What is YOUR Metabolic Type ?
Knowing your metabolic typing will help match your nutrition to your unique metabolism and consequently balance your body chemistry. At Sharing Self-Improvement discover if you are a protein, carb or mixed type.
Much of the information has been copied from the previous page but presented here in a quick reference format.
As a protein type you will have a fast metabolism and convert your food in to energy quickly, which is the reason you are always hungry. It also means the parasympathetic branch of your autonomic nervous system is stronger and more dominant than the sympathetic branch (parasympathetic dominant).
Protein types tend to love food and crave rich fatty foods.
Food you need
You should choose the heavier high-purine proteins such as red meat, darker meat and poultry, beef, eggs and diary, darker chicken and turkey, and various kinds of seafood such as salmon, tuna and herring. You can also include whole fat foods in the form of cheese, egg, cream and milk.
Do’s for Protein Types
- Eat protein at every meal
- Meals eaten more frequently throughout the day is best or you can eat healthy snacks in between your meals
- Avoid most fruit and fruit juices due to the high fructose content or choose fruit which are lower in sugar but high in fibre (apple, avocado)
- At all cost, avoid refined carbs (high sugar and starchy carbs) even wheat which breaks down into sugar very quickly causing rapid insulin release.
As a carb type you will have a slow metabolism and convert your food into energy slower, which is why you often have a poor appetite and may have extended periods without eating. It also means the sympathetic branch of your autonomic nervous system is stronger and more dominant than the parasympathetic branch (sympathetic dominant).
As a carb type you are often dependent on caffeine based beverages throughout the day.
A carb type has a high tolerance for sweets, baked food and starchy vegetables and you have a tendency to overeat these. Eating carbs of this type is not good and can lead to health disorders such as diabetes, insulin resistance and low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia).
Carb types tend to metabolise diary poorly.
Food you need
A diet high in carbohydrates and fat, lower in low fat protein also known as ‘low-purine’ protein but balance is still the key. You can derive your low fat proteins from white meat poultry and white fish such as sea bass and tilapia.
You should choose the high carb foods in the form of vegetables, fruit and some whole grains. Low protein does not mean no protein and this should be in the form of leaner lighter meat and poultry like chicken and turkey and lighter seafood such as haddock, flounder, cod, perch and cat fish.
Do’s for Carb Types
- Choose low starchy vegetables like broccoli and salad greens
- Limit high starch food such as pasta, bread and grains
- Choose low fat proteins and avoid high fat proteins such as red meat
- Keep a check on your reaction to diary food which can cause fatigue and lethargy
- Reduce your intake of protein based legumes which can be difficult for you to digest
- Limit your intake of nuts and seeds which can add too much fat to your meal. They can be great for snacking or in the form of nut butter.
As a mixed type your metabolism is neither fast or slow and you convert your food to energy at a steady rate. It also means that you are neither parasympathetic or sympathetic dominant.
You will generally have an average appetite but may crave sweets and starch food if you eat too much sugar.
Your diet should include a relatively equal ratio of protein, carbohydrates and fat. You should also eat a mixture of high fat, high fat proteins and low fat and low-purine proteins such as cheese, egg, yoghurt, tofu and nuts. High starch and low starch food should also be included in your meal plan.
A mixed type can also be more of a Protein Mixed Type of a Carb Mixed Type, in other words have more qualities of one type more than the other. Just keep a check on how you react after a meal to determine which foods make you feel energised and which foods make you feel hungry and fatigued.
To locate a Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor in your area click here
To find out your Metabolic Type click here
To view the portal for Metabolic Typing click here
To read articles on Metabolic Typing in Healthexcel’s Information Library click here
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