After spending years searching for "perfect health" and following many different diets, I still felt there were gaping holes in my dietary program. I'm a Nervous System body type. Dr. Mein's system provided me with a practical day-to-day meal schedule I could follow.
- Barbara S. - Health Clinic Personnel
Weight has been a problem all my life. I even gained weight just eating salad. In six months on Dr. Mein's program, I lost 40 pounds. Not once during this time did I feel I was starving. As a Pancreas body type, I learned to eat at the right times, rotate my foods and include variety in my diet.
- Darlene S. - San Diego, CA
My career as a traveling musician was shortened by severe digestive problems and a lack of energy. After being unable to work for two years, Dr. Mein determined the antibiotics I had been taking liberally while on the road had destroyed my intestinal flora. Her treatments got me back up and running.
- Jason - Los Angeles, CA
The Body Type Diet
Most body type diets have only 3 or 4 body types, and consider people to be a combination of them, which can be confusing.
That's because there are actually 25 distinct body types with unique diets.
Women's Body Type Test
Men's Body Type Test
Discover your body type to:
Lose, Gain, or Maintain Your Ideal Weight
Achieve Your Ideal Body Shape
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An entire health care system that is unique, comprehensive, and practical.
David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., Author of Power Versus Force
Adrenal body types have a strong, stocky appearance; solid, heavy musculature; shoulders broader than hips; wide, grounded stance; and medium to large bone structure. Height can range from short to tall. Can easily build muscle mass and definition; also easily gain weight. Weight gain begins in abdomen and thighs, secondary weight gain is all over entire body.
The Adrenal Body Type
Meals - Breakfast is best light, even with just a piece of fruit or a vegetable juice, but don't skip it. If you are in the process of rebuilding your adrenal glands, add protein like fish or fowl. Limit beef to once a month or less. Your largest meal may be at lunch or dinner.
Celebrities with Adrenal body type: Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Arnold Swartzenegger, Bruce Willis, Serena Williams, Jon Favreau, Channing Tatum, Ronda Rousey, Kanye West, Pink, Jay Mohr, Katie Ledecky, Grant Cardone, Garth Brooks, Simon Cowell
Balanced body types often have either long legs with short torsos, or short legs with long torsos; shoulders even with or slightly wider than hips; medium bone structure; and average musculature. Height usually medium, but can vary from short to tall. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen (men) and upper thighs (women).
The Balanced Body Type
Meals - Breakfast, emphasize carbohydrates, with moderate fat, like grain and/or fruit, vegetables, dairy, nuts and/or seeds. Lunch, emphasize protein. Dinner, emphasize grain and vegetables. Avoid fruit for either lunch or dinner, depending on personal sensitivity.
Celebrities with Balanced body type: Alicia Keys, Jessica Biel, Ryan Seacrest, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bradley Cooper, Katy Perry, Bill Clinton, Deepak Chopra, Chelsea Handler, Jamie Foxx, Fred Astaire, Tina Turner, Liberace, John F. Kennedy, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Trudeau, Jessica Simpson
Blood body types typically have medium height and musculature, and expressive, receptive eyes. Muscle definition is difficult to attain, especially in torso. Men usually have high forehead and early thinning of hair. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen, sometimes as rolls, and upper legs.
The Blood Body Type
Meals - Lunch, emphasize protein, such as chicken breast with vegetables. Will experience fatigue when don't get enough protein. Dinner, emphasize carbohydrates, such as pasta, noodles or rice and fish or vegetables, such as tomatoes, zucchini, carrots or cauliflower. May include fruit for breakfast, but not lunch or dinner.
Celebrities with Blood body type: Roma Downey, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicholson, Phylicia Rashad, Roma Downey
Brain body types have a dominant forehead and commanding eyes; shoulders broader than hips; small to medium bone structure; and solid musculature in torso. Large breasts (women) and frontal hair loss pattern (men). Torso musculature definition easy to attain. Weight gain begins over entire abdomen (men) or breasts, hips and lower abdomen (women).
