Dr. Abravanel's Body Type Diet: Weight Loss Plan & Test for Men

Updated on July 14, 2018
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Weight Loss Program for Men

Do you find fat is accumulating on your stomach and no weight loss program helps you to keep the weight off? Do you wake up exhausted and wonder if you have enough energy to make it through the day? Are you looking for a weight loss program that is both healthy and balanced, making it easier to lose weight and keep it off permanently?

If you answered yes to the above questions, Dr. Abravnel's Body Type Diet may be just the plan you've been looking for. Back in the 80's Dr. Abravanel, a leading medical doctor in his field, published his ground-breaking diet plan. In his medical practice, he had learned that we all process food differently. Of course, it was not new to classify individuals according to body type. Maybe the best known classifications are ectomorph, endomorph and mesomorph.

But these classifications don't explain why we metabolism our food the way we do. Dr. Abravanel's weight loss plan explains why we have a certain body type, based on how food is metabolized in our body. This makes sense, as we have all noticed that different body types require different types and amounts of food---protein, carbohydrates or fats. This is why a one-size-fits-all approach to dieting doesn't work for everyone.

So why not let Dr. Abravanel determine your body/metabolism type? Just take the simple test below to determine your body type. Dr. Abravanel outlines the perfect diet plan for your metabolism which, if followed carefully, will bring you back to your ideal weight. You'll feel energetic and will learn a lot about the way your body metabolizes food.

Before you get started, you may be interested in learning more about Dr. Abravanel's Body Type Diet and Lifetime Nutritional Plan.

Dr. Abravanel's Body Type Test For Men

Let  Dr. Abravanel Determine Your Body Type
Let Dr. Abravanel Determine Your Body Type | Source

Part 1: Your Appearance

If you are at your ideal weight or within 20 pounds of it, use this set of questions:

A. Even if out of shape, you are strong and thick with a muscular appearance. You have a large chest and sturdy arms and legs.

B. You are long limbed and narrow through the chest and hips.

C. You are boyish and underdeveloped, more like a boy than a man.

If you are 20-50 pounds overweight:

A. You look square, thick and heavy. You gain weight on the front of your body in a potbelly. You also gain weight in your hands, feet and face.

B. You are saggy and out of shape with extra pounds all around your middle. Your face, hands and feet are still relatively slim.

C. You are pudgy all over, like a child who has gained weight.

Use this set of questions if you are more than 50 lbs. overweight:

A. You have a very large stomach with a lot of weight also on your back. Your rear end is round and weight extends down legs to feet.

B. You gain weight all around your middle in the form of a large, spare tire. You also have a potbelly that extends all around your middle. Your face, calves and lower arms also carry weight, but not as much as your middle. (chest to thighs)

C. You have an undefined shape with fat all over your body

Viewing yourself from the front, which best describes your general shape?

A. Both your upper and lower body are square, thick and strong

B. You are small- boned and long-limbed

C. You are childish-looking without much definition anywhere

Viewing yourself from the side, which best describes your shape?

A. Back slightly swayed, rounded rear end

B. Straight lower back, neck coming forward somewhat, rear end flat or slightly rounded

C. Shoulders quite rounded, head coming forward, rear end small and childish

Viewing yourself from the back, which best describes your shape?

A. Shoulders are strong although not very broad, square looking from shoulders to hips, waist not very defined

B. Shoulders are wider than hips

C. Both shoulders and hips are narrow

Your face is:

A. Square or round

B. Long and thin

C. Delicate. Your head appears large for body size.

Your hands are:

A. Square hands with blunt fingers

B. Long hands with long, tapered fingers

C. Small hands with delicate, tapered fingers

Your skin is:

A. Oily, coarse and ruddy

B. Smooth and even-colored

C. Dry and delicate

Your teeth are:

A. Large, yellowish and strong with few cavities

B. Small, white, weak and prone to cavities

C. Large, especially in the front center

Looking at yourself from the back, which best describes your body?

A. Shoulders are strong but not very broad, your body is square-looking from shoulders to hips, your waist is not well-defined.

B. Your shoulders are wider than your hips

C. Your shoulders are narrower than your hips

Looking at yourself from the side, where do you carry most of your extra weight?

A. In the front in a prominent stomach

B. Both front and back in a spare tire

C. In a rounded, childlike stomach and rounded rear end

Which Foods Do You Crave?
Which Foods Do You Crave? | Source

Part 2: Cravings, Health & Disposition

Which is your principle food craving?

A. Greasy, salty food (cheeseburgers or tacos)

B. Sweets or starches (bread or cookies)

C. Dairy products (milk, ice cream, cheese)

Which would be your greatest temptation at the end of a long, exhausting day?

