Balance your metabolism for your body type
The Body Shaping Diet is an unique and specifically designed eating plan for life. There are four different eating plans specifically tailored for the four different body shapes of women. All women fall into one of these four categories; Gynaeoid, Android, Thyroid or Lymphatic. Men may fall into either Android, Thyroid or Lymphatic categories.
Each of the four body shapes, if exposed to the wrong types of foods on a consistent basis, may become obese in different areas of their body. Some body shapes can eat so called “fattening foods” without becoming obese while other body shapes cannot. These differences apply because each body shape has a unique metabolic and hormonal make-up.
That’s why some people put on weight easily and others don’t!
The four body types found in “The Body Shaping Diet” book will allow you to lose weight from where you want to but I also encourage you to do a daily programme of exercises designed to warm you up, stretch and relax the muscles and joints and firm and tone the muscles so that your new shape will look firm and contoured.
There will be no need to follow restrictive diets or feel hungry, weak and deprived, because by following The Body Shaping Diet you will feel satisfied, energetic and positively re-balanced.
The body shaping eating plans consists of two simple steps:
1. STEP ONE:
TO LOSE WEIGHT:
This is desirable if your body mass index is over 25. You can use the body shaping diet menus, found in “The Body Shaping Diet” book.
2. STEP TWO:
TO MAINTAIN IDEAL BODY WEIGHT:
Once you have achieved a weight and body shape that pleases you, it is important that you do not discard the Body Shaping Diet. At this stage, ideally your weight will fall into the body mass index range of 19 – 25.
WHICH BODY TYPE ARE YOU?
Curvaceous hips with a tapered, small waist are the prominent features for Gynaeoid women. They have small to medium shoulders and the breasts vary in size. The hips and thighs curve outwards and weight gain occurs only below the waistline.
Gynaeoid women tend to have a predominance of the female hormone oestrogen, (oestrogen dominance) which targets the uterine region, the hips, thighs and breasts. Excessive oestrogens promote fat deposition around the lower parts of the body as well as cellulite. If weight loss is attempted by following a very low fat low calorie diet, there is a reduction from the breasts, shoulders and arms etc., but alas not from the thighs and buttocks.
See Gynaeoid Body Type juicing recipe found in “Raw Juices Can Save Your Life” page 55, combined with specific body type herbs to help promote weight loss by balancing your metabolism for YOUR body type.
Android body types are characterised by broad shoulders, a large rib cage and strong shapely muscular limbs. Android body types are somewhat straight up and down with a narrow pelvis and hips that do not curve outwards. The waistline is not accentuated.
Android women have an anabolic metabolism, which leads to a body building tendency, so strength, both physical and mental, are prominent characteristics. Many good athletes are Android shaped. Weight gain occurs in the upper part of the body and on the front of the abdomen, so that an apple-shape may develop.
See Android Body Type juicing recipe found in “Raw Juices Can Save Your Life” page 57, combined with specific body type herbs to help promote weight loss by balancing your metabolism for YOUR body type.
Thyroid body types are characterised by relatively long limbs with fine, narrow bones. They often become dancers and models, and can be described as having a ‘race-horse’ or ‘greyhound’ appearance.
Thyroid women consume stimulants in excess. These include; caffeine, nicotine, diet pills etc. A high metabolic rate allows them to eat generously with little or no weight gain. Of all the body types, Thyroid women are least likely to develop cellulite, but if it does occur, it will be on the buttocks and backs of the thighs.
See Thyroid Body Type juicing recipe found in “Raw Juices Can Save Your Life” page 58, combined with specific body type herbs to help promote weight loss by balancing your metabolism for YOUR body type.
Weight gain occurs over the entire body in Lymphatic women, which gives them a ‘cuddly baby doll appearance’. Weight gain occurs very easily for Lymphatic women, as the metabolic rate is very slow, accompanied by a dysfunctional lymphatic system. Cellulite is common in this body type with deposits of fat swollen with lymphatic fluid, giving a dimpled appearance on thick puffy limbs.
For Lymphatic women exercise is not the favourite actitivity. Guidance by a nutritionist is the best way forward to reduce obesity and cellulite, by replacing it with nourishment and vitality. Excellent and long lasting results are then achievable.
See Lymphatic Body Type juicing recipe found in “Raw Juices Can Save Your Life” page 54, combined with specific body type herbs to help promote weight loss by balancing your metabolism for YOUR body type.
TO FIT YOURSELF INTO ONE OF THE FOUR BODY SHAPES – LOOK AT THE DIAGRAMS BELOW:-
To discover your body type and do the interactive questionnaire quiz click here
EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN, TONE AND FIRM THE MUSCLES FOR ALL BODY TYPES
1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Lift your bottom from the floor keeping your back straight. Do one set of 5 with feet apart, and one set of 5 with feet together.
2. Get on your forearms and knees and keeping your back straight, stretch one leg backwards, parallel to the floor flexing your foot. Bring the knee forward under your stomach and then push the leg backwards while holding in your stomach and then push the leg backwards while holding in your stomach muscles. While the leg is back, bend it a little at the knee and lift it slightly skyward, keeping your foot flexed. Do 10 on each side.
1. Sit-ups will firm and flatten the upper abdominal muscles. Lie on the floor, knees bent, with the soles of your feet flat on the floor and close to your bottom. Press your lower back into the floor and place your hands behind your head with elbows out behind you. Lift your shoulders and head off the ground slightly. Start with one set of 10 and gradually build up to three sets of 10 each day. If tired, make sure you rest before each set. Exhale while lifting.
2. To firm and tone the lower abdominal muscles lie on your back on a firm surface. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the ground and your fingers next to your umbilicus. Raise one leg upwards bringing your foot 3 inches (7.5 cms) off the ground. Then lift up your other leg and hold both feet up for 5 – 10 seconds, then relax both feet back on the ground. Start with 10 of these and gradually build to three sets of 10 each day.
3. To firm and shape the waist sit on a stool and gradually tighten the stomach muscles until they feel tight and firm. Hold them tight for 5 – 10 seconds and then relax them while breathing out fully. Do this exercise 10 times and gradually increase it to three sets of 10 per day.
1. Inner thighs – lie on a firm surface and push your back into the ground. Bend your knees and place the soles of your feet together, still keeping your feet on the ground. Now squeeze your knees together and hold for 5 – 10 seconds. Start with one set of 5 working up to four sets of 5.
2. Outer thighs – lie on your side on a firm surface with your upper leg straight and your lower leg bent at a 90 degree angle. Lift your upper leg straight up as high as possible, then slowly lower it down. Keep your hips one above the other (i.e. don’t lean forward or backward) and your toes pointing forward. Repeat lifting and lowering your upper leg 10 times, then roll over to the other side and repeat.
ARMS AND CHEST
1. Stand with one foot in front of the other placing your body weight slightly forwards. Bend your body weight slightly forwards. Bend your elbows, pressing them into the sides of your abdomen. Push each arm backwards in a squeezing motion. Do one set of 10 and build up to three sets of 10 for each arm.
2. Sit on a stool, bring your arms up to shoulder height and bend the elbows. Slowly move the arms forward until the elbows and wrists touch in front of your chest and face, then move them back to the side keeping them at shoulder height. Squeeze the arm muscles as you go. Start with 10 of these and gradually increase to three sets of 10.
3. Push-ups – begin on your hands and knees, with hands parallel to each other and a little more than shoulder width apart. The wider apart your hands are, the harder you will work your chest muscles. Lower your body down, keeping it straight, until your chest only touches the floor, then push yourself straight up to the starting position. Repeat 5 times and gradually build up to 10 to 20 push-ups each day.