Not long ago we came across a really helpful Dr. Oz episode that focused on losing weight for your body shape.
If you find it hard to lose weight, understanding your body shape is key to your weight loss success. It can speed up your metabolism and your results and you will find that you can trim up easier.
There are two major body types–bigger on the top or bigger on the bottom. Fat distribution actually shifts as we age, and as your shape changes, you need to eat differently.
Dr. Oz breaks it down further into Apple, Pear, Hourglass, and Box.
According to The Daily Mail Site -: The seven most common body shapes are neat hourglass (19.3 percent), apple (16.7 percent), pear (16.6 percent), rectangle (10 percent), lean column (8.9 percent) and inverted triangle (8 percent)
The comprehensive survey of 18,000 women reveals that most identify themselves as a full hourglass, more than any other shape.
What Body Shape Are You?
Where you ‘wear’ your weight will help you work out how to eat for your body shape which in turn will fire up your metabolism and according to Dr. Oz, turn your body into a fat burning furnace! Firstly let’s look at the identifying factors so you have a better understanding of your shape.
What it means if you’re bigger on top:
- Your fat migrates to your belly and above.
- You’re an android.
What it means if you’re bigger on the bottom:
- Your fat settles downward to your butt and legs.
- You’re a gynoid.
What to Eat if You’re an Android Body Type
- At least one serving of vitamin C at every meal.
- Eat cold-resistant carbs at every meal.
- Cook with coconut oil.
How It Works -:
Vitamin C helps reduce levels of cortisol, which causes fat to migrate up to your middle. One study has shown that vitamin-C deficiency was associated with 131% increased chance of belly fat.
Contrary to popular belief, oranges are not the highest source of vitamin C. The best sources of vitamin C can be found in one-cup servings of the following foods: papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries or kale. Eating these foods raw will help you get the highest amount of nutrients, but it’s fine to have them frozen and cooked, too. What’s most important is that you’re getting this nutrient.
When food is cooled, resistant carbs can form, which can help break down belly fat. When the temperature is altered, the food is changed and digests differently. Cold-resistant carbs are resistant to digestion in your small intestine, meaning they don’t get absorbed and can increase your body’s fat-burning ability by 20%.
Work cold-resistant carbs into every meal by having a one-third-cup serving of any of the following foods: potatoes, white beans, barley, long-grain rice and lentils.
Cooking with coconut oil can help you lose weight. In one study, women who ate two tablespoons of coconut oil a day charged their metabolism and shrunk their waistlines. Be sure to read our hugely popular post Amazing Coconut Oil Uses
Understanding the Apple Body Type
Are you the Apple Shape? You have the appearance of being round and slightly wide around the waistline due to being overweight. This could also be as a result of childbirth.
Your waistline lacks or has no waist definition. Your bust, waist and hips are very close in measurements. You have a large bust for your frame and carry most weight around your mid section. You may have slim legs, hips, and bottom.
Did you know that you can rev up your metabolism by eating the right foods. Skinny Mom has created a great infographic above that will help you work out what’s going to work for you.
Understanding The Pear Body Type -:
If you have a Pear Shape you are likely to have a more triangular body. You have a well-defined waist, narrow or sloping shoulders. Your bust and shoulders are proportionally narrower than your hip-line. Your thighs and butt might be full and rounded.
You carry most of your weight on your hips, thighs, and bottom. Usually, this body type has a slender neck and shoulders and a flat tummy.
Comparing the Apple and Pear Body Shape
Most women will be able to immediately identify with one or the other before narrowing your shape further.
Over on the Trinny and Susannah site, they break body shapes down even one step further. This is helpful particularly when you are trying to work out how to dress for your body shape.
They have added in additional shapes like Brick, Column, Vase, Cello, Skittle, Bell, Goblet, Lollipop, Cornet on top of the traditional Apple, Pear, Hourglass.
Dr Oz also says that antioxidants in green tea help encourage your body to get rid of fat cells and that by adding lemon juice it supercharges the belly melting ability. By adding lemon to your green tea, you will pull out six times more antioxidants and chemicals that the green tea provides.
In order to make green tea lemonade, you must first make green tea and let it steep for 20 minutes to get the full benefit.
