You were born with a genetic predisposition to grow into a certain frame, according to Dr. William H. Sheldon, who in the 1940s introduced the concept of Somatotypes. Sheldon said that you either fit into one of three body type categories or you might have characteristics of some or all of them. Whatever your body type, there are exercises and diets that can help you lose pounds.
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