Unwanted pounds are, at best, wearisome. They make your clothes bulge weirdly, they degrade your confidence, and they make you feel guilty after every large meal. And how on earth do you even lose them? Even if we find an ideal diet, how do we stick to it? Well, the first step is this – accept yourself. Look, if you get into it because you can’t stand looking at yourself in the mirror, it’s all going to go wrong. Your weight doesn’t determine what kind of person you are, and most of the time it doesn’t even necessarily indicate your health level. You’re great, and eating well and exercising is there to make you feel better, not to guilt you into trying to look like the society’s version of a perfect woman. Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s dedicate the rest of this article to helping you out. Read on for some tips, specifically tailored to your body type.
Thinner waist with fat piling up on your hips and chest? You’re an hourglass, and getting a nice figure shouldn’t be difficult to accomplish if you follow an easy diet. Healthy fats full of omega-3 are going to help out a lot, so if you want a good idea for a snack, nuts such as walnuts, cashews, and almonds are perfect. Eat a handful of this mix between lunch and dinner to stock up on energy. Whole grains are also really useful for you, so quinoa, buckwheat, barley, and brown rice work great. Try whole grain toast with avocado and replace processed, sugary foods with fruits and veggies. Hourglass also benefits from plant-based protein, so tofu, edamame, lentils, and beans should be a part of your diet.
When it comes to exercising, you want to focus on weight lifting and improving your muscle tone. Lunges, pushups, leg raises, the plank, step ups and lifting kettlebells should all be in your routine.
If your weight centers mostly around your midsection, and you have a large belly, you’re an apple. Diet is very, very important for you because your body type carries some extra risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, especially if you have a history of it in your family. A low-glycemic diet is the thing for you, so cut out white bread, white rice, sweets, and pasta from your diet, and focus instead on green vegetables, bran cereals, chickpeas, and fruit. You will want to eat a lot of protein too, mainly fish and chicken protein, and similar to an hourglass, you benefit from monounsaturated fats, so avocado, nuts, olive oil and similar work quite well.
Apples benefit mostly from cardio, and it’s the fastest way for them to lose weight. Swimming is great, and so is cycling, running, the elliptical, jumping rope and walking. If you want to save time, a stationary bike is easy to use and gives good results.
Rounded hips and full thighs with a slimmer upper body are the marks of a pear. This fat is sadly the most difficult one to lose, but you’ll benefit from a high-fiber diet that’s also low in fat. Calcium can also be helpful for pears, but don’t take it as a supplement. Instead, Greek yogurt and green, leafy veggies will give you what you need. Alcohol is a bad idea, and so are fizzy drinks, and too much coffee. Switch it all to plain water and herbal tea with a hint of honey if you like it sweet.
The more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism is. Cycling and lower body strength training are great. You want something that will get your blood pumping and sweat those pounds off, but you also want to tone your thighs and your glutes.
The thing you need to do is change your goals from “must become slim” to “must become healthy.” The pounds will melt off a lot easier if you actually put your health first and love your own body.