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07-06-2006, 09:28 AM
I have the "cursed" body type...I'm a total apple, just like my mother; just like my grandmother. As I'm losing weight, I'm becoming a smaller apple, but an apple nonetheless. *sigh*
Can I change my body type? As I lose my weight, will I look less like an apple?? I sooo want to be an hourglass.:?: Heck, I'd take a pear even. Just not an apple.:^:
Clothes sizing...ugh! Though I have lost weight, my size just isn't going down much! I am STILL in a 24, started around a 28. My waist (where it SHOULD be) just is taking soooo long to shrink. Any advice?:dizzy:

07-06-2006, 09:34 AM
Sorry, but you can't really change your body shape. However when you're at goal, then you will be a smaller apple, and look less "round"

I'm a pear, and I have HUGE ginormous chunky legs that don't fit into trousers, some days I'd love to be an apple!

Take what you've got and do the best you can with it. Weight training and exercise will condition your body and give you muscle definition and make you look a lot slimmer and more toned.


07-06-2006, 10:04 AM
I have slight curves but not enough to have shape ... I think a body type is permanent ... I've never seen any apple to pear transformations ... no matter what size :lol: ... My best friend weighs about the same as me ... but her body shape is HOT ... She has the curves and I have the curse ... :mad:

07-06-2006, 11:30 AM
I'm an apple too, I know what you mean about clothing sizes. I have to buy pants that fit my waist which means they're snug in the waist and too big/baggy in the hips/butt/thigh areas. And it does take forever to go down in a size, I have lost about 22 lbs, gone from 207 to 185 and I still wear the same clothes that I did when I started, they're just a little looser.

Advice: Make sure you're taking your measurements as a gauge in your progress. I've noticed my waist measurement seems to go down faster than others since there is more to lose there. Seeing the number go down even though I'm in the same clothes makes me feel better.

Finally, I just read this again on another website and I love this umm...analogy?, think of your body as a roll of paper towels. When you rip off the first sheet it doesn't really change the look or bigness of the roll, you only removed that outside layer. But when the roll is really small one sheet represents several layers. In other words, when you're very overweight a 5 lbs loss doesn't really make a huge difference in your appearance or size, but when you're smaller a 5 lb loss could be very significant.

And no, I don't think it's possible to change your body type.

07-06-2006, 12:00 PM
I was wondering the same thing. I am an apple and never had much of a waist. I was wondering when I get smaller, is there a way to define my waistline more. I used to do SI6 and she does some excercises that made a difference. I could actually see the beginnings of a waist. Maybe I do have a waist after all, hiding under all this fat.

Maybe there is hope for us after all Cassie. Besides, I hear the belly fat is always the last to go. So maybe that's why you haven't seen much of a change. I'm still going to keep my fingers crossed!!

07-06-2006, 12:05 PM
Thanks for the repiles! Good analogy about the paper towels! And I hate, hate, HATE having to get pants that are too baggy in the thighs! :mad:

I'll just keep chuggin' along...as an apple.:p

07-06-2006, 12:17 PM
After reading your post I realized im not alone if i didnt know better id say you were talking about me.

I love the Analogy with the paper towels, now for me to remember it when i get down or fustrated

07-06-2006, 12:23 PM
I'm a pear. I've always been one size smaller on top with big hips & thighs. You would think I'd start losing weight first in the 'problem' areas, but no, I always lose weight from the neck on down first!

I've lost some on my hips & thighs, but I've only gone down about 1 size for 38 lbs. lost. I do look thinner overall though. I guess whether we're an apple or a pear, we're not happy with our shape. Sometimes I wish I were a banana! :cb:

07-06-2006, 12:47 PM
You know whats funny is ppl say they can see my loss but i cant well except in pictures

Beach Patrol
07-06-2006, 01:18 PM
I'm a pear... And wouldn't you know it? I don't even LIKE pears... ;) ...very difficult to find pants/jeans to fit. Smaller on top, larger on bottom, and my waist is not good ratio to my hips, so all pants/jeans gape open in the waist, that is, if I can get them OVER MY HIPS in the first place...:rolleyes:

07-06-2006, 02:25 PM
I'm neither an apple nor a pear. I don't have huge hips, but I have a small waist. I guess it's more of an hourglass. I guess lately, I'd describe my body as that of an eggplant or maybe a watermelon. ;) I'm all for that banana shape, too! ha ha.

