Dieting isn’t just about the calories. It is also about our lifestyle choices, like alcohol consumption. Our weight gain or loss is dependent on our body type. This is due to the way each type responds to hormones and food intake. 

What is most important is to recognise our body type in order to make wiser decisions in our eating habits. Here are some guidelines to understand your body better!

Apple Shape

This type is prominent for its slim legs and arms which most of the weight can be found in the belly area. The key hormone for apple shape would be insulin as it helps in losing weight by keeping the blood sugar level under control. 

The recommended foods would be clean protein, such as lean meat (chicken, beef, pork or fish), some healthy fats (eggs and avocado) and leafy greens (kale and spinach).

Pear shape

Typically, this type would gain weight around the hips and thighs while a smaller portion of fats found in the lower abdomen. The key hormone for pear shape would be estrogen as it supports lower body weight gain. 

The recommended food would be small amounts of proteins (turkey breast and cod fish), non-dairy fats (coconut oil and eggs) and high fiber vegetables and fruits (apples and broccoli).

Hourglass shape

Known for the equal width in shoulders and hips, the gained weight is evenly distributed throughout the body. The key hormone for hourglass shape would be the pituitary gland as it affects both cortisol and insulin. 

The recommended food would be fresh fruits and vegetables (lean protein and whole grains) and some healthy fats (olive oil, avocados, seeds and nuts).

Lifestyle changes can be difficult to made but with the right mindset towards a healthier living, you will be able to push through. 

Keen for more effective weight loss tips? Seek your doctor for professional advice today!

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