It is always amazing to me just how passionate people can be about their diet. Don’t believe me, just look at those who follow a Vegan or Paleo diet. Those who have found a way of eating that they love are not afraid to share that with the world. They will shout it from the highest mountaintop….or at least on every social media outlet that they can.
And many of these people have found some level of success with their chosen diet…whether that is weight loss, or more energy. They are feeling better and they want to share that with others.
But many of these same people want the world to believe that their diet is the ONLY way of eating that will work for everyone. And that’s just not true. Foods that work well and create healing in one person may very well cause another person to get even sicker.
There are many genetic as well as metabolic factors that contribute to the diet that will work best for your body. There are also other factors to consider, such as food sensitivities, as well as other issues such as digestive dysfunction that would prevent you from eating specific foods.
So how do you know what foods will work best for you and the nutritional needs of YOUR body? There are a few things that you can do. First, you need to know what your metabolic type is.
When it comes to eating, knowing your metabolic type is vital. The metabolic type is the combination of macronutrients that works best for your body. The three main types of macronutrients are carbohydrates, protein and fat. If you are eating the wrong amounts of macronutrients for your body, it will not have the fuel it needs to function properly or to maintain health.
Some people find that they are protein types. They require a larger amount of protein and fat, and a smaller amount of carbohydrates in their diet. The protein type may find that they do better on a moderately low carb or Paleo diet that is lower in carbs. These people are fast oxidizers, meaning that their bodies burn through carbohydrates quickly. They require extra protein and fat to slow down the processing of carbohydrates. If protein types are not eating enough protein and fat, it is common for them to experience a roller coaster of blood sugar levels.
Other people are carbohydrate types. These people function much better when they eat a higher amount of healthy carbs with less protein and fats. These people are slow oxidizers. Their bodies process carbohydrates very slowly and as a result, if they eat a lot of protein and fat, their bodies will not digest the food at an optimal speed. This can lead to digestive issues as well as a lack of energy.
The last type out there is the mixed type. This type is a mix of both the protein and carbohydrate types and does well with a balanced mix of carbohydrates, fats and protein. They need a consistent balance of the three macronutrients in order to thrive.
If you are eating the wrong balance of nutrients, you will end up experiencing symptoms. Just like cars need specific types of oil in order to continue functioning optimally, if you use the wrong type of oil, eventually the car with break down. You need to find the right macronutrient balance for your body to thrive.
How do you find out your own metabolic type? Dr William Wolcott has written a great book about it that includes a test that can help you to determine your metabolic type. The book, the Metabolic Typing Diet is relatively inexpensive and will walk you through not only how to determine your metabolic type, but what foods you should eat and which you should avoid.
Looking for even more in-depth help and guidance about your metabolic type? Be sure to visit MTDiet.com which is actually a part of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, which has a great health coaching certification course (which I am currently enrolled).