There are three main types of eaters in this world. Some people are hungry, others are overfed, and some people seem to enjoy eating too much or not enough depending on what they look like at the time. These individuals’ behaviors towards food vary greatly.
Some people are categorized as being in the habit of nutritionism, which is described as having healthy habits that keep you health conscious and weight loss friendly. On the other hand, those who suffer from obesity may be labeled as having nutritional deficit disorder due to their overeating tendencies. A third type is represented by people who fall somewhere in between these two.
These individuals usually are classified as either intuitive eaters or emotional eaters. The term “intuition eater” was first coined in 2008, but it wasn’t until six years later that the underlying psychology was identified. Since then, there have been many theories about what makes an intuition eater tick, but none have gained wide acceptance.
A couple of things seem to matter more than anything else when determining if someone is an instinctive eater, though. First, people who describe themselves as intuitive tend to think that hunger should be attended to with little to no coaxing. They also believe that foods taste good because they want them to, not the opposite.
Second, intuitive eaters don’t need very much food to feel full.
Many people tend to focus most of their energy on trying to lose weight through calorie counting or spending lots of time in the gym. However, there is another way to achieve your diet goal that has become popularized today.
There are three different eating types that help determine how you want to manage your body’s metabolism.
These types relate to how quickly your body uses calories for maintenance, power-training, and cardio. People who use this system to track their nutrition habits classify as either type 1, 2, or 3 depending on which group they belong to.
Type 1 individuals have very slow metabolisms and spend the majority of the day in nutritional balance. They also need more than two hours between meals to feel full.
People with active metabolisms are type 2. These individuals enjoy food and eat frequently. Type 2s can easily find themselves overdoing it slightly during training or after a meal because they feel hungry soon.
Type 3 individuals have extremely fast metabolisms that require little sleep (hence the name). Because they burn so many calories, these people usually don’t need to eat anything beyond a few small snacks throughout the day.
The Keto diet
The keto diet is one of the most popular diets in America today. It was first invented by Mandy Martin, an entrepreneur who has since modified the recipe several times.
The ketogenic or “ket” diet works because of something called ketosis. Ketosis happens when your body doesn’t have enough glucose (a simple sugar used for energy) to function so it starts breaking down fat instead.
While some people are naturally lean, we all need more glucose than we consume at our current level to maintain normal functioning. When you’re not able to get that glucose from food, your body begins using other sources like protein which can sometimes cause problems.
That’s why there are some people with obesity issues who begin fasting or limiting their carbohydrate intake. They find that this helps them lose weight due to the lower calorie consumption and the way their body uses fuel.
By cutting out carbs, however, those on the keto diet don’t eat many fruits and vegetables either. That may seem weird but they finds that their taste becomes less important as they burn through the extra glucose they have stored.
Overall, eating too few carbs makes us feel hungry more often which can be helpful if needed during the day. Many people enjoy this effect and think it helped create the motivation to stay within nutritional guidelines.
And while some may complain about how bad they feel after eating just a couple foods, others learn to tolerate weaker tastes over time.
The Paleo diet
The Paleo diet is one of the most popular diets in America today. It was first coined in 2010 by Dr. Loren Cordain, an exercise and nutrition scientist at Colorado State University.
The term “Paleo” comes from the Ancient Greeks and refers to what we know as our ancestral or heritage diet. Before agriculture, people ate a mostly plant-based diet that included nuts and berries!
By limiting foods that are too high in carbs, you’re restricting your body’s ability to use glucose for energy. So instead it turns to other sources like fat to satisfy hunger.
Many people swear by the Paleolithic (or cave man) diet this way, but with more limited success. It has become its own eating style, however.
Since the launch of the Paleo trend, many different variations have sprung up. Some recommend only meat, some only vegetables and fruits, and others both. All agree on avoiding grains though.
Grains are not part of the recipe either; they can be breads, pasta, rice, etc. These usually contain gluten, which makes some types of wheat intolerant for certain individuals.
The Flexitarian diet
With the flexitarian diet, you can choose to eat or not eat certain foods depending on whether you are in a vegetarian, vegan, or eating-meat groups. As with any diet, be aware of how much food you need to satisfy your hunger!
You do not have to be a pure vegetarian/vegan to apply the flexitarian diet. Many people enjoy eating meat so they choose the eating style option for that. It is also easy to shift into if you are already mostly vegetarian/vegan.
By limiting yourself to only few types of meats and no added oils or sauces, it becomes easier to identify what kind of meat products are healthy for you. For example, chicken breasts are healthier than regular cooked chickens because they do not contain too many additives.
There are some benefits to being a flexitarian as well. Because you do not have to stick to a specific diet, you will likely find better nutrition and health for your body.
The Blood Type diet
There is a way to determine your blood type, which can help you understand how your digestive system works. Once determined, you can use this information to find out what foods are likely to have an effect on your health.
Certain food types affect certain blood groups differently. For example, people with blood group A tend to break down glucose (sugar) more slowly than other blood groups do. Glucose is a common ingredient in most diets, so eating foods that decrease your blood glucose levels may help you lose weight faster!
People with blood group B usually eat enough protein to keep their body busy. Therefore, they need to consume less of some components of the diet, such as fat and carbohydrate.
People with blood group O tend to be higher in oxidative stress, or inflammation. They also typically ingest enough antioxidants to reduce oxidizing effects of free radicals on cells.
What about people with blood types that we don’t already know? You probably aren’t very hungry for snacks, but if you notice any symptoms like nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea, ask your doctor to check your blood work.
The Matcha diet
For those who love to enjoy their food, the perfect tea can be a dessert-like beverage or drink that is made of tea! A growing trend is adding matcha into your tea for an even more special experience.
Matcha comes from the Japanese word “cha” which means “drink like powder.” It is typically whisked with a spoon before being sipped. There are many theories as to why it is so popular. Some say it is because it has a bright color and flavor that changes according to the grade (quality) of the tea leafs used to make it.
The most well known type of matcha is called Oyaide style matcha which is very finely ground green tea leaves. This gives you more taste sensitivity due to all of the surface area exposed to your mouth. Many people claim that this higher exposure produces a smoother feeling refreshment in your mouth. Either way, it is definitely a unique tasting beverage!
Some people also believe that drinking matcha helps promote weight loss by acting as a natural digestive aid. By helping regulate digestion, it aids in keeping blood glucose levels stable. Both of these help contribute to healthier overall health.
There are some studies that show matcha may increase metabolic activity and burn slightly more calories than other drinks. However, there are no guidelines set on how much matcha should be consumed to achieve this effect.