An important principle in eating for your body type is that your diet and metabolism affect where your body stores extra fat <1
>. Below we break down the four most common body shapes, along with the foods that are best suited for each.
1. Apple Shape
Excess abdominal fat with slim arms and legs.
- Top foods: Lean proteins and dark leafy greens
- Don’t forget: Good fats from coconut oil, nuts, avocados, and eggs
- Cut back on: Starchy foods and refined carbs
- Smart tip: Keep blood sugar levels already within the normal range steady and cravings curbed
2. Pear Shape
Heavy hips and thighs with a thin upper body.
- Top foods: High fibre fruits and vegetables with whole grains, such as oats, quinoa, and rice
- Don’t forget: Small portions of lean protein and good fats
- Cut back on: Dairy fats, soy, non-organic fruits and vegetables
- Smart tip: Avoid foods that may contain pesticides and growth hormones
Inverted Pyramid Shape
Muscular upper body with excess chest and back fat.
- Top foods: Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fresh vegetables and fibre rich fruit
- Don’t forget: Low fat dairy
- Cut back on: Dairy fats, meat, salt
- Smart tip: Avoid the afternoon energy slump
Even fat distribution from head to toe.
- Top foods: Raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and spices
- Don’t forget: Small servings of lean protein
- Cut back on: Animal fats and refined carbohydrates
- Smart tip: Eat plenty of fibre
No matter what your body type is, you’re sure to benefit from the soluble fibre and 20 g of lean protein in each serving of *PGX Vegan Protein. *Drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX®. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX®. References:
> Mitchell, T. The Belly Burn Plan. Ontario: Harlequin, 2015. Print<2
> Abravanel, E. and Elizabeth King. Dr. Abravanel’s Body Type Diet and Lifetime Nutrition Plan. Bantam Books, 1999. Print.