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
In order to best serve your metabolism and feel energized both physically and mentally, you require foods with a higher percentage of carbohydrates.
Your ideal macronutrient ratio is 60% carbs, 25% protein, and 15% fat.
The best proteins for slow oxidizers are low-purine proteins, which are found in leaner meats.
It’s not that you can never have steak again, but high-purine, high-fat proteins slow down the rate at which you convert nutrients into energy, which is what you’re already doing too slowly, so the less the better.
In general, you want to stick to this list.
Low Purine: White meat chicken, turkey breast, lean pork, catfish, cod, flounder, perch, sole, trout, white meat tuna, swordfish, low-fat cheese, low-fat cottage cheese, skim milk, low-fat yogurt, egg whites.
Although your metabolic type is better than the others at processing carbs, you still have to pick and choose carefully.
You want to avoid simple carbs, which convert into sugar very quickly in the bloodstream, and choose complex carbs instead.
Follow this list of ideal carbohydrates when deciding on a meal or snack.
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, olives.
Grains: Barley, brown rice, buckwheat, corn, couscous, kasha, millet, oat, quinoa, rye, spelt.
Legumes: Tempeh, tofu (eat sparingly as they are high in purines), beans, peas (should be eaten fresh, never dried).
You should be on a low-fat diet to keep your metabolism working smoothly.
This doesn’t mean no fat – fat is still an essential part of any healthy diet.
Allow 15% of your caloric intake to come from fat.
You can go over that percentage if you like, but eating foods too high in fat content can make you feel lethargic, anxious, and irritable.
Choose from this list of fats when cooking a meal or having a snack.
Nuts/Seeds: Raw and unsalted only – be very sparing.
Fats/Oils: Vegetable or nut oils such as almond, coconut, flaxseed, olive, peanut, sunflower, walnut.
It’s not enough to know the ideal foods for you – you also have to learn which foods are worst for you.
If you find yourself straying from the list of suggestions, remind yourself of these guidelines.
1. Don’t eat foods that are fatty or that contain high-purine proteins, such as organ meats and fish like herring and sardines.
Limit your intake of fats and oils, as they will slow down your ability to convert food into energy even further.
Avoid red meat or dark white meats, and stay away from high-fat dairy, nut butters, and avocados.
2. Don’t drink alcohol.
This is less of a concern for you than for fast oxidizers, but at the end of the day alcohol still increases your blood sugar and inhibits fat metabolism.
3. Don’t drink too much caffeine.
This too is less of a concern for you than it is for fast oxidizers, but caffeine gives you energy by acting on your adrenal glands, causing them to over-produce and flood your system with adrenaline.
When the caffeine’s effect has worn off, your adrenals are exhausted and you are left with lower-than-normal levels of adrenaline in your system, which makes you feel tired and sluggish.
4. Don’t exceed one serving per meal of simple or starchy carbs like potato, pasta, or rice, and always eat them with a lean protein to help stabilize your blood sugar.
Remember to eat your ideal foods in accordance with your caloric allowance; otherwise, you won’t lose weight.
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