Optimize Your Health and Diet through Metabolic Typing
For patients who are seeking to improve their overall health, lose weight, or treat various conditions, metabolic typing may be the key. Metabolic typing is based on the idea that each individual has different dietary needs. Dr. Bret Mosher can help determine your ideal diet through advanced metabolic typing tests at his Poway, CA, practice so that you can reach your fitness goals and ensure optimal health.
Rather than assigning the same, general recommended daily amounts to each patient, Dr. Mosher performs thorough examinations to determine your metabolic type and recommend dieting options accordingly.
To understand how metabolic typing works, it is important to first understand what the metabolism is. In its simplest form, ‘metabolism’ is an umbrella term for all of the processes that turn food and drink into energy. This system includes digestion, elimination of waste, and the delivery of resources from one part of the body to another. Because these processes involve a huge array of factors, it is not so surprising that the overall metabolism differs from person to person. Each factor can affect the speed of the process and the types of food you can most effectively break down.
What is Metabolic Typing?
Metabolic typing categorizes patients’ metabolisms based on their reactions to certain eating patterns. Consequently, it is a more flexible approach to nutrition. Rather than assigning the same, general recommended daily amounts to each patient, Dr. Mosher performs thorough examinations to determine your metabolic type and recommend dieting options accordingly.
Patients usually fall into one of three categories: the protein type, the carbohydrate type, or the mixed type. Each reflects the type of nutrients they can most efficiently break down. By identifying your type, you can improve weight loss by discovering which foods limit your cravings, which foods speed up your metabolism, and what type of diet will best supplement your physical activity.
Patients usually fall into one of three categories: the protein type, the carbohydrate type, or the mixed type. Each reflects the type of nutrients they can most efficiently break down.
Factors Affecting Metabolism
When determining your metabolic type, Dr. Mosher will ask a wide variety of questions and perform various examinations and tests. He can learn about your metabolism and the many factors affecting it, including:
- Genetics: The genes that you inherit serve as a starting point for your metabolism. While other factors can balance them, genes play an important role in determining your height, weight, and a host of other physical and physiological elements.
- Age: In general, a person’s metabolism slows down as they age, regardless of their genetics and health. Infants and children tend to have much higher metabolisms to support up to two decades of growth, while patients 40 and above have metabolisms that have slowed considerably.
- Body size: The bigger your body is, the more energy is needed to maintain it. Consequently, taller or larger people may have faster metabolisms than shorter or slimmer ones.
- Physical activity: The more physically active a person is, the more muscle they develop, and the faster their metabolism becomes.
- Hormonal factors: Hormones can trigger chemical changes all over the body – sometimes increasing activity and other times decreasing it. Conditions such as hypo- or hyperthyroidism, which affect how much of specific hormones are produced in the body, can seriously speed up or slow down a person’s metabolism.
- Environmental factors: External factors that affect bodily function can in turn slow down or speed up the metabolism. For example, extreme temperatures force the body to increase the metabolic rate just to maintain normal temperatures.
- Drugs: Because drugs can influence hormones, they can also affect your metabolism. Caffeine and nicotine are known for increasing metabolic rates while antidepressants and anabolic steroids can slow them down significantly.