A couple of months ago bioanalytics company Inside Tracker tweeted a nice one-time discount on their services, so I jumped at this opportunity and purchased their DIY plan.
During my recent visit to doctor (luckily, it was a different doctor this time), I showed him the list of biomarkers and asked which of these tests are covered by my insurance. Interestingly, these are the same biomarkers, related to energy and metabolism, that are also covered in Inside Tracker’s “Trial” plan, which costs $99. As soon as I got print out with my lab results, I entered the numbers and almost immediately got my detailed Bloodwork Profile. Finally, the Food Menu part of the generated report listed foods to include in my everyday menu. Also, I wouldn’t necessarily listen to your doctor when he says your cholesterol is too high.
Both my total cholesterol and LDL levels were elevated (264 and 189, accordingly), while HDL was a bit low (57). As far as resources on this stuff you should read 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' by Gary Taubes. Let me know how your sleep experiments are going, I will be more than happy to link to your posts and your blog. I didn't have a lot of weight to loose, I had previously gone back to Weight Watchers to get back on track, but after 3 weeks of tracking everything I ate, and gaining .4 the first week and remaining the same weight the next two times, I decided, I didn't have anything to loose.
What’s for sure is that you must learn how to determine your metabolic type as like any other person, you too have a special type of metabolism that affects your line, body type and personality. If you eat according to your metabolic type, you will feel better, look better, and you will live a healthier lifestyle. Isabel’s nutrition plan proved that foods can be used as medicine, but not every food is good for every type of metabolism. Here is how to measure your metabolic type using these three basic types of metabolism – A, B and C.
How to determine your metabolic type for metabolism of type AIf you have the metabolism of type A, like salty foods (potato chips) and are prone to anxiety.
Choose lean proteins with darker colors such as chicken or turkey, and occasionally consume beef too. How to determine your metabolic type if it belongs to B groupIf you’re the type B, you crave for sweets instead (cakes, ice cream, cake). How to eat?If you’re the type B, choose low fat and relatively low-protein foods that contain healthy carbohydrates. How to identify your metabolic type if it belongs to C groupIf you haven’t find in any of the previous types, you crave for sweet and savory alike, it more likely you’re the type C.
How to eat?Type C has a capacity of good combustion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins, which is why there is a craving for sweet and savory. Look for carbohydrates in store where have whole grains and certain types of fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes or bananas. SalmonScientists have pointed that omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish composition, can help you to build muscle and the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn. AvocadoTo keep fast metabolism rate, the body should be protected from infection as maintaining the health of the entire cardiovascular system.
BeansIt is an excellent source of fiber and resistant starch, which encourages the body to burn more calories.
Hot peppersThe feeling of hot comes from capsaicin, which can stimulate the body to burn extra calories 50-100 immediately after eating.
Use all these tips and you’ll learn how to determine your metabolic type better than ever before as this matters when comes time to lead proper nutrition and diet. Put your best Email below to start receiving this exclusive research on how one should have successful and healthy weight loss!


