What’s your Body Shape? -for Women Only!
Weight gain occurs over the entire body in Lymphatic women, which gives them a ‘cuddly baby doll appearance’. Weight gain occurs very easily for Lymphatic women, as the metabolic rate is very slow, accompanied by a dysfunctional lymphatic system. Cellulite is common in this body type with deposits of fat swollen with lymphatic fluid, giving a dimpled appearance on thick puffy limbs.
For Lymphatic women exercise is not the favourite activity. Guidance by a nutritionist is the best way forward to reduce obesity and cellulite, by replacing it with nourishment and vitality. Excellent and long-lasting results are then achievable.
Android body types are characterised by broad shoulders, a large rib cage and strong shapely muscular limbs. Android body types are somewhat straight up and down with a narrow pelvis and hips that do not curve outwards. The waistline is not accentuated.
Android women have an anabolic metabolism, which leads to a body building tendency, so strength, both physical and mental, are prominent characteristics. Many good athletes are Android shaped. Weight gain occurs in the upper part of the body and on the front of the abdomen, so that an apple-shape may develop.
Curvaceous hips with a tapered, small waist are the prominent features for Gynaeoid women. They have small to medium shoulders and the breasts vary in size. The hips and thighs curve outwards and weight gain occurs only below the waistline.
Gynaeoid women tend to have a predominance of the female hormone oestrogen, (oestrogen dominance) which targets the uterine region, the hips, thighs and breasts. Excessive oestrogens promote fat deposition around the lower parts of the body as well as cellulite. If weight loss is attempted by following a very low fat low calorie diet, there is a reduction from the breasts, shoulders and arms etc., but alas not from the thighs and buttocks.
Thyroid body types are characterised by relatively long limbs with fine, narrow bones. They often become dancers and models, and can be described as having a ‘race-horse’ or ‘greyhound’ appearance.
Thyroid women consume stimulants in excess. These include; caffeine, nicotine, diet pills etc. A high metabolic rate allows them to eat generously with little or no weight gain. Of all the body types, Thyroid women are least likely to develop cellulite, but if it does occur, it will be on the buttocks and backs of the thighs.
Eat right for your Shape
-Cut Down on Fats and Sugars. To reduce your total calorie intake, eat less animal fats & refined sugar products: cookies, butter, sweets etc.
-Stock up on Protein. Your protein will help you to develop muscle during exercise.
-Resist Snacking! Eating between meals is a sure-fire way to put on weight. Avoid temptation by having four or five small meals a day, which include enough protein and carbohydrates (bread, cereal and pasta) to make you feel fuller for longer. Drinking water regularly will also keep you full.
-Eat Plenty of Fruit and Vegetables. Low in calories, they are rich in fiber, water, minerals and vitamins, which means that you get maximum nutrition and feel fuller for longer without putting on any extra weight.
-Little by Little. Don’t starve yourself; you will only end up cracking and putting on even more weight. There’s no need to rush, set reasonable objectives.
-Eat Calmly. There’s nothing worse than eating on the hoof : too much food, swallowed too quickly causes bloating. Sit down at mealtimes and eat slowly and carefully. Take your time to chew each mouthful properly and try not to drink too much at the same time.
-Cook. Ready-made foods are usually loaded with hidden sugars and fats and are over-processed, which is a recipe for disaster when it comes to putting on weight at the abdomen. Cooking can be relaxing and satisfying, so cook your meals from fresh as much as possible.
-Choose Wisely. Tummy enemies are sugars (cut down on cakes, sweets and chocolate) dairy products, (apart from yoghurts), pulses, rich sauces and fizzy drinks. Tummy friends are cooked vegetables, lean meat, fish, wholegrain cereals and fruit.
-Eat Like a King in the Morning and a Pauper in the Evening. Granny was right, a pyramid structure is best for your energy needs: eat a hearty breakfast, a good lunch, a small snack mid-afternoon and a lighter dinner for better digestion and a healthier, slimmer you.
-Good Fibres. A flat stomach is a sign of a healthy digestive system. Make sure you eat enough fibre, it will be more easily digested when lightly cooked, so it’s steamed vegetables and soups all the way!
-Go Easy on the Salt. Sodium makes water retention worse, so cut back on salt both at the table and while in the kitchen. Avoid ready meals, cheese, dried meat and sparkling drinks, as they all contain added salt.
-Eat Plenty of Protein. Protein helps your body replace fat with muscle and aids drainage. Build Protein into every meal, in the form of eggs, poultry, lean meat, fish and low-fat yoghurts and cheese, making sure that you limit the fat you use in cooking, by baking, grilling, steaming or dry-frying when you can.
-Hydrate Yourself. Water is essential for flushing the toxins out of your system. Drink a minimum of 1.5l of water throughout the day, or tea, tisanes, soups and unsweetened drinks. Water is best, however.
-Choose Fruit Over Vegetables. Rich in mineral salts, eating too many vegetables will make water retention worse. Go for fruit, which contains a lot of water, vitamins, fibre and natural sugar. -Limit Your Sugar Intake. There’s nothing like sugar for making you put on weight! Clear your cupboards of sweets, cakes, sweetened yoghurts and other dairy products, and ice cream. Choose carbohydrates for slow-release energy, with bread, pasta, cereal, dried vegetables and potatoes, which will provide your body with energy to burn.
A diet that is high in carbohydrates, proteins and moderate in fat. Intake of carbohydrates in proportion to protein should be 1:2 ratios.
-Eat more calories than you burn. Add 500 to 1000 calories every day.
-Eat six smaller meals throughout the day with a gap of two hours as it keeps constant supply of fuel to your muscles.
-Increase protein and carbohydrates (grains, granola, nuts, and dried fruits). Eat at least one gram of protein for every pound you weigh.
-Drink plenty of water so that your muscles stay hydrated.
-Avoid fried foods and skipping meals, for convenience or because you are busy.
-Avoid filling up on unhealthy, void calories drinks, junk or fast food. Beware of lots of or empty, hidden calories.