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Matching DNA to a diet doesn’t work: ‘We didn’t even come close,’ researcher says

DNA testing won’t guide dieters to the weight-loss regimen most likely to work for them, scientists reported in a new study.

DNA testing won’t guide dieters to the weight-loss regimen most likely to work for them, scientists reported on Tuesday. Despite some earlier studies claiming that genetic variants predict whether someone has a better chance of shedding pounds on a low-carbohydrate or a low-fat diet, and despite a growing industry premised on that notion, the most rigorous study so far found no difference in weight loss between overweight people on diets that “matched” their genotype and those on diets that didn’t.

The findings make it less likely that genetics might explain why only

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