Weight loss is no easy task. I am almost certain that just about any woman (and many men) can attest to that statement. Add a pear shaped body composition to this already-arduous mission and you have the makings of a seemingly impossible feat ahead of you.
While no two pears are created equal, it is my personal belief that us larger pears tend to get the shorter end of the stick, probably due to our shorter torso (just kidding). I am a pear shaped woman that has struggled with many aspects of this composition for years now and have decided to share my journey with others. It is my hope that this blog brings about motivation, useful information and most importantly, inspiration -not only to my pear shaped sistren, but any and every other fruit in the basket!
Having the body composition of a pear can be seen as a blessing to some and a curse to others. While wider hips may be a good thing, especially in terms of childbirth, they make it nearly impossible to find a decent fitting pair of jeans. This is a result of a much smaller waist and among only one of the many issues that those with a pear-shaped body composition encounters. Here you will find weight loss tips, recipes, product reviews, videos and health & fitness information. Additionally, motivational support and encouragement will be provided from a pear shaped sista’s perspective.
I don’t do Diets!
As with most words, the term “diet” has several different meanings. It can be quite confusing as to what form is being utilized. Below, I added all definitions of this term, or should I say all definitions that were available from dictionary.com :
di·et1 [dahy-it] Show IPA noun, verb, -et·ed, -et·ing, adjective noun
1.food and drink considered in terms of its qualities,composition, and its effects on health:
Milk is a wholesome article of diet.
2.a particular selection of food, especially as designed or prescribed to improve a person’s physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease: a diet low in sugar.
3.such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight : No pie for me, I’m on a diet.
4.the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group: The native diet consists of fish and fruit.
5.food or feed habitually eaten or provided: The rabbits were fed a diet of carrots and lettuce.
6.anything that is habitually provided or partaken of: Television has given us a steady diet of game shows and soap operas.
When we hear the term used in conversation, more often than not, it is being used in the verb form, as in something a person is doing or has done; dieting or dieted. The noun form is probably the second biggest form in which the term is utilized, as in “Ooh, you’re looking good! What diet are you on?” The person asking the question is looking for a specific name of your diet. It can also be used in the adjective form, describing the foods associated with a certain group or culture, as in “A vegetarian diet contains no meat, but allows for the consumption of certain animal products.”
The topic at hand will determine in what sense it is being used. It is rare that I would speak in terms of “going on a diet,” as to me, that implies doing something short term. I do believe, however, that a person can choose to switch up their diet or combine multiple eating plans as a part of a healthy lifestyle. For example, there have been times when my diet consisted of only low carb foods, just as there are times when my diet has consisted of only vegetarian foods. There have even been times when my diet consisted of liquid only.
There are many different ways to go about tackling weight loss from a diet standpoint. Some may count calories, immerse themselves in clean eating, choose to go low carb, or follow an intuitive eating approach. Since this is not a temporary fix, but more so a way of life, I chose to incorporate them all. Variety truly IS the spice of life and, in my opinion, has definitely helped me achieve great results thus far.
What has worked for me
As stated above and as you’ve probably heard countless times, variety is the spice of life. So how exactly does this apply to me and my success thus far? Easy.
I incorporate various eating plans and workout routines into my life. I keep my body guessing. This is something I actually HAVE to do, or else my body will stop responding. It doesn’t matter how well I’m eating or how much I’m working out, if I do the same thing for too long, I plateau. I think outside of the box and therefore am not afraid to try nontraditional or unconventional methods for weight loss, as long as I consider it safe. For a more in depth look at some of the things that have helped me along the way,be sure to frequent my blog, as I will keep it up to date regularly. Interested in a brief overview of some of the various eating plans that I incorporate? Continue reading.
Me vs. Carbs
Fact: My body does NOT like carbs whatsoever! It took me a while to figure this out, but now that I am aware of this fact, I try my best to limit my intake of them. Granted, not all carbs are bad, and I know that I need some for fuel, therefore, I make a conscious effort to only eat those that will help me and not hurt me. I DO indulge from time to time, but those indulgences are kept to a minimum, as it seems to me that the minute I eat the wrong carbs (processed foods), I gain weight! INSTANTLY!
Clean Eating-the basics
There has been a big buzz lately surrounding the phenomenon of Clean Eating, but in all honesty, it is a concept that is as old as time.
In a nutshell, Clean Eating is a diet that focuses on the consumption of all natural, unprocessed foods.
Time to Clean Up the Way We Eat
Much of the typical American diet today is primarily processed food. We live out of boxes and bags, off of microwaveable meals and Styrofoam cups, off of beautifully packaged cookies, cakes and chips. Junk Food.
Following the clean eating approach reintroduces you to real food, something many of us may not be too familiar with anymore. Pesticide-free produce, hormone-free meat, and 100% whole grain are the foundations of following this diet.
