Want to Find the Right Diet? Look to Your Genes

Low-fat versus low-carb, which diet is right for you? A new study says your genes will have the answer.

Stanford University researchers reported yesterday that a genetic test can help people choose which diet works best for them:

In a study involving 133 overweight women, those with a genetic predisposition to benefit from a low-carbohydrate diet lost 2 1/2 times as much weight as those on the same diet without the predisposition. Similarly, women with a genetic makeup that favored a low-fat diet lost substantially more weight than women who curbed fat calories without low-fat genes. The women were followed for a year.

The Wall Street Journal reports, "The results help explain a common phenomenon in the weight-loss wars:

why two people decide to lose weight and go on the same diet and exercise plan, only to have one succeed while the other is frustrated."

Here's the video on the study:

You can read the full article at The Wall Street Journal here.

image via Sacramento Bee/Zuma Press

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