Train your body to burn fat As a result of genetics, some people will experience greater benefits with certain types of exercises. These genetic variants affect how fat is transported in the blood and where fat is stored for muscles to use as energy. Find out if your genotype is associated with increased fat loss and increased muscle mass with resistance training. In this case, fat is more likely to be stored inside the muscle (intramuscularly) rather than under the skin (subcutaneously) as with other genotypes. This allows your muscles to more easily utilize the fat for energy as well as gives the appearance of more toned muscles in response to training. Learn how to train more efficiently for your genotype. Maintain weight loss after dieting Find out if you have a high genetic risk for regaining the weight you lost after dieting. Weight regain after a diet is your body’s evolved response to starvation. Your body is aware that not enough calories are coming in, so it kicks into survival mode. From an evolutionary perspective, the bodies that were best able to survive in times of scarcity (and then pass their genes on to future generations) were those that could use energy efficiently in order to get by on smaller amounts of food often on an irregular basis. Another quality that would aid survival was a psychological one: a single-minded pursuit of more fuel (food) and once you located it, the overwhelming urge to eat as much as possible of every type of food available. Recover faster Learn techniques to manage soreness and speed recovery in order to achieve maximum genetic potential. As a result of genetics, some individuals are more likely to experience delayed onset muscle soreness after increasing the intensity and resistance of their workouts. Learn how to tell the difference between delayed onset muscle soreness and pain due to injury. Leverage impulsive tendencies Understand how genetics plays a role in your decision making, including reaction to food cravings and motivation to exercise. Genetics affects how you perceive guilty and healthy pleasures, as well as impulsive tendencies that result in the overconsumption of pleasant tasting, palatable foods. Stop eating when you are full Find out if you have an increased tendency to overeat because you may not sense fullness until you have already eaten more than enough. How much you eat is influenced by appetite (the desire to eat) and satiety (the sensation of fullness). Appetite and satiety are influenced by a number of factors including regulatory signals from the gut to the hypothalamus in the brain. There are genetic variants associated with increased appetite, diminished satiety and even one’s choice of foods. Individuals who carry risk gene variants often overeat without being aware of it since they are less sensitive to satiety signals. As a result, they may not sense fullness even when they have already eaten more than enough and are predisposed to choose calorie-dense foods. Learn to recognize these faulty signals and overcome your desire to overeat.