Body Types


Teresa Tapp has an excellent classification for body types. When I read this, it was a true ‘a-ha’ moment. No longer was I going to fret about my shape and my energy was then better directed at something I could change. Like my fitness.

Fat distribution falls according to body type and it is impossible for us to look like another. According to Teresa, models are combos so with that information those of us who are not can stop trying to look like Giselle or Heidi. It just ain’t going to happen. Read on, and the scales will drop from your eyes…

This information was taken from the T-Tapp website. More information can be found on the Total Workout DVD.


  • Distance from “last” rib to top of hip bone (iliac crest) is 4” or greater
  • Length from knee to ankle is less than the length from knee to hip
  • Battle saddle bags (even when thin)
  • Generally maintains a “flat” lower tummy.
  • Tendency toward “bubble” butt (that seems to hang low)


  • Distance from “last” rib to top of hip bone (iliac crest) is 2” or less
  • Length from knee to ankle is greater than (or can be equal to) the length of knee to hip
  • Does not tend to have saddle bags, but can tend to gain on inner thigh.
  • Has difficulty maintaining a “flat” lower tummy
  • Generally has a “flat” butt


  • Distance from “last” rib to top of hip bone (iliac crest) is 2 – 2 1/2” to 4”
  • Length of knee to ankle is equal to the length of knee to hip (KTA could also be slightly less that KTH)
  • Tends to put on saddle bags AND inner thighs
  • Can obtain a flat lower tummy, but not as easy as LT/SL AND even when the lower tummy is flat, tends to have a small roll of fat right below the belly button.
  • Tendency towards a “full,” “round” to “bubble” butt.
  • COMBO’S are known as “butt and gut.” Combos tend to “bubble up” in the butt, and in the gut when putting on weight. Combos will combine the ill effects of both the LT/SL and ST/LG when putting on weight, meaning combos can put on saddle bags, inner thighs, bubble butt and gut. Combos can also have what is known as a “third butt”, meaning where the back of your thigh meets the bun, there is often a “small bun” (not literally, but in appearance) before the main one (it’s kind of hard to describe).
  • A COMBO body can be a “perfect” combo (guidelines above) or can be a combo leading toward LT, or a combo leading towards ST. If the distance between your rib to hip bone is closer to 4” and the length of your KTA is less than the length of your KTH, you could be a combo with LT tendencies. If the distance between your rib to hip bone is closer to 2”, and your KTA length is greater than your KTH length, you could be a combo with ST tendencies.

Check out the T-Tapp website and store to find out more!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalie Mootz December 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Hi Alison, I’ve been meaning to ask — if it’s not too private — what kind of body type are you? I’m a long torso/short leg.


Alison Golden December 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Me, too. How’s it going, Natalie?


Sara September 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Ok, I listened to her description of all this but I don’t get why or what you do to help these types. I get that I am probably a combo but what does it mean I should do about it. I started trying to do video…I’m slow learner! I ate perfectly and added 8-10,000 steps each day… UGH, scale was not good to me. I dont know why I get excited thinking I am doing so good…what a let down again this week. I keep reading how this way of eating will help you lose weight and feel better. I feel so tired and am not losing weight! Frustrating but has to get better doesn’t it?!


Alison Golden September 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm


Did you measure? If not, you should do it now. If you do T-Tapp, you will be building muscle and while you should get smaller, your weight may change barely at all and might even go up. So the scales become an inaccurate reflection of your progress and may well get in the way by depressing you. By measuring every week or longer, you should see loss of inches and that is much more valuable than a number on the scale. What did DVD did you get?

Have you had your thyroid checked? Tiredness and not losing weight no matter what can be caused by thyroid problems. Often thyroid problems don’t always show up in tests either so I’d research that to see if what you’re experiencing pertains to thyroid issues.


Sara September 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I didn’t measure but will do that tonight! Yes, I did have dr test my thyroid. Dr said it’s within range. However, my Chiro says it’s pretty high. I do a Zyto scan once a month at Chiro office. Shows very high inflammation and a lot of other things out of whack but nothing seems to help. so far all it does is cost a lot of money. I hoped eating Paleo would help get me doing better but here I am In third month and no changes. Is there something you know of that would help thyroid and tiredness?


Alison Golden September 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I think I would do several things. I would research thyroid issues even though your doctor says it isn’t an issue. Like I said, many thyroid issues are sub-clinical. Teresa Tapp has a program and partner that specializes in thyroid issues.

Having a body out of whack like you mention suggests you have something chronic going-on so you’re not at the bottom of it yet by the sounds. It is like peeling an onion and becomes a process of elimination to find out the root cause.

Keep going with the food even if you don’t lose any weight/get smaller because if your body is dealing with crap, it doesn’t have anything left over to deal with what is causing your issue if it is something besides your food. We all have bugs/bacteria and other goings on, our bodies can often deal with them if they are not overloaded doing other work like eliminating toxins.

So measure, keep on with the food, research thyroid and any other symptoms you are having. See what MDA says about thyroid.

T-Tapp may well help get your body in alignment to enable your lymphatic system and get down inflammation as well as strengthen you and make you smaller so do that gently but remember that too much stress/exercise may raise cortisol and cause you to hold on to fat so ‘less is more.’ TT and MDA both talk about healing from the inside out and it takes time to see results but I understand it must be frustrating for you.


Sara September 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm

MDA? Oh, I’m sticking with it and yes, trying many supplements and trying many things. Just not finding a fix yet. I have been taking Veema for 2 months. I thought that was going to be the one because I saw great changes but just like everything after a few weeks my body adjusted and right back to miserable. It’s crazy! I am off to see what TT says about thyroid! I have thought for years my thyroid is off! Thanks so much again for your thoughts and suggestions!


Alison Golden September 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Marks Daily Apple.


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