If you have a pear body shape, you have a smaller waist with larger hips and thighs. You carry your weight around your hips, making you smaller and slimmer on top. Dr. Marie Savard hypothesizes that you can eat to lose weight specifically in the hips and thighs, since the fat cells in your lower body attract and store differently than elsewhere in the body. By following a diet that is low in fat, you'll reduce the amount of fat stored in your hips and thighs while exercising to burn away the excess.
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When you carry weight in your hips and your thighs, you're more susceptible to problems like cellulite, osteoporosis, eating disorders and low self-esteem, notes Savard. As a pear-shaped woman, you may also have a harder time with the symptoms of menopause. Because the fat stored in your hips and thighs is simply magnetic for more fat, you'll gain weight more easily. You need to be especially careful about the foods you eat and your daily level of activity.
Your diet should have as little fat as possible. When you consume a meal that offers fat, protein and carbs, your body automatically burns away the carbs and protein and then stores the fat, according to "Fitness" magazine. Therefore, eating meals that are low in fat, yet high in protein and complex carbohydrates, can help you burn away excess fat while giving you the energy and muscle-building power to lose weight. Choose whole grain breads and cereals, beans and lentils and lean protein to see a difference.
You simply will not swap your pear shape for an hourglass by dieting alone. While eating a healthy diet will contribute to weight loss, exercise can help burn away excess pounds and build muscles. Of course you'll want to pay special attention to toning your hips and thighs, using squats, lunges and an upper body workout to help balance out your body more effectively. Add resistance training to help you tone your body. You'll also need to incorporate aerobic activity to help burn the fat from your hips and thighs to reveal your new, toned physique. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.
Before you head to the gym for sets of squats and lunges, you should know that you cannot spot-reduce to lose weight from your hips and thighs only. That's why a total body workout is so important. By taking the time to exercise your abs, arms, shoulders and chest, you'll get a well-rounded workout and burn calories. If you haven't exercised regularly for a while or already suffer from conditions like osteoporosis or varicose veins, talk to your doctor about starting a diet and exercise plan.
- Apples & Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness; Marie Savard
- Fitness; Eat Right for Your Body Type; Kristen Wolfe Bieler
- CBS News; Are You a Pear or an Apple?; Tatiana Morales