CARB TYPE METABOLISMThank you for completing our brief questionaire! Based on the answers to your questions it is most likely that you have a Carb-type metabolism.
ABOUT CARB TYPES
Carb Types often have a smaller appetite than other types. They may skip breakfast and don’t spend their day thinking about food but instead wait until they feel hungry to eat. Carb types may be workaholics and even skip meals in order to get through the tasks of the day. You may be thinking that this sounds ideal in terms of weight loss and dieting but in truth this may down regulate your metabolism and put your body into a form of ‘starvation mode’ where weight loss can be difficult. Carb types love their coffee and may rely on caffeine to keep going. This can weaken the appetite and compound the problem of a down regulated metabolism. Carb types may prefer baked foods and starchy vegetables. Though in some ways this fits in with their metabolic type, by choosing the ‘wrong’ carbs this can easily lead to insulin surges then dips into hypoglycaemia, insulin resistance and diabetes in severe cases.
What Does a Carb Type Need?
These days, lots of well-known diets recommend that you get most of your calories from protein and ‘good’ fats and limit your intake of carbs (Particularly if you want to lose weight).
The premise behind this is that when you reduce your carb intake you in turn also reduce insulin release and then ultimately promote fat burning.
However, as a carb-type you may find that diets formed around this concept may not work as well for you.
While simple carbs such as sugar and flour are of course best avoided for all of us, you might find that you have a higher tolerance to complex carbohydrates than other metabolic types. You will probably also feel best eating lighter proteins such as white fish, turkey and chicken.
As a general rule, you should eat healthy foods and will feel best eating more carbs than other metabolic types. Any diet you choose should include at least 40% complex carbs, if not more. Your ideal ratio is probably about 70% carbs, 20% proteins, and 10% healthy fats, however you might find that as a carb type you can tolerate diets with even higher levels of carbohydrates.
Even within the carb type group there is individual variation so try to find your perfect fit by simply taking note of how certain foods make you feel after you eat them. If you feel bloated and tired after eating a particular food or combination, then maybe that’s not for you. Learn to listen to your body to get the most out of any diet.
Dieting: There are lots of high carbohydrate diets which, as a carb type, you will tolerate well. Some are great for short term weight loss, while others offer long term health benefits. I’ve listed a few well known carb-based dietary plans HERE
Exercise: Regardless of your metabolism type, exercise is a good thing. But did you know that different styles of exercise yield significantly different results? By choosing the right exercise program, you can increase your metabolic rate, and get your body burning more calories, even when at rest. CLICK HERE to learn more, or visit our review of Exercise Programs.
Fire up your metabolism: Have you ever noticed (and lets face it we all have) how some people seem to be able to eat as much as they want and never gain weight, while others seem to add pounds just by looking at food? This is due to differences in our baseline metabolic rate, but did you know that you have the power to change yours? Interested, CLICK HERE to learn more.
Detox: While eating right and regular exercise is the cornerstone of healthy living, if you have a history of poor diet, or previous exposure to various harmful toxins, you may struggle to break old habits. Detoxing is a great way to reset your baseline before starting a new diet or exercise program. If you’re considering a detox program, then read our review of the Red Tea Detox, a program which combines the detoxing properties of a unique red tea formula with a scientifically based diet and exercise program.