Heart attack at 38! How a 5-minute home DNA test helped Jacquie to her lightest weight in 15 years.
Jacquie Hamilton was only 38 years old when she felt “a bit yucky” at the gym…minutes later she was being rushed to hospital in an ambulance having suffered a heart attack.
“I felt like I had a bit of a cold and then felt like vomiting and some tightness in my chest,” Jacquie recalls.
“I thought it was the heart rate monitor that I was wearing that was a bit too tight, but thanks to the actions of the trainer at the gym who called the ambulance, things might have been a lot different.”
The Brisbane Accountant suffered a “dissection of the artery”, and it was this event 6 years ago that got her fascinated with the workings of the human body, and gave her a laser focus on her own health and fitness.
“There wasn’t a lot I was doing wrong health-wise, there was no family history of heart issues but, regardless, it made me pretty determined to lose weight and stay healthy to keep up with my husband, and my two very active sons.”
“The trouble was, I was doing boot-camp 4 times a week and also pounding the pavement for 5 kilometres at a time, but the extra weight I was carrying just wasn’t shifting.”
“It was very frustrating because I felt like I was doing everything right; I was counting calories religiously, always have, and I just wasn’t losing any weight, in fact some weeks I’d put weight on!”
“I’d tried every ‘diet’ in the book but nothing seemed to help until a friend put me onto CarbChoice and I decided to give it a try. I took the DNA test, got my results and started my new program in January this year. I can safely say it’s been a life-changing experience.”
On a scale of 1 to 14, Jacquie scored a “5” on her CarbChoice test which means she is a mid-range processor of starchy carbohydrates, and the new approach to her diet recommended by CarbChoice is finally producing the results she has been craving for years.
“I am now kicking myself that I didn’t do this earlier because just by adjusting what I ate, the weight has been falling off,” Jacquie confirms.
“In less than 6 weeks I’ve lost more than 5 kilos and I feel amazing. I’ve got more energy, feel a lot less bloated and I’m now the lightest I’ve been since pre-kids so I just love it. And the best part is I haven’t found the change hard at all so I’ve recommended it to a few of my training buddies already.”
THE FITGENES STORY
Due to increasing demand from health professionals, CarbChoice has now been launched as a direct to consumer product, available for sale online.
“We have spent the past decade researching and implementing affordable, genetic-based testing that empowers people, especially those struggling to control their weight,” Dr Schliebs said.
“There is a large cohort of health practitioners who use this product in their practices, helping clients who have often been subjected to the endless merry-go-round of diets and exercise plans that don’t work, because the plans aren’t right for their DNA.”
“Now that it’s available direct to customers online we’re seeing a surge in sales, as the conventional ‘one size fits all’ dietary and exercise advice is being superseded by DNA science.”
CarbChoice measures the variation in a gene called “AMY1” which is responsible for the production of amylase activity in the body, an enzyme that breaks down and processes starchy carbohydrates.
The Copy Number Variation (CNV) score is then used to chart personalised nutrition, weight loss and exercise recommendations and deliver sample meal plans, with the aim of increasing the amylase production in the body by eating certain types of food, doing specific exercises and managing the types of carbohydrates eaten.