ask our dietitian your question todayA- different body types


How do I know what the “right” foods are to cut out of my diet and/or to eat more of to lose weight for my body type? I feel like no matter what I do I cannot lose weight. Any insight would be appreciated!! –Shannon K.


Beyond sensible eating, how you know what to keep or eliminate for your body type is, frankly, by trial and error. One’s physical build is a combination of stature, body composition and distribution of fat and lean tissue. There aren’t specific diets for a “pear shape” versus an “apple shape,” much in the same way you can’t spot reduce by exercise. Not to mention that build may largely be determined by genetics.

For weight loss, the key is finding the right foods that keep you energized, satisfied and feeling refreshed while at a caloric deficit. To curb calories, everyone can stand to cut out added sugars, animal fats and alcohol. Take a detailed look at your intake to determine where your extra calories lie. Whether you keep corn but eliminate potatoes, or keep yogurt but cut out milk is up to you.

Your best diet will be one that you’re more likely to stick with in the long run. For example, if cereal is the only breakfast you’ll eat, then be sure to include it — just pick a good one. Work in your favorite food or you’ll feel deprived. Often people can continue to eat the same foods by reducing portions. Also, I never advise forcing yourself to eat something you don’t like. Find vegetables that you enjoy in whatever type of preparation.

If manipulating food isn’t achieving weight loss, turn to modifying your workouts.  Don’t forget the power of exercise in burning calories and raising metabolism for losing weight!  – Debbie J., MS, RD

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Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.



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