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How To Lose Weight According To Your Body Type

When it comes to their health, however, pears luck out. Passive fat may actually help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, some scientists say. In fact, fat stored around the hips and butt was recently found to reduce insulin resistance and increase “good” HDL cholesterol. “We still have a lot to learn about why pear-zone fat seems to have a protective effect against chronic disease,” Dr. Savard says. “But the research clearly shows it does.”

The Pear Diet

The best way for pears to lose inches is to watch their fat intake, Cochran says. “It’s really easy for your body to store the fat that you’ve eaten, but it takes a lot more energy to store carbs and protein,” she explains. “Because of this, you’re more likely to burn those calories off.” A diet rich in complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain cereals, lentils and beans; lean protein, such as chicken or fish; and fruits and veggies will help melt off excess pounds.

Another way to slim hips and thighs: exercise. “Focus on aerobic activities like running and biking that work your lower body and torch calories,” Dorfman says. She suggests at least three 30-minute cardio sessions a week mixed with two strength-training workouts to build your upper body, which will balance the appearance of a bottom-heavy figure. (Plus, the more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism is.)

Pear Meal Plan

1,500 calories: 750 calories from carbohydrates, 375 calories from fat, 375 calories from protein

Breakfast
1 packet instant oatmeal
1 medium banana
1/2 cup orange juice

Snack
6 wheat crackers
1 mozzarella cheese stick

Lunch
Sandwich: 2 slices whole wheat bread with 1 teaspoon light mayonnaise, 2 ounces lean deli roast beef, 1 slice reduced-fat cheese, lettuce and tomato
5 baby carrots
10 celery sticks
1/2 cup grapes

Snack
1 cup light yogurt
1 small apple

Dinner
4 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, grilled and topped with a salsa made of 1/2 cup black beans and 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup steamed green beans
1 cup mixed green salad and 2 tablespoons shredded low-fat cheese tossed with 1 tablespoon low-fat dressing
1 whole wheat roll

Dessert
1 sugar-free chocolate pudding cup

p_101281732.jpgThe Apple

Apples carry fat around their middle but generally have a slim lower body. If you’re an apple, you’ll find it easier to drop pounds than a pear does because “abdominal fat breaks down more quickly than fat stored in the butt and thigh area,” says Kathie Swift, RD, nutrition director for the UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.