Some are blessed with bigger busts and slender legs while others are born with curvaceous hips and smaller waists. They are both shapes of beauty in their own way. The difference in these shapes not only makes up what you look like on the outside, but it plays a vital role in what is happening on the inside as well.
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Underneath every woman's wardrobe is a fruit of health waiting to be discovered. Dr. Marie Savard, author of Apples & Pears, The Body Weight Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness
, has made it her mission to show you how to find it and what you can do to stay healthy. The book focuses on one essential health factor that has been dangerously overlooked throughout the years: body shape
. According to Dr. Savard, "Your body shape is the single most powerful predictor of your future health." In the book, Dr. Savard provides answers to many of your weight loss and health questions including, the reasons for your cellulite
, low self esteem and menopausal hot flashes or why it's so hard for you to lose weight no matter how hard you try.
The fruit tree of health knowledge begins with determining whether you are an apple shape woman or a pear shape. Chances are you already have an idea. The most precise way to determine your shape is by using a tape measure. Dr. Savard says, "Grab the tape measure and measure your waist and your hips, then come up with the ratio. If you are a pear then it's your thighs, butt and hips that acquire the extra cushion. The more apple shaped you are the larger your waist size is going to be relative to your hips, and the much greater your health risks are when it comes to chronic inflammation, heart disease, diabetes and cancer."
In Apples & Pears, the first step is to determine your body shape, then it's time to chew the fat about fat. The critical difference between the two shapes lies in the type of fat you have and where it's stored. "What's extraordinary about the difference in body shape is how nature has really made that kind of fat two completely different organs depending on where the fat is stored," Dr. Savard tells eDiets. "Pear-zone fat is passive and actually protects against heart disease, the smaller your waist and the bigger your hips, the smaller your risk of heart disease. Apple-zone fat, on the other hand, is harmful. Apple shaped women have visceral fat, the very active fat. This type of fat is an actual gland that releases chemicals and hormones right to the liver. If too much starts to get stored in the liver and in excess in the abdomen, then their waist size gets larger, their insulin level goes up and inflammation occurs."