What Clean Eating is NOT
Some confusion may arise in terms of whether or not carbohydrates can be consumed when eating clean. The answer is a resounding yes! To be honest, there is nothing low carb about clean eating other than the fact that you aren’t eating simple carbs.
Counting Calories-the Basics
In my opinion, one of the simplest options for weight loss is counting calories. If it is not the easiest way, I’m willing to bet it is definitely among the top five. This is not to suggest that this process cannot be somewhat confusing or even very hard for some to do, especially if you have no idea how to start or what to do.
What is a Calorie?
Calories here. Calories there. Believe it or not, calories are everywhere…but what exactly is a calorie? To put it in the simplest terms I can, a kilocalorie (kcal), more commonly referred to as simply calorie, is a unit that measures energy.
For a more in-depth explanation, click here.
How many calories do I need?
An important decision to make when deciding to count calories is exactly HOW MANY calories you will need for the day. There are multiple factors involved in making this determination. Gender, height, weight, as well as age and activity level are all things that are considered. These factors are used to calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR. Simply put, this rate is the amount of calories you would burn if you did absolutely nothing all day.
For a more in-depth explanation, click here.
How will I lose weight by counting calories?
Calorie counting for weight loss means expending more calories than you are consume (burning off more than you’re eating). Since one pound =3,500 calories, a reduction of 500 calories a day for seven days would equate to a one pound weight loss per week. Depending upon your weight loss goals, the number of calories reduced can be adjusted higher or lower. Combining calorie counting with exercise can also increase the amount of calories burned.
Calorie counting tools and trackers
Calorie counting has gotten super easy over the years. In addition to the thousands (or quite possibly millions) of websites that provide calorie information for almost every food known to man, there are now features that are commonly referred to as apps available for download to just about any mobile device on the market.
Intuitive Eating- the basics
Organization and structure is for some, while others perform better with little to no structure at all.
Busy lives and hectic schedules make it very hard to follow a specific eating plan every single day, no matter how hard we try.
Two hours could have come and go and you may not be hungry at all, or perhaps only an hour has passed and your body is asking for fuel. Intuitive eating allows you to make adjustments as needed.
This concept is more so about WHEN to eat, as opposed to WHAT to eat.
It can still be a very healthy approach, but is less structured in contrast to calorie counting. It also requires a certain level of discipline as a result of not being as structured as other plans. You truly have to have self-control and know when to say when….to yourself.
You eat when you are hungry and you eat until full. Not stuffed, but full, there is a difference. You learn to understand your relationship with food, understand your cravings and know how to pinpoint and distinguish between true hunger pangs and emotional cues to eat.
I personally believe that this is a very interesting approach to eating/ living a healthy lifestyle, but it does require a little more than a surface level understanding of the concept, as some may not fully grasp it or misunderstand it when initially introduced to it.
For a more in-depth explanation, click here .
What about Exercise?
Though much of my weight loss can be attributed to diet, exercise has played as equally an integral part. I never enjoyed exercise when I was younger, unless I was dancing. While this is still probably my most favorite form of exercise (as will become evident throughout my posts), I now have a wide selection of exercises that I love to do. I don’t like exercise to feel like work. I just won’t do it if that’s the case. Fun is a must for me, so much like my menu, I keep my exercise routines varied, so I don’t get bored. If not already obvious, I am not a big fan of monotony.
I am admittedly a cardio queen, but I’ve also learned a little about the importance of strength training and will gladly share what I’ve learned. I do a little bit of everything, from the more advanced rotuines offered in the various Beach Body DVD’s that I own, to simple things such as hoola hooping (which I’m not great at, but still enjoy) and playing on my Wii.
My overall Health & Fitness Synopsis
In a perfect world, it would be as simple as only eating certain foods or only working out to lose weight and achieve the body we want. With that being said, I’m sure you’ve probably figured out by now that we live in anything BUT a perfect world. If we did, I’d be wasting my time writing this and you’d be wasting your time reading it.
It is always my attempt to approach anything in life from a balanced angle, therefore, I believe that a successful weight loss relationship is built on both proper diet AND exercise; not solely one or the other.
Here on pearshapedweightloss.com, I provide you with some very basic information on how I changed both my eating habits as well as my workout habits. I’ve said it before, but I am truly a work in progress, however as evidenced by the photos in my gallery, the progress thus far has been quite substantial.
Small changes truly can have a significant impact on your life. If you need help or an idea on how to make those small changes, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look around the site in its entirety for more helpful hints, but most importantly, be sure to come back frequently. Hopefully my blog will be beneficial in your positive life changing endeavors.
It is truly my hope that you will be inspired and motivated in some way by what you find here.