What is My Body Type? - Know the body types !
by Dr. Eric Berg DC
New diet trends spread like wildfire. Many take to them with zeal—and are then disappointed when the diet doesn’t work, or when their cravings overtake them and they fall off, or when the precious lost pounds manage to work their way back onto that tummy or the thighs. The body types program Dr. Berg developed has stood the test of time and is based on sound science.
There is a very good reason that diets haven’t worked or have been so hard to stick to: no diet will work wonders for every body. Bodies have different reasons for weight gain, one to the next. There are exact reasons that cravings remain or become worse, why omitting certain foods won’t lose inches, and also why certain types of exercise won’t reduce weight at all. So your question is: what is my body type?
Your body type is based on a series of questions that align with four glands. The four glands include thyroid, adrenal, ovary and liver, each one with its own set of symptoms.
The body type program goes well beyond dictating a traditional counting-calories-and-exercise regimen, giving people the understanding of how the body burns fat and handing the control right over to the person doing the dieting. Since there are some 600 hormones (elements secreted by glands which affect various bodily functions) that either burn or produce fat within a body, and the dietary and exercise “triggers” which cause them to act, a plan that revolves around body types can be very successful.
For your weight to stay off, the glandular systems must first be made healthy. Your eating and exercise must align towards your body type. If you are an adrenal body type, you must consume more protein and do less exercise. Yet for the liver body type, it’s just the opposite, you must avoid protein and exercise hard. It all depends on hormones.
Counting Calories versus Fat-Burning Hormones
It has been the common belief that weight gain or obesity is caused by consuming more calories (units of energy in foods) than are burned. But such a theory doesn’t explain the thin person who eats like a horse and yet doesn’t gain an ounce, or the overweight person who simply looks at food across a table and gains five pounds. It makes sense, then, that through his research, Dr. Berg discovered that counting calories is definitely not the issue: it’s the fat-burning hormones that matter.
The real problem lies in metabolism (the conversion of food into energy in the body) and the hormones that control it. When a person cuts calories, they can initially lose weight. But then it rebounds and the weight comes back, especially in the stomach area, because “low calories” or “hunger” is a trigger for a certain fat-storing hormone.
Hormones look at calories differently, depending on their sources. Even though fats have high calories, they have no effect on the manufacture of fat in the body. Sugar and carbohydrates, on the other hand, are huge triggers to fat-making hormones despite containing fewer calories than fats. And although protein has calories, consuming the right amount of protein will trigger fat-burning hormones, the right amount being based on the body types.