If you’re contemplating a diet that claims it “works for everyone”, step away. It’s a lie.
A new study of mice has found that weight gain or loss all depends on how an individual’s genes react to certain diets.
Basically, it doesn’t matter whether your friend had great success with the Atkin’s diet, your neighbour swears by giving up sugar or you read about a woman who changed her life through an obscure diet, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee success for you.
Delivering the results at the Allied Genetics Conference, North Carolina State University’s William Barrington said the team found four strains of mice fared very differently on four different diets.
The mice reacted differently to the different diets. Image: iStock
The four diets tested were a fat-and-carbohydrate-laden Western diet, traditional Mediterranean diet, Japanese diet and a low-carbohydrate, fat-rich diet aka the ketogenic diet.
The A/J strain mouse were almost unaffected by all dietary changes, with little weight gain or changes to insulin and cholesterol levels across any of the four diets.
NOD/SHiLtJ mice experienced a rise in blood sugar (a sign of diabetes) on the Mediterranean diet, but decreased on the Japanese diet while the FVB/NJ mice didn't gain any weight on the Western diet yet became obese with high cholesterol and a host of other health problems on the ketogenic diet. Watch: How much sugar is really in your favourite drink. Post continues after video.