According to Dr. Cass Ingram, author of the new book, The Body Shape Diet , the shape of your body, face, fingers, and hands can reveal the exact best program for shedding inches, improving metabolism, and repairing sluggish hormone function.
"The exterior appearance of a person's body tells far more about one's metabolism, general health, and dietary requirements than a blood test can," says Dr. Ingram.
Want to know what foods you should be eating? Dr. Ingram says start by carefully examining your body's shape.
Here are a few PHYSICAL TRAITS corresponding to each of the common body shape types and a summary of which foods are best for each type:
BODY SHAPE: APPLE Thyroid gland needs nourishment and support Squared head and chin Index finger shorter than ring finger Low body temperature - wears socks/sweaters to bed If you have an Apple-shaped body, your diet should emphasize animal protein, green salads, tomatoes, avocados, & olives.
BODY SHAPE: CARROT Adrenal gland needs nourishment and support Receding chin, narrow head, often pointed Fine, straight hair Your index finger is longer than your ring finger Carrot-shaped body types (usually with a pouch below the belly button) should focus on foods rich in cholesterol like eggs, fatty meats, whole milk, salt & vinegar, salads topped with salmon, crab, lobster, turkey and cheese.
BODY SHAPE: PEAR Pituitary gland needs nourishment and support Enormous buttocks Small or pug nose Small and/or round head Pear-shaped body types need lean meats and organ meats like liver and kidneys, wild greens & sea vegetables. "Only when one knows his own body shape and metabolic type can he or she design an eating plan which brings about perfect health," says Dr. Ingram.
Meet Dr. Ingram Monday, Oct. 4 at Zerbo's in Livonia on Plymouth Road from 6-8 p.m.. Call (734) 427-3144 for more information.