here is some interesting info from dr berg on different body shapes and why people put on weight where they do:
About BRT And Body Shapes
In BRT, we attempt to understand WHY a person holds on to weight in different places as compared to others. The question be asked, what imbalance is creating these distortions? Obesity is no doubt the number one problem Americans face today. The average person going to the book store or searching web sites trying to find correct answers usually is left with more confusion and further away from discovering the truth about losing weight. The first thing and most important thing to know about metabolism is that your weight problem is NOT the problem. It is a symptom or an effect of something else. The next thing you know someone will be starting "win the war against obesity". That would be the wrong target. You would get nowhere fast.
Have you noticed that some people hold weight in the stomach and yet other carry weight in the hips and thighs and other people carry weight more evenly through the body? Why is this? In the BRT program, we use three powerful tools to help people - the BRT technique, diet and exercise.
Let's first discuss diet. There is no way you can put EVERYONE on one diet and expect to get the maximum success. WHY? Because each type of weight case is different. And since weight is a symptom, would it not make more sense to design a diet program based on that person's imbalance internally? In our program, we use more of a tailor-made food plan to give the person maximum chance for improvement. For example; right now the high protein diet is very popular. However if you put someone with a liver weakness on this diet, they could feel worse because the liver can't not handle pure proteins, especially cooked. On the other hand if you recommend more carbohydrates to someone who has a glandular imbalance (diagnosed by a medical doctor), they could also be very unsuccessful.
Each person needs to be evaluated individually for what he/she needs. A shot gun approach to losing weight will only lead to failure and lots of effort. The truth is it should not take lots of hard work and effort to lose weight IF you are getting to the right cause. In the BRT program, we take a different approach. We try to understand how your body is responding to food and why it's in slow mode. We want to know why you are carrying weight in one place versus another. We don't attack the fat or the weight directly but want to understand what your body is doing. What foods will support the underlying mechanism of your weight gain?
Now what about exercise? There is a single common error people make when attempting to lose weight. In fact, this mistake has caused people to spend a tremendous amount of wasted time and effort all in vain. In our BRT program, we educate you on the two ways the body makes energy as it relates to weight loss. We want you to fully understand what FAT really is and the exact mechanics of how you burn fat versus sugar. Many people mistakenly burn sugar instead of fat. So instead of giving you another program, we give you a greater understanding of the principles of how the body works with regard to metabolism. Unless you understand this, you will be dependant on the next new diet fad. It actually very simple. You will learn how to use exercise to your advantage to maximize weight loss. If you don't know these key principles, you could unfortunately spend lots of wasted effort with minimal results.