What is My Body Shape?

by Dr. Eric Berg DC

Certain hormones cause fat to locate itself at specific places on the body, and when these functions go haywire, the result is the four different body shapes. Each of these shapes is labeled for the weakened gland causing it: adrenal, ovary, thyroid, and liver. Each also has particular cravings, pains, sensations or occurrences associated with each.

The adrenal body shape has fat that that hangs or sags from the abdomen. Someone in this category craves salt or chocolate, has anxiety and nervousness, feels the need for coffee or stimulants to wake up, has dizziness when rising quickly, suffers from chronic inflammation, and tends to wake up in the middle of the night.

In the case of ovary body shape, excess fat accumulates around hips and thighs (“saddlebags”) with a lower stomach bulge just beneath the navel. This type craves ice cream, cream cheese, sour cream or milk, often has pain in the right or left lower back/hip area, suffers from hot flashes and lowered sex drive, has a history of ovarian or breast cysts, and has numerous problems surrounding menstruation.

With the thyroid body shape, fat is directed into all cells of the body; this will show weight gain all over the body rather than just in one particular place. This person craves sweets, breads and pasta, can suffer from depression, often has brittle nails with vertical ridges, has dry hair and hair loss, becomes tired in the early evening, and has dry skin, especially on the hands and around elbows.

Someone with liver body shape has fluid that leaks into the sac around the abdomen, giving a “potbelly” appearance. This type craves deep-friend foods or potato chips, has pain or tightness in the right shoulder area, often suffers from flaky skin or dandruff in eyebrows and scalp, has hot or swollen feet, shows a yellow tint in the whites of the eyes, is irritable in the morning, and often has a tight feeling over the right lower stomach area or ribcage. 

Many other symptoms and problems are found in the book, associated with each of these body shape.

What is your body shape? It depends where you hold your weight. Dr. Berg’s body shape program goes way beyond the apple and pear shape, taking weight loss to a whole new level.

vary, thyroid, and liver. Each also has particular cravings, pains, sensations or occurrences associated with each.

The adrenal body shape has fat that that hangs or sags from the abdomen. Someone in this category craves salt or chocolate, has anxiety and nervousness, feels the need for coffee or stimulants to wake up, has dizziness when rising quickly, suffers from chronic inflammation, and tends to wake up in the middle of the night.

In the case of ovary body shape, excess fat accumulates around hips and thighs (“saddlebags”) with a lower stomach bulge just beneath the navel. This type craves ice cream, cream cheese, sour cream or milk, often has pain in the right or left lower back/hip area, suffers from hot flashes and lowered sex drive, has a history of ovarian or breast cysts, and has numerous problems surrounding menstruation.

With the thyroid body shape, fat is directed into all cells of the body; this will show weight gain all over the body rather than just in one particular place. This person craves sweets, breads and pasta, can suffer from depression, often has brittle nails with vertical ridges, has dry hair and hair loss, becomes tired in the early evening, and has dry skin, especially on the hands and around elbows.

Someone with liver body shape has fluid that leaks into the sac around the abdomen, giving a “potbelly” appearance. This type craves deep-friend foods or potato chips, has pain or tightness in the right shoulder area, often suffers from flaky skin or dandruff in eyebrows and scalp, has hot or swollen feet, shows a yellow tint in the whites of the eyes, is irritable in the morning, and often has a tight feeling over the right lower stomach area or ribcage. 

Many other symptoms and problems are found in the book, associated with each of these body shape.

What is your body shape? It depends where you hold your weight. Dr. Berg’s body shape program goes way beyond the apple and pear shape, taking weight loss to a whole new level.