The cheapest of all (after discount, I paid $34.30 instead of regular $49), DIY plan allows you to upload your blood test results to receive personalized nutrition, lifestyle and exercise recommendations. He suggested that based on my overall health status (no major complaints or symptoms), anything beyond the regular blood test would raise a red flag with my insurance company, and I would have to play for the tests. So if you have insurance, it may be much cheaper to purchase DIY test and then get regular blood analysis, instead of using their “Trial” plan.
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Studies show that when you born you possess special type of blood group, a special form of the body, so as special type of metabolism too. Probably you have not noticed that that constant feeling of anxiety is caused by salty and fatty foods. Your body actually needs healthy carbohydrates, but your passion is focused on refined sugar most. Carbohydrates that you need to enter coming from brown rice, whole grain bread, pasta from whole grains, barley and the like.
Select a combination of whole milk and low-fat products such as low fat cheese, yogurt, olive oil, and the like. During the digestion of some foods the body needs more energy and therefore burns more calories and store less fat. Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the level of stress hormones (cortisol) in the body, and stress hormone encourages some people to nibbling and overeating.
Avocados are an excellent choice because they contain unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, which help you to do this.
Scientists have discovered that foods containing resistant starch (beans, bananas, lentils) can increase calorie burning by up to 24%.
I finally got a chance to test drive their services, and will share my personal experiences in this post. My glucose and triglycerides were within the normal range, but total cholesterol and LDL levels were alarmingly high. My doctor suggested revising my diet, but was not specific enough (beyond common “eat less eggs” advice). I am already following nutrition recommendations, and giving myself 6 months to lower my cholesterol levels.
Yeah you may lose weight with it, but that is because you are starving your body of nutrients. I honestly don’t think what you’re doing is all that healthy, but you really did lose a lot of fat! For example, for men overall mortality is lowest for total cholesterol levels between 200 and 260. This means that some food in someone can help looks and feels healthy, but in someone can cause weight gain and fatigue.
Of course, each of these types should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as mentioned before. Yogurt contains 50% more calcium than milk, so it is a better choice, and strengthens your immune system too.
If they are too hot, do not over eat them, but find the kind of hot pepper that fits your need. Of course, I already knew that: the lab report also had “healthy” ranges, and my doctor called me to warn me of the high cholesterol levels.
Luckily, my detailed Nutrition Profile from Inside Tracker had more helpful information on how to optimize my total cholesterol, LDL (“bad cholesterol’) and HDL (“good cholesterol”) levels.


If your HDL is above 60 or so and your triglycerides less than 100, your values would actually look perfectly fine.
I am trying to cut my body fat from 13% down to 8% in 4 weeks (my #fitsperiment challenge), so it amounts to burning around 6,000 a week.
It is not a sensible way of eating that will last, therefore you will eventually gain it back.
These foods are better choice for you than low-fat ones that are enriched with additional sugar. It is difficult to determine the recommended daily amount because it depends on how caffeine affects you. The “eat less” section of the profile immediately helped me to identify the culprits of high cholesterol levels: ground beef, chicken thighs and shrimp. Interestingly, Inside Tracker set my personalized “default” total intake at 2,700 calories a day. If you’re really worried there would also be a further test (VAP test) to look at the composition of your LDL to see if it might actually be problematic.
I figured I could maximize the negative balance by both increasing the caloric expenditure (exercises) and cutting down the intake (food). A whole foods diet consisting mostly of fruits, grains and vegetables is a more sensible way to go, which is what InsideTracker is trying to to tell you. Remember that full-fat dairy products are healthier choice than greasy potato chips, and satisfy your metabolism the need for fat. Indeed, my diet for the past couple of months consisted of beef chili, roasted chicken thighs and quarters, and grilled shrimp. I think they calculated this value based on my physiological (age, gender, ethnicity, height, weight) and lifestyle (physical activity levels) characteristics. And if you are trying to add muscles, there’s no way you can do that and eat 1500 calories. My goal is to gain lean muscle mass while burning the fat, hence I cut down on fats, switch to low-calorie carbs, and increase protein intake. Eat a varied fruits and vegetables, but avoid processed which is loaded with sugar and increases your anxiety. To reduce dependence on caffeine, begin with the intake of green tea, which also contains a small amount of caffeine, but in a healthier version of coffee. The “eat more” section suggested including more fish, bran cereal and oatmeal, legumes and nuts in my diet.
I will be publishing soon more info (and data) on my diet and fitness regimen in the past 4 weeks (this is the last week of experiment).
The profile also listed foods to maintain my current optimal levels of glucose and triglycerides. It includes analysis of 12 biomarkers that cover energy and metabolism, brain and body, strength and endurance, and bone and muscle health, and the cost ($149) seems reasonable. Also you will not have to eat as much because your body will be nourished with good food pack with nutrients. Each of the foods had explanation of how it affects essential biomarkers and body, and recommendations on how to cook and eat it. If I request analysis of those additional seven biomarkers (hemoglobin, ferritin, creatine kinase, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and folic acid) through my doctor, it would easily cost me over 250 dollars, so using Inside Tracker lab services will save me money.
But testing for more biomarkers will also require giving up more blood (up to five tubes!), and even with the specialist coming to my house to draw blood, I find it somewhat inconvenient.



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