Not long ago we came across a really helpful Dr. Oz episode that focused on how to lose lose 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 results and trimming up is easier than ever.
There are two major body types. You are either bigger on the top or bigger on the bottom.
Fat distribution actually shifts as we age, and as your shape changes, it is widely acknowledged that you need to eat differently.
Dr. Oz breaks body shapes down further into Apple, Pear, Hourglass, and Box. Whilst these are the most common, there are additional body types.
Body Shape Infographic
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 the following foods and the best part, you only need a single serving:
Best Vitamin C Foods
Papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries or kale. Eating these foods raw will help you get the highest amount of nutrients. Of course, you can have them frozen or cooked but think raw for the best results. 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%.
Try and work cold-resistant carbs into your meals by having a one-third-cup serving of any of the following foods:
Potatoes, white beans, barley, long-grain rice, and lentils.
Understanding the Apple Body Type
Are you the Apple Shape? Some of the characteristics are being round and slightly wide around the waistline. This is 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 midsection. You may have slim legs, hips, and bottom.
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 either the apple or pear shape. It is then that you can narrow 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 including Brick, Column, Vase, Cello, Skittle, Bell, Goblet, Lollipop, and Cornet. This is in addition to the traditional Apple, Pear, and Hourglass.
Dr. Oz Green Tea Lemonade Recipe
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.
Here’s what you will need.
- 2 C green tea
- 1/2 lemon squeezed
- drink hot or cold
Another great tip is to drink 2 glasses of water (500ml ea) before every meal. This can result in a substantial loss of 10 pounds over the next 90 days. Little changes can have big impacts and don’t forget to keep an eye on your portion sizes.
How To Rev Your Metabolism
Did you know that you can rev up your metabolism by eating the right foods? Skinny Mom has created this infographic that will help you work out what’s right for you.
One of the best suggestions is not to engage in restrictive diets or eating plans. Sleep is also a huge advantage as it is the time that the body repairs and burns calories.
30 Ways To Lose Weight Permanently
Some other tips include getting to bed earlier, eating your nightly meal prior to 6 pm, and walking briskly for 30 minutes a day. Having 5 small meals a day is better than 3 heavy meals. A portion control tool is also a great inclusion.
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 and when in doubt go without. Intermittent Fasting is also brilliant.
20 Ways To Lose Weight In 10 Days
These 20 Simple Tips from Stylecraze are also very helpful. Losing weight can happen quickly and by eating foods with high water content and increasing your protein intake, you can see quite a change.
As mentioned earlier in our post, getting proper sleep should be top of your priority list. It’s also easier to keep the cravings at bay. Find ways to keep yourself occupied and your hands busy.
Weight Loss Boosting Breakfast Ideas
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.
50 Low Carb Snacks You Can Prep
Here’s a great infographic that shows you how to swap out your usual snacks with 50 Low Carb versions.
Donella from Glue Sticks and Gumdrops is the author and she has some fabulous suggestions. You should always have a number of snacks on hand so prepping is ideal. Also, don’t food shop when hungry.
15 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism
Adding Metabolism boosting foods to your diet is also essential if you want to achieve the very best results.
Soy Milk, Cinnamon, Oatmeal, Jalapeno’s, Apples, Broccoli, Grapefruit are some excellent examples. Thanks to EG Service Ru for the information
Eat For The Body You Want
You will see there is an emphasis on fresh and healthy food including grilled fish, brown rice, almonds, berries and chicken breasts.
Lose 10 Pounds In 7 Days
If you are looking for more inspiration the Eat Your Heart Out Diet might be just what you are looking for.
You are given food suggestions for 7 days and it’s very easy to follow. You can even make your own Miracle Soup.
How To Measure Yourself Correctly
via Womens Health
Keeping track of your weight loss goals is made a whole lot easier if you take your measurements.
80% of women are getting it wrong. To find out if you are one of them, you can view our post here.
3D Body Shape Calculator
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.
Another thing you may find 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 is the reason you are storing midriff weight.
Portion Control Tool
One of the best ways to achieve a healthy weight is to reduce your portion sizes. We all eat way too much and suffer portion distortion!
A great tip is to start by reducing the size of your plate. This nifty portion control tool makes life very easy too.