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Is ‘Precision Weight Loss’ Future of Dieting?

Update Date: Dec 30, 2015 09:56 AM EST

According to the latest research conducted by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin reveal that within the next five years, doctors may be able to prescribe a diet that is suitable to a person according to his individual genes. "When people hear that genes may be playing a role in their weight loss success, they don't say, 'Oh great, I just won't exercise any more,'" said Molly Bray, a geneticist and professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Texas Austin, in a news release. "They actually say 'Oh thank you. Finally, someone acknowledges that it's harder work for me than it is for others.' And then I think they're a little more forgiving of themselves, and they're more motivated to make a change."

During the course of the study, researchers analyzed genetic tests, genomic research and the changes that involve weight variability. They realized that while there were some genes that were associated to a person's weight, however, just how they impact the weight still lacks understanding. Researchers hope that in the future, the data collection related to how individuals lose or gain weight and what triggers these ups and downs such as diet, stress, physical activity etc., can help create diet plans. When this data is combined with the genomic data, it is only a matter of time when the analysis tools are developed. "I think within five years, we'll see people start to use a combination of genetic, behavioral and other sophisticated data to develop individualized weight management plans," said Bray, according to Laboratory Equipment.

The declining cost of genome sequencing couples with portable monitors such as FitBit that helps track the real time behavior of people and environment, means that the scientist already has the data required to conduct the fundamental research behind precision weight loss, as reported by Science World Report

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