The Brain Body Type
Meals - Make lunch your largest meal. Avoid protein before 11 AM. Smaller meals are supportive. Organic tofu and legumes are excellent protein sources. Vegetarian diets are supportive when healthy.
Celebrities with Brain body type: Meryl Streep, Edward Norton, Jerry Seinfeld, Andre Agassi, Uma Thurman, Sting, Jeff Bezos, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and Charlize Theron
Eye body types have dominant eyes; small to average bone structure; narrow shoulders compared to hips; and thin calves. Have difficulty gaining weight. Women have characteristic protrusion on upper outer thighs. Men have layer of fat in upper body, making torso muscular definition difficult. Weight gain begins with lower abdomen and upper thighs (women), or entire waist (men).
The Eye Body Type
Diet - Focus on foods high in good fats and adequate dense protein, like fish and shellfish. Include foods high in Vitamin A like carrots, kelp, sweet potatoes, spinach and yams.
Celebrities with Eye body type: Tina Fey, Will Smith, Calista Flockhart, Patrick Stewart, Jessica Tandy, Keira Knightly, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lawrence, Heidi Klum, Rachel McAdams
Gallbladder body types are short to average height, with medium to large bone structure, presenting a strong, stocky appearance. Shoulders even with hips or slightly wider. Often have small, deep-set eyes. Torso muscle definition difficult to attain. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen, upper hips and breasts (women), or as soft rolls around waist (men).
The Gallbladder Body Type
Diet - High in good fats. Best sources are avocados, olive oil, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and butter. Fats are necessary to digest raw vegetables, especially salads.
Celebrities with Gallbladder body type: Bea Arthur, Maureen Stapleton, Jack Klugman and Harvey Korman.
Gonadal body types are generally well-proportioned and attractive with delicate features. Swayed back with prominent buttocks. Average to tall, with medium bone structure; narrow shoulders; thin to average calves. Women have hourglass figure with well-defined waist. May have difficulty gaining weight, and attaining muscular definition in torso. Weight gain begins in buttocks, lower hips and thighs (women), or as solid thickening of waist (men).
The Gonadal Body Type
Dietary emphasis - Cottage cheese, fish, turkey, brown rice, tomatoes, yams, avocados, coconut oil and olive oil. Avoid peanut butter, russet potatoes, casaba and honeydew melons, and orange juice.
Celebrities with Gonadal body type: Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Marilyn Monroe, Al Pacino, Jennifer Lopez, Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Scarlett Johansson, Eminem, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling, Justin Bieber, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez
Heart body types generally have a teddy bear appearance with a soft appearance and full or round face. A soft layer covers muscle, hiding any musclular definition. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen, thighs and upper hips (women), or entire abdomen and back (men).
The Heart Body Type
Meals - Heaviest meal is best at lunch with fruit as a dessert, because it helps with digestion and eliminates cravings for sweets. For dinner, wait 1 hour before eating fruit or sweets. When your body is stressed, avoid fruit for lunch and make dinner your heaviest meal.
Celebrities with Heart body type: Katie Couric, Rick Warren, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Mae West, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran
Hypothalamus body types can be very tall (often basketball players), sometimes making the head appear small, often have long arms, and may have difficulty gaining weight (or losing). Weight gain begins in lower abdomen and upper thighs (women), or entire abdomen and waist (men).
The Hypothalamus Body Type
Foods - Emphasize cheese, nuts, seeds, and vegetables at lunch. Raw vegetables are best at lunch; cooked vegetables at dinner. Broccoli, zucchini and yellow squash should always be eaten raw. Eat more raw than cooked vegetables.