Dr. Oz: Green Tea Lemonade Recipe
- 2 C green tea
- 1/2 lemon squeezed
- drink hot or cold
Did you know that by making some simple changes daily, you can lose as much as a pound a day? It’s true, this can be you! By drinking 2 glasses of water that equate to 500ml each before every meal, this can result in a substantial loss of 10 pounds over the next 12 weeks. This coupled with other changes that you make can really assist you to achieve your weight loss goals and with minimum impact to your world.
Some of the other tips that you may want to look at including are getting to bed earlier, eating your nightly meal prior to 6 pm, walking briskly for 30 minutes a day and controlling your portions. Having 5 small meals a day is better than 3 heavy meals. A portion control tool is a great inclusion too.
While we’re on the subject of small changes, your daily activity has a lot to do with your continued success. Take the stairs, not the elevator, read labels, reduce butter and gravies, have a craving plan .. these are just some of the excellent ‘3o Ways to Lose Weight Fast’ as suggested in the Infographic from Monterey Bay Holistic above
Here’s another great infographic on the Style Craze Site that gives 20 Simple Tips that you can engage to lose weight in 10 short days. Again, simple things like eating foods with high water content and increasing protein can have a profound effect.
Getting proper sleep should be top of your priority list too. When your body rests, it also has time to repair. During this process, it burns calories so the saying, sleeping beauty really is true!
As you can see from the examples above, it’s all about getting the combinations right. Nuts, Yogurt, fresh berries, cereals, the superfood Chia Seeds and hard boiled eggs are just some of their suggestions.
Here’s a great infographic that shows you how to swap out your usual snacks with 50 Low Carb versions. We found this fantastic article on Glue Sticks and Gumdrops and the author has had a huge amount of interest in it. You can read Donella’s whole article here
You will see there is an emphasis on fresh and healthy food including grilled fish, brown rice, almonds, berries and chicken breasts. They have a whole article that is dedicated to revving up your metabolism and you can find it here
If you are looking for more inspiration the Eat Your Heart Out Diet might be just what you are looking for.
Keeping track of your weight loss goals is made a whole lot easier if you take your measurements.
It’s important to measure yourself correctly and this Infographic gives you the low down. You might also want to check that you are wearing the right size bra. We have a great post that will give you all the tips and tricks, you can view it here
We’ve also added a link to a Body Shape Calculator too where you enter your body measurements and it will tell you your shape. We have also added some good links to information regarding Leptin. Our bodies have the Leptin hormone and we need correct volumes of it to burn fat. The problem is that when you diet, your Leptin levels actually fall and that is why it is so difficult to lose weight. You may well be suffering Leptin Resistance.
Once you learn how to fix this issue your body can effectively shed weight. One of the other things you may find particularly interesting is that if you have a fatty liver, no matter what you do, you will not be able to lose weight. It will slow you down, feel sluggish and it is the reason you are storing weight around your middle.
Have you heard of the Liver Cleansing Diet? It is written by a Dr and Nutritionist – Sandra Cabot. We have personally been on this diet with great results. You feel energized, lose the brain fog and your Liver starts pumping again. The recipes are clean, easy to follow and prepare, filling and delicious. Find out more about Detoxing your Liver here
You will be amazed by what you learn! One of the best ways to get on to the road of healthy weight management is to reduce your portion sizes. We all eat too much.
Start by reducing the size of your plate and if you have difficulty trying to work out what size you should be serving up, why not invest a few dollars in this nifty portion control tool
There are several reasons you may need a detox. Many people conduct them regularly. An internal cleanse can make you feel instantly refreshed and regenerated and it keeps your insides healthy. One easy way is to drink a glass of hot lemon water every morning.
Green Tea can be easily swapped out with your coffee or traditional tea and drinking lots of water daily will keep you hydrated. It’s important to remember that if you do embark on a detox that you will have side effects. Nausea and Headaches are common if you do not keep your fluids up. Seek appropriate advice prior to beginning.
You’ll also find posts on our site that will give you further helpful information including how to Reduce Belly Fat, Detox your Liver to live longer, Cabbage Wonder Soup, 3D Virtual Body Shape Optimiser and see if you have Leptin Resistance.