Why can some people eat all they want and never work out, yet they don’t seem out of shape? Finding the diet and exercise plans that are best for your body shape and metabolism might seem overwhelming, but with a little insight into nutrition and workout tips, you can create the one that works best for you.
Where you carry your fat – pear shaped or apple shaped – indicates what kind of body fat it actually is. Fat concentrated in your hips, bottom, and thighs is excess subcutaneous fat. While it’s considered healthier than belly fat, it’s difficult to get rid of because it receives less blood flow and stubbornly hangs onto calories.
Visceral fat is the belly fat around your abs, and it’s linked to type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. As bad as that sounds, it’s easier to get rid of subcutaneous fat.
Diets that are low in fat and carbs will have the most impact on reducing your levels of body fat. If you have a pear shaped body, try implementing a low-fat diet that cuts down on red meat, hydrogenated oils, and high-fat dairy. If your problem is belly fat, avoid refined carbs like pasta, white bread, and rice to keep your blood sugar stable and control surges in cortisol. You can also take some simple steps to boost your metabolism.
Customize your exercise plan to have the most impact on your problem areas. Your Ultraslide is the perfect tool because it’s low resistance and makes it easy to work out for longer periods of time, increasing endurance and results. Some examples:
Circuit Training for Pear Body Shape:
- Go into a curtsy position, and then lean forward with your hips. Using a resistance band or hand weights, make a rowing motion with both arms at the same time. Repeat as many as you can within 30 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds, and then repeat two or three more times.
Metabolic Disturbance Training for Apple Body Shape:
- Alternate sudden bursts of high-intensity movement and low intensity movement, like moving laterally on your slideboard at a moderate pace for two to five minutes. Increase your intensity level for 30 seconds to one minute, and then return back to the moderate pace. Repeat the cycle three to four times.
High Calorie-Burning Exercises for Any Body Shape:
- Move quickly between forward lunges by sliding your board foot forward and then pushing yourself back into starting position and then repeating on the opposite foot. Repeat as many times as you can for 30 seconds to one minute.
- Stand with both feet on the board, but closer to one end with one foot against a bumper. Bend your knees and lean far forward, then push off the block to toward the opposite end of the board. Repeat on the opposite side. Repeat as many times as you can for 30 seconds to one minute.