FTO: The ‘fatso’ gene & weight

The FTO gene is nick-named the ‘fatso gene’ because of its association with obesity. This article digs into the current research on the FTO gene and then will give you some science-based options for controlling your weight if you carry the FTO genetic variant.

Genetic Weight Loss Report

This DIY genetics report shows you how your genetic raw data for weight-related genes are linked to your weight. We are all different, and a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss does not work for everyone.

The UCP1 gene is important in brown fat and burning energy

Burn more energy for weight loss: UCP1 gene

Some people do have more active ‘internal heat’ and they actually are burning off more energy all the time. Discover how the UCP1 gene in brown fat turns up internal energy, the genetic variants that impair this, and options for revving up the heat.

Growing up ‘big boned’: MC4R gene and obesity

There are several key players in our body’s regulation of hunger, satiety, and energy expenditure. Leptin and ghrelin are two pivotal hormones involved in our desire to eat. Within that leptin pathway, another key regulator of our body weight is MC4R. (Member’s article)

An Adenovirus Causes Weight Gain

There have been several interesting studies linking obesity to a viral infection, specifically an adenovirus. Learn more about this virus and its association with obesity.

Oxytocin and Weight Loss

A look into the possible use of intranasal oxytocin for weight loss. Discover more and what your response might be depending on your genes.

SCD1 Stearic Acid weight loss

SCD1: A lynchpin of metabolism

The SCD1 enzyme converts saturated fatty acids to unsaturated fats. Learn how your genes impact this enzyme, and how this relates to weight loss.

Ghrelin: The “hunger hormone”

The hunger hormone, ghrelin, is important in appetite regulation and satiety. Learn how your genes interact with your diet when it comes to ghrelin levels. (Member’s article)

PPAR-Delta: Burning off the Fat

PPARδ is a key player in how and when your muscles burn fat for fuel. Genetic variants in the PPARD gene impact how well your muscles utilize fatty acids. These variants also impact how much of a fat-burning benefit you get from exercise.

Detoxifying Phthalates: Genes and Diet

Phthalates are a type of chemical used as plasticizers to make plastics more pliable. There has been a lot of research on the endocrine-disrupting effects of phthalates. Your genetic variants may impact whether phthalates are a problem for you.

Weight Loss Topic Summary

Utilize our Weight Loss Topic Summary Reports with your 23andMe or AncestryDNA genetic data to see which articles may be most relevant to you. These summaries are attempting to distill the complex information down into just a few words. Please see the linked articles for details and complete references. (Member’s article)

A Sweet Tooth Without Weight Gain: FGF21 Gene

The FGF21 gene codes for a hormone that is created in the liver and is important for appetite regulation. One variant is linked to increasing carbohydrate consumption – but without an increase in weight gain or diabetes. (Member’s article)

Leptin Receptors: Genetics and Hunger

Do you wonder why other people don’t seem to struggle with wanting to eat more? Ever wished your body could just naturally know that it has had enough food and turn off the desire to eat? You might carry a genetic variant in the leptin receptor gene which is linked to not feeling as full or satisfied by your meal. (Member’s article)

Digesting Carbohydrates: Amylase variants

Carbohydrate digestion begins in the mouth with an enzyme called amylase. Take a look into how the amylase enzyme works, genetic variants that impact your production of amylase, and solutions if you are low in amylase. (Member’s article)

Hacking BDNF for weight loss

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a fascinating growth hormone that performs many functions in our brain. Its involvement helps to support neurons and neuronal growth. In addition, it plays a role in long-term memory — and it also is important in obesity.

Weight Loss: Optimizing your diet based on your genes

Does the perfect diet exist? Most people want to lose weight to ‘get healthy’. Perhaps we are all looking at weight loss backward. Instead of losing weight to get healthy, we should get healthy and then naturally lose weight. Learn how to focus on finding your own genetically correct diet while optimizing your lifestyle to get healthy first.

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UCP2 Gene: Weight Loss Lifehacks

UCP2 gene plays a role in energy production, metabolism, and inflammation. Understanding your UCP2 variants can give you a head start in understanding your weight loss and what might actually work best for you.

How our genes shape our gut microbiome and our weight

Differences in our microbiome might shape how we gain weight. Several studies have come out recently showing that those who are overweight have a different gut microbiome composition than those who are lean. Here’s a look at a few of the genes that play a role in determining which microbes inhabit the gut microbiome.

Adiponectin levels, food choices, and genetics

Although production occurs in adipose tissue, those with more fat tissue usually have lower adiponectin levels. Lower adiponectin levels (and thus high inflammation) have links to chronic issues associated with obesity.

DHEA and Your Weight

DHEA is a hormone that does a lot in the body – including influencing muscle mass and weight. This quick article examines just one aspect of DHEA: how it affects our weight. But the genetic variants included here also impact other impacts of DHEA in the body. (Member’s article)