The Adrenal Body Type

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 in Health Optimization

When your body can’t handle stress, it creates an increase of the hormone, cortisol. The nature of Cortisol is to help you survive and handle stress. Excess cortisol causes belly fat because “Fat” to the body, is “potential energy.” Belly fat accumulates as energy “reserves”. Your body works in this cycle: the more stress, the more cortisol, the more energy reserves. This results in more fat storage. You have the most challenging body type because of this imbalance.

adrenal body type


Whether you realize it or not, you are in a constant state of stress. You are very active mentally – always thinking and solving problems. You can’t stop thinking. You have dark circles under your eyes. You crave chocolate, energy drinks and salt; which is a sign of your blood sugar issues. You may find yourself eating six times a day just to stabilize your sugar levels. As your body progresses; you will develop a sagging stomach. Your face becomes round, you develop a double chin, and start storing fat in other places like the back. You have inflammation and swollen ankles or hands and get stiffness and pain in your the hamstrings. In stage 3, your muscle proteins begin to break down in your legs, which causes them to have tremendous difficulty climbing stairs. As The Adrenal Body Type progresses, they feel overwhelmed. Arthritis and pains in the heel of the foot and lower back become chronic and they might get twitching under the left eye.


Following a low calorie diet with exercise makes the Adrenal Type worse because you are adding MORE stress into an already stressed-out body. Adrenal types often develop an addiction to stimulants, like energy drinks and caffeine. These are triggers for more fat storage.


One of the main problems of the Adrenal body type is dealing with cravings and restless sleep. The Adrenal type is in an overstressed state and starved for natural energy. Their metabolism has been damaged over time and their overall hormone functions are not in balance. The key to increasing the body’s natural energy supply is ensuring this body type is getting the essential nutrition it needs so it doesn’t feel “starved”. Since “fat” is seen in the body as “potential energy”, the less energy the body can extract from healthy hormone functions, the more it craves “other” energy sources (because it is in survival mode). The Adrenal type many not have a tendency to over-eat as often as other types but it has a very difficult time losing weight due to the gross imbalance of glands that can also affect the ovaries, liver, and thyroid. Insufficient sleep combined with “constant thinking” or “stress” leaves the Adrenal type in worsened condition. Not only do their energy levels plunge, but their body begins to accumulate even more toxic fat cells, stored as spongy tissue under the skin. Removing toxins and repairing the adrenal gland health is essential to get this body type to state where they can get results, and keep them.

adrenal glands

Adrenal Body Type Symptoms

  • Pendulous abdomen (sagging and hanging)
  • Midsection weight
  • Buffalo hump (fat pad) at the upper back, lower neck area
  • Thinner legs and arms
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
  • Need for midafternoon naps
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety (worry); frequent feelings of stress
  • Can’t tolerate stress
  • Thinning skin
  • Acne or poor skin
  • May have white or discolored patches on skin
  • Reddish purple stretch marks on the stomach, thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts
  • Red cheeks
  • Round or moon face
  • Puffy face and eyes
  • Dark circles around eyes
  • Double chin
  • Facial hair
  • Full eyebrows
  • Receding hairline
  • Deeper voice
  • Sparse hair on forearms and lower legs
  • Atrophy of breasts
  • Tightness in chest, or chest pains
  • High blood pressure
  • Lax ligaments—weak ankles and knees
  • Weak or brittle bones (due to a loss of calcium and protein)
  • Difficulty absorbing calcium
  • Needs coffee to wake up
  • Salt, cheese, chocolate and sugar cravings, late afternoon and evening
  • Inflammation or pain in joints, back, neck
  • Heel spurs
  • Overreactive immune system—allergies, chemical sensitivities
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • Increased susceptibility to viruses
  • Dehydrated (intracellular) despite amount of water drunk
  • Fluid retention in between cells
  • Pitting edema (especially in ankles)
  • Gets out of breath when climbing stairs
  • Legs feel heavy, especially when exercising
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Brain fog or dullness
  • Ringing in ears
  • Low sex drive

NOTE:  Consult with your physician before making any changes in diet or supplementation.