Finding out what food your body needs for optimal health and vitality is one of the greatest things you can learn about yourself. When you get the right ratio of protein, fats and carbs for your body you will increase your energy, mood and satisfaction after eating.
We know that there isn’t one correct way of eating for everyone. In this week’s pillar of health, we’ve looked at tailoring your nutrition to include more proteins and fats, or carbs depending on your unique genetic make up.
Our BePure food pyramids take the confusion out of eating according to your macronutrient type. They also have leafy green vegetables - not processed grains - at the bottom, forming the basis of your diet for nutrient density and health.
In this blog, Ben talks you through whether or not you are a protein type, a carb type or a mixed type. He explains how you can tell which group you belong to, as well as showing you the BePure pyramid you need to tailor your nutrition.
All of us are genetically suited to eating somewhere on a continuum between protein and fats and carbohydrates. This means, some of us will do well eating most of our diet at the protein/fats end of the scale and are considered “protein types”, while others thrive off plant-based proteins which are higher in complex carbohydrates and are “carb types”. Another group of people will be “mixed types” who need an equal amount of carbs, fats and proteins at every meal.
Many protein types share similar characteristics. However, if you’re protein type, that doesn’t mean you’re like everyone who’s a protein type in the way you react to foods, your appetite and so on, as you’re completely unique on a metabolic level.
Nonetheless, here are some typical characteristics you may have as a protein type;
If you are a protein type, following this pyramid is a good way to construct your meals. As a basic guide approximately 70% of your calories should come from protein and fat, with 30% coming from carbs. Ensuring you include a protein and a fat at every meal will help reach this target.
Many carb types share similar characteristics. Here are some typical characteristics you may have as a carb type;
If you are a carb type, following this pyramid is a good way to construct your meals. As a basic guide approximately 70% of your calories should come from gluten free carbohydrates, with 30% coming from fats and protein. It’s still important to include a small amount of protein at every meal as it is good for your body. You simply don’t require a lot to keep you full.
Mixed types fall somewhere on the macronutrient profile scale between Protein Types and Carb Types. In this sense they’re a blend or mixture of the two.
Some mixed types will fall more on either side of the mixed scale i.e. be more on the protein side of mixed, or more on the carb type side of mixed.
Many mixed types share similar characteristics. Here are some typical characteristics you may have in common as a mixed type;
If you are a mixed type, following this pyramid is a good way to construct your meals. As a basic guide approximately 50% of your calories should come from gluten free carbohydrates, with 50% coming from fats and protein.
This blog is part of our 10 pillars of health series. Each week we will deliver content, recipes and challenges relevant to each pillar of health that we believe are the foundations for living a healthier, happier, more energised life. The idea being that if we focus on making progress in one area each week it will be easier, and more sustainable, over the long-term.
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