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21 December 2008

What is your metabolic type?

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What is your metabolic type?
Protein type
Carbo type
Mixed type
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One man's food is another man's poison

My interest in healthy living, yoga and meditation lead me to an almost vegetarian diet for more than one year. And I didn't feel quite well. My body was sending me repeated signals that it didn't like it. When at some point toward the end of this painful experience I indulged into eating meat again, I realized that all the bad experiences vanished. I tested for days in a row, on and off my vegetarian diet. I found out, without a doubt, that I am not vegetarian "by design". Disappointed as I was, I had to admit my "limitations" and befriend my body again.

Intrigued, I researched the topic and I found out about Dr. William Donald Kelley original approach to nutrition. Further on William Wolcott extended this research and wrote the book (Metabolic Typing Diet ) which is the basis of the metabolic type self test.

A proper, "customized" diet has many benefits: painless weight loss, increased energy and improved health. The metabolic type diet does just that.

This is a long test, sixty five multiple choice (A,B,C) questions, so expect to spend around half an hour with it. Far less though than the time I spent to realize what food is good for me.

To take the test and find out your metabolic type click on this link: metabolic type self test or further read for specific details related to your metabolic type.


Protein type

Protein types are fast oxidizers or parasympathetic dominant.

Most of your meals should contain 70 % proteins and only 30 % carbohydrates.

Atkins Diet, Hamptons Diet are just two examples of high protein diets.

The following twelve steps will help you adjust your diet specifically for Protein types.

  1. For the first five to seven days, eliminate all "caution carbs"—grains, cereals, breads, desserts, fruits, starchy vegetables—as well as milk products.
  2. Eat freely of any of your allowable proteins and fats: meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, butter, and vegetable oils.
  3. During these few days, limit your vegetable intake to the following non-starchy varieties: asparagus, celery, green beans, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms. Start out with only a small portion of vegetables as compared to your protein amount. This is your baseline.
  4. Eat until you are full but not to the point of feeling stuffed.
  5. Have snacks between meals if you like, using the same food choices.
  6. Most Protein Types will feel better almost immediately. They will be able to go longer between meals without eating, will lose their sweet cravings, will feel a distinct energy boost. Some Protein Types can experience withdrawal from high-starch and sugary foods. This usually does not last for more than forty-eight hours. It might involve any number of symptoms such as headache, flulike sensations, or extreme sweet cravings. If this should happen to you, just hang in there for two to three days and you should start to experience some of the positive feelings listed above,
  7. Typically, Protein Types will feel better for five to seven days after eliminating all the "caution carbs." Sometime thereafter they generally begin to feel irritable, short-tempered, and tired, and then crave sweets s and feel hungry or unsatisfied after eating. When you reach this point, increase the amount of non-starchy vegetables as compared to your quantity of protein, until you once again begin to feel well.
  8. If you still do not feel well even after increasing your non-starchy vegetables, begin to add a little starch to your meals, starting with only one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable, such as artichoke, corn, peas, potato, or winter squash with dinner.
  9. If you still feel well or even better by eating a little starchy vegetable with dinner, add one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable at lunch, and then one tablespoon at breakfast.
  10. If all goes well, raise your starchy vegetable intake to two tablespoons per meal.
  11. Then, if all is still fine, substitute some whole grain in place of starchy vegetables.
  12. In this manner, you can continue to slowly increase your carbohydrate intake. At some point, you'll move beyond your personal fuel mix and begin to notice a reappearance of your "old" symptoms—fatigue, depression, mood swings, sweet cravings, digestive problems, and so on. When that happens, you'll know you need to start decreasing your carbohydrates gradually until you start feeling well again. At this stage, if you have any degree of uncertainty, you can always return to your baseline and start over.


Carbo type

Carbo types are slow oxidizers or sympathetic dominant.

A general guideline for Carbo types is 60% Carbohydrates 40 % proteins.

