Most modern diets and weight loss techniques have a very limited success rate. You may have already discovered that different people can get different results from the same methods. In fact it's no surprise really as we are all different in many ways. We have different genetics, different lifestyles and enjoy eating different things. Although it's something that is rarely mentioned in mainstream diet advice it has been known for years. Just as no two fingerprints are identical, on a biochemical level, each and every person is unique.
There has never been and never can be one diet that is right for everyone. Dietary requirements are genetically based. They are formed by evolutionary forces of natural selection, genetic mutation, adaptation and survival of the fittest. This is combined with geography, climate and natural available foods.
Evidence for this is seen in many different cultures all over our planet with different biodiverse diets. Types of foods available and macro-nutrient ratios of different traditional diets vary to the extremes. Ranging from, for example, the Inuit (90%+ proteins and fats) to the Tukisenta (90%+ carbs/starches). From the vast array of different diets that all resulted in good health, it's proved that there are no good (natural) foods and no bad (natural) foods. Except in terms of each person's Metabolic Type. This includes gluten-containing foods, starches, grains, dairy, eggs, saturated fats and all the other often commonly accepted “bad” foods.
Fat does not cause weight gain and poor health.
Fat does not cause weight gain and poor health. Finally this fact is becoming more recognised following faulty advice given 50-60 years ago. Neither does protein, or carbohydrates (in their natural form). Even calories per se don't cause obesity. What does cause weight gain is the inability to properly metabolise, or convert to energy, carbs, proteins, fats and calories. Very often overweight and obese people are actually starving! The are starving for the right balance of nutrients that will increase their metabolic rate and convert to energy the food they are eating instead of storing it as fat.
Just reducing calories in the diet by cutting out healthy fats and proteins has for millions of people led to failure to lose weight or to maintain a lower weight. In many cases reducing calories has led to food cravings, binge or yo-yo dieting, mood swings and energy fluctuations. Eating the right foods for your Metabolic Type and eating the right ratios of macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs) means the body will be obtaining the right kind of fuel. Science is beginning to awaken to the idea that much of what our bodies do with food is in our genes.
Only by eating food that the body can efficiently convert to energy will weight loss be permanent. Only then can watching calories and exercising regularly make a real, lasting difference. Best of all, when you eat right and your body fully converts to energy the food you eat something magic happens. Gone forever will be that gnawing hunger, the food cravings, binges, mood swings and energy fluctuations that we normally associate with dieting.
How do you find out your Metabolic Type?
The best way is to complete a metabolic typing questionnaire. This is analysed in the USA to produce an extensive report showing which foods are most suitable for you. From this we can find out which branch of your nervous system is more dominant and which types of foods are best for you. It can also determine your rate of oxidation (the break down of food into energy). Often years of dieting or eating the wrong foods have altered your metabolic type and it may take time to get back to your inherited metabolic type.
Eating to your metabolic type is very healthy and is based on natural whole foods. If you would like to read more about Metabolic Typing click here.
If you would like to take the Metabolic Typing questionnaire there is more information here and there's £10 off the price for Accumulator members.