Podcast Episode 116: DNA & Your Weight – Courtney McCormick

Mar 20, 2019

Everyone is different, therefore different approaches to weight management, or an overall healthy lifestyle, are to be expected.”

Nutrigenomics & The Nutrisystem DNA Body Blueprint

Nutrigenomics is a science studying the relationships between the human genome, nutrition and health – or how genes and diet interact to influence the way nutrients cause an individual’s body to function. According to research, the human body contains about 20,000 – 25,000 genes. Genes are regions of DNA that act as instructions for telling our bodies how to function. Our genetic makeup influences how each individual uniquely responds to nutrients, exercise and weight loss.

The Nutrisystem DNA Body Blueprint is a simple, effective and secure at-home DNA test. This genetic-based product uses a proprietary algorithm that provides an integrated personal action plan for your body focused on eating behaviors, nutrition and metabolism. The DNA test is supported by science and comprehensively developed to help weight loss and weight management.

It is important to understand what health and weight loss plans work best for you. Genetic testing can be used to recommend different strategies that may help you make more informed choices and achieve outcomes that contribute to overall health.

Discover what tools in the “weight management toolbox” will keep you motivated to adopt healthier behaviors and set one or two manageable goals to work towards. Those small steps will add up over time.”

Guest Bio: Courtney McCormick, MPH, RDN, LDN

Courtney McCormickCourtney McCormick is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a master’s degree in public health. Currently, she serves as the Manager of Clinical Research and Nutrition at Nutrisystem. In this role, she helps support the nutritional strategy and clinical research for both the Nutrisystem and South Beach Diet brands.

Courtney has focused most of her career in dietetics working in the area of weight management. Early in her career, she coordinated and managed programs that served to prevent childhood obesity. Now, at Nutrisystem, she works within Product Development and Research to develop programs and products that help support adults in managing a healthy weight.

Enter to WIN a FREE
DNA Body Blueprint test!

Nutrisystem is giving away TWO free DNA Body Blueprint tests! You can ENTER TO WIN by sharing this podcast episode on Twitter and/or Instagram, writing a comment on the shownotes, or submitting a review of the show on iTunes by March 31, 2019. Each action you take counts as a separate entry. Tag me @MelissaJoyRD and use the hashtag #UnderstandingNutrigenomics when you post on social media. Winners will be randomly selected (U.S. residents only please).


Nutrisystem Website
The Leaf Lifestyle Blog
DNA Body Blueprint Fact Sheet and White Papers
South Beach Diet Website
The Palm, Lifestyle Blog

Related Episodes:

W.I.S.E. Choices: Weight Improvement, Satisfaction & Energy – Sound Bites Podcast #79 with Dr. James O. Hill

Transformational Weight Loss: What You REALLY Need to Know About Exercise – Sound Bites Podcast #24 with James O. Hill

New Partnership!

American Association of Diabetes Educators

Sound Bites is partnering with the American Association of Diabetes Educators! Stay tuned for updates on the podcast, blog and newsletter!

  • New insulin affordability resource and other access/affordability resources are available at DiabetesEducator.org/affordability
  •  Diabetes Alert Day is Tuesday, March 26. You can encourage individuals to understand their risk at DoIHavePrediabetes.org. Educators can find out more about becoming a National Diabetes Prevention Program provider at DiabetesEducator.org/Prevention.
  • A new scoping review and gaps analysis of Diabetes Online Communities was just released in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology that supports its benefits as a tool for people with diabetes. For more information visit DiabetesEducator.org/PeerSupport.

Save the Date!

Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium 2019

Sound Bites is collaborating with Today’s Dietitian! Stay tuned for updates on the podcast, blog, and newsletter!

Save the Date! Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium 2019 is in Scottsdale, Arizona May 19-22!

