Body Type and Weight Gain

Is there a connection between the two?

Yes, but only as much as where the weight is stored. Your body structure or 'frame' usually determines where you will initially carry any excess weight.

Unless you're incredibly lucky, or a martyr to the gym, most of us will gain a little weight through the trials and tribulations of life - usually around middle age if not before - and it's likely to be the middle area of your body that takes the hit.

Whether it's child-bearing, over-eating, the menopause, the inevitability of ageing or other problems - a thickening or accumulation of fat somewhere around the middle part of the torso is likely to happen.  

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Your Body Type decides...

It is your generic Body Type which dictates where you carry any excess weight - it's not something that you've done!

Your bone structure, that is the relationship between your shoulders and hips, determines your shape and how the weight is distributed and supported by your frame. 

Identify your Hip Shape, then it's easy to find your own Body Type. It won't help you to lose weight but at least you will understand how and why your fat has settled where it has.

Don't forget to appreciate your positive points!

Hourglass Body Shape

If you have an Hourglass body shape you are a curvy lady top and bottom.

Your shoulders and hips are well balanced.

When you gain weight it is usually equally distributed and you will probably gain weight on both your bust and your hips. You will also have a Rounded Tummy.

Your Positive Points

However much weight you gain, you will always keep a shapely waist - an hourglass figure even if your measurements increase.

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Pear shaped Body

If you have a Pear shaped body then you are a curvy lady top and bottom.

However, your hips are wider than your shoulders.

The connection between body type and weight gain is most evident here. When you gain 5 lbs you can expect to put 1 lb on each hip, 1 lb on each thigh and 1 lb onto your tummy.

Your Positive Points

However much weight you gain, you will always keep a smaller waist in comparison to your hips. 

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Inverted Triangle Body Shape

If you have an Inverted Triangle Body Shape you have a High Hip or a Straight Hip line. 

You have firm shoulders, you may have a good bustline. In either case your torso tapers down to slim hips with little waist definition

When you gain a bit of middle age spread, it will usually settle above your waist and produce a Midriff Bulge and possibly a Muffin Top with some Back Fat.

Your Positive Points

When you gain weight you can disguise the weight with carefully chosen tops and you will always retain slim and shapely hips.

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Rectangle Body Shape

If you have a Rectangular Body Shape your shoulders and hips are usually well balanced. 

You have a High Hip or Straight Hip line and you always retain slim and shapely hips and thighs.

When we look at your body type and weight gain, you will be aware of excess fat gathering above your waist creating a Midriff Bulge. However, you can carry it quite well without it showing and affecting the way you look. 

Your Positive Points

When you gain a small amount of weight, it is quite easy to disguise as you always retain slim and shapely hips.

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Apple Body Shape

If you have an Apple Body Shape you have a curvy bustline with straight hips.

Your shoulders and hips are well balanced although your shoulder line will be softer than a rectangular body shape.

You have hardly any waistline definition.

A middle age spread will continue to further settle around your mid section and you may develop a distinctly Protruding Stomach.

Your Positive Points

However much weight you gain, you will always keep slim and shapely legs which make you look taller and slimmer.

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8 tips to streamline your middle...

  • Following a healthy diet will benefit your figure, your looks and your health
  • Whatever your body type and weight gain, a few styling tips will help you to Look Slimmer
  • Exercise and a healthy lifestyle will keep your body healthy, more flexible and slimmer
  • Good posture will help you to appear taller and thinner and show off your body to advantage
  • High heels will help you to stand up straight, tucking in tummy and bottom 
  • Wearing all one color from top to toe will streamline your figure
  • Match hose to your shoes to lengthen your legs, nude to nude, black to black
  • Keep the focus on your face and hair by taking care with your appearance

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