Biochemical Individuality: The Reason Your Diet Isn’t Working

What we discuss in this article:

  1. Biochemical Individuality: No One Body is the Same
  2. Quick History Lesson on Biochemical Individuality
  3. Identify Your Body Type: Eat the Right Nutritional Formula to Optimize Performance
  4. The Three Body Types: Clues to Uncovering Your Body Type
  5. Signs You’re Eating Right or Wrong For Your Body Type and How to Fix It
  6. The Positive Long Term Effects of Eating for Your Body Type

1. Biochemical Individuality: No One Body is the Same

Each body is unique. There is only one body like yours. You convert food, water, movement, sleep and thoughts into energy like no one else. And the energy you create runs and repairs your body every day.

This concept is known as biochemical individuality and it has been studied for decades by scientists and physicians. It’s the reason why certain diets, exercise programs, foods, sleep patterns and many other lifestyle factors affect our bodies differently. 

2. Quick History Lesson on Biochemical Individuality

In 1956, Roger Williams, a famous biochemist, published a book called Biochemical IndividualityIn this highly respected book, Williams revealed many anatomical and chemical variations that exist within our bodies. Essentially, his conclusions reinforced the concept of biochemical individuality – the belief that we all function very differently on the inside. 

Inside his book, Williams shared findings such as the:

  • Vast differences in the size, shape, location and capacity of virtually all of our organs.
  • Wide range of metabolic rates from one person to the next, starting at the age of two.
  • Variations in water content and oxygen capacity in our blood.

Williams’ work confirmed the fact that we all have unique cellular machinery and require different combinations of foods and nutrients to optimize performance and genetic potential. 

Today, what it means for us is that the one-size-fits all diet, exercise, or wellness programs will never work for everyone. It’s essential that we identify our body type and fuel our bodies with the right nutritional formula to feel our best, lose weight, build muscle, fight disease and live longer.

3. Identify Your Body Type: Eat the Right Nutritional Formula to Optimize Performance

There’s widespread confusion and frustration today around what to eat and how to eat. But there is a simple answer. Identify your body type and eat the right nutritional formula to unlock your optimal cellular performance.

Think of your cells as little engines that require the proper fuel to run your body. You wouldn’t put the wrong (or no) fuel in a car and expect race car performance. But many of us are doing just that by skipping meals, loading up on proteins, avoiding carbohydrates, and avoiding or indulging in fats. 

Nutritional experts such as Sally Fallon and Dr. Mary Enig of the Weston A. Price Foundation, along with William Wolcott, author of The Metabolic Typing Diet, and Paul Chek Founder of the international C.H.E.K Institute, emphasize the importance of eating all three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats) at every meal.

Quick Review of Macronutrients: What They Are

Proteins, carbohydrates and fats are the primary sources of nutrients that build and clean our bodies. And it’s worth mentioning, carbohydrates are not bad. Carbohydrates keep us alive as the principal source of energy for all body functions and the only source of energy used by the central nervous system.

It’s just when we eat too many of the wrong carbohydrates for our body type that they get stored in unlimited amounts as body fat. Not all carbohydrates are created equal.

Essentially, our nutritional formula should be a customized program outlining the ideal ratios of all three macronutrients we need to eat each day to be at our best. It shouldn’t be a complicated math formula or endless calorie counting but rather a better understanding of what our plate should look like to run our unique body types.

4. The Three Body Types: Clues to Uncovering Your Body Type

Depending on your genetic background, health history and environmental stressors, your body type will fall into three categories. Understanding these three categories and how each one should eat will help unlock your body’s optimal performance while helping you lose weight, prevent disease and live longer.

The Three Body Types are:

Protein Type

  • Needs more protein to run optimally
  • Converts food to energy at a faster rate
  • Needs more protein to avoid speeding up digestion 

Carbohydrate Type

  • Needs more carbohydrates to run optimally
  • Converts food to energy at a slower rate
  • Needs more carbohydrates to avoid slowing down digestion  

Mixed Type

  • Needs an equal mix of proteins and carbohydrates to run optimally
  • Converts food to energy at an average rate
  • Needs a mix of proteins and carbohydrates to avoid speeding up or
    slowing down digestion   

You can determine your body type and nutritional formula through online testing that is part of the myMetabolix executive wellness program, in addition to a review of your DNA test results from companies like 23andMe, ancestry, and MyHeritage DNA. 

Clues to Uncovering Your Body Type:

There are several tell-tale signs of certain body types. You can use this chart to begin learning about each type while possibly uncovering some clues to your body.

5. Signs That You’re Eating Right or Wrong For Your Body Type, and How to Fix It

When you eat the right foods, in the right proportions for your body type, you feel:

  • satisfied after eating, not hungry or overly full
  • increased energy after a meal or snack
  • adequately fueled for the next three hours
  • sustained energy, no highs or lows

When you eat the wrong foods, in the wrong proportions for your body type, you feel:

  • hungry or hungry soon after a meal or snack
  • tired, not full energized
  • bloated, with digestive issues
  • cravings for stimulants, like coffee or sweets

In just a few minutes or up to two hours following a meal, your body will begin to tell you if you’ve eaten right. In general, the healthier you are, the faster you receive body feedback. 

If you think you’ve eaten wrong for your body type, here are some quick fixes to help re-set. 

Signs You’ve Eaten Too Many Carbohydrates: Some Quick Fixes:

Signs You’ve Eaten Too Many Proteins and/or Fats: Some Quick Fixes:

6. The Positive Long-term Effects of Eating for Your Body Type: Why It’s Important

Eating right for your body type is essential to balancing and optimizing three primary health divers in the body: blood sugar, stress response and proper digestion. When these health drivers are functioning optimally, you enjoy optimal energy, balanced hormones, and less inflammation which leads to reduction or elimination of medications, disease prevention, and greater longevity. 

Examples of positive long-term effects of eating right for your body type are:

  • Feeling happy, a normal state of well-being
  • Ideal blood pressure
  • Ideal HDL : LDL ratio
  • Capacity to handle stress
  • Lasting energy between meals
  • Good mental focus and clarity of thought
  • Proper digestion and elimination
  • Better sleep
  • Stronger immune system
  • Clearer skin
  • No cravings
  • Weight loss
  • Less fat, more muscle
  • Optimal exercise performance
  • Fewer aches and pains, such as headaches, low back pain neck and shoulder pain
  • Slower aging process, better hormonal balance