The Best Foods to Eat for Your Body Type: Part 2

This week, we are continuing our talk on the best foods to eat for your body type. Last week, we covered the best foods for Apple and Pear shaped body types, and this week it is all about the Inverted Pyramid and Hourglass shapes.

The Inverted Pyramid Body Type

Imagine a pyramid that has been flipped upside down when thinking of this body type. Those who are Inverted Pyramids usually have broader shoulders and chests, with a narrower waist and hips. Fat is typically stored in the chest, the back of the arms, and above the bra line.

Inverted Pyramids can tell they are eating poorly because they will have good energy throughout the day, but then quickly run out of steam when evening comes and fall into the temptation of their cravings. Inverted Pyramids are most likely to crave salty, fatty, and fast foods along with alcohol. They tend to gain weight due to higher levels of cortisol.

Inverted Pyramids need to stay away from heavy meats, heavy cheese, salty snacks, protein bars, and caffeinated drinks. Instead, they would be better off eating complex carbohydrates, such as oatmeal and quinoa, alongside low-fat dairy. Those with this body type also do well with an abundance of fresh vegetable juices, leafy greens, and high-fiber fruit.

The Hourglass Body Type

This body shape is commonly sought out by others because these people tend to have a smaller waist and a larger chest and hip area, when in shape. This body type is most likely to gain weight all over the body, but the weight gain is most noticeable in the face, as well as the arms, chest, knees, and ankles. When someone with an hourglass figure is out of shape, their body has a soft, round look.

Hourglasses tend to crave dairy and sugary carbohydrates. They can tell that they are not doing well on their diet when they suffer from water retention and congestion. Usually their weight gain is a response to hormones and an out of balance pituitary gland.

In order to balance hormones and lose weight as an hourglass shape, it is important to eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables. Also include whole grain cereals, such as oatmeal, and a daily serving of lean protein and a lot of spices. Hourglasses would do better nutritionally if they limited their consumption of high-fat meats and processed carbohydrates. They should also eliminate caffeinated beverages, dairy, refined carbs, and sweets.

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