Healthy Living: EATING FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

Healthy Living: EATING FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

There’s no “one size fits all” body, so why follow a “one size fits all” diet? This is the notion behind eating for your body type. It’s an age old concept, practiced through Ayurveda, classical Chinese medicine, and various Western systems.PGX-blog-Eating-For-Your-Body-Type-20151123

An important principle in eating for your body type is that your diet and metabolism affect where your body stores extra fat [1] [2]. Below we break down the four most common body shapes, along with the foods that are best suited for each.

1. Apple Shape

Features: 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

Features: 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

Features: 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

Rectangle Shape

Features: 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:
[1] 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.