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The Metabolic Typing Diet: Customize Your Diet To: Free Yourself from Food Cravings: Achieve Your Ideal Weight; Enjoy High Energy and Robust Health; Prevent and Reverse Disease Paperback – January 2, 2002
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For hereditary reasons, your metabolism is unique. Cutting-edge research shows that no single diet works well for everyonethe very same foods that keep your best friend slim may keep you overweight and feeling unhealthy and fatigued. Now, William Wolcott, a pioneer in the field of metabolic research, has developed a revolutionary weight-loss program that allows you to identify your "metabolic type" and create a diet that suits your individual nutritional needs.
In The Metabolic Typing Diet, Wolcott and acclaimed science writer Trish Fahey provide simple self-tests that you can use to discover your own metabolic type and determine what kind of diet will work best for you. It might be a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet filled with pasta and grains, or a high-fat, high-protein diet focused on meat and seafood, or anything in between. By detailing exactly which foods and food combinations are rig
- Publisher : Harmony; Reprint edition (January 2, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0767905644
- ISBN-13 : 978-0767905640
- Item Weight : 11.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.16 x 0.95 x 7.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #235,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've been told by nutritionists that if your body is craving something, it's because you're missing some vitamin or mineral present in that food. The same nutritionists acknowledge that every person's body has different needs.
So.. I took the test and adjusted my eating habits to match the type specified (I'm a "protein" type.) As long as I follow the recommendations for that, I am not constantly hungry and tired. Then of course, logically, since I'm not constantly hungry and feel full faster, I can control my portions more easily, reducing the calories in.
I tend to ignore the last part of the book because it appears to be more of the controversial theories in medicine (thus the 4-star rating), but for the part specifically dealing with the "diet"? It works. I recommend it to anyone interested in a lifestyle change that's not all about what you can't have, but is all about adjusting your portions and eating order to feel fuller faster & longer.
I've done some more research, and it seems the results are lacking because they had to save some of the information for their customized testing through the Healthexcel organization. Or, to put it more fairly, because the detailed results require a very detailed test, which is available through the Healthexcel/Metabolic Typing website. After reading more, the "Advanced" Test available through the website is more what I was expecting out of this book, which only has a "Basic" version of the test. The advanced test produces a much longer food list and a better introductory meal plan. The price is reasonable, as well; $40 if you do the online version; another option is to test through a certified counselor.
Thus: Read this book if you are interested in exploring the ideas behind Metabolic Typing, as well as a push in the right direction. If you want a detailed meal plan, use the Advanced Test through their website.
I am updating my rating to 3 stars now that I know "meatier" results are available. Although I was tempted to dock stars as a protest of having to make ANOTHER purchase after the book to obtain the full results, I suppose it's only a matter of philosophy as to which approach is better. Probably having this book available for $10, where more people might actually read it, is better than charging $50 for the book and an extended test that's more difficult to interpret and customize. Further, the book was not FORMATTED as a sales pitch, and does give a fair amount about tweaking the diet through trial and error.
Thus, if you like the idea behind their Metabolic Typing and want to really maximize your benefit, just know that even if you purchase this book, you must be prepared to spend another $40.
Will report back after taking the Advanced Test and fully implementing the recommendations for a time.
So, I used The Zone for several years and then Metabolism Miracle for about a year now. I got this book because I feel like my optimum must lie somewhere in between, and because the reviews of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health confirmed something I noticed on Metabolism Miracle - I got a lot better results when avoiding all bread products.
The survey was fascinating, but there were about 10 of the 64 (?) questions that I couldn't answer.
I tested out a protein-type, which was not news for me.
But the book gave me nothing new to work with. I'm struggling and frustrated at attempting to implement its suggestions, because it does not give solid guidelines.
It recommends a 40% protein, 30% carb, 30% fat diet for protein type, compared to Zone's 40% carb, 30% protein, 30% fat. It also says I cannot eat a meal without protein, and that the best proteins are organ meats. Like I can eat organ meat at every meal.
It gives a very short food list, and a brief excerpt of a menu plan that wasn't really 40/30/30.
I felt this book really had nothing about customizing the diet. Beyond the 40/30/30, it said you must determine your exact carb level yourself. Start with no starches for a week. You should feel good. Then work your way up in carb consumption until you feel bad again. That's about the end of it.
Well, that's what I was planning to do before I found this book.
My plan going forward is to modify the Zone (P/F/C at every meal as 21 g/7 g/ 27 g, maybe flip the 27 and 21) OR modify Metabolism Miracle (meat at every meal, find the sweet spot in phase two between 11-20 g of carbs per 5 hour period).
I've gotta go reread the reviews now to see why I was convinced to waste my money on this book. I feel like I must be missing something.
In most cases, I don't even need any extra snacks during the day. I continue to experiment with a variety of foods and this has helped to determine which foods work best for me.
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Considering an awful lot of people choose not to eat meat or animal products now this book is out of touch.