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A pear-shaped body is usually described by a smaller upper body, smaller breasts, a heavier looking lower body and waist to hip ratio of 0.8 or even lower.

In order to find out one’s waist to hip ratio, you must first measure the waist an inch above the navel and the hip, because that is the widest part of the body. After measuring, divide the waist number by the hip number.

A pear-shaped body usually means that the person has a low metabolic rate and the excess fat is found directly under the skin. That is called subcutaneous fat. And to add to the frustration, the excess fat is usually around the buttocks, thighs and hips.

A pear-shaped body usually poses some really serious health risks, but they are not that serious to be life-threatening. These risks are mostly related to osteoporosis, cellulite and varicose veins.

It is not a rare instance that an eating disorder gets triggered by poor body image and frustration developed by the commonly advertised ideal of beauty of fashion models. Women who are seriously overweight after menopause could start facing the same health issues as those with pear-shaped bodies, because both conditions involve serious decreases in the female hormone, estrogen, in the body.

There is a precise weight loss diet for persons with pear-shaped bodies. Its ideal macronutritional proportions include 55 percent complex carbonates, 30 percent proteins and approximately 15 percent of so-called good fats which can be found in avocados, nuts, and olive and coconut oil.

The complex carbonates can be found in most fruits, brown rice, and green vegetables. The diet should also include foods that are rich in soluble fiber which means all kinds of cereals, soy products and mushrooms.

The ingestion of proteins should be moderately high. Animal fat in fatty foods such as meats and milk products should be avoided at all costs. A supplement consisting of at least half a gram of calcium taken three times a day should also be included because of a high risk of osteoporosis. Fiber supplements should be avoided also.

Various workouts also provide great help in reducing the pear-shape of one’s body. About 30 minutes of low to medium intensity workouts five to six times per week is a must.

It will boost the metabolism and protect from osteoporosis. Workouts that put pressure on the bones should be favored as well, such as walking, swimming, biking and many other workouts. Yoga helps shape the body as well.

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