The 3 Metabolic Types Explained
Metabolic Types: The Protein Type
In the protein type I talked about how you need a lot of dense protein and more fat if you are a protein type in order to feel more energy and to lose weight and keep it off. I talked about how, if you are a protein type in the metabolic types category you do not tolerate starches well. They lower your energy and can cause blood sugar imbalances. The ideal diets for you are:
- The Atkins Diet
- The South Beach Diet
- The Paleo Diet
- Ketogenic Diet
- The Low GI Diet
Metabolic Types: The Carb Type
With the carb type you have the opposite. Dense and heavy protein will weigh you down and reduce your energy a lot. It will slow down your metabolism and make you feel sluggish. The same is true of fat. Even good fat will make you feel heavy and sluggish. As a carb type you will do better with light meat like chicken breast, halibut, turkey breast and having a greater ratio of carbs on your plate. You tolerate fruits better than a protein type and you do much better with lots of vegetables and fruits. The ideal diets for you are the:
- 80/10/10 diet
- Raw Food Diet
- Vegan Diet
- Ornish Diet
- Okinawan Diet
These are two opposite ends of the metabolic type diet spectrum All of those diets are books you can buy and follow to find your closest fit. Now if you are neither of those extremes of the three metabolic types then you are a mixed type. This is where you do best with a relatively equal amount of proteins and starches on your plate. You do best with neither a low carb diet or a low fat and low protein diet. This is a mixed type, and of the three metabolic types.
Metabolic Types: The Mixed Type
If your metabolic profile uncovers that you are a Mixed Type then you fall somewhere in the metabolic type scale between the Protein and the Carb Types. They are really, in essence, a blend or a mixture of the two metabolic type categories. In the mixed type category, you have more foods you do well with. So there is more freedom you have. In that regard. Here are popular books and diets that will fit the mixed type:
- The Zone Diet
- The 40/40/30 Diet
- The Eat Clean Diet
- Body For Life (by Bill Philips)
It’s also important to note that within the mixed type category, there are two metabolic types of mixed types. And that is determined by knowing whether your characteristics are equally relative to protein and carb types or NOT relative to protein or carb types. That is determined through a more in depth testing that analyzes your specific characteristics to see where you fall in the mixed types category.
Understanding The Different Metabolic Types:
Understanding the different metabolic types and the type of metabolism you have and how it responds to food is one of the first steps to helping you choose the right foods that make it EASY for you to feel good, have energy and let off excess body fat.
Choosing a diet WITHOUT first understanding about the different metabolic types and what your body does best with is what keeps us women on a perpetual roller coaster of dieting and confusion.
If you are interested in learning more about the different metabolic types and discovering your unique metabolic profile, consulting send me an email and we’ll go over your current diet and what to adjust. If you already tried these diets and you know one makes you feel longer energy, reduces cravings, and gives you more mental focus, then THAT is the ONE! Stick with it!
Often we have other reasons for weight gain and it does not have to do with the diet. So we stop doing a diet that works and do another one that someone tells us to do (like a trainer or an “expert”).
Learn to listen to your body. It is not supposed to be craving and lethargic. It is supposed to have all day smooth energy with very few or no cravings and a lot of mental focus. Sign up for my newsletter and get updates emailed to you as they are released.