I know that my friends who are "apples" have GREAT legs and can usually wear a mini-skirt at any weight. My "pear" friends have delicate bones and can always wear fitted tops without much belly protruding.

I remember reading about this described a little more technically ... ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph. I don't know if those terms are direct mappings to apple, pear, and hourglass figures, though.

I love the paper-towel analogy!

07-06-2006, 02:55 PM
TOO funny! There actually IS a banana body type:

Fruit Imagery: The Banana - long-limbed and lean with shoulders roughly the same width as the hips. Weight is evenly distributed
Advantages: Fast metabolism, long and lean, sinewy
Challenges: Poor muscle development, without resistance training can have “skinny fat”, very few natural curves, tend to be small-chested (yes, these types often have breast surgery)
Prototypes: Courtney Cox, Naomi Campbell, Laura Flynn Boyle, Calista Flockhart, ballerinas, runway models
Workout Recommendations: careful with the cardio! Only 1-2 times max per week to avoid burning off muscle mass. Stairmaster is good for building up lower body. Weight (resistance) training a must to build natural curves. Use more weight and do less reps.

07-06-2006, 02:56 PM
Turns out Madonna and Demi Moore are apples...I'm feeling a bit better.;)


07-06-2006, 03:03 PM
another apple here!
It's not all bad. Yes, I have a thick waist and not much in the bum area, but the small bum thing is sometimes a plus, and besides, it usually comes with having slender arms and slender legs. I also have broad shoulders. I guess I'm close to a classic mesomorph body type when I'm slim. That's what Madonna is.
It's not all bad. ;)

Beach Patrol
07-06-2006, 03:07 PM
I know one cannot CHANGE their body, but it is possible to re-define shapes; this is proven in people who are seriously into weight lifting/body building.


07-06-2006, 06:09 PM
I guess I'm an apple or a V shape not sure which. Definitely broader through the shoulders than I am through the hips. I've always had trouble with jeans fitting well. If the waist fits right, it looks like someone has already moved out of the butt and legs. The lower waisted jeans fit me perfectly, I'm so glad these are an option now. I'm at my goal now, and although my body isn't perfect, I am happy with how it all turned out.

07-06-2006, 06:10 PM
I think I might actually be a banana. I'm 5'6 135 pounds at goal (and a bit underneath) and have almost no shape at all... kind of like a tree trunk with maybe a very slight inward curve under the ribs and no breasts. If you had asked me two years ago, I'd have said, without hesitation, "I'm a pumpkin!!" lol... personally I think all types of fruit are beautiful and envy apples and pears just the same :)

07-06-2006, 06:34 PM
im with you beach pants have ALWAYS been a problem no matter how much wieght i gain/lose the waist NEVER fits because it's got to be big enough to go over the hips and thighs........................

07-06-2006, 07:05 PM
Pear here. I can wear a medium in a top and still a 16 in pants because of this butt & thighs. And yup, when I lose weight, it comes off the top....just where I need to lose it least.

07-07-2006, 11:46 AM
I'm an apple, and often buy men's jeans or hiking pants/shorts. They fit SO much better thru the butt and thighs, without cutting at the waist. And no one can tell they're not women's. It's harder to find dressier pants, but sometimes the leftovers on sales racks are there because they didn't fit the more traditional pears and hourglasses. You can't change your shape, but apples look more like cylinders or even bananas when they slim down to their best weight. But hourglasses are the luckiest - even when they gain weight they look feminine and sexy. Think Delta Burke as Suzanne in "Designing Women"...

07-07-2006, 11:55 AM
I'm a pear. Same problem with poster upthread...try on a small top and large bottoms. Oh well, by the time I get to goal hopefully it will look better. Blah.

