12 Reasons to Avoid South Beach Diet

by Joseph Mercola

“The South Beach Diet must be a worthwhile diet,” a widely prevalent logic goes, “or else it wouldn’t have sold millions of copies!”

By now Americans ought to know that just because something sells well it doesn’t mean that it’s worth buying, and yet the flawed logic above prevails. Bottom line is, the major reason for The South Beach Diet’s success is that Rodale has spent in excess of one million dollars per month to promote this book. A marketing budget of that size could turn a bicycle repair manual into a major bestseller.

What’s more, according to various reports that are easily accessible by searching Google, with all they’ve spent on marketing the book versus all the book’s sales, it is my understanding that Rodale has actually taken a loss on the book. They’re a clever company, though, and I believe that loss is only temporary, serving more so as an investment in their ever expanding publishing empire. But don’t be swayed by the book’s phenomenal sales — there are many reasons for you to avoid jumping on the South Beach bandwagon. I list twelve important ones below that should be enough to help you think twice about this diet that is synonymous with “fad” (in all honesty, I could write an entire book pointing out how misguided Dr. Agatston’s diet is, but I am hoping twelve suffice here for you to think twice about this diet):

Reason 1: Gets the “Good” Carbs Wrong — At the Risk of Many People’s Health

Dr. Agatston promotes the concept that I have long recommended and detail in my Total Health program — there are good carbs that you should be consuming and bad carbs you should avoid. But then, on the simplest levels, he gets the “good” carbs wrong, including promoting both whole grain breads and fruits as good carbs. This advice can seriously impair the health of the millions of people in this country with sub clinical gluten sensitivity. It is also a prescription for disaster for the large number who have high carbohydrate sensitivity and struggle with controlling their insulin. It is best that ALL grains and sugars (fruits, as opposed to vegetables, have high sugar content) be avoided until insulin levels are normalized.

Reason 2: Severely Misguided Advice Can Lead to Dangerous Levels of Mercury and PCBs in You

Dr. Agatston recommends fish, displaying absolutely no understanding that nearly all fish from every type of water source are now contaminated with dangerous levels of mercury and PCBs from generations of water pollution from coal plants and other sources. Mercury and PCBs can lead to all kinds of very serious disease including neurological disorders. The dangerous levels of toxins in fish is not hearsay but a warning that has been issued by many health practitioners and major health and government agencies — even the very conservative EPA advises pregnant women to avoid fish — and I have witnessed the epidemic with thousands of patients in my own clinic. Either Agatston is not aware of this important issue or decided not to cover it; no mention is made that, to safely avoid the mercury and PCB issue in fish while still getting proper omega-3 intake, substituting clean sources of bottled or capsule fish oil is by far the wisest option. Additionally, a recent USA Today report suggested that it would cost over $90 a week to follow the misguided fish intake recommended by The South Beach Diet anyway.

Reason 3: Advice on Milk May Worsen a Common Allergy

Dr. Agaston freely advocates commercial pasteurized milk. He is obviously unaware of the major problems many people have with pasteurized casein and its prevalence as one of the most common food allergies (further, as he is positioning himself as a dietary expert, he should be aware and note that many people aren’t even yet aware they have this allergy). Though consuming raw (unpasteurized) milk is still a controversial topic, for some people many of the problems they experience with pasteurized milk disappear when they consume clean milk in its raw state (raw milk is becomingly increasingly available again). However, even in a clean, raw state many still are unable to tolerate it. Many should therefore avoid milk altogether. The point is, none of this essential information that impacts many people is covered in The South Beach Diet.

Reason 4: Buys Into the Old Myth of Saturated Fat — at Your Expense

Dr. Agatston fortunately does not buy into the myth that eggs are bad (eggs can be quite healthy for you, especially organic eggs), but he is still under the delusion that saturated fat is bad for everyone. Like carbohydrates, though, some high quality saturated food is not merely okay but needs to be part of a truly healthy diet. What matters, as with carbs and all macronutrients, is that you are getting your saturated fat from a clean and healthy source such as organic virgin coconut oil. (Search “saturated fat” on Mercola.com for more on this issue.)

