What Your Metabolism is Trying to Tell You

Fitness // Louise McDonald

We already know there are different body types – but did you know your metabolism is as unique as you are?

Our bodies are different in how they choose to burn fuel, making us unique in our appetites, choices around food and personality traits. Cravings, mood swings and how we respond to stress could be a direct result of our metabolism.

Here are three typical metabolic types:

1. The Sugar Burner

Characteristics:

  • Craves sugary and fatty foods
  • Talkative and outgoing
  • Frequent eating
  • Prone to feeling anxious and fatigued

Higher levels of anxiety can stem from the body’s reaction to certain foods and cravings for these may come about from the body’s need for protein.

Avoiding processed foods is helpful to keep anxiety levels down, and being aware that many low-fat products are loaded with sugar, which can trigger/increase symptoms of anxiety and lethargy.

Based on the nature of this type of metabolic personality, it’s helpful to ensure that you’re not missing out on adequate portions of protein and good fats to keep hunger pangs at bay.

Also read: How to Maximise Your Calorie Burn

2. The Muscle Burner

Characteristics:

  • Sweet cravings
  • Love of caffeine
  • Weak appetite
  • Weight management struggles
  • Sensitive
  • Ambitious
  • Organised
  • Tendency to get stressed

This metabolic style is more likely to release larger amounts of cortisol and adrenaline, making these people fast paced with their nervous energy.

Their love for caffeine can present troubles with good sleeping patterns and they would benefit from cutting back and implementing more non-caffeine based refreshments.

Managing their stress levels can aid better results with weight and digestion and monitoring which approach works best for the carb intake is key for finding their peak in performance.

3. The Mixed Burner

This type is a combination of types A and B and typical characteristics are:

  • Cravings for both sweet and salty foods
  • Shifts in appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Prone to aches and pains
  • Stable weight management

So with this in mind, how does this affect weight loss, and what should one do?

Getting to grips with how your body chooses to use its fuel source is interesting and can really make sense of pulls towards certain types of food or experiences with moods or preferences, but this doesn’t need to make your weight loss journey an overly complicated process.

Being aware of what your tendencies and appetite patterns are can offer simple guidance to what types of foods to eat.

And finally, remember that a sensible and consistent approach to your food is best!

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