What’s Your Metabolic Type?
Have you ever experienced this? A friend tells you about a diet she succeeded with: she has lost weight, feels healthy and well. You want to feel the same way! So you start this diet euphorically. But, without any success? It seems that with all this initial euphoria you had, you haven’t considered one obvious but crucial fact: You are not your friend.
You are (biochemically) unique
Externally, we differ in size, weight and physique. We also differ in hair colour, skin colour, eye colour and fingerprints.
Internally or psychologically, we differ in our thoughts, emotions, values, interests and behaviour. This enumaration can be continued, but the message should be clear: We are unique.
One man's meat is another man's poison
But, what happened to our biochemical uniqueness? Did we lose the knowledge about it or how do you explain the numerous nutrition guides that all promote one optimal diet for everyone?
The huge amount of nutrition guides can be explained quite simply with the knowledge from the previous paragraph: All nutrition guides are probably right - but only for a certain group of biochemically different nutrition types.
They are good for some, but not for all. A diet is neither good nor bad. It is only good or bad in its effect on a certain type.
These 3 types of metabolism exist
(*according to Dr. William L. Wolcott and Dr. Philip L. Goglia)
According to the theory of 'metabolic typing' every human being has a different need for carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Therefore, people can be divided into carbohydrate, protein and dual types.
The Protein Type metabolises carbohydrates faster than proteins. Attention: fast ≠ efficient. The rapid conversion of carbohydrates produces too much energy, which the body cannot use directly and therefore stores in the form of fat cells.
A diet rich in fat and protein, on the other hand, keeps protein types at a higher energy level for a longer period of time. This helps people with this type of metabolism, who normally have difficulty to lose weight, to control their weight and even to achieve an ideal weight.
The Carbohydrate Type metabolises carbohydrates more slowly than other metabolic types. Attention: slow = efficient. The body gets one small energy bite after another.
People with this metabolic type react less sensitively to sugar and have a stable blood sugar level. The consumption of larger amounts of animal fat and protein can lead to weight problems and an increased cholesterol level. A diet rich in carbohydrates or a vegetarian plant diet, on the other hand, helps the carbohydrate type to stay full for a longer period of time.
From a nutritional point of view the Dual Type is the simplest metabolic type on the one hand as this type metabolises both carbohydrates and proteins very well. On the other hand this type reacts very sensitively to nutritional imbalances.
Dual types may listen to the signals of their body, but mostly they tend to consume either too many proteins or too many carbohydrates. People within this type should therefore pay more attention to a balanced diet consisting of high-quality protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates.
With the Verisana Metabolic Typing Test you can quickly and easily determine your metabolic type. You collect a dried blood spot sample from the comfort of your home, send it to our lab and will receive the lab results, including detailed information about your Metabolic Type.
Once your Metabolic Type was determine, you will receive general recommendations for therapy from us with regards to your diet and fitness regime.You can then discuss the results with your doctor or health practitioner, who can give you further guidance and treatment recommendations.
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