Reason 5: Recommends Aspartame … Widely Recognized as a Health Hazard

Though NutraSweet/aspartame has been shown in many studies to be dangerous, linked to a wide range of diseases such as cancer and diabetes and various emotional disorders (read “Articles on Aspartame” on Mercola.com or input “aspartame” into the Mercola.com search engine), Dr. Agatston actually encourages its use in The South Beach Diet.

Reason 6: Dangerous Misguidance on a Serious Trans-Fat Issue

Perhaps Dr. Agatston’s most significant oversight is his lack of understanding of trans fats. Early in the book he states that trans-fats are dangerous and need to be avoided, yet on page 54 he makes the outrageous claim that French fries and potato chips are healthier choices than baked potatoes because of the “fat in which they’re cooked.” This is extremely dangerous misinformation, as French fries and potato chips tend to be profoundly high in trans fats and are amongst the unhealthiest foods on the planet.

I perceive this statement as irrefutable evidence of his nutritional ignorance. I can’t possibly imagine anyone with even a minimum amount of nutritional biochemical education making a recommendation like that. Although Dr. Agatston is a cardiologist as Dr. Atkins was, he was never part of the pioneering group of physicians who understood nutrition as it relates to health (which Atkins was). I have some disagreements with Dr. Atkin’s program, but they are relatively minor compared to my objections with The South Beach Diet. Dr. Atkins would never have advocated eating French fries or potato chips. These foods are the toxic equivalent of a cigarette and should be avoided like the plague.

Reason 7: Even More Misguidance on Fats

Further displaying his lack of knowledge on fats, Dr. Agatston promotes the use of synthetic margarines like “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” (versus the healthier choice, real butter). He is not aware that the process of creating this type of margarine completely distorts the physical structure of its fats, making it nearly as dangerous as margarines that have trans-fats. He is apparently making this recommendation due to his phobia of saturated fat without realizing that, as mentioned above, some saturated fat — such as healthy saturated fats that are found in raw organic butter and coconut oil — are necessary for optimal health. Moreover, he classifies all unsaturated fats as healthy, obviously unaware that the high omega-6 unsaturated fat that causes a distortion of the omega 3:6 ratio is one of the major contributing factors to most chronic degenerative diseases.

Reason 8: The Lack of Nutritional Insight Can Be Carcinogenic!

Dr. Agaston continues to display his lack of nutritional awareness by advocating peanut butter on page 49 as a good source of monounsaturated fat and the polyphenolic bioflavanoid, resveratrol. While I am a fan of both of these nutritional items, it is very important to pay attention to the quality of the peanut butter, and the type of peanuts in general. He does advise to avoid peanut butters with added sugar and to use only all-natural peanut butter (though he ought to expand a bit on why — peanuts are probably the crop most heavily sprayed with pesticides in the world, for instance). But he fails to mention one of the most serious peanut issues of all and make recommendations accordingly: most peanuts are very susceptible to contamination by afflatoxin, a carcinogenic mold spore, and so you should seek to restrict peanut butter (and any type of peanut product) consumption to Valencia peanuts only. This species grows in dry climates, which seriously restricts the growth of afflatoxin. Fortunately, Arrowhead Mills Organic Peanut Butter (which you can find in many stores now) meets both qualifications.

Reason 9: An Effective Diet Can Eliminate Dependency on Statins, but This One Does Not

Dr. Agatston is still absolutely unaware of the power of an optimized diet to normalize cholesterol, as he still takes a statin drug to lower his own cholesterol and is apparently unaware of the many dangers associated with statin drugs. It is quite possible to avoid statin drugs and supplements to normalize cholesterol levels, and my patients have experienced this success by following my own Total Health Program. I encourage Dr. Agatston to give my program a try as well so he can get off the statin drugs and avoid their risks.

