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Eat According to Body Shape - I'm a Pear
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
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)
- 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.
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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