If you are basically healthy, these questions will give you a very rough idea of what your metabolic type might be. If you have food allergies or digestive difficulties, the answers may be misleading. For a more detailed analysis, read The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott, or contact me for a personalised nutrition plan.
How important is food to you?
A. I don’t even think about it till it’s put in front of me
B. I enjoy my food, but don’t think about it much
C. Very important
How often do you need to eat?
A. 2-3 times day, if that
B. 3 good meals is usually ample
C. Definitely 3 meals, and maybe a snack or two
If you had a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice, or a large coffee first thing in the morning, and then didn’t have chance to have breakfast, would you feel:
B. Hungry, but OK
C. Like you were about to go mad
If you had an all fruit breakfast, would you:
A. Feel satisfied till lunchtime or maybe later
B. Feel quite hungry and definitely want some morning tea
C. Be ready to gnaw your arm off by 9.30am
If you went to your in-laws for lunch and were given a huge steak, a small dollop of mashed potato and a bunch of broccoli with lots of butter, then cheesecake with cream for dessert, would you feel:
A. Sick as a dog
B. A bit heavy and I might not need much dinner
If you wake up in the middle of the night, and feel hungry, would your reaction be:
A. I never feel hungry in the middle of the night
B. No problems, I’ll just go back to sleep
C. Where’s the food?
Mostly A’s – you’re probably more down the Carbo end of the scale. Extreme Carbo’s are the only types who would suit a vegetarian diet or the kind of diet where you eat nothing but fruit before noon. You like lots of fruit and vegetables, but it still isn’t good to overeat heavy carbs such as grains and legumes. And although you don’t need as much fat and protein as the other types, you still need some. You feel better on the lighter proteins such as fish and chicken breast.
Mostly B’s – Like most people, you’re a Mixed type. Aim for a wide variety of different foods. You need a balance of protein, fat and carbs at each meal. Start with roughly equal categories of each, and experiment till you find the balance you feel best on.
Mostly C’s – You’re a Protein type, and if extreme would do well on an Atkins style diet. But the original Atkins diet, not the kind with soy protein powder and Splenda. And make sure you eat plenty of fat (so it’s not a high protein, low fat diet – that would stress your kidneys). Plenty of meat and fish, eggs, and good fats; unlimited low carb veggies; some nuts and seeds; a little fruit; and go very easy on the starchy carbs.
Now you’ve got a very rough idea of what type you might be. If you’re still confused, assume Mixed for now, and go from there.
If you are an extreme type, you may need to choose different foods with each macronutrient group. A Mixed type would have a mixture.
|A Mixture||White fish
Red meat & pork sometimes
Small amounts eggs & dairy
Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds
|A mixture||Small amounts:
Nuts & seeds
Capsicum, eggplant, zucchini, tomato
|Carbs||Apples & pears
Carrots, turnips, swede
|A mixture||Most fruits
Grains – pref non-gluten, don’t overdo
Each type also needs different ratios of the macro nutrients.
|Rough ratio||Carbs – 30%
Protein & fat – 70%
|Carbs – 50%
Protein & fat – 50%
|Carbs – 60%
Protein & fat – 40%
A typical day may look like:
|Breakfast:||Chicken liver pate Carrot sticks||Eggs
Toast with butter
Celery and apple salad with mayo
|Snack:||Handful of walnuts||Apple with nut butter||Herb tea|
|Dinner:||Large salmon fillet
Spinach cooked with butter
Mediterranean style veges
These are rough guidelines, and you will need to fine tune.
Note also that your metabolic type may shift a bit between seasons. An extreme Protein type, for example may find that he needs to be very careful in winter, but in summer can eat a wider variety of foods. Carbo types may be able to tolerate more meat in winter than summer.
IF YOUR LAST MEAL WAS IN BALANCE, your short term response (straight after eating, and up to 4-5 hours later) will be:
- No cravings
- Can last between meals with good energy
- In a normal state of well-being
- Good mental focus and clarity of thought
- Capacity to handle stress
- Optimal response to exercise
- Optimal health
|IF YOU ATE TOO MUCH CARBOHYDRATE,
your short term responses (1-2 hours after eating) are likely to be:
|IF YOU ATE TOO MUCH FAT OR PROTEIN,
your short term responses (straight after eating) are likely to be:
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| For future meals:
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