Identifying your body type is the key to effective weight loss! Studies show that exercising and eating healthy can contribute to weight loss, but effective weight loss goals will only be reached by munching on specific food for your particular body type. In a recent episode of the Dr. Oz show, Oz breaks down the various body types and how eating accordingly can help weight loss efforts.
What’s your body type?
The four main body types (according to Dr. Oz) are:
1. Sugar type:
Who doesn’t love a sugary treat for breakfast? Just me? Okay… Sugar types tend to, well, crave sugar. The body produces extra insulin when blood sugar levels increase—and similar to the stress type, this can potentially lead to excess fat around the waist (hello love handles).
In place of sugar, try cinnamon or sage. And while you’re at it, check out why you should opt for a (healthy) dessert for breakfast.
2. Stress type:
Stressed much? You likely have higher levels of cortisol in your body, which can lead to excess visceral fat around the stomach and waist area. Oz suggests a diet of complex carbs—such as beans, whole grains, and veggies—to boost that ‘happy’ chemical in your brain. Just make sure the food is warm as warm food provides a stress-relieving sensation. Check out some tips on what to eat to banish belly fat.
3. Estrogen type:
If you tend to carry more fat in the butt, thighs and hips—and have major PMS symptoms (even though it’s not even close to that time of the month)—you likely have excess estrogen flowing in your body.
To blast the fat, eat higher amounts of cruciferous vegetables (i.e. broccoli). The phytochemicals in these veggies might help reduce the effects of too much estrogen, such as weight gain. For added inspiration, try this delicious recipe of sautéed broccoli with shiitake mushrooms.
4. T type:
Flabby arms? Not so attractive in the summer, I know. If you have trouble toning those triceps, you might not be producing enough testosterone.
Try adding more vitamin D into your diet by eating more salmon or mushrooms. And while you’re at it—check out the best ways to include vitamin D in your diet.