swab of your DNA and using the results to understand your personal genetics. I took the test at 3 St James Square Gym who used the company DNA Fit. Their website is full of information on how genes can affect our diets.
MY DNA report shares some helpful information. Our genes consist of numerous combinations of four letters that make up our genetic code – A, T, C and G. Each of our genes combine these ‘letters’ in different ways, instructing us which amino acids are required in the process to making needed proteins for our bodies.
Without going too much into science and correct terminology, we all have different information in our genes. We may have a genetic letter replaced by another – I might have an A where you have a G.
Still confusing? Keep reading.
Here is what my DNA Diet test revealed
After taking a swab from my mouth and waiting approximately 6 weeks, I received around 10 PDF documents showcasing my results. Everything from recommend nutrients (whether I’m coeliac, lactose intolerant, what to increase and decrease), recommended fitness – recovery time, injury risk, post-workout nutrition, endurance and aerobic potential. Additionally, a shopping plan, meal plan, diet plan guide and fitness support guide.
There’s even a handy info-graphic explaining all the key points. Everything you could want to know about taking care of your body is answered. This is an example of what my report told me:
Your DNAFit assessment has determined that you have variations in gene(s) important in free radical removal [SOD2]. In order to support your genetic profile, DNAFit recommends that you consume adequate amounts of antioxidants in your daily diet. Your DNAFit assessment indicates variations in gene(s) related to immune support and recovery [IL6, IL6R, TNF, CRP]. In order to complement this genetic component, DNAFit recommends that you include omega-3 fatty acids in your daily diet.
It’s complex and very-researched, but my report explains everything with charts, graphics and simple terms. After telling me the science, they break the language down to make it easy to digest.
My DNA Diet experiment
Upon first receiving my results last year, I didn’t have the energy or desire to take them seriously. I was beyond fascinated, but processing the results takes some time and I didn’t care enough to listen.
Fast-forward to now, having lived balanced and healthy this year, I decided my results are special and worthy to experiment with – why take the test for no reason?. In the summer I felt I was eating well and working out weekly, but I didn’t have the results I desired.
I gave myself a good hour to go through each PDF document and write down bullet-points on what to organise. If you seriously want to follow your DNA Diet results, there is a document which tell you the EXACT specific amount of what to eat – exactly how much omega 3, Vitamin E and B etc for your body, and then compares your results to the government’s suggested amount.
Perhaps you require less or more. For me, I should strongly cut-back on salt, increase my folic acid, consume plenty of anti-oxidant produce and try to eat less refined carbs. You’re probably thinking – shouldn’t we all do this? However, we are all programmed to adapt better to certain things. You might not need to consume a higher take of folic acid, or go above suggested omega-3.
From a physical perspective, my results are incredible. I have dropped down from a size 10 – 12 trouser, to a size 6 (UK size). I’ve been eating plenty of food – there’s been no attempt at trying to lose weight without toning up.
Everyday I take to work a piece of healthy banana bread (healthy with no flour, butter or refined sugar), olives, toast, a smoothie and either a salad or soup. Sometimes (often) I consume a lot of bread, porridge and some other stuff. By dinner, I usually have quinoa with a curry or stir-fry. Otherwise a bowl of soup. Vegetables and fruit choices (as with nuts etc) are all based on my results.
It is fairly balanced – probably 75% healthy. From the DNA Diet perspective, I’m eating walnuts, much more healthy fats, flax seeds and vitamin B and protein flakes. I have removed all pasta and noodles from my diet while increasing bread – I look for no refined sugar and most nutritious on the market.
It’s odd, though with my diet plan it makes sense. I find it hard to explain because from an outside view, it looks as though I’m just on a fairly healthy diet and therefore losing weight and seeing results. Reality, I’ve tried years to de-bloat my stomach. Years and years of going vegan, plant-based, cutting stuff, trying everything. Forever I’ve tried to make it go flat. And now suddenly, everything is springing to action.
Is A DNA Diet for you?
Firstly, you have to believe in it. If there’s scepticism, you can easily lose-will power to follow. I still need to study my documents further to truly follow my plan correctly. It takes time, commitment and dedication.
For those interested, to me DNA Fit is the best company to use (I trust the gym I went to), and I would go on their website and review properly. There is currently a sale on, though a full analysis like mine costs around £130. Hence, ensuring you are serious about it is key.
If you are vegan or follow a specific diet, your meal plans can be tailored.
How do you feel about the idea of following a DNA Diet? Does it seem interesting or like another fad?