How do I Choose the Best Metabolic Typing Diet?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

Choosing the best metabolic typing diet may seem like a daunting task, but with a little bit of research, and possibly some trial and error, you can find a good weight loss plan for your body. The concept of metabolic typing is meant to get you off the ups and downs of the “yo-yo” dieting cycle and help you find the right plan for your particular metabolism. Since each person's body is different, customized plans are typically better.

Research suggests that no single diet will work for every person. You may have heard your friends and family tell you about a new diet plan they've tried with much success, only to discover that it does not have the same effect on you. The truth is, almost every diet plan has some merits, and some people lose weight on all of them quite nicely. You only need to discover which of these plans will work for you.

A metabolic typing diet isn’t actually a specific diet plan at all. It’s a system for figuring out which type of diet you should be using based on your metabolism. Some bodies respond better to the low carb diets you may have seen or heard about. Others work well with low fat or low calorie plans.

To discover your metabolic typing diet, there are various websites and books on the subject to get you started. Generally, you will need to answer several questions about yourself, your body, and your past diet experiences. The test will then calculate your answers to give you a diet plan that should work best for your body type. A fee may be required to access these tests.

If paying money to find the right metabolic typing diet is not an option for you, it may be a good idea to do some experimenting with various diet plans yourself. Odds are, if you have tried dieting before, you have a general idea of what will not work for you. Do not go back to a diet that has failed in the past. Move on to a new plan that you haven’t tried before, and one that you think you can stick with for the long haul.

Longevity is the greatest hallmark of any successful metabolic typing diet plan. If you can’t stick with the program then you will not keep the weight off long term. That said, every diet does take some willpower in the initial stages of weight loss — whether it’s the low carb diet or a vegetarian diet. Therefore, it’s equally important for you to get your mind prepared for success as it is for you to get your body prepared.

Talk to your health care professional about any plans you have tried in the past, and get his or her recommendations on options you may want to try. He or she may even know about tests you can take to gain a better understanding of the right plan for you. Also, have a full physical exam performed before you engage in any weight loss plan to make sure you are in well enough shape to withstand a new diet and exercise routine.

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