Eat According to Body Shape - I'm a Pear

I'm a Pear. You?
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Let's get physically conscious for a moment. I am pear shaped. I am not on the heavy side; however, my heavy sides are concentrated on my hips, thighs and butts. My lower abdomen is evidently bigger than my stomach. Also, my recent annual physical exam confirmed that my body weight is indeed heavier in my lower body.

Given that, knowing our body shapes can tell a lot about ourselves. It can help us improve our health, well-being and even enjoy a healthy weight. No one knows our body like we do. We know where the unused fats in our body are mostly stored. For me, it's in my lower belly and thighs. For others, it may be on the waistline or the breasts.

Choosing the right foods to eat according to our body shapes; and exercising daily can also help prevent diseases that we are prone to. According to the book, Apples and Pear of Dr. Marie Savard, apples may have a higher risk of cardio-vascular diseases such as stroke, diabetes or high blood pressure. On the other hand, pears may be prone to osteoporosis, which made me think of continuing my calcium supplements.

Being physically conscious of our shape can actually teach us how to take care of ourselves more.

What Foods to Eat

If you're a pear...

Go for complex carbs such as potatoes, corn, brown rice, grains, rolled oats

Eat more fibrous foods which mostly abundant in fruits and vegetables

Stay with lean cuts of meats such as chicken breast, pork loin and rounds

Stay away from simple carbs like candies, chocolates, creams, white pastries

As much as possible, avoid trans fats and saturated fats


If you're an apple...

Simple carbs like sugar, sweets, candies, desserts, quick snacks are your worst enemies.

Vegetables and fruits should be your best friends.

Say NO! to saturated fats coming from pork ribs and chicken skin.

Eat a lot of nuts and healthy oils from fish (e.g. mackerel, sardines, salmon)

Focus on portioned eating.


A Pear's Routine

The Exercise

I do a lot of running. My average mileage per week is 25-30k. It has helped a lot in maintaining my weight. To get my body in a more proportioned shape, I am still working on my upper thighs. I tried several leg and abs workout for a few weeks. My focus is to trim away the fats in my problematic regions.


Here are some of the exercises I recommend:

  • running (30-60 minutes, 3-5 times a week)
  • planking (50-60 seconds a day)
  • push-ups
  • squats
  • leg raise
  • V-leg raise
  • side leg raise
  • bicycle crunch

It's amazing how these workouts affected the shape of my body. While I am still pear-shaped, I have burned a lot of cellulite from my thigh. I look a lot slimmer. I am actually loving my pear-shaped body now.


The Diet

I already eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. I focused on portion eating because I really LOVE to eat. Drinking water to "wash off" my cravings for sweets help. I also bought healthy snacks like cashews, almonds, avocados and watermelons. Basically, I learned not to enjoy potato chips so much. I'd rather have a home-made potato salad with less MSG, trans fats and preservatives.


Now, I am a healthy eater. I'm very happy maintaining my healthy weight; and yes, I am still pear-shaped. It's not only how we eat that we can control our weight. By way of exercising and working out our "heavy" parts, we can easily turn into the sexy pear or apple that we truly are.

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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks for the comment, momstreasurechest! Yeap, I do what I can to stay in shape.


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MomsTreasureChest 3 years ago

Great suggestions and tips, especially the exercises for the pear shaped body, thanks for sharing!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks for the insight nicole. Will update this when I have the time.. ahaha! :D


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Nicole S 3 years ago from Minnesota

Very useful article. I'd love to see it expanded to include the hourglass :)


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks robin! I'm a pear and I'm proud of it.


Robin Stalnaker 3 years ago

so glad i found this, just started a diet and im pear shaped too, although my weight is in my hip, butt, and thighs, definately loved this


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks kalmiya! As long as you exercise regularly and eat healthy, I think you're good!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks nate! Eat healthy always!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Hi robie! For a mermaid-shaped bud, I recommend fish diet. haha! :)


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Kalmiya 3 years ago from North America

This is a very interesting idea. I'm kind of the same all the way down so am possibly a banana! I'm all for checking out new ideas of how to lose weight tho. Voted up!


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NateB11 3 years ago from California, United States of America

This is very interesting. I had heard a little bit about body shape influence on what diet should be, but I didn't know a lot about it. It makes sense to me. I'm pretty sure I'm an apple, and do have high blood pressure; and I have a bad habit of going for the fatty meats, but feel the difference when I eat veggies. Thanks for the information, very educational.


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Robie Benve 3 years ago from Ohio

And what is the perfect diet for a mermaid shaped body like mine?

Just kidding, I think I'm a pear too!

Thanks for sharing. :)


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks for your comment gypsy. It's up to you, of course which foods you'd rather be with. :)


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

I am a pear and I have a hard time staying away from pastries, chocolate and creamy desserts. It takes will power for me to choose fruits and veggies over my fattening favorites. Useful hub, voted up.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Hi vibestites. I am pear-shaped. Nothing wrong with me, dear. haha!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks kabayan, maria cecilia. The hourglass is the perfect body shape. Simple cardio workouts should do the trick.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks anglnwu! It makes a lot of sense, right?


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks careermommy! Me, too. I love reading out wellness. I have a blog about the topic, actually. hihihi...


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks peggy! Health is wealth is what they say. And I say, it's true!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks Audrey! Me, tooo! I love fruits and veggies! Good thing, they're cheap in my area. haha!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks moonlake! I appreciate your visit.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Hi vespawoolf! I used to have difficulties in doing leg lifts bhoooy!! It's easier now. I think I've really lost a lot of fats in my thigh region.


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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

Useful hub... I hope I won't get a pear-shaped body but hey our bodies change. Voted up and useful. :)


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Maria Cecilia 3 years ago from Philippines

NIce hub hope you also have sets of exercize for the hourglass shaped, thanks a lot for this


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anglnwu 3 years ago

Interesting, never thought of that. I think it makes lots of sense to eat according to body types. Voted up.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Very interesting hub. I'm always interested in hearing more about health and fitness. Thank you for sharing.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Sounds like you have a healthy eating plan as well as exercise plan. Who can ask for anything more? All we can hope is to be healthy. That is the main goal no matter what body type we have. Up and interesting votes.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

I am an apple and I love veggies! Useful info!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

This is new to me. Interesting hub. Voted up.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Hi theslimdude! It's all about your diet and regular exercise.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

Thanks for the great information! I'm also a pear and have found the exercise and diet tips you mention work for me, as well. It also helps that I love fruits and veggies! : )


theslimdude 3 years ago

Thanks a lot for these tips, I hope they will help me lose weight really fast!!!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Hi rebeccamealey! Sure thing! :)


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks anuramkumar! I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks dghbrh! I appreciate your visit.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks for the tips! I am an apple.


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anuramkumar 3 years ago from Chennai, India

Eating food according to the shape is something new...excellent hub.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Nice and useful hub. Thank you for sharing this one. Shared and votes up.

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