We’ve all done this before, when you see someone try an exercise programme or diet and get great results so you try it too but the results just aren’t the same? And as a trainer, I’m sure I’m not alone when in the early days, I assumed the same exercises would work the same for everyone. I got confused as to why I saw different results amongst clients – why 2 people would do the same things and one would lose weight, gain energy and feel great while another person stayed exactly the same or even worse, gained weight and felt worse. I figured they lied about their food or didn’t do the exercise.
What we know now is that there is no one size fits all when it comes to exercise, health and well-being. We know that your body changes in response to your environment, the exercise you do and the food you eat and different bodies will respond differently to all these factors– this is epigenetics and it makes clear how two people following the exact same programme can have varying results.
Some people will do better with short bursts of high intensity exercise often while others are made to lift heavy or go for steady long duration exercise. Some of us have slower metabolisms and need only 2-3 meals a day, while others will need 5-6 to stay at the top of their game. We all need a diet that’s varied and full of nutritious food, however some of us do best on a mostly vegetarian diet while others need a good amount of animal protein.
when we can analyse your body and understand your unique needs, we have truly personalised health and it’s powerful stuff.
Taking into account 15 layers of science, 2 decades of research and over 20,000 case studies, our online epigenetic platform assimilates all this knowledge and research to find the commonalities amongst 6 basic Health Types and developed algorithms to predict what works best given your specific body measurements.
It all starts with basic embryology. As we each develop in the womb, once a foetus gets to the 64 cell stage, the 3 dermal layers (endoderm, ectoderm and mesoderm) appear. Depending on the combination of genes present and the environment in the womb, one of these layers will dominate in development.
If say, the endodermal layer is more prominent in development, those parts of the body associated with the endoderm – the digestive tract, pancreas, thyroid, liver – will dominate in development as well. Therefore, we typically get a body with an extremely efficient metabolism in the sense being able to extract the most nutrients from food and keeping nutrient reserves for times of scarcity. This results in a body that’s bigger in size with the potential to hold more body fat than others.
Knowing this, we’ll approach this person’s nutrition, exercise and lifestyle differently to that who had a predominance in ectodermal or mesodermal development at the embryological stage.
When we look into genetics we also start to see correlations between certain health conditions and things like height or ratios in certain body and skeletal measures, that there’s 30 genes that determine how you deposit fat or weight on your hips and weight and that this relates to the types of hormones that dominate your body. As hormones determine your neuropsychology, we can start to predict how your body, and mind, will behave in certain situations.
What works best for each of us comes down to our unique combination of genes and while you won’t find 2 people exactly the same, you will find similarities in the Health Types. Each Health Type tends to have a dominant set of physical strengths and weaknesses, under or over active hormones and neurotransmitter activities, and physical predispositions that show up as similar behaviours and needs. However, your personalised profile may be a mix of these Health Types, so your profile will be unique to you.
If what you’ve been doing isn’t providing the results you want, the answer could have been within you all along.