Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"We're All Born Under The Same Sky, but We Don't All Have the Same Horizon."....Konrad Adenauer

Apple Shaped Vs. Pear Shaped

Did you ever think that your shape has the hidden answers to your health concerns, your ability to lose weight and the best way to lose weight based on your shape? Well yes, your shape holds the answers to these questions.

The way your body is shaped determines how and where it stores fat. When it comes to body shapes, we all fall under two basic categories, we are either Apple shaped or Pear shaped.

Apple shaped women who gain weight around their middle are more likely to develop disorders like heart disease, diabetes, or breast cancer. You are most likely characterized as having larger breasts, smaller hips, larger waist and a protruding belly. Excess fat tends to store around your breast, waist, stomach and internal organs(heart, liver, kidneys and intestines). It is the fat surrounding these internal organs that put apple-shaped individuals at a greater health risk than those that are Pear-shaped. Apple shaped individuals are at greater risk for health problems because of abdominal fat is more harmful than the fate that is stored under the skin. This fat storage increases the chances of developing metabolism problems, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as, developing breast and endometrial cancer

Pear shaped who add pounds around their hips, but and thighs are more susceptible to problems like osteoporosis, varicose veins, cellulite, and eating disorders. They are more prone to lower self-esteem due to a poor body image and likely to have a rough transition through menopause. They are characterized as having a lower metabolism, a smaller upper body with a heavier lower body (hips, buttocks, legs). They are more likely to store fate under the skin, buttocks, thighs and hips. Pear shaped women also have less androgen (male hormone effect that strengthens bones), and at menopause, their pear-fat makes much weaker estrogen, which is not strong enough to keep calcium in the bones. At menopause when women lose estrogen they lose bone. As apple fat continues to produce estrogen, keeping the bones stronger during menopause.

Diets and exercise tips for apple and pear shaped women. Apple shaped women exercises should include performing medium to high cardiovascular exercises like aerobics, and strength-training for at least 2-3 times a week. Their diets should include "good" proteins like eggs, soy, salmon, halibut, trout, beans, and fiber filled foods. They slow digestion of sugars, lower insulin and cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Pear shaped women exercises should include resistance training to strengthen their bones. It is advised to perform early morning workouts to help boost your metabolism. Walking, rope jumping and aerobics are suggested. To help tone the body, it advisable to do strength training exercises at a moderate pace at least 4 to 5 times a week. Their diets should include more complex carbs like fruits, vegetables, brown rice and whole grains; while moderately eating healthy proteins like tuna, salmon, turkey and lean beef. Foods that should be avoided include meat with fatty parts, whole salad dressings, regular milk, cheese, butter and sour creams.

Discovering your body type is definitely a first step in paying attention to your diet and figuring out what works for you. True weight-loss is only achieved through proper nutrition and exercise, so don't forget to consult your physician before you begin a new diet, and be sure to supplement your meals with the right vitamins.

Peace and Blessings,

Tracey ReNissa

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