Body Type and Weight Gain
Is there a connection between the two?
Yes, there is a connection between body type and weight gain 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.
It happens to us all...
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, the menopause, over indulgence or other problems - the inevitability of ageing does produce a thickening or accumulation of fat somewhere around the middle part of the torso.
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, i.e. 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, or go straight to the Body Type Quiz. This will help to explain how and any your fat has settled where it has.
But every figure has it's positive points!
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.
However much weight you gain, you will always retain that hourglass shape even when your measurements increase.
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.
Even if you gain weight you will always keep a neat waistline.
An Inverted Triangle Body Shape has a High Hip or a Straight Hip line.
You have firm shoulders and usually a good bustline. Your torso tapers down to slim hips with little waist definition
Your middle age spread will settle above your waist and produce a Midriff Bulge and possibly a Muffin Top with some Back Fat.
When you gain weight you can disguise the weight with carefully chosen tops and you will always retain slim and shapely hips.
A Rectangular Body Shape has well balanced shoulders and hips.
A High or Straight Hip line means that you always retain slim and shapely hips and thighs.
Excess fat will gather above your waist creating a Midriff Bulge. However, you can carry disguise it quite easily without it showing and affecting the way you look.
When you gain a small amount of weight, it is quite easy to disguise as you always retain slim and shapely hips.
An Apple Body Shape has 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.
However much weight you gain, you will always keep slim and shapely legs which make you look taller and slimmer.
8 tips to streamline your look
- 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
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
But always LOVE and value yourself...
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