Metabolic Typing

  • Metabolic Typing is based on the idea of biochemical individuality: Just as we have different fingerprints, we also have different "Metabolic Types" that developed over the millions & millions of years of evolution in function of geography, climate and food availabilities. 
  • Different Metabolic Types require different FUELS (macro- and micronutrients) and fuel MIXES (quantities of those nutrients). E.g. an Eskimo has different nutritional requirements than a person inhabiting tropical regions.
  • Cultural mixing makes it very hard to guess what our genetic requirements are. People with similar characteristics, behaviors or symptoms can yet be completely different Metabolic types. 
  • The same food (e.g. orange or red meat) can have different effects in different Metabolic Types. It can be our medicine or our poison. This explains why there are so many contradictory nutritional recommendations, why different studies show different results, why certain diets make some people lose weight, while others gain even more.
  • The famous food pyramid is NOT optimal for most Metabolic Types.
  • The Metabolic Typing Analysis is based on an online, computer-based questionnaire of 140 questions. It is a holistic approach evaluating physical traits, diet related traits and psychological traits, since all of these influence your nutritional needs. It is an excellent tool to observe yourself and understand connections between what you eat and how you feel/behave (= your compass). The inherent challenge of subjectivity in any questionnaire is accounted for by using a sufficient number of questions, weighting factors and pattern-detection-mechanisms.

Ideally, you should be able to listen to and trust your inner voice and intuition about what your body needs at a given moment. However, for that to work in your favor, you need to be in your body. Unfortunately, most people nowadays are more in their heads than in their body. This is why our food preferences don't automatically lead us the way, because they are often “learned” and influenced by what we “believe” to be good for us. They can also be the confusing result of years of “bad” eating habits.

Metabolic Typing is not meant to do the work for you. In fact, the questionnaire forces you to observe yourself and thus already helps you get back into touch with your physical and psychological body. It is meant to initially help you situate you on the scale of all potential ways to eat healthy, in an unbiased way, so that you can start rebalancing your body with the right fuels and tools, while learning how to reconnect to it in a loving and open-minded way.

My ultimate goal for you is autonomy, in the sense that the only expert you ever have to rely on is your own inner nutritionist.  

I work according to the original Metabolic Typing method as developed by William Wolcott and the Healthexcel Institute. Healthexcel is the established leader and registered trademark holder of Metabolic Typing. 

Want to know more about Metabolic Typing, how and why it works? Look at the following video:




Any information we provide, any recommendations we make or any test or measurement we run should not be used to, nor are they intended to, nor do they in fact diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any specific health problem. Anyone with any health complaint should seek the care and consultation of an appropriate licensed health practitioner. Our purposes are educational and informational only and we assume no responsibility for the correct or incorrect use of our information.

Metabolance makes use of the official Healthexcel's Metabolic Typing concepts. Please note that those concepts and any accompanying individualized ecological lifestyle recommendations that may be made are based on Healthexcel's own theories drawn from the ideas of past researchers in the field and on their empirical and objective observations made from working with thousands of individuals over the past > 30 years. These theories have not been scientifically proven. Certain persons considered experts may disagree with one or more of the concepts or recommendations.