If you’re one of the many who has made a New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds, eating foods that are right for your body type will get you moving in the right direction. The most common body types are Pears, Apples, Athletes and Babyfaces. If we gain excessive weight, fat tends to accumulate in specific spots. People don’t necessarily gain weight in the same place, largely due to hormones, so it makes sense to eat foods that will bring our body back into balance – and avoid foods that throw it out of whack.
Should you eat more carbs or less? Does your body thrive on a higher protein diet or not? Does caffeine help or hurt your body type? What about salt and certain types of fat?
Today I’m posting about the right breakfast your should eat for your body type. How does it stack up in comparison to the way you’re currently eating?
Pear Shape Breakfast
J-Lo, Shakira and you. Not bad company. You tend to accumulate weight through your bottom and upper thighs. Steer clear of the buffets and high fat dairy in the morning. While I rarely encourage low fat dairy, your body type does better with a lower fat milk, yogurt or cheese. Your type should also eat like a pyramid – smallest meal in the morning and largest meal in the evening. Here is an example of a healthy pear-shape breakfast.
- 1/2 c low fat cottage cheese on a slice of whole grain toast.
- Banana/blueberry smoothie: 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup blueberries and 1 cup low fat milk. Blend and enjoy.
Apple Shape Breakfast
You tend to accumulate weight right through your midsection. Your legs might look great in a skirt, but be careful – midsection weight gain is the least healthy for your body. If your stomach needs a little help, stay away from caffeine, pastries and sugary cereals in the morning. Eat the same size meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t go crazy – a moderate size meal will suffice.
- Two eggs, 1/2 whole grain English muffin.
- 1 cup cooked old-fashioned oats, whole milk mixed with 1 tbsp peanut butter and cinnamon.
Athlete Shape Breakfast
When I talked about this body type on The TODAY Show, Kathy Lee referenced the word “bra-gu.” She was right – this type tends to accumulate “bra-gu.” The Athlete-type is shaped like a triangle – broad shoulders, narrower hips, muscular legs. When the Athlete, male or female, gains weight, it’s through the upper back, arms and chest area. As it turns out, women do end up with “bra-gu,” or that layer of skin that pushes out of the back of their bras. Like the Pear, the Athlete should eat a lighter breakast, moderate-size lunch and a larger dinner. That said, salt, red meat and butter are a no-no!
- Low fat plain yogurt mixed with cinnamon and a diced apple
- 1/2 c. muslei w/milk
Babyface Shape Breakfast
Yes, this type does gain weight in the face, but also through the fingers, arms and legs, too. If it seems like fat gets pretty well distributed throughout your entire body, you might be a babyface. The meal of the day for you is breakfast! Make lunch smaller and dinner smallest. Coffee isn’t off the list, but black tea is something you should stay away from. Meats are good for your type, but high fat dairy is not.
- 2-egg omelet with ham, one slice of whole grain toast (dry)
- Smoked salmon on 1/2 whole grain bagel w/ fresh fruit