I am asked this question so often. People email me asking about this diet or that, does HCG work, etc... No wonder we are all confused! I'm happy to report there is a way to overcome the insanity and step into YOUR ideal body! Here's the thing. We are each biochemically individual. There is not one diet that will work for everyone. And, if you have chronic stress, whatever diet you go on is likely not to work because stress causes us to hold onto fat.
So, how do I find the right diet for me? Enter, metabolic typing. With this technique, you learn how to partner with and listen to your body because the innate wisdom of your body will lead to exactly the right way of eating for YOU! When we rely on the scale to tell us if we are OK and we try diet after diet, we don't learn to listen to what our body needs. This is the missing link.
Each of us has unique 'cellular machinery'. In his book, The Metabolic Typing Diet, Bill Walcott explains that each individual has unique macronutrient proportion requirements to facilitate optimal cellular and bodily functions. Just as we use the correct fuel for our cars to run properly, we must also use the correct fuel for our bodies to operate optimally. So how do I know which one is the balanced combination for me? Here are three ways:
First, do some experimenting. You can actually take a test with me to find out, or you can try it out for yourself to find the optimal combination for your body to convert food to energy. The three basic metabolic types are:
- Protein Type
- Carb Type
- Mixed Type
Your body either requires more fat and protein and less carbs (Protein Type) or more carbs and less fat and protein (Carb Type) or a combination somewhere in the middle.
If you are a Protein Type, your plate will look something like this:
45% protein, 35% carbohydrates, 20% oils and fats.
If you are a Carb Type, your plate will look something like this:
70% carbohydrates, 20% protein and 10% oils and fats.
If you are Mixed Type, your plate will look something like this:
40% protein, 50% carbohydrates and 10 - 20% oils and fats.
Next, simply pick a combination that feels right for you, try it and then listen to your body's response. If you are eating too much fat and protein you will feel sleepy, lethargic, dull or depressed. You'll be mentally sluggish or slow. Your gut will feel heavy. You may feel full, but hungry and crave sweets or caffeine.
If you are eating too many carbs you may get a headache or feel anxious and unsatisfied or hungry soon after eating. You might crave fat or protein and feel jumpy in your mind or tired but jittery. You may feel energy and then crash.
This takes a little time to figure out the right combination, but once your do, your body will function optimally and you'll feel great. Here is a comprehensive list of all the foods you can choose from to create a healthy diet. You can also check here on my blog for recipes on how to make delicious meals from these choices.
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Maria Rippo is a Transformational Weight Loss & Wellness practitioner with an online as well as
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