20 February, 2019 Physician Victoria Tan

Diet for the 3 Body Types Prone to Weight Gain

A personalised diet plan usually involves a lot of experimenting through trial-and-error. The greater challenge is to achieve a diet that you can sustain in the long term with foods that you can enjoy and most conveniently obtain.

There are certain categories of food that you can fuel your body with for correction and regulation of the body systems, depending on your body type and metabolism.

There are three main body types associated with obesity. Although you may NOT be overweight, there are a group of us who experience sluggishness, fatigue and suboptimal health conditions and may be interested in resetting your metabolism with diets that suit your body type.

Most of the time, the way our body metabolises the food we eat and the response of the system is influenced by one dominant gland.

 

DAMPNESS
痰湿体质

Physical Observation

Weight gain around the waist

Other Observations

Fatigue, distension, easily cold limbs

Cravings

Sweets, starches, caffeine

Diet Guide

Plenty of protein (e.g. chicken, fish, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese), leafy vegetables, complex carbohydrates (e.g. brown rice, whole wheat, rye, millet, quinoa, sweet potatoes)

Avoid

Simple carbohydrates (e.g. white rice, white bread, pasta), sweets, sweet fruits (e.g. grapes, mangoes)

Snack Options

Protein (e.g. hard-boiled eggs, almonds)

 

STAGNATION OF ‘QI’
气滞体质

Physical Observation

Weight gain on upper body

Other Observations

Easily irritable, predisposed to hypertension, more sensitive to stressors

Cravings

Greasy, sour and salty foods, alcohol, red meat

Diet Guide

Light meals all day – steamed food, chicken, fish, fresh vegetables, whole grains, fruits, non-fat dairy, legumes, minimal caffeine and sugar

Avoid

Red meat, high-fat foods, alcohol, salty foods, shellfish

Snack Options

Mineral water, parsley tea, vegetable soup

 

SPLEEN & KIDNEY DEFICIENCY
脾肾虚体质

Physical Observation

Weight gain all around

Other Observations

Tired at night, weaker immunity, joint pain, lower sex drive, difficulty digesting at night

Cravings

Dairy, creamy foods

Diet Guide

Heavy breakfast, moderate lunch, light dinner – Animal proteins (e.g. beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, fish, pork, shellfish), plenty of vegetables, whole grains in moderation, fruits in moderation

Avoid

Dairy, sugar, caffeine, having supper

Snack Options

Cooked meat

*If you´ve had cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, you must base the observations according to what you looked like before surgery.


The diet guide serves to provide information to the foods your body adapt better to, and what foods to eat more of to nourish the body and avoid overstimulation of the wrong metabolic system.

Every individual is unique and you may even have 2 dominant imbalances. It is often best to consult your physician to determine your body type more accurately and ascertain a diet plan that is most suitable for your needs.

After the metabolism has been reset, it is recommended to reintroduce foods in moderation to your diet to maintain a balanced diet.

Article by Physician Victoria Tan

Note: Information provided is not a substitute for a physician or any form of medical care. Individual symptoms differ due to different body constitutions and diagnosis. One should consult a licensed TCM practitioner for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

About the Author

Physician Victoria Tan Physician Victoria Tan is a registered TCM practitioner in PULSE. She graduated with a First-Class Honours in B.Sc. in Biomedical Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Nanyang Technological University and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

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