You’ve decided that you need to eat a more healthy diet. So you do some research, talk to your friends and family and choose a well recommended healthy eating plan. Now you should be on track to a more healthy lifestyle – you’re taking care of yourself.
But after being on your great nutritional plan for a while, you find you don’t feel as great as you thought you would or maybe feel even worse. Wasn’t this healthy nutrition thing supposed to make you feel better, not worse?
A lot of healthy nutrition plans work on the assumption that one way of eating works for everyone – we all need the same same amount of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in the same amounts and ratios. If that in fact is true, then why some of us do well on a given eating plan and others don’t?
Well I found out something recently that may shed some light on the problem.. We humans come in different nutritional (metabolic)l types. What does that mean? It means that there is not a one size fits all answer to what makes healthy nutrition. In other words, what is a good nutrition plan for you that makes you feel great may not be right for someone else. We are all different. We have different genetics, DNAs, etc., so why should we all process our food the same way?
This is where nutritional typing comes in. There seem to be three basic nutritional types (also called metabolic types) — protein, carbohydrate and mixed. The difference between these types depends on how fast you metabolize (burn up) the food you eat. The protein types have a fast metabolism while the carbohydrates types have a slow metabolism, and the mixed are a combination of both.
Here are the differences between the types. Protein types process food quickly and need lots of slow burning foods – fats and proteins. Carbohydrate types process food slowly and need fast burning foods – vegetables being mainstay. Mixed types need some of both slow and fast burning foods. Now we all need protein, fats, and carbohydrates, but a person’s nutritional type will determine the ratios of protein, fat, and carbohydrate in their diet.
So what does this mean to you? Is it really all that important that you eat for your nutritional type? The answer is yes, it can be very important. If your body can’t process what you eat properly it can cause increased fat storage, muscle wasting, and increased insulin levels. It can also lead to the worsening of chronic disease. Needless to say, you won’t feel your best.
Can one “healthy, balanced healthy eating plan” fit all? No it can’t. Before you decide on a nutrition program, determine your nutritional type, then look for program that will fit your that type. It may be one of the best things you can do for yourself.
To find out what your nutritional type is, ???.
Stay tuned. More coming.