I stumbled upon an article in a magazine about how to eat right according to your body shape. It got me thinking can this be right, does my body shape really matter when it comes to food? Then I started to read further and then I found that this could actually make sense.
Are you shaped like Apple or a Pear? Apple shapes gain weight more easily around the waist (belly-fat), while pear shapes tend to gain weight in the hip and buttock area.
Eating for your body shape can help you not only lose weight, but it can protect your future health, according to Dr. Marie Savard, author of the book “Apples and Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness“. Dr. Savard also claims that apple-shaped people have a greater risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. While pear-shaped people are more likely to face conditions, such as osteoporosis, varicose veins, cellulite and eating disorders. Study done by Dr. Jialal, professor at University of California, found that in spite of the old myth about individuals with apple-shapes (fat carried around the belly) have long been considered at higher risk for those conditions that Dr. Savard talks about. This new study shows that pear-shaped people are not automatically healthier. Pear-shaped individuals (those who carry extra weight in their thighs and buttocks) aren’t protected from certain chronic health conditions as previously thought. Dr. Jialal points out that losing any extra pounds can lower your chances of getting sick no matter what shape you are.
Best food for Apple-shaped people:
According to Dr. Starvard apple-shaped people should eat a diet high in fiber-rich complex carbohydrates which contains moderate amounts of heart-healthy fat, found in nuts, avocados, and olive oil, this sort of diet while increasing your body’s ability to burn fat. This means eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains such as brown rice and wholemeal bread, and fiber found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots and barley. This diet can contribute to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.
High fiber foods have fewer calories per volume of food than other food groups, and require more chewing, leading to better levels of satiety. Which means that you can eat the same weight of food but feel full on fewer calories.
Best food for Pear-shaped people:
According to Dr. Savard pear-shaped individuals should eat complex carbohydrates like whole grains, dark breads, brown rice, quinoa, all vegetables, legumes and fruits. Eat low-fat but also healthy fats like salmon, almonds and flax-seed. Also use olive -, coconut and canola oils. Moderate protein intake is recommended, such as chicken and lamb, soy foods, tuna, trout, skinless chicken/turkey breast, very lean beef, eggs, fat-free yogurt and cottage cheese. Pear-shaped people should avoid consuming much cream, full-fat milk, cheese, butter, fatty foods, mayonnaise, anything deep-fried and salty foods. Dr. Savard recommends taking a calcium supplement, since osteoporosis is a risk later in life.