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How to Lose Belly Fat, Hip Fat, Thigh Fat With Dr. Abravanel's Diet

Updated on July 23, 2014
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Dr. Abravanel's Body Type Diet & Lifetime Nutrition Plan

Do you like one-size-fits-all clothing? How about one-size-fits-all diet plans? Chances are, neither one will fit you well. That's where Dr. Abravanel's body type diet & lifestyle nutrition plan comes in. Updated from the 1980s, Dr. Abravanel's book expounds the theory that weight gain is driven by metabolism. Your metabolism is influenced by one of four main glands in your body: thyroid, adrenal, pituitary or gonad. Which gland dominates your metabolism also controls where fat is deposited and stored on your body.

Dr. Abravanel outlines a diet plan for each body type. Not just a diet, you can use the principles to build a healthy diet for your unique metabolism that will help you lose weight and keep it off. This, in turn, will create balance in your body which means weight loss in the right places such as hips, belly, thighs and butt. This balance also leads to better moods and improved overall health.

Does it sound too good to be true? That's what I thought when my friends told me about the book. I only carried 5 extra pounds on my frame that was easily hidden with clothing, so I wasn't really looking for a weight loss plan. Although I suffered from lack of energy and mood swings, I had chalked it all up to being over 40 years of age.

My friends had all lost weight, felt much more energetic and no longer complained of mood swings. Their success left me intrigued. Could this nutrition plan also work for me? I decided to investigate.

I purchased the Kindle version of Dr. Abravanel's Body Type Diet & Lifetime Nutrition Plan on Amazon. I read the opening chapters which included many anecdotes from Dr. Abravanel's patients on their success with his nutrition plan. Then I did the test, which clearly pointed to my metabolism type: thyroid.

At this point, I put the book down. You see, my food cravings were directly linked to my lack of energy and mood swings. According to Dr. Abravanel, it is a feeling that we crave when we eat certain foods and not the food per se. The foods we crave actually stimulate the dominate gland that drives our metabolism. This gives us a boost of energy and feeling of well being, but also causes a gradual weakening of the dominant gland. The diet requires that one at first eliminate and then drastically reduce the foods that stimulate the dominant gland.

When I learned that the foods I loved were actually hurting me, I became discouraged. Could I really eliminate or reduce the foods I craved? Dr. Abravanel asserts that we use these foods as drugs, which is why we must eliminate them until metabolic balance is achieved in the body and cravings are eliminated. Overcoming these cravings is essential to becoming and remaining a balanced, slender, healthy individual.

Interestingly enough, there is a strong connection between the foods we crave and eat and where the fat is stored on our bodies. Your main fat location is directly related to your body or metabolism type and thus the activity of your dominant gland. Like all organs, fat responds to the hormones circulating in your blood. But the fat in different parts of your body responds primarily to different hormones. That's why each body type stores fat in its own unique locations when the dominant gland begins to weaken due to overstimulation of eating the wrong types of food for your metabolism.

So your body shape is in indication of what is going on inside you. That means that fat must be removed metabolically. This diet balances your metabolism so fat can be removed from these areas, be it your hips, butt, thighs or belly.

Body Types

More About Body Shape & Metabolism

Twenty years ago, Dr. Abravanel recognized that most of his patients needed a tailor-made diet and lifestyle change to boost their health and weight loss after he had seen fad diets fail for so many.

We each have our own unique way of processing food. Some people can eat more food without gaining weight. Each person has different needs in terms of protein, carbohydrates and fats. A common way of classifying body types is by categorizing them as ectomorph (slim and lanky), mesomorph (round and plump), mesomorph (thick and muscular). But the problem with this classification is it doesn´t tell why the person is slim, round or muscular.

Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine also have their own ways of classifying body types. All of these can be beneficial. But Dr. Abravanel´s system classifies individuals according to which of their four major glands—the pituitary, thyroid, adrnal and gonadal—are most active or dominant in their metabolism. This isn´t the first time such a system was proposed. Back in the mid part of the 20th century Dr. Henry Bieler, a physician and nutritionist, classified different metabolisms by a dominant gland that affects how food is metabolized.

This concept makes sense, as many of us have probably already noticed that we are all born with a certain body type. Dr. Abranavel takes it a step further by explaining WHY we were born with that specific body type.

Once you know your body type you will begin to better understand your metabolism and why it is quick or slow, efficient or inefficient in the way it processes food. You will also understand how your body reacts to 3 types of food: proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Lastly, you will learn how to use each of these foods to boost your health and weight loss, also the weaknesses of your particular metabolism and how to combat them with diet.

