The Metabolic Typing Diet is a diet based on the idea that people have different body types and each type processes food differently. These body types are based on anthropological histories, reflecting each person’s ancestral history. Each body type has its own customized diet plan.
Type - Metabolic Typing
Are special products required? - No
Is eating out possible? - Yes
Is the plan family friendly? - No
Do you have to buy a book? - Yes
Is the diet easy to maintain? - No
So how does it work?...
The basic claim of the Metabolic Typing Diet is that human bodies evolved based on their geographical and environmental circumstances. Certain groups of people in one circumstance evolved to process dairy differently than the people in another group, for example.
This is because both groups had different nutritional needs and different foods available.
Due to this specialization, a universal diet plan won’t work for everyone. This program provides a complete diet plan for each of the body types that the authors have identified.
The Diet Plan...
The authors of Metabolic Typing Diet first walk each person through determining their own personal body type with a 65-point questionnaire with items regarding physical appearance, anatomy, psychological characteristics, food preferences, food reactions, and even behavioural characteristics. From there, a specific diet plan is suggested.
The three main types in the program are the “protein type,” “carbohydrate type,” and “mixed type.”
• Meat at every meal
• Seafood at every meal
• Dairy at every meal
• Apples and pears in moderation
• Nuts and oils
• Fruit Juices
• High starch vegetables
• Whole Grains
• Fat-free dairy
• Lean meats and fish
• Nuts and oils sparingly
• Whole Dairy
• Red Meat
Mixed types are a mixture of characteristics from both of the other two groups.
Is it good for you?...
This diet is healthy in that it encourages us to eat less processed foods and more natural, whole, and unprocessed foods. The Metabolic Typing Diet also contains some useful information and principles for dieting in general.
However the basic premise of this diet is somewhat flawed because few of us can claim to actually have a pure ancestral lineage.
Very few of us are direct and pure descendents of one of the types of people as suggested by this plan's authors. Furthermore, it’s been suggested that the present and future should be considered more in this plan, looking at the technological and cultural influences on our dietary needs, instead of looking backwards in time.
Fats, proteins, and carbohydrates are all essential for life and are all found mixed in nature. Completely cutting out one of these groups is generally considered unhealthy.
Example Day (protein type)...
• Scrambled eggs with a bacon rasher and potatoes sautéed in butter
• Chicken thigh or leg with sliced carrots, cauliflower florets, and olive spread
• Grilled steak with peas and sweetcorn
• Avocado dressed with olive oil and vinegar
• Full-fat plain yogurt sprinkled with sunflower seeds and cashew nuts