Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
If you’re a balanced oxidizer, your diet is the easiest to follow because you need an equal percentage of carbs, fats, and proteins.
You feel at your best on a diet that includes a wide range of foods.
Your ideal macronutrient ratio is 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat.
You operate best when you’re getting 30% of your total calories from protein.
Be careful to mix the kinds of protein you eat so you eat high-fat and high-purine proteins with low-fat and low-purine proteins.
Choose from this list of proteins when deciding on a meal or snack.
High Purine: Organ meats (pate, liver), herring, mussels, sardines, anchovies.
Moderate Purine: Beef, bacon, dark meat chicken, duck, lamb, spareribs, dark meat turkey, veal, wild game, salmon, shellfish (lobster, shrimp, crab), oysters, scallops, octopus, squid, dark tuna, eggs, regular-fat cheeses.
Low Purine: White meat chicken, turkey breast, lean pork, catfish, cod, flounder, perch, sole, trout, white tuna, swordfish, low-fat cheese, low-fat cottage cheese, skim milk, low-fat yogurt, egg whites.
With regard to carbs, the real significant difference between balanced, fast, and slow oxidizers isn’t the types of carbs allowed but the quantity.
You should get 40% of your nutrients from carbs, but like everyone you should avoid simple carbs and foods that are rated high on the glycemic load index, which we’ll get into in the next posts.
Refined sugars like those found in cookies, sweets, soda and processed grains like white bread or white rice should be avoided, especially on a weight-loss regimen.
You do best with a mix of fruits and vegetables from both the fast and slow oxidizers’ carb lists.
Vegetables – Low Starch: Asparagus, cauliflower, celery, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, cucumbers, garlic, kale, leafy greens, onions, peppers, scallions, sprouts, tomatoes, watercress.
Vegetables – Moderate Starch: Beets, eggplant, jicama, okra, yellow squash, zucchini.
Fruits: Apples, berries, cherries, citrus fruits, peaches, pears, apricots, plums, tropical fruits.
Grains: Barley, brown rick, buckwheat, corn, couscous, kasha, millet, oat, quinoa, rice, rye, spelt.
Legumes/Lentils (all fresh, nothing dried): Tempeh, tofu, beans, peas.
In order to best support your metabolism, you need to be getting roughly 30% of your calories from natural oils and fats.
Don’t eat lots of fat, but don’t specifically restrict your fat intake.
You can choose from fats on both the fast and slow oxidizers’ lists of permissible fats.
Nuts/Seeds (listed in order of protein content): Walnuts, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, filberts, pecans, chestnuts, pistachios, coconut, macadamias.
Fats/Oils: Butter, cream, almond oil, peanut oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower oil, walnut oil.
Eat the foods that are ideal for you.
Also remember these guidelines of what not to do.
1. Don’t eat meals made up of just one macronutrient.
Make sure you adhere to your ideal ratio of 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat.
2. Don’t drink alcohol.
It depletes glycogen storage in your liver, which causes an increase in blood sugar and fat storage.
Also, you’ll most likely experience a sugar crash, which leads to an increased appetite for carbs.
If you do have a drink, choose wisely and avoid sugary cocktails, beer, and wine.
Instead, choose clear alcohols like vodka or rum with calorie-free mixers, like diet club soda, light fruit juices or diet Snapple.
Or drink it straight or on the rocks.
3. Don’t eat foods high on the glycemic load index.
If you do happen to eat high-GLI foods, make sure you accompany them with protein in order to slow down the rate of oxidation and stabilize blood sugar and energy levels.
4. Don’t drink too much caffeine.
Caffeine is only effective as a fat burner or performance enhancer when taken in pill form and combined with aspirin.
In the forms of coffee, tea, or soda, caffeine gives you short-term energy but does so by signaling your adrenal glands to dump all of their store into your blood.
When the caffeine wears off, your adrenal glands are so depleted they have to take a break, which means you feel tired and weak.
5. Don’t overcook your meat.
Heat destroys essential amino acids and valuable enzymes.
Now that you have your list of ideal foods for your metabolic type, you’ll have more energy and feel better if you eat to support your metabolism.
However, many of the foods on your list are high in calories.
Your diet should include these types of foods according to your caloric allowance.
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