So you and a friend plan to go to the gym or yoga class to workout together and start eating healthy meals. You’re both about the same build with about 20 lbs. to lose. She drops 10 lbs. in a few weeks, while you’ve only lost 3 or 4. What gives?
It all has to do with Macronutrient Ratios
“One man’s medicine is another man’s poison”. If we apply this concept to the food we eat, it becomes apparent there’s no “one-size-fits-all” food plan for everyone. Even if you’re eating high-quality nutritious food, you may not be eating the right amounts of protein, fat, and carbs for your body.
If you truly want to optimize your health, your weight, and your energy – and avoid premature aging – determining your correct individual maconutrient ratio is a game changer.
Just as food is fuel for our bodies, gas is food for our cars.
Think about the difference between a diesel-powered vehicle and a car that uses regular gasoline. If you put the wrong type of gas in your car, it would stop running. The fact that the car stopped running does not mean the gas wasn’t any good or that your car was defective. It was simply the wrong type of fuel for your car. Like your car, your body was designed for a certain type of fuel that is, a certain blend or ratio of food macronutrients. The further you deviate from this ideal, the more health problems are likely to develop.
Some individuals do better on low-carbohydrate, moderate protein and high-fat diets. Others thrive on more vegetables and less protein and fat. Additionally, your activity and stress levels will affect and alter the quantity of food, as well as the ratio of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, you need to feel your best.
Remember, you should feel terrific one hour after you eat. If you are still having food cravings or your energy level is lower, these are giant clues that you are likely not eating the appropriate fuel mix for your body.
The best way for you to lose weight and keep it off is to work with professionals who can guide you based on your lifestyle, medical history, activity level, goals and aspirations.
By Judy Nicassio, Certified Nutritionist