Reason 10: Many Will Not Even Temporarily Lose Weight

The South Beach Diet is a one-size-fits-all diet that completely ignores the fact that we have different genetic requirements for optimal health … one-size-fits-all diets never work for all, or even close to all. Because of their biochemistry, some people actually need a high carb diet (with limited or no grains), while others require the low-carb, high-protein diet that Dr. Atkinson advocates.

This is the principle of “metabolic typing,” and explains why one person will lose weight on a low-carb diet (though, as covered throughout this article, they may not necessarily improve their health or lose it permanently, unless it is a healthy low-carb diet) while another person will not lose any on the identical diet. To understand this principle in more detail and learn your own metabolic type so you can optimize your efforts at truly effective weight loss and improve your health while you are at it, I urge you to read “Modify Your Diet So You Feel Terrific” on Mercola.com, or type in “metabolic typing” on the Mercola.com search engine.

The South Beach Diet also contains a serious lack of appropriate guidance on the Glycemic Index. Dr. Agatston relies on this index as a tool in weight loss, but I have found it anything besides useful, as it contains far, far too many exceptions to be of any value. A classic example is fructose, which has a very low glycemic index yet has been clearly established as a major reason why many people are overweight. If you follow Dr. Agaston’s advice in this regard you will be going down the weight gain path for sure. This is also an issue with some of the low glycemic index foods like chocolate, cherries, and apple juice, which we know should be avoided if you want to lose weight, yet would seem to have nearly unlimited access to if you follow The South Beach Diet.

Reason 11: Too Lax on the Exercise for Most Readers

Exercise is a critical part of any permanent weight loss regime, but Dr. Agatston’s advice on exercise is highly debatable. While I absolutely agree with his central thesis that we don’t need to train like an Olympic hopeful and that 20 minutes a day is sufficient, this advice is only for people who are already in shape. Most people in this country, and likely even a higher proportion of those reading a weight loss book, have developed a serious exercise deficiency and will need far higher levels of exercise to make a significant influence on up-regulating the body’s metabolic machinery to burn fats continuously, especially while one sleeps.

Reason 12: Most Will NOT Lose Weight Permanently with this Diet

The book is subtitled, The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss, but I suspect many people buying the book care much more about the weight loss aspect than the “healthy” aspect. As you can figure out from points above, the diet has very little to do with improving your health anyway, and can lead you in the opposite direction.

Even in terms of losing weight, though, the book might succeed for some in the short-term like many fad diets, but most will not permanently lose weight. Agatston even alludes to this in the chapter entitled “Why Do People Occasionally Fail on This Diet?” though he seems to demonstrate just more lack of insight on the real “why” in that chapter.

By far the main reason most people will fail at losing weight permanently on this diet (and many other popular diets) is because no real solutions have been presented for the emotional challenges that come with dieting … and those challenges are, far more than knowing what is right and wrong, the biggest challenges of all.

There are solutions to the emotional challenges such as cravings, food addictions, self-image issues and the other self-sabotaging behavior (I encourage you to search Mercola.com for more on this topic), so it is extremely distressing that in Dr. Agatston’s program — and in this day and age in any dietary program — these weren’t covered effectively.

In short, even if The South Beach Diet’s nutritional recommendations were solid — and they are by no means solid — without covering the emotional component, adherents to the diet are left with a void where some of the most important advice to them should be. Therefore, most who “swear by” the diet because it helped them shed a few pounds in the short-term will ultimately end up where they started before The South Beach Diet … that is, desperate for real help and a prime target for yet another heavily marketed fad diet book promising the world but delivering dust.

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Testimonial from a Japanese Doctor

Dear William Wolcott,

I greatly appreciate your book “The Metabolic Typing Diet.”

I am a Japanese medical doctor who, five years ago, succumbed to illness of a flu infection, and I could not work for one year due to my poor physical condition. Before that, I had been aggressively working as a chest surgeon (I work as a primary doctor at the present.).

