We met with a man in his mid-forties last week who asked why we would tell him, a heart patient, to eat so much fat and protein. After doing Diet Typing he was placed on the Otter Diet. His test results showed that his body functions best on a higher protein/fat diet than on carbohydrates. We went over the tests and we explained what everything meant, making it clear to him why he tested out to be an Otter. Yet, he could not get out of his head the thought that this type of diet would increase his risk for another heart attack. If his low fat diet was so beneficial for decreasing heart disease, then why did he end up having a heart attack to begin with? Although there are usually other facts part of the answer is that wasn’t what his body needed. Being on a higher carbohydrate diet increased his body’s storage of cholesterol instead of decreasing it.
There is a lot of hype in the modern medicine world about how taking in too much dietary fat and cholesterol can significantly raise a person’s chance of having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and in the end heart disease. Everyone’s internal systems are different. Yes, the structures of our body’s are very similar, but we all function very differently. With this in mind, how is it that what affects one person negatively could affect everyone else the same way? It can’t! What works for one person may not work for the next.
The reason we do Diet Typing is to determine what will work best for your body so that you can decrease your risk of certain health problems. The tests we look at, Blood pH and Glucose Tolerance Test, tell us the foods that your body can process the best. When we put someone on an Otter or Lion Diet it’s because their body is efficient at processing fat and protein. Vice a versa, if someone is placed on a Monkey or Giraffe Diet it is because that person can efficiently metabolize carbohydrates better than fat and protein.
This patient is a prime example of the fact that nutrition is not one size fits all. Another great example of that is when we have vegetarians who come in with high cholesterol and can’t figure out why. It’s because they are probably not eating for their Diet Type. Their intake of saturated fat is usually extremely low, considering saturated fat comes from animal products, yet they still have high cholesterol. Putting someone like this on a higher fat/protein diet can actually decrease their cholesterol levels! By determining what foods you function best on, you can actually reduce your risk of certain diseases!
Our recommendation is to give it one month. Then see how you feel and retest your cholesterol. The results might surprise you!