Are you still doubtful? If so, commit yourself to just 30 days of Dr. Abravanel´s body type diet. If you don´t lose weight in the right places and feel much more energetic and confident after the 30 day trial period, then you can walk away and forget you ever heard about this concept. No harm done, right?

First you must take the test to determine which is your body type category. Then, Dr. Abravanel outlines a diet program for your unique metabolism that will permanently melt the pounds off your frame and promote glowing health.

If after the 30 day trial period you find that you do begin to lose weight in the right places, feel energetic and in control, then you can use the principles of your body type diet to create a lifestyle that will maintain your health and ideal weight and body shape.

Personally, at first I found my diet to be daunting. The foods that I happen to crave turned out to be the very foods that are harmful to my metabolism. But after the initial adjustment period, I found that the diet made me feel so good and the results were so obvious that I ran out of excuses not to continue. And what´s more, I found that by tweaking the diet to my needs, it actually wasn´t so hard to continue. In fact, now I find that when I return to my old way of eating I begin to feel lethargic, moody and blah. Who wants that? As far as I am concerned, the basic principles of Dr. Abravanel´s diet keep me looking and feeling my best.

Once you know which body type you have, you will see how to strengthen your metabolism by consuming the types of foods proper for your type.

Fresh Produce is a Prominent Feature of Dr. Abravanel's Diet
Fresh Produce is a Prominent Feature of Dr. Abravanel's Diet | Source

Basic Features of the Body Type Diet

1. You will have a varied, balanced and healthy diet. In Dr. Abravanel´s diet, you will never be asked to eat grapefruit every day for a month, for example. You are allowed to eat food in all of the categories with moderation, placing special emphasis on the categories that will maximize and balance your type of metabolism. It is also considered a fairly low-fat diet, with 30% or less of the calories coming from fat and only 10% from saturated fat. The diet includes protein, carbohydrates and lots of fresh produce.

2. On Dr. Abravanel´s diet, you must never lose sight of health. You won´t eat just to lose weight. You will also eat to maintain good health.

3. Always keep your body type in mind. Fad diets are often extreme, either “high carb, low fat, less protein” or “high protein, high fat and no carbs”. In this diet you won´t go to such unhealthy extremes.

Dr. Abravanel contends that the Food Pyramid puts too much emphasis on carbohydrates for most metabolism types. Certain body types can assimilate carbohydrates well while other metabolisms need more protein, as you will soon learn.

More principles of this diet:

1. Eat a wide variety of real foods including fresh produce.

2. Always eat protein and carbohydrates in the right proportion for your metabolism

3. Eat just enough fats and oils for health and taste, with a minimum of saturated fats that are found in fatty meats.

Dr. Abravanel also times your eating according to your metabolism and suggests herbal teas to balance your metabolism and promote dieting effectiveness.

Cravings tell a lot about what is going on in the metabolism. Cravings are irresistible desires for certain foods, whether they be sweet, fatty, spicy or salty. According to Dr. Abravanel, cravings are not specific. Your body may actually be craving protein and you feed it ice cream. In the end, you gain weight without providing the nutrition your body needs.

So what´s the solution? In my case, as a thyroid type, my body craves sugar. But when I feed it plenty of protein, my cravings diminish enough that I can control them. Eventually, the cravings fade enough that they become controllable desires. It just requires a little patience and perseverance to see results from the program.

Are you ready to learn more about the program? Next, I plan to publish the body type test so you can determine which diet will balance your metabolism. Stay tuned!

According to Dr. Abravanel, the food pyramid puts too much emphasis on carbohydrates for many body types
According to Dr. Abravanel, the food pyramid puts too much emphasis on carbohydrates for many body types



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  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Nadine May, it's interesting that you were perceptive enough to already know what to eat or avoid. I hope you can lose those last few kilos. Thanks for coming by!

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    Nadine May 

    5 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

    Very good information to keep in mind. Done the test and now I must see how much I already stick to the diet that is close to the Abravanel's Diet. I do NOT eat red meat and follow a low carb diet already but do not seem to lose the last 5 KL I could do without.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    CyberShelley, it sounds to me that you might be a thyroid type metabolism, but you'll have to take the test to make sure. The diet is healthy and effective. I hope you try it!

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    Shelley Watson 

    6 years ago

    Must go into this and read your other articles. I have accumulated fat around the middle and a very sweet tooth since giving up smoking five years ago. Thought the cravings would balance out as I've always been very slim, but no such luck.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Denise Handlon, it is an interesting book and the diet plan is balanced and healthy.