I have experienced trauma and have been afflicted by tinnitus, anorexia, headache,
urinary disturbance and other various autonomic imbalances for a long time.

At that time I was disappointed in modern medicine, but I had hopes for oriental medicine and I knew of diet therapies like macrobiotics.

Soon, I got started on the macrobiotic diet. I stopped all animal foods and dairy
products. In 1999, I consulted Michio Kushi [one of the founders of macrobiotics] when he visited to Japan. He was gentle and advised me sincerely. In 2000, I visited the Kushi Institute [a well-known macrobiotic educational center] for three months because I wanted to study macrobiotics and know the real situation of macrobiotics in Americans.

Frankly speaking, I was discouraged. People who stuck closely to macrobiotics were barebones, not healthy and looked ghost. They were always irritated. Some teachers were nice and were good advisers, however almost all macrobiotic women had hard personalities and were not calm. On the other hand, almost all macrobiotic men were feminine.

Why? Macrobiotic people do not eat animal foods–they eat grains and vegetables.

In Japan there is a similar phenomenon. People who stick to George Ohsawa-style diet [a macrobiotic-type diet] are thin, aging and not calm. Most of his successors were not long-lived.

After flying back to Japan, I adhered to macrobiotics consistently because I believed that “Yan repels Yan,” so Yan human should not eat Yan animal foods.

(Certain Japanese brown rice-diet authorities affirm that eating animal food is against the universe law, so if you eat animal food, you are sure to end your life.)

However, I began to feel sick when I ate much more brown rice. So, I ate
more vegetables. After doing this, my brain became sharp unlike before, but I could not gain strength. I got tired easily; I always felt hungry and my body became rigid.

All this time, I had repeatedly asked myself a great question: whether humans
should eat animal foods.

One month ago, I learned of your book through Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Web site. Soon I read “The Metabolic Typing Diet” and learned that I am a “Protein Type” right on.

At last I figured out the mystery.

Now I know why certain people feel refreshed when eating brown rice, but certain people do not.

I learned that I should consume animal protein and fat. No, I MUST consume them.

Lastly, I abandoned being a so-called macrobiotic vegetarian and started eating fish and eggs and taking flaxseed oil.

The transitional period was short, and I now feel refreshed. I have no doubt that I was lacking protein and fat.

I appreciate knowing www.mercola.com and “The Metabolic Typing Diet.” I am not yet in perfect condition, but I am relieved from anxiety and distress. I believe that I will return to health increasingly.

Japanese have eaten animal foods from ancient days. People living on the seacoast have eaten oceanic fish, shellfish and seaweed; people living in the mountains have eaten wild game and freshwater fish. Naturally they have eaten various grains and seasonal vegetables, and the Japanese have been active and sharp.

However, Japan has been westernized, and therefore we have forgotten our traditional diet.

Nowadays, poor-quality animal foods and vegetables, processed foods and junk
foods penetrate down to the streets. Almost all fish are contaminated, and there are few organic animal foods. Many Japanese people are sick, and there are a lot of crimes–absolutely regrettable.

Now is the time to recover a proper diet in Japan, but most Japanese physicians play down the role of diet in health. In the future, Japanese physicians must study the relationship between diet and disease.

Sincerely,

Yasumasa Takeda, MD
Chiba, Japan

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How a Vegetarian Resolved Underweight and Rosacea Problems

From the internet

Since the 1980s I was sick and extremely thin. I suffered from malabsorption, debilitating headaches, protein deficiency and Rosacea.

I heard about Dr. Mercola on a radio station and finally came to see him when my headaches got so bad that I couldn’t think. After starting Dr. Mercola’s program I felt better within three weeks!

I had been a vegetarian, close to vegan, for 14 years and had also tried eating macrobiotically, which consisted of a high-grain, no-sugar, mostly raw diet. However, I found out through Metabolic Typing that I am a Mixed Type and needed to add meat to my diet. I also added raw eggs, which I had not been eating previously, and fish oil.

