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Why can’t I find the best weight loss program for me?

Posted Jul 12 2010 12:00am

I was just wondering the other day, how to get people to understand what the best weight loss program for them is. So many people desperately want to lose weight, and can’t understand why diet after diet just doesn’t seem to do the job. Or it does, but only for a while. Or it does, but they feel lousy while they’re on it. For people who have tried so many different diets and are frustrated and losing heart, I want to run up to them and yell, “please find out what your metabolic type is!” because it’s just possible that it could make all the difference.

Metabolic Typing assumes that we’re all different (doesn’t that make sense?) but that we fit somewhere within broad categories. (For more about metabolic types, take a look at the links below.) The consequence of this assumption that we’re all unique is that there isn’t one way of eating that can be regarded as “the best weight loss program” because it will be different for everyone.

Even if you’re already eating for your general category (protein, carbohydrate or mixed), you can continue to refine your metabolic profile in all sorts of small ways, gradually discovering exactly what is the best program for you. And when you discover what your genetic tendencies mean for your metabolic systems, your body begins to take care of its size and shape all by itself. After all, it’s already programmed to function perfectly, if we will just get out of the way! The key thing is to aim for feeling good. Once you have the right general balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, your energy levels should even out, and you should begin to feel fantastic.

But what if you’re still not losing weight? Well, part of me wants to say, “What the hell, you feel great don’t you?” but if you’re genuinely overweight, then sure, you want to find the best weight loss program as well as the best healthy eating program. Just take it a little farther. Gradually raise the balance of raw foods in your diet, but keep the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats for your metabolic type. You could try incorporating food combining, which involves eating starches and proteins separately to help the body digest each type of food more completely and efficiently. But again, always with your metabolic type in mind.

Or perhaps, especially if you have crash dieted in the past, you need to “reset your fat thermometer”, as Trish Fahey and William Walcott call it in their book, “The Metabolic Typing Diet”. Basically, if you’ve dieted severely your body will have changed its automatic fat storage setting to “higher please”. It’s only trying to protect you from what it sees as starvation! Reset your bodyweight “setpoint” by avoiding low calorie diets, crash diets which simulate starvation, and do a bit more exercise – a mixture of aerobic and light weight training.

There are several other ways of refining your diet once you know your main metabolic needs. But the great thing about metabolic typing is that it’s all about eating the way your body wants to eat, and feeling the massive benefits of listening to nature rather than neighbors, or magazines or the latest fad diet. Learn to really enjoy your food again, in the right proportions, and you’ll finally be able to find that elusive weight loss program that’s best for you.

Here are some links you might find useful for looking into Metabolic Typing:

After spending years as a nurse and medical secretary, Leah Salmon realised that orthodox medicine didn’t work and became a Naturally You Coach, helping people to use their foods and natural remedies to improve their health, instead of drugs, chemicals and surgeries. Now a published author of 2 books, a speaker, teacher and dedicated homeschooling mother to her 4 children, listen to Leah share the number one secret to great health at

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