You Might Be A Slow Oxidizer

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Have you had issues adjusting to a low carb diet? And even after months of the diet, you still have sweet cravings and feel significantly better after some carbs?  You might be a slow oxidizer.

Can’t live without your morning coffee & bread? You might be a slow oxidizer.

Do all these low carb diets make you nauseous, headachy or low on energy? You might be a slow oxidizer.

If you feel your body needs more time than other people to convert calories into usable energy, then you are a slow oxidizer.

Slow oxidizers require foods with more carbohydrates, so the who low carb atmosphere doesn’t work for them. Their ideal macros is 60% carbs, 25% protein, and 15% fat (60C/25P/15F).

Slow Oxidizer Guidelines:

1. Get strict with your fat intake because they slow your ability to convert food into energy even further and are easily stored as bodyfat. Limit your  mammal meat and dark poultry meats intake as well as high-fat dairy, nut butters, and avocados. Prioritize white meat poultry, egg whites, low or non fat dairy and fishes. Some professionals recommend not eating “high purine proteins”.  This includes organ meats and certain kinds of fish, including herring and sardines.

3. Avoid alcohol because it destabilizes your blood sugar.

4. Limit your caffeine intake since caffeine will provide you artificial sense energy by taxing your adrenal glands to produce adrenaline, which will later drop and cause you to feel tired and/or sluggish.

5. Because the a Slow Oxidizer’s body responds to low glycemic carbohydrates closely to higher glycemic carbohydrates in small amounts, but still suppresses fat oxidation with sugary carbohydrates, it’s recommended that you still avoid sugars during regular meals. Limit your “allowable” sugary foods to fruits, and to breakfast and after workouts only. This is when your body will most likely store the sugar-based glucose into glycogen instead of fat cells.

6.  Limit your per-meal carbohydrate intake to 20-30g of carbs. It’s best to choose a higher glycemic carb for breakfast and after workouts, or when you feel sluggish. And choose lower glycemic carbohydrates for the rest of the meals. And always eat protein with every meal; never eat just carbs. and NEVER eat a carb and fat rich meal.

7. Attempt to eat every 3 to 4 hours. This allows your body to digest and metabolize your meals more efficiently while not allowing your blood sugar to drop too low, which will cause hypoglycemia. (click here for symptoms)