How Do You Determine Your Metabolic Type?

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Several types of metabolic tests can determine metabolic type; one of the most effective ways to begin is by having your blood work done by a professional doctor. The results will allow you to determine whether your metabolism is carbohydrate-efficient, fat- and protein-efficient, or some combination of both. You need your standard lipid profile to complete this task.

  1. Obtain your full blood profile

    Make an appointment with your doctor to get your blood work done. This typically includes your HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, HDL-to-LDL ratio, triglycerides, and total cholesterol. If you do not have a primary doctor, you can get your blood work performed at a clinic or health services center.

  2. Determine if you are carbohydrate efficient

    This metabolic type runs most efficiently on a heavy-carbohydrate, low-fat diet. If your HDL is below 45, LDL is above 140, HDL-to-LDL ratio is above 3.5 and triglycerides are below 100, you have a carbohydrate-efficient metabolism.

  3. Determine if you are fat- and protein-efficient

    This metabolic type runs best on a low-carbohydrate, high-protein and moderate fat diet. If your HDL is above 55 with LDL below 110, with an HDL-to-LDL ratio below 3.5 and triglycerides above 120, you likely are fat- and protein-efficient.

  4. Determine if you are dual-efficient

    Your numbers may not fit into the two main types. If your HDL is above 45 with LDL below 115, HDL-to-LDL ratio is below 3.5 and triglycerides below 120, you have a dual-efficient metabolism. In this case, your metabolism runs best on a balanced diet with moderate percentages of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.