In a previous post I talked about how to dress the new you. Today I want to talk a bit about the difference between shape and size. Regardless of your size you will always have the same shape. If you’re top-heavy, when you lose weight you’ll wear a smaller size, but still be top-heavy. We all have a problem area, or at least, we think it’s a problem. If you are a pear shape, you will always have curvy hips no matter what size you eventually get down to. My advise is to know your shape and learn to love it, whatever the size.
Every shape has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. An apple shape must be careful not to carry too much fat in the midsection and may also be prone to back pain. Apples usually have a great pair of legs and they should flaunt them. A pear shape carries most of their weight in the hip and thighs and so must be careful about knee and ankle pain. Pears are curvy girls and should not be shy about wearing clothes that hug the hips. An hourglass is the coveted shape that everyone strives for. A tiny waist is a great asset. However, when an hourglass is overweight they carry a heavy load up top and down low as well and can experience the aches and pains of both the apple and the pear. A rectangular or box shape, lacks the curves of the other shapes and has weight fairly distributed throughout the body. A boxy girl must watch carrying too much weight in general.
The one thing that all women, regardless of shape should be concerned about is their waist to hip ratio. Measure your waist and hips and then divide your waist by your hip measurement. For example: Waist 33, Hips 43, take 33/43 and you get .77. It’s not enough for your waist to be smaller than your hips, you want the ratio to be less than .85 in order to avoid the health risks associated with excess abdominal fat.
*Special note for rectangular shape. Your waist and hip measurements will be close and so your ratio can be close to .85. In addition to this ration you will also need to take into account other factors. As long as your waist is 32 inches or less and your BMI is under 30 there is no reason to be concerned about a slightly higher waist to hip ratio.
Things to remember:
- There is no such thing as spot reducing.
- Weight loss is proportional throughout the body.
- The first place you tend to store fat will be the last place you lose it.
- Your shape is constant no matter what size you are.
The Little Things You Can Do Today
- Look at yourself in the mirror either naked or wearing under garments and find out what shape you are.
- Measure you waist and hips and find your waist to hip ratio.
- Start dressing for your shape and not your size.
- Dress to accentuate the best features of your shape.
- Love your shape; embrace your curves or lack thereof.
Until Next Week,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin, P.T.
- Once a Pear, Always a Pear. Embrace It. (piano2244.wordpress.com)
- BMI Isn’t a Good Indicator of Health Risks (natureworldnews.com)
- BMI is inaccurate and misleading (medicalnewstoday.com)