Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The genetic weight management test is in! To do or not to do? That is the question of the day!

I havent blogged for a while but here is the latest development. I recently saw a Dr Oz show where he featured the company called Interleukin Genetics. This company specializes in few genotype tests for general public evaluating certain risk factors for heart disease, bone deteriation and vitamin deficiency. They are also first company in USA to develop a weight management genetic test which helps consumers to chose the best type diet based on their respective genetic profile. I was excited to say the least when Dr Oz, of all people, supported this company work 100 percent and claiming that there are people whos diet should be low carb and include less than 30 grams of carbs a day. This company was involved in many researches including famous Stanford University study where group of people were devided into grapes based on their genetic profiles. Study conclusively showed that people who follow their recommended genetic fit diet are at least 30 percent more efficient in losing weight. I did an extensive research of this company and found only great reviews about their work. So I pulled a plug and ordered the test, which is expensive and runs for $149 dollars. Its very simple test and takes literally 5 minutes to complete. You basically swab your cheeks and send it back to the lab and two weeks after you get the results. I was patiently awaiting my results back and yesterday I got them. Here is my report:

Weight Management Genetic Test Report
The results of your test place you in the category of Balance of Fat and Carbohydrate ("Better Balancer") and
More Responsive to High Intensity Exercise ("High MET").
Balance of Fat and Carbohydrate ("Better Balancer"). Individuals with this genetic pattern show no consistent need
for a low fat or low carbohydrate diet. In these individuals key biomarkers, such as body weight, body fat, and
plasma lipid profile respond well to a diet balanced in fat and carbohydrate. For individuals with this genetic pattern
who are interested in losing weight, a balanced diet restricted in calories has been found to promote weight loss
and a decrease in body fat.
More Responsive to High Intensity Exercise ("High MET"). Individuals with this genetic pattern are less able to break
down body fat for energy in response to exercise than those with the alternative genetic pattern. They tend to lose
less weight and body fat than expected with moderate exercise. These individuals require more exercise to activate
the breakdown of body fat for energy and weight loss. They must also maintain a consistent exercise program to
keep the weight off.
Your Genotypes:
DNA Variation Name: FABP2(+1283) PPARG(+34) ADRB3(+190) ADRB2(+46) ADRB2(+79)
Genotype: G,G C,C C,T G,G C,C
This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Interleukin Genetics. The test was
performed at the Interleukin Genetics Inc. laboratory in Waltham, MA. The laboratory has been inspected and
certified by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) per the U.S. Clinical Laboratory Improvement
Amendment (CLIA) protocols. However, the Inherent Health test itself has not been cleared or approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration.
Next Steps:
Call 1-866-990-GENE (4363) for your session with a board-certified, licensed Genetic Professional, who can review
your reports and answer any questions. In addition, the enclosed booklet contains useful information to
guide you, as well as suggestions for diet and exercise.
Patricia D. Murphy, Ph.D., FACMG, 04/ 27/ 2010
Director, DNA Laboratory
Interleukin Genetics

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tons of supplements, finger foods and lauphter! Thats my new plan and I will rock thi time!

Guess where I have been lately? Carbomania! I thought it was all behind me and it really is wayyyyy behind me! Literally! I look fat and I feel it. I have sinned against my body repeatedly, however all is not lost. Somehow, I still believe! I do! I will find the way and it starts toooooday! After yet another unsuccessful attempt at balanced diet, I made my final decision and this is what I call: Finger food plan!
And no, I havent forgotten my medication! It is a new cool plan of mine to keep me rolling and I have this internal funny feeling that I will. So cheer me on my friends, here I go again:

My finger foods plan will include following allowed foods, each food category for each finger! lol, I may not be that creative but each of my fingers will be assigned a food group.
1. All meat and poultry and seafood!
2. All dairy, no sugar added food ( especially greek yougurt)
3. Whey protein
4. Occasional quinoa or buckwheat or oatmeal
5. Berries
6. Sugar-free chocolate
7. Vegetables
8. Nuts and seeds
9. Eggs
10.Low carb bread and lots of supplements! Plus daily dose of lauphter, Stay tuned, to be continued...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I am throwing in a white towel! Its time to reflect, respect and respond!

Not even second day into induction I am stopping it! Not only did I feel extreamly uncomftable but my old symptoms come back once again which I thought were gone due to Zoloft. I am not sure if it is whey protein or induction in general or my inability to keep a plan and switching back and force between gluconeogenesis and glucose metabolism or all of the above. But what I do know is that I need to fix my head before fixing my body, no doubt about it. I am still subconsciously hesitant to go low carb all the way. I think in one way or another I have no confidence in sticking to the program for long time due to various reasons, all under my control yet not controllable. Low carb is a wonderful program and does work wonders. However, compliance must be 100 percent or it is a kiss of death as Dr Atkins put it. We, humans. are complicated machinery. We are not just biochemical chain of atoms and molecules. We are psychospiritual beings. It is not all about leptin or insulin or low carb or low fat, it is about delicate balance called homeostasis. So without further excuses or explanations I am calling my low carb way of living off since I am unable to keep it going any more. I now need a more liberated approach where I can coorect my mistakes in case I fail. Glucose metabolism can afford me that opportunity. I am doing more harm than good by being on low carb and off all the time. It is stressful for the body to readjust hormonal responses and enzymatic changes to accomodate dietary change in which a totally different metabolism is required. I will do my best to eat clean, wholesome food in a style of midetarrian diet. It will still be more or less lower carb plan, yet I will introduce grains such as quinoa, buckwheat and oatmeal which I love. I will also be consuming more fish and fruits as well as dairy. Thats the plan! I just need to find my way and let my body know it can trust me. Hopefully I will find a lifestyle eating plan in which my head and my body are friends, Amen! P.S. I am very fasinated with Japanese culture and was once intrigued by Okinawa people longevity and their simple yet powerful lifestyle. Here is a short clip about their secret to life:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Very short update! Induction Day 1

Weight= 255 pounds. It is a combination of depression plus nightly sugar oveload plus lack of any self-control or self-respect!

Induction, Day 1

1/2 cup of mashed cauliflower with two organic hot dogs ( Its Apple something brand, simply delisious. I am not a fan of hot dogs but these ones are exception. They are expensive and cost $4.50 for 8 skinny franks. I buy them at Trader Joes. But the compnay claims its all organic beef mixed with organic spices and no artificial anything!

4 boiled eggs with dash of salt and mustard

1 oz of goat cheese

4 scoops of MRM vanilla whey protein mixed with 2 cups of Blue Diamond almond milk and half a cup of frozen rasberries.

Thats it! I feel kind of whoozy but not too bad. I pray my previous symptoms are left in the past and it was all stress related rather than anything else. We shall see!