After looking back at family reunion photos, 66-year-old Linda Schott decided it was time to take control of her weight by joining Profile by Sanford in November of 2016.
“The first week is a little adjustment, after that, if you really want to do it, it’s not hard at all,” Schott said. “Especially looking back, it’s easy if you stick to the plan.”
She began her journey at 253 pounds. Just a couple of months into her membership, she became one of the first Profile members to give Profile Precise a try. By sending a swab of saliva into a lab, her genetics were tested to see how her body metabolizes carbohydrates, protein and fats.
Profile Manager Kayla Leibfried explained experts test your DNA for a copy 1 variation of an AMY 1 gene. Studies suggest people with lower levels of this enzyme tend to have more difficulty breaking down carbohydrates than others who have more copies.
Linda’s results surprised both her and her coach, Ariel Hermanson. She learned that her body has a tougher time breaking down carbohydrates. They adjusted her plan and found even more success.
Hermanson said knowing member’s results helps to give coaches more ideas on what foods and diet plans to recommend.
Linda has now lost well over 100 pounds after meeting with Hermanson weekly and following her diet plan.
WDAY News gave the Precise Profile test a try to see if the results would vary.
Reporter and First News Anchor Sarah Rudlang sent a swab into the lab. Eight weeks later, a Profile coach told her she needs a blend of moderate carbs, fats and protein to maintain her weight.
“Based on my DNA, I learned that my body needs between 50-94 grams of protein a day, with carbs coming in 35 to 55 percent and fats are 30 to 45 percent,” Rudlang said. “And all of this information just helps me figure out what to put in a meal to help me maintain my weight. But, as they say, everyone is different, and Linda learned that her body needs 10% fewer carbs than I do to maintain her weight.”
While Linda found success with Profile by Sanford’s DNA test, people can find a variety of tests online that provide provide a variety of resources.
The company Helix offers 33 various products to choose from involving DNA, each with a different focus. For example, EmbodyDNA ($69.99) is paired with the popular weight-loss app Lose It!, which recommends foods based on your genes to lose weight. There’s also SlumperType ($94.99), which analyzes how DNA affects your sleep. Another popular choice is MuscleBuilder ($199.99), which claims to reveal “your genetic response to exercise,” while providing a 12-week genetically-guided training plan.
Another company offering a DNA diet test kit is 23andme ($139). Their test provides a wellness report that includes information about your health, traits, genetic health risks, ancestry and more.
The company Vitagene’s DNA kit ($99) promises to include information about how your genetics determine how you metabolize carbohydrates, fats and other macronutrients. The report will include that diet information, along with reports on fitness, supplements, skin and ancestry.
To learn more about the Profile Precise genetics test by Sanford, click here. The traditional way the test is administered is by meeting with a Profile Coach to determine if you would like to become a member of Profile. Then, after getting the results of your test, your coach will go over them with you, along with crafting a nutrition plan (including grocery list) based on your DNA.
While some health and fitness experts recommend giving genetics consideration to crafting a diet plan, Linda is an example of what it can do when it works best.