Have you tried every diet, yet it’s still impossible for you to shed that pooch around your midsection or lose the extra padding on your butt? Dr. Mark Liponis, author of The Hunter/Farmer Diet Solution, has spent decades figuring out how the right diet and exercises tailored for certain body types – namely a big belly or a big butt – can double your body’s ability to lose weight.
Dr. Liponis’ theory is backed by recent cutting-edge research revealed in Stanford University’s A to Z Weight Loss Study. It shows how people who put weight on around their bellies and those who carry their weight on their bottoms differ genetically in how their bodies respond to insulin and certain hormones, as well as how they metabolize carbs and fats.
According to Dr. Liponis, understanding your body type is not as simple as just looking in the mirror. You need to ask yourself two key questions:
1. What did you weigh at birth?
If you weighed less than 7 pounds at birth, you fall into the “hunter” body type. Hunters are more apt to put on belly fat later in life. Hunters keep most of their body fat in their belly and chest while their legs and butt stay thin. This type of body fat distribution is referred to as the android type (apple shape). Fat in the abdomen is associated with a higher risk of serious health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol problems and cancer.
If you weighed 7-10 pounds at birth, you’re body fits into the “farmer” type, which means you’ll be more prone to gain weight in your butt as you age. Farmers have big butts, hips and thighs and a narrow waist. This kind of body fat distribution is known as the gynecoid type (pear shape). While farmers are less prone to serious health issues, they are more likely to experience mechanical issues, such as varicose veins and joint disorders.
2. How do you float?
Where your fat is distributed in your body determines how you float in water. If you have a big belly, the fat in that area is going to cause you to float like a jellyfish with your belly rising up high, and your legs dangling down like tentacles.
If you have fat in your butt and legs, you tend to float like a board with your legs out straight and your feet sticking upward.