Did you know that where you store fat on your body is critical to what you should be putting on your plate? Filling your diet with body-type-specific foods will help you shed pounds and keep you healthy.
There are two major body types–bigger on the top or bigger on the bottom. Fat distribution actually shifts as we age, and as your shape changes you need to eat differently.
What it means if you’re bigger on top:
- Your fat migrates to your belly and above.
- You’re an android.
What it means if you’re bigger on the bottom:
- Your fat settles downward to your butt and legs.
- You’re a gynoid.
What to Eat if You're an Android Body Type
- At least one serving of vitamin C at every meal.
- Eat cold-resistant carbs at every meal.
- Cook with coconut oil.
How It Works:
Vitamin C helps reduce levels of cortisol, which causes fat to migrate up to your middle. One study has shown that vitamin-C deficiency was associated with 131% increased chance of belly fat.
Contrary to popular belief, oranges are not the highest source of vitamin C. The best sources of vitamin C can be found in one-cup servings of the following foods: papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries or kale. Eating these foods raw will help you get the highest amount of nutrients, but it’s fine to have them frozen and cooked, too. What’s most important is that you’re getting this nutrient.
When food is cooled, resistant carbs can form, which can help break down belly fat. When the temperature is altered, the food is changed and digests differently. Cold-resistant carbs are resistant to digestion in your small intestine, meaning they don’t get absorbed and can increase your body’s fat-burning ability by 20%.
Work cold-resistant carbs into every meal by having a one-third-cup serving of any of the following foods: potatoes, white beans, barley, long-grain rice and lentils.
Cooking with coconut oil can help you lose weight. In one study, women who ate two tablespoons of coconut oil a day charged their metabolism and shrunk their waistlines.
Sample Meal Plan for an Android Body Type:
Breakfast: Broccoli Omelet and Cold Potato Salad
The broccoli contains vitamin C, while the cold potatoes are resistant carbs. Cook the ingredients in coconut oil for fat-burning benefits.
Lunch: Android Salad
Combine vitamin-C-rich kale, papaya and strawberries with cold lentils to work in resistant carbs. Make a dressing using coconut oil.
Dinner: Chicken-and-Rice-Stuffed Peppers
The bell peppers contain vitamin C while the cold long-grain rice is your resistant-carb serving. Cook the dish in coconut oil.
What to Eat if You're a Gynoid Body Type
- Eat one serving of insoluble fiber at every meal.
- Eat one serving of calcium at every meal.
- Add one serving of lean beef.
How It Works:
Increased estrogen levels are why fat settles in your butt and thighs. Eating insoluble fiber reduces the estrogen in your body. To get the best sources of insoluble fiber, fill one-third of your plate with roughly one cup of the following foods: navy beans, squash, avocado, eggplant or 100% wheat bread.
Studies demonstrate that calcium helps to regulate the way fat cells store, build up and break down fat. Low-fat dairy sources such as milk, yogurt and cottage cheese help promote weight loss, so be sure to choose low-fat (2%) instead of nonfat dairy. Your best sources of calcium are 2% milk, low-fat yogurt, low-fat cheese, or you can add nondairy calcium by eating shiitake mushrooms, spinach or almonds.
Women who have their fat migrate down to their butt, legs and thighs are more sensitive to high-fat foods. Lean meats are low in fat and high in protein. They can help build muscle mass, making it easier to lose that stubborn fat that settles around your hips and thighs. The best sources of lean beef are four ounces of the following foods: ground round, tenderloin, sirloin or flank steak.
Sample Meal Plan for a Gynoid Body Type:
Breakfast: Egg Sandwich
The wheat bread is a good source of insoluble fiber and low-fat cheese provides calcium.
Lunch: Better Burger
Start with a ground round as your source of lean beef, served on a spinach bun for calcium, and top it off with avocado for a source of insoluble fiber.
Dinner: Eggplant Parmigiana
The eggplant contains insoluble fiber while the low-fat mozzarella provides calcium.