The following twelve steps will help you adjust your diet specifically for Carbo types.

  1. For the first five to seven days, eliminate all "caution carbs"—grains, cereals, breads, desserts, fruits, starchy vegetables—as well as milk products.
  2. Eat freely of any of your allowable proteins and fats: meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, butter, and vegetable oils.
  3. During these few days, limit your vegetable intake to the following non-starchy varieties: asparagus, celery, green beans, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms. Start out with only a small portion of vegetables as compared to your protein amount. This is your baseline.
  4. Eat until you are full but not to the point of feeling stuffed.
  5. Have snacks between meals if you like, using the same food choices.
  6. Some Carbo Types, particularly those with blood sugar problems, will feel better almost immediately. They will be able to go longer between meals without eating, lose their sweet cravings and will feel a distinct energy boost. But other Carbo Types will not feel well. They may experience symptoms of withdrawal from high-starch and sugary foods. This usually does not last for more than two to three days. It might involve any number of symptoms such as headache, flu-like sensations, or extreme sweet cravings. If this should happen to just hang in there and you should start to experience some of the positive feelings listed above.
  7. True Carbo Types who are already eating correctly will not feel by cutting back on their carbohydrate intake this way. However, a majority of Carbo Types, will actually feel better for a few days by eliminating the "caution carbs." But shortly thereafter they will begin to feel irritable, short-tempered, and tired, and then crave sweets, feel hungry or unsatisfied after eating. Whenever you reach this point, increase the amount of non-starchy vegetables as compared to your quantity of protein, until you once again begin to feel well.
  8. If you still do not feel well even after increasing your non-starchy vegetables, begin to add a little starch to your meals, starting with only one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable, such as potato, rutabaga, or yam with dinner.
  9. If you still feel well or even better by eating a little starchy vegetable with dinner, add one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable at lunch, and then one tablespoon at breakfast.
  10. If all goes well, raise your starchy vegetable intake to two tablespoons per meal.
  11. Then, if all is still fine, substitute some whole grain in place of starchy vegetables.
  12. In this manner, you can continue to slowly increase your carbohydrate intake. At some point, you'll move beyond your personal fuel mix and begin to notice a reappearance of your "old" symptoms—fatigue, depression, mood swings, sweet cravings, digestive problems, and so on. When that happens, you'll know you need to start decreasing your carbohydrates gradually until you start feeling well again. At this stage, if you have any degree of uncertainty, you can always return to your baseline and start over.


Mixed type

Mixed types are neither fast or slow oxidizers, and are neither parasympathetic or sympathetic dominant.

A 50% of each of carbohydrates and proteins is recomended for the Mixed type diet.

40-30-30 Diet (e.g. Zone diet) is suitable for the Mixed types.

 

The following twelve steps will help you adjust your diet specifically for Mixed types.

