The Gene Smart Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on July 3, 2016

The Gene Smart Diet review
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The Gene Smart Diet is essentially a low-calorie, fiber-friendly and antioxidant-rich diet created by Floyd Chilton, PhD, a Wake Forest School of Medicine professor of physiology. According to Chilton, our genes were not made for today’s diets and lifestyles. He claims that because of this, inflammation occurs in the body, which leads to weight gain, disease risk and other problems. The goal of his diet is to change a person’s health and life for the better.

In his book – “The Gene Smart Diet: The Revolutionary Eating Plan That Will Rewrite Your Genetic Destiny – And Melt Away The Pounds” – Chilton explains that while a person’s genes can help determine their weight and whether they are prone to certain diseases, an individual can help encourage certain genes to express themselves by following a certain type of diet that involves the right combination of foods and portions. Essentially, this involves lowering calories, eating more fiber, increasing polyphenols (a kind of antioxidant found in tea, fruits and vegetables), and eating omega-3 fatty acids, as well as increasing exercise.

Chilton believes that the nutrients a person receives by following his diet communicate with their genes over complex genetic pathways, which sets the course for weight loss and optimum health that lasts for the long term.

The Gene Smart Diet is a 5-week plan, giving users who follow it a complete menu including meals and snacks that have been specially developed to meet the Gene Smart guidelines. The plan primarily focuses on whole grain carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, “good” fats (ex. olive and canola oil) and low-fat dairy products. As for alcohol, the only acceptable beverage appears to be red win, but this is not allowed until after the first 5 weeks are complete.

As for exercise, the Gene Smart Diet recommends strength training as well as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (moderate intensity) at least 5 days per week, or 20 minutes of high-intensity aerobic activity, 3 days per week.


It is likely that you will lose weight following this diet, due to the fact that it is low in calories and it requires regular exercise. In one 8-week study involving this diet, men who participated lost an average of 13 pounds and women lost an average of 10.5 pounds.

The Gene Smart Diet is flexible and there are many foods and menu plans from which followers can choose. Furthermore, the only cost is the price of the book and your regular grocery bill.


While it is very possible that you will lose weight if you follow this diet as recommended, the weight that is lost is due to a reduction in calories and exercise and has nothing to do with changing your genes. In other words, Chilton’s gene theory is unfounded.

Before making drastic changes to your diet, it is recommended that you first consult with your healthcare provider.

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