Dr. Mercola recommended that I cut grains from my diet as well, and start juicing green vegetables. Although I had juiced in the past, I had been using a lot of carrots in the juice.

The improvements I felt after implementing these changes were amazing! After I cut out grains and made the other changes my headaches were gone, the Rosacea improved and, most importantly, I gained much-needed weight. I went from 97 pounds to 107 pounds, which is a huge improvement for me.

After my great results, I recommended that my husband, who has high blood sugar, reduce grains in his diet, and he also improved after doing this.

The program was not difficult for me to follow, although I am naturally a disciplined person when it comes to diet. I did use EFT when I had a craving for bananas, and it worked to get rid of my craving!

Although I’ve always been a high-energy person, I have even more energy after starting Dr. Mercola’s program, and it is something that I can live with and improve upon in my life.

This program has truly given me my life back!

Rae Herring
Heavener, OK

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10 Profound Ways Metabolic Typing Will Help Your Health

By Dr. Joseph Mercola with Rachael Droege (excerpt)

If you’ve ever wondered why one diet works for one person and causes problems in another, then you’re not alone. The truth is that no one diet works for everyone because we are all unique on a biochemical level, and we all need different amounts of macronutrients–fats, protein and carbs–to help us function optimally. How do you do what ratio of macronutrients is right for you? You’ll first need to determine your metabolic type…

…Even if you’re not yet familiar with metabolic typing, chances are you’ve experienced symptoms that it can help you overcome. If an hour or so after eating you:

* Still feel hungry even though you are physically full
* Develop sweet cravings
* Experience a drop in your energy level
* Feel hyper, nervous, angry or irritable
* Feel depressed

… Then you are likely not eating right for your metabolic type. Here are 10 other ways that metabolic typing can help improve your health.
Optimize Weight

Your metabolic type lets you know how readily you convert excess carbohydrate to fat or how able you are to digest protein efficiently. People who are carbohydrate metabolic types will be able to tolerate grains far better than protein types, who are naturally suited to a diet with little or no grains.

Determining your metabolic type, whether you are a carb metabolic type, a mixed type or a protein type, will allow you to choose foods that your body can utilize and digest properly. You may need a high-protein diet, or you may need a high-carb diet (mostly vegetable carbs) to reach your ideal weight. As I said earlier, there is no one approach that will work for everyone, but once you eat the food that your metabolic type was meant to eat, you will naturally lose weight, or gain it depending on your need, and you won’t feel hungry or deprived and your cravings for unhealthy food will naturally disappear.
Improve Emotional Well-Being

You will be amazed at how much impact foods can have on your state of mind. Eating the wrong foods for your metabolic type will imbalance you not only on a physical level but also on an emotional one. This can easily leave you feeling irritable, nervous, angry, hyper, depressed or hopeless.

Similarly, the right foods will feed your body and your mind and will leave you feeling strong, energetic, in control and emotionally sound.
Increase Energy

If you give your car premium fuel or your houseplant special plant food, your car will run more efficiently and your plant will thrive. Your body also needs the proper fuel to function at its optimum level, and the proper fuel for your body is determined by your metabolic type.

This will let you know what ratio of macronutrients to eat to give your body plenty of energy. Metabolic typing will let you know your basic ratio, for instance protein types do better on low-carbohydrate, high-protein and high-fat diets. A typical ratio might be 40 percent protein and 30 percent each of fats and carbohydrates, but the amounts could easily shift to 50 percent fats and as little as 10 percent carbohydrates depending on individual genetic requirements.

Once you have the basic ratio you can fine-tune it to your own body’s needs by trying slightly different combinations of fats, protein and carbs at each meal to see what feels best to you.

