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Old 10-09-2012, 11:54 AM   #1
 
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Default For those struggling to lose abdominal fat

This article may give you some insight into why.

The apple shape--everything about this body type describes my life--including interrupted incomplete puberty due to secondary amenorrhea at around age 12-13. Also contains interesting info for you poor, shapely pear-shaped ladies (yes, you detected a note of envy there.)

I guess the upside is an easier transition into menopause and beyond for us apples. I do disagree, however, with the author's assertion that every woman falls into either the pear or the apple category.

Apples and Pears--Womens' Body Shapes explained
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:26 PM   #2
 
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I do disagree, however, with the author's assertion that every woman falls into either the pear or the apple category.
The major issue I had with this whole thing is the terminology. She's talking solely about waist-to-hip ratio, and using that to classify everyone into what she's calling "apple" or "pear". It's just that everyone already had preconceived notions of what an apple or a pear shape is, and all the different things it can take into account (more than just that one ratio). Clearly, using a single number of waist-to-hip ratio you can easily classify people into 2 groups, she just shouldn't have used the names that everyone already knows as, basically, something else! I mean, the most obvious exception here is the hourglass shape. Lots of women have large upper bodies (arms, breasts), as well as large hips and thighs, and still have a defined waist. The author ignores this completely. I mean, yes, if you pretend my top half doesn't exist then I'm an obvious pear shape, that's what my waist-to-hip ratio says. But I'm in no way actually shaped like a pear!
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:32 PM   #3
 
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^^ITA. I'm hourglass shape. I put on weight all over. Of course without boobs, I'd be a pear shape too.
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I find the whole apple/pear designation to be confusing. I don't think I fit into either category. My waist is 9 inches smaller than my hips, and according to this article, that makes me a pear. (If I'm doing the correct calculations.).

But I tend to put on weight in my middle--that's the first place it goes; I have fairly broad shoulders, thin legs, small to medium bust, but have a butt and hips, unlike an apple. My waist isn't as tiny as it was when I was in my 20s, but I'm not straight up and down like your typical apple.

My sisters are the same: fairly defined waist-hips, but not bottom heavy and always battling the belly.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:27 PM   #5
 
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I posted this primarily for women who are frustrated by their stubborn central/abdominal fat and why it's important to not let their frustration get the better of them or think their exercise/diet plans are failures and just give up the fight.

Keep fighting--it's not just a matter of aesthetics.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:46 PM   #6
 
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interesting stuff. i sent the faq doc to my mother. she's an apple who had gastric bypass and is now suffering from the weight coming back and some of the health issues mentioned.
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interesting stuff. i sent the faq doc to my mother. she's an apple who had gastric bypass and is now suffering from the weight coming back and some of the health issues mentioned.
I've struggled with abdominal fat all my life basically (well not all my life but you get what I mean). So thanks for posting it, but I just don't agree with the two types is all.

The ONLY thing that has helped me is cutting carbs. Tummy fat (and other fat) is melting because of doing this. And now I'm boosting my cardio and ab work
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All women's bodies can be categorized as either "apple-shaped" or "pear-shaped"
I have an hourglass figure. BAM.
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I'm not sure how accurate this book would be for me. Right now, I'm a pear. Before my breast reduction, I was an hourglass. When I gained weight dealing with my thyroid, all of the weight was in my stomach so I was an apple.
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I'm pretty sure I've somehow transformed into an apple, although I was pear shaped up until late high school than I went hour glass, and now I'm an apple. I can't get my stomach to go down. It's not even big it just goes out like it makes no sense. MY STOMACH NEVER was a problem before. I think I might be part Shrek.
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Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!!
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