Did you know that we are all different from a metabolic point of view?
Brilliant clinical psychologist George Watson, Ph.D, who wrote Nutrition and Your Mind back in 1972, discovered that certain nutrients intensify adverse emotional states in some patients, while in others, the same nutrients could alleviate emotional problems. He recognized that different people have different dietary requirements. "He felt it was pointless to try to treat people's emotional problems without addressing any underlying metabolic disturbances" - write William Wolcott and Trish Fahey in their revolutionary Metabolic Typing Diet, in 2000.
The same principle applies to any health problem in general.
Ayurveda –the medicine of Ancient India- and Ancient Chinese Medicine, among other, also developed extremely accurate systems for the classification and understanding of people's metabolic types, or “constitutions”. These observations that took place thousands of years ago are corroborated today as valid and relevant in the undrersanting of people's constitutional types. This highlights the fact that being all different from a constitutional standpoint we require different nutrients and lifestyle activities in order to thrive.
We then deduce that our individual dietary requirements need to be personalised. Nutritional and overall health recommendations must then be personalised too!
What is more, relying on one-size-fits-all type of diets that are mainly designed to just reduce caloric intake by removing nutrient-dense foods because of their high caloric content, are diets that by definition won't meet your individual nutritional needs and that may actually disrupt your metabolism and weaken your health in general instead of fixing the problem. These diets are not professional and will leave you soon after commencing them hungry, stressed, frustrated, and totally desperate...
Did you know that counting calories may lead to nutritional deficiencies and thus to poor health? And that on top of everything low calorie foods don't have a high satiety index and thus lead to hunger and dissatisfaction? Low fat foods, for instance, are a nutritional aberration: not only they have a catastrophic impact on metabolic regulation (they encourage glucose spikes and thus lead to hypoglycemia and insulin resistance especially when eaten with high glycemic foods like breads and potatoes), but also they are heavily sweatened with sugars in order to mask the lack of palatability caused by the removal of their naturally occurring fats.
Research has shown that when people diet, those eating the greatest percentage of the total fat in their diets as saturated fat, lose the most weight. And yet, doctors and health institutions keep dangerously advising their patients and members to stay away from saturated fat as it will "kill" them!
There is however extensive scientific evidence1 like the research done by the Department Human Biology of the University of Cape Town- that proves that high-fat diets are far superior to low fat ones given that they are capable of dramatically improving all sorts of markers of health.
Contrary to common belief, to lose weight, you need to EAT MORE, but not just any foods, and not just at any time. You need to know what to eat, when to eat it, and how to prepare it.
You also need to know what type of exercise your own body thrives on and how to practice it. Any type of exercise will not necessary benefit your own body type or lead to the desired weight-loss.
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1. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Jan;51(2):133-139. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096491