myDNA Diet Report Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can benefit from a myDNA Diet report?
The diet report is useful as an educational tool for those who want to maximise their health, or to reach a healthy weight. It also gives insights into how some important genes impact your health and weight. The report may be of benefit to those who have dieted without success.
The genetic results identified in the Diet Report are valid for people of all ages and do not change with age. The advice offered in relation to the genetic results are applicable for adults. However some advice relating to the FTO gene may be relevant to children from four years of age and can be valuable during adolescence. The myDNA diet recommendations (including Serving Size Guide and Sample Menu) are tailored to adults aged 19 and above. The report is valid for those who are younger than 19 years old, but appropriate serving sizes and sample menus need to be calculated by a dietitian.
- What are the benefits of a myDNA Diet Report?
A myDNA Diet Report can create a picture of an individual’s genetics and provides a recommended diet accordingly. This diet is scientific and can be maintained long term. Knowing that a diet is tailored to your genes can help with motivation and sustainability.
- How was my diet created?
Each diet is selected based on research which shows good outcomes (for better health or weight loss) in studies which look at people who share a specific gene type. In some cases, a combined diet is recommended where there a number of gene results which have been shown to have good outcomes with different diets.
- How long should I follow the recommended diet for?
All diets recommended by myDNA are safe to follow indefinitely in the ‘weight maintenance’ option. If weight loss is desired, the recommended diet should be followed until a healthy weight has been achieved. The length will vary depending on your weight goal. Consultation with a healthcare professional is recommended to optimize weight loss results.
- What do I get with the report?
You will learn your genetic results for the gene analysed and what they mean. You will be advised on the best diet for your genetic results based on scientific evidence: one for weight loss and one for weight maintenance. You will be given all supporting information to follow your diet, including Serving size guide and meal plan. Upon release of your report, you will gain access to our portal, with ongoing tips and expanding genetic reporting as the evidence grows.
- What can I do with this information?
The way that you use the information depends on your goals. You can use the report to improve your heart health, or to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight. This information will empower you to take control over your health and wellbeing.
- How does the sample menu differ from other meal plans?
- Why are my weight maintenance and weight loss diets different from each other?
For some genetic results, the type of diet that is recommended for weight loss is different from weight maintenance. Some people need to eat differently if they want to lose weight (and not just cut calories) from the way that they should eat if they want to maintain a healthy weight.
- How are the calorie requirements calculated?
Calorie requirements for weight maintenance calculation are based on the Nutrient Reference Values for Australian and New Zealand, using the Schofield equation, which indicates Estimated Energy Requirements (EER) from predicted basal metabolic rate (BMR) and Physical Activity Level (PAL). For weight loss, we have applied 500 cal (~2092 Kj) deficit as per general guidelines.
- Do the calorie recommendations account for my activity levels?
As we state in the disclaimer at the beginning of the report, the calorie requirements provided do not take into consideration different levels of Physical Activity (nor height or weight) of each person. The calorie requirements provided for weight maintenance and weight loss are a starting point that may be further personalised by a healthcare professional (e.g. dietitian) on a case-by-case level.