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What’s Your Metabolic Type?

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 May 2010 06:53 Written by admin Thursday, 9 July 2009 03:11

I would like to start by saying I am not a dietician or a nutritionist. I am a Personal Trainer, Conditioning and Corrective Exercise Specialist who, over the years, has developed a passion for nutritious and mouth watering foods from around the world.

chicken_lemonAfter working closely with so many people from so many walks of life, reading practically every book on the subject and through much trial and error, I have come to realize the old proverb “one man’s food is another man’s poison” is frighteningly accurate. What seems to work so well for one person can definitely have the opposite effect on another. I could share a multitude of examples of this truism, but my favorite is also the closest to home, my parents. When my Pops decides he wants to drop a few pounds, he tends to make light pasta dishes, eat more fruit and cut his overall calorie intake. This approach, however, has the the opposite effect on my Mom. She does much better eating more protein, such as beef and eggs, and fewer carbohydrates. Considering Pops is Italian and Mom is Norwegian, their dietary preferences make perfect sense. With this understanding of preferred diets in place, dinner usually consists of a large shared salad, maybe some brown rice and either a chicken or fish entree. Mom will usually throw in a hamburger patty, 2-3 times a week, to fulfill her natural craving for red meat, but she’ll balance that out by going easy on sources of starch and sugar.

Steak & VeggiesIn a nutshell, some of us are Protein Types and oxidize foods quite fast, while others are Carbo Types, oxidizing foods at a much slower pace. And yes, there are those who oxidize foods somewhere in the middle, making them Mixed Types. This all comes into focus when you take into account our varied indigenous roots, spanning every corner of the globe. Today, with the world integrating at an ever faster pace, many of us are a Heinz 57 of ethnic backgrounds, so trial and error will play a larger factor in zeroing in on our ideal metabolic type. The bottom line is, we all need the same nutrients composed of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, but our bodies prefer them from a variety of sources. We all oxidize food, or convert food to usable energy, in different ways and this is where the trial and error comes into play.

  • Did your grandparents live into their late nineties as mine did?
  • What did their daily diet consist of?
  • What was their lifestyle?
  • What foods does your body naturally crave?
  • Are you like me, functioning and feeling better when your source of protein comes from beef, whole eggs, and salmon?
  • Or, does it feel more natural for you to eat more carbohydrates like beans, rice and pasta?
  • What sounds better for breakfast – steak and eggs or oatmeal and fruit?

These are the things you want to be considering to truly place your metabolism on the right course. Learn to be more attentive to what your body is telling you and you will see we are all unique, requiring different sources of nutrition based, not solely on our ethnic background, but on our lifestyle and our personal goals as well.

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