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TheUpsideDown Fri 27-Jan-17 08:58:43

I'm getting older and fatter. I genuinely eat healthy and currently do 30 mins to an hour of exercise a day (gym, swimming, fitness DVD at home or a jog). But I'm not losing it anywhere but off my boobs! And Ive never had much boobage to start off with so I'm just getting flatter in the chest. But if I put weight on it doesn't go back to my boobs, it just gathers around my middle or my arse. It's really depressing! I'm clearly not eating the right things for my body and not doing the right exercises.

I'm considering this DNA diet (I want the most expensive package at £249 which will tell me what foods to eat/avoid and what fitness programme I should follow based on my genetics) but DH thinks it's an obscene waste of money and unreasonable of me to spend this much on what he considers to be nothing more than another fad diet that won't work....

Has anyone here done this diet. Is it worth the money? Or is my DH right? Is it just a fad that doesn't work?

RebelandaStunner Fri 27-Jan-17 09:04:23

DNA diet? hmm
I agree with your DH.

helenfagain Fri 27-Jan-17 09:05:44

I agree with your do too. Try changing your exercise routine, maybe some hiit?

thecatneuterer Fri 27-Jan-17 09:07:40

Sounds like horseshit to me. I'm with your DH

GoesDownLikeACupOfColdSick Fri 27-Jan-17 09:07:46

My friend paid similar for a diet that looked at her face/skin and told her what to eat and what not to eat. It was daft, it literally came back with, eat lean protein, cut out pizza etc.

Honestly, I think I would spend the money on a decent nutritionist. Or something like this, if you have anything similar near you - this is a local one that I did; the people who stuck to it lost about a stone in 8 weeks, and even people like me who were too lazy came away with some really good health recipes that have no sugar or wheat or dairy but still taste amazing):

YouMeddlingKids Fri 27-Jan-17 09:08:46

Yes it's a fad! Spend a week recording literally everything you eat and drink, weigh your portions, think about carbs, protein, sugar... Then spend your £250 on a lively treat!

Strongmummy Fri 27-Jan-17 09:11:24

I think you'd be better spending your cash on some weights and kettle bells and start exercising more effectively!!

TheUpsideDown Fri 27-Jan-17 09:12:49

The only reason I looked at was after watching the programme that looks into all the different diets to see which ones work and those that are just crazy bs (can't remember the name of it now, has a doctor presenting it and he looks into them himself then they have a pair of 'guinea pigs' each week to test a couple of them out)

A woman was on this DNA diet and she had great results and said she'd definitely continue with it after the show.

TheUpsideDown Fri 27-Jan-17 09:18:46

YouMeddlingKids I've been doing that with My Fitness Pal. I never exceed more 1200 calories a day. I eat fresh steamed veggies and lean meats and fish. Limit naughty foods and drinks to just the weekend. I do both strength and cardio at the gym. I alternate yoga and pilates with aerobic type exercises at home...

I'm only a 5ft 2" and easily put muscle on which adds to me looking 'fat' when I just want to look lean, so I avoid doing weights too much (my sis is the same and she does kettle bell classes, but she's put on a lot of muscle and looks quite bulky imo, which isn't a look I want for myself)

Strongmummy Fri 27-Jan-17 09:27:08

The upside down, if you are using weights and turning fat to muscle you should look leaner. Obviously people have different body shapes

KitKat1985 Fri 27-Jan-17 09:28:24

I'm with your DH on this. I think your money would be far better spent by making an appointment with a trainer at your local gym and asking them for advice on exercises to tone up your problem areas.

HelsBels5000 Fri 27-Jan-17 09:30:57

Have you used a TDEE calculator like the fitness frog one? I'd hazard a guess that 1200 calories is't enough per day if you are doing lots of exercise. Try it and see....

AdoraBell Fri 27-Jan-17 09:32:33

Muscle is considerably heavier than fat. Are you looking at simple weight, or health?

GandolfBold Fri 27-Jan-17 09:33:58

1200 calories isnt a lot. You are starving yourself and your body is trying to protect itself.

TheUpsideDown Fri 27-Jan-17 09:34:58

KitKat I already did that at the gym I'm a member of. I'm all doing the exercises he's recommended for me via the programme he's set for me, but it isn't working.

But I also don't want to waste money on fad diets and programmes...

Back to the drawing board. Thanks guys x

Scarydinosaurs Fri 27-Jan-17 09:35:07

If you're willing to spend that- do the free trial for the T25 and follow that fitness plan. 25 minutes exercise a day (can do at home), food plans and you work out 6 days a week.

It sounds like you need to up your exercise and change your eating. It's free for one month, so if you get results, then pay out to get it properly.