Prevent Disease

Eating the right foods for you is by far your greatest ally in fighting and preventing disease. You will fortify your body with the nutrients it needs and strengthen your immune system, which will make it difficult for disease to be present. Your body is its own best defense system, so by balancing your body with the proper foods, you are strengthening your best line of defense against illness and disease.

Look and Feel Younger

Age-related diseases are occurring at younger and younger ages, and poor dietary choices are largely to blame. Once you know your metabolic type you can rest assured that you are making the right food choices for your body, and you’ll know they’re right because of the way you’ll feel. And when you’re healthy on the inside, you’ll naturally start to look younger and have a healthy glow on the outside.

Avoid Common Illnesses

Colds and flus will become a thing of the past when you eat right for your metabolic type. This is because your immune system will be strong, efficient and easily able to fight off common viruses and infections. If you should happen to get sick, you’ll notice that a flu that once put you in bed for a week will be significantly shorter and less severe.
Increase Mental Focus

Mental clarity is yet another “side effect” of metabolic typing. The sluggish, foggy head that you once experienced daily after lunch will soon be replaced by a clear-headed ability to think, focus and function.

Fight Existing Disease and Health Challenges

If you are already facing a health challenge, eating for your metabolic type can help. Many, many health problems stem from inadequate nutrition. Not only has metabolic typing worked for me personally, it also has worked for hundreds of my patients.

Live Longer and Better

Along with living a longer life, you will have a higher quality of life when you eat the right foods for your metabolic type. Your insulin levels will stay under control–elevated insulin are one of the major accelerants of aging–and you will have energy, stamina and great cognitive function, even as you get older.

Feel Satisfied and Avoid Cravings

A diet based on your individual metabolic type will leave you feeling satisfied after you eat, with no cravings or feeling that you are still hungry. When a meal leaves you feeling unfulfilled, it is because your body is still lacking certain nutrients. However, after eating the right ratio of foods you will feel satisfied because you will have met all of your body’s nutritional requirements.

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Metabolic Typing For Children

Metabolic Typing For Children

Interview with William Wolcott, author of “The Metabolic Typing Diet” from mercola.com.

At what age can you determine a child’s metabolic type?

There is no age limit. Parents can fill out the questionnaire for the child when necessary. Some of the questions won’t apply and others the parents won’t know, but there is usually enough information available to identify the metabolic type patterns. We have consistently seen good results using this methodology for over 25 years.
Is it possible for young children to be addicted to foods? If so, how can you determine whether a young child eats a food because it makes them feel good or because they are already addicted?

Food addictions in children are usually related to allergies. But, if a child does not eat right for his metabolic type, then the cells–the body’s “engines of metabolism”–won’t get the right fuel. As a result, the cells will be incapable of producing energy adequately. This “cellular starvation” for energy produces a craving for sweets or other stimulants like coca-cola, chocolate, etc.
Are there specific health benefits that children receive from metabolic typing?

Children receive the same benefits as adults but their responses are much quicker. It’s extremely important for children to get adequate nutrition at a young age.

So many of the problems with attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, behavior problems and so on are due to a wrong diet for the child’s metabolic type. Finding out what types of foods are best for the child and having them follow the metabolic typing program makes a huge difference in his or her ability to learn, to succeed in school and to interact with friends and teachers. It’s all related to the creation, maintenance and control of energy.

Many children exhibit a loss of emotional control–they anger easily, throw tantrums, cry for no apparent reason, are irritable and generally dissatisfied–this is also due to receiving the wrong fuel. While to some extent adults are able to keep these types of emotions under control, children don’t have the same self-control to keep their emotions in check. This is why you see them fighting with parents and teachers and being disagreeable. But a proper diet for the metabolic type can easily change all of that.

Should any of the recommendations be modified for children?

No modifications are required. All the same rules apply to children and adults.

Could a child’s metabolic type change as he or she grows older?

