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Eat Right for Your Body Type

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The best way to get the body you want? Embrace the one you have. Knowing your body type is key to finding the best diet and exercise plan for you. Here, we show you which diet can help you make the most of your shape.

The Chili Pepper

Fat is like real estate: It's all about location. Whether you're an apple (round in the middle), a pear (bigger on the bottom), or a chili pepper (narrow all over), losing weight is not one size fits all. "Your body type is the key to figuring out the best diet and exercise program," says Marie Savard, MD, an ABC News medical contributor. Find your shape along with the eating plan that will help you make the most of it.

The Chili Pepper

Chili peppers have a narrow shape with no real difference between the size of their hips, waists, and shoulders. When peppers gain weight, it's usually around the middle, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, Dr. Savard says.

The Chili Pepper Diet

This plan is about eating for health. "Peppers do well on a diet that incorporates healthy fats, which may decrease the risk of cardiovascular problems," says Neva Cochran, RD, a dietitian and nutrition consultant based in Dallas. She recommends eating fish, olive oil, nuts, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates, such as fruits, veggies, and beans.

In addition, "strength training can help to create curves and definition by building muscle," says Lisa Dorfman, RD, a sports nutritionist and adjunct professor at the University of Miami. She suggests two weight-training sessions a week involving heavier weights and low repetitions, which will help to tone and shape your entire body. Mix up your lifting routines with a few days of moderate-intensity cardio to keep your heart healthy and boost your endurance.

Chili Pepper Meal Plan

2,000 calories: 800 calories from carbohydrates, 700 calories from fat, 500 calories from protein

Omelet made with 2 eggs and 1/4 cup each chopped mushrooms, bell peppers, and shredded mozzarella cheese
2 slices turkey bacon
1/2 whole wheat bagel with 1 teaspoon margarine made with canola oil

1/4 cup each raisins and almonds

1 cup black bean soup
Spinach salad: 2 cups spinach, 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms, 1 sliced hard-cooked egg, 1 slice crumbled turkey bacon, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons vinaigrette dressing
1 whole wheat roll with 1/2 teaspoon margarine made with canola oil

1 cup high-fiber cereal
3/4 cup nonfat milk

4-ounce salmon fillet brushed with 1 teaspoon each honey and light soy sauce and grilled
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
6 asparagus spears brushed with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and grilled
1 cup mixed green salad with 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts and 1 tablespoon Italian dressing


1 cup light yogurt
1 peach

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muhabuzii wrote:

More research needs to be done otherwise some of these products are not working for me, yet they are the ones available.

12/20/2013 10:51:06 AM Report Abuse
sammmm84( wrote:

This diet actually works if you have one of these shapes, I lost 39 pounds using this diet! Best one i've used so far!!

11/6/2013 05:38:09 PM Report Abuse
me-she wrote:

any ideas for gluten intolerance and lacto-ovo-vegie?

8/14/2013 03:50:37 PM Report Abuse
jazzymcsparkle wrote:

Today I learned from alcoconst that cellulite is made of cheese, mayonnaise and roast beef. This is very useful to me.

5/21/2013 09:09:14 PM Report Abuse
mikev9359 wrote:

It makes a lot of sense, I just wish the diets were more expanded. I'm a picky eater and find I do not like most items suggested or the amount of food is just too little. I mean, an apple and 1 tsp of peanut butter? C'mon.

11/12/2012 10:15:30 AM Report Abuse

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