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Could Body Shape Be the Key to Weight Loss?

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association really drills down into the low-fat/low-carb debate. As reported by Time magazine, researchers found that body shape is the key to which diet a person will be able to stick with.

By Meaghan Cameron from readersdigest.com

Water Is Best
A new study suggests that the way to weight loss may be clear. A couple of glasses of water before meals helped dieters lose about 5 pounds more than those who did not drink water. While drinking water before a meal may fill a person up, the contents of their meal count as well. Should a person be eating a low-fat diet or a low-carb diet? Or does it matter at all?

Could Body Shape Be the Key to Weight Loss?© iStockphoto/ThinkstockYour body type could hold the key to easier weight loss.

Neither Is Best
Recent research suggests that one diet isn’t any better than the other. A few weeks before the water study, another concluded that low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets tied in terms of weight loss. While the low-carbohydrate dieters did show a slight increase in good cholesterol and a reduction in blood pressure, there was no statistical difference in the dieters’ weight loss. The caveat here is that the person had to stick to the diet. What helps a person see a diet through? It could be body type.

Apple vs. Pear
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association really drills down into the low-fat/low-carb debate. As reported by Time magazine, researchers found that body shape is the key to which diet a person will be able to stick with. Apples are people who carry most of their weight above the belt, while pears carry their weight around their hips. Apple types were more likely to be high-insulin secretors who respond more strongly to carbohydrates or sugars in their bodies. They lost the most weight on a low-carb, Atkins-type diet. Pears were low-insulin secretors who lost the same amount of weight on both diets. Unstable insulin levels can create stronger hunger sensations, causing the apple types to go off their diet plans.

Trial and Error
All of these studies again come down to choosing the diet that helps you eat less. The body-type diet does make some sense as men are more likely to be apple types, with larger bellies, and tend to do well on higher-protein diets, while women, who tend to carry weight around their hips, find themselves drawn to the low-fat diets. The reality is if a diet is failing you try another one. A plan you can’t, or won’t, stick to will never work, regardless of what the research says.