1/4 cup each raisins and almonds
1 cup black bean soup
Spinach salad: 2 cups spinach, 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms, 1 sliced hard-cooked egg, 1 slice crumbled turkey bacon, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons vinaigrette dressing
1 whole wheat roll with 1/2 teaspoon margarine made with canola oil
1 cup high-fiber cereal
3/4 cup nonfat milk
4-ounce salmon fillet brushed with 1 teaspoon each honey and light soy sauce and grilled
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
6 asparagus spears brushed with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and grilled
1 cup mixed green salad with 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts and 1 tablespoon Italian dressing
1 cup light yogurt
Pears have larger lower bodies and smaller upper bodies — storing fat on the hips, thighs, and butt. The biggest challenge for this body type? Losing weight. “When we drop pounds, our body burns through the fat around our middle — the kind linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer — first. Which is great, except that pears don’t have a lot of belly flab to begin with. Instead, they’ve got fat on their lower half, which refuses to budge,” Dr. Savard says.
Some researchers believe that stubborn butt and thigh fat (known as passive fat) is so hard to shed because it was meant to stay put, giving women a ready supply of fuel during childbirth and breastfeeding. Another possible explanation: Cellulite, which generally affects hips and thighs, creates a net of fibrous tissue that makes it difficult for the blood supply to reach fat stores. If blood can’t get in, Dr. Savard says, the fat can’t be broken down and carried out.