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Different bodies, different diets

Have you ever wondered why a diet works so well for your friend, but not for you? Rather than following one fad diet after another hoping to win the diet lottery, why not discover your body type and end your search for the perfect diet. Carolyn Mein outlines the value of understanding your body type and contrasts two of them as an example.

Body typing is a guidepost

Our ultimate goals are clear: personal freedom and empowerment, health, relationships that work, God realization, spiritual oneness, essentially, mastery in this lifetime. Yes, it's a tall order, and like every journey, it's taken a step at a time. Different bodies, different dietsEverywhere you look, there is a myriad of information about these basic goals and concepts, but how do you get from where you are to where you ultimately want to be?

Understanding your body type is a significant guidepost that helps you along your journey. Like astrology, it is present at birth and stays with you your entire life. Knowing your strengths and areas of weakness provides a road map, points you in the right direction and allows you to make sure you are staying on course.

What is body typing?

Body typing is another way of reading the body to gain insight into your uniqueness. It explains the differences and similarities between people. Physically, body typing identifies which foods and the time of day to eat them to best support your body. It simplifies the search for your optimal diet, exercise program and shows you how to identify potential health problems. Psychologically, body typing identifies your characteristic traits, what motivates you to do what you do, and identifies your strengths as well as how to best express them.

What determines your body type?

Your body type is determined by your dominant gland, organ or system. This is the gland (like thyroid), organ (like heart) or system (like blood) that is the strongest. For the sake of simplicity, they will all be grouped together and referred to as the dominant gland. It is this dominant gland that is responsible for the differences we see between individuals, such as weight gain patterns, physical characteristics, food preferences, the types of food you crave when your energy is low, and basic personality differences.

Basic personality differences include whether your dominant sense is mental or emotional. We all have both senses, but when we are backed into a corner and push comes to shove, some of us rely more heavily on our minds, while the rest of us rely on our feelings.

What is the difference between men and women?

The main difference between men and women is in their weight gain patterns. Women gain weight in one of three areas: upper body, lower body or all over. Men gain weight in their abdomen and around the waist. The two main factors in identifying body type in men is the shape of their torso: straight, average or tapered, and the appearance of their musculature. Regarding their musculature, some men find it easy to attain muscle definition when working out, others can achieve it in a reasonable length of time, while still others can spend hours daily lifting weights and never look toned.

Diets, including the foods that support the body, best time of day to eat them, percentage and best sources of fats and protein, as well as the psychological profile, are consistent within the body type, regardless of whether you are male or female. This body type information is also true for children and is apparent from birth. Children may or may not be the same type as their parents and rarely do all children in a family have the same body type. As children, we are naturally in tune with what our bodies need, then our natural desires are suppressed to fit society. Body typing validates what you intuitively know to be right for you and supports it with scientific evidence.

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