Eating for Your Metabolism

The Four Food Groups

I promised you that I would post about metabolisms. I found the best results when I started eating for my metabolism. I can not post the tests you take on this site for I do not have permission to do so. I can provide you with the information I learned. You can click the link below to find the tests and read more.

If you are like me you have tried a variety of diets. I found the ones where I limited carbs yielded the best results. I also had more energy eating proteins instead of carbs. I would eat sugar and feel great for a few moments, then I would crash and burn. I thought it was because of the natural process that happens when you deprive the body of sugar and carbs, your body begins to burn body fat for fuel. The truth was that I have a fast oxidizing metabolism; I need to eat 20 percent carbs, 50 percent protein, 30 percent fat. My body thrives on proteins and fats.  I have a co-worker who can eat white bread all day and not gain a pound. She has a slow oxidizing metabolism. Carbs are great for her.

Here is some more information.

Also before you adjust your diet, talk to your doctor or nutritionist.

Fast Oxidizing Metabolism:

Fast oxidizers burn through the nutrients in their food very rapidly, with the consequence that the carb content is broken down to glucose and released into the blood almost at once. This sudden increase in blood sugar triggers a rapid release of large amounts of insulin to clean away excess sugar, which is stored as fat in your cells. The more carb content in your food, the more energy will be available to your body right away, and the greater the chance that it will not be needed and get stored as fat. Insulin is a quick and effective blood-cleaner, and the dramatic leaps and falls in blood sugar levels that result from fast oxidation lead to the sugar crash effect. For a fast oxidizer, foods with high carb ratios cause fatigue and carb cravings as well as promote fat storage, J. Micheals.
Crepes Topped with Assorted Berries

Slow Oxidizing Metabolism:

Slow oxidizers burn through the nutrients in their food slowly and do not release the glucose from carbohydrates into the blood quickly enough, which means that they do not get converted into glucose, and energy production and availability are delayed.  A slow oxidizer should eat foods with higher ratios of carbs, since protein and fat slow the rate of oxidation and energy production even further, J. Micheals.

Best ratio is 60 percent carbs, 25 percent protein, and 15 percent fat.

Balanced Oxidizing Metabolism:

Balanced oxidizers require foods that have equal quantities of protein, fat, and carbs in order to optimally process, produce, and use the energy from their food, J. Micheals.

Best Ratio is 40 percent carbs, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat.

More Information:

  • I highly recommend Jillian Micheal’s book, Master Your Metabolism. It has far more information than what is included here. I found out  about my metabolism before getting the book and taking the test, yet found it helpful. Here is another link where you can read more in-depth about metabolism typing.


If you’re like me and have a fast oxidizing metabolism try consuming protein with every meal or snack. I have peanut butter with apples, almonds and kiwis, turkey slices and pears, dessert after dinner. I try not to eat carbs alone, and I eat low glycemic carbs. I hope this information is helpful and I wish you the best on your wellness journey. Best wishes, Erin.



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