Years ago, I had a Realtor friend who told me his mother struggled with being overweight up until the last year of her life. Always quick to look at the silver lining, she would say how happy she was to meet her Lord as a skinny person. The Un-Diet is about taking the “die” out of diet by focusing on intuitive living and health so we can help others for many more years.
Right now we live in an advanced world where our personal man-machine Butler (robot) could tell us exactly what to do every day to lose or maintain weight. We have websites, programs and apps that interpret our DNA using genomic science to enlighten us about the “nature” side of the coin. But until AI gets into our brains and “nurtures” us to form better habits, we have to nurture/train ourselves. We have to find eating and exercise plans that make us feel good, stay motivated and look our best.
This book explores intuitive living on INFJ Island where one person attempts to decipher her DNA for weight loss as well as try new and old diets. With the help of her Butler, Lady INFJ analyzes her genes. She examines the farmer versus the hunter-gatherer type, genes related to being a fat, carb or protein seeker, genes associated with body fat percentage and more. She also tries the Warrior Diet, fasting, the Paleo Diet and others.
Chapter 1: Hunter-Gatherer Genes in a Processed World
To maximize weight loss, it’s important to crack your personal DNA code. That means understanding what kind of foods better mesh with your particular genes and blood type.
One of the most fundamental genetic weight loss elements is whether or not your body can handle processed or “factory” foods. Finding out if you are a “farmer” or a “hunter-gatherer” body type boils down to the CLTCL1 gene variant also known as M1316V or p.Met1316Val. The gene is located on chromosome 22.
Farmer types have fewer problems metabolizing higher carbohydrate diets and processed foods with sugar while hunter-gatherer types should avoid pastries, processed meals, frozen foods, canned foods and foods with a lot of preservatives.
When examining your raw DNA, search for rs1061325. If you have the T;T alleles listed next to rs1061325, that means you have two copies of the hunter-gatherer CLTCL1 gene variant. For you, the modern “junk food” diet may lead to insulin resistance.
If you have C;T alleles, that translates to one copy of the hunter-gatherer gene and one copy of the farmer variant. For you, it’s not a big deal to occasionally splurge by ordering dessert or having a pizza cheat day. However, most of the time, it’s best to “eat clean” by preparing food yourself that is as close to fresh as possible.
Those with two copies of the farmer CLTCL1 gene variant have double C;C alleles. Those fortunate souls don’t necessarily plow fields, milk cows or tend to chickens. They just have the more modern genes that make it easier for their bodies to process factory foods.
Think of it this way. Hunters-and-gatherers didn’t eat food that went from a factory to a truck to a grocery store. They picked berries — and ate them. They gathered nuts — and ate them. If at all possible, grow your own food or frequent a farmer’s market or produce stand that sells recently harvested fruits and vegetables.
Experts say only about 18 percent of people have the double hunter-gatherer gene.
What do you do if you have the double hunter-gatherer gene? Should you eat a lot of meat? Not necessarily. You could also have the genes that requires you to adopt a low-fat diet in order to succeed at weight loss goals.
Also, there is evidence that blood type matters. If you have O blood type, meat is beneficial. But if you are an A blood type, you might fare better on a vegetarian diet.
Weight Loss Tips for Hunter-Gatherers
- Avoid leftovers
- Avoid canned foods
- Don’t prepare meals ahead of time
- Avoid processed deli meats
- Grow your own fruits, herbs and vegetables
- Eat more raw foods
- Buy healthier flours and products such a buckwheat
Some people research their ancient ancestry to find out where their ancestors lived hundreds and even thousands of years ago. What kind of foods did these primitive ancestors likely consume? Duplicate their diets whenever possible.
Also, if you have the hunter-gatherer genes, you probably have other genes associated with high-energy exercise for weight loss. Hunters-and-gatherers were active people who likely walked and ran every day.
Chapter 2: Are You a Fat, Carb or Protein Seeker?
Don’t be afraid of fats. Don’t be afraid of carbs. Don’t be afraid of protein. Depending on the diet trend, experts have made logical arguments for any combination of macronutrients.
The truth is each individual has specific nutritional needs based on their own genetic bias. Intuitive/personalized diets cater to an individual whether a fat, carb or protein seeker.
My genome report tells me I am a high carbohydrate (plant) seeker, an intermediate protein seeker and low fat seeker. But before I celebrate with a slice of low-fat cake without buttercream frosting, the Little Debbie Downer facts remain. I don’t have the farmer genes that make it easier for me to digest processed foods. And, I have a gluten intolerance.
For me, a higher carbohydrate diet means more vegetables and sprouted grains. Even more ideal, I’d want to consume the kind of carbohydrates a hunter-and-gatherer would have eaten right off the vine or out of the ground.
For another person, a higher carb diet could mean easily digesting and benefiting from pasta.
What are some of the genes associated with fat, carb or protein seeking? Regardless of our most favorable macronutrients, weight loss still comes down to calories in, calories out…
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