There are a number of new tests entering the marketplace that recommend certain diets to users based on their genetic profiles. "The theory behind the (not inexpensive) offer is that different people are genetically inclined to process calories in different ways and are better off eating and working out using methods that sync with those predisposed metabolisms," reports Whole Living.

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