Your biochemical individuality or genetic uniqueness should be one of the primary factors when you decide what to eat, when to eat, and how to combine the foods that you eat.

Have you ever been on a nutritional program that you work very hard on, and not only do you not receive very good results, but you actually gain weight and feel horrible at the same time?

And the only thing worse than that is that your best friend was on the same nutritional program, didn’t work as hard, and received excellent results and has never been healthier.

Plus, she/he looks great!

So, what gives?

Welcome to biochemical individuality (or genetic uniqueness); a term that explains the differences between one human’s metabolism and another individuals. Because of this biochemical individuality one meal can help one person to lose fat and feel great, another to have no response at all, and still another to gain weight and feel horrible. Why? We are all different. We are genetically unique!

I personally am a Protein Type and I need to consume fatty proteins throughout the day or I will not function well. If I were to go on a low-fat or non-fat high carbohydrate regimen, like most doctors, nutritionists and dietitians prescribe, I would not only feel lousy but I would be on my way to becoming obese and creating Type II Diabetes. I don’t do well with a large amount of carbohydrates at all. So, with understanding there are some types of foods I need to gravitate to, there are others I should stay away from. Not that they are BAD, per se, just bad for me. The could be great for you!

Some people are Carbohydrate Types and others Mixed Types, it all depends upon one’s genetic make-up and their environmental background. Depending upon your health goals, you need to be very aware of the differences in your make-up, and eat accordingly.

Even your ability to handle sugars can be better understood when you begin to understand your own genetic uniqueness. Are your ancestors from areas that had very little fruits, starches, tubers and grains? If so, then how do you imagine that you are all of a sudden going to be able to metabolize high carbohydrate meals?

Don’t digest fats very well? Are your ancestors from areas that were close to the equator? Fatty animals are found where the climate is cold, so how would you expect to be able to metabolize these heavy foods if they are totally new to you? Why the extreme difference in our ability to handle and not handle specific foods? Because of your own genetic uniqueness or biochemical individuality, that’s why.

If you have problems with your blood sugar levels going up and down, or you have a problem with digesting heavy meals, lets take a look at a couple other areas of your nutritional program that must be modified because of your very own genetic uniqueness.

Meal Macro-Nutrient Combination:

Are you consuming meals heavy in carbohydrates compared to the other macro-nutrients, protein and fats? And struggling with your blood sugar levels? If so, cut back on your refined and high glycemic carbohydrate (grains/pasta/rice/break) intake and replace them with more fibrous (salad, steamed vegetables) and nutritious carbohydrates. So now, at every meal you have a good source of fiber, protein and fat (meat/poultry/fish), plus a very small portion of complex carbohydrates, if any at all. The fiber, protein and fat combination will slow down the breakdown of the carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). Making you feel a lot better post meal and in a much better position to burn unwanted body-fat.

Meal Frequency:

Are you eating three meals or less a day and not feeling well or not getting the results you desire? If so, add a snack or two so you don’t go longer than three hours without consuming a small amount of energy and nutrition. But, depending on biochemical individuality, you may want to have all of your meals the same size, or have a very large breakfast and taper down as the day goes on, or have dinner be the largest meal of the day (personally, I don’t recommend this, as it leads to over-eating). But, you gauge your meal frequency just like anything else; how do you feel, or how is it affecting your health?

Be honest with yourself, and you may find that understanding your genetic uniqueness may not only help you attain your health goals but more importantly save your life!