The Cutting Edge of Nutrition; or why we are all different
If you have ever sat at a restaurant or on a park bench and just watched all the people going about their day, one thing has to have struck you: we’re all incredibly different. People come in such an infinite variety of shapes and sizes it is amazing we only have five or six different sizes of clothing that fit most of us. Yet when you read diet guidelines either for loosing weight or just being healthy, they always have the same basic recommendations for everyone. Sure, if you want to lose weight it will suggest cutting calories, but does it makes sense that everyone needs the same basic nutrition?

Metabolic Typing explains why one medicine works well for some people but not others. A scientist does a study on the effects of one new drug. Some get better, others don’t and a few get worse. There’s a simple reason why this occurs: we are as different on the inside as we are on the outside. Another way to say it is that we all have individual biochemical needs because foods and medicines affect us all differently.

This means that while one food makes a person feel good, it makes another person feel crummy. “One person’s food is another’s poison” is more true than you may realize. But if this is true, then how does one go about figuring it all out? By taking a simple Metabolic Typing test in the book “The Metabolic Typing Diet” by William Wolcott and learn how to eat according to one’s own individual biochemical needs. Once you do this you will be able to alter your diet and fuel yourself more effectively than ever before.

Take the Test
The book offers up a painless test to determine if you are someone who does best when eating more protein, more carbohydrates or a mixed diet. Then it gives you strategies to further fine tune your macronutrient ratio (percent of carbs, protein and fats) to find your best mix of foods.

There is a whole program set up to do Intermediate, Advanced and Comprehensive level typing administered through qualified advisors that I won’t get into here. I will say that since November of 2001 when I began working with my advisor, a Ph.D. Nutritionist, that my life and health have been significantly improved and as an athlete I have truly seen the benefits of eating what is right for my own body.

Unfortunately whenever someone mentions “diet,” most people immediately think about having to count calories, eat smaller portions and leave themselves unsatisfied after a meal. They expect to have to cut out foods they love, suffer through cravings all day or eat some strange excess combination like six egg whites and a plate full of spinach leaves. That isn’t a healthy diet; it is torture and a failure waiting to happen. Guess what, if you eat what your body needs to function well, you won’t have to count calories or suffer cravings. Considering the huge variety of vitamins, nutrients and enzymes your body needs to operate, wouldn’t some type of balanced meal make more sense if you want it to find it’s optimum weight and level of health? Doesn’t it make more sense to figure out what types of foods and in what mixture your own body needs to run optimally? You can do that through “The Metabolic Typing Diet.”

Your body’s feedback
“Diet” really is and should be about the foods you eat in order to stay healthy and energized. If a particular diet leaves you lethargic, or in an athletic sense, unable to fully apply yourself to a workout and recover well, then it really isn’t a proper diet. How could it be? Would it be reasonable to assume that a diet leaving you feeling poorly would also be healthy for you? When you suffer an injury your body is giving you feedback about its condition. Illness, fatigue, sleeplessness, low energy, you name it. Feedback is something your body gives you whether you listen or not. Doesn’t it make sense that how you feel day to day or even hourly is feedback about your body’s overall condition? Isn’t it reasonable to conclude that your body will give you feedback if you don’t fuel it properly? Paul Chek said that, “a headache is not an aspirin deficit.” Feedback indeed.

There are a lot of scary nutrition tips from people telling everyone to eat a fixed macronutrient ratio such as 70% carbs, 15% protein and 10% fat. Worse, I recently read an article that said never eat protein before a race. As someone who knows he needs a higher protein ratio, if I ate like that I might as well not bother rolling to the start line. And what about this classic: “eat a low fat diet.” The problem with these and every other statement like it is that they ignore the fact that we are all different, come from a huge variety of backgrounds and have individual and unique biochemical needs. What works for one person, may not do anything for someone else, but can make still another person worse.

Just because you put food in your mouth and chew it doesn’t mean you’re putting the right foods in that your body needs. If you owned and cherished a Ferrari, would you buy the cheapest gas you could find, or pump diesel, leaded or unleaded gas in it depending on whatever was convenient and then expect it to run well. If you expect your body to operate as efficiently as possible, doesn’t it make sense to give it the best quality foods in the right mixture that it needs? Get on the cutting edge and eat according to your biochemical needs through a Metabolic Typing diet. Rebuild your health to what it was designed to be.