Did you know that everyone has a different metabolic type? Yes, that’s right! That’s why your friend can down 3 servings of protein, but she still feels hungry, yet you eat one and feel full. It’s also why she may feel invigorated and ready to rock after eating, where you feel lethargic, bloated and horrible… and it could be why she looks amazing and you just can’t budge that last 5kg.
If you are one of these people who have followed a balanced diet plan to the last full stop, exercised vigorously and are still not finding the results you are after then maybe you are simply working against your metabolism.
Many diets these days are made for one simple type of metabolism. Now, we’ve said this once, but we will say it again. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT and this is where our favourite subject bio-individuality comes into play. There are so many different factors influencing your individual state of health, from your genetic make up to your current constitution. You could be suffering from hormonal issues, auto immune diseases, digestive issues, thyroid problems, the list goes on. You may even be suffering from something you don't even know about. So, we ask the question again; how could there possibly be one simple diet answer for everyone? Answer; There just cannot be. It is just so important to look at your unique lifestyle and system and work out the real food that your body needs to help you be the best you can be.
So, what's right for you?
Most weight loss diets are made for people who have no problems processing any form of carbohydrate. Their bodies react to carbs by simply releasing the right amount of insulin to handle the rise in blood sugars. However, many people (for various reasons) have insulin resistance. This is where their bodies produce excess insulin, thus leading to fat storage and energy levels that peak and trough. Resulting in massive carbohydrate and sugar cravings, high blood pressure and fatigue (yes, heading toward type 2 diabetes).
Alternatively lately there has been hype in the 'Paleo diet' and similar which involves no grains at all being eaten, which is fine if your body doesn't need grains to survive (this is a hot topic of debate that we wont venture into right now). These diets wildly affect the health of those people who cannot process such large amounts of protein and fat.
Still confused?... Enter...Your individual Metabolic type. There are 3 main metabolic types;
The Protein Type:
In short your cells burn carbohydrates too quickly therefore you need a high-protein intake in order to strengthen your sympathetic system and in turn acidify your too-alkaline metabolism or alkalize your too-acid metabolism (therefore, balancing your pH levels) Protein types do well on a diet that includes plenty of high-density, high-fat proteins known as “high-purine” proteins.
Foods like; red meat, dark meat, chicken, turkey, salmon, tuna, herring, sardines, mussels. Protein types can also eat freely whole fat foods in the form of cheese, eggs, cream and milk. Protein must be included at every meal.
The Carbohydrate Type:
If you’re a carbohydrate type you need a higher percentage of carbs in your diet (read whole grain carbohydrate NOT refined carb) to strengthen the parasympathetic branch of your nervous system, to bring your pH levels into balance.
Foods like; A higher volume of vegetables, fruits, whole grains on your plate. It’s important to remember you still need some protein at most meals, but focus on leaner, lighter meats, like seafood and poultry. Restrict the red meat consumption in favor of lighter meats and lighter seafood like haddock, cod, sole and flounder.
The Mixed Type:
You guessed it, you people fall right in the middle of the other two types which have more clear-cut metabolic imbalances. You need to eat a mix of protein and carb type foods; this will support both sides of your autonomic nervous system and keep your cellular oxidation rate in balance.
If you would like to take the Metabolic type quiz please click here to request it, we will email it to you and then you can begin your health journey in a way that is appropriate to your body's needs!
It’s also important to note that whilst your metabolic type does play a large role in which foods will help you to be the best you can be, this is only one piece of the puzzle that makes up your complete unique self. There are so many influential factors involved in you finding the results you want. Please touch base with us if you would like to know more.