Now that you know how many calories you need to lose weight every week (see marieclaire.com/PowerUp if you missed last months program), you can fine-tune your food plan so that you also maximize your energy, mental clarity, and muscle mass.
The key is tuning in to your metabolic type, and learning how your body uses protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Most people fall into one of three groups when it comes to converting calories to energy (AKA: oxidizing your food): Slow, medium and fast oxidizers. Feel your body soar when you find your type and follow your ideal balance of nutrients.
WHATS YOUR TYPE?
Find out how with this questionnaire.
Circle the letter that matches your response.
1. In the morning you:
A.Dont eat breakfast
B.Have something light, like fruit, toast, or cereal
C.Have something heavy, like eggs, bacon or steak, and hash browns
2. At a buffet, the foods you choose are:
A.Light meats like fish and chicken, vegetables and a salad, a sampling of different desserts
B.A mixture of A and C
C.Heavy, fatty foods like steak, ribs, pork chops, cheeses, and cream sauces
3. Your appetite at breakfast is:
4. Your appetite at lunch is:
5. Your appetite at dinner is:
6. Caffeine makes you feel:
A.Greatit helps me focus
B.NeutralI can take it or leave it
C.Jittery or nauseous
7. For dinner you prefer:
A.Chicken or fish, salad, and rice
B.No preferencechoice varies daily
C.Heavier, fatty foods like pasta, steak, and potatoes
8. After dinner you:
A.Need to have something sweet
B.Could take dessert or leave it
C.Dont care for sweets and would rather have something salty, like popcorn
9. Each day, you eat:
A.Two or three meals with no snacks
B.Three meals and maybe one light snack
C.Three meals and a lot of snacks
10. Your attitude toward food is:
A.I often forget to eat
B.I enjoy food and rarely miss a meal
C.I love foodits a central part of my life
11. When you skip meals, you feel:
B.Slightly off my game, but it doesnt really bother me
C.Shaky, irritable, weak, and tired
12. Your body type is:
A.Short and stocky
C.Tall and thin
Count up the number of A, B, and C answers and enter them below. The highest number indicates your type. (If none of the letters is at least three numbers higher than the other two, youre a B.):
Find out your optimal amounts of carbs, protein, and fat on the next page. Dont get hung up on exact percentages, but do use them as a guide to the best choices for your plate.