Body Shape Characteristics:
For people with a Pear shape body, there is too much fats stored in the buttocks and thighs, which means fats are mainly deposited at these areas, resulting in the lower half of the body growing fatter while the upper half of the body does not, like the shape of a pear. When the waist to buttocks ratio is smaller than 0.8 for men and 0.7 for women, it is known as Pear shaped obesity. The amount of fats in the muscles of people with this type of obesity is much more than normal weight people. The higher the amount of fats in the muscles, the greater the insulin resistance. There is also a greater harm to the body.
Most Pear shape people have a sweet tooth. Apart from the usual three meals a day, they tend to eat snacks including midnight snacks. The worst thing is they tend to sit down immediately after eating, resulting in the accumulation of fats. Their buttocks thus grow fatter and droop. In addition, they do not take in enough fiber from the food they eat. As such, the body’s excretory system and metabolism do not function well causing fatness of the legs and thighs.
1. Cut down on calorie-rich food
Food high in calorie content like cakes, chocolates, cream, chips, ice cream and fried food are to be avoided. Try not to eat sandwiches or burgers coated with mayonnaise and instead replace mayonnaise with slices of tomatoes.
P.S. Control intake of milk and meat which are rich in calories, to once a day.
2. Eat more of food rich in Vitamin E which aids in the breaking down of fats.
Vitamin E: Breaks down stored fats and cholesterol, allows the normal functioning of the nerves and muscle tissues, and promotes blood circulation thus providing blood rich in oxygen and nutrient to the legs which are the parts furthest from the heart.
P.S. If blood flow in the veins becomes stagnant, there will also be stagnation of tissue fluid. The waist and legs may then be prone to becoming thicker.
Food with Vitamin E:
Staple: rice, sweet potato
Vegetable: lettuce, tomato, carrot
Fruit: avocado, orange peel
Milk: milk and other dairy products
Nut: sesame, legumes, nuts, plant seeds
Oil: corn oil, peanut oil, sesame oil
See slim diet tips for more diet strategies.
Body slimming Focus:
People with Pear shape body should pay attention to sculpting the contours of the lower half of the body and to speeding up of the processes of detoxification and disintegration of underlying fat tissues. Combine this with exercises concentrating on the lower body to reduce fats stored there, for example rope skipping and walking on treadmill. Avoid exercises on the lower limbs that may put a load on them such as climbing, swimming and cycling, as these exercises will make the lower body sturdier. Make your dietary arrangements and plan your exercises with a focus on slimming down your lower body and you can be slim too! Ideally, exercise four times a week with 30 minutes of each on aerobic exercises.
Recommended body slimming exercises:
The exercises highlighted below can help a Pear shape individual achieve a relatively fast weight loss while re-proportioning the body to ensure that the fats are replaced by lean muscle and the body gets slimmer.
See How to slim down topic to learn more about body shaping exercises.
For the hip, thigh and calf
1. Legs closed together; knees bend, and straighten the upper body.
2. Bring your knee forward to hip height, then bring the leg back and stretch backward, be aware that the feet should not touch the ground.
3. This action should be performed 3 times a set and do 15 sets.
For the waist and thighs
1. Lie down sideway, bring your feet backward, knees, hips and shoulders should be in a straight line.
2. Prop up the upper body, the position of the elbow should be just below the shoulder.
3. Shoulder remains still, move your hip up and down for 3 times a set, and repeats these 12 times.
For the hips and thighs
1. Lying down on the ground with body facing up, knees bent, feet touching the ground, legs should be close together.
2. Raise your hips; be sure to keep your shoulders touching the ground.
3. When your hip reaches the highest point, clamp your knees and legs.
For abdominal region
1. Lie down flat, raise your legs, bend your knees and keep your posture just like a bench.
2. Hold hands behind your head, elbows outward, and keep the upper body off the ground.
3. Once you reach this point, let your upper body lie down on the ground again, then bring your knee toward your chest, and relax. This action should be done 3 times a set, and repeat it 10 times.
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