Many people are trying to lose weight, improve their health generally or improve it in a specific way; and there are many people offering them advice on how to do it. Sometimes the advice works but, as often as not, it doesn’t. Indeed, in many cases, it actually makes things worse.
Government health agencies are also at it. For years now, they have been advocating a diet low in fat and high in carbohydrates. This will, supposedly, make us lose weight while, at the same time, improve our cardiovascular health. However, what’s actually happened is an obesity crisis the like of which has never been seen before. Even worse, the knock-on is a diabetes epidemic that has blighted millions of lives around the world. All-in-all, it has been an unmitigated disaster.
Then there are all the diet plans – the 5:2 diet, the Dukan diet, the Paleo diet, the Atkins diet and the Cambridge diet, to mention just some. They are all different but claim to do the same thing – help you to lose weight and so become more healthy. However, the reality is that while these diets do help some people, they don’t help others.
Nuts provide numerous health benefits for most people but cause headaches and digestive issues for others. Garlic may be a superfood but can also be the villain behind gallbladder pain. A person with hypoglycaemia will have different dietary needs than someone with type 2 diabetes, and an athlete will have different needs than someone who sits all day.
The point being made here is that there is no such thing as an ideal diet that works for everyone. If this is what you are seeking, you are extremely unlikely to find it. For optimum results, you need a customized diet plan that will take into account factors such as taste preferences, genetics, ethnicity, age and general health. This is individualized nutrition and is what’s meant by the term metabolic typing.
Now, in theory, you can do this yourself. It will, however, be a frustrating process as the only way you’ll be able to do it is through trial and error, i.e. try something for a while and see if it works. If it doesn’t, try something else. An approach like this can take a very long time and it’s quite probable you’ll lose interest after a while and simply stop bothering.
Another option is to take an online Metabolic Type test. Take our advice and give these a wide berth – they’ll want your life history before you are allowed anywhere near the test and then, at the end, you will be given a ‘chance’ to buy some product they are flogging off. Don’t waste your time. The best approach by far is to get a nutrition expert to do it for you. The following will explain why:
A friend, Andy Robins, was having digestive issues (he declined to specify what, exactly!) Apart from being slightly overweight, he considered himself to be in good shape – he was active, had a varied diet, and many interests in life. After putting up with it for a while, he decided to visit his doctor and was advised to see a nutrition specialist. So Andy booked an appointment in a health clinic where he was given a metabolic type test.
The first part of this involved keeping a diary of everything he ate and drank, and at what times. He also had to record what exercise he took and when, when he slept and for how long, precise details of his bowel movements – size, shape, color, etc, and how he felt generally at various times of the day. This went on for two weeks.
After analysing the results of the test, Andy was told that his problem was being caused by an over-consumption of grain-based products – bread, tortillas and cereal, specifically. The suggested cure was to cut down on the amount of these he ate and, rather than have cereal for breakfast, have a smoothie. This was to consist of a dark green vegetable such as kale, a lemon, coconut, blueberries, protein powder and a handful of mixed nuts.
Within days, literally, Andy’s digestive issue had cleared up. This wasn’t all though – it was also pointed out to him that he wasn’t getting enough sleep due to a tendency to wake up in the early hours for sometimes long periods. The specialist explained that a common cause of this is irregularity in blood sugar levels. When it is low, the body responds with a shot of adrenalin, which can be enough to wake some people.
He was told to eat a banana for a carb boost just before turning in for the night. Surprise, surprise – it worked. Andy’s sleep improved and he felt a lot better for it. He also found he was less hungry, and so began eating less with the result he soon lost the few pounds he was overweight by. When he went back to see the specialist, he was told this was because lack of sleep increases appetite and decreases satiety.
The reason you are reading this is that you want to get yourself in shape. Good health is an incredibly important issue and you must be prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve it. The first step is to start eating the foods, and only the foods, that will fuel your body to the maximum extent. You also want to eat foods that are good for you in specific ways, as Andy now is.
The best way to ensure that you do is to get a metabolic type test done. As a bonus, the test may also highlight health issues of which you weren’t aware. So, we highly recommend that you go out and book one now!