Is Your DNA Holding You Back?

The perfect diet for your body needs to factor your genes into it, according to research.

The Real Reason That Diet May Not Work

If you and a friend both followed one of Muscle & Fitness Hers’ weight-loss plans to a T, you still might experience different degrees of success. Blame your parents: Research suggests that genes may play a significant role in determining how your body reacts to different dietary patterns. Unfortunately, finding the perfect diet for your DNA isn’t clear-cut. “Until science catches up with the average person’s ability to understand their personal predispositions, much of figuring out one’s best diet is trial and error,” notes Marjorie Nolan Cohn, R.D., a nutritionist based in New York City. Remember it’s not just your diet that affects weight and health—other variables such as sleep, exercise, toxins, and emotional stress also come into play.

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