People are unique in more ways than we can see. Stomachs and other internal organs come in many different shapes and sizes. Digestive juices, too, can vary dramatically from one person to another. Thus, according to author William Linz Wolcott, founder of Healthexcel, a company that provides metabolic typing for individuals, it stands to reason that different foods have very different effects on different people.
Wolcott believes that tailoring your diet to your body’s particular quirks–metabolic typing–will improve digestion, circulation, immunity, energy, and mood. To determine your type, he has you take a 65-question test (the questions range from nose moisture to how you feel about potatoes), then place yourself in one of three categories: protein type, carbo type, or mixed type.
The protein type is instructed to eat a diet that’s 40 percent protein, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent carbs. The carbo type gets 60 percent carbs, 25 percent protein, and 15 percent fat. And the mixed type should consume 50 percent carbs, 30 percent protein, and 20 percent fat, although this type has to play with the ratios a little more to find the optimal mix.
Although The Metabolic Typing Diet is based on information from researchers the majority of the public will never have heard of, Wolcott makes a strong case that it’s all based on common sense: most of the dietary problems we have come from ignoring the foods that make us feel satisfied and energetic in favor of ones that we feel we’re supposed to eat, or foods that we eat in desperation because our last meal left us hungry or lethargic. If we just eat the foods that make us feel right, Wolcott argues, we’ll never feel like things have gone horribly wrong. –Lou Schuler
1 Star DON’T BUY THE KINDLE VERSION!!!
The Kindle version of this book is missing content in the questionnaire to determine your metabolic type. It is impossible to determine your type with 16 of the questions unanswerable. It would seem that the questions that appear first on the hard copy page are the culprits. In the some cases, the question is not complete and in most, the answer choices are missing. EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING! It also appears that Amazon does not let you return digital content, even if it is useless.
3 Stars Some books not suitable for Kindle
I find the book interesting. However I regret not buying a print version as charts and diagrams do not translate well and are not views on kindle as they should be.
As far as the book’s content I found myself impatient wading through all the history of metabolic typing and wanting to get to the self assessment. Kindle does not makie going back and forth for content very easy.
4 Stars Metabolic Typing Diet
This book really opened my eyes to how many aspects of your eating habits, and personality and body are affected by how you gain/lose weight. I haven’t completely finished the book but from the majority of what I’ve read I am impressed with the content. It made me think about how our food is marketed to us and the ingredients that really hurt us. We are so driven my what is on TV and in the news media that we are blinded into believing that this junk is ok for us. The whole fat-free diet plans are a joke and you will understand once you read this book.
5 Stars good reading
I read it and found it interesting to compare the food I eat by what is recommended for me. However I dont stick to a diet. But it was interesting.
5 Stars Certainly great for practitioners.
As a practitioner I found this to be a fantastic read. It is rather dense so I’m not sure that a good deal of the general public will be able to get through it. I don’t think it works to well for the untrained reader, especially since it gets into the history of the research behind this discipline, as well as a lot of physiological content. Despite that, it is well written so even if you’re not a practitioner, you should be able to follow along pretty well and get some lessons in biological systems, presuming you’re even interested in that. There are nine Fundamental Homeostatic Control (FHC) Mechanisms —Autonomic, Oxidative, Catabolic/Anabolic, Electrolyte/Fluid, Acid/Alkaline, Prostaglandin, Endocrine, Blood Type, Constitutional. The detailed explanations of this can lose many lay-readers, but if you can skim it (or hell, even skip it), you’ll get to the dietary system itself, which you can then apply.
When I read the book I had already been using metabolic typing on myself and clients for a couple of years. I first learned about it reading another book that was required for a course. I’ve found the Metabolic Typing system to be fullproof. I’ve seen the best results for myself and clients that it just seems to work like a charm and has helped me attain a 100% success rate with clients. I don’t religiously adhere to the food lists, but nevertheless, it is a sound system that makes sense in terms of biological evolution. The percentage breakdown of macronutrients (protein, fats, carbs) is a good structure for people to follow.
I always find intellectual history fascinating and so Chapter 11 was a nice treat. It gets into some history around disease and its presumed causes going back to our cave-dwelling ancestors and up to our modern medical paradigm rooted in the “germ theory” of medicine. But today we also have the germ vs. host debate started by “germ theory” inventor Louis Pasteur and his chief critic the prominent physician Jacques Antoine Bechamp, who found it oversimplistic and failed to explain the “multifactorial” nature of disease. It’s fascinating to see how this played out historically and why the obvious winner became the standard. Pasteur’s germ-based ideas easily lend themselves to large-scale one-size-fits-all industrial solutions that try to attack the germ, while Bechamp’s ideas would focus more on a range of environmental or physiological variables unique to each individual. This is also the ongoing debate between modern Western medicine and alternative practitioners. I always appreciate books that can delve into such important historical matters, because it shows how we came to the presumptions that we generally carry as a society (or hemisphere) with regard to health and healing. It sheds new light on the context vs. dogma of our time and adds more fuel to the fire of the growing need for a paradigm shift. The book that Wollcott references for this medical history is “Bechamp & Pasteur: The Lost History of Biology” (Kessinger Press, 1997).
The exercise guidelines are incredibly general and so lacking in detail, but at least much more sensible than the absurd recommendations I’ve seen from D’adamo’s Blood Type Diet. Wollcott at least gives some good basic information on the difference between aerobic and anaerobic.
All in all I think the work of Metabolic Typing serves as a very good outline based on some sound science. It’s a well-structured system with much thought that has gone into it. If you find yourself getting lost in the technical side of things, then I recommend skipping those chapters and going right for the system. Do however, bear in mind that after he explains the system, he then recommends getting better quality foods like local, grass-fed, organic, etc. I highly recommend that as well, particularly with your protein sources.