07-07-2006, 12:00 PM
I'm a pear... And wouldn't you know it? I don't even LIKE pears... ;) ...very difficult to find pants/jeans to fit. Smaller on top, larger on bottom, and my waist is not good ratio to my hips, so all pants/jeans gape open in the waist, that is, if I can get them OVER MY HIPS in the first place...:rolleyes:

Exactly my problem :mad:

Just remember, a skinny apple will no longer look like an apple, but a pear will always have an enormous butt and thighs - there is some hope for you apples :p

Even when I was 110 lbs, I was still looking for long tops to cover my butt and had to wear a bigger size on the bottom half than the top, and when I do exercise my thighs and calves just get huge! :?:

07-07-2006, 12:48 PM
Pear here too. I'm wearing a size 14/16 tops and size 20 pants and all pants gape at the waist. Even when thinner I was never happy with my legs. They've always been too heavy. I'm always envious of people with slender legs, which most apples have.

Love the paper towel analogy. Maybe TMI - but when I look at myself naked in the mirror I don't really look any different, even though I've lost 96 lbs so far. I just look like a couple of layers have been rolled off. :lol: When I am dressed, I can see more of a difference.

07-07-2006, 06:26 PM
No...there is no way to change your natural body type. But, I believe that the best thing that we can all do is to get fitter with exercise so that our natural shape just plain looks better...and that we play up what "nature gave us".

The body types in those links go through 3 main types...but I tend to go more with the fact that there are 4.

~The apple-you carry your weight in your shoulders (usually broad), chest, and belly/back area...but usually maintain smaller hips and buns-with thinner legs.

~The pear-you tend to be smaller shouldered/chested/ribcaged/waisted-but have wider hips and tend to store most of your extra fat in your butt and legs.

~The hourglass-you tend to have a fuller chest and hips/thighs-but have a slimmer waistline.

~The cone (or "banana" as the link called it)-this is the classic "model" body type. Usually with long, lean legs and arms-if you carry any extra weight at all-it is usually right through your middle-your waistline and your hips-while the legs remain pretty lean.

Every body type usually "hates" their body type when they are not in peak physical form...but, there are some great advantages/features of each body type-we just have to take advantage of them. ;)

~Making the most of what nature gave you~

Apples for instance-I always hear complaints about the big shoulders/chests/no waist/love handles with this type. I have to honestly say here from the ladies that I see around town-this is the WORST body type for the low rise jeans with the "tight baby tee" outfit. The jeans alone are okay, but the baby tees do not flatter this body type-because they draw attention to the place where you carry most of your extra weight, and they draw attention to your lack of waistline or your love handles or "bra fat".
One of the most coveted body parts of this body type, however-are your gorgeous, naturally muscular legs. You have the body type to wear the itty bitty short-shorts. :D You usually have wonderfully defined calve muscles, shapeley thighs, and cellulite of the legs is usually a non-issue with this body type.
"Tanktinis" are also the perfect swimsuit for this body type as well. :D You may not have the waistline that you want, apples-but you have the legs that all of us pears and hourglasses will only DREAM of. Show them off. :D

~Cones are usually to me the most "athletic" of body types-over the apples in my opinion. You have great lean legs and arms-shorts and tank tops/sleeveless blouses look great on you. Your only issues really are carrying a little extra in the waist and hips (rather than the apple who carries it from the waist up) and usually you can manage to look more "hourglass" once you are near your goal weight. You have a classic "model" figure...so if you are near goal and fit with exercise-you can wear just about anything. :)

~Pears-this is the other "the grass is greener" body type. :lol: The pears want the apples' legs...and the apples want the pears waistline and fuller hips. Pears look really nice when the thinner upper body and waist is accentuated (tank tops, camisoles, form fitting tops) but the fuller lower body is camoflauged slightly (the tiered skirts that are popular now or capri pants are good choices.) The goal is to create the "illusion" of being hourglass. Because pears usually carry most of their weight in their buns and entire legs-the short shorts and such are usually not a good choice for this body type. Pears are also pretty prone to cellulite.
Bathing suits for this type are usually great if they are a 2 piece or a 1 piece that accentuates the bustline...and with a sarong, skirt, or board shorts over the bottoms. I personally don't like "boy short" lycra bottoms on pears...because it, in my opinion, may offer more coverage-but it also accentuates the size of the butt. :(

