Where do you carry your fat?
"In my hips and thighs."
"In my stomach."
Where you carry your fat means a lot to your overall health. If you are apple shape, carrying around your waist, you are more likely to have heart disease, diabetes, or breast cancer. Apples are also more likely to have anxiety, depression, and menstrual problems.
If you're pear shaped you add pounds around your hips butt and thighs. You are more susceptible to problems like osteoporosis, varicose veins, and cellulite. They often also have a rough time through menopause. So how do you know which one you are?
"If your waist/hip ratio is greater than .08, you are an apple, less than that you are pear shaped," explains Dr. Lisa Graves with ETMC.
But you don't have to stay either shape.
"With exercise and diet people can turn their apple shape into a normal shape," says Dr. Graves.
Apples should eat lots of fiber and do more aerobic exercise to slim you middle. Pears should eat low fat food and do resistance training. Dr. graves also recommends getting down to a healthy weight.
"Really you need to look at a basic healthy weight and BMI below 30 and if you are 5'4 you want to weigh less than 175 pounds," she says.