Are you putting the right type of fuel into your body? Regular or diesel? Do you know what happens to a diesel car if you put regular octane gas into it? The result depends upon how much of the wrong fuel you put into the gas tank. If you filled the tank with the wrong fuel, the car may run for about 2 blocks or so, but in a very short time it will quit. If you filled the tank with ¾ of regular gas and ¼ with diesel gas, the car will run rough for quite a while, but will hopefully work through the regular gas to return to its proper performance level. Which is the right fuel for you? The same concept holds true for our bodies. Just like different vehicle types, our bodies do not all have the same fuel requirements. Our body converts food into energy from food we consume; the same way a car uses gas to fuel it. If you are not putting the right type of food into your body for your fuel converter (metabolism is the process of converting food into energy) the result will be similar to that of the car mentioned above. Your body might run for short bits, and then run out of energy. How do I know if I am Eating Right for My Type? Answer these questions: 1.Have you ever wondered why other people have had great success with low-calorie diets and you and have not? 2.Have your food cravings kept you from being able to stick to a diet? 3.Do you feel satisfied after a meal? 4.Are you prone to food addictions? 5.Do you have cravings, especially for sugar? 6.Do you have frequent and intense hunger? 7.Do you experience mood swings? 8.Do you experience some degree of brain fog during the day? 9.Do you have inconsistent and/or low energy levels? 10.Are you prone to feeling anxious and depressed? 11. Are you prone to addictions? 12. Are you prone to being overweight or underweight? If you answered yes to 2 or more of these questions, then you are probably not eating properly for your Metabolic Type. Just as each of us are unique in terms of our appearance, likes, dislikes, and emotional needs - different bodies’ needs different foods. The key is to figure out what types of food your individual metabolism thrives on. What is Metabolic Typing? Metabolic typing is a term used for a diet based on the concept that everybody has individual rates at which they metabolize food. It follows the premise that one man's food is another mans poison. Metabolic typing helps to explain why there is not one diet that fits all. It is based on research of hundreds of clinical observations by practitioners, working with more than 60,000 people over the past 20 years. Bill Wolcott is the world's leading authority on Metabolic Typing™. His focus has been to provide people with a revolutionary dietary technology that enables them to optimize their health and fitness by identifying their own highly individualized nutritional needs, and tailoring their diets accordingly. What are the Benefits of Eating for Your Metabolic Type? There are several benefits to eating for your Metabolic Type. Most people start to feel better within 2 days of changing their diet. Some of the long term health benefits are: • Natural weight loss without dieting or restricting calories • Permanent weight loss without struggle, deprivation or hunger • Achievement of your ideal weight, whether you are overweight or underweight • Prevention of chronic disease • Enhanced immunity • Improved resistance to cold, flu and recurrent infections • Reversal of chronic or degenerative health disorders • Slowing of the aging process Analysing your results - What Metabolic Type are you? The Protein Type Typical characteristics of the protein type are: • Have strong appetites. • Tend to think about food a lot, even when not hungry. • Do not do well with fasting. • Do not do well if they skip meals – moody. • When they crave sugar, it only makes them feel good temporarily. • Eating refined sugar will typically stimulate their desire for more sugar. • Crave fatty, salty foods. These foods tend to satisfy them more than others. • They will feel hungry most of the time if they eat a low fat or vegetarian type diet. The Carb Type Typical characteristics of the carb type are: • They have relatively light appetites • They don’t think of food much, unless they are hungry • They have a high tolerance for carbs • They can skip meal, if they have to, and it does not hurt their energy and mood • They can enhance their feeling of well-being through fasting • They typically don’t like meat • They typically don’t like adding salt to their food • They love salad • They fell great after drinking fresh, organic vegetable juice or freshly squeezed orange juice The Mixed Type The Mixed types are the "in-between" types. They can have characteristics of both the protein type and the carb type. Every type has a suggested percentage of Protein, Carbs and fats. Protein Type has a suggested percentages of: 40 percent protein, 30 percent carbohydrates, and 30 percent fat, a Carbo Type might have percentages of: 25 percent protein, 60 percent carbohydrate, and 15 percent fat and a Mixed Type could have percentages of: 30 percent protein, 50 percent carbohydrate, and 20 percent fat. Similar to the Metabolic Typing® concept is also Nutritional Typing™ which was developed by Dr. Joseph Mercola. The Nutritional Typing™ approach is similar to the Metabolic Typing® approach. It concentrates on the right food choices for your basic type—Protein, Carb and Mixed. For more information on either Metabolic Typing™ or Nutritional Typing™, you can visit or

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp, B.Sc., D.C. is co-author of the book Wellness On The Go: Take the plunge – it’s Your Life! Dr. Beauchamp’s passion for wellness is infectious and she passes that along to her patients/clients through her expertise in the areas of fitness, nutrition, lifestyle and optimal health. Dr. Beauchamp is a chiropractor, a certified personal fitness trainer, a professional natural bodybuilder, a corporate wellness consultant and an inspirational speaker.