~Hourglass-although everyone wants to be one, I can tell you from my own personal experience as an hourglass-that we are FAR from perfect. :p
Hourglass figures tend to have a small waist and a fuller bust and hips-this is true-but we also tend to have our fat stores in two main areas, and with our "softer" body type (like Marilyn Monroe and Anna Nicole) it offers its own set of figure flaws.
Hourglasses tend to hold fat in their upper arms, for one. I love my chest and small waist-but I HATE my upper arms. I lift weights, do cardio, dance professionally-and I hate the flabby extra stuff from my elbow to my shoulder. Blech. I would love to wear the cute little camisole/shelf bra tops and such-but I feel like my fatty upper arms are just a flappin' in the breeze. :rofl:
Also, we tend to have the pear's buns and legs and hold fat there as well, so we also have the cellulite, flabby thighs, and such to contend with. We are pretty much "pears" with bigger boobs and a little extra fluff in the upper arms to balance it out. :lol:
Hourglasses look good with outfits that are nipped in the waist-baby tees and jeans (if you are in shape for it...), a form fitting top and skirt to show off the waistline/hourglass shape of the torso...
But, alas...Daisy Duke shorts and sleeveless tops just aren't for us unless we are in super-duper shape.
We (like pears) are also softer-so we don't get the hard and defined "muscle definition" in our arms and legs like strength trainers who have apple and cone shapes...but we can successfully get it more easily in our abdominals.

07-09-2006, 11:24 AM
Hourglasses look good with outfits that are nipped in the waist-baby tees and jeans (if you are in shape for it...), a form fitting top and skirt to show off the waistline/hourglass shape of the torso...
But, alas...Daisy Duke shorts and sleeveless tops just aren't for us unless we are in super-duper shape.
We (like pears) are also softer-so we don't get the hard and defined "muscle definition" in our arms and legs like strength trainers who have apple and cone shapes...but we can successfully get it more easily in our abdominals.

It's funny that you say this because although I have some level of fitness and a lot of energy when I workout, I am still a good bit away from goal and yet (with modesty I say) I look good in sleeveless tops. I don't know, maybe I have attributes of other body types as well because I can strengthen and sculpt muscle very easily throughout my upper middle and lower body, but at the same time there's no denying my curvy hourglass figure.

Also, do you find that as an hourglass, you appear to weigh less than you actually do? I've always looked 15 to 20lbs. lighter than I am(man am I thankful for that! :cloud9:)

07-10-2006, 08:24 AM
I have pretty balanced shoulders/arm size compared to the rest of my body. If I wear a form fitting sleeveless outfit that shows off my torso, then my hips and shoulders and all are pretty balanced out...I just (and a lot of other hourglasses) tend to hold fat in the upper arms, so I will never get the "lean" looking arms and legs like other body types get that I SOOOO envy.

As far as looking like I weigh less than I really do, it depends on the outfit. If I wear something that flatters my hourglass shape (one of my belly dance performance costumes are a perfect example of this.) and I am showing off my shoulders/chest/waistline/hips then I definitely look smaller than I am. Most of my dance costumes have harem pants and full skirts that completely cover up my heavier legs...so it is as if they are nonexistent. :lol:

On the other hand...if I wear a huge baggy sweatshirt that covers up my thinner torso, and wear shorts-I look heavier than I am, simply because I am covering up the thinner, shapelier part of myself, and showing the heavier part.

The proper clothing makes a huge difference...

07-10-2006, 08:48 AM
No idea where I fit in with this...lol. I think hourglass, although as I'm losing weight through my thighs (thank goodness) I'm also losing weight through my hips :( I've never complained about my hips and they're going, going, GOING!!! My husband says they'll never disappear, but I'm really scared that my shape will go to beanpole straight! I've never had a butt to speak of, but with jogging and bike riding, it seems to be shaping up!! So maybe the butt building up will even out the hip loss? LOL.

Cassie, I just wanted to tell you to keep going and don't get discouraged!! You may be an apple now, but you may very well slim down with curves showing up in places that you didn't realize you had before! I saw your pics and you're looking GREAT. Seems we always lose weight in the places we don't need to first. My boobs were the first to go :( I'm not small chested really, but I will be if this keeps up...lol.