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Hunter-Farmer Weight Solution on PBS - What do you think?

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Hunter-Farmer Weight Solution on PBS - What do you think?

ninrn | Aug 27, 2013 03:23 PM

Saw a pledge week special on PBS -- a doctor, Mark Liponis, who is or was the medical director at the Canyon Ranch Spa in the Berkshires, presented his theory on two basic metabolic types: The Hunter and The Farmer. I guess it was another somewhat simplistic "eat right for your type" approach, but there was a good amount of interesting data in his talk regarding birth weight and diabetes, stress hormone levels, blood glucose shifts in either type, etc.

The basic premise is that one type of person, The Hunter type, is born with lower birth weight and higher cortisol levels, tends to store fat around the organs (visceral fat) and to develop diabetes, and is better off on a low carbohydrate diet rich in fat and protein, with one or two large meals a day and maybe even intermittent fasting. The other type, The Farmer, tends to hold fat all over the body and under the skin (subcutaneous fat), tends toward hypoglycemia, and does best on a "grazing" type of diet with many, small, carb-based meals during the day.

Has anyone read anything by Dr. Liponis and/or tried his approach? My sister and I felt ourselves to be mixtures of the two types, something Liponis seems to suggest is not really possible -- you're either one or the other. And while I liked that he doesn't prescribe a single regimen for everyone, I felt he completely ignored the fact that many people, especially women, suffer from severe hormonal issues, often exacerbated by endocrine disruptors in our environment, and that this might, at the very least, make it harder to determine your type.

Anyway, I'd be interested to know any thoughts people here have on this way of approaching health and weight loss.

Thanks very much, Ninrn

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