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What Body Shape Are You? And the Foods You Should Eat and Avoid

Yes, every individual has a distinct body type (or known as somatotype), mainly categorized into three basic body types.

Endomorphs – The fat retainer’s type
Mesomorphs – The athletic type
Ectomorphs- The skinny type

Different body types are largely dependent upon genetics, it is impossible to change your body type but you can learn to make the best of what you have. Different body types have different body shapes, in addition to the 3 body types; women are typically classified having 4 body shapes, namely hourglass, pear, apple and ruler/Banana body shape. Let’s get to know the peculiarities of each body shape in detail.

Hourglass
Considered as the dream figure, the hourglass is probably the most envied of all the shapes. The Hourglass shaped women have well-proportioned upper and lower bodies with a narrow waist. They are inclined to gain weight all over the body, in particular, the hips and chest area.

Best foods:

  • Lean and high-quality proteins (skinless chicken, tuna, turkey breast)
  • High fiber
  • Non-starchy vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, zucchini and all leafy vegetables)

Worst foods:

  • Cooked starchy vegetables (carrot, beet, potatoes)
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Foods in high sugar

Pear
Pear shaped women have larger lower bodies and small upper bodies. Hips are slightly wider than the shoulders and weight is gained below the waist. They usually have small chests and flat stomachs.

Best foods:

  • Lean and high-quality proteins (skinless chicken, tuna, turkey breast)
  • Cooked raw fibers
  • Non-starchy vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, zucchini and all leafy vegetables)
  • Fruits that are less in sugar content (berries, apples, cherries)

Worst foods:

  • High sugar content fruits (pear, melon, apricot, grapes, pineapple)
  • Cooked starchy vegetables (carrot, beet, potatoes)
  • Carbonated drinks

Apple
Apple shaped women are bigger on the top half of their bodies than the lower half. Hips are slim and chest and stomach are larger.

Best foods:

  • High-quality proteins (chicken, tuna, turkey, beans, whole wheat)
  • Complex carbs (all fruits, vegetables, and brown rice)
  • High in Omega 3 (salmon, flax seeds, olive oil, avocados, nuts)

Worst foods:

  • Simple carbs ( high starches like white rice, wheat products and potatoes)
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Foods high in sugar

Ruler/Banana
Ruler-shaped women have no significant differences between the size of their hips, waist and shoulders. Weight is gained on their stomach and back sides whilst retaining slender arms and legs.

Best foods:

  • High-quality proteins (chicken, tuna, turkey, beans, whole wheat)
  • All complex carbs (all fruits, non starchy vegetables, and brown rice)
  • High in Omega 3 (salmon, flax seeds, olive oil, avocados, nuts)

Worst foods:

  • Simple carbs ( high starches like white rice, wheat products and potatoes)
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Foods high in sugar

Every body shape has its peculiarities, while you cannot change it, it is best to keep it fit and healthy.

About The Author

Skin Specialist in Pune

Dr Niteen Dhepe is a Board Certified Dermatologist and has developed himself as a pioneer in field of Cosmetic Dermatology and Lasers in India. He is the biggest entrepreneur in contemporary dermatology world of India.

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