Metabolic Typing

Metabolic Typing and the Wellness Profile

This article may conflict with your current understanding of nutrition and I urge you to consider the material presented here with an open mind.

You may have heard information in the past that is substantiated by what is stated here, but left you with no plan of action. The goal of this programme is to lead you with certainty towards health and vitality.

The belief in the importance of diet and nutrition to health is pervasive, more so today than ever before, yet the occurrence of chronic degenerative diseases worldwide continue to sky-rocket. One in three people in New Zealand die from easily preventable and easily treated heart-disease, yet it was a virtually unknown phenomenon only 100 years ago.

In spite of the thousands of books that have been written on diet and fitness and regardless of the $40 billion a year supplement industry, more than 40 people in every 100 are overweight or obese in this country.

As health consumers we encounter health information overload at every turn. As more and more information becomes available to the general public there is less and less understanding. Who can you trust? Where can you find accurate information? How do you distinguish accurate information from propagana? How do you find out what’s right for you?

Of the tens of thousands of books that have been written on the subject how many of them can be trusted? Many promote a 'one way fits all' programme with no real scientific basis. Those books have been written by someone who found a method that suited them and naively assumed it would work for everyone.

The best plan is to follow someone who has many years of experience and has a track record of proven results. Books written by such people are few and far between and are treasures to those that find them.

I have found two such books:

  • The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey
  •  How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy by Paul Chek

Both promote a system of nutrition analysis based on Metabolic Typing and a lifestyle based on eating organic wholefoods and macronutrient ratios designed to fit your metabolic type. Paul Chek’s Holistic Lifestyle Coaching programme provides a powerful tool. Through it trained coaches lead their clients towards making lifestyle changes to suit their individual needs.

Metabolic Typing describes individual nutritional requirements based on the rate of conversion of fuel from food into energy. This takes place at the cellualer level. For example, a fast burning cell will require a greater portion of 'higher octane' fuel such as protein and fat. Just imagine what would happen if an aeroplane fuel tank was filled with diesel fuel... the aircraft wouldn't get off the ground. In fact, even worse, the engines would have to be totally drained and cleaned if they were ever to run again.

The human body is made of trillions of finely crafted cells that need particular fuels and nutrients to fire them up. A body deprived of these nutrients eventually shows signs of wear and becomes dysfunctional (diseased). Feeding the cells with proper nutrients will enable the cells to clean and rejuvenate. This leads to the return of youthful vitality.

Through a series of six lifestyle questionnaires and a metabolic typing test, a Chek Institute-trained Holistic Lifestyle Coach (CHEK HLC) can provide a profile to clients showing where changes need to be made for them to start heading towards optimal health.

Once you have completed the questionnaires and discovered your metabolic type contact Well Healed. You will then be sent your Wellness Profile. Follow up with a series of coaching sessions to get yourself on track to optimal health.

You will get food lists, menus and handy hints on how to implement your new lifestyle, all based on your body’s personal requirements.There will also be ongoing support in putting it into place.

To order a set of questionnaires and a Metabolic Typing Test send your address and other details to

Some of the commentary and information in this article was sourced from How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy by Paul Chek.