Now I feel more energized!

Thursday, March 29, 2018. Author Sabrina Neilson

Sabrina Neilson

With 2 Master's degrees in Nutrition and Biochemistry adorning her office wall, Sabrina certainly has a strong academic background to understand the inner workings of the human body.

Then she took a FitnessGenes DNA test.  Here's what she learned:

Ideal workout time

From my CLOCK gene result, I learned that I’m a night owl, which surprised me! I now try to exercise after work whenever I can, instead of before work (which I’ve historically always done). This simple change has made such a difference to my energy levels!  I’ve noticed that I can push myself much harder and ultimately get more out of each workout.


Protein at breakfast limits snacking

I'm an AT on the FTO gene: I started to eat little and often and I am now pretty militant about making sure I have protein at breakfast and also spread my protein intake throughout the day. By altering my protein intake in this way, my energy levels are stable throughout the day, and I no longer snack between meals.

Sabrina FTO

Reduce omega 6's

APOA5 AG - I’m at slight risk of elevated blood triglycerides if I consume too many omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.  Omega 6's are found in many common cooking oils, such as sunflower oil, vegetable oil and sesame oil as well as in nuts, such as walnuts. I have therefore made a few dietary tweaks to reduce my omega-6 intake by focusing on consuming foods higher in monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil and avocados, as well as sources rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, including oily fish or dressing my salads with flaxseed oil.

Sabrina APOA5

Not eating enough carbs!

The FitnessGenes nutrition calculator and macronutrient recommendations were extremely helpful. I realized I was not eating enough carbohydrates each day, so by making a conscious effort to reduce my consumption of healthy fats, in favor of low Glycemic impact carbs, such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, I’ve found I have a lot more energy throughout the day :)

Sabrina Neilson is FitnessGenes' Head of Nutritional Product Development and is the author of many of our delicious, nutritious recipes. Her exceptionally impressive academic credentials include a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University to add to her Master’s in Nutrition from University College, London. She is pictured above with Kelly Wu, Strategic Development Manager at FitnessGenes'

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