Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/20/2012 -- For many people, trying to lose weight is a never-ending battle. Despite much dieting and physical activity, the desired weight loss fails to appear. Sometimes there are even more pounds added to the scale than before the diet. The alternative medical approach, “metabolic typing”, considers the individual metabolic type of each person in order to make a diet more successful. According to that method, every single person has a unique metabolic system with varying needs for nutrients. Therefore, for a healthy weight management, an individual diet must fit to the metabolic type.
Where does metabolic typing come from?
The theory of metabolic types goes back to the 1930s. Already in that period, the personalised need for nutrients was subject to several scientific studies. The American biochemist Dr. Roger J. Williams also made research in that field and found out that the differences between single persons are not only limited to appearance, but also affect the brain structure, as well as the nervous, circulatory and muscular systems. Dr. Williams concluded: “We have to develop a method to capture the individual strengths and weaknesses of humans more precisely. Call it ‘metabolic profile’ or whatever you want, but you certainly need this information to compile a decent dietary recommendation that suits the individual needs.”
During the 20th century, this thesis was constantly developing further. In 1970, the American Dr. William Kelley successfully treated cancer patients with a therapy that was based on an individual diet. Seven years later, one of his students, Dr. William L. Wolcott, followed this approach and created a medical system to determine and analyse the metabolism. This is not only the foundation for treatment and prevention of light and severe diseases, but it is also a precondition for successful weight loss according to that method.
Different metabolic types
In this theory there are different metabolic types, which process the consumed nutrients in diverse ways. The recommended daily minimum requirement of carbohydrates and proteins, in particular, is based on that. In general, there are three comprehensive types:
Everybody who can eat plenty of carbohydrate-rich food without gaining weight fast nor feeling hungry, even a few hours later, is probably a carbohydrate-type. This type is characterised by a rapid metabolic rate and a relatively small appetite. Many people of this group are busy at work and therefore often skip meals. However, because of their quick metabolism, regular meals are particularly vital.
This type should focus on a carbohydrate-rich diet, which means a lot of bread, noodles, or rice. Proteins are also important, more precisely light and low-fat ones. These kinds of proteins are for instance found in lean chicken meat and white fish. Such a regulated diet stimulates fat burning and supports achieving weight loss.
The exact opposite of the carbohydrate-type is the protein-type. This group gains weight really fast after eating carbohydrate-rich meals and is hungry again shortly afterwards, mostly for foods rich in fat. Moreover, the desire for sugar rises quicker.
The protein-type needs a diet that is rich in proteins and fats, but low in carbohydrates. Rich proteins, such as eggs, dark chicken meat, and milk products should be added to their menu. They also need healthy fats, as to be found in olive oil. Protein-types who fail to eat rich proteins are hungry all day long and tend to overweight.
The least complicated of the three types is the mixed type. This one can choose from the largest selection of food and should generate a balance between proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Mixed types can have more similar tendencies towards either carbohydrate- or protein-types. When creating their personal menu, they have to listen to their body individually to decide which food is first choice in health perspective.
Support in losing weight from CaloriScan
Metabolic typing is not a conventional diet, but a method to realise a long-term change of eating routines. Everybody following this approach has to consider the own metabolic type to successfully lose or maintain weight. Carefully choosing foods leads to well-being and a healthier lifestyle. People trying to lose weight should also keep track of their energy balance. In order to support a well-balanced diet, it is advisable to monitor the calories burned as well. A tool like the CaloriScan from Omron helps comparing the intake and outtake. This handy device classifies every kind of movement and reliably calculates the resulting calories burned, even considering the metabolic rate at rest. The Omron calorie counter provides valuable motivation during and after a diet, thus 24 hours a day. Due to its compact size, it fits in every pocket, enabling a continuous calorie control without annoying impairments, long-term measuring systems or device calibration.
About Omron Healthcare
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