The metabolic type can change as children grow older. Everyone has a functional metabolic type, which is the way you function now, and a genetic metabolic type, which is the type you are born with. The greatest health, energy and well-being manifest naturally when one functions within his genetic metabolic type patterns. But there are many factors that can cause someone to function as a type different from their genetic type including age, exposure to environmental toxins, stress, wrong diet for the metabolic type and so on.

If a child is born to unhealthy parents who eat a lot of junk food and are out of balance themselves, the child may start out with a functional metabolic type that is already different from his genetic type. But as he begins to eat right for his metabolic type, he will move toward his genetic type in a natural manner.

Is metabolic typing too restrictive for children? For instance, if they turned out to be carb types would they not receive enough fat in their diets?

No, it is not too restrictive. In fact the whole point is that metabolic typing has the ability to pinpoint exactly what each person needs. Some people NEED low fat in order to be healthy, while others need high fat. Same goes for proteins and carbohydrates. There is no one diet that is right for everyone.

On a biochemical level, we are as unique as we are in our fingerprints. In metabolic typing, protein, fat and carbohydrate ratios are customized to individual requirements. In one very real sense, there are as many metabolic types as there are individuals. However, it is also true that these individual types fall under broad classifications.

For example, all fast oxidizers, or protein metabolic types, are not equal. One person could be a slight fast oxidizer. Another could be a moderate fast oxidizer. A third could be an extreme fast oxidizer. Although all fast oxidizers need higher fat and protein than do slow oxidizers, the differences in the extent of the fast oxidative imbalance would dictate the ideal protein/fat/carb ratios. For example, an extreme fast oxidizer needs higher protein and fat as compared to the slight fast oxidizer.

People also have different circadian rhythms and could have different ratio requirements at breakfast, lunch and dinner. For instance, you may be a slight fast oxidizer at breakfast but by noon become an extreme fast oxidizer requiring a different ratio of foods. Some people have consistent requirements at each meal, while others need to vary ratios significantly. Metabolic typing provides the means to customize macronutrient ratios at each meal in order to assure maximum energy production from food intake.

Do you have any tips to get children to try new foods, or eat foods they may not like initially, according to their metabolic type?

If you have young children it’s best that you don’t expose them to junk food. Children who aren’t exposed to these foods won’t acquire a taste for them, and they won’t even taste good if the children try them when they’re older if they have been eating according to their metabolic type.

In this situation I recommend setting out the right types of food for your child and letting them eat what they want. Children will usually naturally pick and choose what feels good to them from the healthy options you’ve provided.

If you have older children and they already eat junk food it will be much more difficult. It’s important to only keep the right kind of food in the house and to be tough.

Tell them that they will eat the right types of food or starve. Don’t worry, children won’t starve themselves. Eventually they’ll give in and eat the healthy food you are offering. It does get hard when children go off to school though, as kids have a tendency to get junk food at school or from friends and throw away the healthy lunch their parents made them.

But as children grow older they’ll begin to notice changes in how they feel when they eat certain ways. They will make the correlation that when they eat the right foods they feel good and when they eat junk food they feel lousy. They will want to feel good and will start to eat good foods for that reason once they make that connection.

Is there anything else you would like to add about metabolic typing and children?

Another issue that I’d like to touch on is heavy metal toxicity from metals like cadmium, lead, aluminum and mercury. Many people don’t realize that a child carries the same pattern of metal toxicity as the parents, so a parent who has high levels of metals in their system will have a child who does as well.

Heavy metals displace good nutrients like calcium, manganese and zinc, and the presence of heavy metals is severely disruptive to metabolism. It affects the whole range of health.

Metabolic typing helps children to rid their bodies of heavy metals and this process happens very quickly once they start following the diet.

It’s impossible to escape exposure to heavy metals in the environment, but if the body is healthy and working properly it is well equipped to handle them. When the body chemistry is balanced, the body will throw out the heavy metals instead of store them. But if the chemistry is out of balance, the body is unable to defend against the heavy metals and they will be stored in vital tissues, such as the brain, liver, bone, kidney, etc., where they can do their damage.

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