Braly: What your body shape says about your perfect diet

Braly: What your body shape says about your perfect diet

June 30th, 2010 by Anne Braly in Blogsfood

Are You an Apple, Pear or Carrot? We're talking body shape, and the new book, "The Body Shape Diet" by Dr. Class Ingram, reveals how your body's shape can be used to build a diet for perfect health.

What does it mean when one's body is narrow at the top and wide at the bottom, like a pear? Or round all over, like an apple? Or long and thin, like a carrot? Does a long index finger or receding chin have any special meaning?

"The exterior appearance of a person's body tells far more about one's metabolism, general health and dietary requirements than even a blood test can," says Dr. Ingram noted in a news release.

The doc said most individuals have one of three common body shapes, and should structure their diets accordingly:

The Apple: Those with a generally roundish figure fall into this group. Those in the apple category often have a squared head and chin and their index fingers are shorter than their ring fingers. They also typically have low body temperatures. They do best eating foods and nutrients that support and nourish their thyroid gland. Their diets should emphasize animal protein, green salads, tomatoes, avocados and olives.

The Carrot: One is a carrot type if their body is long and thin. Carrots usually have a pouch below their belly button, a receding chin, and a narrow and pointy head. Carrots also can be recognized by their fine, straight hair and their index fingers, which are longer than their ring fingers. Persons with this body type need a diet that supports and nourishes their adrenal gland. They should focus on foods that are rich in cholesterol, including eggs, fatty meats, whole milk, salt, vinegar and salads topped with salmon, crab, lobster, turkey and cheese.

The Pear: Those that fall into the pear class are narrow at the top and large at the bottom. They usually have enormous buttocks, a small or pug nose and a small and/or round head. A Pear's pituitary gland needs nourishment and support and he should focus on eating plenty of lean meats, organ meats like liver and kidneys, wild greens and sea vegetables.

I think I'm a Capear - a mixture of all three. I'm not too round on the top, but have wide hips - so that's where the pear comes in. I don't think my rear end is enormous, and I don't have a small head or pug nose, so pear is out. My index finger is shorter than my ring finger, so apple is in. And my hair is fine and straight. That's my carrot. So, Capear it is. A brand new food.