You may only think of your body shape when your aim is to find the next perfect outfit. But the truth is that your body shape could also say quite a bit about your health.
There are a few different body shapes, and you can determine which one you’re sporting by using some measuring tape. Below is a short guide to the different body types, including how to measure your body to find yours. Then there’s some additional information on what your body shape could mean for your health. So, let’s get started!
What to Measure
Start by measuring your shoulders. Measure yourself from the tip of one of your shoulders, moving the tape around your body. Make sure that the tape is high up on the shoulders to the point that it nearly slips off.
Next, measure your bust by pulling the tape across the fullest part of your breast and around the back while wearing a bra. The tape should be taut, but not so taut that you end up applying pressure to the breasts.
After getting your first two measurements, it is time to measure yourself at the smallest part of the waist. This is located just above your belly button. Don’t suck your stomach in.
Finally, you can measure your hips by starting at one of your hips and wrapping the tape around the biggest part of your butt. You’re all done!
The Different Body Shapes
If you are an apple, your hips and your shoulders, and your waist and bust measurements, will be roughly the same size. There will be minimal difference between your hips, waist, and bust measurements.
If you are a pear, your hips measurement will be larger than that of your shoulders. If you want to do some math, your hips will be more than 5% larger than the bust or shoulders.
If you are a rectangle, the measurements for your shoulders, hips, and bust will be roughly the same. Your waistline won’t be too defined either.
If you are an hourglass, your hips and shoulders will be around the same size. Your waistline will also be defined. If you want to do some math, your waist should be a minimum of 25% smaller than the bust or shoulders, as well as the hips. Also, the hip and shoulders measurements should be within 5% of one another.
• Inverted Triangle
If you are an inverted triangle, your bust or your shoulders will be larger than your hips.
Your Body Shape and Your Health
Now that you know what your body shape is, you can use this information to purchase the ideal outfits to look your best. Beyond that, however, you could discover a bit more about your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to your health.
So, what does each body shape have to say about your health?
If you have an apple shape, you might be at a higher risk for conditions like diabetes and heart disease, as well as stroke. This is because you tend to have more fat within the area of your tummy.
To reduce your risk of disease, try your best to lead an active lifestyle that includes regular workout sessions that combine cardio and strength training. You may also benefit from following a diet that is low in carbs and high in fiber and protein.
If you have a pear shape, you might have a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome because more fat is stored within the thighs, hips, and butt. This might also increase your risk of osteoarthritis. And this shape may even mean that you have higher levels of estrogen, which might boost your risk of estrogen-dominant diseases like breast cancer. Also, you might find it hard to lose weight, so following a healthy diet that is low in fat is important. In addition to following a low-fat diet, though, avoid skipping meals, and perform workouts that target the leg muscles.
If your shape is that of the rectangle, you might have a higher metabolism that allows you to maintain a healthy weight more easily. Eating a variety of foods in moderation, while keeping a close eye on how many calories you are burning and consuming is a good idea. Following a workout routine that builds strength in the shoulders and lower body will also add more curves to this shape.
If you have an hourglass shape, you might carry extra weight all over your body, including around your midsection. When that occurs, your risk of developing conditions like diabetes and heart disease could increase, so following a healthy diet and exercise routine will help keep the fat in your body to a minimum.
• Inverted Triangle
If your body shape is that of an inverted triangle, you may be at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. But this shape also tends to have a higher metabolism and a good proportion of muscle. Losing weight may come more easily to the inverted triangle, but if you eat a diet that is too high in fat, you might increase your risk of heart disease. Eating a protein rich diet and focusing on exercises that will tone your lower body are recommended.
So, there you have it. Now you know more about your body shape and the health pros and cons behind it!