A. A cheeseburger

B. A sweet roll or cookies

C. An ice cream cone

How many caffeinated drinks in the form of coffee, tea or cola do you drink daily?

A. 3-4 cups

B. 5 or more cups

C. 1-2 cups

If you exercise, why do you do it?

A. Because I´m supposed to

B. So I can eat more

C. To feel an exercise high

Which is your most typical small health problem?

A. Constipation or minor aches and pains

B. Fatigue

C. Colds

Do you have any larger health problems?

A. High blood pressure, hardening of the arteries

B. Ulcers or colitis

C. Chronic allergies

Where is your favorite place to work?

A. A well-run corporation with room for advancement

B. Traveling the world

C. In a serene, comfortable office

If you could have any job your heart desires, which would you choose?

A. Marketing something I am passionate about

B. Creating something useful

C. Designing something people don´t even know they need yet

Which of these jobs would you choose:

A. Production type (salesperson, engineer, executive)

B. Creative type (writer, artist, entrepreneur)

C. Technical type (computer programmer, accountant)

Which best describes your disposition?

A. Friendly, open and practical

B. Lively and changeable

C. Intellectual, detached and idealistic

When you´re at your best you are:

A. Friendly and outgoing

B. Charismatic and funny

C. Happy and full of wonder

When you´re at your worst, you are:

A. Angry

B. Depressed and irritable

C. Withdrawn and obsessed

Which best describes your temper?

A. Slow to get angry but when you do, you stay mad for a long time. You get over it by talking.

B. Impatient, inclined to get depressed when defeated. You get over it by resting.

C. Feel upset after an argument and have a hard time talking about it. Get over it by thinking.

Now add up the points for each letter: A, B, C, D

A= Adrenal type

B= Thyroid type

C= Pituitary type

If you are an adrenal type, click here for your diet program:

Body Types Diet-Adrenal Body Type

If you have a thyroid-driven metabolism, please click here:

Body Types Diet-Thyroid Body Type

If you have a pituitary-driven metabolism, please click here:

Body Types Diet-Pituitary Body Type

What If You're Not Sure?

If after taking the test you're still not sure which is your metabolism, it might be a good idea to re-take the test with the help of a close friend or family member. Also, Dr. Abravanel provides drawings of the different body types in his book that is very helpful in determining your metabolism. Sometimes, just a quick glance at the drawings is enough to break a tie.

Dr. Abravanel's book also provides a phone number you can call to get the help of a body type analyst. If you are serious about finding your body type, take advantage of these aids provided.

Which is Your Body Type?

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In Summary

  • If you crave sweets and caffeine to give you energy, gain weight below the belly button and have up and down energy levels throughout the day, you may be a thyroid type.
  • If you crave greasy or salty foods, are strong and tend to gain weight in your upper body, you may be an adrenal type.
  • If you crave dairy products and tend to gain soft fat all over your body, you may be a pituitary type.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Submit a Comment
  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Imtii, thank you for sharing your personal experience.

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    Imtiaz Ahmed 

    5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

    I am getting really fat. I gained massive weight in 4 months. Its over 20 kg! I am amazed that i could actually gain that weight which I tried very much years ago. This article tips will surely help. And i think your a good expert in that vespawoolf :)

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake, I'm sorry to hear about your husband's illness but glad that he is feleling better and gaining weight back. Thank you for your comment. Enjoy your Sunday!

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    6 years ago from America

    My husband lost so much weight with the cancer he has had they have tried to get him to eat anything he can. He's feeling better and has put weight back on. Our sons could use this information. Voted up

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    AliciaC, the concept is logical and the diet works! Thanks for your comment.

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    Linda Crampton 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This is an interesting quiz, vespawoolf. I've never heard of the Dr. Abravanel's Body Type Diet before, but it sounds like it's worth investigating!

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Parrster, that's a very good idea! Thank you. That will be next weekend's project. : )

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    Richard Parr 

    6 years ago from Australia

    Interesting and useful. well written too. Have you thought of using the quiz or poll widgets to create the questionnaire? They will automatically tally the results and the poll widget will present results in a graph.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    FlourishAnyway, thanks for your nice comment.

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    6 years ago from USA

    My husband is a marathoner/triathlete but I know a lot of other men who are portly and out of shape. They could use this advice to get rid of their couch potato physique. You're doing a public service.

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    JackieLynnley, thanks for your loyal support and funny comment. : )

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    6 years ago from the beautiful south

    I know a couple of men who could use this diet! lol Does sound like a great. precise plan! ^

  • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

    Vespa Woolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ericdierker, the diet isn't just for the way you look. It makes you feel better, too!

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    Eric Dierker 

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

    I am no model but okay. Great stuff


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