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.
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If you’re a fast oxidizer you need foods with higher percentages of protein and fat than carbohydrates.
Make sure there’s protein in everything you eat including snacks.
Your ideal macronutrient ratio is 20% carbs, 50% protein, 30% fat.
All proteins aren’t created equal.
The ones that are best for you are high-purine proteins, which are commonly found in fattier meats.
This isn’t to say you should cut out chicken or fish, but you need the heavier proteins most because they help slow down your rate of oxidation.
Choose from this list of proteins when deciding on a meal or snack.
High Purine: Organ meats, (pate, liver, etc.), 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.
Low Purine: Cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs, cheese, white meat chicken, turkey, fish.
Your metabolism thrives when your carb intake is limited, but there are different kinds of carbs.
Some aren’t as bad as others.
Avoid simple carbs, which convert to sugar quickly in the bloodstream.
The carbs you can incorporate into your diet are the complex kind found mostly in nonstarchy vegetables.
You can choose from these ideal carbs when deciding on a meal or snack.
Low-starch vegetables: Asparagus, cauliflower, celery, mushrooms, spinach.
Fruits: Avocado, olives, apples, and pears (in limited quantity and never without protein on the side).
Grains: Sprouted grain bread only (Ezekiel bread is a good example).
Legumes, tempeh, tofu.
To best support your metabolism, you should be getting roughly 30% of your daily caloric intake from natural oils and fats.
Choose these ideal fats when deciding on meal or snack preparation.
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.
Along with knowing the ideal foods for you, it’s important to know the foods that are worst for you.
You don’t always have to eat from the ideal foods list, but the following foods will sabotage your weight-loss efforts.
1. Don’t ever eat a meal that’s predominantly carbohydrates.
2. Don’t drink alcohol. It causes an increase in blood sugar and fat storage, and will lead to a sugar crash as well as an increased appetite for carbs.
If you choose to have a drink, avoid sugary cocktails, beer, and wine.
Stick to clear alcohols like vodka or rum with calorie-free mixers like diet or club soda, or you can just drink it straight.
3. Don’t eat carbohydrates high on the glycemic load index.
In a later post we’ll talk about what you need to know about the GLI.
For now all you need to know is to stay away from high-GLI foods.
It’s important for all metabolic types to watch their high-GLI intake, but it’s especially crucial for you.
If you should happen to eat high-GLI foods, make sure to combine them with a protein in order to slow down the production and release of blood sugar.
4. Don’t drink too much caffeine.
It’s true that caffeine can be used as a fat burner and a performance enhancer when exercising.
This is only effective, however, when caffeine is taken in pill form along with aspirin.
In the forms of coffee, tea, and soda, caffeine gives you short-term energy but does so by getting your adrenal glands to dump adrenaline into your blood in huge amounts.
As a result, when the caffeine leaves your system, your adrenal glands will be depleted for a while, which leaves you feeling weak and tired from substandard blood-adrenaline levels.
Caffeine also speeds the rate of oxidation, which is the exact opposite of what you want your nutrients to do.
Avoid caffeinated beverages whenever possible and keep your overall caffeine consumption to a minimum.
5. Don’t overcook your meat.
Avoid overcooked animal products, because heat destroys essential amino acids and valuable enzymes.
You’ll have less physical ailments and feel energized if you eat the foods that contain the ideal macronutrient ratios for your metabolic type.
However, these foods are all very high in calories.
Remember to keep within your caloric allowance in order to lose weight.
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