Ever Wondered Why Certain Diets or Foods Just Didn’t Do It For You?
Contrary to what most people think, there is not a certain diet that is good with everyone. This is because each of us may fall in the category of a certain metabolic type. In addition, our metabolic shift can shift during our lifetime due to aging and lifestyle changes.
Generally, most practitioners agree that there are 3 metabolic types that are described below. They are the protein type, carbo type, or a mixed type, which is somewhere in between.
1. Protein Type
Protein types usually operate best on a low-carbohydrate, high protein, and high healthy fat diet. Think nuts, steaks, other red meat, fish, milk, eggs, etc. This means that you tend to burn carbohydrates too quickly, so eating a lot of sugar and starch will probably not sustain you. In addition, this also means that your blood is slightly alkaline, and you need high protein to acidify your metabolism.
Nervous System Indicator: Your autonomic nervous system has two sides. There is the sympathetic system, which mobilizes your body in a stressful system. There is also the parasympathetic system, which adjusts your body while at rest. Protein types tend to have a stronger parasympathetic system.
2. Carbo Type
Carbo types do best on a low-fat, relatively low-protein diet. This doesn’t mean that they do not eat meat. Rather, they eat more leaner, lighter meats. Red meat should be restricted in favor of lighter, leaner meats like chicken and turkey, even fish. Carbo types have a slightly acidic metabolism. They also need to strengthen the parasympathetic system, which is the system that occurs at rest. Both carbo and protein types should avoid a lot of starches and sugars.
3. Or In the Middle…
Some people are the mixed type, meaning they need a mixture of foods from both the carbo and protein type diets. This will keep both the parasympathetic and sympathetic systems balanced. They consume relatively equal ratios of carbs, fats, and proteins.
How to Find Out
My Results: So, I knew I was more protein-oriented since I tend to crave meats and protein even for snacks. However, I also recognize that my metabolism has probably shifted more toward a mixed, slightly more carbo type since it has been better for me to not eat as much heavy meats as I use to (Skyline Chili wreaks havoc on my system), and I do much better recently with raw vegetables. I cannot really eat pure whole grains very well, but I have noticed that substituting more vegetables with smaller, leaner cuts of meat have made me more productive. Also, the college lifestyle has probably taken a toll on my fight-and-flight system, so it makes sense for me to lean toward more of a low-carb lifestyle. I would say that when I was more physically active as a teenager, I had more of a mixed carb diet.
No matter your metabolic type, just remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made :).
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14)
Speaking of metabolism, here is the Indian Springs Baptist Church Women’s Ministry blog that has an article on metabolism.
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