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September 2008 Fit Tip

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FITNESS TIP OF THE WEEK:  FINDING YOUR PERSONAL FUEL MIX

Last week we talked about the fact that “one size does not fit all”, in that case what does work when it comes to nutrition besides avoiding the obvious negative foods?  Why do some people lose weight on a high carb, moderate protein, low fat diet while others lose weight on a high protein, moderate fat, low carb diet?  Once again, that depends upon your metabolic type.  Each person utilizes or processes foods a little differently for energy.  There are 9 different homeostatic control systems in your body that determine this.  Depending upon your metabolic type you will need different macronutrient ratios to maximize your energy production.

Most people fall into 1 of 3 broad categories:  a carbo type, mixed type or protein type.  Within each type are variations and degrees ranging from mild to extreme.  There are many factors involved but for simplicity’s sake this will give you a basic understanding.  For more in depth knowledge an excellent book to read is “The Metabolic Typing Diet” by William Wolcott.  The book consists of a basic self program and includes a 65 question test to help you determine your type.  More in depth intermediate and advanced programs are available through a Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor.

After determining your type one goes about finding their “personal fuel mix” by starting with the suggested ratios and fine tuning or tweaking them to meet your individual needs.  For example; if you were to have whole grain pancakes, fruit and an egg for breakfast how would that make you feel 1 to 2 hours later?  Satisfied, good energy and a clear head or tired, spaced out or hyper and unsatisfied?  At the other extreme how about steak and eggs with a slice of sprouted grain bread?  The carbo type would obviously feel beter on the higher carb breakfast while a protein type would do better with the steak and eggs.  A mixed type would fare better with a more “equal” or balance of the two.  Sound confusing, it isn’t, not with just a little experimenting.

It amazes me that no matter how much knowledge one has there is so much more to begotten.  In all my personal years of experience in the health, fitness and nutrition industy I have never found a way of eating that has made such complete and utter sense, especially from a physiological standpoint.  Anyone that is aquainted with me knows that my nutritional habits have been pretty “clean” for quite some years even to the extreme of being annoying.  For all the things I was doing “right” I felt I should have had more energy and felt better overall.  I exercised, I ate organic foods, drank plenty of water, got at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night, why didn’t I feel more like superwoman? I attributed it to age and changing hormones.  Well, like I say, knowledge is empowering.  After reading the book I revamped my nutrition starting August 1, making some radical changes and after a full 30 days of eating for my metabolic type here’s what I have found:  greatly increased energy, improved workouts, mood swings and energy highs/lows have virtually disappeared, hugely improved mental acuity, satisfaction after meals, increased well being, little nagging aches and pains have begun to diminish, I also shed 7 pounds without trying and had to increase my caloric intake to maintain my weight.  I am AMAZED!!  I didn’t eat “bad”, but I was not eating CORRECTLY for my metabolic type.  There is a BIG difference.

I am so impressed with this program that I have enrolled to become a Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor and as of Nov.3 will be offering basic, intermediate and advanced programs to my clients.  I cannot read or learn about this fast enough, this can change your life folks–for the better.  I must mention that this is still only part of a complete and balanced healthy lifestyle.  No matter your type you must still choose quality, organic and unprocessed foods, avoid white flour, sugar, fast foods, excess caffeine and alcohol, drink plenty of water, exercise, manage stress and get enough rest.  A tall order?  Not really, one step at a time–one bite out of an elephant, before you know it you will be well into your journey and have covered a lot of exciting new territories.

Have a Metabolically Fit Week!

Paula Jager
Jaguar Total Fitnes
11730 N Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL  33618
813-908-6464
www.crossfitjaguar.com

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