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The Metabolic Typing Diet

Column #25, 1st September 2007

Have you ever noticed that what works well nutritionally for somebody else doesn’t work for you?  As stated by William Wolcott in his book ‘The Metabolic Typing Diet’, “one man’s food is another man’s poison”.

The Principle of Biochemical Individuality

The Metabolic Typing Diet is founded upon the principle that we are genetically and therefore metabolically individual, with additional environmental considerations.  The food that we eat will have a very specific effect in our body.  For one person a high protein-based meal could have very beneficial effect, sustaining energy levels, maintaining weight and keeping us healthy.  However, the same meal could have opposite effects for another person; fluctuating energy levels, weight problems, illness and disease.

Treat the Cause or the Symptom?

What makes sense to you for long-term health?  Whichever nutritional approach you take to health, it should relate sensibly to what the body needs.  This is why fad diets will never seem to work over time.  If we get to the root of the problem and find out the cause, then we can work towards preventing the associated problem.

This represents a shift in how many of us approach our health.  The approach at ‘Functional Health Performance’ endeavours to encourage such a way of thinking.  If we only ever treat a symptom, we are in danger of always being one step behind what is actually going on.  Fighting a losing battle, plagued with illness and disease that will influence our quality of life.

Metabolic Imbalances and Chronic Disease

The process of Metabolic Typing determines any imbalances in the way your body is functioning.  If an imbalance exists, then chronic disease may follow:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Obesity
  • Colitis
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes

In simple terms, the body demands a quality range of ingredients (including enzymes, protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals).  With these on board all of the bodily functions and control mechanisms (including blood sugar, blood pressure etc) can be regulated.  This means that all the bodily systems (including cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, immune etc) can work soundly.  Clearly a disruption in the nutrients that are supplied to the body could disturb the process of the controls and systems and dysfunction can manifest itself as disease (cardiovascular etc).

Eating Correctly for your Type

You may be wondering what the ’types’ are.  Although there are many levels to Metabolic Typing, there are initially 3 different basic types.  You may be a Protein, Carbohydrate or Mixed type (as described by the Metabolic Typing Book).  This is where the emphasis of your nutrient intake lies.  This is what your body specifically demands to enhance its well-being.  My advice is to contact a Metabolic Typing advisor for a consultation and Advanced Testing.  The website is a great place to find more information and advisors, where I am also listed.


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