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Shaped like an APPLE or a PEAR?



This is the second part of the “New Year’s Resolution” series. Have you always struggled with weightloss? Have you watched your friends lose weight with the Atkins, or Southbeach diet, while you only gained or did not change at all? Are you vowing that in ’09 you will finally fit into those “jeans” you have hanging in your closet? Then, it’s time you take a closer look at your mid-region to figure out if your “shape” is hindering you from achieve your weight-loss goals.

The way your body is shaped determines how and where it stores fat. When it comes to body shapes, we all fall under two basic categories (not counting the “ruler” and “hourglass” we utilize in fashion), we are either Apple-shaped, or Pear-shaped.

If you are Apple-shaped, you are most likely characterized as having larger breasts, smaller hips, larger waist and a protruding belly. For apple-shaped individuals, excess fat tends to store around your breast, waist, stomach, and internal organs (heart,liver, kidneys intestines). It is the fat surrounding the internal organs that put apple-shaped individuals at a greater health risk than those that are Pear-shaped.

Pear-Shaped individuals are characterized as having a lower metabolism, a smaller upper body with a heavier lower body (hips, buttocks, legs); and are more likely to store fat under the skin, buttocks, thighs and hips.

According to medical experts, individuals that are apple shaped tend to be at risk for greater health problems, because abdominal fat is more harmful than the fat that is stored under the skin. Abdominal fat puts one at a greater risk of developing metabolism problems, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease; and increases one’s risk of developing breast and endometrial cancer. Due to the fact that abdominal fat also surrounds the internal organs, this fat tends to affect the respiratory function of the body. For Pear-shaped individuals, the health risks tends to be less, and often includes osteoporosis.

So now you know your shape, what can you do to achieve an effective weightloss? Below are Diet and Exercise tips courtesy of Apples & Pears by Dr. Marie Savard.


If you are an “APPLE”, be sure to ALWAYS avoid foods that are fried and fatty, contain cream and all white-flour. Also be sure to stay away from empty sugar from carbonated drinks and candy; instead, include ‘good’ proteins like eggs, soy, salmon, halibut, trout, and beans to your daily menu. Apple-shaped individuals should favor whole-wheat and rye products; as well as complex carbs like fruits and vegetables. To be eaten moderately are animal protein like chicken, beef, tuna, dairy products and “healthy” fats (olive oil, yoghurt dressing, nuts).

Exercise tips:Since apple-shaped individuals tend to store fat around their mid-region, they should perform medium to high cardiovascular exercises like aerobics, and strength-training for at least 2-3 times a week.

Diet tips for the PEAR-SHAPED

If you are Pear-shaped, you should favor more complex carbs like fruits, vegetables, brown rice and whole grains; while moderately eating healthy proteins like tuna, salmon, turkey and lean beef. Foods that should be avoided include meat with fatty parts, whole salad dressings, regular milk, cheese, butter and sour creams.

Exercise tips:To help boost your metabolism, it is advisable that one works out early in the morning, and must include exercises that help strengthen your bones like walking, rope jumping and aerobics (low/medium intensity). To help tone the body, it advisable to do strength training exercise at a moderate pace for at least 4 to 5 times a week.

Finally, discovering your body type is definitely a first step in paying attention to your diet and figuring out what works for you. But most importantly, true weight-loss is only achieved through proper nutrition and exercise, so don’t forget to consult your physician before you begin a new diet, and be sure to supplement your meals with the right vitamins (Pear-shapes should include calcium supplements for bone strengthening).

For more information, be sure to check out the book Apples & Pears.


  1. yety

    January 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    ah thank u azara, this pear shaped sista now knows wat to do, i shall try to avoid all the wonderful foods that make me fat and try to enjoy the boring food that is good 4 me…life is unfair 🙁 lol

  2. sharone

    January 19, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    What if I’m neither apple shaped nor pear shaped…in-between?

  3. Chika Moses

    January 20, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Oooh! I’m a pear… thanks for the tips! <3

  4. Azara Azara

    January 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    @sharone, it all depends on where you tend to store fat first when u gain weight. Does it tend to go to ur stomach first, thighs first, bum where? and from there u know which shape is most describes u most.

  5. Onome

    March 16, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Thnx 4 d tips. I’m pear-shaped though i knew all along but 4 d type of exercise 4 my shape,i had no idea b4 now.

  6. Bebe

    June 19, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I think I’m both! 🙁

    I am bigger around my hips and thighs that my upper body, but I also have a big tummy. Does that mean I have to cut out most carbs and most protein too? And also most desserts? *sobs*

  7. Cazar

    June 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Well done, I am all in the mid-section area. Flat belly just lots of luv handles. Will carry on with the excercise and target the right area.

  8. joy

    July 6, 2010 at 5:28 am

    i need help on how to lose weght in 2weeks. I am size 14 i need to go back to be a size 8 how do it.
    Thank you so much for your help

  9. notaplayahater

    July 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    @ joy- did u go from being a size 8 to a 14 in 2 weeks???? SMH. if u want to lose it that fast, just get a magic wand…… hmmm.. Umu africa!!

  10. Gloria

    September 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    It’s like I store my own in my arms,my hubby calls me Christian mother,some call it bat wings pls wot can’t I do 2 take those fat off my arm,it’s makes me sort of shapeless

  11. Mara

    October 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Unbelievable….buh d best way to lose weight and maintain it in conjunction with exercise is to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner early……skippin meals ain’t advisable.jus stick 2reduced portions

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