What is Metabolic Typing?
Weight loss does not have to be difficult so for that reason I have broken it in to 4 main areas:
- Metabolic Typing
- Weight loss promoting foods and a Healthy Nutritional Plan (including Water)
- Calorie intake
- Physical Training (Interval Training with Resistance Training)
In this section we will look further at Metabolic Typing.
This is the use of nutritional technology to identify the highly specific dietary needs of an individual. It is a science based on the principle that there is no such thing as a ‘standard diet’ and that our bodies have genetically based requirements.
The differences in our physiological and biochemical make up are as varied and unique as the countries and continents we originate from. And pioneers such as Weston A Price in the 1930’s embarked on amazing anthropologic expeditions to discover the relationship between modern eating habits and chronic degenerative conditions.
In his finding he discovered that over a period of centuries different cultural and ethnic groups developed distinctly different kinds of dietary requirements that were influenced by factors such as:
- Ancestral heritage and Genetics
- The natural course of evolution
- Environmental conditions
- Climate variation
- Geographical adaptation
- Indigenous food supply
He identified the factors underlying the scientific explanation for metabolic individuality:
1. The Involuntary or Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) which is the master regulator of metabolism.
There are 2 branches of this system:
- Sympathetic System, which controls the bodily processes that have to do with way we utilize energy. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ branch.
- Parasympathetic System which controls the bodily activity concerned with energy conservation. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘rest and digest’ branch.
One branch tends to be more dominant than the other which creates a biochemical or metabolic imbalance. This shows up in our body as disease and other physical malfunctions. Providing dietary specific foods to your body can redress and even reverse this imbalance.
2. Cellular Oxidation which is the rate cells convert food into energy. An imbalance of this process will cause a dysfunction of your body.
Some people convert food into energy more quick than others which is largely due to genetic factors. Metabolic typing will determine the type of food required to sustain metabolic balance. A diet of slow burning proteins and fats for example will best serve you if you are a fast energy burner. If your conversion to energy is slower, your metabolic balance should be maintained with carbohydrates because they burn faster than protein and fat.
It was in the late 70’s early 80’s when Bill Wolcott made an important breakthrough in the inter-relationship between the Autonomic Nervous System and the Oxidation System. He termed this discovery as the ‘Dominant Factor’ which provided greater levels of accuracy in determining the types of food and nutrients required for Metabolic Balance.
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There is nothing intrinsically good or bad about a particular food. What is important however is how well a particular diet fulfils your unique genetically inherited metabolic requirement.
There are three Metabolic Types:
As a protein type you will have a fast metabolisms 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 protein 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 food 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.
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