Todays email is discussing body types. We all know the classic ones – pear and apple shape. But let’s go into a bit more relevant detail and explore the EIGHT body types!
Knowing which one you are can help you understand how to dress, eat, and what is a realistic weight loss expectation to have.
Can we find Joy and Self-Love in our body — NOW?
We often set a goal for weight loss based an an image, usually of a slender, straight body type, and can put so much pressure on ourselves to achieve it.
Or when we get older and wiser, our body changes, and we want to look like we did in our 20’s.
Often there are unrealistic expectations around weight loss, and we set ourselves up for failure.
Understanding your true body type can help you feel more a peace and empowered with the wonderful body you do have – rather than an unrealistic image.
No matter where you are in this world right now, thank your body! Your body is a miracle of nature, and too often we put negative comments on ourselves instead of gratitude and positive affirmation. So give yourself a big hug! You’re body is beautiful and amazing!
The 8 Body Types
Spoon Body Type
The hips are larger than the bust and the hips have distinguishing “shelf” shape. The waist is only slightly smaller than the bust.
Hourglass Body Type
The bust and hips are basically the same size with a well defined waist.
Top Hourglass Body Type
The bust is larger than the hips and the waist is well defined.
Diamond Body Type
The waist is larger than the bust and hips. The shoulders are narrow compared to the hips. Often classed as an apple shape.
With each body shape, you can still be under or overweight. An underweight Straight Type will look totally different to an underweight Oval Type. You can imagine how stressful it would be for an Oval type to compare themselves to the Straight Type and develop an eating disorder because they look so different.
If you are trying to lose weight right now, it is great to have a goal to work toward. But maybe admiring someone with a totally different body to you is not the healthiest choice.
Instead, try setting real, tangible goals that celebrate positive and healthy achievements.
Here’re some examples:
- Use a snug pair of jeans as your goal to fit back into instead of scales.
- Use a step tracker to count your steps every day and celebrate when you do 500 more steps then your weekly average.
- Ask others how they think you are looking. If you have been eating well and focusing on weight loss, those around you will notice – ask them for affirmation!
- Discover 1 new healthy recipe, and eat it mindfully, enjoying every bite, without distraction of TV or newspapers.
- Take weekly waist measurements. Often the scales are not the best tool to measure weight loss, but a tape measure will reliably show the positive changes.
- Rate your vitality out of 10. If it is not 8 or more, why is it low? Maybe your hormones need support before your body will lose excess weight.
Do you love celebrities? I think we all can get a bit mesmerized by them!! Here are some celebrity body shapes:
Catherine Zeta Jones – Hourglass Body Type
Christina Aguilera – Pear Body Type
Gwyneth Paltrow – Straight Body Type
Cameron Diaz – Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Queen Latifah – Oval Body Type
Melissa McCarthy – Oval Body Type
I hope this email gives you some new appreciation of your wonderful body!
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