Knowing if you are apple shaped or pear shaped can help you determine where and why you gain weight. The difference between the two shapes depends on where fat is carried and stored. A simple calculation can be done to determine which body type you have. With a tape measure, measure what your waist circumference and your hip circumference are. Then calculate your waist to hip ratio. If that number is .80 or above, you are an apple shape. If that number is below .80, you are a pear shape. Knowing your shape can help with weight loss efforts and will get your results faster.
People who are apple shaped carry their weight around the middle. Excess amounts of fat are stored around the waist and on the stomach. This fat goes deep and will surround the organs. Any excess fat is unhealthy, but the fat around the organs can lead to many complications. Apple shapes are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer. They are also more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, menstrual irregularities, and fertility issues. The excess fat can also lead to inflammation and an increase in blood sugar.
To help combat the effects of this excess fat around the mid-section, apple shapes need to exercise at least 30 minutes per day. This will help to fight off the deep fat storage and keep it in a healthy range. Women with an apple shaped figure also need to eat a lot of fiber filled foods. These fiber foods will help combat the diabetes risk and the blood sugar increase.
A pear shape carries her weight around her hips, butt and thighs. The fat that is stored is called subcutaneous fat. This fat is used as energy. Any that is not used for energy will be stored immediately. Pear shapes are more likely to have issues with osteoporosis, varicose veins, cellulite and eating disorders. Since the excess weight is carried on the bottom half and is very hard to get rid of, pear shapes are more likely to suffer from lower self-esteem and poor body image.
For pear shapes to help fight off this excess fat, they need to eat low-fat foods. The fat cells in pear shapes attract fat cells, so the lesser amount of fat brought into the body, the better. To fight off this fat, a lot of resistance training needs to be done. A focus on squats and lunges will be the key to minimizing the amount of fat in the target zone.
Apple shapes and pear shapes carry weight differently, but someone with a pear shape, if not careful, can become an apple. But a pear can also go back to being a pear if the proper steps are taken. With the proper diet and nutrition, one will not have to worry about what shape she is and she can be in her best shape.