Proper Nutrition: Yes, you are what you eat! - November 10th, 2010

Metabolic Typing 101

It’s about getting the ratio of fats, proteins and carbohydrates you eat at every meal or snack in the right proportion so that your personal biochemistry is balanced. When that happens, you will see the positive results in your body. It’s what most “diets” out there don’t and can’t do.  Try the “No Diet, Diet!”
Eating right for your Metabolic Type can...

  • Give you more energy

  • Control your weight and body fat

  • Control your hunger level

  • Reduce cravings between meals

  • Prevent disease

  • Weight loss

  • Increase strength and stamina

  • Optimize mental clarity

  • Improve athletic performance

 

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.

Metabolic Typing:

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?

2. Do you crave sweets?

3. Has your energy level dropped?

4. 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 Type
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: 

35% carbohydrates
45% protein
20% fats & oils

Carbohydrate Type
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:

70% carbohydrates
20% low-fat protein
10% fats & oils

Mixed Type

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:

50% carbohydrates
40% protein
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!


 

Gary Jasmin is a certified C.H.E.K. coach practitioner and trainer. As part of his holistic approach to health and wellness, he will assess your metabolic type and help to design a nutritional program that is right for you. Click here for more information on nutrition counselling.