Choosing the Right Diet for your Body Type
Society is struggling with showcasing thin models on magazine covers and protecting the average woman from falling prey to eating disorders. Body image issues are a reality to countless people, and these people are flocking to the latest fad diets.
Everywhere you turn these days, you hear low-carb this and high-protein that. Diet programs such as Atkins, Zone, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Sugar Busters and The Hollywood Diet are making enticing promises to people- especially women- and are falling short. Sure, sometimes they work. But why is it that they only work for some people, and not all?
Diet companies often argue that their directions weren’t followed precisely, or that the fine print which states that exercise promotes better weight loss was overlooked. That may be true in some scenarios, but not every single one of them. There is a good reason why.
We’re not made equal when it comes to body types! That doesn’t just include shape, but also genetic makeup. Each body has its own special profile, and that means each body is going to react differently to certain diets.
In order to find out which diet is going to be most efficient, you need to first figure out what your metabolic type is. Bodies turn food into energy, but some bodies do so at a quicker rate. Some people are more efficient at burning this energy, whereas others tend to store the energy for a longer period of time.
The main metabolic types are:
- Protein types
- Carbohydrate types
- Mixed types
Protein types convert food into energy at a high rate. They are hungry more often and don’t do well with calorie-restrictive diets. When their bodies don’t receive the nutrients that they need, these people feel tired and anxious.
Carbohydrate types convert food into energy at a slower rate. They don’t usually have much of an appetite, but enjoy sweets more than the other types. These people tend to crave caffeine.
Mixed types are somewhere in the middle and don’t usually have weight issues. They are, however, prone to the same fatigue and anxiousness as protein types.
*This is a general guideline to get an idea what your type may be. A certified nutritionist can more accurately pinpoint your specific type and give you a detailed meal plan.
Eating for Your Metabolic Type
Now that you have an idea of what your metabolic type is, it will be easier to stock your refrigerator full of foods that will promote health and wellness.
Protein types should eat a variety of healthy fats and lean meats. This includes nuts, natural oils, liver and fish. This type does well when limiting carbohydrate intake.
Carbohydrate types should cut out most fats and eat very little protein, or eat low-purine proteins such as low-fat dairy products and tofu in place of meat. Instead, they should concentrate on ingesting healthy carbohydrates found in whole grains and fruit.
Mixed types are a bit luckier because they’re not as restricted. They can eat equal amounts of protein, fat and carbohydrates. The key is to keep the amounts balanced.
Food at Home
Now that you know your body type and what it needs, is your kitchen set up for success? Everyone knows that processed sugar is bad for you regardless of your body type, so do your best to clear your home of tempting treats that are full of low-quality carbohydrates. Nothing kills a diet better than the disappointment of cancelling out a step forward with two steps back. Do yourself a favor and “clean house” in your kitchen before failure has a chance to sneak up on you.
Changing the Way You View Food
When you go grocery shopping, look at the various sections of the store. Most stores are set up in a similar fashion: perishable foods line the perimeter (meat and dairy), fruit and vegetables are off to the side yet remain near refrigerated sections and everything else is in the middle. That middle section is laced with failure foods. In fact, these aren’t really foods at all. They’re products.
When you differentiate between food and products, it’s easy to see in which category most edibles lie. “Food” is something that comes from the ground and lacks chemicals. There is little to no packaging involved in the presentation. “Products” have labels which contain words that are difficult to pronounce. They are encased in plastic containers and boxes.
A Force to be Reckoned With
Remind yourself that food is energy. Just as you wouldn’t put low-quality fuel in your vehicle, don’t put low-quality food in your body. If you combine your new knowledge of food and your personal metabolic type, there should be nothing stopping you from being the healthy person that you want to be!