Your metabolic type
determines how much carbs, protein, and fat you should eat to have optimum health. Keeping this balance when we are in menopause could help counteract some of the more negative symptoms we suffer.
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!
Metabolism is how your body converts what you eat into energy for movement and function. Think of it in terms of how efficiently your body turns the fuel you take in into the functions you body needs to perform. These functions could be walking, running, sitting, thinking or even supplying your heart with the energy to pump the blood around your body.
To maintain a healthy weight and optimal functioning it is important to consume the best types of fuel for your particular body.
In menopause, as our metabolism slows down so knowing our metabolic type could help with making sure we keep our metabolism functioning at an optimal level. It may make it easier to shed the weight that so easily goes on at this time of life.
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.
One of the best books written on the subject is Guide To Your Metabolic Type . Included in this book are detailed strategies for dealing with the dieter's curse - food cravings and lists of which foods to eat and which to avoid in each type. You can check it out here. If you want to difinitively know which type you are and what you can do to make the most of that I can fully recommend this.
Check it out by clicking on the image to see more.
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 click on the picture of the yummy looking hot chips to take this simple quiz which will help you determine your metabolic type. Then make sure you come back to see what you should be including in your diet. Or, if you prefer, take this more involved quiz.
As with any diet it is generally recommended that you limit simple carbs such as sugar and flour in favour of more complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits in their natural form and plenty of vegetables, especially broccoli, cauliflower and leafy greens.
While I was cutting down on carbs I particularly found this book to be helpful. And it comes with a handy dandy journal.
GET YOUR FREE CHEAT SHEET
EAT ACCORDING TO YOUR METABOLIC TYPE
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%
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
- 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.
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The most common characteristics of a person with type C metabolism.
- An unpredictable appetite
- Cravings sweet and savoury
- Fatigue and anxiety
- Little trouble with weight control
Type C crave both sweet and savoury 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, avocado, nuts and seeds. 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 to be believed eating according to a metabolic type is “hooey, humbug nonsense” as highlighted in his answer to a reader's question. Check out his website he has some great recipes on there that could give you some delicious ideas.
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!
If you would like to start swapping foods out for more nutritious foods that will help keep your hormones balanced so curbing the cravings so making it easier to lose weight then get my Food Swap cheat sheet below.
What balance of carbs to protein to fat do you find sustains you the most?
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