Music by Dave Birk

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  1. Lauren L. on March 21, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Really enjoyed listening to this episode! I feel like this is the future of nutrition and weight loss counseling. Thank you for being transparent about the interpretation of the results. I’d love to try out a test for myself! My mom who has always struggled with the inability to lose weight would also benefit.

    • Melissa Dobbins on March 21, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks Lauren!
      So glad you enjoyed the episode. You are entered in the drawing for a free kit!

  2. Tara Gonzales on March 22, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Melissa,
    Thank you so much for this amazing podcast! I have been enjoying your show since my dietetic internship days, 2 years ago! I am now an RDN working in School Food Service. I have learned something from every episode that I have listened too. This one on Nutrigenomics has been my favorite by far. It is so fascinating and useful for people who have been struggling with their weight. How can someone have the DNA Body Blueprint done for themselves?

    • Melissa Dobbins on March 24, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Tara,
      Thank you so much for being a long-time listener! I’m so glad this was your favorite episode so far as I found it very fun and interesting to do the test and get to know Courtney and share it with you!
      Your comment here on the shownotes automatically enters you into the drawing for one of two free Nutrisystem DNA Body Blueprint Kits! But if you want to purchase one you can google it or try this link: https://bit.ly/2WkgjJt .
      Thanks again for listening and good luck on the drawing!

  3. Judy Barbe on March 24, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Well, you’ve done it again! Brought some cutting edge science to me. As a registered dietitian I remind people that nutrition is a science. That means it evolves and changes as new research is conducted, This podcast is a perfect example. The more we learn about DNA, and specifically, our own DNA, the more we will be able to apply that to nutrition recommendations. Thanks, Melissa and Courtney! Clearly NutrtiSystem is more than a meal!

    • Melissa Dobbins on March 24, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Judy!
      It means so much to me that you listened to this episode and enjoy the show!
      Now you’re entered into the drawing for a chance to win one of two DNA Body Blueprint kits!

  4. Robin O'Sullivan on March 25, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Thank you for the informative episode! It’s fascinating. I would LOVE to take the DNA Body Blueprint test. #UnderstandingNutrigenomics

    • Melissa Dobbins on March 25, 2019 at 10:06 pm

      Hi Robin,
      Thanks so much for listening and commenting! You’re entered into the drawing for a free test kit – best of luck to you!

  5. Susanna K. Thyer on March 25, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing! I have a feeling that science has barely touched the surface on the information that DNA testing can provide. In listening to the podcast, I found it very interesting how closely your results resembled things that you already knew about yourself. Very interesting indeed!

    • Melissa Dobbins on March 27, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Susanna!
      I agree – it’s so interesting and exciting to see the science evolving in this arena!
      Your comment on this post enters you into the drawing for a free DNA kit from Nutrisystem – good luck!

  6. Skylar Daniels on March 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Just found your podcast through nutrition diva! Would love to know more about my genetics and weightloss. I am weaning my son, so looking to start back with my weight loss journey!

    • Melissa Dobbins on March 28, 2019 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Skylar,
      Welcome to my show – I hope you enjoy it! You’re entered into the drawing for the free DNA kit from Nutrisystem!
      Enjoy this precious time with your son,

  7. Lauren Harris-Pincus on March 31, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    This was awesome! We know as clinicians that everybody is different but until now we weren’t able to hone in on personal recommendations for weight loss. Love where the science is heading! #UnderstandingNutrigenomics

    • Melissa Dobbins on April 2, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Lauren!
      Very exciting, indeed! Just think how much more we’ll know 5-10 years from now!

  8. Katie Goldberg on March 31, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Loved this episode. Always intrigued by where nutrigenomics is taking us and what we are learning. So many exciting ways to apply this science. Can’t wait until it’s truly available to the masses.

    • Melissa Dobbins on April 1, 2019 at 7:30 am

      Thanks Katie!
      It’s an exciting time in the nutrition world, indeed.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts – you’re entered into the drawing for a free kit!
      Best of luck,

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