Your metabolic type determines what how much carbs, protein, and fat you should eat to have optimum health.
Do you like sweet or salty foods? Perhaps you prefer a mixture of both. Each of us has a unique metabolism type which means the foods we eat affect our waistlines as well as our personalities.
This is great because I am type A which means I can blame eating buckets of chips and salted cashews on my metabolism type and not my inability to control myself. Or perhaps I can’t. Now I’m confused. Someone feed me some protein!
Metabolism refers to the reactions that happen within the body and what you eat determines how your metabolism functions. Everyone’s genetics are different and so is everyone’s metabolism and metabolic type.
Metabolic Typing was devised by William Wolcott and is a dietary technology that allows people to optimize their health and fitness by identifying their own nutritional needs and tailoring their diets accordingly.
According to the Metabolic Type diet, there are three different metabolic types: A – protein, B-carbohydrate, and C-mixed.
Which type are you? Head on over to Dr. Oz and take this simple quiz to determine your metabolic type and then come and see what you should be including in your diet. Or, if you prefer, take this more involved quiz.
The most common characteristics of a person with type A metabolism.
- A strong appetite
- Cravings for fatty and/or salty foods
- Fatigue and anxiety
- An expansive and open personality
Type A burns fats and proteins more efficiently than carbs and your need for salty foods is an indicator that your body is calling for more protein. Unfortunately, your anxiety could be caused by you eating the salty and fatty foods. You should balance your meals like this:
- Protein 50%
- Fat 30%
- Carb 20%g
Eat lean, dark proteins such as beef, the leg of chicken or turkey or salmon and tuna. Full fat dairy will help with those fat cravings NOT the fats found in chips and biscuits. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables but avoid the starchy ones. Also, avoid sugar which will increase your anxiety.
The most common characteristics of a person with type B metabolism.
- A poor appetite
- Crave sweets
- Sensitivity, ambition and are organized.
- High levels of stress
- A dependence on caffeine
- Difficulty losing weight
Eat low protein(not no protein)and low fat without the extra sugar and lots of vegetables and fruits and whole grains. You should balance your meals like this:
- Carbohydrate 70%
- Protein 20%
- Fat 10%
Drink green tea instead of coffee, try to get as much as your protein as you can from pulses and nuts. Eat light protein such as lean chicken, turkey, and white fish.
The most common characteristics of a person with type C metabolism.
- An unpredictable appetite
- Cravings sweet and savory
- Fatigue and anxiety
- Little trouble with weight control
Type C crave both sweet and savory so if you are unable to decide between B or A, you are most likely to be a C. You burn fats, proteins and carbs easily, have a fluctuating appetite and can experience aches and pains. Balance your meals like this:
- Protein 33%
- Fat 33%
- Carbohydrate 33%
Try to make the fats you eat healthy such as olive oil, full-fat milk and cheese. Get healthy carbs from fruit and vegetables.
All dietary theories are exactly that theories and for the hundreds of diets out there there are many hundreds more research notes to support them. If Mark at Mark’s Daily Apple is the be believed eating according to a metabolic type is “hooey, humbug nonsense” as highlighted in his answer to a readers question.
I think that somewhere in between the theories is where your optimum diet lies. The best way to find out what works for you is to try different healthy carbohydrates in varying proportions and keep a diary. Record how you feel at regular intervals. Eventually, you will come up with a balance that in true Goldilocks style will be JUST RIGHT!
What balance of carbs to protein to fat do you find sustains you the most?