If you’re a woman, you’ve most likely had your fair share of struggles with weight. We already have the human body broadly categorized into 4: Pear, Apple, Hourglass and Inverted Pyramid.
Understanding your body type will help you know what to eat, to keep a lean figure and be healthy.
If you’re pear-shaped, you most likely tend to gain weight around your hip and thigh area and have a small pouch in your lower abdomen. Yet, your upper body is smaller. There is a high possibility that people with this body type have high levels of the hormone estrogen. They should, therefore, eat foods that help flush out estrogen, and eliminate foods that mimic the hormone.
If you’re pear-shaped, incorporate high fiber fruits and veggies into your diet. Quinoa, oats, brown rice, and buckwheat are also good for you. Go for lean protein and nondairy fats. Avoid non-organic meats, high fat cream and cheeses, alcohol, unfermented soy, and caffeine.
Apple-shaped individuals tend to carry weight around their belly area, also known as visceral fat. Visceral fat puts you at health risk, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. People with this kind of shape often get a craving for sugary and starchy foods, coffee, and carbonated drinks.
The hormone to watch out for with this body type is insulin, and the best way to lose weight is by controlling your sugar levels. This means reducing your carb intake to one meal a day and avoiding processed sugars and carbonated drinks. Instead, eat more lean protein, including fish, pork, chicken and lean beef. You can eat foods rich in healthy fats, such as eggs, nuts, coconut, and olive oil. It’s also important to take lots of green leafy veggies like kale and spinach.
If you have this body type, your upper body is likely heavier and you tend to store more fat around your chest, back, and arms. People with this body type often crave alcohol, fatty and salty foods. The hormone to watch out for, if you have this body type, is cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels can affect other hormones that lead to weight gain.
If you have an inverted pyramid body type, keep off fatty foods and heavy meats, and go for complex carbs, such as buckwheat and brown rice. Take low-fat dairy products, and invest in lots of fruits and veggies.
This is the body type envied by most women. Women with an hourglass shape tend to gain weight evenly in all parts of their body. Weight gain is, however, more noticeable in the chest area, arms, ankles, and knees. A poor diet leads to congestion and water retention.
If you have an hourglass shape, you need to keep a close eye on the pituitary gland, because it has effects on insulin, cortisol and thyroid hormones, all of which influence your weight.
A good way to stay in shape and keep your weight in check is by eating lots of raw veggies and fruit. Instead of whole grain cereal go for quinoa, oatmeal, and buckwheat. Lean proteins with lots of spices are also good for you.