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    Denise Handlon 

    6 years ago from North Carolina

    I'm wondering if I should get his book-sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing this. :) UP/U/I

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Eiddwen, thank you for your comment. I hope you have a great weekend too!

  • Eiddwen profile image


    6 years ago from Wales

    This is the one for me and all I need now is the time to follow your exercises ha ha !! Voting up and wishing you a wonderful weekend.


  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Au fait, I believe Dr. Abravanel's concept is sound and my results health-wise are proof for me. I plan to publish the body type test this weekend. Thanks for your comment.

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    C E Clark 

    6 years ago from North Texas

    With so much fanfare about the Flat Belly Diet, it will be interesting to learn more. You have a good start here and you've got me hooked. I'm looking forward to your next article on this subject!

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    CraftytotheCore, that is interesting. You would probably feel well on this diet. I know it's been life changing for me!

  • CraftytotheCore profile image


    6 years ago

    This is very interesting. I had thyroid surgery and I have to be pro-active in making proper food choices. I get very fatigued if I eat too much sugar. I try to stay away from sugary foods for that reason.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Alicia C, I agree! Thanks for your comment.

  • Deborah-Diane profile image


    6 years ago from Orange County, California

    This sounds like a really healthy diet that would benefit a lot of people!

  • AliciaC profile image

    Linda Crampton 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I'm willing to investigate any eating plan that stresses healthy whole foods, as this one seems to do. Thanks for the information, vespawoolf. I'm looking forward to the next hub!

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    DonnaCaprio, salads are so healthy. It's the foundation of all of Dr. Abravanel's diets. Thanks for your comment.

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    Donna Caprio Quinlan 

    6 years ago from Newburyport, MA

    Interesting post. I think I might be a pear shape. I don't have cravings per se. I do love all kinds of bread, but eat lots of salads!

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    ChitranhpgadaSharan, I agree! I'm glad you found this information to be useful.

  • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

    Chitrangada Sharan 

    6 years ago from New Delhi, India

    This makes sense to me, considering we all have different body types and different patterns of metabolism.

    Thanks for sharing the theory of Dr. Abravenal, which is worth trying. Even I have a slow metabolism.

    Thanks for this engaging hub! Voted up and shared on HP!

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    DDE I'm glad you feel this information will be useful for you.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    You're welcome SANJAY LAKHANPAL.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    It's so true WiccanSage.

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    Devika Primić 

    6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I try to eat healthy and the variety of foods your hub has enlightened me on how to get my belly down. Sounds promising and can work for me.

  • SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image

    Sanjay Sharma 

    6 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

    Nice information. Thanks for sharing.

  • WiccanSage profile image

    Mackenzie Sage Wright 

    6 years ago

    Interesting hub, it's so true that how you feel can be linked to what you eat... even more so as you get older, lol. Nice work.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ericdierker, I'm glad you found this interesting. Nice to hear from you.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    JackieLynnley, sugar is definitely not good for me either. I hope you can get some benefit from this information.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Rebeccamealey, the concept does make sense and has worked for us. Thanks for your comment.

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    Eric Dierker 

    6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Really interesting. Where we store it is related to what we crave. that is cool. Thanks

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    6 years ago from the beautiful south

    Sounds very interesting and if we don't jump onto something like this soon enough we may be sorry. I will look into this. I know sugar is my bad boy. lol It never tempted me until about this last year. Guess there is a reason for that after all. ^

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    This diet sounds excitingly different. Dr. Abravenal 's idea makes sense to me. I am definitely an apple. Thanks for introducing this diet. Great hub, and shared!

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    FlourishAnyway, I highly recommend this book. I do feel there is a lot of benefit in juicing and if you find you have an intolerance for sugar (which it sounds like you might from your cravings), you can still get benefits from juicing vegetables. I plan to publish more hubs soon so others can enjoy the health benefits I have received from this diet program. Thank you for your comment.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Suzanne Day, I'm glad you found this useful. I plan to publish another hub soon. I hope this information can help others to find solutions to their weight loss and health issues. Thanks for coming by.

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    6 years ago from USA

    Given that summer is within sight, this is going to help people lose that extra junk in their trunk. I once tried juicing and dropped tons of weight quickly and all my MS symptoms disappeared, but I started to feel lightheaded from lack of protein and desperately missed Dr. Pepper and cupcakes. I probably need to read that book.

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    Suzanne Day 

    6 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    A very interesting read! I look forward to your next hub on body shapes and I do tend to gather fat in the stomach, so if my food consumption was causing that fat distribution, it would be great to find out more. Voted useful!


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