The Best Diet for a Pear Shape

Not all body types are created equal, and dieting needs can often vary depending on individual body shape. In general, there are two body shapes–apples and pears. Apples tend to store more fat around the midsection, providing them with a thicker appearance. Pears, on the other hand, tend to store their weight on the hips and thighs, increasing the overall width of the lower body while leaving the waist relatively untouched. As a pear, you will want to focus on a higher-carb, lower-fat diet.

Pear Diet

Consume a diet focused on the consumption of healthy carbs and a moderate amount of protein while minimizing your consumption of dietary fat if you have a traditional “pear” shape, according to information from Dr. Marie Savard, author of “Apples & Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness.” The general break point to determine whether you have a pear-shaped body is hip-to-waist ratio. If your hip to waist ratio is 0.80 or below, you have a pear-shaped body and you should adhere to these dietary standards.

Consume around 50 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 20 percent dietary fat per day if you have a pear-shaped body. Regarding carbohydrates, focus your consumption on healthy carbs like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while avoiding unhealthy and overly processed carbs like sugars, white flour, processed foods, and alcohols. Regarding protein, the best protein sources are lean sources of meat and dairy, so aim to eat plenty of chicken, turkey, low-fat meat, seafood, and low-fat dairy with each meal to fulfill your protein requirements without adding additional fat to your diet. Regarding fat intake, focus on the consumption of healthy natural fats like avocados, coconuts, olive oils, nuts, and seeds while avoiding saturated fats from animal meat and trans fats from fried foods and other sources. Check the nutritional information on each product to determine both how much and what type of fat is in any one entree.

Mardi Gras Glamour

It’s a season of king cakes, parades, and purple, green, and gold. But let’s not forget the glitz and glamour galore! It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without the glitz and glamour of the Mardi Gras Balls. Here are a few things to remember when preparing for your big night to standout in the crowd and dance the night away:

  1. You don’t have to stick to the traditional seasonal colors; add a punch of color and style with with vivid hues or soft pastels. Either way will have a huge impact.
  2. Be prepared with a change of shoes by putting a stylish pair of jeweled ballet flats in your clutch. Who says you can’t maintain comfort and style, even when you’re rocking out the night on the dance floor!
  3. Accessories can make all the different in completing an outfit. Glam it up with a fabulous pair of dangle earrings, a statement necklace or a great cuff. It’s your night to walk the red carpet.
  4. Give your makeup extra attention and staying power by using a lip primer before applying your favorite lip color. There’ll be no need for frequent touch-ups!
  5. Trying to figure out how to stay within budget and still have variety of looks that can be worn for the half dozen balls you’ll be attending in a 3-day period? Consider purchasing a two-piece set, such as a basic black skirt that can easily take on a new look with a quick change of the top. Very helpful to keep you in budget without having to repeat a look.
  6. Mardi Gras nights often can be quite cool, so remember to carry an evening shawl or sparkly bolero jacket that will complement your evening gown.
  7. Pay attention to small details; such as a signature style manicure that you can achieve yourself with the help of peel and stick nail art decor. Everyone will think it was done by a professional manicurist!

As the season continues in full force, let’s not forget the most important part for being a fashion diva…..being the Belle of the Ball!