Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Myth of the Diet That Works

I'll make this as simple as possible. Diets do not work. They never have and they never will. They may seem to work on occasion or for short periods of time, but this is just chance.

The diet is not actually working. Sometimes it just so happens that a particular "diet" works for someone. In actuality, if there really is some kind of long-term benefit, what is happening is the "diet" is actually that person's perfect balance. That person should be eating that way all the time if the benefits are long-term. This is not a diet, it is simply that person's biochemical individuality.

Without getting too technical, biochemical individuality means that each person responds differently to all the chemical processes that go on in the body. For example, Eskimos' bodies respond differently to eating fish than someone from a desert region.

We were all programmed to eat a certain way. Unfortunately, modern times have led most of us askew from this "right way". Some of us may benefit from eating few carbs and greater amounts of protein. Others may benefit from just the opposite. Still more may be in between. Even within these groups there are differences among all of us.

The key is to find the right macro- and micro-nutrient balances for ourselves. This process is known as "Metabolic Typing". Metabolic typing enables individuals to pinpoint what proportions of nutrients they should be eating at each meal. In order to achieve ideal health and body, we must find our metabolic types.

Fortunately, there is an excellent book on the market about metabolic typing written by one of the leaders in its development, William Wolcott. For more on the topic, visit and learn how you can find the right eating approach for you.

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