One of the reasons as to why there is no perfect diet that will work for everyone depends upon whether you are a fast oxidizer or a slow oxidizer or have metabolic rate somewhere in-between. The metabolic rate can be thought of as the rate in which food is converted into energy in the body.
Someone with a fast metabolism also known as a fast oxidizer will convert food into energy at a faster rate than someone with a slow oxidizer metabolism. While lots of people want to have a fast oxidizer metabolism it is important to keep in mind that a fast oxidizer will also burn through the micro-nutrients needed to make energy in the body as well such as some of the B vitamins and magnesium therefore the quality and nutrient density of food must always be taken into consideration.
You can think of the metabolic rate on a sliding scale from zero to one hundred where you can be anywhere on that scale with the middle symbolizing a more balanced and mixed oxidation or metabolic rate.
Slow oxidizer symptoms include:
*lower body temperature or easily gets cold hands and feet
*general fatigue or lack of energy
*hypofunction of the adrenal and thyroid glands
*prone to constipation or sluggish transit time
*weight gain in hips and legs
*craves lighter/more hydrating foods such as fruits and vegetables
*feels weighed down/fatigued when more nutrient dense heavier foods are consumed such as animal protein, fats, nuts and seeds
*tends towards hypoglycemic (low blood sugar)
Diet for a slow oxidizer
Someone with a slow oxidizer metabolism will want to implement a slow oxidation diet and fuel their body with a higher percentage of vegetables, unrefined whole grains and whole fruit with a lesser percentage of the diet being healthy fats and quality protein.
If your wondering how to lose weight with a slow oxidizer metabolism I would recommend eating lot's of liver cleansing foods while supporting the liver with liver cleansing nutrients.
Signs of a fast metabolism or fast oxidizer symptoms include:
*warm body temperature and does not get cold easily
*more prone to feeling anxious or wound up
*hyper function of the adrenal and thyroid glands
*rapid transit time
*tends toward hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
*weight gain in the abdominal area
*craves heavier/nutrient dense foods such as fats, animal protein, nuts and seeds.
*Does not feel satisfied after eating the lighter hydrating foods such as vegetables and fruit.
Foods for a fast metabolism
Someone who is a fast oxidizer will want to fuel their bodies with a higher percentage of healthy fats and protein such as avocado's, nuts and seeds, eggs and quality animal protein with a lesser percentage of the diet being unrefined carbohydrates.
The diet that works wonders for your best friend might not be the diet that will work for you if you have different metabolic rates. Dialing in the macro-nutrient ratios according to your metabolism type will help to provide the necessary satiety and energy levels for your individual needs and metabolic rate.
To learn more about your metabolic rate I recommend reading The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott in which there is an in depth questionnaire to find out what your metabolic rate is and a thorough list of foods to eat for a fast oxidizer, a slow oxidizer or a mixed oxidizer.
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