  1. For the first five to seven days, eliminate all "caution carbs": grains, cereals, breads, desserts, fruits, starchy vegetables—as well as milk products.
  2. Eat freely of any of your allowable proteins and fats: meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, butter, and vegetable oils.
  3. During these few days, limit your vegetable intake to the following non-starchy varieties: asparagus, celery, green beans, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms. Start out with only a small portion of vegetables as compared to your protein amount. This is your baseline.
  4. Eat until you are full but not to the point of feeling stuffed.
  5. Have snacks between meals if you like, using the same food choices.
  6. Many Mixed Types will feel better almost immediately. They will be able to go longer between meals without eating, will lose their sweet cravings, and will feel a distinct energy boost. But some Mixed Types can experience withdrawal from high-starch and sugary foods. This usually does not last for more than forty-eight hours. It might involve any number of symptoms such as headache, flu like sensations, or extreme sweet cravings. If this should happen to you, just hang in there for two to three days and you should start to experience some of the positive feelings mentioned earlier.
  7. Typically, Mixed Types will feel better for five to seven days after eliminating all the "caution carbs." But shortly thereafter they generally begin to feel irritable, short-tempered, and tired, then crave sweets, and feel hungry or unsatisfied after eating. When you reach this point, increase the amount of non starchy vegetables as compared to your quantity of protein, until you once again begin to feel well.
  8. If you still do not feel well even after increasing your non starchy vegetables, begin to add a little starch to your meals, starting with only one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable such as artichoke, corn, peas, potato, yam, or winter squash with dinner.
  9. If you still feel well or even better by eating a little starchy vegetable with dinner, add one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable at lunch, and then one tablespoon at breakfast.
  10. If all goes well, raise your starchy vegetable intake to two tablespoons per meal.
  11. Then, if all is still fine, substitute some whole grain in place of starchy vegetables.
  12. In this manner, you can continue to slowly increase your carbohydrate intake. At some point, you'll move beyond your personal fuel mix and begin to notice a reappearance of your "old" symptoms—fatigue, depression, mood swings, sweet cravings, digestive problems, and so on. When that happens, you'll know you need to start decreasing your carbohydrates gradually until you start feeling well again. At this stage, if you have any degree of uncertainty, you can always return to your baseline and start over.
Comments (12)
mixed
1 Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:56
cynthia anderson
I'm good with 50/50
Mixed Type
2 Saturday, 02 July 2011 16:59
Ana
I'm 14 years old and 120 pounds and 2 years back I went through this depressed phase and all I did was eat eat and eat all these fatty foods just ice cream, meat, chips, sweets and no vegetables or fruits and now since then I've lost about 20 pounds but the problem is my stomach it's still a little too fat so I want to know how to get rid of it and this metabolism type test really helped me. Thanks :)
Carbo Type
3 Wednesday, 27 July 2011 04:10
Chloe
This is what I got, what does it mean?
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4 Wednesday, 27 July 2011 04:11
Hwww
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PROTEIN IS YUMMY
5 Wednesday, 27 July 2011 04:12
no its not i lied
120lbs is SUPER skinny
Mixed Type
6 Monday, 03 October 2011 09:32
Tanamary
120 lbs is not necessarily "super skinny". It depends on your height. At 4'11", I've been told BY DOCTORS I should only weigh 100 lbs.
Mixed Type
7 Monday, 03 October 2011 09:32
Tanamary
120 lbs is not necessarily "super skinny". It depends on your height. At 4'11", I've been told BY DOCTORS I should only weigh 100 lbs.
dumb
8 Tuesday, 22 November 2011 10:25
sherrdog
Its the same diet prescription for each type - very disappointing - why would you start a carb type on a protein only diet? Ridiculous - they will feel like crap...
How to adjust with Indian diet ?
9 Wednesday, 07 December 2011 08:58
Kiran
When u say avoid carbs, when I don't eat meat what will keep me full ? with only eggs,nuts and vegetable oils how will I last 7 days ? Please give some advice for vegetarian Indians. thank you.
test questions.
10 Sunday, 03 June 2012 20:56
frustrated
On 3 versions of this test the test questions are the same but the explanations are different so I answer differently. Tests also demonstrate very poor food combining choices that make it impossible to answer most questions accurately. I have no choice but to throw out the results for all tests.
test questions.
11 Sunday, 03 June 2012 21:08
frustrated
(cont.) What do you do when half the answer applies and the other half doesn't. Regarding "sweets": For some reason "candy" (hard candy? chocolate?) and wheat products (pies/pastries/cakes) are combined. WHY??? The physiological response to these is drastically different for me (wheat intolerant) to be continued.
test questions.
12 Sunday, 03 June 2012 21:10
frustrated
continued: What do you do when half the answer applies and the other half doesn't ?? Regarding salads: (green? pasta? potato?) are almost always paired with fruit salad. AGAIN the physiological responses are different Green salad works well for me. fruit salad often has mayonnaise or whipped cream in it and doesn't work well. Pasta salad just puts me to sleep.
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