We are all born different and our body will change during our lifetime. Culinary habits, physical exercise and the lifestyle we have can greatly influence the way we look and feel. More precisely, recent studies show that there is a close connection between the shape of our body and our health.
Dr Margaret Ashwell, a former UK government advisor, in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University nutritionists, compared data from 31 studies comprising of 300,000 men and women around the world. They looked at methods of assessing health according to the anatomy of people.
The conclusions formulated by the two specialists, quoted by DailyMail.com, could lead to the disappearance of the term Body Mass Index – BMI (the number calculated from your height and weight; a score of 25 or more suggests you’re overweight; 30 or more points to obesity), and introduce an alternative health indicator – the circumference of the waist.
How come? Fats that are deposited in the abdomen area are extremely harmful. They lead to chemical reactions that are not at all favourable to vital organs, as opposed to fat on the bottom, hips or thighs, for example.
This is a simple way to measure how much fat you have around your belly, which can tell you your odds for health problems, like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. According to the British researcher, people should have no more than half the height at their waist. For example, a woman with a height of 170 cm should have a waist up to a maximum of 85 cm. A man with a height of 180 cm, should not exceed 90 cm in the waist. If these dimensions are exceeded, then the silhouette is apple-shaped, and the health risks to health are getting bigger. These numbers may vary slightly if you have a very large body size.
Find your body shape
The ectomorph type has a narrower frame, thinner bones, and smaller joints, that may be flatter in the chest and butt. A good example are fashion models or ballerinas. The ectomorph body often processes food quickly, making it harder to build muscle or put on weight.
Typically characterised by more body fat and muscle, smaller shoulders, shorter limbs, and larger bone structure, the endomorph body gains weight easily, especially in the lower belly and hips. People having an endomorph body find it harder to lose weight, as their body is more likely to store “high carbohydrates” foods as fat instead of burning them.
A mesomorph is an athletic person, strongly build with wide shoulders, a narrow waist, and low body fat. You will find it easy to lose and gain weight, making your body type well-suited to muscle-building activities.
It combines a slimmer “upper body with extra fat in the hip and thigh area. The pear shape body is more common among women than men. One study found that in some cases fat in the hips and thighs was linked to lower odds for some diseases.
Scientists studied about 3,000 adults for more than 12 years and found those whose thighs measured less than 24 1/2 inches were more likely to have heart disease and other health problems.
The apple shape body will store more fat around the stomach, while the lower body stays thin. It’s more common in men, and it’s worse for health as belly fat is often a sign that you have more fat around your internal organs, as opposed to just beneath the skin. Belly fat is often linked to heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Exercise and Eat to Stay in Shape
No matter what body shape you have you need to exercise to get rid of deeper fat and build muscle, even if your weight stays the same. 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week is best for your health while building muscle with weights or yoga can also help. A moderate diet, based on lots of greens, whole grains, low-fat dairy and organic fruits can improve your overall health. Give up fried, sweetened foods and carbonated drinks that boost belly fat.
A diet that is going to be successful needs to be based on staple foods that one eats, that is low in fat, salt and sugar and rich in minerals. It also needs to have vitamins, protein, fibre, carbohydrate and Omega 3 oils. Ideally, the diet should be 70% alkaline (fruits and vegetables) foods, emphasising on Pitta pacifying food.
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