is the Difference between a
Fast and Slow Metaboliser?
If you talk to anyone struggling to lose weight, nine times out
of 10 theyíll tell you their metabolism is sooooo slow they canít
shed any significant avoirdupois. So why are the most obese people
on the planet fast metabolisers????
If thereís one thing people are confused about, itís what constitutes
a fast or a slow metabolism. People assume slow metabolisers are
cursed and fast metabolisers are lucky. Actually, theyíre both
wrong -- and -- theyíre both right.
Why Fast Metabolisers Are The
Fattest People On The Planet
First of all, what is metabolism? It is the biochemical process that
transforms the foods you eat into nutrients your body can use, fat
it can store or waste it can excrete. The rate at which you do this
-- called your basal body metabolic rate -- eventually dictates how
much scale weight you have.
Each metabolic type has advantages and disadvantages. One type is
not better than the other. Actually, very slow and very fast metabolisers
are the worst off. The goal is to become the fastest slow metaboliser
or the slowest fast metaboliser. (If youíve got that, take a drive
on north Loop 10 west in Houston!) Seriously, fast metabolisers need
to slow their basal metabolic rates and slow metabolisers need to
turbocharge theirs so both groups can burn deep into their natural
fat stores and look better on the scale and off..
The Four Metabolic Levels
FYI, each metabolic type
is divided into four distinct levels. The worst metabolic rate is
a level 1. Conversely, the best is level 4. To slim down to and remain
at our ideal shapes, we must become a level 4 -- thatís the fastest
slow metaboliser or the slowest fast metaboliser. It doesnít matter
whether youíre a slow 4 or a fast 4.
Changing your eating habits appropriately can up your level. For
example, Iím now a proud slow 2, up after a year of hard work from
being a hateful slow 1. However, except under one condition Iíll
discuss later (a condition you donít want, BTW), you can not change
your metabolic type.
Hereís a simplistic explanation to describe how the fat burning process
works. Your body can only burn fat within a circumscribed temperature
range, say between 98.6 and 100 degrees. (Iíve made these numbers
up for simplicity.) Slow metabolisers like me burn fat at say 95
degrees. My metabolic rate is hot enough to burn some fat, but not
hot enough to melt deep into my genetic fat storage area -- my thighs
or your tummies or jowls.
Fast metabolisers have metabolic rates way over the 100 degree limit.
Their thermostats are stuck at say 102. Theyíre always hot; they
can sweat eating cold soup. They can burn NO fat because theyíre
too hot. Thatís why the most obese people on the planet are stuck
at the fast 1 level.
These people literally have to eat fattening foods -- which include
butter, cheeses and cream sauces-- to slow their metabolisms so they
can lose weight. (Now why couldnít this be me?) Complex carbohydrates
make their metabolic rates soar, exacerbating their weight problems.
No pasta for them.
Fast or slow denote specific endocrine patterns. Your endocrine glands
produce hormones that control all your body functions. This includes
everything from how you lose weight to how you lose your temper.
How you eat influences the production of these hormones.
Most Americans and Europeans -- almost 80 percent -- are slow metabolisers.
However, more women than men are slow metabolisers, because too much
estrogen (often a by-product of pregnancy) plays an important part
in the endocrine profile of a slow metaboliser.
Here are some basic descriptions about the two endocrine types. But
only a TMA will tell you for sure which type
Slow metabolisers have thyroid glands that are sleepy, meaning their
parathyroid glands work overtime. Their adrenal glands need a jolt,
too. This is the key to jump starting your weight loss program: do
whatever it takes to make the thyroid and adrenal glands power up.
Slow metabolisers tend to gain weight in the hips and thighs, creating
a pear shaped silhouette. Well, just look at me.
Slow metabolisers tend to tire easily, thanks to their poky glandular
activity. These soporific glands also can retard circulation, resulting
in a reduced blood flow to the extremities. This increases their
sensitivity to cold, which they notice in their hands and feet. (You
donít want to get into bed with me on a cold night and play tootsies!)
We may also develop Type II insomnia, a serious malady which can
destroy top performance. We fall asleep easily, but awaken frequently
throughout the night. We then wake up feeling tired, even after a
delicious eight hours of sleep. This, in part, contributes to our
Ironically, we develop this problem because we donít have enough
energy to sleep fitfully and well. Restful sleep requires energy
to reach the stage of rejuvenating sleep characterized by rapid eye
movements. Type II insomniacs wake up so frequently they canít reach
Slow metabolisers are prone to increased insulin production, which
can also cause fatigue. (Too much insulin, of course, also prevents
us from burning significant amounts of fat.) Depression frequently
accompanies fatigue; depression is a defining characteristic of slow
People who are vegetarians are almost always slow metabolisers. So
are people who live on sugar or who consume a high fat diet.
On the biochemical front, slow metabolisers typically have too much
calcium and copper. But they generally donít have enough potassium,
sodium or iron.
Fast metabolisers are always feeling hot. Thatís because their
thyroid and adrenal glands are working overtime, accelerating cellular
activity. Heat is a by-product of this metabolic overload.
Their endocrine glands cause them to gain weight in the abdomen
and torso without much gain in the legs or arms. Doctors call this "central
obesity," but most people call it an apple shaped physique.
Fast metabolisers frequently develop addictive personality traits.
They can be nervous and irritable. High blood pressure is typical.
On the biochemical front, fast metabolisers never have enough calcium
or magnesium, the sedative minerals. But they have too much sodium,
potassium and phosphorus, which keep Ďem jazzed.
We were all born fast metabolisers. Children have constant energy;
ask any parent! However, a familyís eating habits will alter that
chemistry over time. By the time the child turns into a teenager,
s/he will mirror his or her parentís biochemistry.
Why You Can Go AC/DC
Iíve noticed an interesting phenomenon. When slow metabolisers
are under supreme stress, they jump from a slow to a fast metabolic
rate for the 90 to 180 day period when they are dealing with that
stress. One of my customers made this radical change when her mother
was diagnosed with cancer and was told mamma only had six weeks
to live. Another did the same thing when the IRS threatened to
close his business in a dispute over FICA and Medicare taxes.
This happens because a supremely stressful lifestyle increases
the metabolic rate. Stress causes the body to retain the nutrients
that stimulate and excite while losing the nutrients that quiet
Why is this important to know? Because fast and slow metabolisers
eat differently. You may be eating diet foods that are actually
keeping you fat. Knowing your exact metabolic level and type will
help you fine tune your eating plan to slow or stoke your metabolic
rate -- so those pounds melt away.
And how to you know exactly what metabolic type and level you are?
Or what foods to eat to stoke your metabolism into a raging fire
of burning fat? You guessed it. Order a Tissue Mineral Analysis
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P.S. Your fingerprints are unique to you. So is your
metabolic rate. (Thatís why chubby children can have skinny siblings.)
Just thought I should share that!