What is Metabolic Typing?

What is Metabolic Typing?

There is no “one-size-fits-all” – neither when it comes to food nor when it comes to lifestyle.

Even though we share a basic human physiology, we are all different on a biochemical level. Just like there are cars of all sizes and shapes that need different fuel types and fuel compositions in order to run smoothly and to not damage their engines. For humans, it is very similar. There are humans of all sizes and shapes and races, with different genetic make-ups and needs to enjoy ideal health and fertility. Obviously, we all need high quality, non-contaminated, pure and “real” fuel. There is no single person who will do well in the long run on processed junk food. However, when it comes to the exact fuel types and fuel composition, what works for one person, might have no effect in another person and make a third person worse. Cultural mixing makes it impossible to guess what our genetic requirements are. People with similar characteristics, behaviors or symptoms can have a completely different biochemical makeup. It’s not just about genetic needs though, but also about environmental factors that can alter the expression of those genes – and as such our dietary needs for example.

Just like we all have unique fingerprints, we also have different “Metabolic Types” that developed over the millions & millions of years of evolution in function of geography, climate and natural food availabilities. The same food can actually have different effects in different people, even if it is a food that is considered to be “healthy” or “natural”. For example, an orange can make some people more alkaline, but others more acid. The same is true for red meat. Instead of focusing on the food and its characteristics, we need to look at the person who is eating the food. For example, inuit tribes from the Arktis evolved mainly on fatty fish, because hardly any plants are growing in the ice. Their metabolism adapted to thriving on and deriving energy from fats and proteins. On the contrary, tribes in a tropical climate had an abundance of carbohydrate-rich plant foods at their disposal, which they would combine with fish or small animals. When Dr. Weston Price traveled the world to study the teeth and diet of indigenous people living isolated from modern society in the 1930’s, he confirmed the outstanding health of those native tribes – and the diversity of their diets. Yet had they exchanged their diets, they surely would have suffered: fruits and vegetables would be insufficient to sustain the inuits in the icy climate, while the fats and proteins would be too heavy in the tropics.

Different Metabolic Types thus require different FUELS (macro- and micronutrients) and fuel MIXES (quantities of those nutrients). The same food can also have different effects in the SAME people at different moments in their lives. Unfortunately, our food preferences do not 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 and an imbalanced metabolism. 

We find the principle of biochemical individuality in all kinds of traditional medicine approaches, from Ayurveda to Traditional Chinese Medicine and also traditional Western healing methods. This is probably one of the reasons why there is so much contradictory information out there and why different studies show different results – it all depends on who you ask.

The bottom line is: There is no “one-size-fits-all” – not in food, not in lifestyle, not in life.

Considering this principle, it is impossible for me to tell you EXACTLY what you need in order to enjoy ideal health and fertility – at least without knowing more about you and your individual metabolism, constitution and health challenges. This is why I invite you to try on as many of the recommendations I propose as possible, to find the ones that work for you.

That being said, it is possible to help you guide you by determining your Metabolic Type. 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. 

How does it work?

  • 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. 
  • The fee for the questionnaire incl. detailed report, food list, supplement list and menu suggestions is 100 Euro. Just contact me if you are interested to take it. 


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.


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