Metabolic type – The diet behind the diet
Individual differences have and always will exist between all of us. Our genetic variety as a species has helped us prevail through numerous catastrophes and threats. Although physical attributes are the first thing that comes to mind when we mention differences, our inner workings are quite individually unique as well. Let’s first explain the theory about the creation of the Metabolic Type.
Eons ago before humans have spread across the globe, we had a much more similar genetic makeup. We all had the same diet, everybody had more or less the same physical attributes. We were perfectly optimized to the environment that we lived in. People would feed on nuts, berries and the occasional small pray. This means that most of the calories came from fruity sugars, the protein and fats from nuts and the small prey they occasionally managed to hunt down. No elaborate hunting methods were needed. The abundance of natural resources meant that little had to be changed in the way of life. A steady diet dictates a steady metabolism as well. Nothing had to be changed on the internal level.
As long as you synchronize the proportions of your caloric intake with your metabolic type, you will see results within the first few days. Initially you will feel more relaxed and at ease. Bloating will go away as well. After this initial phase (1-2 days) you will start losing weight slowly, returning to your normal state. Your body has been depraved of what it needs for a long time, so it will rapidly welcome this change.
How to determine your metabolic type
Before we determine your metabolic type, let me first make something clear. This is not a diet that tells you when to eat or how many calories to consume. It does not have a special magical ingredient in it. Just like the Warrior Diet, It is one of those How-To rather than What-and-When-To diets. The only metric given here a portion of the total amount of calories you choose to consume.
Metabolic Type A
These people enjoy fatty and salty foods. They actually crave fatty and salty foods. Usually are outgoing and talkative, but are constantly riddled with anxiety. This might come from the big portion of fat in their diet. They are the farmers we were talking about. Having a very strong appetite, these people usually go for big breakfasts (Eggs and bacon anyone?). Another trait of these people is the constant fatigue they feel, which might stem from the fact that a big chunk of their calories comes from fat. The fat and salty cravings they feel is actually a protein calorie deficit, since these people tend to consume less.
With their metabolisms built to digest fats and proteins, the ideal calorie ratio for the Metabolic Type A would be somewhere around:
For Metabolic type A, the golden rule is consume half of the calories as protein and split the rest between carbs and fats, with a bit higher fat proportion. It could not be simpler than this. People with Metabolic type A should rely on full-fat dairy products, cheese and white animal meats. Some of the recommended foods for this Metabolic Type include chicken, salmon and cottage cheese, but feel free to eat whatever kind of protein your body craves.
Metabolic type B
Metabolic type B people are often posses ability for very efficient and high level organization. Along with this comes stress, which if unregulated might turn into a problem. Usually have high caffeine consumption and low appetite. The fat and salty cravings in this type are replaced with sweets cravings. Now genetically, these people are the closest to the gatherers living in abundance before adapting to anything new. The only problem is, the modern day Metabolic type B substitutes healthy carbs with highly processed sugars. Their diet will usually contain from a lot of sweets, ice-cream, candy and soft drinks. People in this group should try and shift their sugar intake from processed to natural sources.
Refer to the chart below to get a general picture of what their diet should consist of.
As we mentioned earlier, these people need to consume more fruit and vegetables. The healthy sugars that these sources provide will help them feel much more energized and will eliminate sugar-crashes. It is of utmost importance when portioning calories to never forget the proteins since fruits and vegetables contain a very limited amount. If you are metabolic type B, you should also consider limiting fats as much as you can and go for fat-free dairy products. Reducing caffeine intake will seem impossible at first, but try to gradually replace coffee with tea.
Metabolic type C a.k.a. the mixed type
So we covered the ones that adored the fruits, we covered the farmers, but what about the hunters? The main source of food for the hunters was whatever was available in the forest. This would mean lean meat from wild prey and berries and bushes. Now the meat from wild game would always be leaner (less fat, more protein) than that of a domestic animal. This, and the occasional trading with the local villagers led to the hunters developing a mixed Metabolic Type. They are able to digest any kind of calories equally good (or equally bad). These people usually have swings in appetite since both Metabolic types are present. Because of the changes in appetite, these people will experience frequent mood swings as well.
Predictably, the calorie distribution should consist of 3 equal parts
While it might seem hard at first to make an equal distribution, try and stick to it as much as you can. You can consume any kind of dairy (from full to non-fat) so try and mix it up a little. Your protein intake should consist of both meat and vegetable products.
Tips and little extras
If it’s your first time portioning your meals, you can very easily visualize this by dividing your plate in sections. For example, the mixed type would have their plate divided in 3 equal sections, with each containing same amount of food. How you fill those sections is totally up to you though.
While you might feel a bit weird at first (quitting sugars, quitting coffee) you will start feeling refreshed after 3 or 4 days following the start of your diet.
This diet does not restrict your eating patterns. That means you can consume all your carbs in one meal and all your protein in another. A smart thing to do is to plan your 3 meals a day in advance to properly portion your calories.