Food is our fuel, recharges our body and gives us energy. Understanding the importance of healthy, whole food and which ones to choose for optimal health are extremely important. Learning how poor choices affect our hormones and wellbeing is critical to understanding proper nutrition and its benefits.
Sick of diets? Metabolic typing is not a diet. It is a way of eating that is formulated to your body and its unique nutritional needs. When you know your metabolic type, you will be able to select the right combination of foods to give you the energy you need to maintain a healthy and active metabolism. Ask yourself the following questions about an hour after eating a meal:
1. Do you still feel hungry even though you’re physically full?
Do you crave sweets?
Has your energy level dropped?
Do you feel nervous or irritable?
5. Are you feeling depressed?
Answering yes to any of the above questions can indicate an improper balance of fats, protein, and carbohydrates at your last meal. Even if you think that you’re eating healthy and organic foods, it could just be that you’re eating too much of one nutrient and not enough of another.
When we determine your metabolic type, it allows us to create a customized approach based on your unique genetic make-up. What you have to realize is that foods that help one person manage their weight, may cause bloating or weight gain in another. Therefore, it’s crucial to assess your metabolic type and eat accordingly.
Three Metabolic Types:
Protein types do better with a low-carb, high-protein, and high-fat diet. Protein types burn carbohydrates faster than other types, and must eat more protein and fat to slow this process down. This does not mean cutting out carbohydrates completely; it means choose wisely!
An ideal ratio of carbs, protein and fat for a Protein Type would be:
20% fats & oils
Small portions of protein, with most food coming in the form of carbohydrates. Carb Types burn carbohydrates slowly, but burn fats and proteins inefficiently, and therefore require a higher amount of carbohydrates to use as fuel. There still needs to be a mix of proteins, but low-fat options are the best.
An ideal ratio of carbs, protein and fat for a Carbohydate Type would be:
20% low-fat protein
10% fats & oils
Mixed types require a balance of carbohydrates and proteins. Something in the middle of Protein & Carb types. It’s harder to determine exactly the right balance for a mixed-type because you might vary back and forth between the two types. You may lean towards either the Protein Type, or Carb Type at any given time.
You should start to proportion your meals as outlined below and be sensitive to your body to make adjustments:
10% fats & oils
No matter what type you are, it is crucial to choose organic, whole foods (whole foods are minimally processed). They will be the best fuel for your body and provide optimal nutritional benefits!