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by Lesley Handley

What your body type can say about your health.

According to Doctors, there are 3 main body types; apple, pear and hour glass (they can also be known as Ectomorph, Endomorph and Mesomorph). Which one you have can say a lot about your health, and can sometimes explain why losing weight can be a bit tougher.

“Apple” body types tend to carry excess weight around their waist. This is where a dangerous amount of fat often accumulates. The type of fat that accumulates here is known as visceral fat and it penetrates deep under the skin. It builds up around the organs and can harm them over time. The result of this is a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. The ‘upside’ for ‘apple’ shape body types is that visceral fat is the easiest type to get rid of through diet and exercise, meaning this body type can often lose weight faster than other body shapes.

“Pear” body types tend to store most excess fat in the lower half of their body. This type of fat is often referred to as ‘passive fat’ and can be a bit harder to lose. While it is not deemed as dangerous as visceral fat it does place a lot of extra stress on the legs and can increase the risk of varicose veins or knee and leg joint issues. The ‘upside’ for ‘pears’ is that they are at a lower risk of the diseases that ‘apples’ can often face.

Finally, there are the ‘hourglass’ shapes or also referred to as ‘rectangle’ for men. These body shapes tend to carry excess weight all over. This includes visceral fat around the trunk area meaning they are also at risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

So, which body shape are you?


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