Your Body Shape Matter And Here’s Why

Many people out there wonder does the shape of your body matter in the area of weight loss. Doctores and physicians comment that it matters tremendously. The location of fat on your body can have tremendous consequences on your health. A common use used to measure if you are overweight and how much weight you need to use is a scale called the BMI index. The problem is this scale is limited in the information it provides.

A BMI scale does work in the general sense in telling you if you’re overweight or not, but what really seems to count is where your body stores that fat. This is what I mean. Body fat especially in areas such as the arms and thighs may not be very pretty; it may not be nearly as much of a health concern as lots of spare fat stored around the abdomen. You see having a large amount of tummy fat makes you more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.

Have you ever noticed that some people are shaped more like pears while others are shaped like apples? Obviously people with pear shape bodies tend to store most of it on their bottom and thighs thus creating a pear shape. While people with apple shapes tend to carry most of their weight around the abdomen. Though both shapes are generally unhealthy shapes to have, the apple shape tends to be the less healthier of the two. And this is why your body shape matters.

However, regardless of your shape losing weight increases your health benefits tremendously. And that’s why it makes sense to eat a sensible diet, be particular in the selections of food you make and engage in consistent exercise that fits your personality. So the next step you’ll want to do is to determine your BMI and figure out what kind of body shape you have. It may not be readily apparent whether you’re a pear or apple shape but the tale of the tape will explain everything. What follows are instructions on how to determine your body shape.

Measure your waist

To determine the proper measurement of your waist, feel for your hip bone on one side of your body then move upwards until you can feel the bones of your bottom rib. Halfway between is your waist. For most people this is where their belly button is. It may help to use a mirror when doing this.

For women:
Ideal: less than 80cm (32”).
High: 80cm to 88cm (32” to 35”).
Very high: more than 88cm (35”).

For men:
Ideal: less than 94cm (37”).
High: 94cm to 102cm (37” to 40”).
Very high: more than 102cm (40”).

How to calculate your waist-to-hip ratio

Figuring out the risk to your health is simple. Using a tape measure:

  • Measure your hips
  • Measure your waist
  • Divide the waist number by the hip number

A ratio of 1.0 or more in men or 0.85 or more in women indicates that you are carrying too much weight around your mid-section, putting you at increased risk of diseases that are linked to obesity, such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.