Celebrities with Hypothalamus body type: Christopher Reeve, Meg Ryan, Meredith Baxter-Birney, Tony Robbins, Meg Whitman, Tom Brady, Ben Affleck, Vince Vaughn, Shaquille O'Neal, Prince William, Steve Harvey, Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, Dennis Rodman, Samuel L. Jackson
Intestinal body types have a solid body covered with a soft layer that covers muscle, hiding muscular definition. Prone to "double chin". Weight gain begins in entire abdomen and upper legs (women), or entire abdomen including rolls (men).
The Intestinal Body Type
Foods - Emphasize squash, legumes and foods in combinations, as in casseroles. Avoid breads as they contain yeast, eat whole grains instead. Rotate foods and food combinations. Insufficient protein results in sugar cravings and hunger.
Celebrities with Intestinal body type: Martha Stewart, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Cybill Shepherd, Matthew Perry, Suzanne Somers, Angela Merkel, Winston Churchill, Amy Schumer, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan
Kidney body types are often strong and athletic with broad shoulders, muscular thighs and a swimmer's build. Easily attain muscular definition, and may have difficulty gaining weight. Weight gain begins in buttocks and upper thighs (women), or as solid thickening around waist (men). Women prone to cellulite development.
The Kidney Body Type
Foods - Emphasize bananas and vegetables, especially tomatoes, broccoli, green beans and spinach. Salsa and other spicy foods stimulate the lymphatics. Include tomato, salsa or catsup with eggs. Olive oil builds the immune system.
Celebrities with Kidney body type: Alanis Morissette, Brad Pitt, Kathy Rigby, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Mary Lou Retton, Shawn Johnson
Liver body types are strong and solid with a sturdy appearance. Legs usually slender and defined. Weight gain begins in abdomen, waist and entire back (women and men), while legs and thighs gain little or no weight.
The Liver Body Type
Dietary emphasis - Foods are best assimilated when eaten in combinations. Home-style foods, like meat and potatoes, prepared with gravies and sauces are supportive. Include variety and rotation. Garlic supports the immune system.
Celebrities with Liver body type: Princess Diana, John Bradshaw, Bette Midler, Alec Baldwin, Dave Grohl
Lung body types have a straight torso with broad shoulders, and can attain muscular definition with exercise. Medium bone structure. Weight gain begins in waist and upper hips (women and men), with little or no gain in thighs or abdomen.
The Lung Body Type
Foods - Best fat sources include olive oil, macadamia and pine nuts, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds. Milk aggravates the lungs. Peppermint tea aids digestion and assimilation.
Celebrities with Lung body type: Cameron Diaz, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, John Denver, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Chrissy Tiegan, Mel Gibson, John McEnroe, David Spade, Gary Young
Lymph body types are generally well-proportioned with attractive face and body. May have difficulty gaining weight. Prominent buttocks, good musculature, easy to attain muscular definition. Broad shoulders, usually athletically-oriented. Weight gain begins in upper thighs (women), or waist excluding abdomen (men).
The Lymph Body Type
Foods – Lymph body types are particularly sensitive to chemicals, so you'll feel best when choosing organic, chemical-free meats, fruits and vegetables
Celebrities with Lymph body type: Jada Pinkett Smith, Dwayne Johnson, Tom Cruise, Heather Locklear, Jane Fonda, Mikhail Baryshnikov, David Beckham, Lindsey Vonn, Bob Harper, Sean Connery, Hugh Jackman
Medulla body types have a low forehead with heavy eyebrows. May have difficulty gaining weight. Average, proportionate torso. Able to attain moderate muscular definition with exercise; requires sustained exercise to lose weight. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen, upper thighs and back (women), or as soft thickening of waist excluding abdomen (men). Men generally have full head of hair with minimal hair loss.
The Medulla Body Type
Meals - The Medulla body type has a unique system, where eating a vegetable, even a few bites, for breakfast before eating any other food activates the digestive system and enhances assimilation. Lunch an be heavy and eaten between 10:30am and 3:00pm. Dinner is best with vegetables, legumes, and/or grains, but no protein or fruit. Protein can be eaten again after 9:00pm.
