According to the Body Type system, founded by Dr. Eliot Abravanel, the term "adrenal body type" refers to those people whose metabolic system is dominated by the adrenal glands and the hormones they produce. Adrenal body types have both physical and internal characteristics that can make losing weight nothing short of a challenge 1.

The Effect of the Adrenal Glands on Weight Loss

The adrenal glands, located just above the kidneys, are best known for their stress hormone secretions. Over 30 hormones are produced and secreted by the kidneys. Among them is cortisol, a hormone that is known to promote the retention of fat in the abdominal region. It is the over-production of cortisol and the other hormones produced by the adrenals that contribute to the adrenal body type's difficulty losing weight.

Exercises for the Adrenal Body

Broad shoulders and strong legs are characteristic features of someone with an adrenal body type. Unfortunately, another characteristic may be a heavy midsection. The tummy can be one of the most difficult areas to lose inches from, but by engaging in high intensity cardiovascular exercise, adrenal body types can burn calories that are stored in abdominal fat. Performing abdominal exercises, such as crunches and leg lifts, will also help to tone up a flabby midsection.

Nutrition for Hormonal Balance

Adrenal body types tend to crave fatty and salty foods due to the fact that these foods provide the most stimulation to the adrenal glands. When too much of these types of foods are consumed, the adrenals can become overstimulated, which can lead to weight gain. To combat this, adrenal body types should consume foods that are low in salt and fat, such as fresh fruit, low fat dairy products and whole grain carbohydrates.

Relieving Stress

Due to the fact that the adrenal glands are responsible for secreting stress hormones, adrenal body types are typically more susceptible to the effects of stress compared to other body types. Such effects may include sleep deprivation, depression and increase in appetite. To prevent against the negative effects of stress on the body, adrenal body types should engage in stress relieving activities such as meditation, yoga and deep breathing exercises.