Sonders Fri 27-Jan-17 09:40:19

For the first time in a long time, I can actually provide an informed opinion on something!

I have a degree in genetics, and also (briefly) worked for a competitor of these guys. Basically, the product isn't a rip off, you do get a really good idea of how your body works. If you take that information, apply your life experiences to it, and stick to their regime without falter it'll get results.


In reality, it probably won't solve your problems, and there are much easier fixes that cost a lot less. One thing I would recommend to do first is see a qualified nutritionist (if you haven't done so already) most do a free consultation first too. They can usually identify things pretty quickly in your diet, and come up with a strategy that works for your biology and your lifestyle.

There's more I could write but I feel this post is long enough!

Cromwell1536 Fri 27-Jan-17 09:40:39

Oh, it's irritating when this happens.I used to go to a powerplate studio, drawn by the promises of building lean muscle and burning fat, but I found that I built muscle without burning fat and just got bigger. Things changed when I started going to a spin class two or three times a week, and upped my brisk walking/jogging up hills (I live in a hilly bit of London and it's easy to find a hill to walk up fast, less easy if you live on the Norfolk coast!) I also had to be very honest about my eating, which although healthy in the sense that I ate the right sort of stuff and cooked from scratch, was too heavy on carbs, I was quick to take second helpings and I drank too much wine. If your weekends start on Friday nights and run through until Monday morning, you might find you are consuming a lot of extra calories and carbs and your poor old body just puffs up and holds onto them. This certainly happens to my husband, who can puff up around belly and face after a Christmas week of mince pies and wine.

In your shoes, I'd spend £250 but I'd use it on a personal trainer who also understands diet, and who will see you at the gym once a week or more over several weeks, and help you get on a path that's right for you, and keep you motivated.

Good luck with it - you will find the right regime for you, and it might be a simple one. My neighbour has lost loads of weight over the last year with lots of walking, cutting out the booze and the obvious dietary excesses, and an exercise class once a week.

All the best.

KatherinaMinola Fri 27-Jan-17 09:41:50

Yes, waste of money - it's a con. Agree with PP who said use money for a one-to-one appointment with a trainer at the gym. Or maybe an exercise class rather than exercise DVD - because an instructor will make sure you do the exercises properly. Most people (myself included) will do a lazy approximation of the exercise left to their own devices.

TheUpsideDown Fri 27-Jan-17 09:44:44

AdoraBell no not just weight, but body shape and overall health. I want to make changes for a healthy lifestyle for life, not just a diet to lose weight for a short period of time (and then end up putting it back on!). But I did want to shift this extra weight as well. I'm normally around 8 stone, but I'm nearly 9 stone at the moment and nearing the latter end of a healthy bmi - which im just not comfortable with, at ny height it doesnt suit me, i look dumpy. But all that's happening is my already small boobs are getting smaller and the weight around my middle and backside isn't budging a bloody inch!

Maybe you're right hellsbells and bandofgold I am only eating 1200 calories a day and usually doing around 60 mins of exercise everyday - too much? Starvation mode perhaps?

CaveMum Fri 27-Jan-17 09:45:30

Have a look at the Whole 30 diet, everyone I know how has tried it has had good results and it makes a lot of sense. It's similar to the Paleo (Caveman) diet which encourages lots of meat and veg and limited carbs/grains.

Sonders Fri 27-Jan-17 09:47:54

Just to back up what I've said about the nutritionist. We all know our weight is controlled by a simple equation - energy in vs energy out.

You've already had professional help with the energy out side (gym trainer), so it seems logical to see a professional about the energy you're taking in.

WiggleYourWoo Fri 27-Jan-17 09:49:15

I agree with your DH. There is a thing that won't cost you a penny, it's called willpower. The only way to lose weight is to eat less, whatever your DNA.

Dragongirl10 Fri 27-Jan-17 09:49:36

Before you blow £250, buy the Louise Parker Lean for Life book for maybe £18.

I struggled with my weight and energy for years, yet 14 days in to this and l am 10LB 4, lighter seems to have come off my stomach mostly, and l feel well, really well.

Its a no fads really effective eating plan, 3 modest meals and 2 snacks, with loads of quick and tasty recipes. I have only managed 30 minute workouts twice a week so exercise is not getting the result, this plan is.

No processed food, no sugar, bit of forward planning for ingredients but then quick to prepare and cook so sustainable. Really delicious meals.

KoalaDownUnder Fri 27-Jan-17 09:49:56

I do both strength and cardio at the gym.

Please tell us exactly what you do at the gym every week (with specifics). I think j can help!

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