Celebrities with Medulla body type: Frida Kahlo, Dr. Oz, Jane Seymour, Madonna, Ronald Reagan, George Clooney, Leonardo Dicaprio, Tommy Lee Jones, Stephen King
Nervous system body types are strong and solid, with long limbs and slender thighs and calves. High energy and stamina with square or firm jaw. Shoulders even with hips. May have difficulty gaining weight. Able to attain muscle definition in torso. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen, upper thighs and back or may be all over (women), or in waist excluding abdomen (men). Minimal hair loss in men.
The Nervous System Body Type
Meals - best with a heavy breakfast with protein, like a typical dinner. Eat raw vegetables for lunch and cooked or steamed vegetables for dinner; reverse this order if your body is extremely stressed. Avoid fruit for dinner.
Celebrities with Nervous System body type: Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Phelps, Jim Carrey, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Don Knotts, Michael Jordan, Snoop Dogg, Van Jones
Pancreas body types are prone to significant weight gain, and may struggle to lose the weight. Present a generally rounded appearance, often with narrow shoulders. Weight gain for women begins in lower abdomen, upper hips and thighs, waist and back as firm (not flabby) rolls; for men, begins as soft thickening around waist and torso, spreading to chest.
The Pancreas Body Type
Dietary emphasis - focus on VARIETY and ROTATION. The tendency is to eat the same foods 3-4 days in a row. The problem is that frequently eating the same food depletes pancreatic enzymes. While a 4-day rotation is ideal, a 2-day rotation works, when the same food is eaten at a different meal.
Celebrities with Pancreas body type: Melissa McCarthy, Al Roker, Roseanne Barr, Rosie ODonnell, Dom DeLuise, John Goodman, Rachel Ray
Pineal body types have smaller heads compared to body; and small to medium bone structure. Have difficulty gaining weight - may be chronically "underweight". Women have defined waist, and either long waist with small breasts or short waist with large breasts. Moderate ability to gain muscle definition in torso. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen, buttocks and upper thighs (women), or as waist thickening excluding abdomen (men).
The Pineal Body Type
Meals - make lunch your largest meal with emphasis on protein. Dinner ideally, is light and early, between 5 and 7pm with vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, grains, and/or dairy. Frequent small meals with snacks are best.
Celebrities with Pineal body type: Ron Howard, Barbara DeAngelis, Louise Hay, Barack Obama, Don Cheadle, Gisele DeAngelis, Tyra Banks
Pituitary body types have large heads in proportion to their bodies. They have high, wide foreheads, and often retain baby fat all over throughout life. Medium to large bone structure. Tend to gain weight evenly as soft rolls over entire body, including hands and feet.
The Pituitary Body Type
Dietary emphasis - Heavy breakfast with emphasis on protein - either from concentrated plant sources such as red algae, hemp hearts, nuts, seeds, bee pollen, or animal protein prepared with as little fat as possible (beef, organ meats, chicken, fish). Protein at breakfast supplies more energy and decreases appetite later in day; too little protein creates a craving for sweets later on.
Celebrities with Pituitary body type: Jimmy Fallon, Sai Baba, John Gray, Lainie Kazan, Aretha Franklin, Albert Einstein, Michael Moore, Will Ferrell, Steve Wozniak
Skin body types have a round face, and are prone to excess weight, especially later in life. Square, flat upper back and straight torso; medium to large bone structure. Difficult to attain muscular definition in torso. Weight gain for women begins in lower abdomen, hips, back, face and upper thighs. Men carry most weight in front torso, including chest, as soft rolls.
The Skin Body Type
Dietary emphasis - Focus on vegetables and simple combinations, like vegetables and protein, or vegetables and grains, rather than protein and grains, like sandwiches. Eat fruit- except for dinner and mid-afternoon snack - instead of refined cane sugar, as it causes muscle degeneration.
