Apple-shaped bodies tend to store fat right through the belly area. Apples tend to be leaner through the legs, but have a hard time managing their waistlines. Unlike Pear, Hourglass or Inverted Pyramid shapes, Apples are ruled by the hormones insulin and cortisol, to name just a couple.
Insulin, Cortisol and Belly Fat
When you eat foods that either throw off your insulin or your cortisol, belly fat is not far behind. Think of these two chemical messengers as your “fat storage” hormones. Sugar, artificial sweeteners, caffeinated beverages and foods that are too low in fat – even low fat dairy, can trigger these hormones to store fat. I go into lengthy detail on these hormones and belly fat in The Belly Burn Plan.
Fortunately, you can do something about fat storage through your midsection – and with a few dietary changes – it’s not that hard. Of all body types, people who gain weight their their midsection run the risk of storing the most visceral fat. Visceral fat is the more dangerous form of body fat as it tends to get packed through the middle of the body, around our vital organs. Needless to say, it’s important to do something about all that unwanted belly fat!
Do You Have An Apple-Shaped Body?
What we eat greatly affects both insulin and cortisol. If you need to do something about belly fat, this is a good place to start. Below is a sample meal plan for you to follow. If you really want to kickstart your body on the right track, try my Belly Burn Broth. If you’re looking for something with more of a detoxifying effect, follow my One Day Detox Routine.
You might like this: 7 Foods Apple-Shaped Bodies Should Eat
If You’re an Apple
- You tend to gain weight through the midsection.
- Your legs have typically remained lean.
- You might crave sugar (cookies, chocolate), caffeine and wine/beer.
Foods to Avoid
Apples need to avoid the following foods:
- Coffee, black tea, colas: it makes no difference if they’re unsweetened or not. Avoid them.
- Refined, high-sugar carbohydrates. Keep in mind, this applies to many foods labeled as low fat/low sugar.
- Fruit and fruit juices: A little bit of fresh fruit is ok, but this type should not eat fruit throughout the day.
- Chocolate: It’s ok to have a square of dark chocolate a day, but not much more for your type
Apple Meal Sizes
Apples should eat about the same size meals every day. Think 3 square meals. They don’t have to be huge. You can snack if hungry.
You’re probably wondering how many calories you should eat, or how much food you should put on your plate. The answer is different depending on gender, activity level, natural metabolism, age, stress level, etc. Instead of focusing on calories, focus on portion size.
Suggested Apple Meal Plan
|2 eggs & ½ slice of whole grain toast w/ butter||Handful of almonds or walnuts||Grilled salmon salad w/ fresh or grilled vegetables.||Turkey Bolognese w/ spaghetti squash|
|½ c. oatmeal w/ whole milk, cinnamon and walnuts||Fresh vegetables w/ guacamole||Bowl of chili, no bread or crackers||Black bean and quinoa veggie burger (recipe)|
The Focus of Your Diet
Your body does great with more protein and fat, and much fewer carbohydrates than other body types. Always seek out healthy protein and fat and shy away from carbs, particularly refined carbs.