Celebrities with Skin body type: Queen Latifah, Kevin James, Luciano Pavarotti, Camryn Manheim, Sidney Poitier, Della Reese, Selena Gomez, Adele, Drew Barrymore, James Van Praagh
Spleen body types have solid bodies with muscular or large legs. Medium to large bone structure, generally narrow shoulders, prominent rounded buttocks. Women have well defined waist. Men have thick torso with abdominal paunch, making torso muscular definition difficult. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen, upper thighs, waist and back (women), and waist and abdomen (men).
The Spleen Body Type
Meals - Make lunch your largest meal, and have a light, early 5-6pm dinner. Breakfast is light-to-moderate. You may have coffee with grain twice a week.
Celebrities with Spleen body type: Jack LaLanne, Drew Carey, Christina Onassis, Maria Callas, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, Steve Ballmer, Quentin Tarantino
Stomach body types have strong, solid bodies with high stamina, and often slender legs. Strong, square jaw, often with thin lips. Men able to attain torso muscle definition, and prone to grey hair early. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen, waist, upper hips and thighs, and back (women), or abdomen and waist (men).
The Stomach Body Type
Dietary emphasis - Focus on protein and vegetables. Salads are best at dinner, before or with the main course.
Celebrities with Stomach body type: Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Richard Burton, Julia Roberts, Jillian Michaels, Vince Lombardi, Mark Wahlberg, Condoleeza Rice, Carrie Underwood, Vladimir Putin, Steve Wynn, Chuck Norris, Kevin Spacey, Michelle Obama, Kevin Costner, Melania Trump, Keifer Sutherland, Britney Spears, Bono, Mahatma Ghandi, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Paula Abdul, Anthony Hopkins, Jay Leno, John Wayne
Thalamus body types have a slender, delicate appearance, with slender legs and a high, wide forehead. May have difficulty gaining weight. Abdominal musculature follows a continuous arc. Shoulders relatively even with hips. Women have defined waist. Men can attain moderate muscle definition with exercise. Weight gain begins with lower abdomen and upper thighs (women), or waist or abdomen (men).
The Thalamus Body Type
Foods - Focus on seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, caraway, sesame), nuts (except almonds), beans, dense protein (chicken, turkey, beef, eggs and fish) and vegetables. Eat more cooked than raw vegetables.
Celebrities with Thalamus body type: Taylor Swift, Mark Zuckerberg, Prince Charles, Nicole Kidman, Helen Hunt, Patrick Swayze, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Anniston, Natalie Portman
Thymus body types are tall to very tall with long limbs and long, straight torso. Face may appear relatively slender or small. Generally enjoy stable weight pattern throughout life. May have difficulty gaining weight. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen, waist, and sometimes hips or thighs (women), or as waist thickening excluding abdomen (men).
The Thymus Body Type
Dietary emphasis - Ideally protein for breakfast and lunch. but if unable to do so, may consume the bulk of protein at dinner. May eat 4 eggs per day, 7 days per week.
Celebrities with Thymus body type: Clint Eastwood, Sharon Stone, Jerry Hall, George H.W. Bush, James Cameron, Omarosa Manigault
Thyroid body types have well proportioned bodies, often with a delicate appearance. Small to medium bone structure. Women have defined waist and shapely, muscular legs. Men able to attain torso muscular definition. Weight gain begins in lower abdomen, waist, hips, upper thighs and back (women), or lower abdomen and waist (men).
The Thyroid Body Type
Dietary emphasis - Focus on protein, including nuts - especially almonds - and vegetables. Beets and/or beet greens cleanse the liver and stimulate bowel function. Asparagus aids the liver. Consume more cooked than raw vegetables.
Celebrities with Thyroid body type: J.K. Rowling, Matthew McConaughey, Richard Chamberlain, Katharine Hepburn, Leonard Nimoy, Hillary Rodham-Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Adam Levine, Ashton Kutcher, Russell Brand, Johnny Depp, Shaun White, Chris Martin